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Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week:
35% Transfer Bonus From Amex to British Airways Ends Friday: As a recap, American Express Membership Rewards is offering a 35% transfer bonus from Membership Rewards to British Airways Avios through Friday, June 7, 2013. While not quite as generous as recent transfer bonuses of 40% and even 50%, it beats the most recent transfer bonus of 30% from back in December – it seems like Amex and British Airways are trying to find a sweet spot for transfer bonuses. Remember, you can also transfer Amex points to anyone else. With this bonus, you’ll cut your redemption requirement by 26% and save some Amex points while still booking the award you want. Also keep in mind that Avios expire and will be removed from your account if you don’t earn, redeem, purchase or share at least one Avios every 36 months, so an Amex transfer is a good way to reset the expiration clock if you haven’t had any account activity in a while.
500 bonus AAdvantage miles when you donate to Red Cross for Oklahoma Victims: Last week, a massive tornado struck Oklahoma where thousands of lives and numerous communities have been devastated by this disaster. American Airlines is encouraging donations to the Red Cross to provide relief to these victims. Now through June 30, 2013, American is offering AAdvantage members the opportunity to earn either 250 AAdvantage miles for a minimum donation of $50, or 500 AAdvantage miles for a donation of $100 or more to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief, which goes to support those affected by the recent tornado in Oklahoma. Allow up to 3 weeks for the bonus miles to post after you have donated.
Earn Double Points with Priority Club: Beginning on June 1 through July 13, 2013, IHG will award Priority Club Rewards members with double Priority Club points or double miles for stays. Members can register online and will begin earning their double miles or points starting on their second stay. Ordinarily members earn 10 Priority Club points per $1 (5 at Staybridge and Candlewood) or 2 airline miles per $1 (1 at Staybridge and Candlewood) at hotels in the US, Canada, Mexico, Latin America or the Caribbean, so this brings your earning up to 20 points or 4 miles per $1. You must register in advance to earn the extra points.
Save 10% When Booking with Hotels.com: Hotels.com is offering customers 10% off their next hotels.com reservation by using coupon code HOTELS10OFF. To be eligible, you must book your stay by Monday, June 3, 2013 for stays now through September 30, 2013. This offer is only valid on new bookings, however if you have a prior reservation and are still able to cancel then you might be able to rebook with this offer. This offer is valid for the first 15,000 people who book, so it may expire before the June 3rd deadline. However, these rates are not valid to earn credit in their Welcome Rewards program. Hat Tip- Deals We Like
Bonus Points for American Airlines Business ExtrAA Members: American Airlines is offering Business ExtrAA members the opportunity to earn bonus points on some of their routes. Business ExtrAA members can earn double points between Los Angeles and Eugene, OR, Redmond (Bend), OR, Pittsburgh, PA, Indianapolis, IN, Columbus, OH, Hartford, CT, and Northwest Arkansas. American is offering triple points for travel booked in first class or business class, or double points for travel booked in the main cabin on flights between Dallas/Fort Worth and Lima; Chicago and Dusseldorf; Dallas/Fort Worth and Seoul; and New York (JFK) and Dublin. They are also offering bonus points between Los Angeles and Raleigh/Durham, and New York (JFK) and Houston (IAH), and between Miami and San Diego; and Chicago and Portland, Oregon. Customers will earn an extra 650 bonus points if booked in first or business class, or 300 bonus points if booked in coach on those routes. To qualify for any of these offers, you must be enrolled in the Business ExtrAA program and register for each promotion separately.
500 Free Lufthansa Miles & More Miles: Lufthansa is offering Miles & More members the opportunity to earn some bonus miles when signing up for their newsletter. Miles & More members will earn 500 bonus miles when sign-up for their newsletter. The 500 bonus miles will automatically be credited to your mileage account within 4 weeks. Its important to point out that you must have earned one award mile before signing up, as they want to see that you have flown Lufthansa before. If you’re looking to rack up even more miles, you can earn 50,000 bonus miles with the Lufthansa Miles & More Premier World Mastercard after spending $5,000 in the first 90 days.
American Express Cardholders Earn Free Nights at Mandarin Oriental: Mandarin Oriental has teamed up with American Express to offer cardholders some exclusive offers at their properties. Now through September 15, 2013, MO is offering Amex cardholders either a complimentary second, third or fourth consecutive night when staying with them. American Express cardholders will receive the 2nd night free at the chain’s newly opened Shanghai property; the 3rd night free in Atlanta, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong – both the Mandarin Oriental and The Landmark, Jakarta, Las Vegas, Manila, Miami, New York, Tokyo or Washington DC. When staying in Barcelona, Boston, Geneva, Macau, Munich, Paris, Prague, Sanya, San Francisco, or Singapore, cardholders will receive their 4th night free. In addition, many Mandarin Oriental properties are members of the American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts program for Amex Platinum cardholders, so you can receive even more perks booking through them.
Double Altitude Qualifying Miles on Select Air Canada Routes: Now through July 31, 2013 on select routes, Air Canada Aeroplan members can earn double Altitude Qualifying Miles. To be eligible, you must first register, then fly between Toronto (Pearson) and Montreal or Ottawa, or between Toronto’s city airport and Montreal. They are also offering this bonus on flights fly between Canada certain U.S. East Coast cities including Albany, Washington National, Philadelphia, Hartford, Newark, Pittsburgh, Boston, New York- JFK and LGA, Rochester, Baltimore, Syracuse, and Harrisburg. To earn the double miles you must be booked in one of the following fare classes: Flex (M,U,H,Q,V,W,S,K,L,T); Latitude (Y,B); Executive Class Lowest (D,Z); and Executive Class Flexible (J,C), and the flight must be operated by Air Canada or Air Canada Express. Hat Tip: View from the Wing. Aside from the 75,000 points welcome bonus, Amex recently made huge improvements to the Business Platinum Card, including the fact that you will now earn 50% more points on purchases of $5,000 or more, earn 5x on flights and eligible hotels at Amextravel.com and cardholders will receive a $200 airline fee credit each year.
Aside from the 75,000 points welcome bonus, Amex recently made huge improvements to the Business Platinum Card, including the fact that you will now earn 50% more points on purchases of $5,000 or more, earn 5x on flights and eligible hotels at Amextravel.com and cardholders will receive a $200 airline fee credit each year.