Triple JetBlue TrueBlue Points Until End of 2012

JetBlue has an offer for triple TrueBlue points on all of their flights and the offer apply both one ways and round trips. You need to register for this offer.

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Note that according to terms and conditions you need to register for this offer prior purchasing your flight and that the purchase should be made at JetBlue’s website jetblue.com.

You will earn 6 additional TrueBlue points per dollar spent in addition to the online booking bonus of 3 points per dollar spent and base True Blue points of 3 per dollar spend. You will earn total of 12 TrueBlue points per dollar spend.

Even if you have already purchased your JetBlue fligh(s) you should register for this promotion. Maybe you get lucky and the point posts anyway?

Conclusion

Getting extra points for flight never hut. If you are planning on buying JetBlue flights before the end of this year, you should sign up for this offer.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

You must register for this Triple Points promotion at trueblue.jetblue.com/group/trueblue/triplepoints and be a TrueBlue Member with your account in good standing. Offer valid only for JetBlue flights (one-way or roundtrip) that are purchased and flown between now and 12/31/2012 (11:59 PM. ET). Flight must be purchased online at jetblue.com. You must register prior to booking in order to receive Triple Points for eligible travel. Booking and travel must be completed between now and 12/31/12 (11:59 PM ET). TrueBlue members generally earn three (3) points per dollar spent on their individual JetBlue flight plus three (3) bonus points per dollar for flights booked on jetblue.com. Triple points are awarded on the base TrueBlue point offer only, meaning that Members qualifying for this offer will earn nine (9) TrueBlue points per dollar spent on their individual flight. Members can still earn the three (3) bonus points for booking on jetblue.com, for a total of twelve (12) TrueBlue points per dollar spent on their individual eligible Triple Points flight booked on jetblue.com. Points will be earned on the base fare of the flight only. Points will not be earned on government taxes/fees, travel insurance or other fees or charges (e.g., change/cancel fees, etc.). Offer valid for new bookings only and will not apply to previously booked flights or changes to a previously-booked flight. In the event you cancel your reservation, you will not receive any TrueBlue points from that reservation, and any points already awarded will be debited from your TrueBlue account. Offer does not apply to non-revenue travel (e.g., travel booked with a travel certificate, TrueBlue award flights, etc.); is not valid in connection with other routes, flights on partner, codeshare or interline flights, Getaways vacation packages, cruises, or any other product or service; may not be combined with other special offers; is not redeemable for cash; and has no cash value. Additional restrictions apply. See TrueBlue Terms and Conditions for details.

Priority Club Canada Stay Offer of 1000 Points for a Stay

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Priority Club has a 1000 bonus points for a stay in Canada. You can register for this promotion using a promotional code 7620 and your email address or Priority Club account number at priority.com/register.

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Please note that this promotion doesn’t show up on your “My Offer Status” tab on Priority Club’s website, although you do get confirmation email, but the bonus points did post to a stay that I had in Canada last week.

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I do not have expiry date for this promotion. Let me know if it doesn’t post for a stay that you had in Canada after successfully registering.

Conclusion

This is a nice 1000 bonus points for a stay in Canada. It appears that this is one time bonus only, but I will update this post if it posts to my subsequent stay at IHG property here in Canada that I’ll have in couple of days.

As always you should contact Priority Club if this doesn’t post for you stay in Canada unless you received an email/post card about this offer or were informed about it by a IHG property in Canada.

US Airways Online Shopping Mall Holiday Bonus of Up To 1000 Miles

US Airways also has a bonus offer for online purchases made through their online shopping mall for up to 1000 miles. There is no need to register for this offer that you can access here.

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Between now and December 31, 2012, you will earn 300 bonus miles when you spend $150 or 500 miles when you spend $250 or 1000 miles when you spend $500 or more. The maximum number if miles that you can earn under this offer is 1000 miles. These are in addition to the miles that you earn from the purchases.

Conclusion

You are essentially getting 2 extra points per dollar spend. The way I usually work these mall promotions, is to put a dollar figure to the mile earned so that I can compare them to straight cashback malls. Sometimes these airline related malls are better and sometimes they are not.

I wrote an article about getting cashback for your travel purchases and it does apply for most of other online purchases as well. You can use sites like CashBackHolic and Evreward to check the cashback percentages among multiple online malls.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

Now through 12/31/12 11:59 PM EST receive 300, 500 or 1,000 bonus miles when you spend $150, $250 or $500 online through Dividend Miles StoreFront. The maximum number of bonus miles that can be awarded to each qualifying member through this promotion is 1,000 bonus miles. Returns, shipping and taxes are not eligible for bonus. Please allow 8-10 weeks for bonus miles to post to your account. Increased earning opportunities are for a limited time only and at the discretion of each individual merchant. Please check site daily for updates to increased earning opportunities.

