United’s Mileage Plus Retro Claim Turnaround Time

Back in May and July, I had number of flights on Qatar’s business class. At the time of taking the flights, I wasn’t sure where I would credit the flights. I made a claim with United for these flights in September, but they only credited one of the tickets because they no longer had access to the other eticket for verifying the business class booking class.

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It is easy to do a claim for flights taken with Star Alliance carriers. All you need is the eticket number, flights number and they might ask for your seat number as well. These all can be submitted electronically on United.com and there is no need to attach files or mail boarding passes.

The situation with non-Star Alliance carriers is bit different. The website still suggests that you would need to mail the documents to United and there are number of addresses all over the world for Mileage Plus. You can, however, do these requests online as well. You just need to use the Contact Mileage Plus web form that allows you to attach up to 3 documents.

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To get the other ticket credited to Mileage Plus, I used ExpertFlyer to pull up historical fares for the date when the ticket was issued and found the fare and the business class booking class. The base fare matched what was on Expedia’s eticket receipt.

So, on Saturday morning (in Kuala Lumpur) I attached the PDF of boarding passes, the Expedia eticket receipt and the screenshot of historical fares of the ticketing date and submitted it to Mileage Plus.

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To my surprise, I received a reply from United 15 hours later that they had processed the claim and the miles should show up on my account within 3 to 5 days.

Conclusion

Sometimes, I don’t credit the flights at a time of taking them to any frequent flier program. This allows me to later decide the program where it makes sense for me to credit them.

When you are flying in on paid business or first class, there are hardly any status related benefits that a frequent flier plan would provide. To get certain benefits i.e. first class check in and lounge access when flying in on business class on oneworld, you can always show your card and request that they don’t record the number.

I still have three business class LAN flights that I took in September that I haven’t decided if I should credit them to American Airlines or Alaska.

30% Hotel Points Conversion Bonus from United Mileage Plus

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United’s Mileage Plus just announced a conversion bonus of up to 30% for hotel points transferred to miles. This offer is valid between October 26 and November 30, 2012, and requires registration.

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The bonus is dependent on number of miles transferred in and is capped at 50K miles that will yield 15K bonus miles.

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You can transfer hotel points on number of programs. United will tally the total number of points transferred in and will then calculate the bonus. The maximum number of bonus miles you can earn is capped at 15K.

Here are the hotel partners that you can use to transfer points in:

Marriott Rewards

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Doesn’t make too much sense to convert Marriott points to United Miles. You are better off by going the Marriott Travel Package route. For 270K Marriott Rewards points you would not only get 120K United Miles but also 7 days at category 1 to 5 Marriott property.

Hilton HHonors

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You would only get 1 per 10 Hilton HHonors points. You would need to transfer 500000 Hilton Points that would be enough for two weeks at the Hilton Bora Bora to get 65K United miles after the bonus.

Priority Club

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It is relatively easy to earn Priority Club points. 250K Priority Club points would transfer to 65K United Miles after the bonus that is fair.

Club Carlson

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You can get 18K United miles for every 100K Club Carlson. This is a fair transfer again. For 300K Club Carlson you would get 54K United that would be 69K United after the bonus

Hyatt Gold Passport

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50K Hyatt would be 25K United. You would need to transfer 100K Hyatt to get 65K United after the transfer bonus. 100K Hyatt is about five days at top tier Hyatt property. (Please note that I have corrected this after the first publications)

Starwood Preferred Guest

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Most of the other airlines would give you 25K miles for every 20K transferred, but United is 2 Starpoints per 1 miles. Transferring Starpoints to United miles make no sense at all.

Choice Privileges

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This is the only program that I don’t have an opinion of whether it makes sense or not to transfer to United.

Wyndham Rewards

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Earlier in the year, I transferred all my Wyndham points to AA. 128K Wyndham points would convert to 66200 United miles after 15K bonus that is ok.

Conclusion

The best time to convert hotel points to miles is when the airlines are offering transfer bonuses. But even then you should always figure out if it makes sense. I have tried to lay out above what makes sense and what doesn’t.

