American Airlines Offer for Reactivating Expired Miles

We all hate expiring miles & points. I dislike miles expiry as much as anybody else. Depending of the program, the miles expire if there is no activity for certain time (usually 18 to 24 months) or set number of years after earning them (normally 3 to 5).

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Some programs allow you to reactivate expired miles by paying a fee for doing so. Now, American Airlines has launched a campaign that is valid until the end of 2012. Please note that you can only reactivate miles that expired on or after December 31, 2002. You can access the offer here.

You can reactivate your expired American Airlines miles for a set fee:

  • $200 to reactivate 1 to 50,000 expired miles
  • $400 to reactivate 50.001 to 75,000 expired miles
  • $600 to reactivate more than 75,000 expired miles

This offer is especially good if you had a large chunk of miles expired as the fee is capped at $600.

There is not an answer what an AA miles is worth because it depends entirely how you are using them. Conservatively, I normally use a figure about 1.5 cents for an AA mile. So, if you had more than 13K miles to expire that you could now reactivate, I would do it.

Conclusion

I know, it doesn’t sound right to having to pay to reactivate miles that you have earned. Sometimes it can make sense.

You can essentially consider this an offer to purchase American Airlines miles. Divide the fee by the miles you would reactivate. If the price is reasonable as it is if you had large number of miles to expire, just pay the fee and be done with it.

Here are AA’s frequently asked question about reactivating miles:

Reactivate Miles

Q: Can I reactivate all of the miles that expired from my account, even if they expired at different times?
A: As long as the miles expired on or after December 31, 2002, then there’s no limit to the number of miles you can reactivate. It doesn’t matter if your miles expired at different times. Rates are charged based on the total number of miles reactivated from one account at one time, regardless of when the miles expired. You can reactivate your entire expired mileage balance or just the portion you need. View complete details on Reactivating Miles.
Q: If it’s so easy to keep miles from expiring, why must I pay a charge to reactivate them?
A: Keeping miles from expiring and reactivating expired miles are two very different activities. The AAdvantage policy on mileage expiration is extremely liberal, in that members have the ability to extend the validity of their miles indefinitely provided they have qualifying activity at least once every 18 months. However, after 18 months of non-activity, miles will expire and can no longer be used. The limited time offer to reactivateAAmiles provides customers with a special opportunity to use their expired miles by paying a charge.
Q: If I reactivate my miles, how long will they be valid?
A: Reactivated miles are subject to expiration, which occurs if your account has no qualifying activity in any 18-month period. Since mileage reactivation counts as a qualifying activity, you will have at least 18 months in which to redeem your reactivated miles for an award.

Q:

How can I tell the expiration date for my current mileage balance, and how would I know if I’ve had miles expire from my account?

A:

Login to AA.com with your AAdvantage number and password, then select the “My Account” link at the top of the page. The date appearing in your Summary in the line “Miles with expiration deferred through…” tells you the number of miles set to expire on that date. As for expired miles, you can view your Mileage Summaries from the past six (6) months online to see if any miles expired. For additional details, please contact AAdvantage Customer Service at 1-800-882-8880 and select “AAdvantage Account” or select the “Contact AA” tab to send us an email.

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

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Hilton HHonors is running number of airline related offers for double and triple miles during the months of November & December. None of these promotions are listed on Hilton’s own website, but rather were targeted for frequent flier members of participating airlines.

If I have missed any Hilton (or any other hotel or airline related promo), you can always just send me an email to john@loyaltylobby.com. Just forward the promo email that you received from the program.

These are normally called airline acquisition promotions. Frequent fliers tend to stay quite a few nights hotels as well and they are thus very important group for hotel programs to attract.

Note that you need to change your Hilton earnings preference to Points + Fixed Miles or Points + Variable Miles. The preferable option is dependent of the airlines program, hotel brand you are staying at, and the folio amount.

My personal favorite that I have already maxed out is the  Hilton’s promotion with Virgin Atlantic. I won’t have that many stays with Hilton this quarter. Five stays earns 15K bonus + 5K base Virgin miles. I will transfer these back to Hilton for 40K Hilton HHonors points.

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

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. This offer is available at select hotels.

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

Hilton is offering double points for Air Canada Aeroplan members until the end of December, 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

Hilton is offering triple miles for number of Asian airlines frequent flier members. They have variation of the offer for Thai, Singapore, Korean, Asiana, Malaysia, and Cathay Pacific.