SPG Cyber Monday Offer of Up To 25% Off in North and Latin America

Starwood has launched their Cyber Monday offer about one week early. You may save up to 25% off of stays in North and Latin America for stays between November 21 and March 31, 2013 that are booked by November 30, 2012.

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Note that these rates are prepaid, non-changeable, and nonrefundable. You should only book if your plans are firm.

You can make the booking over the phone by referring rate code CYBERLTO or online using CYBRLT.

Here are four properties that I used to test the rates that this offer returns:

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Sheraton Mendoza returned lowest rates using this limited this offer code.

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Same situation with the Sheraton Centre Toronto.

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At the Le Meridien Tahiti the discounted rate was very close to a rate that would have been fully refundable.

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Sheraton New Orleans had a Coca Cola offer rate that was $11 cheaper and includes $25 Amazon gift card as well.

Conclusion

It might make sense to check the rates using this limited time offer. Just make sure that your plans are firm if you decide to use it. There are probably rates like Starpicks available later that beat this offer.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

  • Offer is valid at participating Starwood hotels and resorts in North America, Latin America and Mexico, please see participating property list.
  • Offer is valid for stays booked between November 19, 2012 and November 30, 2012 and completed between November 21, 2012 and March 31, 2013.
  • Savings vary by hotel.
  • Offer is valid for weekend stays at hotels (Thursday-Saturday arrival) and stays all days of the week at resorts. Please see individual property terms and conditions for complete offer details.
  • Book online today, call your travel professional, or call 877-782-0108 and mention Rate Plan CYBERLTO.
  • Advance purchase required. Credit card will be charged at time of booking. Reservations cannot be changed, are pre-paid and non-refundable; if cancellation takes place, guests forfeit total room charge plus tax.
  • An eligible stay is defined as minimum number of consecutive nights required paying a qualifying rate in the same hotel regardless of the number of check-in or check-outs that occur.
  • Rates are per room, per night, based on single/double occupancy and availability at time of reservation and do not include additional per room, per night charges that may be imposed or state/local taxes.
  • A limited number of rooms may be available at these rates.
  • Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.
  • Offer not applicable to groups.
  • Not to be combined with other offers or promotions and subject to change.
  • Not responsible for omissions or typographical errors.
  • Void where prohibited by law.

Hilton Any Weekend Anywhere 2013 Sale

Hilton has now launched their Any Weekend Anywhere sale for 2013. The booking window is from November 19 to January 31, 2013 (until February 14 in Asia) for stays between November 22 and December 31, 2013. You can access the Hilton’s very sparse web page for this sale here.

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The discount and booking window is dependent of the region in question:

Europe, Middle East and Africa: Book from November 19, 2012 to January 31, 2013, for stays from November 22, 2012 to December 31, 2013.

Asia Pacific, Australia and China: Book from November 19, 2012 to February 14, 2013, for stays from November 27, 2012 to December 31, 2013.

Americas: Book through January 31, 2013, for stays from December 13, 2012 to December 31, 2013.

Discount by region:

Europe: 20% to 40%

Middle East & Africa: 33% to 40%

Asia Pacific: 20% to 25%

North & South America: 15% discount

Please note that all these rates are prepaid, non-cancellable, and non-changeable. Some hotels may require minimum of 2 night stay, at some hotels this discount plan is available 7 days a week,

Double Stay Credit for Hilton HHonors members

This is an interesting twist on a Hilton HHonors promotion that I have not seen before. You will receive a double stay credit for a stay booked under this offer that is at least 2 days.

Note that reservations booked under this offer may not be eligible for promotions that Hilton has in 2013.

Here are four examples booking using this sale compared to other publicly available offers:

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At the Conrad Bali you are better off by booking the “Corporate Benefits Employee Offer”.

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For Hilton Abu Dhabi this Any Weekend sale returned the best price. Other discount options either didn’t work or couldn’t beat the price.

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The situation is same with the Hilton Berlin.

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DoubleTree Los Angeles downtown had lower advance purchase rate and the MVP rate than this Any Weekend Anywhere offer.

Conclusion

The discount for properties in the North and South America is only 15% under this offer and that should be easily beaten by AAA, MVP, or even the Little League offer. For the Los Angeles properties searching through the Hilton’s sale page for this promotion didn’t return any rates. You could pull them up using the regular search, however.

This offer returned good rates for the property in Berlin and Abu Dhabi that I couldn’t beat using the other offers. The corporate benefits employee offer should work in both regions and the public employee offer in Europe, but they didn’t return attractive rates or rates at all for these two properties.

The Conrad Bali, wonderful hotel btw, had better rate using the “Corporate Benefits Employee Offer”.

You should always check all the rates and don’t trust that any of these “sales” offer the best prices all the time. Do your homework and compare prices against advance purchase rates, MVP, Corporate Benefits Employee Offer, Little League offer, and Public Employee offer.