Here are the terms and conditions of this promotion:

MileagePlus Hotel Points-to-Miles Promotion Official Rules

  1. Eligibility: Offer valid only for MileagePlus® members residing in the United States.
  2. Registration: To qualify for this offer, members must register for the promotion between October 26, 2012 and November 30, 2012 (“Promotional Period”).
  3. Qualifying Activity: A member must earn a combined minimum of 5,000 award miles as a result of one or more points to miles conversion transactions from any combination of MileagePlus hotel partner programs that are conducted during the Promotional Period (“Qualifying Activity”) in order to qualify for MileagePlus Hotel Points-to-Miles bonus miles.
  4. Posting of Promotional Miles:At the conclusion of the promotion, all miles earned by each member from Qualifying Activity will be combined, and bonus miles will be credited into the member’s account on or before January 31, 2013, according to the following schedule:1,000 bonus miles will be deposited when Award Miles earned from cumulative Qualifying Activity is between 5,000 and 9,999;or 2,500 bonus miles will be deposited when Award Miles earned from cumulative Qualifying Activity is between 10,000 and 19,999;

    or 5,000 bonus miles will be deposited when Award Miles earned from cumulative Qualifying Activity is between 20,000 and 49,999;

    or 15,000 bonus miles will be deposited when Award Miles earned from cumulative Qualifying Activity is 50,000 or greater.

    No bonus miles will be awarded if total Award Miles earned by such member from hotel points converted during the Promotional Period is less than 5,000. The maximum bonus miles that can be earned by a member under this promotion is 15,000. MileagePlus will not be responsible for technical problems with partner miles postings, or failures or delays in miles postings by hotel partners, that would render any points to miles converted as ineligible under this promotion.

  5. General: This offer is not combinable with other MileagePlus offers. Offer subject to change without notice. Other restrictions may apply. Miles accrued, awards, and benefits issued are subject to change and are subject to the rules of the United MileagePlus program. Please allow 6-8 weeks for miles to post to your account. United may change the MileagePlus program including, but not limited to, rules, regulations, travel awards and special offers or terminate the MileagePlus program at any time and without notice. Bonus award miles, award miles and any other miles earned through non-flight activity do not count or qualify for Premier® status unless expressly stated otherwise. United and its subsidiaries, affiliates and agents are not responsible for any products and services of other participating companies and partners. Taxes and fees related to award travel are the responsibility of the member. The accumulation of mileage or Premier status does not entitle members to any vested rights with respect to the program. United and MileagePlus are registered service marks. For complete details about the MileagePlus program, go to www.united.com.

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

United Airlines Mileage Plus – Buy Miles People Power Offer

United seems to be experimenting with a new offer for trying to sell some miles. This time the bonus amount is dependent how many people are buying or sharing miles. The price under this offer if calculated at the maximum 60% bonus is 2.35 cents per mile. This offer is valid until October 19 11:59 PM CDT. You can access this offer here.

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The good thing about this specific promotion is that you could buy up to the yearly maximum of 100K miles and if enough people buy/share get the 60% bonus in top of that.

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Conclusion

This is not a terrific offer. If you need some United miles for international business or first class redemption, it can make sense to buy. The current offer from US Airways for buying Dividend Miles is far better.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

  • To take advantage of this offer, you must use the order links on this page.
  • Promotional offer valid until 11:59 p.m. CDT on October 19, 2012
  • For a limited time, get a minimum of 30% bonus award miles and a maximum of 60% bonus award miles when you purchase miles via the above links
  • Personal Miles or Give Miles cost $35 per 1,000 miles plus a 7.5% excise tax
  • 5,000 mile minimum purchase required and then miles are available in increments of 1,000
  • Purchase up to 100,000 MileagePlus Personal miles or Give Miles per account per calendar year
  • For Give miles transactions, both purchased miles and bonus miles will post to the recipients MileagePlus account
  • Credit card will be billed immediately for purchase
  • Program fees and mileage rates subject to change
  • Initial purchased base award miles post to MileagePlus account (up to 48 hours from when purchase is made) and bonus miles post up to 7 days after promotion ends.
  • Personal Miles and Give Miles are non-refundable
  • These miles can only be used for awards and do not count toward Premier® status
  • If you have questions or concerns about this offer, please email custserv@ualmiles.com for assistance
  • All MileagePlus Program Rules and terms and conditions apply

