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As 2013 starts winding down, several airlines are offering promotional bonuses for flying a certain amount or on certain routes in order to keep flyers flying and to attract new customers during the approaching holiday season. Here’s a roundup of what’s being offered at the moment.
Alaska is offering a series of interesting promos highlighting its west coast routes, and the good news is, they appear to be stackable so that you can start earning bonus award and elite-qualifying miles as well as a free roundtrip ticket.
Double Elite Qualifying Miles From Seattle: Yesterday, Alaska launched a promo offering double elite-qualifying miles on flights between Seattle and the cities of Las Vegas (LAS), Los Angeles (LAX), Oakland (OAK), San Francisco (SFO), San Jose (SJC) and Santa Rosa (STS). To earn the bonus, register your Mileage Plan number prior to your first qualifying flight, and travel between October 22, 2013 and May 31, 2014. Flights must be marketed and operated by Alaska Airlines and must be non-stops to/from those cities. Flight miles must be credited to your Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan account in order to earn the double EQM’s, so no crediting your flights to partners American or Delta. All travel must be completed by May 31, 2014.
Up to 10,000 Bonus Miles From Seattle and Portland: Earn up to 10,000 bonus miles from Alaska Airlines when you fly 3 roundtrips (six flights in total) on any of the routes below, or fly 2 round trips (four flights in total) and earn 5,000 miles. The routes are between Seattle and Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Philadelphia; as well as between Portland and Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. You must register your Mileage Plan number before your first flight and fly nonstop on an Alaska operated and marketed flight. The offer is open for travel between August 20, 2013, and November 12, 2013.
Free Roundtrip Ticket For California Flyers: Alaska Airlines launched a pretty lucrative promo earlier this month for flyers from one of its West Coast hubs in San Diego. When you register and fly four qualifying non-stops between San Diego and any of 13 cities from now through November 20, 2013, you will get a discount code valid for a free roundtrip from San Diego – you will just be responsible for the taxes, starting at $19 depending on the destination. The 13 promo destinations are: Boise, Boston, Fresno, Honolulu, Kahului (Maui), Lihue (Kauai), Los Cabos, Monterey, Orlando, Portland, Puerto Vallarta, Santa Rosa, Seattle. Your account must be registered in California, and you must register for this promo prior to your first flight. Then to qualify, your roundtrips must be paid and the mileage credited to your Alaska MileagePlan account. The airline will email you with a discount code on or around December 20, 2013. The flights between San Diego and qualifying destinations must be non-stop.
Earn up to 25,000 Miles Roundtrip on Transatlantic Flights: Both American Airlines and British Airways launched promotions in September where flyers can earn up to 25,000 bonus miles per roundtrip transatlantic itinerary this fall and winter until January 31, 2014 with no cap on the total bonus you can earn. Register for American’s promo here and then when you fly the following fares, you’ll earn these bonus miles: First or Business Class 25,000 miles, Premium Economy: 15,000 miles, Economy (Full-Fare): 10,000 miles. You can earn these bonuses when you fly American, British Airways, Iberia, Finnair or OpenSkies in the following fare classes:
–British Airways operated flights, includes fares booked in First Class, Club World Business Class, World Traveller Plus Premium Economy or flexible/non-restricted World Traveller Economy Class: F, A, J, C, D, R, I, W, E, T, Y, B or H
–American Airlines operated flights, includes fares booked in First Class, Business Class or flexible/non-restricted Economy Class: F, A, J, R, D, I, Y, B or H
–Finnair operated flights, includes fares booked in Business Class or flexible/non-restricted Economy Class: J, C, D, I, Y, B, H, T, K, M, or P
–Iberia operated flights, includes fares booked in Business Class or flexible/non-restricted Economy Class: J, C, D, R, I or Y
–OpenSkies operated flights, includes fares booked in Biz Bed/Business, Prem Plus/Premium Economy and flexible/non-restricted Eco/Economy: J, C, D, R, I, W, E, T, Y, B or H.
