Thursday, January 29, 2015

FFB News Round Up: Major changes to BA Executive Club, United changes partner airline earn rates, Air Astana introduces Economy Sleeper



 

United is changing mileage accumulation rates for flights on their partner airlines as of March 1st. Some premium classes will earn more miles and as one could expect discount economy fare classes get beaten up big time! (Source One Mile at a time)

As of February 3rd Air Astana is adding a new inflight service to their flights between Astana and London, Frankfurt and Paris. Called Economy Sleeper, the new concept will block off three economy class seats for one person and those seats will be fitted with a matress cover, duvet and pillow so that you can sleep across them. Kind of like Air New Zealand's SkyCouch but not really. (Source Air Astana)



British Airways
announced some major changes to the Executive Club program coming this April. Mostly bad news as many premium awards are going up in price, some tier bonuses get reduced but on the flip side some premium revenue tickets will earn more Avios and there are now lower off-peak awards for British Airways flights. (Source British Airways



Korean Air SKYPASS
has changed mileage accumulation rates for flights on Xiamen Airlines. Full fare biz class increases to 150% from 125% as an example. (Source Korean Air).
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Starwood Preferred Guest will allow Platinum Members with 50 nights choose their rewards benefit starting on March 1st. (Source Starwood)



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Rocketmiles Super Bowl Promo: Double Miles/Points for stays in Boston or Seattle this weekend


If there is one program you can almost count on for running bonus offers for events like the Super Bowl, its Rocketmiles. Simple enough bonus, earn Double Miles in the Rocketmiles programs of your choice for stays in Boston or Seattle this weekend using this link:

https://www.rocketmiles.com/big-game-2015

Simply book your stay by January 31st and complete it by February 2nd.  This is valid for all Rocketmiles members. One bonus per member max.

January 29 Bonus Offer Highlight: Etihad Guest & South African Voyager - Double Miles on each other's flights

On rare occasion we feature two or more programs in the Bonus Offer Highlight when programs have reciprocating or joint promotions. Today is one of those, with these new offers from Etihad and South African for flying on each others networks. Essentially these are systemwide Double Miles bonuses outside of flights between the two airline's hubs of Abu Dhabi and Johannesburg. Other bonuses added today that should be considered include the continuation of Delta's bonus for Hertz rentals Worldwide, Turkish Airlines 25% discount on award tickets and a new Miles & More bonus for Budget rentals.

Etihad Guest & South African Airways Voyager
- Double Guest Miles on all South African Airways operating flights globally beyond Johannesburg. (Abu Dhabi-Johannesburg is excluded) Full details and online booking Apr 15 - May 31, 15
- Double Voyager Miles on all Etihad Airways operating flights globally beyond Abu Dhabi. (Abu Dhabi-Johannesburg is excluded) Full details and online booking
Apr 15 - May 31, 15



All the Bonus Offers added today:
Delta SkyMiles
- 200 Bonus SkyMiles per day on rentals at participating Hertz locations in the US, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, the Middle East, Latin and South America. More... Until Mar 31, 15

Etihad Guest
- Double Guest Miles on all South African Airways operating flights globally beyond Johannesburg. (Abu Dhabi-Johannesburg is excluded) More... Apr 15 - May 31, 15
- 5,000 Bonus Guest Miles when you subscribe to the Economist. More... Ongoing

Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles
- Quadruple HawaiianMiles on any Hertz rental at participating airport and off airport locations in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. More... Until Jun 30, 15

Le Club accorhotels
- Triple Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays of 3 or more nights at participating Suite Novotel Hotels in Europe. More... Book by Mar 9 for stays until Apr 8, 15
- 500 Bonus Le Club Accorhotels Points when you stay in 2 participating Accor Hotels properties in Spain and Portugal. More... Book by Mar 15 for stays Feb 1 - Mar 31, 15