5000 United Miles for 1000 USD Marriott Gift Card Purchase

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Marriott often has airline related bonuses for gift card purchases. Now, Marriott is offering up to 5000 Unites Airlines Mileage Plus miles for buying a $1K Marriott gift card. This offer is valid until November 26, 2012. You can access this offer here.

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You are buying this gift card directly from Marriott. If you are using your Marriott affiliated Chase card to pay for the purchase, it counts as a Marriott purchase. When you use these gift cards to pay at the property, you first guarantee your stay using a credit card. Then, when you are checking out, you just tell the front desk that you prefer to settle the account using the gift card.

Conclusion

This is easy 5000 bonus United miles, if you stay at Marriott hotels. Normally during the holiday season Marriott has an offer of 10% discount off the face value for gift card purchases ($1K card for $900) or 10% bonus on top of the purchase amount ($1100 gift card for $1K).

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

Marriott GiftCards, purchased in $150 earn 500 bonus miles, $250 earn 1,000 bonus miles or $400 earn 2,000 bonus miles allowing a maximum of 5,000 bonus miles to be awarded per member during the promotional period. United MileagePlus member number will be awarded the bonus miles, regardless of purchaser. 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 October 15 through November 26, 2012 only.

The Marriott GiftCard can be used for all purchases and services charged to a Marriott guest room folio. The Marriott Gift Card cannot be used to guarantee a room reservation, but may be used as payment at check out. 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. Gift Card purchases earning United MileagePlus are not eligible for return or refund. GiftCards purchased with this promotion are not eligible to earn Marriott Rewards points. While supplies last.

Terms and Conditions are subject to change without notice. All MileagePlus rules and regulations apply. All Marriott Rewards rules and regulations apply.

Miles accrued, awards, and benefits issued are subject to change and are subject to the rules of the United MileagePlus program.  Please allow 6-8 weeks for miles to post to your account.  United may change the MileagePlus program including, but not limited to, rules, regulations, travel awards and special offers or terminate the MileagePlus program at any time and without notice.  Bonus award miles, award miles and any other miles earned through non-flight activity do not count or qualify for Premier® status unless expressly stated otherwise.  United and its subsidiaries, affiliates and agents are not responsible for any products and services of other participating companies and partners.

Taxes and fees related to award travel are the responsibility of the member.  The accumulation of mileage or Premier® status does not entitle members to any vested rights with respect to the program. United and MileagePlus are registered service marks.  For complete details about the MileagePlus program, go to www.united.com.

1000 United Bonus Miles for Downloading Mileage Plus Shopping Assistant and Making a Purchase

United Airlines has a bonus offer for downloading Mileage Plus Shopping Assistant. You will get 1000 bonus miles + the miles associated with the purchase, when you download the software and make one purchase using the shopping assistant.

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This “assistant” is a browser add on. If you only interested in about the miles, I would download it and make an online purchase that I would have done regardless. Then, I would go ahead remove the software from my computer.

US Airways had a similar offer recently. I wrote a more detailed piece about this Shopping Assistant at that time.

Conclusion

Download, install, search, purchase and then remove this application. It is easy 1000 United Mileage Plus bonus miles for an online purchase that you would have done anyway.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

1,000 bonus mile offer terms – Offer valid through 10/31/12. To qualify for the 1,000 bonus award mile offer, you must download the MileagePlus Shopping Assistant and make one toolbar purchase on or before 10/31/12. The maximum number of bonus miles that can be awarded to each qualifying member through this promotion is 1,000 bonus miles. The bonus award miles will post to your MileagePlus account within 8 to 10 weeks after the promotion end date.

jcpenney: Not eligible on gift cards, gift certificates or any other similar cash equivalents. Not eligible on purchases made in-store or by catalog. Purchases through Sephora.com are not eligible. Any return, exchange or other adjustment made at a physical store location for an on-line purchase may result in your purchase being deemed ineligible for reward.

