Le Club Accorhotels & Delta Air Lines SkyMiles Promotion – Get 500 Mile For Signing Up

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Le Club Accorhotels had a promotion this past spring with both US Airways and Delta for 1000 bonus mile for one stay. Now, Accorhotels has a new promotion with Delta for 500 SkyMiles for new or existing Le Club Accorhotels members that choose Delta as their preferred partner on Le Club Accorhotels account preference by August 31t, 2012.


To take advantage of this great offer, follow these easy steps before August 31st:

1. Sign up to become a Le Club Accorhotels member by clicking the link below
2. In your Le Club Accorhotels membership profile, select “SkyMiles” as your preferred loyalty program
3. Enter your SkyMiles membership number
4. Get your Delta Miles deposited into your account every time you stay at an Accor hotel – Earn 1 mile for every Euro spent

If you already are a member of Le Club Accorhotels, login to your account and follow steps 2 and 3 to earn your bonus miles.

It would appear, based on the wording used, that you only need to have Delta as your preferred partner to earn the 500 mile bonus. There doesn’t appear to be a requirement to have an actual point earning stay that would be converted to airline miles, in order to earn this bonus.


I just changed my earning preference from Le Club Accorhotels points to Delta SkyMiles. The Accor’s website is very confusing.


Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

1. General Le Club Accorhotels terms and conditions apply to the “Earn 500 Bonus miles with Delta Air Lines” offer.
2.  Between June 1 and August 31, 2012 new and current Le Club Accorhotels members can earn 500 Bonus SkyMiles by choosing SkyMiles as their preferred loyalty program in their Le Cub Accorhotels profile.
3. This offer entitles Le Club Accorhotels Loyalty, la carte ibis, Favorite Guest and Accor Favorite Guest Business loyalty members, regardless of their status, to benefit from this offer.
4. The bonus will be credited in Le Club Accorhotels points and converted into SkyMiles according to applicable conversion rule.
5. This offer may not be combined with other current offers or advantages and does not apply to groups.
6. All SkyMiles program rules apply. To review the rules, visit delta.com/memberguide. Offers void where prohibited by law. Other restrictions may apply. Offers subject to change without notice

Triple Delta SkyMiles for Stays at Selected Hilton Family of Hotels

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Hilton and Delta have teamed up offering triple Delta SkyMiles for stays at selected Hilton family of hotels from July 1st to September 20th, 2012. You need to register for this offer in advance and have Delta as your Double Dip airline partner. This offer is combinable with the current Triple Your Trip-promotion for double points for weekday nights and triple for weekend ones.


The number of participating properties is around 316 of more than 3700 Hilton family of hotels worldwide. If you are planning to take advantage of this promotion, you should read the list of participating hotels very carefully.

The number of Delta Air Lines SkyMiles that you earn from your Hilton stays is dependent of the brand in question. The table below is the fixed mile option. You can also choose variable miles that is one mile per eligible USD spent before promotion is factored in.



You may want to consider crediting to Virgin Atlantic, if your earning preference is to maximize  Hilton HHonors points. You can read more about this strategy here.

Here are the terms and conditions of this promotion:

To be eligible for this offer, you must (1) select Delta Air Lines as your preferred Double Dip® Points & Miles™ Partner in your Hilton HHonors™ account profile, (2) complete a stay at a participating hotel or resort in the Hilton Worldwide portfolio from July 2, 2012 through September 30, 2012, and (3) register online at www.HHonors.com/DeltaTriple prior to check-out. You must be a Hilton HHonors member to earn Points & Miles for hotel stays.

Triple Delta Air Lines Miles (Both Fixed and Variable Miles members): Earn triple miles with the Delta SkyMiles® program per qualifying stay at a participating hotel or resort in the Hilton Worldwide portfolio. Reward stays are not eligible for this offer. There is no cap on the miles that may be earned during the promotion period. Miles are not eligible to earn Medallion Qualification Miles. 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 SkyMiles program rules apply. To review the Delta SkyMiles full Terms & Conditions please visit delta.com/skymiles. Hilton HHonors™ membership, earning of Points & Miles™ and redemption of Points are subject to HHonors Terms and Conditions.

Here is the list of participating properties:

Arab Emirates
Hilton Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi
Hilton Baynunah Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi
Hilton Dubai Creek Dubai
Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Dubai
Hilton Fujairah Fujairah
Hilton Jumeirah Beach Residences / Dubai / UAE Dubai
Hampton Inn & Suites Calgary / Northwest Calgary
Hilton Lac Leamy / Ottawa Valley Gatineau-Ottawa
Hilton Suites Toronto / Markham Conference Centre and Spa Markham
Hilton Garden Inn Toronto / Vaughan Vaughan
Hilton Suites Winnipeg Airport Winnipeg
Hilton Garden Inn Santiago – Airport Santiago
Hilton Yaounde Yaounde
DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Wuxi / Lingshan Wuxi
Embassy Suites by Hilton Bogota / Rosales Bogota
Costa Rica
DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Fiesta Hotel Puntarenas / Costa Rica Puntarenas
Hilton Alger Alger
Hampton Inn Guayaquil / Downtown Guayaquil
Hilton Colon Quito Quito
Hilton Pyramids Golf Resort 6th of October City
Hilton Cairo World Trade Center Residence Cairo
Hilton Dahab Resort Dahab
Hilton Hurghada Long Beach Resort Hurghada
Hilton Luxor Luxor
Hilton Buenavista Toledo Toledo
Hilton Addis Ababa Addis Ababa
United Kingdom
Hilton Belfast Belfast
Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 Colnbrook
Hilton London Canary Wharf London
Hilton London Green Park London
Hilton London Islington London
Hilton London Docklands London
Hilton London Tower Bridge London
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Aqaba Aqaba
Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand Beirut
Hilton Beirut Metropolitan Palace Beirut
Hilton Mauritius Resort Flic-en-Flac
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Queretaro Colinas del Cimatario
Doubletree by Hilton Mexico City Airport Area Mexico City
Embassy Suites by Hilton Mexico City / Reforma Colonia Tabacalera, Mexico
Hampton Inn Guadalajara / Aeropuerto El Salto
Hilton Guadalajara Guadalajara
Hilton Villahermosa Airport Villahermosa
Hilton Windhoek Windhoek
Hilton Amsterdam Amsterdam
Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Schiphol
Hilton Garden Inn Corpus Leiden Netherlands Oegstgeest
Hilton Rotterdam Rotterdam
Hilton The Hague The Hague
Hilton Princess Managua Managua
Saudi Arabia
Hilton Jeddah Jeddah
Qasr Al Sharq Hilton Jeddah
Embassy Suites by Hilton Valencia / Downtown El Vinedo, Valencia
South Africa
Hilton Cape Town City Centre Cape Town
Hilton Durban Durban
Hilton Sandton Sandton
Embassy Suites Hotel Birmingham Hoover Birmingham
Embassy Suites Hotel Huntsville Huntsville
Hampton Inn & Suites Birmingham / Downtown / Tutwiler Birmingham
Hampton Inn Birmingham / Leeds Leeds
Hampton Inn Birmingham 1-65 / Lakeshore Birmingham
Hampton Inn Jacksonville Jacksonville
DoubleTree Club by Hilton Springdale Springdale
Hampton Inn Bryant Bryant
Hampton Inn North Little Rock / McCain Mall Area North Little Rock
Hampton Inn Van Buren Van Buren
Embassy Suites Hotel Phoenix / North Phoenix
Embassy Suites Hotel Phoenix / Scottsdale Phoenix
Embassy Suites Tucson / Paloma Village Tucson
Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix / Goodyear Goodyear
Hampton Inn & Suites Tucson East / Williams Center Tucson
Hampton Inn Phoenix / Scottsdale @ Shea Blvd Scottsdale
Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale / North / Perimeter Center Scottsdale
Hilton Phoenix Airport Phoenix
Hilton Phoenix East / Mesa Mesa
Hilton Sedona Resort and Spa Sedona
Hilton Suites Phoenix Phoenix
Homewood Suites by Hilton Phoenix / Biltmore Phoenix
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa Napa Valley / American Canyon American Canyon
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Los Angeles / Westside Culver City
DoubleTree by Hilton Monrovia / Pasadena Area Monrovia
DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego / Del Mar San Diego
DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego / Golf Resort Hotel San Diego
DoubleTree by Hilton Sonoma / Wine Country Rohnert Park
Embassy Suites Hotel La Quinta Resort / Spa and Conference Center La Quinta
Embassy Suites Hotel Ontario Airport Ontario
Embassy Suites Hotel Santa Ana / Orange County Airport / North Santa Ana
Hampton Inn & Suites Goleta Goleta
Hampton Inn & Suites Redding Redding
Hampton Inn & Suites San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo
Hampton Inn San Diego / Del Mar San Diego
Hampton Inn Visalia Visalia
Hilton Los Angeles Universal City & Towers Universal City
Hilton Newark / Fremont Newark
Hilton Sacramento / Arden West Sacramento
Hilton San Bernardino San Bernardino
Hilton San Jose San Jose
Homewood Suites by Hilton Palm Desert Palm Desert
Hampton Inn & Suites Colorado Springs / Interquest Park Colorado Springs
Hilton Garden Inn Colorado Springs Colorado Springs
Hilton Grand Vacations Club Valdoro Mountain Lodge Colorado Springs
Homewood Suites by Hilton Colorado Springs Breckenridge
The Antlers Hilton Colorado Springs Colorado Springs
Hampton Inn Rocky Hill Rocky Hill
District of Columbia
Embassy Suites Hotel Washington / Convention Center Washington
Embassy Suites Hotel Washington DC Washington
Hampton Inn Washington / Downtown / Convention Center, DC Washington
Embassy Suites Deerfield Beach / Resort & Spa Deerfield Beach
Embassy Suites Hotel Fort Lauderdale / 17th Street Fort Lauderdale
Embassy Suites Hotel Jacksonville / Baymeadows Jacksonville
Embassy Suites Hotel Miami Airport Miami
Embassy Suites Hotel Tampa / University South Florida / Near Busch Gardens Tampa
Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood Airport. Hollywood
Hampton Inn & Suites Orlando / South Lake Buena Vista Kissimmee
Hampton Inn & Suites Palm Coast Palm Coast
Hampton Inn & Suites Sarasota Airport Sarasota
Hampton Inn Bonita Springs / Naples / North Bonita Springs
Hampton Inn Fort Lauderdale / Downtown Fort Lauderdale
Hampton Inn Niceville / Eglin Air Force Base Niceville
Hampton Inn Orlando International Airport Orlando
Hampton Inn Tampa / Brandon Tampa
Hilton Garden Inn Boca Raton Boca Raton
Hilton Garden Inn Fort Myers Airport Fort Myers
Hilton Garden Inn Jacksonville Downtown / Southbank Jacksonville
Hilton Grand Vacations Club at South Beach Miami Beach
Hilton Grand Vacations Club on International Drive / Orlando Orlando
Hilton Grand Vacations Club @ Seaworld International / Orlando Orlando
Parc Soleil by Hilton Grand Vacations Club Orlando
Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place / Airport Melbourne
Hilton Palm Beach Airport West Palm Beach
Hilton Suites Boca Raton Boca Raton
Hilton Tampa Airport / Westshore Tampa
Homewood Suites by Hilton Jacksonville / Downtown / Southbank Jacksonville
Homewood Suites by Hilton Palm Beach Gardens Palm Beach Gardens
Homewood Suites Fort Meyers Airport Fort Myers
Embassy Suites Hotel Atlanta / at Centennial Olympic Park Atlanta
Embassy Suites Hotel Atlanta / Buckhead Atlanta
Embassy Suites Hotel Atlanta / Kennesaw Town Center Kennesaw
Embassy Suites Hotel Atlanta / Perimeter Center Atlanta
Embassy Suites Hotel Brunswick Brunswick
Hampton Inn & Suites Atlanta / Camp Creek Marketplace East Point
Hampton Inn & Suites Atlanta / Galleria Atlanta
Hampton Inn Savannah / I-95 North Port Wentworth
Hilton Atlanta / Marietta Conference Center Marietta
Hilton Atlanta / Northeast Norcross
Hilton Atlanta / Perimeter Atlanta
Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta / North Point Alpharetta
Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta / Northeast / Gwinnett / Sugarloaf Duluth
Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta / Perimeter Center Atlanta
Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Downtown Atlanta
Embassy Suites Hotel / Waikiki Beach Walk Honolulu
