Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Become a fan of Voila Hotel Rewards and receive 1,000 Voila points for free

If you are one of the first 1,000 fans of the Voila Hotel Rewards Facebook page and are a Voila Hotel rewards member, you will receive 1,000 bonus Voila Points. Plus when the Fan Page reaches 500 and 750 members, every current Voila member will be entered to win a complimentary night at any participating Voila hotel worldwide.

Before you become a fan, you must be a member of the Voila Hotel Rewards program, which is free to join and you will get 1,000 bonus Voila points for doing so. Next you must register for the promotion on Voila's site (see the link below) and then you should become a fan of them on Facebook.

Step 1: Join Voila Hotel Rewards here.
Step 2: Register for the Fan page promotion here.
Step 3: Become a fan of Voila Hotel Rewards here.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Air Tran, JetBlue go head to head between Boston & Baltimore

This year we've seen the Milwaukee fight between three airlines, the current battle of the Japanese carriers and in the latest showdown of airlines pitting bonus mileage offers against each other, Air Tran and JetBlue are going head to head with offers on flights between Boston and Baltimore:

Air Tran is offering double A+ Rewards Credits between BOS and BWI until May 21, 2010 and JetBlue decided to fight with Triple TrueBlue Points on the same route with the same end date. For complete details and to register for either airline's offer please click on the following links:
>> Air Tran >> JetBlue

Monday, March 29, 2010

Bonus Offer Picks of the Week: Mar 22-28, 2010

Here are our picks of the week for offers posted between Mar 22-28, 2010. We hope you enjoy these and that you are able to take advantage of some of them:

Bonus Offer For Flying
SAS Scandinavian EuroBonus: Double EuroBonus Points on SAS, Blue1 and Wideroe flights between UK or Ireland and Scandinavia or Finland. Full Details and Online Registration. Register by Apr 5 for flights Apr 6 - May 31, 10

Bonus Offer For Staying (Airline Miles)
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles: Triple Asia Miles when staying at Grand Hyatt hotels throughout Mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau. Quote offer code “CX673” Full Details. Until May 31, 10
Participating Hotels
* Grand Hyatt Beijing
* Grand Hyatt Guangzhou
* Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
* Grand Hyatt Macau
* Grand Hyatt Shanghai
* Grand Hyatt Shenzhen
* Hyatt on the Bund

Bonus Offer For Staying (Hotel Points)

Hyatt Gold Passport: 5,000 Bonus Gold Passport Points or 1 Free Night Award after every 2 (two) eligible stays at any Hyatt worldwide. Full Details. Until Jun 30, 10

Bonus Offer For Driving

Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus: Earn up to Triple Royal Orchid Miles on Avis Rentals worldwide. Rent for 3-6 days and earn double miles, 7+ days earn triple miles. Simply quote AWD # Y795000 when you book online at Until May 31, 10

Bonus Offer For Other Activities
InterContinental Hotels Priority Club: Triple Priority Points on all points earned through Priority Club Dining or Priority Club Shopping. Full Details Until Jun 30, 10
* US Residents Only

Bonus Page Updates: Mar 22-28, 2010

The following programs had new bonus offers added this past week:

Mar 26 - Aerolineas Argentinas Plus | Best Western Rewards | Hainan Fortune Wings | Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles | Hyatt Gold Passport | Japan Airlines Mileage Bank | Miles & More | Priority Club | Scandic Frequent Guest | TAP Portugal Victoria | Turkish Miles & Smiles

Mar 25 - Air Canada Aeroplan | Air France KLM Flying Blue | Cathay Pacific Asia Miles | Etihad Guest | Mexicana Go | QANTAS Frequent Flyer | Voila Hotel Rewards

Mar 24 - Air Tran A+ Rewards | ANA Mileage Club | Eurostar Frequent Traveller | JetBlue TrueBlue | Marriott Rewards | Thai Royal Orchid

Mar 23 - Air China Phoenix Miles | Asiana Club | Hilton HHonors | Scandinavian EuroBonus | Ukraine Intl Panorama Club

