Thursday, June 30, 2011

Bonus Offer Highlight June 30: Iberia

As each calender quarter roles around many loyalty programs launch new bonus offers, as June 30 is the end of the second quarter it can be expected to see an onslaught of new offers from airline, hotels, car rental agencies and more. Today's highlight from Iberia is one of those and as we've seen in the past they usually offer a good set of flight bonuses for each quarter (or part of each quarter). The majority of their flight promos come with one catch, they don't give you too much time to register for the promotions!

Iberia Plus
Earn up to Triple Plus Points for flights between
- Madrid and Oviedo, Vigo, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Athens, Lisbon or Amsterdam.
- Madrid or Barcelona and  Buenos Aires, Panama or Caracas.
- Madrid or Barcelona and Guatemala (no registration required for this route and the promo is available July 1 - Aug 31, 11)
You will earn double points on all flights, triple if you book the flights online
Register Online (Registration is required) Register by Jul 11 for travel Jul 13 - Aug 31, 11

FFB Insider: A Golden Tulip blooms in the bonus garden

European based Golden Tulip Hotels may not be as well known in the loyalty circles as brands like Starwood, InterContinental or Marriott but it appears they may be wanting to change that. FFB has been tracking or better said tracking the lack thereof of bonus offers for Golden Tulip's Flavours program for many years but only added them to our websites this year. Why did we only add them in 2011? Up until early this year we could not find evidence of one bonus point offer for the Flavours program. There were occassional offers for bonus miles from one of their seven airline partners but never bonuses for their own loyalty program. Come 2011 and that seems to have changed, it appears Golden Tulip is adopting a mildly aggressive marketing campaign for their Flavours programs and for their airline partners.

It all started earlier in the year, when for the first ever we found hotel stay bonuses for Flavours members posted on the Golden Tulip website. To say we were surprised was an understatement as the Flavours special offer page was bookmarked and visited by us once a week for the past 2+ years and it always stated the same thing: "No Special Offers at this Time" (or something like that). What Golden Tulip Flavours had rolled out was some stay bonuses for select locations in Asia, OK, not huge but still they offered something. These offers ran for the first quarter and a little beyond. Our next question here at FFB was "Would it continue?" It sure did. As late April rolled around, our weekly check of the page showed new Flavours bonuses for stays at a few Golden Tulip locations in Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany and Hungary that were valid for the remainder of the year. A week or two later and the list was expanded to include properties in France and Poland.

Fast forward to the middle of June and suddenly we are finding more Golden Tulip bonuses, this time it is double miles for their airline partners and not for one or two properties but for virtually every property that Golden Tulip operates from Armenia to the U.S. and in between. First it was Saudi Arabian Airlines Alfursan that released the offer and this was quickly followed within the next week by Oman Air Sindbad, American Airlines and finally Qatar Airways. Chances are the promo will be available to members of the other airline programs that are partnered with Golden Tulip but we have not found them or they have not been publicly posted yet. Air France KLM's Flying Program does however have a separate promotion running for Kyriad, Kyriad Prestige and Campanile Hotels managed by Golden Tulip offering Triple Miles for weekend stays at participating locations Worldwide.

The Golden Tulip Flavours program seem to have come full circle from the years before and embraced the power of the bonus offer promotion whether it is from within their own loyalty program or for their partner's programs. The first six months of 2011 have shown that they are willing to take the plunge to offer such promotions in attempt to attract more business to their properties and compete with the larger hotel chain's loyalty programs. Time will tell whether these marketing efforts will pay off for this small European brand, if we continue to see the release of these bonuses, then one could assume it did. As always we will keep you  up to date on all the bonuses offered by Golden Tulip on the Frequent Flyer Bonuses websites and to see what they are currently offering please visit our Flavours Bonus Point Opportunities page.

This article is part of the FFB Insider, our corporate/B2B newsletter for those who work in the travel, travel rewards and/or loyalty industries. It offers insights into the world of bonus offers and other loyalty promotions found in the world of travel. It also features updates and news on the FFB Group. The FFB Insider is sent once a month and you can subscribe to it here.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Bonus Offer Highlight June 29: Starwood Hotels

It gets tough making a decision for the Bonus Offer Highlight especially when you are caught up on the backlog of new offers to put onto the website. Today we only added new bonuses to three programs and none of them really stood out from the rest but feel the following is the most deserving of being the highlight:

Starwood Preferred Guest
Double Starpoints for AAA/CAA members who stay at the Four Points by Sheraton London (Ontario), Four Points by Sheraton Mississauga Meadowvale, Four Points by Sheraton Toronto Airport or the Four Points by Sheraton Toronto Lakeshore. Full details. Until Aug 31, 11

FFB Insider: The Battle for Kiev

On our global site, FrequentFlyerBonuses.com we track and list bonuses for over 160 airline and hotel loyalty programs. We see offers from every corner of the globe except Antarctica. One area that we have seen a consistent number of mileage bonus offers for flying is from the Ukraine. In particular, Kiev, a city of roughly 2.8 million people which is home to Aerosvit and Ukraine International Airlines, who are duking it out for their share of the market.


