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Best Western just launched their spring promotion that starts on April 15th and ends on June 3rd. There are several variations of this offer, and these should all  show under your offers when logged in to your Best Western Rewards account.

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The main theme is a $50 Travel Card for three separate stays, and 1000 bonus points for booking online for BW Elite members + 1000 for paying using BW credit card (total for three stays), or 750 bonus AeroPlan miles per stay.

Note that there are some restrictions in these promotions in which country the Best Western Rewards account address is. One of the promotions is valid at all participating countries but fails to list the countries and the link (bestwestern.com/jump) doesn’t work yet (as of March 27th).

Stay 3 separate times between 4/15/12 and 6/3/12 and earn a $50 USD Travel Card – (Apr 15, 2012 – Jun 4, 2012) – Promo Code: JUMP12

Best Western Rewards® members (Member(s)) residing in any participating country? (visit bestwestern.com/jump for complete list of countries) who REGISTER for the Promotion and complete three (3) separate QUALIFIED STAYS* between April 15, 2012 and June 3, 2012 (Promotion Period) at any Best Western branded hotel worldwide may earn a USD $50 Best Western Travel Card®.

PROMOTION REGISTRATION AND BEST WESTERN REWARDS ENROLLMENT/MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED PRIOR TO THE FIRST QUALIFIED STAY.

Limit one (1) USD $50 Best Western Travel Card per Member during the Promotion Period. Promotional USD $50 Best Western Travel Card expires November 1, 2012. No extensions, substitutions or replacements available.

Bonus Offer: Use your Best Western Rewards MasterCard® to pay for each of your three (3) qualified stays and receive 1,000 Best Western Rewards bonus points. Maximum one (1) Bonus reward per Member during the Promotion Period.

Elite Member Bonus Offer: Elite (Gold Elite, Platinum Elite and Diamond Elite) Members who qualify for the Promotion will earn 1,000 bonus points for each qualifying stay completed during the Promotion Period that is booked on bestwestern.com. Maximum online booking bonus is 3,000 bonus points.

*A qualified stay for the purpose of this promotion is defined as one or more consecutive nights at the same Best Western hotel at a rate eligible for earning points or airline/partner rewards through best western rewards. Only one (1) check-in/check-out permitted per qualified stay.

Other restrictions may apply. Offer not valid with any other promotion or discount. Promotion is subject to cancellation or change without notice.

Please allow 4-6 weeks from completion of 3rd qualified stay for mailing of promotional USD $50 Best Western Travel Card, or posting of Bonus or Elite Member Bonus rewards. If a valid email address has been provided in the Member?s account profile, the promotional USD $50 Best Western Travel Card may be sent electronically to the Member?s email address within 2-3 weeks of completed 3rd qualified stay.

All Best Western Rewards program rules apply. See www.bestwesternrewards.com for additional program terms. Each Best Western® branded hotel is independently owned and operated. Best Western and the Best Western marks are service marks or registered service marks of Best Western International, Inc. ©2012 Best Western International, Inc. All rights reserved. This is a limited time offer to Best Western MasterCard credit card holders. To qualify for this offer, cardholders must stay at any eligible Best Western property before June 3, 2012. This promotion is offered solely by Best Western Rewards and may be amended or cancelled at any time. MBNA Canada Bank has no responsibility or liability for any aspect of this promotion.

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Discover America Daily Getaways is a good time to stock up some points and travel packages. Last year, I bought bunch of Hilton and Wyndham Rewards points. There were few other offers that I was thinking of participating, but procrastinated for too long.

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We should know more next week what is on offer for 2012 edition of this sale. Just like in previous years, the Amex card holders will get 10% discount.

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Hyatt is having their monthly 48 hour sale where you can save 15% to 30% off of best available rates (BAR). Sometimes you can save quite a bit of money and sometimes you cannot. These rates are valid at 118 participating US, Canada, and Caribbean Hyatt hotels.

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Sometimes it is actually better to book an AAA rate that might include some extras like a complimentary breakfast. AAA rates are also normally not prepaid and cancelable. Here’s the link for the Hyatt’s web page for this promotions:http://www.hyatt.com/hyatt/specials/corpofferslist.jsp?offerId=39730828.

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Apparently IHG’s Priority Club has two different promotions running for stays/nights that are mutually exclusive. The other one is based on the number of nights stayed and the other one is based on number of stays.

