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

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

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

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Conclusion

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

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

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

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

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Conclusion

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

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

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

Starwood’s “Better By The Night” 4th Quarter Promo Revisit

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Starwood’s “Better By The Night”4th quarter promotion is quite confusing. There are now 4 different points/miles earning opportunities embedded. I just went and registered for all of these and thought that it would be a good idea to write a piece explaining each of the components.

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1. Double points for one or two nights stays and triple points for stays of three nights or longer

This is the easiest part. You will get double or triple BASE points depending on the length of your stay.

2. Online (250 points) or iPhone (500 points) booking bonus

You will receive 250 bonus Starpoints for making the booking through SPG.com or 500 bonus Starpoints by booking using the SPG iPhone app.

3. FourSquare check in (250 points) bonus

If you link your SPG & FourSquare accounts and do virtual check in while staying in the property, you will receive additional 250 Starpoints per stay.

4. Air Canada Aeroplan bonus (1000 miles per stay) miles

You will receive 1000 Aeroplan miles per stay for up to five stays. This is in addition to the above bonuses and you don’t have to credit towards miles.

You can do registrations for the first three simultaneously but you need to remember to link your SPG and FourSquare accounts.

The Aeroplan offer requires a separate registration. You need your SPG and Aeroplan account numbers.

Here’s what SPG Platinum members can expect to earn on a $150 night that is booked at SPG.com:

300 Base points (2 points per dollar spend)

150 Platinum Bonus points (50% bonus)

500 Platinum Amenity points

300 Double points for the Better by the Night promotion

250 SPG.com online booking bonus

250 FourSquare check in bonus

1000 Aeroplan miles

= 1750 Starpoints + 1000 Aeroplan miles

If you use SPG branded Amex card to pay and use the iPhone app to book, you can earn even more points

Conclusion

At first, the SPG’s “Better By The Night” promotion appears underwhelming. It is actually quite ok if you can take advantage of all the side promotions.

Unintended Feature of Hilton’s New Website: Award Reimbursement Rates Shown

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Hilton has one of the more dysfunctional hotel websites as of late. I probably need to log in from anywhere 4 to 5 times when trying to complete a reservation. Now, Hilton has at least revamped the graphic layout the site, but I am not sure if they have touched the back end at all.

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When I was going through my past reservations earlier today, I realized that it was not only showing the rates that I had paid but also the rates that the hotels were reimbursed by Hilton HHonors for award stays. It appears that Hilton has now corrected the error, but I wrote down some values.

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Here’s what I found out:

Conrad Bali $36.30

Conrad Singapore 45.81 SGD

Conrad Macao 268 HKD

Conrad Hong Kong 256.82

Hilton Moorea FP 32 USD

Hilton Colombo Residence 38.08 USD

W/A Rome Cavalieri 40 Euros

W/A Shanghai on the Bund $35

As you can see, most of the basic reimbursements from the Hilton HHonors to the properties are about $40. This is inline what I have seen in some other hotels as well i.e. InterContinental Hotels Group.

Conclusion

Hotels get reimbursed very little for award stays unless the hotel is at capacity when they get close to the ADR (Average Daily Rate). Considering at what rates these programs are selling points to consumers and companies, the reimbursement to properties is very low.

1200 Southwest Rapid Rewards Points per Stay at Choice Hotels

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Choice Hotels has a promotion for Southwest Rapid Rewards points. You can earn 1200 points per stay instead of the usual 600 between October 1 and November 15, 2012.

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I just received an email from Southwest regarding this offer but there is no information available about this on Choice’s own website. There doesn’t seem to be a requirement to register for this promotion.

Here’s the link to the Southwest webpage regarding this offer. Make sure that you read the list of countries where Choice hotels are not participating.

1200 Southwest Rapid Rewards points are worth $20 when used for Wanna Getaway fares, $12 when used for Anytime fares, and $10 when used for Business select fares.

Conclusion

This is a nice $20 rebate in form of Southwest Rapid Rewards points if you are collecting Southwest rewards and staying at Choice hotels during the promotional period.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

Available to Members of the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Program. Earn double points with arrival between October 1, 2012 through November 15, 2012 when paying an eligible rate, as defined at ChoiceHotels.com at any Choice Hotels franchised property in the U.S., Canada, Europe (excluding Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, and Sweden), the Middle East, Mexico, Central America, Australasia (including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Papua New Guinea and Fiji), or the Caribbean. Valid Rapid Rewards account number must be provided when completing the reservation or upon check-in for the stay to be eligible.  Allow six to eight weeks for points to post to your account. Standard amount of Rapid Rewards Points is 600 per stay; a stay is defined as any number of consecutive nights at one hotel, regardless of check-ins or check-outs. For program details and eligible rates, visit ChoiceHotels.com. All Rapid Rewards rules and regulations apply.