If you have Hilton Gold or Diamond status, paying for a breakfast rate makes no sense as it is included based on the status. There have been several offers for Gold status through MVP, Visa Infinite, and airline related offers.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

Offer is subject to availability at participating hotels and resorts in the Hilton Worldwide portfolio, offer details stated herein, and the selected hotel’s booking terms and conditions. Applies to stays on select days of the week/weekend, which vary by location as detailed below. Minimum and maximum stays apply in the Americas and at Hilton Garden Inn™ properties worldwide as detailed below. Book between November 19, 2012 and January 31, 2013 (February 14, 2013 for properties in Asia Pacific region) and stay between November 22, 2012 (November 24, 2012 for properties in Asia Pacific; December 13, 2012 for properties in Americas region) and December 31, 2013. Full non-refundable prepayment required at time of booking. Your credit card will be charged immediately for the total amount quoted for the entire stay as reserved and refunds or credits will not be issued unless otherwise indicated by local law. Charges cannot be applied to other stays, services or merchandise. Booking cannot be changed. Must book at least seven (7) days in advance of arrival, except as noted below for properties within Europe Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific regions.

Each hotel has a policy addressing cancellations and/or blackout dates that may apply. Offer not valid with group bookings and cannot be combined with other offers. Unless otherwise stated, quoted rates are per room per night, based on double occupancy and do not include taxes, gratuities, resort fees or incidental charges. The Hilton Minibreaks offer, which includes a second room for children at half-price, cannot be combined with this offer.

Discounts and availability of rate by world region:

Discounts are taken from the Best Available Rate and, where noted, to the Bed & Breakfast Rate. Percentage discounts apply as follows and vary by geographical location of property and/or by brand unless otherwise stated by the particular hotel.

Europe: Book between November 19, 2012 and January 31, 2013; and stay between November 22, 2012 and December 31, 2013. Participating hotels are offering a 20% – 40% discount. Participating Conrad® Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton™, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Garden Inn™ and Waldorf Astoria™ Hotels & Resorts properties are offering a 40% discount on the Best Available Rate and Bed & Breakfast Rate. Participating Hampton by Hilton™ properties are offering a 20% discount on Best Available Rate. At Hilton Garden Inn properties, discount applies only for arrivals on Thursday through Sunday and requires a 2-night minimum stay for Thursday arrivals, and applies for a 2-night maximum stay for Sunday arrivals. For all other participating properties, discount applies 7 days a week. 7-day advance purchase requirement is reduced to 3 days from November 19 through December 17, 2012, and is reduced to 1 day from December 18, 2012 through January 6, 2013.

Middle East and Africa regions: Book between November 19, 2012 and January 31, 2013; and stay between November 22, 2012 and December 31, 2013. Participating hotels are offering a 33% – 40% discount. Participating Conrad® Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton™, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, and Waldorf Astoria™ Hotels & Resorts properties are offering a 33% discount on the Best Available Rate and Bed & Breakfast Rate. Participating Hilton Garden Inn™ properties are offering a 33% discount on Best Available Rate. At Hilton Garden Inn™ properties, discount applies only for arrivals on Thursday through Sunday and requires a 2-night minimum stay for Thursday arrivals, and applies for a 2-night maximum stay for Sunday arrivals. For all other participating properties, discount applies 7 days a week. 7-day advance purchase requirement is reduced to 3 days from November 19 through December 17, 2012, and is reduced to 1 day from December 18, 2012 through January 6, 2013.

Asia Pacific region: Book between November 19, 2012 and February 14, 2013; and stay between November 24, 2012 and December 31, 2013. Participating hotels are offering a 20% – 25% discount. Participating Conrad® Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton™, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Garden Inn™, and Waldorf Astoria™ Hotels & Resorts properties are offering a 25% discount on the Best Available Rate and Bed & Breakfast Rate. Participating Hampton by Hilton™ properties are offering a 20% discount on Best Available Rate. At Hilton Garden Inn properties, discount applies only for arrivals on Thursday through Sunday and requires a 2-night minimum stay for Thursday arrivals, and applies for a 2-night maximum stay for Sunday arrivals. For all other participating properties, discount applies 7 days a week. Must book at least five (5) days in advance of arrival.

North and South America regions: Book between November 19, 2012 and January 31, 2013; and stay between December 13, 2012 and December 31, 2013. Participating hotels are offering a 15% discount on Best Available Rate. For all participating properties, discount applies only for arrivals on Thursday through Sunday and requires a 2-night minimum stay for Thursday arrivals, and applies for a 2-night maximum stay for Sunday arrivals.