These are the lowest nights/stays to earn the maximum number of points. There are other variations of this offer as well. The best offer is the 10 stays for 15K Priority Club points if most of your stays are no more than a night. Alternatively, you can sign up for the nights based promotion.

You can register for these promotions at priorityclub.com/register. Please note that you can only choose one of these offers and it cannot be changed later. This promotion starts on April 1st and is valid until June 30th, 2012.

Nights Based

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Stay 3 Nights Get 5000 Bonus Points – Code 1385

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Stay 7 Nights Get 10000 Bonus Points – Code 1387

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Stay 15 nights Get 15000 Bonus Points – Code 1391

Stay Based

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Stay 3 Times Get 5000 Bonus Points – Code 1393

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Stay 6 Times Get 10000 Bonus Points – Code 1395

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Stay 10 Times Get 15000 Bonus Points – Code 1397

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American Airlines has extended the promotion of double elite and redeemable miles between ORD/DFW-SFO/LAX/SNA cities from March 30th to all the way up June 30th, 2012. This must be the longest double miles promotion in AA’s history.

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Originally Orange County airport (SNA) wasn’t part of the promotion, but from March 9 this offer has also applied to flights between ORD-SNA. On an email received from American they did mention that the offer would be valid for flights between DFW-SNA, but that doesn’t appear on the official promotion page on AA.com.

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Note that your address on file with AAdvantage program needs to be in TX, IL, or CA to be eligible for this offer. If you don’t live in these states, just ask your friend. And,yes, you do need to register as well.

Here are the full Terms and conditions of this offer: [click to continue…]

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This coming Wednesday Accor is changing the name of its frequent guest program from A|Club to Le Club Accorhotels. Not sure if it sounds a bit too French, but I am normally happy with my stays at Starwood’s Le Meridien and Le Royal Meridien hotels.

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I hope that they have better integrated the new Le Club Accorhotels to their reservation system. Currently you need to plug in your A|Club number each and every time you make a reservation. Also, the web address for the A|Club has been separate from the Accor’s site for actual bookings. I guess that we need to wait couple of more days to find out. The new site should be up and running this coming Wednesday.

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There has been lot of chatter this past week on both FlyerTalk and Airliners.net about possible changes coming to Delta’s SkyMiles program. Delta that has sizeable social media presence hasn’t uttered a word.

Change is coming and I believe that we will hear about these coming changes sooner rather than later, possibly even this coming week. I don’t normally write about rumors, but in this case there is plenty of solid evidence based i.e. job postings what is the direction of these changes.

I am vested in Delta’s SkyMiles program as I have close to 800K miles sitting on my account. Whenever I have been using miles it has always been easier to use miles on Oneworld or Star Alliance programs. Maybe I should finally go ahead and ticket couple of RTW trips before Delta has another chance to devalue them?

There are going to be two changes. How the future SkyMiles are awarded and at least partially moving to a fare based awards system i.e. the number of miles required for the award ticket will be essentially linked to the price of such a ticket.

There was a post on FlyertTalk by a member LedgeT that looked like a leaked internal Delta memo:

The Loyalty Program is comprised of two projects that seek to increase revenue and customer loyalty along with decreasing liability related to unused award miles. Coordinated communication to the general public regarding the intentions of these changes is paramount to acceptance.

Revenue Based Mileage Accrual (RBMA) project shifts the basis for awarding miles to a revenue based accrual approach

Release 0: Support the communication/announcement of upcoming SkyMiles program changes (targeted 1Q12).
Will no longer display distance flown miles for departures after new miles accrual effective date (targeted for 3Q12)
Release 0.5: Provide Mileage Calculator to calculate approximate revenue based mileage accrual based on travel  after launch ((targeted 2Q12)
Release 1: Convert SkyMiles System from flown miles to revenue based mileage accrual (3Q12)
Release 2: Reward SkyMiles members with miles for all non-air purchases (i.e. SkyClub, Seats) (currently On Hold)

Fare Based Award Ticket Redemption (FBATR) project

Fast Track Release – Provides limited base functionality to align with the Polaris Chicago release timing

Phase I at Launch introduces Fare Based Award Redemption Model, Single Shopping Experience for Customer, New Award Inventory Controls, Cash + Miles Award Redemption Product, Award Redemption for OA, Modifications to the automated Award Refund, Redeposit, and Reissue and Exchange Process

Phase II – After Launch includes Bid for Price Award Redemption Product, Buy It Now Award Redemption Product, Volume Discount Award Redemption Product, Modifications to SkyMiles Branded Mileage Upgrade Products, and Modifications to SkyMiles System-Wide Upgrade Certificates

1. The Loyalty Program is comprised of two projects that seek to increase revenue and customer loyalty along with decreasing liability related to unused award miles. Coordinated communication to the general public regarding the intentions of these changes is paramount to acceptance.