Hilton HHonors “1,000 Reasons” 4th Quarter Promotion Registration Now Open

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Hilton HHonors 4th quarter “1,000 Reasons” promotion starts on November 1 and ends on December 31, 2012. I already wrote about this promotion couple of days ago. Hilton was supposed to unveil this promotion on October 17, but the website is already up and running. You need to register for this promotion to be eligible for the bonus points.

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You will earn 1000 bonus Hilton HHonors points per Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday nights. You won’t earn any bonus for Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Note that there is a list of non-participating properties for this promotion. Make sure that your stay is not at any of them. Cancel and rebook if needed.

Conclusion

This is bit of a letdown compared to the promotion that Hilton HHonors had for the same period of last year; free night certificate for every four stays. Of course, bonus points are better than nothing, but you should have a look at what other hotel chains are offering for the same period and act accordingly.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer

Offer valid for eligible stays completed between November 1 and December 31, 2012 (“Promotion Period”) at any participating hotel in the Hilton Worldwide portfolio click here for hotels who have chosen to not participate. Hilton HHonors™ members must first register at www.HHonors.com/1000Reasons prior to check-out of first stay within the Promotion Period. Registered HHonors members will receive the Bonus Points only 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. Registered HHonors members will earn 1,000 HHonors Bonus Points for each night stayed between Thursday and Monday nights during the Promotion Period. There is no limit to the total amount of Bonus Points that may be earned during the Promotion Period. Bonus Points do not count toward elite tier qualification. Please allow six to eight weeks from completion of your stay for points to appear in your HHonors account. Offer is not transferable, is not valid for groups and cannot be combined with other select offers. Hilton HHonors™ membership, earning of Points & Miles™ and redemption of points are subject to HHonors Terms and Conditions.

Here are the frequently asked questions about this promotion:

What is the name of the Hilton HHonors™ promotion for the fourth quarter of 2012?
‘1,000 Reasons’

What is the promotion?
Registered HHonors members will receive 1,000 HHonors Bonus Points for each qualifying Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday night of their stay completed during the Promotion Period.

What is the Promotion Period for the ‘1,000 Reasons’ promotion?
1 November through 31 December, 2012 (‘Promotion Period’)

What is an eligible stay?
An eligible stay is defined in the HHonors Terms & Conditions under Accrual of Points number 3. Click here to read more http://hhonors1.hilton.com/en_US/hh/terms.do#accrual_of_points

What type of points will HHonors members be issued for this promotion?
HHonors members will have the opportunity to earn 1,000 HHonors Bonus Points. Standard HHonors program terms and conditions apply. There is no limit to the total amount of Bonus Points that can be earned during the Promotional Period.

Is there a limit to the number of Bonus Points earned for an eligible stay??
For the 1,000 Reasons promotion there is no cap on the points you can earn for the stay; however, Standard HHonors program Terms and Conditions apply.

How do HHonors members register for the promotion?
HHonors members can access our registration page through www.HHonors.com/1000reasons

Do I have to register for this promotion?
Yes. To participate, HHonors members must register for the promotion at www.HHonors.com/1000reasons.

When I register for this promotion, can I use my user name and password to register?
Yes. You can use either your Hilton HHonors™ number or user name when you log in and subsequently enter either your PIN or password, just like you do when you log on with your account to make a reservation.

I am not an HHonors member; can I participate in this promotion?
Yes. You can join the HHonors program for free, register for the promotion and immediately be eligible to participate. Simply visit www.HHonors.com/1000reasons and follow the steps to join HHonors and register for the promotion simultaneously.

What are the Terms and Conditions of the promotion?
To make sure everyone has the most up-to-date Terms and Conditions, we have posted them on the website www.HHonors.com/1000reasons.

Which Hilton Worldwide brands are participating in the promotion?
All Hilton Worldwide brands are participating in the promotion: Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Embassy Suites, DoubleTree by Hilton, Hilton Grand Vacations, Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites and Hampton. However, some hotels have chosen not to participate, you can view the list of non-participating hotels by visiting www.HHonors.com/1000reasons

Are all rates eligible for this promotion?
No. A list of ineligible rates can be found under the HHonors Terms and Conditions: Accrual of Points number 3. Click here to read more http://hhonors1.hilton.com/en_US/hh/terms.do#accrual_of_points.

What if I already have a reservation, is it eligible for the promotion?
Yes, as long as the member is registered for the promotion prior to check-out of the stay and the reservation is for an eligible stay then regardless of when a reservation was booked, any nights within the Promotion Period will receive the promotion bonus.

