Monday, March 28, 2011

Bonus Offer Picks of the Week: March 21 - 27, 2011

Here are our picks from our first full week of updates since the start of March:

Bonus Offer For Flying
Although limited to U.K. residents, this pick from Delta takes top spot for the sheer size of the offer :
Delta SkyMiles:
Earn 50,000 Bonus SkyMiles on each round trip (25,000 bonus miles for one-way travel) between the U.K. and the U.S. when flying paid BusinessElite. Valid on the following routes:
- London/Heathrow (LHR) and Atlanta (ATL), Boston (BOS), Detroit (DTW), Miami (MIA), Minneapolis (MSP), or New York (JFK)
- London/Gatwick (LGW) and Atlanta (ATL)
- Manchester (MAN) and Atlanta (ATL) or New York (JFK)
Register Online (Registration is required) then book online at Delta.com
Register by Apr 15 for travel until Apr 30, 11
* UK Residents only

Bonus Offer For Staying (Airline Miles)

Although the following is not for a specific stay, it is decent offer to take advantage of after completing numerous stays:
Air Canada Aeroplan:
Earn up to 5,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles when you register and convert points from participating hotel loyalty programs into Aeroplan Miles.
- Convert hotel points to 5,000 miles and earn 1000 bonus miles.
- Convert hotel points to 10,000 miles and earn 2000 bonus miles.
- Convert hotel points to 25,000 miles and earn 5000 bonus miles.
Register Online (Registration is required) Until Apr 30, 11
Participating programs
Best Western Rewards
Goldpoints Plus
Choice Privileges
Coast Rewards
Hilton HHonors
Hyatt Gold Passport
Priority ClubRewards
Marriott Rewards
Starwood Preferred Guest
Wyndham Rewards



Bonus Offer For Staying (Hotel Points)

Although this offer is technically a targeted offer, almost everyone qualifies for at least one of the offerings, you just have to find out which one!
InterContinental Hotels Priority Club:
Earn up to 15,000 Bonus Priority Club Points for a certain amount of nights at participating InterContinental Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, Express by Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotels worldwide. Do not sign up until the previous quarter is over. Use the following codes to register online (use the smallest amount first and then go on to the next if you do not qualify, however once you do qualify for one you cannot sign up for any others):
- Stay 3 nights Get 5k use 6576
- Stay 7 nights Get 10k use 6596
- Stay 8 nights Get 10k use 3577
- Stay 10 nights Get 10k use 3592
- Stay 12nights Get 10k use 6594
- Stay 15 nights Get 15k use 6581
Valid Apr 1 - Jun 30, 11


Bonus Offer For Driving
A lot of good car rental offers this week added to five different programs, the following is our top pick:
Virgin Blue Velocity Rewards:
3,000 Bonus Velocity Points when you rent a vehicle for 3 or more days with Thrifty in Australia or New Zealand. Full details Until Apr 30, 11

Bonus Offer For Other Activities

Heading to or through Munich airport? Then the following offer may work for you:
Miles & More:
Double Miles & More Miles on purchases at select stores in Munich airport. Full details. Until Apr 30, 11

Bonus Page Updates: March 21 - 27, 2011

Mar 25: Accor A|Club | Air Berlin Top Bonus | Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan | Emirates Skywards | Etihad Guest | Eurostar Frequent Traveller | Miles & More | Shangri-La Golden Circle | TAM Fidelidade

Mar 24: Air Canada Aeroplan | Best Western Rewards | British Airways Executive Club | Gulf Air Frequent Flyer | Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer | Starwood Preferred Guest

Mar 23: Air France KLM Flying Blue | China Eastern Eastern Miles | Delta SkyMiles | Ritz-Carlton Rewards | Swissotel Club Swiss Gold | TAP Portugal Victoria | United Mileage Plus | Virgin Atlantic Flying Club | Virgin Blue Velocity Rewards

Mar 22: airBaltic Baltic Miles | American AAdvantage | Bangkok Airways FlyerBonus | Cyprus Airways Sunmiles | Frontier Early Returns | Priority Club | Vietnam Airlines Golden Lotus Plus

Mar 21: ANA Mileage Club | SriLankan FlySmiles | US Airways Dividend Miles

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Newest FFB Feature: Discounted Travel Reward Offers

In our ongoing quest to provide you with the most complete source for bonus offers for all travel related reward programs worldwide we are pleased to offer our newest feature on FFB: Discounted Travel Rewards Offers. What does this feature provide? Well it provides a listing of all reward (or as some call redemption) offers that are discounted whether it is for flights, hotel stays, car rentals, you name it. How does this fit in with the "Frequent Flyer Bonuses" mission? Technically, you could consider a mileage or point discount on a reward redemption as a bonus as you are using less miles or points for that redemption. In fact, some programs even call these discounts a bonus as they word their promotions something like this: "Earn 1,000 bonus miles when you redeem for a flight within North America". To see our current listing of discounted reward offers please click the following link (make sure you bookmark it too!)

