Monday, January 24, 2011

Bonus Offer Picks of the Week: January 17 - 23, 2011

Some really big bonus offers were added this week although some of them have residency requirements or are targeted offers, YMMV.:

Bonus Offer For Flying
This was a tough category to choose a top pick as there were some large bonus offers but they were either targeted or had pretty exclusive residency restrictions so we gave it to Alaska Airlines:
Alaska Airlines:
Double Mileage Plan Miles on Alaska Airlines seasonal nonstop flights between Anchorage and Los Angeles, CA (LAX) or Denver. Register online (Registration is required) then book online at Alaskaair.com May 23 - Sep 6, 11

Bonus Offer For Staying (Airline Miles)

This weeks top pick covers three airlines as they are all offering the same bonus mile offer for New Otani Hotels:
American, United, Delta: Earn up to 20,000 Miles for stays at the Hotel New Otani Tokyo
- Executive House ZEN 4,000 miles per night for stays over consecutive nights - up to 20,000 miles
- The Main, Deluxe Room 3,000 miles per night for stays over consecutive nights - up to 15,000 miles
- The Main 2,000 miles per night for stays over consecutive nights - up to 10,000 miles
- Garden Tower 1,000 miles per night for stays over consecutive nights - up to 5,000 miles
Full Details Feb 1- May 31, 11

Bonus Offer For Staying (Hotel Points)

Taking top spot is Hilton as they resurrect an offer from last year for stays at their Hawaiian resorts:

Hilton HHonors:
10,000 Bonus HHonors Points and Double Airline Miles for stays at the
Hilton Waikiki Prince Kuhio
Hilton Hawaiian Village® Beach Resort & Spa
Hilton Waikoloa Village

Doubletree® Alana Hotel - Waikiki
Embassy Suites®_Waikiki Beach
.
Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa
Grand Waikikian by Hilton Grand Vacations Club®

To book click on the hotel above or request Plan Code H9 (Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations Club) or HH9 (Doubletree and Embassy Suites) at Hilton.com. Requires a minimum of four consecutive nights stay.
Until Jun 30, 11

Bonus Offer For Driving

Another week with many similar offers but the following takes the cake as it requires only a one day minimum rental:

Continental OnePass:  Triple OnePass Miles when you rent any vehicle from Heartz  for one or more days in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Canada. Provide discount CDP 391867, PC 137734 and your OnePass number at time of booking. Full details Until Mar 31, 11

Bonus Offer For Other Activities

Every other offer this week had residency restrictions so we go with the offer where we get most of our readers from:

Delta SkyMiles: 30% Bonus SkyMiles when you transfer your American Express Membership Rewards points into SkyMiles. Full details and online registration (Registration is required) Until Mar 31, 11
* U.S. Residents Only

Bonus Page Updates: January 17 - 23, 2011

Jan 21: Air China Phoenix Miles | Alitalia MilleMiglia | American AAdvantage | Best Western Rewards | Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles | Hilton HHonors | Iberia Plus

Jan 20: Accor A|Club | Air Canada Aeroplan | Asiana Club | Finnair Plus | Marriott Rewards | Starwood Preferred Guest | Turkish Miles&Smiles | US Airways Dividend Miles | Virgin Atlantic Flying Club

Jan 19: Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan | Bangkok Airways Flyer Bonus | British Airways Executive Club | Carlson Hotels GoldpointsPlus | Continental OnePass | Cyprus Airways Sunmiles | Delta SkyMiles | Emirates Skywards

Jan 18: Air France KLM Flying Blue | Cathay Pacific Asia Miles | China Southern Sky Pearl | Hyatt Gold Passport | Sun Country UFly | TAP Portugal Victoria | United Mileage Plus | Vietnam Airlines Golden Lotus Plus | Virgin Blue Velocity Rewards | Wyndham Rewards

Jan 17: Qatar Airways Privilege Club

Friday, January 21, 2011

Choice Privileges modifies Elite Program

Choice Privileges, the FGP of Choice Hotels has made some minor modifications to their elite status program and all the changes are actually for the better.

The first change is the number of nights required to reach Platinum Status. Previously it used to 25 nights but that has been dropped down to 20 nights. Gold and Diamond remain the same at 10 and 40 nights respectively.

