Up to 50K Bonus American Airlines Miles per Mexico to Europe Round Trip

American Airlines, British Airways, and Iberia all have offers for travel from United States and Canada to Europe. The offers between these three airlines do vary, however.

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Now, there is an offer out from American Airlines that is available for AAdvantage members that have their account address set in Mexico. This offer is valid for flights taken between October 30, 2012, and January 31, 2013. You need to register for this offer prior travel.

This bonus is valid for flights on American Airlines, British Airways, and Iberia operated and marketed flights. Note that this offer is only valid on fist class, business class, premium economy (BA), and on high economy fares. Do check that the booking class is eligible for this offer if you are traveling in economy.

Conclusion

I expect that British Airways and Iberia will soon have a similar offer available for travel from Mexico to Europe. This is a great offer if you are traveling on premium fares.  For deeply discounted economy fares, this offer won’t yield any bonus miles, however.

 Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

Incluye tarifas de Primera Clase y Clase Ejecutiva reservadas en F, A, J, R, D o I; tarifas de Clase Económica reservadas en Y, B o H en vuelos operados por American Airlines; tarifas de Primera Clase o Club World reservadas en F, A, J, R, C, D o I; tarifas de World Traveller Plus o ‘World Traveller – tarifa completa’ reservadas en W, E, T, Y, B o H en vuelos operados por British Airways; tarifas de Clase Ejecutiva reservadas en J, C, D, R o I; tarifas de Clase Económica reservadas en Y en vuelos operados por Iberia.

Términos y condiciones
El socio AAdvantage debe registrarse para esta oferta antes de iniciar el viaje. La oferta de millas AAdvantage de bonificación es válida para vuelos sin escalas, de ida y vuelta, operados y/o comercializados por American Airlines, British Airways o Iberia, para viajar entre la República Mexicana y Europa, entre el 30 de octubre de 2012 y el 31 de enero de 2013. La oferta aplica únicamente a socios AAdvantage residentes en la República Mexicana, que viajen con un boleto comprado con una tarifa publicada válida. Los vuelos operados por otros socios de código compartido no son válidos para esta promoción. Un viaje de ida y vuelta se define como un viaje en el que se usa una misma clase de tarifa tanto para el segmento de vuelo transatlántico de salida como para el de retorno. Las millas de bonificación no cuentan para calificar a una categoría Elite o Million Miler.

Hilton HHonors: Second Look at Airline Related Promotions for the Fourth Quarter

I have never seen so many different airline related bonus promotions that Hilton would have run simultaneously. You cannot find any of these listed on Hilton.com as they were targeted to various frequent flier groups. These promotions are, however, open to anyone.

My personal favorite that I will take advantage of is the Hilton’s promotion with Virgin Atlantic. I won’t have that many stays with Hilton this quarter so 15K VS points that I will transfer along with the base miles to Hilton for 40K HH for 5 stays.

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Hilton HHonors Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Bonus Offer – 15K Bonus Miles for 5 Stays

Here’s list of Hilton’s airline related bonus offer for the 4th quarter of 2012.

You can get bonus miles or points for American Airlines, JetBlue, United, US Airways or Virgin America for stays at Waldorf Astoria hotels. The bonus is based on nights and expire on December 31, 2012.

Waldorf Astoria: Nightly Bonus Miles & Points for American, JetBlue, United, US Airways and Virgin America

Conrad hotels are offering 1000 bonus miles per night for American Airways, United Airlines, and US Airways frequent fliers. Offer is valid until December 31, 2012.

Conrad Hotels: 1000 American, United, or US Airways Bonus Miles per Night

You can earn 250 Delta MQM’s and double SkyMiles for stays of 2 nights or longer between October 1 and December 15, 2012.

250 Delta MQM’s and Double Miles for Stays of 2 Nights or Longer at Select Hilton Family of Hotels

Hilton is offering double airline miles for American, Aeromexico, AviancaTaca, MultiPlus(TAM) and United on select hotels in Latin America until December 31, 2012.

Double American Airlines, AviancaTaca, AeroMexico, TAM/Multiplus & United Airlines Miles in the Americas on Hilton Family of Hotels

Hilton is offering maximum of 15K bonus Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles for 5 stays. You can always transfer the bonus + base miles back to Hilton HHonors for total of 40K HH points. This promotion is valid until December 31, 2012

Hilton HHonors Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Bonus Offer – 15K Bonus Miles for 5 Stays

Hilton has a promotion with Miles & More (Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian etc) for up to quadruple miles until December 31, 2012.

Hilton HHonors Miles & More Promotion for Up To Quadruple Miles

You can earn 4000 bonus Emirates Skywards miles on your second stay. This offer is valid until December 31, 2012.

Hilton HHonors Emirates Skywards Promotion – 4000 Bonus Miles on Your Second Stay

You can earn 3000 Virgin Australia Velocity points per stay until October 31, 2012.

3000 Virgin Australia Velocity Points for Hilton Stays

Double Air Canada Aaeroplan miles until the end of 2012.

Hilton HHonors Aeroplan Offer: Double Miles Until December 31

Double Qantas points (2000) for Hilton stays between November 1 and December 31, 2012.

Double Qantas Points (2000) at Hilton Properties Worldwide

Conclusion

Hilton has numerous airline related promotions this quarter. You have to choose carefully the one that gives out the best return. In my personal case, it is the Hilton’s promotion with Virgin Atlantic. I will later transfer the points back to Hilton.

Double American Airlines, AviancaTaca, AeroMexico, TAM/Multiplus & United Airlines Miles in the Americas on Hilton Family of Hotels

Hilton is, for sure, having number of airline related bonus offers this fall. Now, you can earn double American Airlines, AviancaTaca, AeroMexico, TAM/Multiplus or United Miles at number of Hilton properties in the Americas and the Caribbean.

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This offer is valid from October 3 to December 31, 2012. You need to register for this promotion and choose Points & Miles as your double dip option. Then, you need to decide between variable or fixed miles. Fixed miles are usually better option IF your folio is less than $500

Conclusion

There are many Hilton airline related bonus options this fall. You can access them all by clicking the Hotel Promotions tab on top of this page. You should consider taking advantage of the Virgin Atlantic offer if you are interested in about mainly Hilton HHonors points.

Here are the terms of this promotion:

To be eligible for this offer, you must (1) be a member of Hilton HHonors; (2) select Club Premier Aeromexico, American Airlines, AviancaTACA, Multiplus or United (includes Copa) as your preferred Double Dip® Points & Miles partner in your Hilton HHonors account profile; (3) select Points and Variable Miles or Points and Fixed Miles as your Double Dip Earning Style within your HHonors profile; (4) complete a stay at a participating Hilton Worldwide hotel from October 2, 2012 through December 31, 2012, and (5) register at HHonors.com/DoubleLAT prior to hotel check out.