Hilton Grand Vacations Club @ the Hilton Hawaiian Village Honolulu
Hilton Grand Vacations Club Kingsland Resort Waikoloa
Hilton Grand Vacation Club Grand Waikikian Honolulu
Hilton Grand Vacation Club Waikoloa Beach Resort Waikoloa
Hampton Inn Ames Ames
Hampton Inn Boise Boise
Embassy Suites Hotel Chicago / Schaumburg / Woodfield Schaumburg
Embassy Suites Hotel O’Hare / Rosemont Rosemont
Hampton Inn Litchfield Litchfield
Hilton Chicago / Northbrook Northbrook
Hilton Lisle / Naperville Lisle
Hilton Oak Lawn Oak Lawn
Hampton Inn & Suites Brownsburg Brownsburg
Hampton Inn & Suites Richmond Richmond
Hampton Inn Louisville / Clarksville Clarksville
Hilton Fort Wayne Convention Center Fort Wayne
Hilton Garden Inn South Bend South Bend
Homewood Suites by Hilton Fort Wayne Fort Wayne
Indianapolis North Hotel Indianapolis
Embassy Suites Hotel Kansas City / Overland Park Overland Park
Hampton Inn Louisville / I-65 Brooks
Hilton Suites Lexington Green Lexington
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel New Orleans Airport Kenner
Hilton New Orleans Airport Kenner
Hilton Garden Inn Baton Rouge Airport Baton Rouge
Hilton Garden Inn West Monroe West Monroe
Hilton Lafayette and Towers Lafayette
Hilton Shreveport Shreveport
Doubletree Hotel Cape Cod – Hyannis Hyannis
Embassy Suites Boston / Waltham Waltham
Hampton Inn New Bedford / Fairhaven Fairhaven
Hilton Boston / Back Bay Boston
Hilton Dedham Place Dedham
DoubleTree by Hilton Columbia Columbia
Hampton Inn Bowie Bowie
Hampton Inn College Park College Park
Hilton Garden Inn Auburn / Riverwatch Auburn
Doubletree Hotel Portland Portland
Hampton Inn & Suites Grand Rapids Grand Rapids
Hampton Inn Muskegon Muskegon
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington / Minneapolis South Minneapolis
Hampton Inn & Suites Rogers Rogers
Hampton Inn Minneapolis / St. Paul / Eden Prairie / Southwest Eden Prairie
Hampton Inn Rochester Rochester
Homewood Suites by Hilton Minneapolis / New Brighton New Brighton
Homewood Suites by Hilton Minneapolis / St. Louis Park Saint Louis Park
Embassy Suites Hotel Kansas City International Airport Kansas City
Embassy Suites Hotel St. Louis / Downtown Saint Louis
Hilton Kansas City / President Kansas City
Hilton Kansas City Airport Kansas City
Hilton St. Louis Frontenac Saint Louis
Homewood Suites by Hilton Kansas City Airport Kansas City
Homewood Suites by Hilton St. Louis / Riverport Maryland Heights
Hampton Inn Jackson / North Jackson
Hilton Garden Inn Hattiesburg Hattiesburg
Hilton Jackson and Conference Center Jackson
Hampton Inn / Butte Butte
North Carolina
DoubleTree by Hilton Asheville / Biltmore Asheville
Embassy Suites Hotel Charlotte Charlotte
Embassy Suites Hotel Charlotte / Concord / Golf Resort & Spa Concord
Embassy Suites Hotel Fayetteville / Fort Bragg Fayetteville
Embassy Suites Hotel Raleigh / Crabtree Raleigh
Embassy Suites Raleigh / Durham Airport/Brier Creek Raleigh
Hampton Inn Dunn Dunn
Hampton Inn Raleigh / Capital Boulevard North Raleigh
Hampton Inn Roanoke Rapids Roanoke Rapids
Hampton Inn Sanford Sanford
Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park Asheville
Hilton Charlotte / Executive Park Charlotte
Hilton Charlotte / University Place Charlotte
Hilton Charlotte Center City Charlotte
Hilton Durham Near Duke University Durham
Hilton North Raleigh Raleigh
Hilton Garden Inn Fayetteville Fayetteville
Hilton Garden Inn Raleigh-Durham / Research Triangle Park Durham
Embassy Suites Hotel Omaha / Downtown / Old Market Omaha
Embassy Suites Omaha-La Vista/Hotel & Conference Center La Vista
Hampton Inn & Suites Omaha / Downtown Omaha
Hampton Inn & Suites Omaha / La Vista La Vista
Homewood Suites by Hilton Omaha / Downtown Omaha
New Hampshire
Hampton Inn Concord / Bow Bow
New Jersey
Embassy Suites Hotel Piscataway / Somerset Piscataway
Hilton Hasbrouck Heights Hasbrouck Heights
Hilton Parsippany Parsippany
Hilton Woodcliff Lake Woodcliff Lake
New Mexico
Hilton Garden Inn Albuquerque / Journal Center Albuquerque
New York
Hilton Club New York New York
West 57th Street by Hilton Club New York
Embassy Suites Hotel Convention Center Paradise Road / Las Vegas Las Vegas
Hampton Inn & Suites Rochester / Victor Victor
Hilton Garden Inn Reno Reno
Homewood Suites by Hilton Reno Reno
Hilton Grand Vacations Club at the Flamingo Las Vegas Las Vegas
Hilton Grand Vacations Club at the Las Vegas Hilton Las Vegas
Hilton Grand Vacations Club Las Vegas Strip Las Vegas
Hilton Grand Vacations Central Strip Las Vegas
Hotel Albany Albany
DoubleTree by Hilton / The Tudor Arms Hotel Cleveland
Hampton Inn & Suites Cincinnati / Uptown / University Area Cincinnati
Hampton Inn & Suites Dayton / Vandalia Dayton
Hampton Inn Cincinnati / Eastgate Cincinnati
Hampton Inn Columbus / I-70 East / Hamilton Road Columbus
Hampton Inn Columbus International Airport Columbus
Hampton Inn Marietta / I-77 @ SR7 Marietta
Hilton Columbus North / Polaris Columbus
Hilton Garden Inn Columbus Airport Columbus
Hilton Garden Inn Dayton / Beavercreek Dayton
Homewood Suites by Hilton Medford Medford
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Philadelphia West Plymouth Meeting
Hampton Inn Philadelphia Center City / Convention Center Philadelphia
Hilton Garden Inn Philadelphia / Ft. Washington Fort Washington
Hilton Harrisburg Harrisburg
Hilton Scranton & Conference Center Scranton
Homewood Suites by Hilton Lansdale Lansdale
Homewood Suites by Hilton Philadelphia/University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia
Rhode Island
Hampton Inn & Suites Providence / Warwick / Airport Warwick
South Carolina
Embassy Suites Hotel Charleston / Convention Center North Charleston
Hampton Inn & Suites Greenville / Duncan Duncan
Hampton Inn & Suites Spartanburg / I-26 / Westgate Mall Spartanburg
Hampton Inn Greenville / Haywood Greenville
Hampton Inn North Charleston / I-26 / Exit 209 North Charleston
Homewood Suites by Hilton Columbia Columbia
DoubleTree by Hilton Nashville Downtown Nashville
Hampton Inn & Suites Mt. Juliet Mount Juliet
Hampton Inn Knoxville / West at Cedar Bluff Knoxville
Hampton Inn Nashville / Bellevue / I-40 Nashville
Hampton Inn Sevierville Sevierville
Hilton Knoxville Knoxville
Hilton Knoxville Airport Alcoa
Homewood Suites by Hilton Nashville / Downtown Nashville
Homewood Suites by Hilton Nashville Airport Nashville
DoubleTree by Hilton San Antonio Downtown San Antonio
Embassy Suites Dallas / DFW Airport North Outdoor World Grapevine
Embassy Suites Hotel Austin / Downtown / Town Lake Austin
Embassy Suites Hotel Dallas / DFW Int’l Airport South Irving
Embassy Suites Hotel McAllen McAllen
Hampton Inn & Suites DFW Airport / West Hurst
Hampton Inn & Suites Texarkana Texarkana
Hampton Inn Dallas / Addison Addison
Hampton Inn Dallas / Las Colinas Irving
Hampton Inn & Suites Denton Denton
Hampton Inn Seabrook Seabrook
Hilton Americas / Houston Houston
Hilton Austin Airport Austin
Hilton Dallas / Southlake Town Square Southlake
Hilton Houston / Nasa / Clear Lake Houston
Hilton Houston Plaza Houston
Hilton Palacio del Rio San Antonio
Hilton San Antonio Airport San Antonio
Hilton San Antonio Hill Country Hotel & Spa San Antonio
Hilton Garden Inn Austin North Austin
Home2 Suites by Hilton West Valley City West Valley City
Embassy Suites Hotel Tysons Corner Vienna
Hampton Inn Gloucester Gloucester
Hilton Crystal City at National Airport Arlington
Hilton Springfield Springfield
Hilton Washington Dulles Airport Herndon
Hilton Garden Inn Virginia Beach / Town Center Virginia Beach
Homewood Suites by Hilton Alexandria Alexandria
Hilton Burlington Burlington
Hampton Inn & Suites Tacoma South Tacoma
Hampton Inn & Suites West Bend West Bend
Hampton Inn & Suites Grafton Grafton
Hampton Inn Milwaukee / Northwest Milwaukee