The second change was adding more days to the Extended Booking Window for award stays. Gold members now have 50 days, Platinum 75 days and Diamond get 100 days. This compares to 30 days for non elite members.

The third change is for Diamond members only with the bonus points on all stays increasing to 50% from 40%.

For more information on the Choice Privileges Elite Program click here.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Bonus Offer Picks of the Week: January 10 - 16, 2011

Another big week of updates with 36 Airline, Hotel and Rail programs getting new bonus offers posted to them. Out of all the offers here are our picks of the week:

Bonus Offer For Flying
Only four new flight offers went up this past week and taking top spot is the return of Etihad's successful bonus offer campaign to encourage customers to buy higher class fares.
Etihad Guest:
Earn up to Triple Guest Miles for all Etihad flights Worldwide. Earn triple miles when you fly in Diamond First Class if you haven’t flown Diamond First Class in the previous year, and double miles when you travel Pearl Business Class if you haven’t flown Pearl Business Class in the previous year. No registration is required, book online at Etihad Airways Until Feb 28, 11

Bonus Offer For Staying (Airline Miles)

This weeks best offer comes from two major brands, Miles and More & Hilton:
Miles and More: Triple Miles and More Miles for stays at participating Hilton Hotels Worldwide. Register  Online (Registration is required) then book online at Hilton. Until Mar, 11

Bonus Offer For Staying (Hotel Points)

We added system wide first quarter offers to three hotel programs this week and the top pick came down to Best Western or IHG but we had to give it to IHG since their offer is open to residents worldwide:

InterContinental Hotels Group: 3,000 Bonus Priority Club points or 1,000 Bonus Airline Miles after every 3rd night at any of 4,500 IHG hotels worldwide including InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites hotels. Up to a maximum of 30,000 bonus points or 10,000 bonus miles. Register online with promo code 9378. Feb 1 - Apr 30, 11

Bonus Offer For Driving

On a week by week basis this is probably the hardest category to make a top pick for as so many of the offers are the same or very similar:

Etihad Guest: Earn Quadruple Guest miles when you rent a mid-sized or larger vehicle for a minimum seven days at participating locations in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Czech and Slovak Republics. Full Details
Book by Jan 31 for rentals until Feb 28, 11


Bonus Offer For Other Activities

We only added two offers over the past week to this category and both were resident specific but we must give it ANA:

ANA Mileage Club: Earn up to 3,000 Bonus Miles when you use your ANA Card to complete various activities. Complete 3 activities for 500 bonus miles, 5 activities for 1,000 miles or all 7 for 3,000 bonus miles. Full details.  Until Feb 28, 11 * US Residents Only

Bonus Page Updates: January 10 - 16, 2011

Jan 14: United Mileage Plus | Virgin Blue Velocity Rewards

Jan 13: Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan | Etihad Guest | Starwood Preferred Guest

Jan 12: American AAdvantage | Frontier Early Returns | Hyatt Gold Passport | Iberia Plus | Japan Airlines Mileage Bank | Kuwait Airways Oasis Club | Leading Hotels of the World Leaders Club | Marriott Rewards | Miles & More | Preferred Hotel Group I Prefer | Priority Club | Saudi Arabian Alfursan | US Airways Dividend Miles

Jan 11: Accor A|Club | Amtrak Guest Rewards | ANA Mileage Club | Best Western Rewards | Carlson Hotels GoldpointsPlus | Cathay Pacific Asia Miles | China Southern Sky Pearl | Choice Privileges | Eurostar Frequent Traveller | Germanwings Boomerang Club | Qantas Frequent Flyer | TAP Portugal Victoria | Thai Royal Orchid

Jan 10: Delta SkyMiles | Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles | Gulf Air Frequent Flyer | Spirit Free Spirit | Stash Hotel Rewards

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Stash Hotel Rewards to award 2 free nights at 46 hotels

Stash Hotel Rewards first major promotion for 2011 plays on analysis they did that shows that the independent hotels that participate in Stash Hotel Rewards rate higher on Tripadvisor than hotels participating in major hotel chain programs. Called "Share The Love", the promotion aims to give back to those travelers who love Stash Hotel Rewards properties with a contest that awards 2 free nights per hotel at 46 Stash Hotel Rewards properties. To enter, Stash Hotels Rewards members must do the following:
1. Pick your favorite hotel from list
2. Tell them briefly why you love that and why it's the perfect place to celebrate Cupid's favorite holiday
3. You can enter as many of the participating hotels as you like

The two free nights must be consumed on Friday, February 11th, and Saturday the 12th.