Bonus Mileage: Earn double miles, points or kilometers (depending on the airline program) at the participating airlines listed above for each qualifying stay at participating hotels. There is no cap on the rewards to be awarded during the promotion period. Please allow up to six weeks after the promotion has ended for miles to be credited to your HHonors account.

Here’s the list of participating properties:

COUNTRY

HOTEL NAME

CITY

ANTILLES

Hilton Curacao

Willemstad

ARGENTINA

Hilton Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

BARBADOS

Hilton Barbados

Bridgetown

BRAZIL

Hilton Sao Paulo Morumbi

Sao Paulo

BAHAMAS

British Colonial Hilton Nassau

Nassau

CANADA

Hampton Inn by Hilton Hamilton / Brantford

Brantford

Hampton Inn & Suites Kitchener / Ontario

Kitchener

Homewood Suites by Hilton Vaughan

Vaughan

CHILE

Hilton Garden Inn Santiago – Airport

Santiago

CHINA

Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund

Shanghai

COLUMBIA

Hilton Bogota

Bogota

Hilton Cartagena

Cartagena

COSTA RICA

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Fiesta Hotel Puntarenas / Costa Rica

Puntarenas

Hampton Inn & Suites Aeropuerto /San Jose / Costa Rica

Alajuela

DoubleTree by Hilton Cariari / San Jose Costa Rica

San Jose

Hilton Garden Inn Liberia

Liberia

Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa

Guanacaste

GERMANY

Hilton Garden Inn Stuttgart NeckarPark

Stuttgart

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Hilton Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo

ECUADOR

Hampton Inn Guayaquil / Downtown

Guayaquil

Hilton Colon Guayaquil

Guayaquil

Hilton Colon Quito

Quito

ETHIOPIA

Hilton Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa

IRELAND

Conrad Dublin

Dublin

JAMAICA

Rose Hall Resort / Montego Bay

Montego Bay

MEXICO

Hampton Inn Chihuahua City

Chihuahua

Hampton Inn Ciudad del Carmen Campeche

Ciudad del Carmen

Hampton Inn Ciudad Juarez

Ciudad Juarez

Hampton Inn Ciudad Victoria

Ciudad Victoria

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Queretaro

Colinas del Cimatario

Hampton Inn Guadalajara / Aeropuerto

El Salto

Hilton Guadalajara

Guadalajara

Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort

Los Cabos

Hampton Inn & Suites Casa San Agustin/ Centro Historico

Mexico City

Hilton Mexico City / Reforma

Mexico City

Doubletree by Hilton Mexico City Airport Area

Mexico City

Hampton Inn Monterrey Airport

Monterrey

Hampton Inn Monterrey / Norte

Monterrey

Hampton Inn Queretaro

Queretaro

Hampton Inn Saltillo / Airport Area

Saltillo

Hampton Inn San Juan del Rio, Mexico

San Juan del Rio

Hampton Inn & Suites Tampico / Tamaulipas

Tampico

Hampton Inn Torreon / Coahuila /Aeropuerto

Torreon

Hilton Garden Inn Tuxtla Gutierrez

Tuxtla Gutierrez

Hilton Villahermosa Airport

Villahermosa

PANAMA

Hilton Garden Inn Panama City Downtown

Ciudad de Panama

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Panama City

Panama City

Waldorf Astoria Panama ResidencesÂ

Panama City

Waldorf Astoria Panama

Panama City

PUERTO RICO

El San Juan Hotel And Casino

Carolina

El Conquistador Resort & Golden Door Spa

Fajardo

Las Casitas Village & Golden Door Spa

Fajardo

Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort

Ponce

Condado Lagoon Villas at Caribe Hilton

San Juan

Caribe Hilton

San Juan

Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza

San Juan

Hampton Inn & Suites San Juan

San Juan

PORTUGAL

Conrad Algarve Palacio Da Quinta

Algarve Palacio Da Quinta

TRINIDAD

Hilton Trinidad & Conference Centre

Port of Spain

UNITED STATES

ALABAMA

Hampton Inn & Suites Oxford / Anniston

Oxford

ARKANSAS

Hilton Garden Inn Bentonville

Bentonville

DoubleTree by Hilton Little Rock

Little Rock

ARIZONA

Hampton Inn Phoenix / Anthem

Anthem

Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix Glendale / Westgate

Glendale

Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix / Goodyear

Goodyear

Hampton Inn Lake Havasu City

Lake Havasu City

Hilton Phoenix East / Mesa

Mesa

Hampton Inn Phoenix / Glendale / Peoria

Peoria

Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix I-17 / Happy Valley

Phoenix

Homewood Suites by Hilton Phoenix North I- 17

Phoenix

Hampton Inn Phoenix / Scottsdale @ Shea Blvd

Scottsdale

Hilton Sedona Resort and Spa

Sedona

Embassy Suites Tucson / Paloma Village

Tucson

Doubletree Hotel Tucson Airport

Tucson

Hampton Inn & Suites Yuma

Yuma

CALIFORNIA

DoubleTree by Hilton Carson

Carson

Hampton Inn & Suites Sacramento Laguna Elk Grove

Elk Grove

Hilton Garden Inn Fairfield

Fairfield

Hampton Inn & Suites Highland

Highland

Homewood Suites by Hilton Lancaster

Lancaster

Hotel Maya / a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

Long Beach

Hilton Los Angeles / Checkers

Los Angeles

Doubletree Hotel Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Hampton Inn & Suites Merced

Merced

Embassy Suites Hotel Napa Valley

Napa

Hampton Inn & Suites Palmdale

Palmdale

Hilton Garden Inn Pismo Beach / San Luis Obispo County

Pismo Beach

Hampton Inn & Suites Pittsburg

Pittsburg

Hampton Inn & Suites Roseville

Roseville

DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego / Hotel Circle

San Diego

DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego Downtown

San Diego

Embassy Suites Hotel Santa Ana / Orange County Airport / North

Santa Ana

Fess Parker’s DoubleTree by Hilton Resort Hotel Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara

Embassy Suites Hotel Lake Tahoe Resort

South Lake Tahoe

Hampton Inn & Suites Suisun City

Suisun City

Hampton Inn & Suites Windsor / Sonoma Wine Country

Windsor

COLORADO

Valdoro Mountain Lodge

Breckenridge

Embassy Suites Hotel Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs

Hilton Garden Inn Denver / Cherry Creek

Denver

Embassy Suites Hotel Denver / Southeast / Hampden Avenue

Denver

Hampton Inn & Suites Denver / Tech Center

Denver

CONNECTICUT

Hampton Inn Rocky Hill

Rocky Hill

Homewood Suites by Hilton Stratford

Stratford

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Embassy Suites Hotel Washington / Convention Center

Washington

FLORIDA

The Beach Club At Boca Raton Resort & Club

Boca Raton

Boca Raton Resort & Club

Boca Raton

Hampton Inn Miami Airport / West

Doral

Homewood Suites Fort Meyers Airport

Fort Myers

Hilton Garden Inn Fort Myers Airport

Fort Myers

Hampton Inn Hallandale Beach / Aventura

Hallandale Beach

Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood Airport.