Delta Air Lines SkyMiles Buy Miles Bonus Offer

Delta should do better targeting to whom they are sending these offers. I find it highly unlikely that someone like me, who has close to 800K SkyMiles sitting on their account, would buy more regardless of the bonus offer.


Anyway, I received the following offer couple of hours ago. Delta is offering a 50% bonus for buying miles for up to 60K purchased miles – 90K after the bonus has kicked in. The price of a mile purchased through this offer is 2.5 cents.

Transaction Terms:

  • Minimum/Maximum mileage purchased per transaction: 2,000 / 60,000
  • Mileage increments: 2,000
  • Rate per mile: $0.035
  • Applicable Taxes. Visit terms and conditions page for details.

Personally, I wouldn’t pay 2.5 cents for a SkyMile, but there could be unusual circumstances where it might make sense. I have never had a problem using my United Mileage Plus or American Airlines AAdvantage miles. I have, however, when trying to use Delta SkyMiles



According to the terms and conditions this offer is targeted. You can always, however, follow the link to see if the bonus offer shows up for you as well before making the actual purchase.


Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

Terms and Conditions:
Eligibility: This offer is open only to the recipients of original email. Offer is not transferable and cannot be combined with any other offers. Transaction must be completed by July 31, 2012, to receive the 50% mileage bonus. The 50% mileage bonus offer expires at 11:59 pm CST on July 31, 2012. Offer does not apply to miles purchased under the SkyMiles Gift Miles program or miles transferred under the SkyMiles Transfer Miles program. The 50% mileage bonus will post to the account within 24 hours of purchase.

Buy Miles may only be received into SkyMiles accounts that have been established for at least 10 days and have earned at least one mile since enrolling in the SkyMiles program. This program may not be available in all markets or geographic areas.

Taxes and Fees: Miles may be purchased for $0.035 USD per mile (minimum 2,000 miles) plus a 7.5% Federal Excise Tax. An additional 5% GST and/or other applicable taxes apply to purchases by Canadian residents. Purchased miles are not refundable and are applicable toward all SkyMiles Awards.

Award Travel: Taxes and fees for Award Travel are the responsibility of the passenger and must be paid at the time the ticket is booked. Award Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or in all markets. Purchased and bonus miles do not count toward Medallion® qualification or Million Miler™ status.

Miscellaneous: All Delta SkyMiles program rules apply. To review the rules, please visit Membership Guide & Program Rules. Offers, prices and rules are subject to change without notice. Offers void where prohibited by law. Additional restrictions may apply.

Delta & Southwest Drooling Over Frontier’s Frequent Fliers

There is competition brewing over Frontier’s frequent fliers in Wisconsin. Frontier has drastically cut their flying activity from Milwaukee and as a result made an offer for EarlyReturn members to transfer their frequent flier miles to Delta’s SkyMiles program.


This offer was launched on June 5th and EarlyReturns members that had their account address in Wisconsin on June 4th are eligible for the offer. This offer is valid until August 31st, 2012 and Delta is offering Frontier’s elite members a status challenge as well.

Things quite didn’t go as planned. Southwest launched a counter offer on June 20th, 2012 for Frontier’s frequent fliers. Southwest would match the number of miles that Frontier’s frequent fliers would donate to EarlyReturn charitable program participants. Southwest would also match EarlyReturn status on their program. Members were only required to email a copy of the statement that would show the number of miles donated to Southwest.


Frontier probably didn’t see this coming, but they were able to suspend the mileage donation program in just couple hours.


Then on June 26th Southwest extended another offer for EarlyReturn members. Southwest would match their mileage balance for up to 50K miles until August 31st, 2012. The status match campaign is valid until that date as well.

Here are the instructions from Southwest to take advantage of their offer:

To take advantage of this one-time offer, Wisconsin EarlyReturns members should take the following steps:

  • If they haven’t done so already, enroll in the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards program.
  • Submit a copy of their Frontier EarlyReturns statement that denotes their current account balance along with their name, Rapid Rewards account number, and phone number to RapidRewards@wnco.com.

