Wednesday, July 29, 2009

United Mileage Plus drops late booking fee on reward tickets

United has decided to drop the fee that it has been charging on Mileage Plus reward tickets that were booked within 21 days of departure.

Dellta announces 2010 Medallion Program: adds fourth elite tier

Basically all the previous Medallion features are kept in place but now a fourth tier, Diamond has been added to the elite tier levels. The Diamond level will for those who earn 125,000 MQMs or fly 140 segments per calendar year and it will apparently offer the richest benefits of any airline including complimentary lounge membership.

Probably the best new feature is that Delta will be the first airline to offer rollover elite qualification miles to make it easier to reach an elite level in the following year. For example if your earn 40,000 EQM (or in Delta's case MQM: Medallion Qualifying Miles) in a calender year, the 15,000 extra miles over the 25,000 Silver Medallion requirement will count towards the next years qualifying.

For complete details and feedback from many Delta Elite flyers see this post on FlyerTalk

Bonus Page Updates Jul 17 - 24

I have not posted these so without overviews here are the pages that were updated Jul 17-24

Jul 24
United Mileage Plus

Jul 23
Air New Zealand Airpoints | British Airways Executive Club | Delta SkyMiles | Emirates Skywards | GoldpointsPlus | Midwest Miles | QANTAS Frequent Flyer | Spanair Plus | Thai Royal Orchid | US Airways Dividend Miles

Jul 22
Aeroflot Bonus | Asiana Club | JAL Mileage Bank | Southwest Rapid Rewards | TUIfly Blue Miles

Jul 21
Accor A|Club | Aerosvit Meridian | Alitalia MilleMiglia | American AAdvantage | Cathay Pacific Asia Miles | China Airlines Dynasty Flyer | Frontier Early Returns | Hilton HHonors | Hyatt Gold Passport | Marriott Rewards | Qatar Airways Privilege Club | Starwood Preferred Guest | Virgin Atlantic Flying Club

Jul 17
Brussels Airlines Privilege | Hainan Fortune Wings | Jumeirah Sirius | Priority Club | Virgin Blue Velocity Rewards

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Star Alliance launches RTW Online Booking Feature

Previously Round The World (RTW) trips could only be booked by calling a Star Alliance airline or travel agent. Last week Star Alliance launched their online booking tool for RTW trips. The interactive and easy to use tool allows users to plan and purchase RTW trips on all Star Alliance airlines to all Star Alliance destinations.

The only drawback is that it does give clear instructions on what the rules are for each type of RTW fare in terms of segments and mileage however their are little 'odometer' type bars in the bottom right hand corner that show what you are allowed and if you have gone over.

All in all this appears to be a great tool and it will allow many people to customize and book their RTW trips.

Visit the Star Alliance website for more details

Friday, July 24, 2009

Priority Club now offers Points and Cash option for Reward Nights

InterContinental Hotels Group is not the first to this, in fact the Points+Cash option for reward nights is an extremely popular option for Starwood's Preferred Guest program. It is nice to see Priority Club to offer this feature as it will allow more people to redeem their point allowing Priority Club to lower the liability it shows on their books for all the outstanding points out there. The rates for Points+Cash are attractive like they are for SPG (maybe not as close but entirely acceptable) so this is a nice added feature for the Priority Club Program.

Visit the Priority Club website for more details

Continental OnePass to end partnership with Alaska, Horizon and American Eagle

Effective Oct 25 (the day CO is set to enter Star Alliance) Continental OnePass members will no longer be able to earn miles on Alaska, Horizon and American Eagle flights. The same goes for Alaska Mileage Plan members for Continental flights. Members of each respective program have until Oct 24 to redeem for reward flights that are valid for one year on the other program's carrier(s).

This seems to continue the trend of Alaska Airlines not partnering with any Star Alliance airlines. Although Alaska is not tied to one alliance, their strongest relationships are with airlines in the other two alliances Skyteam and OneWorld.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Bonus Page Updates July 16, 09

Air France KLM Flying Blue | Etihad Guest | QANTAS Frequent Flyer | US Airways Dividend Miles

Overview:
- Double Flying Blue Miles for stays at NH Hotels in Vienna, Brussels, Amsterdam, Luxembourg or Switzerland
- Double Guest Miles for Budget car rentals in Athens, Istanbul or Larnaca
- Double QANTAS Frequent Flyer Points for flights in JetStar's StarClass
- Earn up to 10,000 EQM for flights after you join the US Airways Club

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Bonus Page Updates Jul 15, 09

Air Canada Aeroplan | Air New Zealand Airpoints | American AAdvantage | Continental OnePass | Delta SkyMiles | Egyptair Plus | Marriott Rewards | Northwest WorldPerks