For full details and to enter the contest please visit Stash's Share the Love Page.  If you are not a member os Stash Rewards yet, you can join via our exclusive link that awards Frequent Flyer Bonuses readers 500 points for joining.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Where is IHG's Q1 Priority Club Promo?

Jan 12 UPDATE: The promotion is 3,000 points (max 30,000) or 1,000 Airline miles (max 10,000) for every three nights. You can register online with promo code 9378

The majority of hotel chains already released their Q1 promos at the time of writing this, only Hyatt and IHG seem to be missing. I have received a few inquiries about IHG and when or what there next promo is. Well, I can tell you that I don't know all the details yet, earlier today I posted what I do know on our Priority Club Bonus Points page. I know it will run from Feb 1- Apr 30, 2011 and it appears it will be based on staying three nights. At least that is what it will be to earn the airline miles as that portion of the promo I know about and it earns 1,000 Bonus Airline Miles for every three nights completed up to a maximum of 10,000 bonus miles.

I am going to take an educated guess that the points will be 3,000 bonus points as the last time Priority Club ran 1,000 bonus Airline Miles the counter for Priority Club points was 3,000. I could be wrong this time round. Just have to wait and see what comes out of IHG soon. Keep checking back as we will post more once we find out the rest of the details

Monday, January 10, 2011

Bonus Offer Picks of the Week: January 3 - 9, 2011

Last week was a huge week for adding new bonus offers to the FFB sites. We added well over 130 new offers to 53 airline and hotel programs which makes our decision for picks of the week even tougher then usual:

Bonus Offer For Flying
This weeks top flight pick was difficult as most of the offers were for specific routes or only available to certain regions, so of the new flight offers we posted to 16 airlines the following takes top spot based on :
El AL Matmid Club:
Earn 20% Bonus Matmid Points when you fly El Al to Germany and connect to a partner flight to select destinations in Europe or vice versa. Full details. Jan 5 - 31, 11

Bonus Offer For Staying (Airline Miles)

This category had the most bonus offers posted and the following offer is our top pick:
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles: 500 Bonus Asia Miles per night when you book and stay at Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts property worldwide at the Best Available Rate up to a maximum of 1,500 bonus miles per stay. Book online at Swissotel. Until Feb 28, 11

Bonus Offer For Staying (Hotel Points)

This past week had Hilton officially launch their next quarterly promo and it takes our top spot:

Hilton HHonors: Earn up to Quadruple HHonors Points for stays at participating Hilton locations Worldwide. Earn Double Points on stays of two (2) consecutive nights, Triple Points on stays of three (3) consecutive nights, and Quadruple Points on stays of four (4) or more consecutive nights during the promotion period. Register online (Registration is required) then book online at Hilton.com. Until Mar 31, 11

Bonus Offer For Driving

We had many similar offers for many of the Airline and Hotel programs this week which made this category a toss up, so we give top spot to a program we don't see too often in our top picks:

Japan Airlines Mileage Bank: Double Mileage Bank Miles when you rent a car from Group C or over for 3 days or longerr Worldwide please give your JMB membership number and AVIS Worldwide Discount number(AWD No) J000500 (J000600 for JGC members) when you book online at Avis.com. Until Jan 31, 11

Bonus Offer For Other Activities

Another category with many region specific offers however the following is open to everyone and is double their normal offer:

EgyptAir Plus: 2,000 Bonus Miles when you join the EgyptAir Plus program. Full Details. Until Jan 31, 11

Bonus Page Updates: January 3 - 9, 2011

Jan 7: Air Canada Aeroplan | Delta SkyMiles | Kingfisher King Club | Marriott Rewards | Spanair Plus | TAM Fidelidade | United Mileage Plus | Virgin Atlantic Flying Club