Monday, March 22, 2010

Bonus Offer Picks of the Week: Mar 15 -21, 2010

Here are our picks of the week for offers posted between Mar 15-21, 2010. We hope you enjoy these and that you are able to take advantage of some of them:

Bonus Offer For Flying
US Airways Dividend Miles: Double Dividend Miles when you use your MasterCard card to book flights between the U.S. and Amsterdam, Brussels, Manchester, Dublin, Madrid or Tel Aviv. US Airways MasterCard® cardholders will earn double Preferred-qualifying miles. Full details. Book by Apr 30 for travel until May 31, 10

Bonus Offer For Staying (Airline Miles)
Air Canada Aeroplan: 1,500 Bonus Aeroplan Miles when you convert your hotel loyalty points of any single hotel partner listed into 10,000 Aeroplan Miles or more. Full Details and Online Registration (Registration is required). Until Apr 30, 10

Bonus Offer For Staying (Hotel Points)

InterContinental Hotels Group Priority Club: - Earn up to 15,000 Bonus Priority Club Points for a certain amount of nights at participating InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza®, Hotel Indigo™, Holiday Inn®, Express by Holiday Inn™ and Holiday Inn Express® hotels worldwide. Full Details. Apr 1 - Jun 30, 10 Targeted Offer, may not work for everyone.

Bonus Offer For Driving

Delta SkyMiles: Triple Sky Miles and save up to 25% with no minimum rental on a compact or larger vehicle at participating Alamo locations in the United States and Canada. Please request ID Number 7014133 at time of reservation. Full Details. Until Dec 31, 10

Bonus Offer For Other Activities
US Airways Dividend Miles: 100% Bonus Dividend Miles when you buy, share or gift miles online. Full Details. Until Mar 31, 10

Bonus Page Updates: Mar 15-21, 2010

The following programs had new bonus offers added to the this past week:

Mar 18 - Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan | Amtrak Guest Rewards | Bangkok Airways FlyerBonus | Delta SkyMiles | Ethiopian Sheba Miles | Kingfisher King Club | Midwest Miles | Miles & More | Scandinavian EuroBonus | Swissotel Club Swiss Gold

Mar 17 - Air Canada Aeroplan | Emirates Skywards | Priority Club | Qatar Airways Privilege Club | Southwest Rapid Rewards | US Airways Dividend Miles | Voila Hotel Rewards

Mar 16 - American AAdvantage | Cathay Pacific Asia Miles | JetBlue TrueBlue | Starwood Preferred Guest

Mar 15 - Marriott Rewards

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Virgin America enhances its Elevate program

In a move not seen too often, Virgin America has made some changes to their Elevate FFP that have made the program better then what it was before.

The biggest change comes in mileage expiry, previously Elevate points would expire 18 months after the were earned, now as long as you have a earning or redemption activity once every 18 months your points will remain in your account. This technically means the points have no set expiry date.

The Elevate program has also expanded point earning methods with the launch of The Red Store, Virgin America's online shopping portal where members can earn points for shopping at various retailers online.

Source: Virgin America

Monday, March 15, 2010

Bonus Offer Picks of the Week: Mar 8 -14, 2010

Here are our picks of the week for offers posted between Mar 8-14, 2010. We hope you enjoy these and that you are able to take advantage of some of them:

Bonus Offer For Flying
Kingfisher King Club: Double King Miles + up to 5,000 Bonus Miles for flights between Delhi and London. All flights will earn double miles and Kingfisher Class will earn an extra 2,500 bonus miles while Kingfisher First will earn 5,000 bonus mile on top of the double miles. Full details. Mar 28 - May 28, 10

Bonus Offer For Staying (Airline Miles)
Miles and More: Double Miles and More Miles when you register and stay with the Wyndham Hotel Group family of hotel brands Worldwide. Full details. Mar 15 - May 15, 10

Bonus Offer For Staying (Hotel Points)

Hilton HHonors: Double HHonors Points for stays at 8 Hilton locations in the Washington D.C. area. Full Details. Until May 31, 10

Bonus Offer For Driving

JetBlue TrueBlue: Triple TrueBlue Points when you rent any vehicle from Hertz for one or more days in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada. Provide CDP 1790143, PC 141466 and your TrueBlue number at time of booking. Full Details. Until Jun 15, 10