In reality it is Impossible to achieve both the increase in revenue and customer loyalty while at the same time “decreasing” liability. The latter basically means higher number of miles required for award redemptions, or making redeeming SkyMiles even more cumbersome than it is today, so that more of them would go unused (breakage).

The deferred revenue that Delta assigns to all unused SkyMiles was $4.5 billion as of December 31st, 2011 same as at the end of 2010 fiscal year (according to filed 10K)’s. Now, they want to bring this liability down by changing the future usage parameters.  In 2010 they brought down the frequent flier liability by $345 million.

Communication is essential as Delta found out when they tried to lower the number Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQM’s) earned on the lowest fares from 100% to 50%. There was a huge public backslash and people donated money to run print ads on publications like USAToday. The website from the era SaveSkymiles is still up.

Revenue Based Mileage Accrual (RBMA) project shifts the basis for awarding miles to a revenue based accrual approach
Release 0: Support the communication/announcement of upcoming SkyMiles program changes (targeted 1Q12).
Will no longer display distance flown miles for departures after new miles accrual effective date (targeted for 3Q12)
Release 0.5: Provide Mileage Calculator to calculate approximate revenue based mileage accrual based on travel  after launch ((targeted 2Q12)
Release 1: Convert SkyMiles System from flown miles to revenue based mileage accrual (3Q12)
Release 2: Reward SkyMiles members with miles for all non-air purchases (i.e. SkyClub, Seats) (currently On Hold)

Revenue Based Mileage Accrual (RBMA) project shifts the basis for awarding miles to a revenue based accrual approach

There are quite a few different approaches that various airlines use for awarding miles based on the revenue. Delta already does this as well by giving redeemable and MQM bonuses for high economy and business/first class fares.

Here are examples from number of US and foreign airlines:

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Lufthansa does this by giving a set number of miles for flights within Europe. There is a clear distinction between the lowest economy fares that only earn 125 miles compared to business class fares that earn up to 2000 miles. Worldwide destinations earn from 50% to 300% of the miles flown depending on the fare class.

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Air New Zealand has a more novel approach by using Airpoints. Difficult to compare the miles earned and how much it would actually cost to get a free ticket.  Apparently, you can use Airpoints Dollars as payment towards any fare on Air New Zealand. You need to pay the taxes/fees separately, however. For partner flights they have a separate partner reward chart.

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JetBlue has a similar approach. They award 3 TrueBlue points per dollar spend and double it for bookings made on their website. There are some threshold bonuses, but about the maximum you can do is 12 TrueBlue points per dollar. You can buy any fare that is shown on JetBlue’s website using TrueBlue points that are worth around 1.4 cents per point when exchanged for a ticket. You can get around 17% rebate in the form of TrueBlue points if you fly JetBlue a lot.

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Virgin America has a pretty straight dollar based approach for earning their Elevate points. You will earn 5 Elevate points per dollar spent. You can spend them on all Virgin America flights by using your points at around 2.14 cents each.  So, if you fly a lot on Virgin America, you can get around 10% rebate in the form of Elevate points.

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Southwest has a tiered system for awarding points. You get 6 to 12 points per dollar depending of the fare purchased. If someone is doing a serious flying on Southwest, they can also earn up to 100% bonus on the points earned. When you redeem, the number of points needed depends of the fare and is from from 60 to 120 points per dollar. Sounds complicated? The best case scenario would be to buy Business Select fares that earn 12 points per dollar and earn the 100% bonus, and then use them for Wanna Get Away fares at 60 points per dollar. You would get 40% rebate on the fare this way. On the other hand, if you are earning at 6 points and need to buy the “business” fare using points, your rebate is only 5%.

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But maybe they are thinking inline what the Emirates has been doing? Emirates doesn’t show any “real” mileage base distances during their booking process, and the miles earned are dependent of the zones and not the actual flight routes i.e. you won’t earn any more miles if you backtrack via Dubai.