Per the small print: “Offer applies only to AAdvantage members who are residents of the U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada or Mexico who purchase and fly on eligible published-fare tickets. Flights operated by other codeshare partners are not eligible for this promotion. Bonus miles do not count toward elite status qualification or Million Miler status.”
Up to 25,000 Miles for Roundtrip Transatlantic Travel: US and Canadian Executive Club members can register here for British Airways’ Happiness Fund promo and earn bonus Avios for roundtrip transatlantic flights on British Airways, Iberia, American, Finnair and Open Skies now through January 31, 2014 based on which class of ticket they book. First or Business Class: 25,000 Avios, Premium Economy: 15,000 Avios, Economy (Full-Fare): 10,000 Avios. Existing bookings made prior to the promotional period do not qualify and this offer cannot be applied retroactively. There’s no limit to the number of bonus miles you can earn. Travel must begin and end in the US or Canada on flights operated and marketed by British Airways, American Airlines, Finnair, Iberia or OpenSkies. The same booking classes are eligible as with the American promo. This promotion does not apply to flights marketed or operated by franchises, including Comair, Iberia Express, and Sun-Air, or any other code share partners or oneworld Alliance Members.
Earn Up To 20,000 bonus Asia Miles With Non-Airline Partners: You can now earn up to 20,000 bonus Asia Miles (the program of Cathay Pacific) through their non-airline partners. Simply register now through November 30, 2013, and spend and accumulate miles with our non-airline partners during the promotion period to earn. Click here to register. Below is how the accumulation adds up:
- 5,000-19,999 eligible miles accumulated earns 500 bonus miles
- 20,000-49,999 eligible miles accumulated earns 3,000 bonus miles
- 50,000-99,999 eligible miles accumulated earns 9,000 bonus miles
- 100,000 or more eligible miles accumulated earns 20,000 bonus miles
Asia Miles is the frequent flyer program for Cathay Pacific and partners include car rental companies (such as Hertz and Avis), restaurants, credit cards (such as Amex and Citibank), professional services, retails stores, telecom companies, and travel.
Double Miles From Seattle: SkyMiles members can earn double miles on all Delta-marketed and Delta or Delta Connection-operated flights from Seattle to San Francisco, Las Vegas and Los Angeles now through October 31, 2014. To qualify for the bonus miles, SkyMiles members must register here prior to travel and book by December 31, 2013. The airline currently operates 7 daily nonstops between Seattle and both LA and San Francisco, and 5 daily nonstops from Seattle to Las Vegas. SkyMiles members can earn unlimited bonus miles during the promotional period for travel booked prior to Dec. 31, 2013. Members may begin or end their travel in any city to earn bonus miles on flights from Seattle to San Francisco, Los Angeles or Las Vegas, however, bonus miles will only be earned based on travel flown on Delta-operated flights to or from Seattle and the eligible cities listed. Codeshare flights operated by carriers other than Delta or Delta Connection are excluded from this offer. Bonus miles do not count toward Medallion status or Million Miler status.
5,000-10,000 Bonus Miles On New York JFK – Milan Route: SkyTeam partners Delta and Alitalia launched a bonus offer where you can earn between 5,000-10,000 miles per roundtrip you take on their New York JFK-Milan route between now and January. First register online, and then book on Delta.com and fly between now and January 15, 2014 and you can earn the following bonus miles for the roundtrip flights in following fare classes:
BusinessElite J, C, D, I: 10,000 miles
Economy: Y, B, M, S, H: 5,000 miles
Economy Comfort purchase: 1,000 miles
You will earn half the miles on one-ways, and there are blackout dates including travel for eastbound flights from December 19-December 21, 2013, and westbound flights from January 1-January 8, 2014. All travel must be completed by January 15, 2014. There’s no limit to the number of bonus miles you can earn. Travel may originate or terminate in any other city, but bonus miles will only be earned as long as paid travel is flown on the nonstop flights between New York/JFK and Milan/MXP. Codeshare flights operated by carriers other than Delta and Alitalia are excluded from this offer. Bonus miles earned with this promotion do not count toward Medallion or Million Miler status.
