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Saturday Recap: Bonus American Miles, Starwood Points, Amex Gift Cards and More

Nov. 03, 2012
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Saturday Recap: Bonus American Miles, Starwood Points, Amex Gift Cards and More
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Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week:

Up to 12,000 Bonus American Miles: Between now and November 15, 2012, you can earn up to 12,000 bonus miles when you buy American AAdvantage miles. For every 6,000 miles you purchase, you’ll earn 2,000 bonus miles, up to 12,000 bonus miles. Here’s how it breaks down:

Miles Purchased Bonus Miles

6,000+ 2,000
12,000+ 4,000
18,000+ 6,000
24,000+ 8,000
30,000+ 10,000
36,000+ 12,000

So if you were to buy 36,000 miles for $1,025, you’d earn 48,000 miles total, paying the equivalent of 2.1 cents per miles. On the low end of the spectrum, you could buy 6,000 miles for $200, so your CPM would be 2.5 cents. Not a great deal, but if you were thinking about topping up your account for a specific, imminent award booking, you might as well get a bonus.

Terms and Conditions: Transactions are nonrefundable and nonreversible. Please allow 72 hours for purchased AAdvantage® miles to post to the designated AAdvantage account. Please allow 5 days for the bonus miles to post. Members must purchase 6,000 miles or more in a single transaction from the buyAAmiles® program beginning 12:01 am CST November 1, 2012, until 11:59 pm CST November 15, 2012, to be eligible for the bonus mile offer. Members will earn 2,000 bonus miles for every 6,000 miles purchased in a single transaction, up to 20,000 bonus miles. The bonus is awarded to the purchaser of the miles. buyAAmiles transactions are limited to a combined maximum of 40,000 miles per account, per calendar year. Bonus miles earned do not count toward the annual limit. AAdvantage miles purchased or earned through this promotion do not count toward elite-status qualification or Million Miler(SM) status.

$25 Amex Gift Cards from FedEx: In anticipation of American Express’s Small Business Saturday (coming up on November 24 – more on that in a later post), FedEx is giving away 40,000 $25 gift cards ostensibly to be used at small businesses that day, though you can just use them wherever Amex is accepted. To enter for a chance to win one, like Fedex on Facebook then enter on the gift card giveaway page. You must enter by 11:59pm ET today, November 3.

25,000 Bonus American Miles and 2,000 Business ExtrAA Points (Targeted): American launched a targeted promotion this week for businesses that are part of its Business ExtrAA program. When you register for the special promo by December 31, 2012, you’ll earn 500 Business ExtrAA bonus points and 2,500 AAdvantage bonus miles. To earn an additional 500 bonus points and 10,000 bonus miles you must book and fly one round-trip using your company’s Business ExtrAA account number by December 31, 2012. To earn an additional 1,000 bonus points and 12,500 bonus miles you must book and fly two additional round-trips (for a total of 3 round-trips) by December 31, 2012. Minimum round-trip fare of $250 applies for qualification. AAdvantage bonus miles will be awarded only to the Travel Manager who registers for this promo. The registered Travel Manager must be an active Travel Manager on the company's Business ExtrAA account. Normally you earn 1 Business ExtrAA point per $10 you spend, so 2,000 Business ExtrAA points is the equivalent of spending $20,000 not bad. Travel redemptions start at 2,000 points, while other redemptions such as Admirals Club day passes start even lower, at just 300 points.

1,000 Bonus American Miles and 30% Discount with Alamo: Now through December 31, 2012, save up to 30% and earn 1,000 American Airlines AAdvantage miles with a 3-day minimum rental on any size vehicle at participating Alamo locations in the United States and Canada. Use ID number 7015732 for the discount and be sure to provide your American Airlines AAdvantage number at the time of rental. Book here.

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100 Bonus Delta, United, Hawaiian or Aeromexico Miles: Sign up for Pointshound and you’ll receive 100 bonus miles to your choice of account. Pointshound is a hotel booking service that awards members with per-dollar mileage bonuses with its four frequent flyer partner programs. Essentially, what you’re giving up in hotel points by not booking through a hotel’s website, they’re trying to entice you with bonus airline miles instead. The value proposition is still unclear, especially since you’re pretty much giving up elite status qualifying nights, but it’s free to sign up, so might as well get the extra miles.

500 Starwood Points For Bookings With Android App: As part of its fall “Better By The Night” promo, Starwood is also awarding SPG members 500 points per booking they make using the chain’s iPhone app. However, Starwood has also just launched an Android app, and is awarding the same 500-point per-booking bonus, so this could be a great way to score some extra SPG points for your next stay if you have an Android. Just be sure to register by November 30, and stay before December 2012.

Southwest To Serve Puerto Rico: Marking its first non-continental US destination, Southwest announced that beginning April 14, 2013, it would start flying to San Juan. For now, the route map shows flights just from Tampa and Orlando, but remember, you can still catch AirTran flights here from up and down the east coast. Hopefully this means even more Caribbean destinations for Southwest, and thus more chances to put that valuable Companion Pass to use.

Half-Price Starwood Sale in Southeast Asia: When you book stays at Starwood hotels in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore by November 11, 2012 for stays until February 28, 2013, using a Mastercard you can save up to 50%. You can find the T&C here, but you must use a Mastercard to pay, and rates are pre-paid and non-refundable. There are 18 participating hotels, including the Westin Resort Nusa Dua Resort, the W Retreat & Spa and the St. Regis Resort in Bali, the W Singapore Sentosa Cove, and Luxury Collection hotels like the Keraton at the Plaza Jakarta, and The Andaman in Langkawi. It’s a pretty good mix of city and beach properties, so if you’ve got some Southeast Asia travel coming up, check out the sale page to see if you can take advantage of any special rates.
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