Here’s an example how many Skywards miles one would earn flying Los Angeles to Dubai return.

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Economy (low)  7000 & Economy (high) 14000

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Business (low) 17500 & Business (high) 24500

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First (low) 28000 & First (high) 35000

The actual return distance between Los Angeles and Dubai is around 16700 miles. You need to fly business or higher to earn the actual distance flown in Skyward miles.

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Here’s one actual example about booking a Singapore to Auckland in First class on Emirates. You will be shown during the booking process number of different options and how many miles each of them would earn. After you choose one of the proposed itineraries, you can choose to have a look at the mileage breakdown. This Singapore to Auckland would earn enough tier qualifying miles to earn a Gold status. The actual distance between Singapore and Auckland is 5200 miles.

Fare Based Award Ticket Redemption (FBATR) project

Fast Track Release – Provides limited base functionality to align with the Polaris Chicago release timing

Phase I at Launch introduces Fare Based Award Redemption Model, Single Shopping Experience for Customer, New Award Inventory Controls, Cash + Miles Award Redemption Product, Award Redemption for OA, Modifications to the automated Award Refund, Redeposit, and Reissue and Exchange Process

Phase II – After Launch includes Bid for Price Award Redemption Product, Buy It Now Award Redemption Product, Volume Discount Award Redemption Product, Modifications to SkyMiles Branded Mileage Upgrade Products, and Modifications to SkyMiles System-Wide Upgrade Certificates

This is staring to get interesting. Legacy US carrier trying to transform from zone based fixed awards to a one based on the price.

Fare Based Award Redemption Model

Using fares to price awards is not a novel concept, although it would be among the legacy network carriers in the United States. Already JetBlue, Virgin America, and Southwest have tied the number of miles/points needed for an award directly to the available fares. Off the examples above Air New Zealand does exactly the same for their own flights, although they have a different fixed Airpoints schedule for partner flights. Also, American Airlines has their dynamic air rewards alongside the usual award chart.

“Launch introduces Fare Based Award Redemption”

The only positive side to this is that they are not using the word replaces.

“Single Shopping Experience for Customer”

Although none of the airlines that I frequently use does this yet, it is very common among the hotels. Starwood, Hilton, and InterContinental Hotels Group all show the price, points price, and price using cash & points (if available).

“New Award Inventory Controls”

This is where Delta has gone completely wrong with their domestic and international award pricing. You have high, medium, and low awards, and all have somehow tied to the underlying inventory controls. But, if all you do is to use SkyMiles as a form of payment then there wouldn’t be need to award inventory control at all. The dynamic feature of fare bucket availability would take care of it.

“Cash + Miles Award Redemption Product”

Delta already partially does this by allowing some members to redeem a set number of SkyMiles for $100 discount certificates. You can then use them for paying any fare.

There is already number of airlines where you can partially pay using points and rest using cash.

“Award Redemption for OA”

This would be truly revolutionary if they would decide to introduce a fare based award pricing for partner airlines as well. Expect to basic international business awards to cost 500K to 1000K miles.

“Modifications to the automated Award Refund, Redeposit, and Reissue and Exchange Process”

Technicalities

Then on the second launch phase in 2013 maybe?

Bid for Price Award Redemption Product, Buy It Now Award Redemption Product, Volume Discount Award Redemption Product, Modifications to SkyMiles Branded Mileage Upgrade Products, and Modifications to SkyMiles System-Wide Upgrade Certificates

“Bid for Price Award Redemption Product”

There are already products available for airlines to handle business/first class upgrade bidding process. Shouldn’t be too difficult to introduce this for regular award flights as well.

“Buy It Now Award Redemption Product”

Not sure if eBay has trademarked Buy It Now and what exactly would it mean on Delta’s case. To sell the number of miles required for award redemption if short?

“Volume Discount Award Redemption Product”

Airlines are already offering targeted discounts for redemptions. Not sure if anyone has done a volume base discount yet.

“Modifications to SkyMiles Branded Mileage Upgrade Products, and Modifications to SkyMiles System-Wide Upgrade Certificates”

Not sure about these.

Conclusion:

I think that it is somewhat inevitable that the US based airlines will eventually give higher multipliers for business and first class fares, and at the same time lower the number of miles earned on the cheapest fares to less than 100% of the flown miles.