To take advantage of this status-matching offer, EarlyReturns Ascent and Summit members should take the following steps:

If you have a Frontier frequent flier account, you should absolutely take advantage of the Southwest offer. There is absolutely no downside.

Here are the terms and conditions of the Southwest offer:

Offer only valid for Wisconsin residents who are Frontier EarlyReturns members.  EarlyReturns member must be a Member in the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards program and to participate in the Tier Status match, a member in the AirTran Airways A+ Rewards program.  The date reflected on the Frontier EarlyReturns Account Balance must be between June 20, 2012, and Aug. 31, 2012.  Name on EarlyReturns account must match the name on the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards account and A+ Rewards account.  EarlyReturns member must submit Rapid Rewards account number, and phone number to RapidRewards@wnco.com between June 20, 2012, and Aug. 31, 2012, to be eligible for Rapid Rewards Point match.  Any incomplete submission may delay and/or eliminate qualification for promotion.   All submissions will be verified before “match” processing occurs.  For every qualifying EarlyReturns mile in member’s account, Member will receive one matching Rapid Rewards Point up to 50,000 points.  EarlyReturns Ascent or Summit members must submit proof of current, valid tier card or statement, name, Rapid Rewards account number, A+ Rewards account number, and phone number to RapidRewards@wnco.com between June 20, 2012, and Aug. 31, 2012, to be eligible for Elite Status match.  EarlyReturns Ascent or Summit members who are granted Rapid Rewards A-List status will receive Tier status and benefits with an expiration date of Dec. 31, 2012.  EarlyReturns Ascent or Summit members who are granted A+ Rewards Elite Status will receive Elite status and benefits with an expiration date of 365 days from processing.  This promotion is a limited, one-time offer; therefore, EarlyReturns member may only request point and Elite Status match once.  Rapid Rewards and A+ Rewards may terminate the promotion at anytime. Rapid Rewards may revert back to the rules of the June 21, 2012, promotion at any time. “Matching” Rapid Rewards Points will not count towards A-List, A-List Preferred, or Companion Pass qualification.   Please allow four to six weeks from the date of submission for matching Rapid Rewards Points and Tier Status to post to your account.   Rapid Rewards matching promotion may not be reversed once EarlyReturns member has submitted request to RapidRewards@wnco.com.  Promotion may not be combined with any other offer or promotion.  Members who were successful in donating their EarlyReturns mileage in accordance to the original June 21, 2012, Donation Match offer and submitted his or her request between June 20, 2012, and June 25, 2012, will only be eligible for the Donation Match offer and be subject to the Terms and Conditions set by that promotion. All Rapid Rewards rules and regulations apply.  All A+ Rewards Rules and Regulations apply.

Frontier, Frontier Express, and EarlyReturns are among trademarks and/or service marks owned by Frontier Airlines, Inc.  Frontier Airlines, Inc. is in no way affiliated with Southwest Airlines or this program and does not endorse this program or any other Southwest Airlines product or service.

Marriott Gift Cards: 5% Cashback or 2 Delta SkyMiles Per Dollar Loaded

One way to save few bucks on Marriott family of hotel stays is to use gift cards that you buy prior to your stay from Marriott. There is typically an offer during the end of the year for discounts and extra miles for gift cards purchases.

You can use Marriott gift cards to settle your bill at all Marriott family of hotels locations. You cannot use them, however, to guarantee your stay or for authorization purposes. You can pay your stay when you check in and then leave a smaller hold by a credit card, and settle your incidentals again using the gift card when checking out.

Right now there are two ways to save if you need to purchase Marriott Gift Cards

1. TopCashBack is offering 5% cashback for Marriott gift card purchases. You need to sign up for the service and make the purchase using the link from TopCashBack. Then couple of months later you will receive the rebate by PayPal. (For full disclosure purposes I will get a $10 referral credit if you sign up using the embedded link)


2. You can currently buy Marriott gift cards and earn TWO Delta SkyMiles per dollar for up to $5K in gift card purchases.


Personally, I would rake 5% cashback over 2 SkyMiles per dollar loaded, but individual circumstances may vary of course. You could have recently purchases Marriott gift cards up to 21% discount during the Daily Getaways. I don’t think that we are going to see a very good offer before the holiday period at the end of the year.

Here are the terms and conditions of the Delta SkyMiles offer:

Delta SkyMiles Promotion Terms & Conditions

Marriott GiftCards, purchased in $250 increments earn 500 bonus SkyMiles, $500 increments earn 1,000 bonus SkyMiles or $1,000 increments earn 2,000 bonus SkyMiles allowing a maximum of 10,000 bonus SkyMiles to be awarded per Delta SkyMiles member during promotional period. Delta SkyMiles will be awarded to the account number specified during purchase. Cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion. This is an online promotion only and not valid on Marriott GiftCards purchased on property, via 3rd parties or 1 800 813 GIFT. Shipping and handling fees apply. Promotion is valid June 3, 2012 through September 2, 2012 only.

The Marriott GiftCard can be used for all purchases and services charged to a Marriott guest room folio. If you are not a registered hotel guest and are planning to use this card at a spa, restaurant, retail store, or other outlet, please confirm in advance that the Marriott GiftCard is accepted. The Marriott Gift Card cannot be used to guarantee a room reservation or pay in advance, but may be used as payment at check-out. Gift Card purchases earning Delta SkyMiles are not eligible for return or refund. Marriott Rewards points will not be earned with the purchase of the GiftCards. While supplies last.

Please allow four to six weeks after date of purchase for points to post to your Delta SkyMiles account. Terms and Conditions are subject to change without notice. All Delta SkyMiles Program Rules apply. All Marriott Rewards rules and regulations apply.

See full Marriott Rewards Terms and Conditions

See full Marriott GiftCard Terms and Conditions

Delta SkyMiles Partner Shuffle: Aerolineas Argentinas and Saudia IN & Kingfisher and Jet Airways OUT

The latest member of SkyTeam Saudia should be a SkyMiles partner at the moment, but is entirely missing on Delta.com. The future member of SkyTeam Aerolineas Argentinas, however, is a SkyMiles partner already. The two Indian airlines that are SkyMiles partners; Kingfisher and Jet Airways are both going away as partners on this coming October.