Double Stay Credit: For eligible Any Weekend, Anywhere stays as outlined above, of at least 2 nights, and booked through Hilton Worldwide direct booking channels with valid HHonors membership number, HHonors members will receive a Double Stay Credit, which will count toward tier status only. No Bonus Points will be given. Hilton HHonors™ membership, earning of Points & Miles™ and redemption of Points are subject to HHonors Terms and Conditions.

The Best Available Rate is a specific rate type that varies depending on time of purchase, is unrestricted, non-qualified and excludes discount or negotiated rates not available to the general public, including, but not limited to: membership, corporate, government, promotional, group, packages, unpublished or rates only available on auction websites. The Bed & Breakfast Rate is similarly a specific type of rate that includes breakfast for the registered guests.

Up To 2500 Bonus United Miles for Online Purchases

It is time of the year when there are offers from most of the airline and hotel related online shopping malls for bonus miles.

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Between now and December 31, you will earn 500 bonus miles for every $250 in purchases that you make through the Mileage Plus mall. These are in addition to the regular miles that you would earn from the purchases. The bonus miles are capped at 2500 that is basically $1250 in spending. You can access this offer here.

Conclusion

You are essentially getting 2 extra points per dollar spend. The way I usually work these mall promotions, is to put a dollar figure to the mile earned so that I can compare them to straight cashback malls. Sometimes these airline related malls are better and sometimes they are not.

I wrote an article about getting cashback for your travel purchases and it does apply for most of other online purchases as well. You can use sites like CashBackHolic and Evreward to check the cashback percentages among multiple online malls.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

Now through 12/31/12 11:59 PM EST receive 500 bonus miles with every $250 spent online through MileagePlus Shopping; up to 2,500 bonus miles. Returns, shipping and taxes are not eligible for bonus. Please allow 8-10 weeks for bonus miles to post to your account. The maximum number of bonus miles that can be awarded to each qualifying member through this promotion is 2,500 bonus miles. Increased earning opportunities are for a limited time only and at the discretion of each individual merchant. Please check site daily for updates to increased earning opportunities.

JetBlue Winter Promotion for 20% to 25% Discounts

JetBlue has a two day winter sale for travel between November 27 and December 20th that is eligible for 25% discount by using promotion code WINTER25 and January 7 and February 14 that is eligible for 20% discount by using promotion code WINTER20. These offers are valid until midnight EST on November 20th, 2012, and you need to make the reservation at jetblue.com/promo.

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Note that this offer is only valid for flights originating from US including PR.

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I did a search for flights from LAX to JFK. The discount seemed to work correctly and taking 25% off of the base fare before taxes.

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For comparison purposes, seems that the AA is offering the lowest fares currently between these two city pairs and the JetBlue discounts brings their prices in line with AA’s.

Conclusion

If you are a JetBlue flier, you can probably save a bit from your flights during the sale period. It might make sense to use ITA to make sure that JetBlue’s prices are in line with competition.

Here are the terms and conditions of this sale

Promo codes are good until 11/20/12 (11:59 PM ET). Each code is good for the stated discount off the base fare of a roundtrip JetBlue flight (nonstop or connecting) originating from the United States (including Puerto Rico) for travel between 11/27/2012 – 12/20/12 (for promo code WINTER25) and travel between 1/7/13 – 2/14/13 (for promo code WINTER20). Roundtrip purchase required. Must select both outbound and return flights within the travel period in order to receive the discount. Codes (case-sensitive) are valid only for roundtrip flights purchased on jetblue.com/promo; new bookings only; limit one code per booking. Codes are not valid in connection with JetBlue Getaways, award flights, taxes/fees, partner or code share or interline flights, baggage fees, or any other products or services. Each code cannot be combined with other offers, cannot be partially redeemed, has no cash value, is not redeemable for cash, but is transferable. If fight reservation is changed/cancelled, a $100 fee per person will apply (plus any increase in fare for changes), and the promo code will only apply to any modified or new reservation if it is booked by 11:59 PM ET on 11/20/12, is for travel within the eligible travel period, and otherwise satisfies all terms and conditions for this offer. Changes/cancellations after 11/20/12 will result in the promo code discount being forfeited. Cancellations are for JetBlue travel credit only, valid for one year. If reservation is not changed/canceled prior to scheduled departure, all money associated with reservation is forfeited. Other restrictions apply, click here.

Air Canada Aeroplan Conversion Offer of Up To 40,000 Bonus Miles

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Aeroplan is offering bonuses for converting points from partner programs. This offer is valid from November 19 to December 17, 2012. There is no need to register for this offer that you can access here.

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The number of bonus Aeroplan miles that you earn is dependent of the number of total converted miles. The bonus is from 20% to 27%.

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Note that only converting points from the following partners are eligible for the bonus offer.

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Does it make sense to convert from partner programs to Aeroplan?

It probably depends how you are using the miles/points on the partner programs and how familiar you are with the Aeroplan. Note that, although Aeroplan’s routing rules are rather relax, they charge very high fuel surcharges on many partner airlines.