If I check-in before 1 November, 2012 or check-out after 31 December, 2012, do I still earn 1,000 Bonus Points for each night stayed between Thursday and Monday nights?
Registered HHonors members will receive 1,000 Bonus Points each Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday night stay 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.

If I have two rooms at the same time with my family, do both of those rooms count toward my promotion bonus if I am paying for them both?
No. You will receive a maximum of 1,000 Bonus Points each night stayed between Thursday and Monday nights completed during the Promotion Period, regardless of the number of rooms in your reservation(s).

When will the Bonus Points post to my HHonors account?
Please allow 6-8 weeks from the completion of your stay for the Bonus Points to appear in your HHonors account.

Do Reward Stays count towards this promotion?
Members may earn Bonus Points for incidental charges at participating hotels within the Hilton Worldwide portfolio during a Reward Stay, provided such charges are deemed eligible folio charges. This does not apply to incidental charges for stays at Hampton, Home2 Suites or Homewood Suites. For a complete explanation see number 14 under Accrual of Points under the HHonors Terms and Conditions or by clicking here.

Hilton HHonors & 4th Quarter Airline Promotions

There has been a lot of disappointment about Hilton not running a point related promotion this month. They do, however, have four airline related ones going on this month and continuing all the way up to December. The next chainwide promotion “1,000 Reasons” starts on November 1, 2012.

If you are NOT interested about airline miles at all, you should take advantage of the promotion that Hilton has with Virgin Atlantic. Five stays would earn you total of 20K Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles that you can transfer back to 40K Hilton HHonors points.

You can continue earning BMI Diamond Club miles until October 27, 2012. You warn 1000 miles per stay regardless of the Hilton brand and for up to 3 days. You can transfer BMI Miles to British Airways Executive Club. BMI Diamond Club will close on December 31, 2012.

You can earn 250 Delta MQM’s and double SkyMiles for stays of 2 nights or longer between October 1 and December 15, 2012. This offer is available only at select hotels.

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

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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.

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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.

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

Conclusion

If you are to do five stays during the promotional period, I would take advantage of the promotion with Virgin Atlantic and transfer the points back to Hilton HHonors once they have posted. The promotions with Emirates and Miles & More are good, if you are member of those programs and collect their miles. The Delta promotion is not really worthwhile unless you are in need of some MQM’s (Medallion Qualifying Miles).

For multiple night stays, you should consider crediting the stays to BMI Diamond Club until 27th of October. You will earn 1000 miles per night for up to 4 nights.

American Airlines and Loose Airline Seats Press Conference Parody

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

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

Conclusion

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

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.

Marriott Travel Packages Levels
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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).

Hilton HHonors “1,000 Reasons” 4th Quarter Bonus Points Promotion for November – December

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Hilton’s 3rd quarter promotion came to an end last week and we need to wait until November 1st for the next systemwide promotion for Hilton HHonors bonus points. In the meantime, you can take advantage of the four airline related promotions out there; Delta SkyMiles, Emirates Skywards, Lufthansa Miles & More and Virgin Atlantic Flying Club.

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Hilton HHonors will officially announce the new promo on October 17 and the promotion period will be from November 1 to December 31, 2012.

What I have learned from two independent sources is that the promotion is for 1000 bonus points per night for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday nights. You won’t earn any bonus points for Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

Conclusion

Last year, Hilton run a fantastic promotion for a free night certificate for every four stays that I took fully advantage of. Thousand bonus points for Thursday to Monday stays is of course better than nothing, but is not enough for me to move any stays to Hilton that wouldn’t have happened in the first place.

Hilton HHonors 25 Prizes in 25 Days

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Now that Hilton HHonors has decided not to have a chain wide point promotions this month, they have Miles & More/Emirates/Virgin Atlantic/Delta SkyMiles associated ones, you can still participate to their daily giveaways at http://hilton.promo.eprize.com/25days/.

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The prizes are actually very good, but the likelihood of winning is, of course, rather low. If you have time to spend, you can visit the site daily and plug in your email address. This promotions is valid for residents of United States, Puerto Rico, and the United Kingdom.

Conclusion

Although Hilton HHonors doesn’t have “official” point promotion going on this month, you can take advantage of the Virgin Atlantic related promotion that could earn you 40K Hilton HHonors bonus points.

SPG’s “Better By The Night” Promotion Getting Better – 250 Extra Points for FourSquare Check Ins

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Starwood just added a nice little bonus for their Better By The Night-promotion. In addition to the double/triple bonus points, online or iPhone booking bonuses, you can now also earn 250 extra bonus points for checking in at the property using FourSquare application on your Apple or Android mobile device. You need to register for this promotion to get these bonuses.