Drugstore.com: Not eligible on gift cards, gift certificates or any other similar cash equivalents. Not eligible on prescription medication purchases, contact lens purchases, orders made with third-party partners where the customer is leaving the drugstore.com site, or orders using promo codes not found on this site. Not eligible on private sales, social media offers and special email offers from drugstore.com. Not eligible on use of in-store credit.

Oriental Trading: Not eligible on gift cards, gift certificates or any other similar cash equivalents. Not eligible on shipping and handling, service charges, returns, discounts or credits granted, cancelled or abandoned orders and any sale involving interaction of a live merchant telephone representative. Not eligible on products listed as not available.

Walgreens: Not eligible on gift cards, gift certificates or any other similar cash equivalents. Not eligible on purchases made through sub-domains such as aarp.walgreens.com, AARP discounts, pharmacy purchases or prescription drugs but photo orders picked up in-store are eligible. Not eligible on Prescription Savings Club. Any return, exchange or other adjustment made at a physical store location for an on-line purchase may result in your purchase being deemed ineligible for reward.

Kmart: Buy-online/pick up in-store purchases as well as buy-online/ship to your address orders are eligible. Changes to an order in store are not eligible. Kmart coupons not valid on Sears items. Not eligible on Pharmacy, Martha’s Flowers, One Hour Photo Lab, Portrait Studio, Picture Maker, NetZero, HiSpeed, DentalPlans. Sears products are eligible as a Sears.com purchase. Any return, exchange or other adjustment made at a physical store location for an on-line purchase may result in your purchase being deemed ineligible for reward.

William-Sonoma: Any return, exchange or other adjustment made at a physical store location for an on-line purchase may result in your purchase being deemed ineligible for reward.

BuyCostumes.com: Not eligible on gift cards, gift certificates or any other similar cash equivalents. Not eligible on gift wrapping or orders that are the result of fraud.

Macy’s: Not eligible on gift cards, gift certificates or any other similar cash equivalents. Not eligible on the purchases made through adjustments, reorders and corporate gift cards. Not eligible on mattresses and furniture. Not eligible through Macysweddingchannel.com. Any return, exchange or other adjustment made at a physical store location for an on-line purchase may result in your purchase being deemed ineligible for reward.

By shopping with a retailer featured in this email you agree to the terms and conditions for MileagePlus Shopping. Offer expiration dates vary by merchant.

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

United Airlines Mile Up Offer: 50% Bonus on Shop, Dine, Car Rental & Hotel Stays

United Airlines just emailed me an apparently targeted offer for 50% bonus on some partner activities that are credited to my Mileage Plus account.

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You will get 50% bonus for using United’s online mall, renting cars, staying hotels and number of other partners. The maximum bonus that you can earn is capped at 25K miles. Note that this offer doesn’t apply for hotel points to miles conversions.

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You can try the following link to see if you are eligible for this or other variation of this offer.

Conclusion

This offer is most likely targeted to some United accounts. You can always try to register for promotion TB4M59. I might take advantage of this offer if some other hotel related bonus offer for United miles comes around.

Here are the terms and conditions of this United offer:

1. Eligibility: This offer is valid only for original recipients of this offer and is non-transferable. Offer valid only for MileagePlus® members residing in the 50 United States.
2. Registration: To qualify for this offer, members must register and complete qualifying transactions to earn miles with a qualified MileagePlus partner. Registration must be completed prior to any qualifying transaction. Register anytime between now and November 15, 2012. The registration period will conclude at 11:59 p.m. (CST) on November 15, 2012.
3. Transaction Qualifications:
a. Partner transactions must be completed between now and 11:59 p.m. (CST) on December 31, 2012 and post by February 28, 2013 into member’s account in order to qualify for this offer. Retroactive claims will qualify only if posted on or prior to February 28, 2013. MileagePlus will not be responsible for technical failures or delays that would result in partner posting being ineligible for this promotion.
b. Some partners require membership in their program in order to earn MileagePlus award miles. Partners may also require members to opt to earn MileagePlus miles over other loyalty currencies. Miles earned from transactions with the following MileagePlus partners do not qualify for the Mile Up promotion – airline partners, United Vacations, United Cruises and Fidelity. The additional 5000 mile acquisition bonus awarded after six months, by Gexa, in conjunction with their UATENK bonus do not qualify for the Mile Up promotion. Miles accrued for using a MileagePlus credit card do not count towards the MileUp bonus and award miles. All hotel points-to-miles transfers, including any associated hotel points-to-miles transfer bonuses are also excluded from this promotion. In addition, miles from Hyatt one-time Thank-You bonuses are excluded. For a complete list of MileagePlus partners, visit mileageplus.com. MileagePlus partners are independent entities, and United® is not responsible for the nature or quality of products or services provided by those partners, nor for any solicitation efforts by those partners.
c. Only qualifying miles credited to a member’s account will count toward the bonus mile offer. Any debits to a member’s account as a result of retail transactions that have been returned will negate previously credited miles.
4. Posting of Mile Up Bonus Miles:
a. Transactions must be credited to the MileagePlus account number of the registered member in order to qualify.
b. Each member is allowed to earn a maximum of 25,000 bonus award miles from the Mile Up promotion.
c. Bonus miles may take up to 6-8 weeks after a qualifying partner transaction to post to a member’s account.
d. Registered MileagePlus members must comply with all terms and conditions of this promotion to earn bonus award miles – no partial credit will be awarded.
5. This offer is not combinable with other MileagePlus offers. This is a MileagePlus sponsored promotion and not sponsored by other Partners.
6. Miles accrued, awards, and benefits issued are subject to change and are subject to the rules of the United MileagePlus program. Please allow 6-8 weeks for miles to post to your account. United may change the MileagePlus program including, but not limited to, rules, regulations, travel awards and special offers or terminate the MileagePlus program at any time and without notice. Bonus award miles, award miles and any other miles earned through non-flight activity do not count or qualify for Premier® status unless expressly stated otherwise. United and its subsidiaries, affiliates and agents are not responsible for any products and services of other participating companies and partners. 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.
8. Offer subject to change without notice. Other restrictions may apply.

See additional MileagePlus terms and conditions.

TB4M59

United Airlines Bonus Offer for Transatlantic Travel: Up To 50K Bonus per Round-trip

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United is the last carrier to announce their bonus offer for fall/winter 2012 transatlantic trips between the United States and London Heathrow. There are identical offers from American Airlines, British Airways, and Delta.

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This offer is valid for tickets issued after October 4th for travel between October 4 and January 31, 2012. You need to register for this promotion prior to your travel. Only first, business, and flexible economy class fares are eligible for these bonus miles.

Bonus miles earned

1. 1st trip = 15K bonus miles

2. 2nd trip = 35K bonus miles

3. 3rd and subsequent trips = 50K bonus miles per trip

If you haven’t been ticketed in first or business class, you have to be very careful about the booking class that for economy must be either Y or B.

Conclusion

The transatlantic carriers are offering very attractive mileage promotions for first, business, and high economy fares at the moment. Is the traffic becoming soft?