Why Delta hasn’t launched a product that would compete with United’s Global Services or American’s Concierge Key? If Delta is truly interested in attracting the high spenders, they need to offer more timely and personal service. There are not set qualifications for either United’s or AA’s invitation only status, but the revenue requirement is in excess of $30K to $50K and is dependent of the market.

Delta has to be really careful in their approach to this issue. Pretending that nothing is happening when a memo has leaked out doesn’t help. They should come out and tell what changes are coming and when. Then the customers could make an informed choice whether to continue patronising Delta or not.

My prediction is that if Delta will move entirely to a fare based award system the rebate that an elite flier will get for dollar spent is going to be 5% to 20% depending of the fares purchased and how the points/miles are used. This will make redeeming for those inspirational international business class awards very difficult.

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erewards-club-carlson_0Club Carlson is running a targeted promotion for getting e-Rewards members to sign up for their program. The sign up bonus is the same 4500 Gold Points that they offered last year through TGI.

It might be worthwhile to see if you have any e-Rewards invitations in your email inbox or spam folder.  According to the terms and conditions of this promotion you would need to be an e-Rewards member in order for the sign up bonuses to show up. YMMV, however.

Here are the Terms and conditions of this offer

e-Rewards members must enroll in Club Carlson using the link provided via email by e-Rewards by May 31, 2012 (“Promotional Period”). This offer is limited to a maximum of 4,500 bonus Gold Points per person. Offer only valid for new Club Carlson members without an existing account.  Promotional bonus Gold Points will be posted to the member’s Club Carlson account within 6-8 weeks of enrollment date. The name on the e-Rewards program account and Club Carlson account must be the same.  Offer is valid only to the enrolled recipient, is non-transferable, may not be sold, and is subject to change or termination without notice.  By enrolling in Club Carlson and participating in this offer, you agree to the Club Carlson program terms and conditions.

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Starwood used to do straight status matches from number of programs like Marriott or Hilton. This was all changed in early 2011. From April 1st, 2011 Starwood initiated a Platinum challenge where spending 15 nights during 90 day period would earn you a Platinum status. This was further changed to 18 nights during three calendar month period back in November 2012.

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Here are the current requirements for SPG Platinum challenge

1. No previous Platinum status with Starwood Preferred Guest

2. 18 nights during three calendar month period (need to be paid nights – award/cash & points nights do not count)

You can choose any consecutive three months. If you have already had number of Starwood stays in February and March, you can sign up, and now choose February to April to be your three consecutive months. You can also change the three month period after you have chosen it. If you fail the challenge, you can do another one.

By completing the challenge after March 1st, 2012 you will receive the Platinum status all the way until February 2014.

There is no need to have status with competing program to start the challenge.

You can start the challenge and receive further information about this program by emailing SPG at platinum.liaison@starwoodhotels.com.

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This special rate is popping up on quite a few Hyatt Resorts that are in the United States. Unfortunately the website referenced under the Terms and conditions “Hyatt.com/freetime” is not up as of today. Not surprising considering how unstable the website has been lately.

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Depending on the property you will complimentary night if you pay for 2, 3, or 4 nights.  This rate also includes a breakfast for 2 and guaranteed 2PM check out. This offer is valid until December 30th, 2012 and is bookable until November 30th. This is valid for resorts in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. You can check minimum stay requirement if you first choose the hotel and then browse the hotel offers. The minimum sty requirement for the Palm Springs Hyatt was 2 nights and 4 to 5 nights depending of the season at the Hyatt Key West.

This “Free Time” rate is apparently the Hyatt Daily Rate + $20.

Here are rate examples from the Hyatt Palm Springs

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Free Time rate is $229

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Advance purchase rate is $146.30

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Hyatt Daily rate $209

Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond members have free breakfast and 4PM check out guaranteed as a benefit. You should always check the AAA and Costco rates as well. This offer probably does make sense if you are not a Diamond member and/or there are no discounted rates available during your stay.

Here are the Terms and conditions of this offer: [click to continue…]

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Earlier in the week both Virgin American and Virgin Atlantic sent emails about their partnership. I am not a member of Virgin Australia’s Velocity program, but pretty sure that they did an email blast as well. I already wrote about using Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club miles on Virgin America flights. Some Virgin Atlantic redemptions on Virgin America’s short/medium haul flights make sense. There are not fuel surcharges or other “garbage” fees to pay – only the actual taxes.