Marriott Rewards
- 1,500 Bonus Rewards Points for stays of 3 or more nights at the Marriott Port-au-Prince Hotel. More... Mar 8 - May 31, 15
- 500 Bonus Rewards Points for Thursday or Friday night stays at the Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel. More... May 5 - Jul 1, 15
- 5,000 Bonus Rewards Points when you stay 2 or more nights at The Hotel Minneapolis, Autograph Collection. More... Feb 1 - Apr 5, 15
- 1,000 Bonus Rewards Points when you stay 3 or more nights at the St. Louis Airport Marriott More... Until Apr 5, 15
- 1,000 Bonus Rewards Points per stay including any night Sunday-Thursday at the Courtyard Dallas Lewisville. More... Until Apr 4, 15

Miles & More
- Double Miles&More miles for Budget rentals at participating locations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the USA and Canada. More... Feb 1 - Jun 30, 15

South African Airways Voyager
- Double Voyager Miles on all Etihad Airways operating flights globally beyond Abu Dhabi. (Abu Dhabi-Johannesburg is excluded) More... Apr 15 - May 31, 15


Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 25% Miles&Smiles Discount when you fly on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles award tickets Worldwide.More... Until Mar 31, 15


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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

FFB Travel Deal Round Up: Air France Flash Sale U.S. to Kuala Lumpur from $849 (book on 1/28), 15% off Hertz rentals


Air France is having a Kuala Lumpur Flash Sale on departures out of the U.S.. Must be booked today for Departures between 02/02/15 through 03/27/15 and between 03/28/15 through 05/15/15 Find out more here.
New York from $849, Boston from $899, Washington from $899, Chicago from $949, Houston from $949. Miami from $999

KLM's
Wild on Wednesday Canada offer is Warsaw for only $849 from Calgary, Edmonton or Vancouver!  Must be booked by Jan 29 for travel until before May 6th, 2015 or between October 16th and December 10th, 2015. Book online here


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Starwood Hotels is offering up to 15% off stays in the Americas for stays until April 15. Find our more and book this offer here.





Hertz Save 15% on your weekend rentals. Ends 2/28. Find out more here or 15% on weekly rentals See here for that offer!

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January 28 Bonus Offer Highlight: Alitalia MilleMiglia - Up to a 50% Bonus when you buy or gift miles

Alitalia MilleMiglia has launched yet another buy miles bonus and yes we are featuring it as our Bonus Offer Highlight. You may be asking why and here is why. The bonus isn't great but its better than nothing and here why MilleMiglia members should card. There are now only about 11 month left in the current version of MilleMiglia as the program resets every 3 years due to Italian law. Miles technically get wiped out but Alitalia usually runs some sort of promotion to save your miles (ie have them awarded to the new version) but that usually include having to fly. So if you are very close to an award ticket with the current program and don't for see many Alitalia or oneworld flights this is just the offer to get you to that award level so that you can redeem all your miles and it could turn out being cheaper than having to buy a flight to move your miles to the 2016-2018 MilleMiglia program. Other bonuses added today that you should check out are AeroMexico's Triple Kilometers for stays at Melia Hotels in Mexico, a nice 4x HawaiianMiles bonus for Hertz rentals and several more targeted IHG Rewards Club promos.

Alitalia MilleMiglia
Earn up to 50% Bonus MilleMiglia Miles when buy or gift miles. Full Details

1. First time offer: If this is your first purchase of miles with the new edition of the program you can get up to 40% miles bonus
  • If you buy from 1.000 to 4.000 miles = 10% bonus
  • If you buy from 5.000 to 9.000 miles = 15% bonus
  • If you buy from 10.000 to 29.000 miles = 20% bonus
  • If you buy from 30.000 to 39.000 miles = 30% bonus
  • If you buy 40.000 miles = 40% bonus
2. Thank you offer: If you have made at least one purchase of miles with the new edition of the program you can get up to 50% miles bonus! (between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2014)

  • If you buy from 1.000 to 4.000 miles = 10% bonus
  • If you buy from 5.000 to 9.000 miles = 15% bonus
  • If you buy from 10.000 to 29.000 miles = 35% bonus
  • If you buy from 30.000 to 40.000 miles = 45% bonus
  • If you buy 40.000 miles = 50% bonus