Hollywood

Embassy Suites Hotel Orlando / Lake Buena Vista South

Kissimmee

Hampton Inn & Suites Miami / Brickell-Downtown

Miami

Conrad Miami

Miami

Hampton Inn & Suites Miami / Airport South / Blue Lagoon

Miami

Embassy Suites Hotel Miami Airport

Miami

Hilton Grand Vacations Club at South Beach

Miami Beach

Hampton Inn Niceville / Eglin Air Force Base

Niceville

DoubleTree by Hilton Ocean Point Resort & Spa / North Miami Beach

North Miami Beach

DoubleTree Beach Resort by Hilton Tampa Bay / North Redington Beach

North Redington Beach

Hampton Inn Orlando International Airport

Orlando

Hampton Inn & Suites Orlando / International Drive North

Orlando

Hilton Garden Inn Orlando Airport

Orlando

Hilton Garden Inn Orlando / International Drive / North

Orlando

Hilton Grand Vacations Club on International Drive

Orlando

Hilton Grand Vacations Club at SeaWorld

Orlando

Parc Soleil by Hilton Grand Vacations Club

Orlando

Hampton Inn Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach

Homewood Suites by Hilton Port Richey

Port Richey

Hilton Singer Island Oceanfront Resort

Singer Island

Hampton Inn Titusville

Titusville

GEORGIA

Embassy Suites Hotel Atlanta / Alpharetta

Alpharetta

Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Airport / Millenium Center

College Park

Homewood Suites by Hilton Savannah

Savannah

HAWAII

Grand Waikikian by Hilton Grand Vacations Club

Honolulu

Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa

Honolulu

Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Hilton Hawaiian Village

Honolulu

Hilton Waikiki Beach

Honolulu

Hilton Waikoloa Village

Waikoloa

Kings’ Land by Hilton Grand Vacations Club

Waikoloa

Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Waikoloa Beach Resort

Waikoloa

IOWA

Hampton Inn Des Moines / West

West Des Moines

ILLINOIS

DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago / Arlington Heights

Arlington Heights

Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago / Aurora

Aurora

theWit Chicago / a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

Chicago

Hampton Inn Chicago Theatre District

Chicago

Hampton Inn Chicago / Naperville

Naperville

DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago / Oak Brook

Oak Brook

INDIANA

Hampton Inn Elkhart

Elkhart

Indianapolis North Hotel

Indianapolis

KANSAS

Homewood Suites by Hilton Wichita

Wichita

KENTUCKY

Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Airport

Louisville

LOUISIANA

Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans / French Quarter

New Orleans

Homewood Suites by Hilton Shreveport

Shreveport

MASSACHUSETTS

Hampton Inn & Suites Berkshires / Lenox

Lenox

Embassy Suites Boston / Waltham

Waltham

Hilton Boston / Woburn

Woburn

MARYLAND

Hilton Garden Inn Aberdeen

Aberdeen

Home2 Suites by Hilton Baltimore

Baltimore

Hampton Inn Germantown / Gaithersburg

Germantown

Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport

Linthicum Heights

Doubletree Washington DC / Silver Spring

Silver Spring

Hampton Inn Silver Spring

Silver Spring

Homewood Suites by Hilton Silver Spring

Silver Spring

MICHIGAN

Hampton Inn & Suites Detroit / Chesterfield Township

Chesterfield

Embassy Suites Hotel Detroit / Southfield

Southfield

MINNESOTA

Hampton Inn Minneapolis / St. Paul / Eden Prairie / Southwest

Eden Prairie

Hampton Inn Minneapolis / St. Paul / Eagan / Mall of America Area

Eagan

Hilton Garden Inn Minneapolis / Maple Grove

Maple Grove

Hampton Inn & Suites Rogers

Rogers

MISSOURI

Homewood Suites by Hilton Kansas City Airport

Kansas City

Embassy Suites Hotel Kansas City International Airport

Kansas City

NORTH CAROLINA

Hampton Inn Morehead City

Morehead City

Hampton Inn New Bern

New Bern

DoubleTree by Hilton Rocky Mount

Rocky Mount

NEBRASKA

Hampton Inn & Suites Omaha / Downtown

Omaha

Homewood Suites by Hilton Omaha / Downtown

Omaha

Hampton Inn & Suites Omaha / La Vista

La Vista

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Homewood Suites by Hilton Manchester Airport

Manchester

NEW JERSEY

Hilton Woodcliff Lake

Woodcliff Lake

NEW MEXICO

DoubleTree by Hilton Albuquerque

Albuquerque

NEVADA

Embassy Suites Hotel Convention Center Paradise Road / Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Elara, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club – Center Strip

Las Vegas

Hilton Grand Vacations Club at the Flamingo

Las Vegas

Hilton Grand Vacations Club – Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Hilton Grand Vacations Club on the Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas

NEW YORK

Hilton Garden Inn Elmira / Corning

Horseheads

The Hilton Club New York

New York

West 57th Street by Hilton Club

New York

Hampton Inn & Suites Rockville Centre

Rockville Centre

OHIO

Hampton Inn Columbus International Airport

Columbus

Hilton Garden Inn Columbus Airport

Columbus

Embassy Suites Hotel Cincinnati / Northeast / Blue Ash

Blue Ash

Hampton Inn & Suites Dayton / Airport

Englewood

Doubletree Guest Suites Dayton / Miamisburg

Miamisburg

OKLAHOMA

Hampton Inn & Suites Altus

Altus

Hilton Garden Inn Oklahoma City North / Quail Springs

Oklahoma City

PENNSYLVANIA

Homewood Suites by Hilton Pittsburgh Southpointe

Canonsburg

Homewood Suites by Hilton Lansdale

Lansdale

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh / Meadow Lands

Washington

SOUTH CAROLINA

Hampton Inn & Suites Charleston / Mt. Pleasant / Isle of Palms Area

Mount Pleasant

Hampton Inn Charleston / Mt. Pleasant / Patriots Point

Mount Pleasant

Hilton Garden Inn Charleston Airport

North Charleston

TEXAS

Hilton Garden Inn Dallas / Arlington

Arlington

Homewood Suites by Hilton Brownsville

Brownsville

Hampton Inn Dallas / North / I-35E at Walnut Hill

Dallas

Embassy Suites Hotel El Paso

El Paso

Hampton Inn Fort Stockton

Fort Stockton

Hilton Garden Inn Fort Worth / Medical Center

Fort Worth

Embassy Suites Dallas – Frisco / Hotel, Convention Center & Spa

Frisco

Hampton Inn & Suites Galveston

Galveston

Embassy Suites Dallas / DFW Airport North Outdoor World

Grapevine

Hampton Inn & Suites Dallas / DFW Airport North / Grapevine

Grapevine

Hilton DFW Lakes / Executive Conference Center

Grapevine

Embassy Suites Hotel Houston / Energy Corridor

Houston

Hilton Garden Inn Houston / Galleria Area

Houston

Hilton Houston North

Houston

Hampton Inn & Suites Houston / Medical Center / Astrodome

Houston

Hampton Inn Houston / Northwest

Houston

Hampton Inn Houston / Near the Galleria

Houston

Hampton Inn & Suites Houston / Westchase

Houston

Hilton Houston / Southwest

Houston

Hampton Inn Houston / I-10 West

Houston

Embassy Suites Hotel Dallas / DFW Int’l Airport South

Irving

Hampton Inn & Suites Dallas / Mesquite

Mesquite

Doubletree Hotel Dallas / Richardson

Richardson

Embassy Suites Hotel San Antonio Riverwalk

San Antonio

UTAH

Hampton Inn & Suites Orem

Orem

Waldorf Astoria Park City

Park City

Hilton Salt Lake City Center

Salt Lake City

Hampton Inn Salt Lake City / Downtown

Salt Lake City

Hampton Inn Salt Lake City / Sandy

Sandy

Hilton Garden Inn Salt Lake City / Sandy

Sandy

VIRGINIA

Hampton Inn Alexandria

Alexandria

Hampton Inn Washington / Dulles International Airport / South

Chantilly

Hampton Inn Emporia

Emporia

Hilton Garden Inn Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg

Homewood Suites by Hilton Richmond / West End

Glen Allen

Homewood Suites by Hilton Dulles International Airport

Herndon

DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond Airport

Sandston

DoubleTree by Hilton Sterling / Dulles Airport

Sterling

Hampton Inn Washington / Dulles International Airport

Sterling

Hampton Inn Dulles / Cascades / Town Center

Sterling

Embassy Suites Hotel Tysons Corner

Vienna

WASHINGTON

DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport

Seattle

The Arctic Club Seattle / a DoubleTree by Hilton

Seattle

Hilton Seattle Airport and Conference Center

Seattle

Embassy Suites Hotel Seattle / Tacoma International Airport

Seattle

Finnair & Air Berlin Award Inventory Now Available on AA.com

American Airlines has slowly expanded the number of airlines that are bookable on AA.com. Finnair and Air Berlin just joined Alaska Airlines, British Airways, Hawaiian, and Qantas that were introduced earlier this year.

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This makes booking awards online that connect to American or Qantas flights easier if you try to avoid British Airways metal due to very high fuel surcharges.

Here’s a simple search from Helsinki to Honolulu. The engine was able to find the business class availability by combining Finnair, Air Berlin, and American Airlines.

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If you can avoid London Heathrow and British Airways, you can keep the taxes at rather reasonable level.

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Conclusion

It is very good that American makes more of their partners bookable online as United has already done. American still has more than 15 partners that they could implement to their online award searches. I hope that they would speed up the process.

Waldorf Astoria: Nightly Bonus Miles & Points for American, JetBlue, United, US Airways and Virgin America

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Hilton’s Waldorf Astoria brand is also offering airline related bonuses this fall. You will earn 1000 bonus miles per night with American, United and US Airways or 500 points per night with JetBlu and Virgin America. Please note that this bonus is per night not per stay. All these offers are valid until December 31, 2012, and you need to register for the offer before your stay and have the double dip option set to fixed/variable miles.

American Airlines – Registration Link

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JetBlue – Registration Link

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United Airlines – Registration Link

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US Airways – Registration Link

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Virgin America – Registration Link

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Conclusion

Hilton has lots of airline related bonus offers this fall. You need to decide if choosing the points & miles is the best option for you.

Then you need to decide if the best option is fixed miles (500 miles per stay with AA, UA & US or 250 points with VX) vs variable miles of 1 mile per dollar spend (AA, UA & US) or 1 point for every 2 dollars (B6 & VX).

Here are the terms and condition of the American Airlines offer:

Offer valid for eligible stays completed between September 1 through December 31, 2012 (“Promotion Period”) at any participating Waldorf Astoria hotels or resorts. Specific discounted rate plans, offers or promotions may also be ineligible for bonusing. To be eligible to earn 1,000 AAdvantage® miles night of your stay, you must (1) select American AAdvantage® program as your Double Dip® earnings partner in your Hilton HHonors™ account profile, (2) register online hhonors.com/waldorf/american before your first stay, (3) book an eligible stay online through any Hilton Worldwide website or Hilton Worldwide central reservations; and (4) complete your eligible stay(s) at a participating hotels between September 1 through December 31, 2012. Registered HHonors members will only receive the selected bonus for nights completed during the Promotion Period, regardless of a check-in date before the Promotion Period begins or a check-out date after the Promotion Period ends. Please allow up to six weeks after qualification, and after promotion has ended, for miles to be credited to your account. This offer may be combined with other offers and/or promotions. All American AAdvantage® program rules apply.

Here are the terms and condition of the JetBlue offer:

Offer valid for eligible stays completed between September 1 through December 31, 2012 (“Promotion Period”) at any participating Waldorf Astoria hotels or resorts. Specific discounted rate plans, offers or promotions may also be ineligible for bonusing. To be eligible to earn 500 TrueBlue Points night of your stay, you must (1) select JetBlue as your Double Dip® earnings partner in your Hilton HHonors™ account profile, (2) register online hhonors.com/waldorf/jetblue before your first stay, (3) book an eligible stay online through any Hilton Worldwide website or Hilton Worldwide central reservations; and (4) complete your eligible stay(s) at a participating hotels between September 1 through December 31, 2012. Registered HHonors members will only receive the selected bonus for nights completed during the Promotion Period, regardless of a check-in date before the Promotion Period begins or a check-out date after the Promotion Period ends. Please allow up to six weeks after qualification, and after promotion has ended, for miles to be credited to your account. This offer may be combined with other offers and/or promotions. All TrueBlue program rules apply.