FFB's Discounted Mile and Point Redemption Offers

Monday, March 21, 2011

Bonus Offer Picks of the Week: March 7 - 20, 2011

We cover two weeks of sporadic updates to Frequent Flyer Bonuses with this weeks top picks:

Bonus Offer For Flying
This weeks top flight offer goes to United and Continental Airlines as they match promos to ensure equality in their programs which have yet to be merged:
United Mileage Plus & Continental OnePass:
Earn up to Triple Miles for United flights between Los Angeles and Shanghai. Earn triple miles in United First and United Business or double miles for in United Economy. Both offers require registration
For United's offer see here. Book by Jun 30 for travel May 21 - Jul 15, 11
For Continental's offers see here. May 21 - Jul 15, 11

Bonus Offer For Staying (Airline Miles)

Once again a lot of regional or hotel specific offers were added so it was a toss up between Miles & More and Avianca/TACA, we give top spot to the latter:
Avianca TACA LifeMiles:
Triple LifeMiles for every night you stay at the following Barcelo locations:
* Barceló Tambor Beach, Costa Rica
* Barceló Langosta Beach, Costa Rica
* Barceló Palma Real, Costa Rica
* Barceló San José Palacio, Costa Rica
* Barceló Guatemala City, Guatemala
* Barceló Managua, Nicaragua
* Barceló Montelimar Beach, Nicaragua
* Barceló Colón Miramar, Ecuador
Book online at Barcelo Until May 31, 11


Bonus Offer For Staying (Hotel Points)

Although it is not open for registration until March 31, this weeks top pick goes to Hyatt's next systemwide promotion:
Hyatt Gold Passport:
10,000 Bonus Gold Passport Points after every five eligible nights and an extra 5,000 points for every two additional nights for Hyatt stays Worldwide. Register Online (Registration is required) Apr 1 - Jun 30, 11 NOTE Registration link will be live on Mar 31, 11.

Bonus Offer For Driving
It was slim pickings with offers only added to four programs, this one offers the best potential:
Qatar Airways Privilege Club:
Double QMiles for all Sixt rentals Worldwide when you rent a car outside your home country. Book online at Sixt Car Rental Until May 31, 11

Bonus Offer For Other Activities

The following offer is not airline or hotel specific but to date it constitutes the biggest (although not the richest) credit card sign up offer:
Capital One:
Earn up to 110,000 Venture Miles for applying for and receiving the Capital One Venture Card. Receive 10,000 Miles simply for applying for and receiving the card. Then, Capital One will match up to 100,000 of your airline credit card miles if you spend $1,000 on the card within the first 90 days. Full Details. Until ?

Bonus Page Updates: March 7 - 20, 2011

Mar 17: Air China Phoenix Miles | Bangkok Airways FlyerBonus | Continental OnePass | Etihad Guest | Malev Duna Club | EgyptAir Plus | Millennium and Copthorne Loyalty Club | Qatar Airways Privilege Club | Virgin Atlantic Flying Club

Mar 16: Air Canada Aeroplan | Gulf Air Frequent Flyer | Hilton HHonors | Southwest Rapid Rewards | United Mileage Plus

Mar 9: Accor A|Club | Czech Airlines OK Plus | Priority Club | Starwood Preferred Guest | Stash Hotel Rewards

Mar 8: Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan | American AAdvantage | Avianca TACA LifeMiles | Hyatt Gold Passport

Mar 7: Marriott Rewards | Miles & More

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Up to 110,000 Capital One Venture Miles up for grabs

In what can be described as the largest sign up bonus yet for any credit card, the 110,000 Capital One Venture Miles you can potentially earn is definitely enticing. The promotion goes like this, you get 10,000 Miles simply for applying for and receiving the card. Then, Capital One will match up to 100,000 of your airline credit card miles (technically speaking this means 100,000 miles earned with credit card that has airline branding) if you spend $1,000 on the card within the first 90 days. There are certain restrictions, such as the matching of only U.S. based airlines (Alaska, American, Continental, Delta, Frontier, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Spirit, United, US Airways, Virgin America, Air Tran or Southwest) and as stated above it is supposed to be based on mileage earned from the credit card, however Gary Leff (View from the Wing Blog) has done some leg work for the rest of us and it appears that all you have to be is a credit card holder from one of the airlines and they will match the balance off your frequent flyer statement whether or not all those miles came from the credit card. The last catch? They are only giving away 1 Billion Venture miles, so this offer may not be around for too much longer if everyone who signs up is going for the full 100,000 miles (ie 10,000 people)

For complete details on the offer please visit Capital One Venture Match My Miles website.