All the Bonus Offers added today:
AeroMexico Club Premier
- Triple Club Premier Kilometers for stays of 2 or more nights at participating Melia Hotels in Mexico. More... Until Feb 28, 15

Alitalia MilleMiglia
- Earn up to 50% Bonus MilleMiglia Miles when buy or gift miles. More... Until Feb 26, 15

Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles
- Quadruple HawaiianMiles on any rental at participating airport and off airport locations in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. More... Until Jun 30, 15

IHG Rewards Club
- 5,000 Bonus IHG Rewards Club Points for your next weekend (Fri+Sat or Sat+Sun) stay Worldwide. Stay must be made within 90 days of registering. More... Until ? Targeted Offer - May not work for everyone
- 3,000 Bonus IHG Rewards Club Points for your next IHG stay Worldwide. Stay must be made within 90 days of registering. More... Valid for IHG Rewards Club Elite Members only Until ? Targeted Offer - May not work for everyone
- Quadruple IHG Rewards Club Points on qualifying rentals of 2 or more days at participating Budget locations in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Australia, Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean. More... Until Jun 30, 15
- 1,500 Bonus IHG Rewards Club Points on qualifying rentals of 5 or more days at participating Budget locations in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, the Caribbean, Mexico and Australia. More... Until Jun 30, 15

Le Club accorhotels
- 1,000 Bonus Le Club Accorhotels Points, $20 Hotel Credit and save 20% off stays of 2 or more nights at participating Novotel Hotels in North America. More... Until Mar 31, 15
- Triple Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays at the Novotel Freiburg am Konzerthaus or at the Mercure Hotel Freiburg Am Münster. More... Book by Feb 9 for stays until Feb 28, 15

Marriott Rewards
- 1,000 Bonus Rewards Points PER NIGHT for stays at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Holiday Tarpon Springs. More... Until Apr 19, 15
- 2,500 Bonus Rewards Points for stays at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Knoxville West. More... Until Apr 7, 15

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

FFB Travel Deal Round Up: Caribbean Airlines 2 for 1 Biz Class to London, Tropicana Las Vegas 72 Hour Flash sale



Aer Lingus has North America flights on sale from the UK for the whole summer! Fares start at £219. Find out more at Aer Lingus. 


Caribbean Airlines
has a 2 for 1 Business Class offer for flights between Trinidad and London. Fares start at US$3,662 return all in. Book by Jan 31 for Feb-Sep travel. Find out more here.


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Best Western - Visit The Netherlands and book a competitively priced BestBreaks 2 night special! This includes 2 nights in a comfortable double room and a rich breakfast buffet in the mornings. Prices start at € 59,50 per person (for 2 nights including breakfast). Book onkine here.


Save up to 30% on Radisson Blu stays in Europe and Africa from Feb 6 to Mar 8. Receive a 30% discount on Suites or a 15% discount on Business Class Room. A bottle of champagne and a box of chocolates will be offered for each stay booked. Find out more here

Park Plaza Winter Sale! Stay across Europe for as little as €49 per room, per night. Book by Feb 8 for stays until Apr 30. Find out more here.

72 hours best bet flash sale – up to 40% off the Tropicana Las Vegas. Valid for stays Feb 1- Aug 31. Book by Jan 30 at 9am PST. Find out more here
Blackout dates - 14th February - 15th February, 20th March - 21st March, 13th April - 15th April, 15th May - 16th May, 22nd May - 24th May, 19th June - 20th June.