Bonus Offer For Other Activities
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club: 5,000 Bonus Miles when you take out a Virgin Tracker ISA. To qualify for the offer, you must make a minimum investment of £50 per month by direct debit (for a minimum of 6 months) or you can invest a lump sum of £500 or more. Full Details. Until Apr 30, 10 * UK Residents only

Bonus Page Updates: Mar 8-14, 2010

The following programs had new bonus offers added to the this past week:

Mar 12 - Alitalia MilleMiglia | Best Western Rewards | Marriott Rewards | Miles & More | Montenegro Airlines Vision Team | Priority Club

Mar 11 - Air Austral Capricorne | Air Canada Aeroplan | Air China Phoenix Miles | China Eastern Eastern Miles | Delta SkyMiles | Etihad Guest | Qatar Airways Privilege Club | Saudi Arabian Alfursan | Southwest Rapid Rewards | Spirit Free Spirit | United Mileage Plus | Virgin America Elevate | Virgin Atlantic Flying Club | Wyndham Rewards

Mar 10 - Air Mauritius Kestrelflyer | American AAdvantage | China Southern Sky Pearl | Choice Privileges | Coast Hotels Coast Rewards | Continental OnePass | Gol Smiles | Iberia Plus | JetBlue TrueBlue | Kingfisher King Club | Malaysia Airlines Enrich | Thai Royal Orchid | Ukraine Intl Panorama Club

Mar 9 - Czech Airlines OK Plus | Hilton HHonors

Friday, March 12, 2010

Marriott changing reward night levels at 20% of hotels

As of this past Sunday (March 8) Marriott changed the points requirements for free nights at 20% of its Worldwide hotels. 300 of the hotels (roughly 9%) will increase by being moved up to a higher category level while 350 (11%) will decrease by being moved down to lower categories. Approximately 95% of the 650 hotels affected fall into the first 5 redemption categories.
Visit this thread on to see a compiled list of the individual hotel changes

Source: Hotel Check-In

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Marriott matches Starwood with Free Internet for Elite Members

Starting on May 7, Marriott Gold and Platinum Elite members will have free Internet access at nearly 450 locations across the U.S. and Canada. The benefit will be available at Marriott Hotels & Resorts, JW Marriott's and Renaissance Hotels. All other brands will continue to offer free Internet to all guests.

The move comes after Starwood Hotels announced that their elite SPG members would be receiving free Internet access.

Continental to offer extra legroom in Economy, for a fee

Rather then rehashing it, this is what I got in my recent email from Continental:

"On March 17, 2010, we’ll be introducing a new option allowing you to purchase seat assignments for unreserved, Economy Class seats that feature extra legroom. Depending on the type of aircraft and row, seats with extra legroom offer a minimum of seven additional inches of legroom.

You will have the ability to purchase seat assignments when checking in at or at an airport kiosk during the normal check-in period, beginning 24 hours prior to flight departure. The price of these extra legroom seats will vary depending on a number of factors, including the length of the flight and market.

Consider this choice when you want extra legroom for more comfort on your flight.

We appreciate your business and thank you for choosing Continental."

Monday, March 8, 2010

Bonus Offer picks of the week: Mar 1-7, 2010

Here are our picks of the week for offers posted between Mar 1-7, 2010. We hope you enjoy these and that you are able to take advantage of some of them:

Bonus Offer For Flying

Austrian Airlines Miles & More: Double Miles & More Miles when you fly Austrian between Vienna and Barcelona, Berlin, Bucharest, Cologne, Copenhagen, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Innsbruck, Milan, Moscow Munich, Nice, Paris, Rome, Sofia, Stockholm, Stuttgart or Zurich. Register online then book online at Mar 26 - May 31, 10

Bonus Offer For Staying (Airline Miles)
Virgin America Elevate: Double Elevate Points for every qualifying stay at participating hotels within the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of brands in the Virgin America destination cities of San Francisco
Los Angeles
New York
Washington D.C.
San Diego
Las Vegas
Orange County
Fort Lauderdale
Full Details and Registration Until Mar 31, 10

Bonus Offer For Staying (Hotel Points)