Double Miles For Continental US Flights: United Airlines launched a new promotion that allows flyers to earn double award miles when flying United or United Express within the continental United States from now through November 21, 2013. To qualify for the double miles – and these are award miles, not elite-qualifying miles – you must register here, purchase and complete travel on or before November 21, 2013 in any of the 48 contiguous states, excluding Hawaii and Alaska. Code-share flights are not included in the offer. Once you are a member of United’s MileagePlus program, you can earn the bonus an unlimited number of times but note that not all fare classes will earn double redeemable miles and existing bookings don’t count. This offer does not apply to Premier qualifying miles (PQM), class-of-service bonus miles, class-of-service PQM, Premier bonus miles, redeemable bonus miles or other promotional PQM’s – you only earn double miles on the base miles of your flight(s).
Double Points and Elite-Qualifying Points Through December: Virgin America is currently hosting a promotion that allows flyers to rack up tons of points if you purchase Main Cabin Select or First Class fares, and a decent amount of points if you purchase and fly in coach fares from now until December 31, 2013. Elevate points can be redeemed for any Virgin America flight, but the value of the points towards airfare depends on the flight, but they are normally worth 1.2 to 2 cents a piece towards airfare. So a $500 flight would cost ~25,000 points. Register here then earn the following bonuses:
First Class/ Main Cabin Select Bonus:
Normally you earn 5 Elevate points per dollar spent. From now until December 31, 2013 you will earn 10 points per dollar when you book First Class (J, C, D Fare Classes) or Main Cabin Select (W, Q, Z Fare Classes). If you purchase economy and upgrade, it will not be eligible for double points. This offer is only good for flights ticketed and operated by Virgin America .
Bonus for all:
Then there’s a separate bonus of up to 25,000 additional points that is calculated on the base amount of points you earn from flights September 10- December 31, 2013 which includes Economy, Main Cabin Select and First Class fares.
$2,500 in base points earned ($500 in spend) = 1,000 Elevate point bonus (~$20 value)
$5,000 in base points earned ($1,000 in spend) = 2,500 Elevate point bonus (~$50 value)
$10,000 in base points earned ($2,000 in spend) = 5,000 Elevate point bonus (~$100 value)
$15,000 in base points earned ($3,000 in spend) = 10,000 Elevate point bonus (~$200 value)
$20,000 in base points earned ($4,000 in spend) = 15,000 Elevate point bonus (~$300 value)
$25,000 in base points earned ($5,000 in spend) = 25,000 Elevate point bonus (~$500 value)
All bonus points earned during the promotion will count towards elite status. You need 20,000 Elite Qualifying Points for Silver and 50,000 for Gold. Find out more about the promo here.
Earn 250 Elevate Points and a Trip To Dubai: To kickstart their new partnership, Virgin America and Emirates launched a promotion to Win A Dream Trip To Dubai With Emirates through their Facebook page, where you can enter to win a trip for two to Dubai with Emirates now through November 21, 2013. You will also get 250 Elevate points just for entering, and the whole grand prize package includes:
- Two round-trip Economy Class tickets from San Francisco to Dubai on Emirates Airline
- Flights on Virgin America to San Francisco for flyers in our other destinations
- A three-night stay at Atlantis, The Palm, located on iconic Palm Island
- A chance to swim with dolphins at Dolphin Bay, Atlantis, The Palm
- A dune dinner safari for you and your guest
For full terms and conditions, click here. The Points Guy Assessment: The Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great pick for the beginner and the frequent traveler. The CSP has superb travel benefits, double points on certain purchases, and a 50,000 point sign up bonus. The $95 annual fee is waived the first year so this puts it as one of the less expensive cards, while still allowing you to earn one of the most valuable point currencies.
The Points Guy Assessment:
The Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great pick for the beginner and the frequent traveler. The CSP has superb travel benefits, double points on certain purchases, and a 50,000 point sign up bonus. The $95 annual fee is waived the first year so this puts it as one of the less expensive cards, while still allowing you to earn one of the most valuable point currencies.