Qatar Airways is giving away 100 pairs of tickets to celebrate their 100th destination

On April 6th Qatar Airways will inaugurate its Doha to Aleppo route which happens to be the 100th destination they serve. To celebrate, Qatar Airways is giving away 100 pairs of economy class system wide tickets to 100 lucky subscribers. Its that simple to enter, you just have to subscribe to their emails to be entered to win and you can gain even more entries by referring friends to the promotion. The contest is part of a lead up to a larger Qatar Airways Privilege Club promotion that will see bonus QMile offers of up to 10,000 miles, 25% discount on mileage redemptions and much more.

To enter simply visit qatarairways.com

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Mileage Plus/OnePass mileage transfer and Elite status tools

Early last week (sorry been traveling and didn't get a chance to put this up sooner) United's official rep to Milepoint.com posted new tools for members of United's Mileage Plus and Continental's OnePass programs to transfer miles between accounts and combine elite earnings between them as well. The reason for these tools is that the two airlines frequent flyer programs are still operating as separate entities until they are combined sometime in 2012.

To access the new tools see below:
Transfer redeemable miles between your OnePass and Mileage Plus accounts at united.com/transfermymiles or continental.com/transfermymiles (both take you to the same place).

Match Elite status and combine Elite earnings for your OnePass and Mileage Plus accounts. For those of you who have Elite Qualification miles and segments/points in both OnePass and Mileage Plus, you can now combine these earnings to earn Elite status, Regional Upgrades and Systemwide Upgrades. Go to united.com/combinemyactivity or continental.com/combinemyactivity for all the details.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Avianca and TACA launch new unified frequent flyer program: LifeMiles

The partnership between Avianca and TACA has grown even stronger as each airline has stopped their old FFPs (Plus and Distancia respectively) with the launch of their new unified program called LifeMiles. All miles held in the old accounts are being honored and should be in member's new LifeMiles accounts. Elite status in either program is also being honored in the new program. Apparently members old account numbers will be the same in LifeMiles.

Overall the new programs is stated as being better and they provide a chart on the LifeMiles website comparing it to the old AviancaPlus and Distancia programs. Apparently achieving elite status will be easier,  there will be a better upgrade policy and there will be many more mileage earning opportunities. To see the comparison chart click here.

Overall the program does look like a bit of an improvement over the old programs and this will be an interesting one to watch over the next year or so to see if they live up to their promises. One thing I can tell you right off the bat is their new website is much better then the old AviancaPlus or TACA Distanica sites.

For complete details on the program please visit LifeMiles.com

Monday, March 7, 2011

Bonus Offer Pick of the Week: February 28 - March 6, 2011

There were lots of really good offers to pick from out of the 28 programs we added new bonuses to this past week:

Bonus Offer For Flying
Despite some nice new offers from American Airlines, this weeks top pick actually goes to a group of airlines:
Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Blue, V Australia:
Earn Double Miles/Points with your favorite Virgin program when flying with one of the other family of Virgin Group partner airlines. Until May 31, 11
For Virgin America's offer see here.
For Virgin Atlantic's offers see here.
For Virgin Blue/V Australia's offer see here.

Bonus Offer For Staying (Airline Miles)

A lot of regional and room/rate class specific offers were posted this week and this is our top pick:
Japan Airlines Mileage Bank:
500 Bonus Mileage Bank Miles PER NIGHT when you stay in a Suite at participating Swissotel Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. Up to a maximum of 1,500 miles per stay. quote promo code PJMC when you book online at Swissotel Until May 31, 11
Participating Hotels:
Swissotel Nankai Osaka, Japan
Swissotel Beijing, China
Swissotel Foshan, China
Swissotel Kunshan, China
Swissotel Grand Shanghai, China
Swissotel Merchant Court, Singapore
Swissotel The Stamford, Singapore
Swissotel Nai Lert Park, Bangkok, Thailand
Swissotel Kolkata, India
Swissotel Sydney, Australia
Swissotel Le Plaza, Basel, Switzerland
Swissotel Métropole, Geneva, Switzerland
Hotel du Parc des Eaux-Vives, Geneva, Switzerland
Swissotel Zürich, Switzerland
Swissotel Berlin, Germany
Swissotel Bremen, Germany
Swissotel Düsseldorf/Neuss, Germany
Swissotel Ankara, Turkey
Swissotel The Bosphorus, Istanbul, Turkey
Swissotel Grand Efes, Izmir, Turkey
Swissotel Amsterdam, Netherlands
Swissotel The Howard, London, United Kingdom
Swissotel Krasnye Holmy, Moscow, Russia
Swissotel Tallinn, Estonia
Swissotel Chicago, U.S.
Swissotel Quito
Swissotel Lima