Saudia joined the SkyTeam on May 29th, 2012. Delta SkyMiles SkyTeam wide status benefits, when it comes to priority check in and lounge access, should now apply for flights taken on Saudia. Also, earning and burning of SkyMiles should be possible, but Delta’s website doesn’t have any mentions of Saudia on its partner page.


Saudia has a very good coverage in the Middle East and on the Indian Subcontinent. There are quite a few restrictions on transfers and whether you need a visa or not. This makes Saudia more complicated partner for transfer purposes. Always check Timatic first.


Aerolineas Argentinas

Aerolineas Argentinas became Delta’s partner for earning and redeeming SkyMiles in May. Aerolineas Argentinas is also set to join the SkyTeam alliance later in the year, when all the benefits associated with the SkyTeam status would apply for Aerolineas Argentinas flights.


There is a list of eligible fare classes for mileage accrual on AR that is divided between Domestic, Regional, and International. Lower fare classes earn very little on domestic and regional flights, but you might have better luck on international flights.


Aerolineas Argentinas was renationalized back in 2008 and is till bleeding money. According to an Associated Press article the airline received $200 million in subsidies in the first quarter of 2012 alone.


The airline flies to Miami and Mexico City in the North America, and Madrid, Barcelona, and Rome in Europe. This will help with using SkyMiles for travel to/from South America. The only drawback is that you need to call to make an award reservation if it involves AR.

Kingfisher & Jet Airways

Delta is terminating its partnership with Kingfisher on October 1st and with Jet Airways on October 15th. Normally you can make redemptions until the partnership ends as far in the future as the schedule is open.


It is really not a surprise that Delta is ending the partnership with the Kingfisher. The airline has been in huge financial turmoil this year and has ceased all the international operations. They had few planes repoed at airports. Not nice. Right now they only operate in domestically in India using less than 20 airplanes.


It is sad, however, to see that the partnership with Jet Airways is ending. It is one of the better Indian airlines and, although it is going through some financial difficulties, they are nowhere as bad as Kingfisher’s.

Fare War Over the Atlantic: Most US/Canadian Cities to London in Business Class for Less than $2K RT

There seems to be a flash fare war brewing over the Atlantic. AA and BA were advertising Queen’s Jubilee two day sale and soon other carriers were matching as well. The last day to book these is today 17th of May.


You can now find airfares to London on Virgin Atlantic, Air Canada, United Airlines, Delta, Air France, American Airlines, Iberia, and British Airways and probably on few others as well for less than $2K return in business class.

Most of these fares have relatively tight outbound window from North America to Europe, but the return can happen within the ticket validity/fare rules.

These $2K fares out from the eastern seaboard are not that common during holiday periods. They are, however, rare from the west coast.

Hyatt Gold Passport Summer 2012 Promotion for up to Five Times the Miles


Hyatt has teamed up with number of airlines; Air China, Air France-KLM, ANA, American Airlines, British Airways, China Eastern, Delta Air Lines, Etihad, Lufthansa, Qatar, Southwest, and United to offer up to five times the miles or points.


This promotion starts on May 1st and end of August 30th, 2012. You will receive the normal number of miles or points for the first stay, triple bonus for stays 2 and 3, and quadruple miles or points for the stays 4 to 11.


Please note that this promotion is NOT based on nights but rather on stays. You will receive the same number of miles or points regardless how many nights you stay. The promotion is capped at 11 stays.

The cumulative maximum number of points that you would earn by having 11 stays on Air China’s and China Eastern’s programs would be 39200. By crediting 11 stays to Southwest’s Rapid Rewards would earn you 29400 points. In all other programs the cumulative number of points after 11 stays would be the grand total of 24500 miles/points.

This promotion quite frankly works for me. Most of my stays are for one night. Getting 2500 miles for a one night stay is a rather good deal. Maybe I will finally set my foot to Hyatt property this year.

Air China – Phoenix Miles


Air France-KLM Flying Blue



ANA Mileage Club



American Airlines AAdvantage



British Airways Executive Club



China Eastern



Delta Air Lines SkyMiles



Etihad Guest



Lufthansa Miles & More



Qatar Airways – Privilege Club



Southwest Airlines – Rapid Rewards



United Airlines – Mileage Plus


Here are the promotional terms and conditions of the United offer, but they are basically identical for each of these airlines.

More stays means 5X more miles and even more rewards

ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible to participate in the Hyatt Summer Airline Promotion (“Promotion”), you must be a member of Hyatt Gold Passport and a member of United MileagePlus.

HOW TO REGISTER: Between April 1, 2012 and August 31, 2012 (“Promotion Period”), you can register for Promotion via hyatt.com/UNITEDSUM12A or by calling 1-800-228-3360 and requesting enrollment code UA12S. You must register in advance for stays to qualify. Stays completed before registration are not eligible. You only need to register once.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE: After registering for the Promotion, complete two (2) or more stays at any participating Park Hyatt®, Andaz®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt®, Hyatt Place® , Hyatt House™ or Hyatt Residence Club™ hotel and resort worldwide between May 1, 2012 and August 31, 2012 (“Stay Period”) and request United MileagePlus miles for each Eligible Stay. You must provide your United MileagePlus member number at check-in for each Eligible Stay. For each Eligible Stay during the Stay Period, you will earn the award miles as summarized in the chart below. A Eligible Stay is a stay at a participating hotel during the Stay Period with at least one (1) Eligible Night during the stay and request United MileagePlus miles for each stay. For the purpose of this Promotion, an “Eligible Night” is defined as one (1) night at any participating hotel or resort at an Eligible Rate when choosing United MileagePlus miles as the method of loyalty reward upon check-in at a participating Hyatt property and paying an Eligible Rate (as defined below). Award nights do not constitute an Eligible Night. Hyatt Gold Passport members will only receive eligible night credit for the room they physically occupy, regardless of the number of paid rooms. Only stays that occur after registration for Promotion will be counted as Eligible Stays.

1000 Bonus Delta SkyMiles or US Airways Dividend Miles for Sheraton Club Bookings


Note that this promotion has been extended until March 31, 2014.

Just received an email from Delta about an offer from Starwood for 1000 extra miles for booking Sheraton Club accommodations in select Sheraton hotels in the United States and Canada. This offer is valid for US Airways Dividend Miles as well. In order to get the bonus miles, your Starwood Preferred Guest account must be set for airline direct deposit and you need to book the rate code SHMILES. This offer is valid from April 16th to December 31st, 2012. You can earn the bonus miles only once per stay. There is a separate offer of 1000 bonus Starpoints per stay until the end of May for Sheraton Club bookings.