Jan 6: Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan | Alitalia MilleMiglia | American AAdvantage | ANA Mileage Club | Best Western Rewards | Continental OnePass | Hilton HHonors | Iberia Plus | SATA Imagine | Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer | TAP Portugal Victoria | Turkish Miles&Smiles | Virgin America Elevate

Jan 5: Aegean Bonus | Aerolineas Argentinas Plus | AeroMexico Club Premier | Aigle Azur Plus | Air China Phoenix Miles | Air France KLM Flying Blue | China Eastern Eastern Miles | EgyptAir Plus | Emirates Skywards | Etihad Guest | Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles | Japan Airlines Mileage Bank | Miles & More | Southwest Rapid Rewards | SriLankan FlySmiles | Virgin Blue Velocity Rewards | Wyndham Rewards

Jan 4: Air Berlin Top Bonus | Caribbean Airlines Caribbean Miles | Cathay Pacific Asia Miles | China Southern Sky Pearl | Choice Privileges | El Al Matmid Club | Oman Air Sindbad | Priority Club | Qantas Frequent Flyer | Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer | Sol Melia Mas Rewards

Jan 3: Bangkok Airways Flyer Bonus | Carlson Hotels GoldpointsPlus | Hyatt Gold Passport | Starwood Preferred Guest

Friday, January 7, 2011

Now you can find all Status Mile, Point, sign up offers on one FFB page

If you are obsessed with reaching elite status with airlines and/or hotels or need more status miles to reach that next level, we have created the page for you. Now instead of having to visit each program page individually to see if there are any status offers, we will post them all to one main page as well on the FrequentFlyerBonuses.com site. At the time of this posting we were still in the process of populating it so it may be a few days before all the offers are on it. Let us know what you think!

http://www.frequentflyerbonuses.com/statusoffers.html

Ukraine International will let you buy elite status for US$1000

Feb 8 Update: UIA has extended this offer until Feb 14, 2011 See here
Jan 10 Update: I have received confirmation from UIA that they will allow you to buy all 20,000 miles to receive their Premium Elite status, you do not have to have any previous miles or flights with them.


OK, I know Ukraine International is not a major airline of choice for many of our readers but they recently released an offer whereby you can buy 1,000 Panorama Club Status Miles for US$50. At this point the offer does not stipulate a maximum number of miles that can be purchased nor does it state anything about having to fly with Ukraine International. The Panorama Club program requires 20,000 status miles to become a Premium Elite status member. This means you could spend $1000 to get status with Ukraine International Airlines, overall it does not get you too much as lounge access and extra baggage allowances are the main benefits. But here is where this status may become more valuable, many airlines offer to match status from other airlines and if you have this Premium Elite status with UIA you may be able to get an equivalent status in another airline. So once I have confirmation that you can buy all 20,000 status miles, you may want to see if another airline is willing to match UIA's status and if they say yes then here is another potential route at obtaining status with multiple airlines.

To repeat myself,  I am not 100% if this will work yet but if we get confirmation that it does then perhaps it can help in getting status matches from other airlines. Note: Per update above, you can buy all 20,000 miles.

You can view the offer on UIA's website here.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

New time sensitive offers added to FFB

Since some of our readers don't visit the main FFB website everyday or even every week I thought I would post these new bonus offers here on the blog as we just listed them on the main FFB and they all expire this month. These are some great offer to take advantage of, that is if they work for you and your planned travels.

El Al Matmid Club
20% Bonus Matmid Points when you fly El Al to Germany and connect to a partner flight to select destinations in Europe. Full Details.  Jan 5 -31, 11

EgyptAir Plus
2,000 Bonus Plus Miles when you join the EgyptAir Plus program. Full Details. Until Jan 31, 11

Etihad Guest
Earn up to Triple Guest Miles for all Etihad flights from Japan. Earn triple miles when you travel Daimond First Class and double miles when you travel Pearl Business Class. Full details and online registration (Registration is required) then book online at Etihad Airways. Book by Jan 31 for travel until Feb 28, 11
* Promotion valid only for tickets issued in Japan and where the journey originates in Japan.