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The situation is entire different, however, if you try to redeem Virgin America Elevate points for flights on Virgin Australia or Virgin Atlantic. The small print on the emails tells about everything you need to now:

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No wonder why Virgin America wanted to “hide” the taxes and fees to the small print. The actual tax portion of these taxes/fees in borderline negligible. The most are fuel surcharges that are buried in the “fees” section. I wrote about why airline love these fuel surcharges some time ago. One of the points is that they get to charge these on “free” award tickets as well

Here are two of examples for using Virgin America Elevate points on Virgin Atlantic:

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San Francisco to Shanghai the long way via London is $2100 in taxes? That is borderline insane. The number of points required is reasonable at 110 000, however.

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San Francisco to London? You can probably buy a revenue ticket albeit in economy for less than the taxes/fees of $1200 using Elevate points for a business seat. Again, the number of required miles is reasonable at 50000.

Here are two examples for using Virgin America Elevate points on Virgin Australia:

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Los Angeles to Sydney anyone? The number of miles required is again reasonable, but the fuel surcharges are not. From $749 to $849 in fees?

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Los Angeles to Brisbane instead of Sydney? The fees are $50 less, but still way too high.

And it does become borderline insane when you have Virgin America feeder flights for Virgin Atlantic flights.

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New York to Sydney? 230K Elevate points + $849 in taxes/fees? You can fly for far less in first class on Qantas or United.

Conclusion

It is always good to have more partners where you can use your miles and points. At these levels redeeming for Virgin Atlantic or Virgin Australia doesn’t make hardly any sense if you are based in the United States. If you don’t have the miles just buy when US Airways is having their sale and redeem them for international business or first class. You only pay the real taxes and some ticketing fees.

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Nothing is better than getting some extra points. Starwood is offering 1000 bonus Starpoints per stay at the 25 newly renovated Sheraton Hotels & Resorts. This is valid for stays from March 20th, to June 30th, 2012. You need to register for this promotion to get the extra points.

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What I really like about this promotion is that all the paid rates are qualifying.  You don’t have to book a special rate code, which is often inflated, to get the points. Note that you won’t get the bonus points for award for cash & points bookings.

Here is the list of the participating properties: [click to continue…]

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If you have never tried Starwood’s latest hotel brand Element, now it is a good time to do so. Starwood has teamed up with Travelzoo and offering $89 rates at number of Element properties including the one in New York. This offer is valid from April 1st to September 15th, 2012.

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I have stayed at the Element in Las Vegas /Summerlin and it was quite a good experience. Element hotels are aimed at travelers that tend to stay longer than a night. All the rooms have full sized refrigerators and hot plates. Note that the SPG Platinum suite upgrades are not available at Element hotels per terms and conditions of the program.

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This rate is eligible for the Starpoints and stay credit because the offer is booked through Starwood’s own website. You can use the flexible search to find out the dates when the offer is available at any of the Element hotels.

These rates are prepaid, non-refundable, and non-changeable.

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To celebrate the newest member of the alliance not only are Airberlin Topbonus members getting double miles on Oneworld alliance flights, but also all Oneworld carriers are offering double miles for Airberlin flights.

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Oneworld made an announcement about this:

Members of American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN Airlines, Qantas, Royal Jordanian and S7’s frequent flyer programmes will earn double the normal mileage awards when flying on eligible airberlin flights from today until 15 May 2012.

Now here’s the tricky part. Some of the airlines require you to register for this double miles promotion and some do not. I went just through all the websites to find more information.

American Airlines AAdvantage: You need to register to get double miles credited for Airberlin flights. You can do it here.

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British Airways: No need to register to get double miles. You can find more info about this partnership here.

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Cathay Pacific: You need to register for this promotion to get double Asiamiles. You can do it here.

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Finnair: No information about the Airberlin offer on Finnair.com. There is only generic webpage dedicated to Airberlin that you can access here.

Iberia: No registration required. You can find more information here.

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Japan Airlines: Registration is required. You can do it here.

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LAN: Unfortunately there is no information available. Airberlin’s logo is visible on the Oneworld section, but then entirely missing on the earning of miles side that you can access here.

Qantas: Registration is required. You can do it here.

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Royal Jordanian: No info about Airberlin found.

S7 (Siberian Airlines): Page dedicated to Airberlin, but no info about double miles offer.