Here are the terms and conditions of this United offer:

  • To qualify, register on united.com before travel, then purchase and complete paid qualifying roundtrips between the U.S. and London Heathrow on flights marketed and operated by United.
  • Offer valid on paid qualifying roundtrips in United Global First, United BusinessFirst and full-fare Economy fares (F, A, J, C, D, Z, P, Y and B booking classes).
  • Offer valid on tickets purchased between October 4, 2012, and January 31, 2013, with travel completed between October 4, 2012, and January 31, 2013.
  • MileagePlus members can earn 15,000 bonus award miles for the first qualifying roundtrip, 35,000 bonus award miles for the second qualifying roundtrip and 50,000 bonus award miles for each additional roundtrip.
  • There is no limit to the number of bonus miles that may be earned with this promotion.
  • Bonus award miles do not count toward Premier® status, and do not apply to class-of-service, Premier bonus miles or promotional Premier qualifying miles.
  • Offer is not valid on United-marketed codeshare flights operated by other carriers.
  • Offer is not valid on government fares.
  • Roundtrip is defined as travel from an origin city to a destination city with return travel beginning in the destination city back to the origin city. Open jaw and circle trip itineraries do not qualify.
  • Bonus is not combinable with other non-combinable bonus offers.
  • Bonus will be posted to the member’s MileagePlus account six to eight weeks after the end of the promotion period.
  • Electronic ticket purchase is required. Tickets purchased in the U.S. through United Reservations are subject to a $25 ticketing fee and tickets purchased at airport ticket counters are subject to a $30 ticketing fee. Fees are subject to change.
  • Offer is subject to change without notice. Other restrictions may apply.
  • Miles accrued, awards issued and bonus offers are subject to the rules of the United MileagePlus program. For complete details about the program, visit united.com/mileageplus.

Marriott Travel Packages

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Marriott Travel Packages are the best way to use Marriott Rewards points IF you need some airlines miles as well. These packages consists of 7 nights stay at a chosen category or tier (Ritz-Carlton & Marriott Vacation Club) hotel and set number of miles at various airline programs. You will also get a 25% coupon for Hertz rental that I have never been able to use as rates that are not discount eligible have always been a better deal.

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The reason why these are such a good deal is that you will get a nice chunk of airline miles in the process. You can collect airline miles on your Marriott stays but it is far better just continue crediting towards Marriott points and take advantage of MegaBonuses. Then, when you have enough points in your account to redeem for a Marriott Travel Package, you just issue one.

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You can essentially “transfer” Marriott Rewards points at 1 to 1 level for airlines like United, US Airways, and British Airways.

Here’s an example of redeeming for cat 1 to 5 travel package + 120K airline miles

If we assume that you would use the 7 nights at category 5 property, it would cost you 25K per night but you would get the 4th night free. The number of points required would be 150K.

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The travel package at category 1 to 5 costs you 270K Marriott Rewards points. If we deduct the point value of the room part (150k), you “transfer” the 120K Marriott Rewards points to 120K airline miles.

Choosing the number of airline miles level

Each of the travel packages has four level for number of airline miles you would earn by redeeming a travel package. I would suggest that you go for the highest level if possible.

Upgrading the hotel category part of the travel package

If you redeem for a category 1 to 5 package and would later want to stay at the category 6 property, you can do this by paying the difference in points that is 30K. You need to call Marriott Rewards customer service and they can do it instantly.

Downgrading the hotel category part of the travel package

I always suggest that you should issue the travel package at the lowest category first if you are not sure how you are going to use it. You can always upgrade it.

But if you issued the package at the higher level that is required for your stay, you can always call the Marriott Rewards customer service and request them to downgrade it and get the difference in points deposited to your account.

Extending the hotel certificate

The hotel certificate that is deposited to your Marriott Rewards account is valid for 12 months after issuance. I have personally, however, been able to extend these more than twice. You need to contact the Marriott Rewards customer service to achieve this. I cannot guarantee that it will work for you, but it has for me.

Unable to use the hotel award

Try extending the award certificate. I have managed to do this few times. If they are not willing to do it, consider giving it away as the number of points you get back is not a lot. If you issued it higher than the lowest category level, downgrade it to the lowest level and get some points back to your account.

If you are not able to use it or give it away, you will get some points back for unused certificate and it is dependent and what mileage level you originally issued it.