Marriott Rewards: 2,000 Bonus Rewards Points when your stay includes a Sunday night at dozens of Marriott's across Europe. Full Details Mar 30 - Jun 21, 10

Bonus Offer For Driving

United Mileage Plus: 1,500 Mileage Plus Miles for any Sixt rental of seven days or longer at participating locations Worldwide. Full Details. Until Jun 30, 10

Bonus Offer For Other Activities
Continental OnePass: Earn up to 100,000 Bonus OnePass Miles with the Mileathon Promotion. Complete qualifying credit-earning activities at Credit-earning activities include using online flight bookings, hotel stays and car rentals and more. Full details. Apr 1 - May 31, 10

Bonus Page Updates: Mar 1-7, 2010

Mar 5 - American AAdvantage | Continental OnePass | Miles & More

Mar 4 - Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan | Delta SkyMiles | Etihad Guest | Germanwings Boomerang Club | Hilton HHonors | Hyatt Gold Passport | Japan Airlines Mileage Bank | Marriott Rewards | Philippine Airlines Mabuhay | Priority Club | Wyndham Rewards

Mar 3 - Accor A|Club | Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan | Avianca AviancaPlus | Cathay Pacific Asia Miles | Delta SkyMiles | Iberia Plus | Qatar Airways Privilege Club | United Mileage Plus | Virgin America Elevate

Mar 2 - AeroMexico Club Premier | Air Canada Aeroplan | Air Caraibes Preference | Air China Phoenix Miles | Air France KLM Flying Blue | American AAdvantage | Belavia Leader | Frontier Early Returns | Hainan Fortune Wings | Olympic Air Travelair Club | Scandic Frequent Guest | Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer | South African Voyager | Starwood Preferred Guest | TAP Portugal Victoria

Friday, March 5, 2010

Choice Privileges adds fourth tier to Preferred Hotel reward levels and reduces amounts on first three

Choice Privilege members have had an option for many years to redeem their points for select luxury/preferred hotels outside of the Choice Hotels brands. The redemption rates were set in three tiers depending on the property and those rates were increased not too long ago along with certain properties being excluded.

Now Choice has introduced a fourth tier to the redemption levels which has allowed them to bring back some of the properties that they took away from being able to redeem for. As well for the first three tiers they have dropped the points required value back to what they were before they inflated them.

The points requirements for the tiers are as follows:
Tier 1 - 30,000
Tier 2 - 40,000
Tier 3 - 50,000
Tier 4 - 60,000

For more details and to see all the participating hotels please visit Choice Hotels

WestJet reveals Frequent Guest Program

I have done a complete review of the WestJet program, it is quite long so I will not post all of it here, as well you can see in the previous post a quick overview. However please post your comments, good,bad or neutral below. WestJet does read our blog and they are known as a very proactive company when it comes to comments from their Guests.

The complete review is on our main Rewards Canada site, you can read it here

Here is an excerpt:
Key Features
The biggest feature with the WestJet Frequent Guest Program is no black out dates. As long as seats are available (ie for sale on the website) then you will be able to redeem for them. There are no black out dates and there is no limit to number of seats per flight or per route like legacy frequent flyer programs. Although most legacy programs have introduced access to all seats at all times it requires more miles, typically double the base requirement or more whereas with WestJet the value of your rewards remains the same regardless of the ticket value.

Jet-Away bonus rewards are an interesting way to reward members without giving away tons of dollars and relatively unique to the Frequent Flyer Program industry but again they are taking a page from the credit card industry where numerous cards offer complimentary companion tickets. With these rewards however WestJet is keeping revenue in mind as you have to buy a ticket to go along with the companion ticket.

The WestJet Frequent Guest Program allows for transfers between members for a flat $20 fee, compared to most frequent flyer programs that have a base fee plus a certain amount of cents per miles transferred.

Overall what is good about programs like the WestJet program is that you don't have to have a lot of points to redeem and get some sort of reward versus the set point programs like most frequent flyer programs where you need a minimum amount of points to redeem for a flight.