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All you need to do is to link your SPG account with your FourSquare one. When you are staying at the property, you need to checkin once during your stay to the property using the application. Make sure that the property is correct because sometimes there are duplicate listings for some hotels. You should then see a banner that you have unlocked the offer.

Conclusion

This SPG’s Better By The Night-promotion is slowly getting better with all the add on bonuses.

Delta SkyMiles Bonus Offer For Transatlantic Travel: Up To 50K Bonus Miles per Roundtrip

There is a bonus war brewing for premium class transatlantic travel this fall & winter. American Airlines and British Airways both have a similar offer for the same period.

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Now, Delta is offering up to 50K bonus miles per round-trip that is booked on paid business (J/C/D/S/I) and high economy (Y/B/M) fares after October 1 and for travel between October 1 and January 31, 2013.  The offer is valid on KLM coded Delta operates flights as well.

Note that this offer is only valid on nonstop flights between United States and London Heathrow. You need to register for this offer by January 15 and only flights takes after registration are eligible for bonuses.

Here’s how many SkyMiles you can expect to earn:

– First round-trip: 15000 bonus SkyMiles

– Second round-trip: 35000 bonus miles

– Third and subsequent round-trips: 50000 bonus miles each.

Conclusion

There are lots of bonus miles to be earned on transatlantic travel this fall/winter IF you are flying on business/first class or on high economy booking classes.

Here are the full terms and conditions of this offer:

Eligibility:  To participate in this worldwide public offer, you must be a new or existing SkyMiles® member and first register at delta.com/london100k by January 15, 2013 (ending 11:59:59 PM, U.S. CST, on 01/15/13); then book and fly between October 1, 2012, and January 31, 2013. Promotional registration is required before taking flight and only tickets purchased on or after October 1, 2012, will qualify for this bonus; existing reservations made prior to October 1, 2012, will not qualify.

Bonus Offer:  Purchase and fly on Delta marketed/operated or KLM marketed/Delta operated nonstop round-trip flights between the U.S. and London/Heathrow in paid BusinessElite® (fare classes J/C/D/S/I on Delta-coded flights and J/C/D/I/Z on KLM-coded flights) or in paid full fare Economy Class (fare classes Y/B/M on Delta- or KLM-coded flights) and earn 15,000 bonus miles on your first round-trip flown flight, 35,000 bonus miles on your second flown round-trip flight, 50,000 bonus miles on your third flown round-trip flight, and 50,000 bonus miles on all subsequent round-trip flights flown. There is no limit to the number of bonus miles that may be earned with this promotion. Travel may originate or terminate in other cities, however bonus miles will be earned as long as travel is on one of the qualified Delta-operated nonstop flights to or from London Heathrow airport. Codeshare flights operated by carriers other than Delta or KLM are excluded from this offer. Bonus miles earned with this promotion do not count toward Medallion® or Million Miler(TM) status.

Travel Period: Travel must be between October 1, 2012, and January 31, 2013. All travel must be completed by January 31, 2013.

Award Travel: Taxes and fees for Award Travel are the responsibility of the passenger and must be paid at the time the ticket is booked. Award Travel seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or in all markets.

Promotional Fulfillment: Your bonus miles will appear automatically on your SkyMiles statement. Allow up to six weeks after promotion has ended for credit to appear (January 31, 2013).

Miscellaneous: All SkyMiles program rules apply. To review the rules, please visit Membership Guide & Program Rules. Offers void where prohibited by law. Other restrictions may apply. Offers and benefits are subject to change without notice. Bonus miles apply only to the traveling SkyMiles member and do not count toward Medallion or Million Miler status. Certain unpublished fares are not eligible for promotional participation. You may visit delta.com for more details and specific restrictions. This offer cannot be combined with other Delta/SkyTeam® offers.

Promotional Reference Code: Please refer Delta customer service representative to 97062524.

Priority Club Last Minute Reward Nights Out For October

Priority Club just released a list of last minute rewards nights for this coming weekend. You need to book them on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday nights this coming weekend. You can access the full list of hotels by following this link.

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These last minute rewards nights are offered at 50% discount of the usual number of points needed. This time they have 45 hotels on the list of which three are InterContinental ones.

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There are some good values on the Last Minute Rewards list like the Crowne Plaza Jerusalem and the InterContinental hotels in Panama City, Fusham and Cairo

Conclusion

Maybe it is time for a weekend getaway? I always prefer using points when there is a reward sale around.

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