Bonus Offer For Staying (Hotel Points)

This weeks hotel program top pick goes to the only systemwide/worldwide offer posted:
Voila Hotel Rewards:
Earn up to 10,000 Bonus Points for stays at all VOILÀ hotels Worldwide.
* Stay 2 nights / Earn 2,500 bonus points
* Stay 4 nights / Earn 5,000 bonus points
* Stay 6 nights / Earn 7,500 bonus points
* Stay 8 nights / Earn 10,000 bonus points
Register Online (Registration is required) Until May 31, 11


Bonus Offer For Driving
A quiet week for car rental offers with only 5 added to three programs, this one takes top spot as it is a Worldwide offer for a very large program:
Miles & More:
Double Miles & More Miles for all rentals of 3 days or more with Europcar Worldwide. Simply quote the contract ID 50844705 when you make your reservation at Europcar Until Jun 30, 11

Bonus Offer For Other Activities

We had a lot of region or item specific offers added to this category with the following being the most accessible offer to people all around the world:
Jet Airways JetPrivilege:
25% Bonus JetPrivilege Miles when you purchase JPMiles online. Minimum of 1,000 miles must be purchased. Full Details. Until Mar 31, 11

Bonus Page Updates: February 28 - March 6, 2011

Mar 4: British Airways Executive Club | JetBlue TrueBlue | Miles & More | TAP Portugal Victoria | Virgin America Elevate

Mar 3: Air France KLM Flying Blue | Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan | Cathay Pacific Asia Miles | Spanair Plus | Ukraine International Panorama Club

Mar 2: Delta SkyMiles | Iberia Plus | Millennium and Copthorne Loyalty Club | Priority Club | Shangri-La Golden Circle | Stash Hotel RewardsVirgin Atlantic Flying Club

Mar 1: Accor A|Club | AeroMexico Club Premier | Alitalia MilleMigla | American AAdvantage | Japan Airlines Mileage Bank | La Quinta Returns | SriLankan FlySmiles | Virgin Blue Velocity Rewards | WestJet Frequent Guest

Feb 28: Jet Airways Jet Privilege | Voila Hotel Rewards

Friday, March 4, 2011

The Frequent Traveler Awards - Voting is now open

Most of you have probably already seen that the voting for the second annual FT Awards is now open. If not, well here is your notice and your chance to go vote for your favorite airline and hotel programs in six categories to recognize the best promotion for redemption, best promotion for earning, best redemption ability, best customer service, best elite level and best loyalty credit card. A seventh award will recognize the overall airline and hotel 'Program of the Year' in each region.

The Awards will be handed out at the Frequent Traveler Awards ceremony at Citi Field in Flushing, New York on April 28, 2011.

To cast your vote please visit FTAwards.com today! Voting is open until Mar 31, 11

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Germanwings Boomerang Club the latest FFP to move to a revenue model

Following in the footsteps of WestJet, JetBlue and Southwest, German low cost carrier Germanwings has changed the earning methodology for its Boomerang Club to a revenue based model. Previously, the program awarded a fixed 1,500 miles per segment which accounted for a free flight after 8 segments. The new system awards 10 Miles for every 1€ spent with Germanwings (Flight, seat reservation fees, luggage fees etc) and members can redeem for a one way flight at 10,000 miles. This means that a member can earn a single one way ticket for every 1,000€ spent excluding bonuses or miles earned with partners.

As we have seen with all the other programs running the revenue based model, the program awards the higher spenders faster then those who do not spend as much traveling (think Business traveler vs. Leisure traveler) however this will also impact the business traveler who flew on short routes with Germanwings as they always received 1,500 miles no matter what and now it may take them more segments on that short route to earn the same free flight. On the other hand, last minute business travelers may be awarded sooner then the previous 8 segment rule strictly on the fact there are shelling out more money to buy there revenue tickets.

The revenue based model is a good system and works well for airlines, particularly low cost airlines, but when it is introduced as a change to an existing program it can and will be met with some backlash as those frequent travelers who earned free flights without spending too much will have to, unhappily,  fork over more money or look at switching programs where they may be rewarded sooner. As is with any change to a  Frequent Flyer Program, you win some and you lose some as you can't make everyone happy.

For more details on the change please visit Germanwings' Boomerang Club