I was borderline laughing when I was reading about the description of Sheraton Club from Delta’s email. According to Delta & Starwood the club offers:

Unlimited access to our private Club Lounge

Complimentary deluxe continental breakfast in the Club Lounge daily

Complimentary evening hors d’oeuvres in the Club Lounge daily

High speed internet access in your guestroom and in the Club Lounge

Complimentary, unlimited local phone calls

Enjoy bottled water, upgraded bath amenities, newspapers and plush bathrobes in our Club guestrooms


Domestic Sheraton lounges in the United States and Canada are rarely worth my time. International ones outside of the North America are entirely different animal, however. Some of them are actually nice and offer food & beverage amenities to look for, but not the one at the Sheraton Heathrow.


Here’s an example from Sheraton Garden Grove last year. This was their evening hors d’oeuvres. The deluxe continental breakfast was about same quality. Would you actually pay more if they are offering crap like this?

Of course, I paid the lowest rate for the night, which was probably around $100, and got an upgrade as a SPG PLT member.

Out of curiosity I run the different rate codes for the Sheraton Garden Grove for the night of April 27.

The Advance Purchase rate is $101


The AAA rate is $111


The Prepaid rate is $119


The AAA Breakfast rate is $121


The Prepaid Club rate is $135 + 1000 bonus Starpoints


The Best Available rate is $139


The AAA Club rate is $143


The Sheraton Club Airline offer rate is $179


The Sheraton Club rate is $179 + 1000 bonus Starpoints



As is often the case with special rate plans that offer some extra points or miles, the rate is widely inflated. The only reason why hotels keep offering these rates are business travelers that can book inflated rates, and earn some extra points along the way.

Awards Using Delta SkyMiles on Aeromexico Now Bookable on Delta.com

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Delta has made Aeromexico award space bookable now on Delta.com as well. Previously you needed to call Delta reservations and have them to search for the award space. Whenever possible, I try to make my travel bookings online without having to pick up the phone, although this is not always possible, if the routing is complicated.


Quite frankly, I was really surprised that Delta.com was able to price the itinerary above  correctly. It includes an open jaw Sao Paulo to Santiago and a stopover in Mexico City on the way back. This all for 100K SkyMiles and about $160 in actual taxes.


Here’s how I did and you can do it too.

Sign up for Air France-KLM Flying Blue account. You can do it online and have instant access to award search tool. The Flying Blue award search engine shows a month at a time. It is easy to find the dates when there is availability.

Los Angeles to Mexico City


Availability almost every day.

Mexico City to Sao Paulo


Business class available in only four days during 30 day period.

Santiago to Mexico City


Business class widely available

Mexico City to Los Angeles


Wide open

After I chose the dates that has availability both ways, I just inputted the airport codes and dates to the multi-city form and requested the availability by schedule and chose direct flights only.


Then I just chose one of the presented flights for each of the legs.


The online was able to price this correctly at 100K SkyMiles level. First, I mistakenly chose flights that made the first transfer in Los Angeles a stopover. The engine priced the whole trip then at 160K mile level. After choosing and timing the connections to be less than 24 hours, the website was able to price it at 100K level, and I was able to put it on hold for a week.


The seat selection functions works for Alaska flights, but shows all Aeromexico flights unavailable for online seat selection. Delta might be able to request the seats over the phone, but the safest way is to call Aeromexico that can do it for sure.


The good thing about Delta’s engine is that it can show the actual tax breakdown, but is unable to show the award fare rules.


On an itinerary like this you can always drop the last segment LAX-YVR. The leg needs to be there in order for the trip to price at 100K level.

Le Club Accorhotels Offer of 1000 Bonus Delta SkyMiles or Air Canada Aeroplan Miles


Earlier in the week, I wrote about offer from City & Accorhotels for instant Platinum status for the Le Club. This offer was discontinued few days later. There is another offer of 500 bonus points for playing Facebook game (doesn’t require Facebook account) and triple points until June 10th, 2012.


Now Accor also has a promotion with Delta and Air Canada for 1000 bonus miles for a stay until the end of May. The terms and conditions would indicate that this offer is valid only ONCE, but then the same terms also refer to STAYS. To be on the safe side, I would assume that this offer is only valid once.

Here are the terms of the Delta SkyMiles offer:

1. This offer is valid every day for stays with check-in between 04/01/12 and 05/31/12 at participating Accor hotels.
2. In order to benefit from this bonus, the member must have activated Delta Air Lines and SkyMiles as the preferred conversion option ahead of the stay.
3. You must provide your Le Club Accorhotels loyalty card or member number when making your reservation, and present your card at the reception desk of your hotel when you check-in for your stay.
4.The bonus will be credited in Le Club Accorhotels points and converted ino SkyMiles according to the applicable conversion rule.
5. Reservations that include several rooms covered by the same member during his or her stay are only counted as one stay.
6. This offer may not be combined with other current offers or advantages and does not apply to groups.
7. This offer is subject to availability. General sales terms and conditions apply for reserved public rates specific to each hotel.
8. General A|Club terms and conditions apply to this offer.
9. A member can only benefit once from this offer between 04/01/12 and 05/31/12.
8. All SkyMiles program rules apply. To review the rules, visit delta.com/memberguide. Offers void where prohibited by law. Other restrictions may apply. Offers subject to change without notice.

Here are the terms of the Air Canada Aeroplan offer:

1. Between April 1st and May 31st, 2012 new and current A|Club members can earn 1,000 Aeroplan® Miles by staying at any eligible Accor hotel.
2. General A|Club terms and conditions apply to the “Earn 1,000 Bonus Miles with Aeroplan®” offer.
3. In order to benefit from this bonus, the member must have activated Aeroplan as the preferred conversion option ahead of the stay.
4. A member can only benefit once from this offer from 4/1/12 to 5/31/12.
5. The bonus will be credited in Le Club Accorhotels points and converted into Aeroplan miles according to applicable conversion rule.
6. ®Aeroplan is a registered trademark of Aeroplan Canada Inc.

Changes Coming to Delta’s SkyMiles Program – Evolution of SkyMiles (EOS) or the End of SkyMiles?


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fare Based Award Ticket Redemption (FBATR) project

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are examples from number of US and foreign airlines:


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


Economy (low)  7000 & Economy (high) 14000


Business (low) 17500 & Business (high) 24500


First (low) 28000 & First (high) 35000

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


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

Fare Based Award Ticket Redemption (FBATR) project

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

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

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

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

Fare Based Award Redemption Model

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

“Launch introduces Fare Based Award Redemption”

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

“Single Shopping Experience for Customer”

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

“New Award Inventory Controls”

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

“Cash + Miles Award Redemption Product”

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

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

“Award Redemption for OA”

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

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


Then on the second launch phase in 2013 maybe?