Here are some values that you can expect to get back IF you need to redeposit unused hotel certificate from the travel package

Travel package with highest number of miles redeemed:
Cat. 1-5 : 10K points
Cat. 6 : 25K points
Cat. 7 : 40K points

Travel package with lowest number of miles redeemed:
Cat. 1-5 : 40K points
Cat. 6 : 55K points
Cat. 7 : 75K points

When to redeem

Some airlines like US Airways and American Airlines, which used to be a Marriott partner, tend to run promotions once in a while for transfer from hotel programs. They might give you a 35% to 50% bonus for miles transferred in. This is the time to redeem. I redeemed 3 or 4 travel packages when the partnership with American Airlines was ending and AA was offering bonus for points transfers. I made my first Million Miles status with AA with the help of Marriott.

Few of other tips

– You can use the ward certificate for less than 7 nights but you won’t receive any points back. Just do a reservation online for 7 nights and leave early. Otherwise, you can contact the Marriott Rewards and have them to make the reservation for you

– If there is a day in between that is not available for points, you can pay for it in cash. You need to arrange this with the Marriott Rewards customer service i.e. you stay at the hotel for 10 nights and use travel package for nights 1 to 3 and 7 to 10. You can pay for nights 4 to 6.

Marriott Travel Package: Hotel + Air Package 1

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Note that you will receive 50K, 70K, 100K or 120K miles in any of the participating airlines: Aeromexico, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, GOL/Varig, Hawaiian Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways or Virgin Atlantic

Marriott Travel Package: Hotel + Air Package 2

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Note that you will receive 35K, 50K, 70K or 85K miles in any of the participating airlines:

Aeroflot, airberlin, Air China, Air France/KLM, Alitalia, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Avianca-TACA LifeMiles, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern, China Southern, Emirates, Japan Airlines, Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines, LAN, Lufthansa Miles & More, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines  or TAP Air Portugal

Marriott Travel Package: Hotel + Air Package 3

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This package is reserved entire for Southwest. You will receive 50K, 70K, 100K, or 120K Rapid Reward points that are COMPASSION PASS QUALIFYING. If you redeem the highest package and deposit the points to Southwest, you receive a Southwest Companion Pass for a year.

Marriott Travel Package: Hotel + Air Package 4

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This package is for JetBlue TruBlue and Virgin America Elevate members. You will receive 25K, 35K, 50K, or 60K points.

Conclusion

IMHO this IS really the best way to use Marriott points IF you prefer getting a lot airline miles along the way. There are some drawbacks to this as well that I listed above and workarounds like extending the certificate for a year.

Here are the short terms and conditions of this award:

To redeem for a Hotel, Air & Car Package reward:
Contact the airline you will use as your carrier.  (You must be a member of their frequent flyer program.)  Inquire about the number of miles needed to travel from departure location to your destination and remember to take into account the number of people traveling in your party.

Once you know the number of miles needed, call
1-800-MARRIOTT to make your hotel reservation.  Make sure to inform the reservation agent that you are using a Travel Package Reward.

After your reservation is confirmed, you can complete the reward order over the phone or order online.

Reward Delivery Information

  1. Hotel certificate will be issued electronically and will be available at the hotel upon check-in.
  2. Airline miles will automatically be sent to your frequent flyer account.Please allow approximately 6 weeks for your miles to be posted to your frequent flyer account or contact your local Marriott Rewards office to inquire about express service (may include a fee).

    Miles will automatically transfer into the frequent flyer mileage account that matches the name on your Marriott Rewards account.  Once processed, airline miles cannot be transferred back to your Marriott Rewards account.

  3. You will receive a paper certificate for your Hertz rental.Please allow 10 business days for US delivery, 4 weeks for delivery outside the US, or contact your local
    Marriott Rewards office to inquire about express service (may include a fee).

Expert Mode Returns to United.com

There was a huge uproar earlier this month when United disabled fare bucket, award, and upgrade availability display on United.com claiming that this information was confusing users. Quite the contrary. This information was essential for being able to purchase fares that are instantly upgradeable using confirmable upgrade instruments.

United Expert Mode Relaunch
United Expert Mode Relaunch

Later, United announced that they would reintroduce these functions but that the customer would need to enable the mode first on their preferences.

