Bonus AAdvantage Miles, IHG Winter Sale, Amex Gogo Passes
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Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:
Earn Bonus Miles for Joining AAdvantage Dining Program
You can earn up to 2,000 bonus miles for dining out with the AAdvantage Dining Program. To get your bonus miles, complete the following steps:
- Join the AAdvantage Dining program and create a dining profile by March 31, 2015 (you must opt in to receive emails).
- Within 30 days, dine at any participating location and spend $30 or more (including tax and tip).
- Complete a review within 30 days of dining at the restaurant, bar, or club (earning you 1,000 bonus miles).
- Repeat the second and third step up to two times (earning 500 miles each time) for a total of 2,000 AAdvantage bonus miles.
Reminder: Amex Business Platinum Holders Now Get Passes for Free Gogo Internet
Gogo and Amex have partnered to offer free Gogo in-flight WiFi passes during flights for The Business Platinum® Card from American Express cardholders. These passes can be used to access internet on any Gogo-equipped flight segment, regardless of the length of the flight and whether it’s domestic or international. This benefit is now available, and each cardholder will get 10 passes annually. To activate the passes, you must:
- Enter your Business Platinum Card number at gogoair.com/amex;
- Follow the prompts to create or sign into your Gogo account;
- When you fly on a Gogo-equipped flight, simply log in to Gogo and choose to use an American Express internet pass.
Reminder: Shop Via Portals for Valentine’s Day Gifts
Today is Valentine’s Day, and just in case you’re in the market for a last minute gift like flowers or jewelry, many portals offer deals where you can earn several points or miles per dollar that don’t expire until the end of today. FTD.com and Teleflora are some of the vendors that are offering big bonuses this Valentine’s Day, and check out this post for more.
Get a 25% Bonus When You Convert Hotel Points to AAdvantage Miles
You can earn a 25% mileage bonus when you convert hotel points to American Airlines AAdvantage miles from now until March 15, 2015. The transfer ratios are pretty bad, but if you need AAdvantage miles quickly for an award ticket, or if you need some activity in your AAdvantage account to keep miles from expiring, this could help. Note that transferred and bonus miles do not count toward elite status. Participating hotel programs and transfer ratios can be found here.
Save 20% with the IHG Winter to Remember Sale
IHG is running a winter sale offering 20% off at select properties in destinations across the US and Canada, like New York, Boston, Chicago and Toronto. Full payment is due at the time of booking and blackout dates may apply. Check the link for a list of participating properties.
Ex-Korean Air VP To Be Jailed for Going “Nuts” Over Nuts
Perhaps you recall the December incident at New York’s JFK Airport when Korean Air’s Vice President of in-flight services, Heather Cho, delayed a Korean Air flight in order to boot off the supervisor of a steward who improperly served Cho’s pre-flight macadamia nuts. This action, which caused the Seoul-bound Airbus 380’s 250 passengers to arrive at Incheon Airport (ICN) 11 minutes late, proved so unpopular in South Korea that Cho resigned from the airline. Witnesses testified during the trial that Cho actually hit a flight crew member with a service manual in anger. The judge determined Cho showed no remorse for her actions, and sentenced Cho to a one-year prison sentence, plus a steaming hot side of endless humiliation (served properly, of course). Aside from the up to 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 up to 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.