Sol Melia Mas Rewards
Double Mas Points for stays of 2 nights or more at any participating Sol Meliá hotels Worldwide. Book online at Sol Melia. Until Jan 31, 11

Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
Double Mileage Bank Miles when you rent a car from Group C or over for 3 days or longerr Worldwide please give your JMB membership number and AVIS Worldwide Discount number(AWD No) J000500 (J000600 for JGC members) when you book online at Avis.com. Until Jan 31, 11

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

150 Free American AAdvantage Miles

This is a repeat of an offer that we have seen a few times over the past few years whereby American AAdvantage members can earn 150 AAdvantage Miles for watching a short video from Bose. This time the video is for the Bose Bluetooth Headset. You can earn 250 additional miles for attending an in-sttore demonstration of the product and a further 400 miles if you buy the headset.

You can view the video here: https://www.aadvantagemilesforbose.com/ (you can also fast forward the video to get to the question you have to answer hint: all of the above to get the 150 miles)

Save 10% off Air France Voyageur Cabin flights from the U.S. to Europe

If you are booking flights from the U.S. to Europe you can save 10% off Air France Voyageur Cabin (Economy class) flights with coupon code WINTER925. The code is valid until Jan 31, 11 for flights that depart the U.S. by Mar 31 and return by Apr 30, 11

Book online at Airfrance.com

Monday, January 3, 2011

Bonus Offer Picks of the Week: December 20, 2010 - January 2, 2011

Here are our top picks of the week for the last week of updates before the Christmas break:

Bonus Offer For Flying
Only two offers were put up and one was restricted to UK residents only so the other offer takes top spot:
Aeroflot Bonus:
Earn 2,000 Bonus or Double Qualifying Bonus Miles for flights between Moscow and Tokyo.
For Q, W, L fares: you will get 2000 additional miles for each flights segment.
For J, C, D, I, Y, S, B, M, H, K, V, T fares: you will get double qualifying miles** for each flight segment.
Full Details Until Mar 31, 11

Bonus Offer For Staying (Airline Miles)

Once again not too many offers were posted in our final week of the year :
Thai Airways Royal Orchid: Triple Royal Orchid Miles when you stay at participating InterContinental Hotels Group hotels in Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam. Full details and online booking. Until Mar 14, 11

Bonus Offer For Staying (Hotel Points)

A few individual hotel offers were posted but we are going to give top spot to an offer posted the week before as it is open for registration now:

Starwood Preferred Guest: Double Starpoints + 500 Bonus Starpoints for stays at more than 930 participating hotels and resorts Worldwide.
* Earn double Starpoints every night of the week.
* Plus, earn an additional weekend bonus of 500 Starpoints for every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday night during your stays — with no limits.
Full Details, Registration & Online Booking (Registration is required) Register Jan 3 - Mar 31 for stays Jan 3 - Apr 15, 11

Bonus Offer For Driving

For once this category had the most bonus offers posted in a week and many of the bonuses were comparable with the following being our top pick:

American AAdvantage: Triple AAdvantage Miles when you rent any vehicle for one or more days at a participating airport and off airport location in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada. At the time of reservation, you must provide your AAdvantage membership number, along with discount CDP 217692 and PC number 137734. Full details Until Mar 31, 11

Bonus Offer For Other Activities

Only two offers were posted, here is our pick at the best one:

Southwest Rapid Rewards:  Earn 0.25 Bonus Rapid Rewards Credits when join Rapid Rewards Dining and spend your first $25 at participating restaurants, bars and clubs . Full details. Ongoing

Bonus Page Updates: December 20, 2010 - January 2, 2011

Dec 23: Air Malta FlyPass | Southwest Rapid Rewards

Dec 22: Gulf Air Frequent Flyer | Iberia Plus | Marriott Rewards | Starwood Preferred Guest

Dec 21: Accor A|Club | Aeroflot Bonus | AeroMexico Club Premier | American AAdvantage | Bangkok Airways Flyer Bonus | Continental OnePass | Emirates Skywards | Hyatt Gold Passport | JetBlue TrueBlue

Dec 20: Hilton HHonors | Thai Royal Orchid