Conclusion

This offer makes most sense for Air Canada Elite members or if you need to top up your Aeroplan account for an award.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

Maximum 40,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles can be earned per Aeroplan Member. Bonus Aeroplan Miles will be issued by Aeroplan as follows: 1,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles will be deposited into the member’s account when the total Aeroplan Miles earned by converting points from any combination of eligible partner programs during the promotion is between 5,000 and 9,999 Aeroplan Miles; OR 2,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles will be deposited into the member’s account when the total Aeroplan Miles earned by converting points from any combination of eligible partner programs during the promotion is between 10,000 and 19,999 Aeroplan Miles; OR 4,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles will be deposited into the member’s account when the total Aeroplan Miles earned by converting points from any combination of eligible partner programs during the promotion is between 20,000 and 49,999 Aeroplan Miles; OR 10,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles will be deposited into the member’s account when the total Aeroplan Miles earned by converting points from any combination of eligible partner programs during the promotion is between 50,000 and 99,999 Aeroplan Miles; OR 25,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles will be deposited into the member’s account when the total Aeroplan Miles earned by converting points from any combination of eligible partner programs during the promotion is between 100,000 and 149,999 Aeroplan Miles; OR 40,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles will be deposited into the member’s account when the total Aeroplan Miles earned by converting points from any combination of eligible partner programs during the promotion is 150,000 or more Aeroplan Miles. Bonus offer valid only on conversions made between November 19 and December 17, 2012 (11:59 EST). POINTS.com: Aeroplan Miles procured via a Trade transaction with another member at Points.com are not eligible towards the conversion bonus threshold. BONUS MILE CREDITING: Bonus miles are credited 7–10 days following successful receipt by Aeroplan of a conversion transaction from the partner. Note that some partners may take up to two weeks to submit point-to-mile conversions to Aeroplan.

Virgin America One Day 50% Off Sale for Thanksgiving Travel

Virgin America’s 50% off of Main Cabin Select and First class fares for Thanksgiving travel just started. You need to use promotional code 50THANKS when making the flight purchase by midnight PST on November 19 for travel between November 21 and November 24 on non-stop flights.

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Note that this sale doesn’t apply for discounted economy fares that are usually the lowest.

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I was able to price LAX-JFK-LAX Main Cabin Select return for $780.60. Note that the lowest price for basic economy for the flights on Wednesday and Saturday was $399.

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The price without the 50THANKS coupon for the same flights and class of service is $1539.60.

There are economy flights still available for the city pair in question for around $600 in economy for the same dates. Virgin’s offer is nice as the Main Cabin Select includes complimentary food and adult beverages.

Conclusion

If you are still contemplating flying this Thanksgiving weekend, it pays to check Virgin’s offer as well using the coupon code.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

This offer ends at 11:59pm PST on November 19, 2012. This offer is valid only for nonstop travel; offer is not valid for any connect or multi-city itineraries. Promo code is valid for non-refundable First Class and Instant Upgrade to Main Cabin Select tickets only. The discount will apply for travel between November 21, 2012 and November 24, 2012. Blackout dates do not apply. Promo code may be used only towards newly booked travel and may not be applied to prior bookings. Promo code discount will be deducted off of base fare. Base fares do not include Passenger Facility Charges of up to $9 each way, September 11th Security Fees of up to $5 each way and a Federal Segment Tax of $3.80 per domestic segment. A segment is a takeoff and landing. For service to/from Mexico, base fares do not include the U.S. Immigration User Fee of $7, the U.S. APHIS fee of $5, the U.S. Customs processing fee of $5.50, a U.S. International Arrival/Departure Tax of $16.70 each way and additional taxes/fees of up to $60, including: Mexico International Departure Tax and Mexico Tourism Tax. Promo code may not be redeemed for cash. Promotion code is not eligible for Elevate points redemption bookings. Promo code may only be used for bookings made on virginamerica.com and is only valid on itineraries of 9 or less. Offer cannot be combined with any other offers. Seats are limited, subject to availability, and may not be available on all flights. If travel is changed or cancelled, promo code discount will become invalid. For Instant Upgrade to Main Cabin Select, changes or cancellations can be made for a $100 fee per guest through all channels, plus any difference in fare, if applicable. For First Class, changes or cancellations can be made without a fee; an increase in fare will be collected if applicable. Any remaining balance will be placed in a guest’s travel bank, good for travel on Virgin America for one year from date of issue. Tickets purchased through Virgin America’s reservation call center will cost an additional $20 per itinerary guest; this amount is non refundable if travel is changed or cancelled. Fares will not be honored retroactively or in exchange for any wholly or partially used ticket. Fares, routes, fees and schedules are subject to change without notice. For Instant Upgrade to Main Cabin Select, Virgin America will accept one (1) piece of checked baggage up to 50 pounds free of charge for each ticketed guest. The fee per guest for each additional checked bag up to 50 pounds from the second (2) to the tenth (10) is $25. For First Class, Virgin America will accept two (2) pieces of checked baggage up to 50 pounds for free of charge for each ticketed guest. The fee per guest for each additional checked bag up to 50 pounds from the third (3) to the tenth (10) is $25. Additional fees apply to baggage exceeding these weight limitations, and other baggage restrictions may apply.