Overview
- Earn up to 115 Aeroplan miles for ordering Tuscani Pasta from Pizza Hut
- Earn double Airpoints Dollars for Budget rentals in New Zealand
- Earn double AAdvantage miles for all GOL flights
- Earn double Medallion Qualifying and double SkyMiles for Hilton Hotel stays
- Earn double Plus miles on Egyptair flights between Cairo and Abuja or Dar Es Salaam
- Earn 1,500 bonus Marriott Rewards points for stays at the South Beach Marriott
- Earn double Elite Qualifying and double SWorldPerks Miles for Hilton Hotel stays

Bonus Page Updates Jul 14, 09

Best Westen Rewards | China Southern Sky Pearl | Continental OnePass | Garuda Frequent Flyer | GOL Smiles | Iberia Plus | SriLankan Fly Smiles

Overview:
- Get your second night Free at select Best Western locations in Asia
- Double Sky Pearl Kilometers for CustomStay package stays at Shangri La hotels
- Earn 10,000 bonus OnePass miles on flights from Tel Aviv to the U.S.
- Earn 600 bonus GFF miles between Jakarta and Melbourne, Shanghai or Sydney
- Earn double GOL Smiles Miles on all American Airlines flights
- Earn double Iberia Plus points on Vueling flights to Ibiza, Minorca, Majorca
- Earn 500 bonus Fly Smiles when checking in online

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Bonus Page Updates Jul 9, 09

Air Canada Aeroplan | Bangkok Airways FlyerBonus | Czech Airlines OK Plus | Marriott Rewards | QANTAS Frequent Flyer | TAP Portugal Victoria

Overview
- Earn 250 bonus Aeroplan miles for Hertz rentals in Canada and the U.S.
- Earn double Flyer Bonus points for Hertz rentals in Thailand
- Earn up to 6,000 bonus OK Plus miles on 8 flights in and out of Prague
- Complete update of the Marriott Rewards page with dozens of new offers
- Earm 1.000 bonus QANTAS Frequent Flyer miles for Budget rentals in Australia
- Earn double Victoria miles for Accor Hotels stays worldwide

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Brussels Airlines Privilege Members must join Miles and More by July 31 to keep miles


As part of Brussels Airlines full integration into Lufthansa's Miles and More program, Privilege members who are carrying a mileage balance must register or link their account to Miles and More by July 31 to keep ensure those miles are equally converted (they guarantee this). It is not too clear what happens if you don't do it by July 31 but it looks like they may not guarantee that some or all of your miles will convert to Miles and More.

To complete the migration by July 31 visit the following page on Brussels Airlines website:
http://www.privilege.brusselsairlines.com/migrate/

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Earn 5,000 Bonus SkyMiles for Avis rentals

Earn 5,000 Bonus SkyMiles per completed rental when renting an Avis car for 2 or more consecutive days. Rent up to a maximum of 5 times during this offer period at participating airport locations in the United States and Canada and earn a total of 25,000 bonus miles. Mention coupon # MUAA088 and provide your SkyMiles number when you book online at Avis.com Until Jul 31, 09

Bonus Page Updates July 7, 09

Aerosvit Meridian | Cathay Pacific Asia Miles | Garuda Frequent Flyer | Kingfisher King Club | Miles and More | Northwest WorldPerks | Oman Air Sindbad | Scandinavian EuroBonus | Starwood Preferred Guest | Virgin Atlantic Flying Club

Overview
- Earn bonus Meridian miles between Kiev and Baku
- Earn double Asia Miles on flights from mainland China to Taipei
- Earn up to 3,000 bonus Garuda Frequent Flyer miles on Jakarta-Seoul flights
- Earn double King Club miles on flights between Pune and Goa; Bangalore and Dubai
- Earn double Miles and More miles on flights between Saarbrucken and Hamburg
- Worldperks extends UK bonus mile offer
- Earn double Sindbad miles between Muscat and London
- Earn double EuroBonus points on flights to Lapland
- Earn 1,909 bonus Starpoints for stays at the Palace Hotel San Francisco
- Earn 50% bonus Flying Club miles between Australia and Hong Kong or London

Monday, July 6, 2009

Bonus Page Updates July 3, 09

Air Canada Aeroplan | Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan | Etihad Guest | Gulf Air Frequent Flyer | Spanair Plus | TAP Portugal Victoria

Overview
- Earn up to 5,000 bonus Aeroplan miles when converting Hotel Points to Aeroplan
- Earn double Mileage Plan miles on Alaska flights between San Jose and Austin
- Earn triple Guest miles for stays at the Desert Islands Resort and Spa Abu Dhabi
- Earn double Gulf Air Frequent Flyer miles when booking the CustomStay package at Shangri-La hotels
- Earn double Spanair Plus points on 24 different routes out of Barcelona
- Earn 500 bonus Victoria miles when you check in online for flights departing from Johannesburg, Maputo, Dakar, S. Tome and Bissau