The $1500 annual spend level will keep the ultra-leisure traveller away unless they get the RBC MasterCard. The spending is also per person, so if you think, by booking your family of four a trip and spending $1600 in base fares reaches the first level, think again, each person will only have $400 towards the first level.

The main downfall of the credit card type or WestJet type of program is that value is lost when you have to redeem for expensive/non-seat sale flights as you have to redeem more points versus the set point programs which require the same amount of points for a flight regardless of what it is selling for (of course this is the best case scenario not taking into account black out dates, availability etc)

As well the credit card is right in the middle of the pack as the 1.5% return on the World MasterCard version falls below cards like the Capital One Miles Plus and Diners Club MasterCards, but is equal to cards like the TD Travel Visas.

The 12 month annual spend levels will make it tough for the less frequent flyer to accrue WestJet Dollars. While Aeroplan has a 12 month inactivity rule, all you have to do is earn 1 or redeem 1 mile to keep your account and balance active and growing. With WestJet if you don't hit that $1500 in the 12 month period, say you spend $1350, you won't get anything.

The 5 Year expiry on your earned dollars is about average for the industry but only for programs that have life span regulations on earned miles/dollars. Many Asian frequent flyer programs have a 3 year life span and in Canada Aeroplan has a 7 year life span while others have no life span as long as you have activity in your account.

No online capabilites for redemption yet, that will come soon but in the meantime it means calling WestJet to take care of bookings when you want to redeem WestJet dollars.

Once again, you can read the complete review here

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Guest Article: My Frequent Flyer Thoughts

This is the first of hopefully many guest articles that we will have on the Frequent Flyer Bonuses blog:

Frequent Flyer Miles are gold. Used correctly, they can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars. Being Australian yet living in the USA, I know what it’s like to think “how do I maximize my mileage miles?”.

I’ve been a Qantas Frequent Flyer since 1994 and operating my discount hotel booking website I am always interested in hearing stories from other frequent travelers about their experiences with Frequent Flyer programs. So I wanted to share with you some of my observations and tips when traveling to Australia on Qantas.

Qantas Versus British Airways

One interesting thing happened to me recently as illustrated by the below points summary from my Frequent Flier Activity Account. Notice that when I flew from Sydney to San Francisco on November 23, I earned a total of 9,275 points compared to only 1,635 on British Airways between Las Vegas and London. Both were discounted priced flights yet depending on the airline and even the discounted fare class the amount of miles awarded can vary. So the moral of the story here is that no matter where you are flying to, even if the distance may be similar the mileage you earn can be drastically different.

Generally speaking, from what I have found, the best value for my miles is to redeem them when travelling long haul between Australia and the USA or Canada. Often fares are upwards of $3000 return so for 96,000 points return, you are getting 3:1 ratio - which is very good!

o-Branded Credit Cards

I’ve seen lots of activity recently with American Express and Virgin offering double points, British Airways offering 50,000 points and now Qantas is offering 30,000 points when you successfully apply for a Qantas Amex co-branded card (Australian version). There are two real benefits:

1.You'll enjoy the accelerated earning power of 1.5 points for every dollar spent on purchases, so using your Card for things like your petrol and groceries can really help build your points balance fast.
You'll receive a Qantas domestic Economy return flight** between selected Australian capital cities every year

Qantas can offer such good deals because they have such a strong brand and there are only 2 domestic carriers in Australia - unlike America which has dozens.

I hope some of these insights helped you compare and contrast your frequently flyer program and look forward to reading about your frequent flyer insights on points and benefits.

Marc Phillips operates, a website specializing in discount hotels and accommodation in Australia.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Best Western Offer Status Match to other Hotels Elite Status

If you are an elite member of a hotel rewards program, Best Western will match that status with no catch (ie you don't have to stay once etc). This offer comes on the heels of Hilton HHonors devaluing their program earlier this year. With many disgruntled HHonors members looking to dump the HHonors program, many frequent guest programs have launched campaigns to lure those HHonors members to their hotel chains. Well without stating it out right this seems to be Best Western's move at attracting some of Hilton's customers.

For full details on how to complete Best Western's status match you can visit the Best Western website.

