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Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:

Boost your AAdvantage account with Starwood stays this fall.

Earn 1,000 AAdvantage Miles with SPG

Stay two nights or longer at participating Starwood hotels in North and Latin America through January 31, 2016 and you can earn 1,000 AAdvantage bonus milesWhen booking, use rate code AIRPRO and be sure to have your AAdvantage number saved in your SPG profile.

Earn double triple Hertz Gold Rewards points
Earn double and triple Hertz Gold Rewards points.

Hertz Offering Up to Triple Gold Plus Rewards for Rentals

You can earn double Gold Plus Rewards points on your first qualifying rental, and then triple Gold Plus Rewards points on further qualifying rentals from September 8 to December 15, 2015. You must first register for the offer, and new Gold Plus members will need to wait 48 hours for their enrollment to be processed before registering for the promotion.

Save on Alaska Airlines fares through Monday, September 7. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Get a 5% Discount on Alaska Airlines Insider Fares

You can get 5% off Insider Fares when booking on the Alaska Airlines website using the promo code EC6208. You must book by September 7, 2015.

Fast-track to AA elite status
Take a shortcut to AAdvantage elite status.

American Airlines Offers Fast Track to Elite Status

If you fly on American, US Airways, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines or Qantas and earn the required elite-qualifying points between September 14 and December 23, 2015, you’ll receive elite status through February 28, 2017. The chart below shows how many points you’ll need to reach each elite level. Make sure to first register for the offer.

Elite status level Elite-qualifying points needed
Executive Platinum 100,000  25,000
Platinum 50,000  9,000
Gold 25,000  5,000


Earn bonus Avianca LifeMiles with Rocketmiles bookings
Rocketmiles is offering bonus Avianca LifeMiles to new members.

Get 3,000 Bonus Avianca Miles with Your First Rocketmiles Booking

Avianca and Rocketmiles are offering a bonus of 3,000 Avianca LifeMiles to first-time Rocketmiles customers for booking a stay by December 31, 2015. This 3,000-mile bonus is in addition to the 500-10,000 miles per night you can earn for each stay. Note that you must book by December 31, 2015, but your stay can occur before or after that date.

Win big with the Open the Door SPG online game
Win big with SPG’s Open the World online game.

Win Starwood Points and Prizes by Playing Open the World

Register to play the Open the World of SPG sweepstakes. You could win a number of daily instant prizes:

  • Free Night Awards
  • Gift cards from and American Express
  • Bonus Starpoints

You can play daily through September 30, 2015; for each day you play, you’ll be entered to win the grand prize of a week-long luxury vacation. See the terms and conditions for more details.

GOGO pack
Win the Gogo contest and get a collection of travel tech gadgets.

Win a Gogo Inflight Tech Pack

Enter Gogo’s end-of-summer contest to win a complete travel gadget pack, featuring a Thule backpack filled with an Asus touchscreen laptop, HP Windows tablet, Garmin fitness tracker, Samsung headphones, a Sony camera and more. The end date and time of the contest isn’t fully clear, but if you enter before September 7, 2015 you should have a chance to win.

The best beginner points and miles card out there.
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

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.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred® named a 'Best Travel Credit Card' by MONEY® Magazine, 2016-2017
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
17.74% - 24.74% Variable
Annual Fee
$0 Intro for the First Year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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