Here are the terms and condition of the United Airlines offer:

Offer valid for eligible stays completed between September 1 through December 31, 2012 (“Promotion Period”) at any participating Waldorf Astoria hotels or resorts. Specific discounted rate plans, offers or promotions may also be ineligible for bonusing. To be eligible to earn 1,000 bonus award miles per night of your stay, you must (1) select United MileagePlus as your Double Dip® earnings partner in your Hilton HHonors™ account profile, (2) register online hhonors.com/waldorf/united before your first stay, (3) book an eligible stay online through any Hilton Worldwide website or Hilton Worldwide central reservations; and (4) complete your eligible stay(s) at a participating hotels between September 1 through December 31, 2012. Registered HHonors members will only receive the selected bonus for nights completed during the Promotion Period, regardless of a check-in date before the Promotion Period begins or a check-out date after the Promotion Period ends. Please allow up to six weeks after qualification, and after promotion has ended, for points to be credited to your account. This offer may be combined with other offers and/or promotions. All MileagePlus program rules apply. Miles accrued and awards issued are subject to the rules of the United MileagePlus program. Please allow 6-8 weeks for miles to post to your account. The MileagePlus program, including accruals, awards and bonus mile offers, are subject to change without notice. Bonus award miles, award miles and any other miles earned through non-flight activity do not account or qualify for Premier® status unless expressly stated otherwise. Taxes and fees related to award travel are the responsibility of the member. United and MileagePlus are registered service marks. For complete details about the MileagePlus program, go to www.united.com.

Here are the terms and condition of the US Airways offer:

Offer valid for eligible stays completed between September 1 through December 31, 2012 (“Promotion Period”) at any participating Waldorf Astoria hotels or resorts. Specific discounted rate plans, offers or promotions may also be ineligible for bonusing. To be eligible to earn 1,000 Dividend Miles night of your stay, you must (1) select US Airways as your Double Dip® earnings partner in your Hilton HHonors™ account profile, (2) register online hhonors.com/waldorf/usairways before your first stay, (3) book an eligible stay online through any Hilton Worldwide website or Hilton Worldwide central reservations; and (4) complete your eligible stay(s) at a participating hotels between September 1 through December 31, 2012. Registered HHonors members will only receive the selected bonus for nights completed during the Promotion Period, regardless of a check-in date before the Promotion Period begins or a check-out date after the Promotion Period ends. Please allow up to six weeks after qualification, and after promotion has ended, for points to be credited to your account. This offer may be combined with other offers and/or promotions. All Dividend Miles program rules apply.

Here are the terms and condition of the Virgin America offer:

Offer valid for eligible stays completed between September 1 through December 31, 2012 (“Promotion Period”) at any participating Waldorf Astoria hotels or resorts. Specific discounted rate plans, offers or promotions may also be ineligible for bonusing. To be eligible to earn 500 Elevate Points night of your stay, you must (1) select Virgin America as your Double Dip® earnings partner in your Hilton HHonors™ account profile, (2) register online [landing page URL] before your first stay, (3) book an eligible stay online through any Hilton Worldwide website or Hilton Worldwide central reservations; and (4) complete your eligible stay(s) at a participating hotels between September 1 through December 31, 2012. [insert any airline-specific restrictions] Registered HHonors members will only receive the selected bonus for nights completed during the Promotion Period, regardless of a check-in date before the Promotion Period begins or a check-out date after the Promotion Period ends. Please allow up to six weeks after qualification, and after promotion has ended, for points to be credited to your account. This offer may be combined with other offers and/or promotions. All Virgin America Elevate program rules apply.

Conrad Hotels: 1000 American, United, or US Airways Bonus Miles per Night

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Hilton HHonors is offering 1000 bonus miles per NIGHT until December 31, 2012, if you choose American Airlines, United Airlines, or US Airways your fixed/variable miles double dip partner. You need to register for this promotion prior to your stay.

American Airlines – Registration Link

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United Airlines Registration Link

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US Airways – Registration Link

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Conclusion

This is a nice offer if you have a multiple night stay coming at Conrad hotels. If your hotel folio is more than $500, you should choose Variable Miles double dip option and fixed in case your folio is less. The base miles regardless of the length of the stay for these three airlines is 500 for fixed and 1 point per dollar spend for variable miles collectors.

Here are the terms and conditions of the AA offer:

Offer valid for eligible stays completed between September 1 through December 31, 2012 (“Promotion Period”) at any participating Conrad hotels or resorts. Specific discounted rate plans, offers or promotions may also be ineligible for bonusing. To be eligible to earn 1,000 AAdvantage® miles per night of your stay, you must (1) select the American AAdvantage® program as your Double Dip® earnings partner in your Hilton HHonors™ account profile, (2) register online at hhonors.com/conrad/american before your first stay, (3) book an eligible stay online through any Hilton Worldwide website or Hilton Worldwide central reservations; and (4) complete your eligible stay(s) at a participating hotels between September 1 through December 31, 2012. Registered HHonors members will only receive the selected bonus for nights completed during the Promotion Period, regardless of a check-in date before the Promotion Period begins or a check-out date after the Promotion Period ends. Please allow up to six weeks after qualification, and after promotion has ended, for miles to be credited to your account. This offer may be combined with other offers and/or promotions. All American AAdvantage® program rules apply. To review the American Airlines full Terms & Conditions please

Here are the terms and conditions of the UA offer:

Offer valid for eligible stays completed between September 1 through December 31, 2012 (“Promotion Period”) at any participating Conrad hotels or resorts. Specific discounted rate plans, offers or promotions may also be ineligible for bonusing. To be eligible to earn 1,000 bonus award miles per night of your stay, you must (1) select United MileagePlus as your Double Dip® earnings partner in your Hilton HHonors™ account profile, (2) register online at hhonors.com/conrad/united before your first stay, (3) book an eligible stay online through any Hilton Worldwide website or Hilton Worldwide central reservations; and (4) complete your eligible stay(s) at a participating hotels between September 1 through December 31, 2012. Registered HHonors members will only receive the selected bonus for nights completed during the Promotion Period, regardless of a check-in date before the Promotion Period begins or a check-out date after the Promotion Period ends. Please allow up to six weeks after qualification, and after promotion has ended, for miles to be credited to your account. This offer may be combined with other offers and/or promotions. All United MileagePlus program rules apply. Miles accrued and awards issued are subject to the rules of the United MileagePlus program. Please allow 6-8 weeks for miles to post to your account. The MileagePlus program, including accruals, awards and bonus mile offers, are subject to change without notice. Bonus award miles, award miles and any other miles earned through non-flight activity do not account or qualify for Premier® status unless expressly stated otherwise. Taxes and fees related to award travel are the responsibility of the member. United and MileagePlus are registered service marks. For complete details about the MileagePlus program, go to www.united.com.