Triple Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus Miles at Hilton Hotels Worldwide

Triple Asiana Miles at Hilton Family of Hotels Worldwide

Triple Malaysia Airlines Enrich Miles for Hilton Stays Worldwide

Triple Korean Air Skypass Miles at Hilton Family of Hotels Worldwide

Triple Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Miles at Hilton Family of Hotels Worldwide

Triple Cathay Pacific Asia Miles with Hilton HHonors

You can earn up to 3000 bonus Avios (for BA Gold member) for a Hilton stay by December 31, 2013.

Up To 3000 Bonus Avios (British Airways) for a Hilton Family Hotel Stay

Conclusion

Make sure that you have chosen the correct double dip option (fixed vs variable) and have the airline as your preferred double dip airline partner.

Some airlines don’t participate to both fixed and variable miles. Also, Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites don’t always earn fixed miles at the full level. Home2 Suites brand earns even less. You have to check these by the airline.

I have already done the Virgin Atlantic and British Airways versions of these airline promotions. I am not planning to have more Hilton stays this quarter.

Double Elite Qualifying Miles for All & Double Redeemable Miles for Elite Members on American Airlines

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American Airlines has had quite a tumultuous past 12 months; first the airline filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and then it had huge operational issues when pilots started two write up mechanical problems and refuse to operate planes until they were resolved.  Some companies and travelers were booking away from American due to these issues.

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Now, American airlines has started a year-end campaign for double elite qualifying miles (DEQM) / double elite qualifying points (DEQP) & double redeemable miles  for thanksgiving travel  (November 16 through 26) (DRDM). American Airlines elite members will also receive DRDM for all travel during the promotional period. You can access this offer here.

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You will receive the DEQM/DEQP if you register for this promotion by midnight CT December 31, 2012. The flights will qualify for this promotion retroactively. You won’t receive Thanksgiving travel DRDM’s unless you register for this offer PRIOR to your travel. The elite DRDM offer registration has the December 31, 2012, registration requirement and the award miles will be issued retroactively.

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There is no ticketing date requirement for this promotion. All travel booked prior to this announcement also qualifies.

Note that only travel on flights operated and marketed by American Airlines, American Eagle, or American Connection qualifies i.e. codeshare flights on AA flight numbers on British Airways are not part of this offer. You won’t get this bonus for travel booked on AA but marketed by other airlines i.e. booked as Alaska codeshare on American Airlines.

I would encourage everybody to register now so that you won’t miss anything.

You can earn your American Airlines status by either EQM’s or EQP’s. If you are flying on discounted economy fares, you will most likely qualify by miles. On the other hand, if you are flying on first, business class, and flexible economy fares, you will most likely qualify on points.

Here’s an example.

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I have only flown 11 Oneworld segments this year. I have earned total of 37456 EQM’s but 54960 EQP’s due to all flights besides one being in business or first class. Last year, I didn’t fly on AA and was downgraded  to Platinum (cannot go lower due to Million Miler status) from EXP. This year, I did the status match from United 1K to EXP and I was then offered to requalify by earning 55K EQM’s or EQP’s by the end of 2012.

Note that if you are taking advantage of the special elite qualification offer of 55K EQM’s/EQP’s that AA sent back in June, the bonus EQM’s/EQP’s from this offer appears to be non qualifying:

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AAdvantage Executive Platinum® membership received through this offer is valid through February 28, 2014. To qualify, you must earn 55,000 elite-qualifying miles or points between April 24, 2012, and December 31, 2012. Bonus elite qualifying miles earned through special promotions are excluded. Upon reaching the required mileage threshold, your AAdvantage elite-status membership benefits will take effect immediately. Your new membership credentials will be mailed to you within four to six weeks after qualification. You must re-qualify for AAdvantage elite-status membership annually.

Conclusion

It has been a rough 12 months for American Airlines and rough past few months for fliers on American Airlines. Now, the airline is trying to court fliers by offering double elite qualifying and redeemable miles.

American has a solid frequent flier program and is probably the best choice, if the routes work for you, for high elites (Executive Platinum members) looking for complimentary domestic upgrades.

This promotion will help quite a few to retain the status they have and few to reach a higher level that they otherwise would have.

Here are the terms and conditions of these offers:

Double Elite Qualifying Miles And Points Terms and Conditions

  • AAdvantage promotion is valid for all travel on purchased, published fare tickets on American Airlines, American Eagle and the American Connection® carrier marketed and operated flights from November 1, 2012, through December 31, 2012.
  • This offer does not require travel to be booked during a specific time frame; travel booked prior to the start date of this promotion is eligible.
  • Offer applies to all eligible segments flown, regardless of the type of trip, i.e. one-way, round-trip, circle trip or trips including open jaws.
  • Registration prior to midnight CT December 31, 2012 is required. Registration automatically applies to both the double elite qualifying miles and points offer as well as the Thanksgiving double flight miles promotion.
  • All eligible travel flown during the offer period, but prior to registration will also be included retroactively.
  • Bonus elite qualifying miles or points will count towards your 2013 membership year.
  • This offer does not increment the member’s prize eligible mileage balance or Million Miler status.
  • Double elite-qualifying miles and points will be calculated at 100% of the base miles or points earned, respectively.
  • The initial posting of double elite qualifying miles and points will be posted to the account of the traveling AAdvantage member within 3-4 weeks after qualifying activity posts to your account. Thereafter, the postings will occur weekly.
  • Promotion does not apply to travel on mileage award tickets or fares that are ineligible for AAdvantage mileage accrual.
  • Flights operated by our codeshare partners or oneworld alliance carriers are not eligible for this promotion.

 Thanksgiving Double Mile Offer Terms and Conditions

  • AAdvantage promotion is valid for all travel on purchased, published fare tickets on American Airlines, American Eagle or the American Connection® carrier marketed and operated flights from November 16, 2012, through November 26, 2012.
  • This offer does not require travel to be booked during a specific time frame; travel booked prior to the start date of this promotion is eligible.
  • Offer applies to all eligible segments flown, regardless of the type of trip, i.e. one-way, round-trip, circle trip or trips including open jaws.
  • Registration prior to midnight CT December 31, 2012 is required. Registration automatically applies to both the double elite qualifying miles and points offer as well as the Thanksgiving double flight miles promotion.
  • All eligible travel flown during the offer period, but prior to registration will also be included retroactively.
  • Double miles will be calculated at 100% of the base miles earned and will be awarded immediately for travel flown after registration for this promotion.
  • Double miles for eligible travel flown prior to registration for this promotion will be awarded within 2-3 weeks after the promotion has ended.
  • Promotion does not apply to travel on mileage award tickets or fares that are ineligible for AAdvantage mileage accrual.
  • Bonus miles do not count toward elite status qualification or Million Miler status.
  • Flights operated by our codeshare partners or oneworld alliance carriers are not eligible for this promotion.

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  • Offer is valid for AAdvantage Executive Platinum, AAdvantage Platinum or AAdvantage Gold members only.
  • AAdvantage promotion is valid for all travel on purchased, published fare tickets on American Airlines, American Eagle or the American Connection® carrier marketed and operated flights from November 1, 2012, through December 31, 2012.
  • This offer does not require travel to be booked during a specific time frame; travel booked prior to the start date of this promotion is eligible.
  • Offer applies to all eligible segments flown, regardless of the type of trip, i.e. one-way, round-trip, circle trip or trips including open jaws.
  • Registration prior to midnight CT December 31, 2012 is required. Registration automatically applies to both the double elite qualifying miles and points offer as well as the AAdvantage elite member double flight miles promotion.
  • All eligible travel flown during the offer period, but prior to registration will also be included retroactively.
  • Double miles will be calculated at 100% of the base miles earned and will be awarded immediately for travel flown after registration for this promotion.
  • Double miles for eligible travel flown prior to registration for this promotion will be awarded within 2-3 weeks after the promotion has ended.
  • Promotion does not apply to travel on mileage award tickets or fares that are ineligible for AAdvantage mileage accrual.
  • Customers who qualify for elite status partway through this offer will receive double flight miles for travel post registration, from the date of qualification for elite status onward.
  • Bonus miles do not count toward elite status qualification or Million Miler status.
  • Flights operated by our codeshare partners or oneworld alliance carriers are not eligible for this promotion.
  • This offer cannot be combined with the double miles offer for travel during the Thanksgiving period.

American Airlines Buy Miles November Offer: Up To 12K Bonus Miles

American Airlines has had 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. You can access this offer here.

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The current offer is for maximum of 12K 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 2.3 cents each.

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Last month the maximum number of bonus miles was capped at 10K and the price of a mile was 2.4 cents.

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Conclusion

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

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

Transactions are nonrefundable and nonreversible. Please allow 72 hours for purchased AAdvantage® miles to post to the designated AAdvantage account. Please allow 5 days for the bonus miles to post. Members must purchase 6,000 miles or more in a single transaction from the buyAAmiles® program beginning 12:01 am CST November 1, 2012, until 11:59 pm CST November 15, 2012, to be eligible for the bonus mile offer. Members will earn 2,000 bonus miles for every 6,000 miles purchased in a single transaction, up to 20,000 bonus miles. The bonus is awarded to the purchaser of the miles. buyAAmiles transactions are limited to a combined maximum of 40,000 miles per account, per calendar year. Bonus miles earned do not count toward the annual limit. AAdvantage miles purchased or earned through this promotion do not count toward elite-status qualification or Million Miler(SM) status.

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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