FFB News Round Up: AirAsia elimates fuel surcharges while Qantas lowers them, Choice Hotels introduces Points+Cash Option, Marriott acquires Delta Hotels



AirAsia is the next airline to drop fuel surcharges. According to their Facebook page "will be abolishing fuel surcharge effective 26 January 2015 across all of its airlines in the group, as well as its low-cost long haul affiliates AirAsia X, Thai AirAsia X and Indonesia AirAsia X, in line with declining global oil prices." (Source AirAsia)

Qantas is also set to lower fuel surcharges but only on award tickets as they phase out the Fuel Surcharge and have it built into the base fare of tickets. This means purchased revenue tickets on Qants will not get cheaper but since they are not being reported separately does it mean they should not be charged on award tickets? Unfortunately this is not the case! They will still be charged on award tickets but at a reduced amount. (Source One Mile at a Time)
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Choice Hotels is following in the footsteps of many other major hotel chain programs and have finally launched a Cash+Points option. What doesn't make sense is that at this time only U.S. members can redeem for this option! (Source Loyalty Traveler)


Hyatt Hotels
announced today the launch of Hyatt Centric. A new lifestyle brand of hotels that are set to arrive thus summer. (Source View from the Wing)  


Marriott Hotels to expand portfolio in Canada with the purchase of Delta Hotels (Source Rewards Canada)

Earn up to 10,000 Bonus Guest Miles when you sign up for Etihad BusinessConnect


It has been nearly a year and a half since we saw Etihad offer a bonus for signing up for their BusinessConnect program. At that time they offered double what is being offered now but nonetheless if you haven't signed your business up yet now is the time to do it. It appears that you'll 5,000 miles for yourself once the BusinessConnect account is set up with two members but the business itself won't earn bonus miles until one flight is posted. The promo from 2013 didn't require any flights so Etihad is definitely tightening up the rules this time!

Offer Details:
Earn up to 10,000 Bonus Guest Miles when you have your business sign up for an Etihad BusinessConnect account.  You will earn 5,000 miles for the referral and the business will earn a 5,000 enrollment bonus when a minimum of two Etihad Guest members are connected to the company account and at least one takes a qualifying flight within the first three months of registration. Full details, online registration and booking (Registration is required) Until Mar 1, 15
Restrictions:
Valid for companies based in the following countries: Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Nepal, Netherlands, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States.

If you can't make use of this offer be sure to visit our Etihad Guest Bonus Miles page for many more bonus offers!

January 27 Bonus Offer Highlight: Hong Kong Airlines Fortune Wings - Up to 1,300 Bonus Miles when you join and fly

A big day of bonuses here on FFB! Lots of great offers to pass your way, the best of which have either had or will have their own posts here on the FFB blog. The highlight is this new member acquisition offer from the Fortune Wings program (Hainan and Hong Kong Airlines) The bonus awards you a sign up bonus when you take your first flight with Hong Kong Airlines and further bonus miles upon completed 3 more sectors. Other bonuses added today that you should definitely check out are the newest Etihad Business Connect sign up offer, the free HHonors Points and Triple Miles for EVA Air Infinity MileageLands members and JAL has released their Transpacific flight bonus that reflects the one of their partner American Airlines.

Hong Kong Airlines Fortune Wings
Earn up to 1,300 Bonus Fortune Wings Miles when you join Fortune Wings and fly on Hong Kong airlines. Earn 300 bonus miles on your first flight made within 3 months of registering and 1,000 bonus miles when you complete 4 sectors (2 round trips) within 6 months of registering. Full details

Until Dec 31, 15


All the Bonus Offers added today:
Air Canada / Aeroplan
- Earn up to 1,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles on magazine subscriptions made via Rogers Magazine Service. More... Until Mar 31, 15

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
- 288 Bonus Asia Miles on inflight purchases and pre-flight orders of HKD1,000 or above. More... Until Feb 28, 15
- 1,000 Bonus Asia Miles on all Cathay Holidays packages departing from Hong Kong. More... Book by Feb 28 for travel until Mar 31, 15
- 10% Bonus Asia Miles on each conversion of 2,000 Asia Miles from E.SUN Bank Reward Points. More... For residents of Taiwan only Until Apr 15, 15
- 250 Bonus Asia Miles on top of regular earning when you purchase selected 6- or 12-bottle cases of wine from Laithwaites Direct Wines. More... For residents of Taiwan only Until Mar 31, 15
- Double Asia Miles when you book and use services at Regus business centres in any of over 2,000 locations across 750 cities in 100 countries. More... Until Mar 31, 15