United Expert Mode Sign Up
United Expert Mode Sign Up

There is a rather long disclaimer for this availability and a note that the agents are NOT supposed to manually clear upgrades when the upgrade space is available.

United.com Expert Mode

Expert Mode is a fare class availability feature designed to help our most experienced travelers with the planning process. This feature is intended for informational purposes only, and may not always match our exact availability or reflect the stages of our upgrade processes.

Please keep the following considerations in mind when using Expert Mode:

  • This is not a forecasting tool. Availability levels in certain fare classes should not be interpreted as indicating that we will make other fare classes available.
  • The presence of a particular fare class does not mean that there is a fare associated with it. For example, we may offer availability in a discounted fare class, but that does not necessarily mean we have published a fare that corresponds to it.
  • Not all upgrades are cleared in real time. Our process of clearing upgrades varies based on the type of upgrade and when the upgrade inventory becomes available. Upgrades that are not able to be cleared in advance will be managed at the departure gate, subject to availability and in priority order.
    • Complimentary Premier Upgrades (CPUs): As a Premier member awaiting a CPU, you may see upgrade availability and still not be cleared. This is because the process for clearing CPUs runs at 24-hour intervals before the departure date based on the eligibility window for your Premier status. Inside of 24 hours, the process will run more frequently. When these processes run, they take into consideration all customers awaiting an upgrade at that time and clear them in priority order.
    • All other MileagePlus upgrades: For all other MileagePlus upgrades, waitlists are cleared in real time except during the 24-hour period before trip departure. Inside this 24-hour window, upgrades requested for flights in CPU-eligible regions will be cleared using the same automated system that processes CPUs. For all other flights, upgrade clearance inside of 24 hours will be managed at the departure gate in priority order.
  • Our phone agents will not clear pending upgrades. Our representatives do not have complete visibility into the upgrade priority order for a given flight. Because we would not want to potentially clear customers in the wrong order, upgrades are only processed by our automated system, or at the gate prior to departure. You can view the status of your pending upgrade through Manage Reservations on united.com
  • Availability changes frequently. Availability for specific fare classes changes frequently, and sometimes the fare class information we provide in Expert Mode may not be completely up to date. While this is rare for United- and United Express-operated flights, it is not uncommon with flights operated by our codeshare partners and other airlines. Due to these potential discrepancies, we are not able to honor availability based on what is displayed in Expert Mode.

United Airlines reserves the right to limit access to this feature at its sole discretion.

United Expert Mode Results
United Expert Mode Results

The award, upgrade, and fare buckets are now again visible.

Conclusion

It is good that United returned the ability to see various fare buckets. It is not so good if clearing upgrades ability is withdrawn from United’s agents as the upgrade processing is apparently not working as it should.

July Air Travel Consumer Report Is Out and United Is Still Dead Last

DOT (Department of Transportation) just released their latest Air Travel Consumer Report that covers 2012 up to the end of July. The United Airlines numbers are still as dismal as they were last month. You can access the full report on DOT’s website here.

DOT Flight Operations Canceled

United cancelled 2.4% of their scheduled flights. The next worse American Airlines canceled 1.2% of their scheduled flights.

DOT Mishandled Package
DOT Mishandled Package

The numbers for mishandled package (4.84 reports per 1000 passengers) are worst of the major carriers as well.

DOT Consumer Complaints
DOT Consumer Complaints

Where United really shines are the complaints to DOT. United received almost half of all the complaints of the US airlines. United received 995 complaints in the month of July and the total number of complaints received by the DOT was 2057.

DOT Complaints per Enplanements
DOT Complaints per Enplanements

But when you look at the complaint number per enplanements are four times the second worst US Airways.

Conclusion

It is somewhat surprising that United appears to have done nothing to get their customer service up and running after the merger with Continental and the systems integration that happened on March this year. At some point these dismal figures must have an effect on revenue coming in as well. Passengers will put op only so much before their move their business to other airlines.

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