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

“Bid for Price Award Redemption Product”

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

“Buy It Now Award Redemption Product”

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

“Volume Discount Award Redemption Product”

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

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

Not sure about these.


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

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

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

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

My First Day as Delta SkyMiles Silver (from Diamond) and American Airlines AAdvantage Platinum (from Executive Platinum)


This is the first day for many of us that didn’t hit the requalification requirements last year, and thus were dropped a notch or two (or three on my Delta case) in frequent flyer programs. Last year and 2010 were quite exceptional for me flying wise. I was at some point United 1K, Continental Platinum, BMI Gold, American Airlines Executive Platinum, Delta Diamond, and Emirates Gold. All these were earned in actual flying and none of them were comped.


In 2011, I moved out from the United States, and as a result my flying on US carriers was down dramatically. I was very close requalifying to 1K and decided to make my way to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo from Asia the long way and earn the EQM’s needed. I am not planning to requalify for the United top tier status this year.

I am in a somewhat lucky situation. I am a 2.6 million miler (not a coiner) with American Airlines, and thus have a lifetime Platinum status with American that translates to Oneworld Sapphire status. That guarantees a business class check in and lounge access if I find myself in economy.

With Star Alliance I am covered through United. After United and Continental merge their frequent flyer accounts, I am somewhere around 1.5 million lifetime flown miles. This will guarantee me lifetime Gold level status in United’s program, and more importantly with Star Alliance. Like with Oneworld this will give me a business class check in and lounge access if ticketed in economy.

SkyTeam? Forget about it. I think that Delta is a fine domestic US airline and I did enjoy flying within the United States, but the alliance is second/third rate. It is way behind both Star Alliance and Oneworld when it comes to quality of the airlines and implementation of the alliance wide benefits. To be frank, it would be nice to have some sort of status with SkyTeam as well, but I think that I have to learn to live without it.

Overall, I think that I will survive.

February Hotel Promotions Update: Carlson, Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriott/Ritz-Carlton, and Starwood


It is time for February hotel promotion update. All the hotels have their promotions up and running again and some like Hilton and InterContinental Hotels Group have several concurrent promotions that you can take advantage of.

Carlson Hotels – Club Carlson

Club Carlson is offering triple points for all stays. Note that you will receive 2000 bonus points for online bookings.


Club Carlson “Triple Points – Faster Nights” Promotion – Triple Gold Points Worldwide

Hilton HHonors

Hilton has the most promotions running that you can combine together. You should sign up for the two promos below. Even if you are Diamond with Hilton, you can still get 40K HH for four Hilton stays.

Register Your Visa and Get 1000 Hilton HHonors Points + 4000 Bonus for Spending $100

Instant Hilton HHonors Gold Status for Visa Infinite Card Holders + 40K HHonors Points After Four Stays (For All?

You can choose one of these airline promotions as your double dip earnings partner. My personal favorite still is BMI that would earn 1k per night and up to three nights regardless of the Hilton brand.


Triple ANA and Double Emirates Miles for Hilton Stays Until March 31st

Airline Promotions for Air Canada Aeroplan, US Airways Dividend Miles, Lufthansa Miles & More and American Airlines AAdvantage

Earn 2012 Bonus Delta SkyMiles per Two Night Hilton Stay

These are the two main promotions for the time. More Points promotion for extra points for each nights and more for weekend stays, and free night certificates for longer resort stays.

Hilton HHonors 1st Quarter 2012 “More Points” Promotion

‘Resort Escapes’ Promotion – Free Night Certificate After Five Nights and Two After Ten Nights

Hyatt Gold Passport

Last month Hyatt didn’t have any promotions running besides the AA one that ended in the middle of the month. Hyatt’s latest promotion just started today. You can earn up to 44K extra points for 16 stays during the promotional period. That is extra 2750 Hyatt Gold Passport points per night.


Hyatt Announced Spring 2012 Promo – Earn up to 44000 Bonus Points

InterContinental Hotels Group – Priority Club

The first promotion for double points starting from your second stay and the 5/7/15 stays for 5K/10K/15K bonus points are combinable. The first one runs until the end of April and the second until the end of March. Note that you need to choose the bonus after 5, 7, or 15 stays. If you don’t meet the threshold, you won’t get the associate bonus.

Priority Club 1st Quarter 2012 Promotion Announced – Double Points or Miles – 2X More

Priority Club Bonus Points Promo for 1st Quarter 2012

There is Anniversary bonus that you can combine with these two promotion. It is extra 1000 Priority Club points for every stay for 90 days after you register. Do not register before the date of your first stay to maximize the promotional period. The promotion code is 6102 and you need to register at http://www.priorityclub.com/register. Please note that I cannot guarantee if this specific promotion will work for your Priority Club account. It never hurts to try, right?

Marriott Rewards / Ritz-Carton Rewards

Remember that you can have only Marriott or Ritz-Carlton Rewards account. You cannot have both. You can, however, switch between accounts as often as you wish just by calling the rewards customer service.


Ritz-Carlton Rewards – Earn Free Night Certificate After Two Stays Promotion

Note that you can only register for the MegaBonus or MegaMiles promotion. There are number of different MegaBonus thresholds. Pick up the ones that fits you best, and call the Marriott Rewards customer service if you need to switch your targeted promotion to something else.

Marriott Rewards Spring 2012 MegaBonus Announced – Few Variations of the Offer

Earn Up To 50000 Virgin America Elevate Bonus Points During Marriott’s MegaMiles Promotion

Marriott Rewards MegaMiles Promotion – Earn Up to 50K Bonus Miles

Starwood Preferred Guest

Starwood has two different promotions that are both exclusive. The Better By the Night is valid in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Africa. The list of non-participating properties is rather long. Note that this is NOT valid in the Asia-Pacific region that has their own promotion.

Starwood Preferred Guest 1st Quarter 2012 “Better by the Night”–promotion

Starwood Preferred Guest Asia Pacific Promotion

The following promotion is valid in the Asia-Pacific region for two free night certificates after 9 stays. Must use MasterCard to pay.

‘Two Days of Happy’ – Stay 5 Nights Get One Free Night Certificate – Stay 9 Nights Get Two Free Night Certificates – 4MCFN

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