Here are the terms and conditions of the US offer:

Offer valid for eligible stays completed between September 1 through December 31, 2012 (“Promotion Period”) at any participating Conrad hotels or resorts. Specific discounted rate plans, offers or promotions may also be ineligible for bonusing. To be eligible to earn 1,000 Dividend Miles per night of your stay, you must (1) select US Airways as your Double Dip® earnings partner in your Hilton HHonors™ account profile, (2) register online hhonors.com/conrad/usairways before your first stay, (3) book an eligible stay online through any Hilton Worldwide website or Hilton Worldwide central reservations; and (4) complete your eligible stay(s) at a participating hotels between September 1 through December 31, 2012. Registered HHonors members will only receive the selected bonus for nights completed during the Promotion Period, regardless of a check-in date before the Promotion Period begins or a check-out date after the Promotion Period ends. Please allow up to six weeks after qualification, and after promotion has ended, for miles to be credited to your account. This offer may be combined with other offers and/or promotions. All US Airways Dividend Miles program rules apply. To review the US Airways full Terms & Conditions please

Iberia Transatlantic Bonus Offer for Fall/Winter 2012: Up To 50K per 2 Segments

Iberia has now also announced their transatlantic bonus offer for fall/winter 2012.  The promotion is valid until January 31, 2012, and is valid for Iberia Plus members in the United States and Canada. Registration is required. There are similar offers from United, Delta, American Airlines & British Airways.

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This offer is valid for direct flights between United States or Canada and Europe that are both marketed and operated by American Airlines, British Airways or Iberia. The offer is valid for all first and business class fares but only for full fare economy.

Unlike some other offers, Iberia’s doesn’t require a round trip purchase but is rather based on number of flights that you take. After you have flown more than 4 segments, the bonus for every additional two flights is 50K Avios.

Conclusion

There are not offers from oneworld (British Airways, American Airlines and Iberia), Star Alliance (United), and SkyTeam (Delta) for transatlantic travel this fall/winter. The bonus amounts and travel periods are identical. United and Delta offers are only for direct flights from United States to London Heathrow where oneworld offers are valid for all direct flights from United States and Canada to Europe that are marketed and operated by on BA (OpenSKies also qualifies for BA’s version of this offer), AA, and IB.

Here’s the terms and conditions of this offer:

Offer valid on direct flights operated and marketed by Iberia, British Airways, and American Airlines between the United States or Canada and Europe. The cabins and booking classes that are valid for Iberia are: Business Class (J,C,D,R,I), and Economy Class (Y, B, H); for British Airways: First Class (F, A,), Club World (J, C, D, R, I), World Traveler Plus (W, E,T) and Economy Class (Y,B,H); for American Airlines: First Class (F, A), Business Class (J, D, R, I) and Economy Class (Y), to book and fly from 25th September to 31st January 2013. These Avios will be accumulated and noted on your February 2013 account statement once the promotional period has finished. This promotion is not transferable and exclusive to Iberia Plus members in the United States and Canada. It is essential that you register in order to benefit from it. The promotion cannot be combined with any other offers valid during this period. Errors and/or omissions will be rendered invalid.

Air France-KLM, Etihad & airberlin to Form Strategic Partnership

The news that broke before the announcement of Qatar joining the oneworld alliance was the agreement between Etihad and Air France-KLM about strategic codesharing partnership that will take place.

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Air France and KLM will codeshare to certain destinations operated by Etihad via Doha. Etihad will codeshare to some European destinations operated by Air France and KLM. Airberlin will codeshare also with Air France and KLM.

Airberlin is oneworld member airline and both Air France and KLM are members of the competing SkyTeam. Etihad owns part of airberlin and has provided loans to the airline. It is on Etihad’s best interest to ensure that airberlin is successful and stops losing money.

The website airlineroute.net, which specializes to airline route news, posted the following route/codesharing update about Air France, KLM, Etihad and airberlin yesterday:

AIRFRANCE operated by ETIHAD
Abu Dhabi – Colombo
Abu Dhabi – Dhaka
Abu Dhabi – Kathmandu
Abu Dhabi – Male
Abu Dhabi – Paris CDG
Abu Dhabi – Seychelles

KLM operated by ETIHAD
Abu Dhabi – Colombo
Abu Dhabi – Islamabad
Abu Dhabi – Lahore
Abu Dhabi – Melbourne
Abu Dhabi – Sydney

ETIHAD operated by AIRFRANCE
Paris CDG – Bordeaux
Paris CDG – Copenhagen
Paris CDG – Madrid
Paris CDG – Nice
Paris CDG – Toulouse

ETIHAD operated by KLM
Amsterdam – Abu Dhabi
Amsterdam – Billund
Amsterdam – Cardiff
Amsterdam – Newcastle
Amsterdam – Oslo
Amsterdam – Stavanger

AIRFRANCE operated by airberlin
All AB Germany – France Routes
Berlin Tegel – Gdansk
Berlin Tegel – Graz
Berlin Tegel – Krakow
Dusseldorf – Dresden

airberlin operated by AIRFRANCE
Paris CDG – Bordeaux
Paris CDG – Lyon
Paris CDG – Marseille
Paris CDG – Montpellier
Paris CDG – Nantes
Paris CDG – Nice
Paris CDG – Toulouse

Service also operates from Paris Orly

KLM operated by airberlin
All AB Germany – Netherlands Routes
Berlin Tegel – Kaliningrad
Berlin Tegel – Kaliningrad
Berlin Tegel – Krakow

airberlin operated by KLM
All KL Netherlands – Germany Routes
Amsterdam – Edinburgh
Amsterdam – Glasgow
Amsterdam – Manchester

At first look the number of destinations that the airlines codeshare isn’t that great. Air France still has a codeshare agreement in place with Qantas regarding Australia. but Qantas has announced that it will drop it due to the agreement between Qantas and Emirates. Maybe Air France-KLM will tunnel their Australian traffic via Abu Dhabi on Etihad in the future?

The situation with the airberlin is just weird. The airline just officially joined the oneworld alliance earlier this year and was sponsored by British Airways. Now, the airline starts codesharing agreement with Air France & KLM that are both part of the SkyTeam alliance.

Conclusion

This is interesting development and might skew Etihad to join SkyTeam at some point in the future. These codeshare agreements aren’t that beneficial for the consumers unless the airlines are going to form a deeper partnerships and start honoring each other’s frequent flier benefits as well.