Sneak Peek of Hilton Any Weekend Anywhere 2013 Sale

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Hilton is about to launch their Any Weekend Anywhere 2013 sale later today. Their sale webpage is not up yet, but their promotional terms and conditions are that you can find here. The booking window is from November 19 to January 31, 2013 (until February 14 in Asia) for stays between November 22 and December 31, 2013.

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Discount varies by region:

Europe: 20% to 40% discount

Middle East & Africa: 33% to 40% discount

Asia Pacific: 20% to 25% discount

North & South America: 15% discount

Rate code

With Breakfast: PGAWB2

Without breakfast: PGAWA6

Please note that all these rates are prepaid, non-cancellable, and non-changeable. Some hotels may require minimum of 2 night stay, at some hotels this discount plan is available 7 days a week,

Double Stay Credit for Hilton HHonors members

This is an interesting twist on a Hilton HHonors promotion that I have not seen before. You will receive a double stay credit for a stay booked under this offer that is at least 2 days.

Note that reservations booked under this offer may not be eligible for promotions that Hilton has in 2013.

Conclusion

Booking under this “Any Weekend Anywhere” offer may make sense, but you have to make sure that your plans are firm as this rate is prepaid, non-cancellable, and non-refundable.

You should also check the rates using MVP, Corporate Benefits Employee Offer, Little League offer, Public Employee Offer that may offer better rates than this sale and are not prepaid.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

Offer is subject to availability at participating hotels and resorts in the Hilton Worldwide portfolio, offer details stated herein, and the selected hotel’s booking terms and conditions. Applies to stays on select days of the week/weekend, which vary by location as detailed below. Minimum and maximum stays apply in the Americas and at Hilton Garden Inn™ properties worldwide as detailed below. Book between November 19, 2012 and January 31, 2013 (February 14, 2013 for properties in Asia Pacific region) and stay between November 22, 2012 (November 24, 2012 for properties in Asia Pacific; December 13, 2012 for properties in Americas region) and December 31, 2013. Full non-refundable prepayment required at time of booking. Your credit card will be charged immediately for the total amount quoted for the entire stay as reserved and refunds or credits will not be issued unless otherwise indicated by local law. Charges cannot be applied to other stays, services or merchandise. Booking cannot be changed. Must book at least seven (7) days in advance of arrival, except as noted below for properties within Europe Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific regions.

Each hotel has a policy addressing cancellations and/or blackout dates that may apply. Offer not valid with group bookings and cannot be combined with other offers. Unless otherwise stated, quoted rates are per room per night, based on double occupancy and do not include taxes, gratuities, resort fees or incidental charges. The Hilton Minibreaks offer, which includes a second room for children at half-price, cannot be combined with this offer.

Discounts and availability of rate by world region:

Discounts are taken from the Best Available Rate and, where noted, to the Bed & Breakfast Rate. Percentage discounts apply as follows and vary by geographical location of property and/or by brand unless otherwise stated by the particular hotel.

Europe: Book between November 19, 2012 and January 31, 2013; and stay between November 22, 2012 and December 31, 2013. Participating hotels are offering a 20% – 40% discount. Participating Conrad® Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton™, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Garden Inn™ and Waldorf Astoria™ Hotels & Resorts properties are offering a 40% discount on the Best Available Rate and Bed & Breakfast Rate. Participating Hampton by Hilton™ properties are offering a 20% discount on Best Available Rate. At Hilton Garden Inn properties, discount applies only for arrivals on Thursday through Sunday and requires a 2-night minimum stay for Thursday arrivals, and applies for a 2-night maximum stay for Sunday arrivals. For all other participating properties, discount applies 7 days a week. 7-day advance purchase requirement is reduced to 3 days from November 19 through December 17, 2012, and is reduced to 1 day from December 18, 2012 through January 6, 2013.

Middle East and Africa regions: Book between November 19, 2012 and January 31, 2013; and stay between November 22, 2012 and December 31, 2013. Participating hotels are offering a 33% – 40% discount. Participating Conrad® Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton™, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, and Waldorf Astoria™ Hotels & Resorts properties are offering a 33% discount on the Best Available Rate and Bed & Breakfast Rate. Participating Hilton Garden Inn™ properties are offering a 33% discount on Best Available Rate. At Hilton Garden Inn™ properties, discount applies only for arrivals on Thursday through Sunday and requires a 2-night minimum stay for Thursday arrivals, and applies for a 2-night maximum stay for Sunday arrivals. For all other participating properties, discount applies 7 days a week. 7-day advance purchase requirement is reduced to 3 days from November 19 through December 17, 2012, and is reduced to 1 day from December 18, 2012 through January 6, 2013.