AA restricts standby, charges all customers for same-day changes

For all tickets purchased on and after Feb. 22, American Airlines will charge all customers, including those sitting in premium cabins, $50 for confirmed same-day changes on domestic and Canada flights.

Flyers with premium status previously were able to make same-day changes for free.

Premium customers (including those with elite frequent-flyer status), active U.S. military personnel and customers redeeming miles for AAnytime Awards travel can continue to standby for free. However, the standby option no longer will be available to most coach passengers.

The changes apply to American Eagle and AmericanConnection flights, too.

Source: CanFlyer

Monday, March 1, 2010

Bonus Offer Picks of the Week Feb 21-28, 2010

Here are our picks of the week for offers posted between Feb 21-28, 2010. We hope you enjoy these and that you are able to take advantage of some of them:

Bonus Offer For Flying
This week there is a tie for the top Bonus Offer for Flying as ANA matched JAL's offer:
ANA All Nippon Mileage Club: Double Mileage Club Miles on all flights Worldwide. Full details online registration and booking (Registration is required) Apr 1 - May 31, 10
Eligible Flights:
* Japan domestic flights: Flights booked with ANA that bears ANA flight numbers are eligible when traveling on codeshare flights with IBEX Airlines, Skynet Asia Airways, AIR DO, Star Flyer and Oriental Air Bridge.
* International flights: All flights operated by ANA Group. Codeshare flights operated by other airlines and flights marketed by other airlines but operated by ANA Group are not eligible

Japan Airlines Mileage Bank: Double Mileage Bank Miles on all flights Worldwide. Full details online registration and booking (Registration is required)
Eligible Flights:
* Domestic Routes JAL Group domestic flights (All JAL/JEX/JTA/JAC/HAC routes, some routes of RAC*1
*1 Eligible routes for RAC are Naha-Kumejima/Miyako/Yonaguni and Ishigaki-Miyako/Yonaguni
?International Routes
JAL Group International flights (All JAL/JAZ routes)*2
*2 Exclude code share flights operated by other airlines

Bonus Offer For Staying (Airline Miles)
Air Canada Aeroplan: Earn 4x the miles when you book and stay on an eligible rate (rack, corporate, preferred or Barceló Best rate) at all Barcelo Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. Book your stay online and receive 2,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles. Full Details, Online Registration and Booking (Registration is required) Until Mar 31, 10

Bonus Offer For Staying (Hotel Points)

Choice Privileges: 8,000 Bonus Privileges Points for every two qualifying stays at eligible rates at any hotel included in the Choice Privileges program Worldwide. Full Details, Online Registration and Booking. Until Apr 30, 10
* U.S. (including U.S. territories), Canada, Mexico or eligible countries in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe Residents Only

Bonus Offer For Driving

Delta SkyMiles: 5,000 Bonus SkyMiles and save up to 30% off on all qualifying rentals of 2 or more consecutive days at participating Budget airport locations in the U.S. and Canada. Mention coupon #MUAZ015 and BCD #U093306 and your Delta SkyMiles number when making your advance reservation at Until Mar 31, 10

Bonus Offer For Other Activities
Delta SkyMiles: 50% Bonus Miles when you complete three or more transactions with your choice of 100+ SkyMiles hotel, car, limo, and shuttle partners. This includes transfers of Hotel Points into SkyMiles. Register Online (Registration is required) Until Apr 30, 10

Bonus Page Updates Feb 21-28, 2010

The following pages had new bonus offers added to them this past week:

Feb 26 - Cathay Pacific Asia Miles | Etihad Guest | Jet Airways JetPrivilege | Marriott Rewards | Paramount Royale | Priority Club | Southwest Rapid Rewards | Sun Country UFly Rewards | Thai Airways Royal Orchid | US Airways Dividend Miles | Virgin Blue Velocity Rewards

Feb 25 - Air Canada Aeroplan | Air France KLM Flying Blue | Carlson Hotels GoldpointsPlus | Continental OnePass | Delta SkyMiles

Feb 24 - British Airways Executive Club | | Miles & More | Starwood Preferred Guest

Feb 23 - Accor A|Club | ANA Mileage Club | Choice Privileges | Hyatt Gold Passport | Japan Airlines Mileage Bank | United Mileage Plus