Etihad also has a codesharing agreement with American Airlines. Both airlines’ frequent fliers can redeem miles on each others flights.

Qatar Airways Joins Oneworld in 2013/2014

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There has been lot of noise in the past two weeks about the press conference that was going to take place in New York today. The CEO of Qatar Airways denied that the airline would have been joining the alliance last week contradictory what was published on Financial Times.

oneworld invites Qatar Airways on board

The airline is indeed joining the Oneworld alliance and completion of becoming a member is expected to take from 12 to 18 months. So, we are looking late 2013 or early 2014 as likely official joining date for Qatar. You can access the official Oneworld press release here.

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Currently the oneworld alliance consists of eleven member airlines; airberlin, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN, Qantas, Royal Jordanian and S7 Airlines.

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Malaysian Airlines and SriLankan Airlines are currently in the process of joining the alliance. Oneworld alliance member Malev went bankrupt earlier this year and the joining of Kingfisher Airlines was cancelled due to its financial difficulties.

Qatar is the first of the big three of the Middle Eastern carriers to join an alliance. Emirates has always said that they are not interested in joining and they just formed a partnership with oneworld member airline Qantas. Etihad announced earlier today the deep codesharing agreement that they are going forward with Air France-KLM.

It is interesting that Qatar chose Oneworld. It has had more frequent flier ties with Star Alliance carriers like United, US Airways, and BMI than with oneworld ones (none).

Qatar Airways route network

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The airline already serves 120 destinations worldwide. The latest one was reintroduction of flights to Yangon, the capitol of Myanmar, last week.

Americas

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The airline flies to New York, Washington DC, Chicago (in 2013), Houston, Montreal and to Sao Paulo with a continuing service to Buenos Aires.

Europe, North Africa & Middle East

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The airline serves more than 30 destinations on continental Europe. The airline has an extensive network in Northern Africa and in the Middle East.

Africa

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The airline serves nine destinations in Central and Southern Africa + Seychelles.

Indian Subcontinent & Asia

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The airline servers number of destinations in India and Asia.

Australia

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The airline currently serves both Perth and Melbourne

Conclusion

This is interesting movie from Qatar’s part. We’ll see if Star Alliance is able to lure either Emirates or Etihad. For the most part, I have liked the service that I have received on Qatar flights. I am not huge fan of the transfer experience in Doha, but it should get better in 2013 when the new airport is ready.

American Airlines Buy Miles October Offer: Up To 10K Bonus Miles

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American Airlines has had almost monthly promotions for buying miles. Thing to remember is that you can only buy or be gifted maximum of 40K American Airlines AAdvantage miles on a calendar year.

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The current offer is for maximum of 10K bonus miles for buying 36K to 40K AAdvantage miles. If you buy the minimum required to get the maximum bonus, the price of a mile under this offer is 2.4 cents each.

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Conclusion

This is not the best offer for buying American Airlines AAdvantage miles that have been out there lately. If you do, however, need a number of miles to make that international business/first class trip to happen, it can make sense.

British Airways Executive Club Transatlantic Bonus: Up To 50K Avios per Round Trip

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There are quite a few offers for transatlantic travel this fall and winter. This offer from British Airways is valid for travel between October 1 and January 31, 2012. The offer is valid for flights marketed and operated by British Airways, Iberia, American Airlines, and OpenSkies. This offer is valid for Executive Club members in the United States and Canada.

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The only drawback is the fare class eligibility. The bonus is eligible for first, business, premium economy, and full fare economy fares. You will earn 15K bonus Avios for first round trip, 35K bonus Avios for the second one, and 50K for the third and subsequent round trips during the promotional period. Note that the travel must start in the United States or Canada and you need to register for this offer before travel.

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Conclusion

There are quite a few promotions going on for the transatlantic travel this fall/winter that are only eligible for full fare travel.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

Avios bonus for US and Canadian Executive Club members on qualifying, round-trip transatlantic flights operated and marketed by British Airways, American Airlines, Iberia or OpenSkies booked in flexible/non-restricted Economy or higher fares for travel completed by January 31, 2013. Pre-travel registration required.
1. To be eligible for this promotion, British Airways Executive Club members at least 18 years of age who are locally enrolled and residing in the United States or Canada must (i) register for the promotion between September 27, 2012 and January 31, 2013, inclusive, at ba.com; if you are not a current member, you must enroll in Executive Club and register; and (ii) after registering sufficiently in advance of outbound travel, book and then complete qualifying flights by January 31, 2013. British Airways (“BA”) reserves the right to verify the eligibility of members. By taking part in this promotion, members confirm that they accept the terms and conditions of the offer.
2. Existing bookings made prior to the promotional period do not qualify and this offer cannot be applied retroactively.
3. Member must purchase and fly on a full-fare, transatlantic round-trip ticket for travel beginning and ending in the United States or Canada for flights that are operated and marketed by British Airways, American Airlines, Iberia or OpenSkies, in the following booking classes (which are unrestricted or have limited restrictions):
(i) on 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;
(ii) on 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;
(iii) on Iberia operated flights, includes fares booked in Business Class or flexible/non-restricted Economy Class: J, C, D, R, I or Y;
(iv) on 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.
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.
4. It is the member’s responsibility to ensure that the booking/selling class of the fare purchased qualifies for this promotion. Please confirm prior to purchase. For bookings on ba.com, simply click on the flight number hyperlink on the “Choose your flights” page and refer to the booking/selling classes listed above in 3. (Discount Economy class fares, including those booked/sold in K, M, L, V, S, N, Q, O, or G fare classes, do not qualify for this offer.)
5. Member will earn the following bonus on qualifying, round-trip transatlantic flights booked in flexible/non-restricted Economy and higher fare classes taken during the promotional period:
– 15,000 bonus Avios points for first round-trip purchased and flown as an Executive Club member on a qualifying ticket
– 35,000 bonus Avios points for second round-trip purchased and flown as an Executive Club member on a qualifying ticket
– 50,000 bonus Avios points for third (and each subsequent) round-trip purchased and flown as an Executive Club member on a qualifying ticket
6. Members must quote their Executive Club membership number when booking their qualifying flights and again at check-in for each flight flown during the promotional period.
7. The following are not qualifying flights and this promotion cannot be used in conjunction with any offer, promotion, or deal, including, but not limited to: (i) redemption bookings; (ii) travel agent or airline industry discounted fares, Consolidator or Wholesale fares, group discount fares, child/infant fares or senior citizen fares, whether or not booked in one of the qualifying booking classes; (iii) bookings made with vouchers or coupons (e.g. shareholder’s discount coupon); or (iv) tickets upgraded from any class.
8. Qualifying flights are subject to availability and capacity control in the booking classes eligible for this promotion at the time of booking. BA does not accept any responsibility in the event that members are unable to book qualifying flights.
9. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for bonus Avios to be credited to your Executive Club account.
10. British Airways is not liable for the reproduction of this offer or indirect access via third party websites of these terms and where such reproduction misstates or omits any of the information or terms and conditions connected with this promotion.
11. Member must pay all applicable taxes, fees, and carrier charges.
12. BA reserves the right to cancel or amend the terms and conditions of this offer, without notice, at any time.
13. Subject to the full terms and conditions of the Executive Club Programme.
14. Cannot be combined with any other offer.
15. Other significant restrictions apply.