Asia Pacific region: Book between November 19, 2012 and February 14, 2013; and stay between November 24, 2012 and December 31, 2013. Participating hotels are offering a 20% – 25% discount. Participating Conrad® Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton™, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Garden Inn™, and Waldorf Astoria™ Hotels & Resorts properties are offering a 25% discount on the Best Available Rate and Bed & Breakfast Rate. Participating Hampton by Hilton™ properties are offering a 20% discount on Best Available Rate. At Hilton Garden Inn properties, discount applies only for arrivals on Thursday through Sunday and requires a 2-night minimum stay for Thursday arrivals, and applies for a 2-night maximum stay for Sunday arrivals. For all other participating properties, discount applies 7 days a week. Must book at least five (5) days in advance of arrival.

North and South America regions: Book between November 19, 2012 and January 31, 2013; and stay between December 13, 2012 and December 31, 2013. Participating hotels are offering a 15% discount on Best Available Rate. For all participating properties, discount applies only for arrivals on Thursday through Sunday and requires a 2-night minimum stay for Thursday arrivals, and applies for a 2-night maximum stay for Sunday arrivals.

Double Stay Credit: For eligible Any Weekend, Anywhere stays as outlined above, of at least 2 nights, and booked through Hilton Worldwide direct booking channels with valid HHonors membership number, HHonors members will receive a Double Stay Credit, which will count toward tier status only. No Bonus Points will be given. Hilton HHonors™ membership, earning of Points & Miles™ and redemption of Points are subject to HHonors Terms and Conditions.

The Best Available Rate is a specific rate type that varies depending on time of purchase, is unrestricted, non-qualified and excludes discount or negotiated rates not available to the general public, including, but not limited to: membership, corporate, government, promotional, group, packages, unpublished or rates only available on auction websites. The Bed & Breakfast Rate is similarly a specific type of rate that includes breakfast for the registered guests.

Finnair Status Match Offer for SAS Eurobonus Elite Members (Requires Flight) + Bonus Points

While the turmoil around the survival of the SAS is going on, Finnair has made an offer to match SAS’s elite member status for residents of Sweden after one Finnair flight to Asia. You can access this offer here.

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This offer is valid from November 15 to December 31, 2012 for trip originating from Sweden. The window is rather short. If you have Gold or higher status with SAS, you will get Finnair Gold status that is Oneworld Sapphire status. For Silver members, Finnair is promising their Silver status.

You are required to email a copy of your boarding pass, electronic ticket, and copy of your Eurobonus card to sales.se@finnair.com by January 31, 2013. The return of your trip can happen at a later date.

Finnair is also offering bonus points for new members that sign up using the link on the offer page and take a Finnair flight by January 31, 2013. The bonus offer of 5000 Finnair Plus points is only valid at higher booking classes (J, C, D, I, Y, B, H, T, P, M and K), however.

Conclusion

If you have status with SAS and have a ticket to Asia on Finnair stock from Sweden, it makes sense to do the status match and maybe get some bonus miles as well. It is unclear what the situation around the SAS is going to be.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

You can now earn 5,000 extra award points when you join the Finnair Plus frequent flyer program by 30 November 2012 and take a Finnair flight by 31 January 2013. Don’t miss out – follow the link below and become a Finnair Plus member today!

Terms and conditions
The offer applies to those who join the Finnair Plus program by using the link on this page by 30 November 2012 and fly Finnair (AY code on the ticket) by 31 January 2013.

This offer is valid only for residents of Sweden.

The eligible Finnair ticket types for the extra award points are Business, Business Saver, PRO and Value or booking classes are J, C, D, I, Y, B, H, T, P, M and K.

The extra award points are award points and will not count towards your tier point balance.

Match your SAS Eurobonus tier with Finnair Plus

If you are a SAS Eurobonus tier member, we now have a remarkable offer for you: fly Finnair from Sweden to Asia once between 15 November and 31 December 2012 and you’ll become a Finnair Plus tier member!

If you’re a SAS Eurobonus Gold or Pandion member, we’ll offer you a Finnair Plus Gold card, and if you’re a SAS Eurobonus Silver member, we’ll offer you a Finnair Plus Silver card. Your Finnair Plus tier membership will be valid for one year – and you can take advantage of all the corresponding tier benefits without having to earn the points to get there.

After your flight to Asia, just scan or take a copy of the boarding pass stub, electronic ticket and your valid Eurobonus tier card and email them to us by 31 January 2013 to sales.se@finnair.com. Please remember to include your Finnair Plus membership number in the email. Please note that this offer is valid only for residents of Sweden.