Etihad Guest
- Earn up to 10,000 Bonus Guest Miles when you have your business sign up for an Etihad BusinessConnect account.  More... Valid for companies based in the following countries: Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Nepal, Netherlands, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States. Until Mar 1, 15

EVA Air Infinity MileageLands
- Earn Triple Infinity MileageLands Miles + 1,000 Free Bonus HHonors Points when you stay at any Hilton HHonors property worldwide. More... Until Mar 31, 15

Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles
- 1,000 HawaiianMiles on Avis rentals of 5 consecutive days or more at participating Avis airport locations in the U.S. (including Hawaii) and Canada. More... Until Jun 30, 15
- 750 HawaiianMiles on qualifying Budget rentals of 5 or more days at participating Budget airport locations in the U.S. and Canada. More... Until Jun 30, 15
- Triple HawaiianMiles on rentals of a compact car or larger for two days or longer at any Dollar location Worldwide. More... Until Jun 30, 15

Hong Kong Airlines Fortune Wings
- Earn up to 1,300 Bonus Fortune Wings Miles when you join Fortune Wings and fly on Hong Kong airlines. More... Until Dec 31, 15

Japan Airlines MileageBank
- Double MileageBank Miles when you fly on Japan Airlines, American Airlines or US Airways between Tokyo and Chicago, Los Angeles or Dallas; Seoul and Dallas; Hong Kong or Dallas. More... Until Mar 20, 15 

Le Club accorhotels
- Triple Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays at participating Accor Hotels in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. More... Until Mar 31, 15
- Double Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays at all ibis hotels and ibis Styles in France that are booked 15 days in advance. More... Book by Mar 1 for stays until Mar 22, 15
- 500 Bonus Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays of 3 or more nights at participating Accor Hotels along the French Riveria and Monaco. More... Until Mar 31, 15
- Triple Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays at any Mercure Hotels in in Poland, Lithuania or Latvia. More... Until Feb 28, 15
- Triple Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays at 17 ibis, ibis Styles, Mercure and Novotel hotels in Sweden. More... Feb 6 - Mar 15, 15

Orbitz Rewards
- $100 Bonus Orbucks when you book a flight with your room at Finest Playa Mujeres all-inclusive luxury resort. More... Book by Feb 12, 15
- $75 Bonus Orbucks when you book a Disney hotel or resort as part of your flight/hotel or flight/car/hotel package. More... Book by Feb 16, 15

Virgin America Elevate
- Triple Elevate Points on qualifying rentals at participating Avis airport locations in the U.S. More... Until Feb 28, 15
- Triple Elevate Points on a qualifying rental at participating Budget airport locations in the U.S. More... Until Feb 28, 15
- Double Elevate Points when you rent any vehicle for two or more days in the U.S. and Mexico. More... Until Jun 30, 15




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1,000 Free HHonors Points for joining Hilton HHonors via this EVA Air promotion


As we tend to see every quarter now,  Hilton's Airline Bonuses are individualized rather than being a match for their own systemwide offer (ie the current Double Points offer). I have them all summarized on our HHonors page which includes this latest offer just added this morning. This one is for EVA Air Infinity MileageLands (don't you love that name!) members but has an HHonors component whereby if you are not a member of Hilton's program yet you will get 1,000 HHonors points for joining via the registration link. You can always change your airline earning preference from EVA Air to another airline after you completed your registration.

Offer Details
Earn Triple Infinity MileageLands Miles + 1,000 Bonus HHonors Points when you stay at any Hilton HHonors property worldwide. Infinity MileageLands members who sign up with the Hilton HHonors program will also receive additional 1,000 HHonors points as a bonus. Full details, online registration and booking (Registration is required) Until Mar 31, 15