American Airlines and Loose Airline Seats Press Conference Parody

There has been a lot of news this week with loose seats on American Airlines. In one occasion the airline had to do an emergency landing when one of the rose had come loose during the flight. The airline is investigating what is the reason for this.

On the lighter side, Gailen David, the man behind the website Dear Sky Steward and former American Airlines flight attendant, made a parody video of an American Airlines press conference about the incident.

Conclusion

Loose airline seats are most definitely a problem and a safety hazard. Not quite sure what is happening with the AA maintenance.

American Airlines Bonus Offer for Transatlantic Travel – Earn 100000 or More Bonus Miles

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American has just launched a bonus offer AAEUR for travel between United States/Canada and Europe on American Airlines, British Airways, and Iberia, that is valid from September 25 to January 31st, 2012. You will earn 15K bonus miles after your first round trip, 35K bonus miles after your second round trip, and 50K bonus miles per subsequent round trip. You need to register for this promotion prior to your travel.

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First Class and Business Class fares booked in F, A, J, R, D or I; Economy Class fares booked in Y, B or H on American Airlines operated flights; First Class or Club World fares booked in F, A, J, R, C, D or I; World Traveller Plus or full-fare World Traveller booked in W, E, T, Y, B or H on British Airways operated flights; Business Class fares booked in J, C, D, R or I; Economy Class fares booked in Y on Iberia operated flights.

American already has a somewhat similar offer for European residents and British Airways has also been offering bonus miles for transatlantic travel. This new offer is valid for American Airlines AAdvantage members whose address is in United States or Canada.

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The offer is valid for all first and business class fares, but only for high economy class ones.

Conclusion

This is a very good offer for fall/winter transatlantic travel for first/business class and high economy class fare fliers. The number of bonus miles that you can earn from 3rd trip onwards is 50K per RT.

If your American Airlines AAdvantage account is based outside of the United States or Canada, you can take advantage of this offer by moving your account address there temporarily.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

Includes First Class and Business Class fares booked in F, A, J, R, D or I; Economy Class fares booked in Y, B or H on American Airlines operated flights; First Class or Club World fares booked in F, A, J, R, C, D or I; World Traveller Plus or full-fare World Traveller booked in W, E, T, Y, B or H on British Airways operated flights; Business Class fares booked in J, C, D, R or I; Economy Class fares booked in Y on Iberia operated flights.

Terms and Conditions
Registration prior to travel is required. AAdvantage bonus mile offer is valid on American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia operated and/or marketed nonstop flights for round-trip travel between U.S. or Canada and Europe, September 25, 2012, through January 31, 2013. Offer applies only to AAdvantage members who are U.S. or Canada residents and who purchase and fly on eligible published-fare tickets. Flights operated by other codeshare partners are not eligible for this promotion. A round trip is defined as travel in the same purchased booking class for both the departure and the return transatlantic flight segments. Bonus miles do not count toward elite status qualification or Million Miler status.

American Airlines Contagious Labor Relations Reason for Cancellations and Delays

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There has been a lot press this week about the recent upsurge on flight cancellations and delays on American Airlines. The first major piece was by Scott McCartney who is a WSJ’s columnist.

American Airlines WSJ Blog Article
American Airlines WSJ Blog Article

The labor relations on American Airlines have been in turmoil already for some time. The pilots have been increasingly dissatisfied with the management and would prefer the airline merging with the US Airways.

American Airlines Elite Email About the Delays
American Airlines Elite Email About the Delays

On September 5 this month the bankruptcy court approved the AA’s motion to reject pilots contract and the current delays & cancellations are, according to American Airlines latest email, due to increase in maintenance write ups from pilots very close to departure time. Most of these maintenance issues could be deferred and dealt with some later time.

American Airlines Departures & Arrivals September 20th
American Airlines Departures & Arrivals September 20th

The numbers for yesterday aren’t pretty. American Airlines cancelled 4.5% of its departures. Both the on time departure at 61% and the on time arrival at 51% are very bad.

Also, American Airlines has decided to trim their September & October flight schedule by 1% to 2%, but they haven’t released a list of canceled flights.

Here’s what an American Airlines is willing to do Gold/Platinum/Executive Platinum members in case of delays of 1 hour or more:

1. Arrange other fight even on competing carrier

2. Receive a refund

If you do not have status with American Airlines, the airline is currently promising the following:

1. Ability to standby for earlier flights

And if your flight has been delayed by more than two hours:

2. Accommodate on other carrier

3. Receive full refund

4. Change your plans without fees

What you should do to avoid being caught with the turmoil?

1. Sign up for email alerts regarding your flights.

2. Check the flight status online using my itineraries.

3. Check the flight status on www.aacargo.com website. Sometimes flight cancellations are posted there earlier.

4. Be aware of alternate options even on other carriers.

5. If you are at the airport when cancellation happens, you may have better luck getting rebooked at the Admirals Cub.

6. If you have status with AA, try calling the elite number behind your card. Be warned that the wait times can be long at times.

7. If you get rebooked on other carrier, ask AA to print out the flight coupon on paper i.e. paper ticket. I had AA rebook me the other year but the process didn’t go right. Continental was not able to pull up the ticket and I had to ask AA to print it on paper.

8. Try booking flights without connections if possible. Lot of flights are delayed and can cause misconnects. Yesterday only 51% of the flights arrived on time.

On the positive side, if you get rebooked on alternate carrier, you can get EQM’s (Elite Qualifying Miles) and RDM’s (Redeemable Miles) on both carriers. If you get rebooked on Delta, United, US Airways etc, remember to have alternate frequent flier number handy for those flights. Later, you need to call American Airlines and request an original routing credit.

Conclusion

United Airlines has operational issues since the merge with Continental Airlines. Now, American Airlines is having problems with its pilot union. It is not nice when you get caught in the middle and inconvenienced during your travels. Eventually this will be over and American will be back to its regular operations.

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