Not yet a Finnair Plus member? No need to worry – just follow this link and join now.

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Terms and conditions
The offer is valid for departures from Sweden to Asia between 15 November and 31 December 2012. The return can take place at a later date.

You need to be both a SAS Eurobonus member and a Finnair Plus member in order to be eligible for this offer.

This offer is valid only for residents of Sweden.

The requested documents must be sent to us by 31 January 2013.

Up To 2000 Bonus American Airline AAdvantage Miles for Online Purchases

It is time of the year when there are offers from most of the airline and hotel related online shopping malls for bonus miles.

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Between November 18 and December 17, you will earn 500 bonus American Airlines miles for every $250 in purchases that you make through the Advantage eShopping mall. These are in addition to the regular miles that you would earn from the purchases. The bonus miles are capped at 2000 that is basically $1K in spending.

This offer is only open to AAdvantage members that are enrolled to the eShopping mall by November 18, 2012.

Conclusion

You are essentially getting 2 extra points per dollar spend. The way I usually work these mall promotions, is to put a dollar figure to the mile earned so that I can compare them to straight cashback malls. Sometimes these airline related malls are better and sometimes they are not.

I wrote an article about getting cashback for your travel purchases and it does apply for most of other online purchases as well. You can use sites like CashBackHolic and Evreward to check the cashback percentages among multiple online malls.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

This bonus offer is open to AAdvantage® members that are enrolled in the AAdvantage eShoppingSM mall as of November 18, 2012. To earn the bonus, you must shop with a participating online merchant through the AAdvantage eShoppingSM mall website or the AAdvantage eShoppingSM assistant between November 18, 2012 and December 17, 2012. You may earn 500 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles for every $250.00 spent at a participating online merchant through the AAdvantage eShoppingSM mall website or assistant, up to a maximum of 2,000 AAdvantage® bonus miles. Returns, shipping and taxes are not eligible for this bonus offer. Please allow 8-10 weeks from end of the bonus offer period for any AAdvantage® bonus miles to post to your AAdvantage® account.

Priority Club Promotions for a New Account

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Couple of months ago, I wrote about getting a Platinum status with priority Club for just seven stays. Most of these promotions are still going on.

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First you need to sign up for all the promotions that I have listed here and here. Make sure that you are not missing on the cashback that you can earn from your Priority Club stay. You can have a look at promotions that you have then signed up for by going to My Offer Status  tab on your Priority Club account. Note that sometimes all the applicable promotions are not shown here.

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Here’s what you can expect to get on your first stay, if you are new Priority Club member. You will get 3000 points for “elite member next stay bonus”, “1000 bonus points for 60 days” this is for every stay after 60 days registering for this promotion, “welcome back bonus” of 1500 points, “Next stay bonus” of 1500 points,  and “New member bonus” of 1500 points. Close to 10K points for the first stays

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Then we can fast forward to stay number four. Stay number 3 triggered Gold status that you can get at when you have earned 20K Priority Club points. This triggered two more bonuses that are only applicable if you have lest Gold status with Priority Club; the “Elite member next stay bonus”  of 3000 points and “Anniversary bonus offer” 1000 points that you will get for each of your stay for the next 90 days.

My stays that were in the Asia Pacific region were eligible for the Roles to Rooms promotion that gives bonuses on 2nd, 3rd, and 4th stays for a total of 15K bonus points. The fourth stay above gave the last bonus of 7500 Priority Club points.

Conclusion

It is very easy to get Gold or Platinum status with Priority Club. On my example above, the Gold status was reached on 3rd stay. The number of points earned on the 7th stay, should be round 55K Priority Club points that is 5K points short off Platinum status.

Priority Club is the only program that counts all the points earned towards the status. Not just the points that you earn for the base spent, but all the promotional points as well.

You can then turn these earned points i.e. 60K points to 12 free nights at Priority Club hotels, including InterContinental hotels, when you find a property that fits you on the Point Breaks list.

Hilton Public Sector 40% Off Offer for Europe – Rate Code PR11PN

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Hilton has a very good offer for public sector works in the UK & Europe. You can get 40% discount off of BAR (Best Available Rate) on weekend stays (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) at participating hotels. Some hotels may offer the rate during weekdays as well. You can access this offer here.

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You can find the list of participating properties at http://www.hiltonpublicsector.co.uk/gci and you can use the website to make the bookings as well. Otherwise, you can just request a rate code PR11PN when making the reservation at Hilton.com.

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Here’s a rate example for Sunday night at the Kensington Hilton. The rate code lowers the BAR rate by 40%

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Here is the list of participating properties:

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Conclusion

If you or any of your family members work on the public sector, this is a very worthwhile offer. You should check the other discount rates as well like the Corporate Employee Benefit Offer.

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