Bonus offers for competitive routes, but no matching allowed
For the better part of two years both airlines have maintained a strategy for attracting and retaining loyal customers by consistently offering promotions for flying to or from Kiev. In fact Kiev is one of the few cities in the world that has enjoyed some sort of flight bonus offer every day of the year since mid 2009. What makes the competition interesting between Aerosvit and Ukraine International is that there little to no matching of the FFP promotions they run. Unlike airlines in the U.S. who go head to head and match their competitors flight bonus offers, in the Ukraine it seems to be norm to not do so.  The majority of the bonus offers doled out by these two airlines are on routes that they both compete on but they seem to be perfectly happy taking turns at offering bonus miles on those routes. Its as if they are discussing their promo ideas with each other. I could just see the conversation: "We are going to offer double miles for Kiev-Simferopol flights in July, you can have August"

So why offer a bonus in the first place? In the terms of our current subject, there are two reasons to offer bonus miles on the routes that your rival also flies. First is to try to pull your rival's frequent flyers over to your airline and to also keep your customers from defecting to the other airline (customer retention) both of which definitely play a role in the Kiev situation. For many of the established routes that both Aerosvit and UIA fly it is unlikely they are offering bonus miles to stimulate overall demand and rather are offering the bonuses for the two reasons we state right above.

We're launching a new route, have some bonus miles
Continuing on the topic of stimulating demand, both Ukraine based airlines are active in route launch bonus offers. This is where the bonuses are used more to stimulate demand and attract new customers to the new route. There are some frequent flyers who may not be aware of a new route that is being flown by their favorite airline until they see an email offering them double miles for flying it in the first month or so. In this case the bonus offer is more of marketing tool rather then customer loyalty tool. Where it takes on more of a loyalty tool is that route is already flown by another airline and the bonus offer is put in place to attract the other airlines frequent flyers on that particular route.

Status for sale
 In January of this year, Ukraine International took an unprecedented step whereby you could buy status miles to make up the difference if you didn't fly enough in 2010 to reach an elite level. What made this offer unique was that you did not have to fly at all, you could have a zero mile balance in the Panorama Club program and buy Gold Status for US$1000. Would such an offer be considered a product dilution (too many status members) or a clever marketing move to retain flyers who may now focus more of their flying on UIA since they can enjoy the perks of being elite. Technically its both, in the eyes of their current elite customers they will see it as dilution as you have more people competing for lounge space etc. while the airline sees it as a great customer retention tool.

Hey wait a minute, we want a piece of the action
The battle for Kiev is not only being fought by the hometown airlines, earlier this year Air France KLM wanted a piece of the action by offering a bonus  for residents of the Ukraine only. The offer was for Double Flying Blue Miles for flights between Kiev and Paris, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Geneva, Barcelona, Dusseldorf, Manchester, Madrid, Munich, Stockholm, Milan, Lisbon or London. All the routes except for Manchester are flown by either Aerosvit or Ukraine International and definitely points at Air France KLM wanting to cherry pick the international business traveller from the two Ukrainian airlines.

What will the future hold?
As the country slowly recovers from their large economic downturn in 2008 and 2009 the two airlines should continue to see the significant growth that they have been experiencing in the past 18-24 months (UIA is seeing growth excess of 20%). However with only a limited amount frequent or premium travellers flying within or in and out of the Ukraine the airlines will have to continue to harness the marketing powers of their FFPs. By using route bonus offers the airlines hope to achieve that little bit of incremental revenue by keeping their own or stealing each others passengers at the small cost of issuing more miles.

This article is part of the FFB Insider, our corporate/B2B newsletter for those who work in the travel, travel rewards and/or loyalty industries. It offers insights into the world of bonus offers and other loyalty promotions found in the world of travel. It also features updates and news on the FFB Group. The FFB Insider is sent once a month and you can subscribe to it here.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Bonus Offer Highlight June 28: US Airways

Every once in awhile a U.S. based airline will make an attempt at attracting new customers from outside of the U.S. with a bonus mile promo and that is exactly what today's Bonus Offer Highlight is.

US Airways Dividend Miles
Earn up to 10,000 Bonus Dividend Miles when you travel on a US Airways operated flight and travel must originate or end in Europe, Israel or Brazil within 180 days of enrollment into the Dividend Miles program. Earn 10,000 bonus miles if you book and travel in Envoy. Earn 5,000 bonus miles if you travel in Economy. Full Details. Until Dec 31, 11
Valid for residents of Ireland, the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Israel or Brazil.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Bonus Offer Highlight June 27: Qatar Airways

Another Bonus Offer Highlight from the launch of a new route. This time it is from Qatar Airways for their Montreal to Doha route which launches this Wednesday (June 29):

Qatar Airways Privilege Club
Earn up to 20,000 Bonus QMiles when you fly between Montreal and Doha. Earn 10,000 bonus miles each way in Business Class or 5,000 bonus miles each way in economy. Full Details, Online Registration and Booking (Registration is required) Jun 29- Sep 30, 11

Bonus Offer Picks of the Week: June 20 - 26, 2011

Another week of some great new bonus offers for flying, driving, staying and buying! Of the 30 programs that we added new bonus offers for these are our picks of the week:

Bonus Offer For Flying
It has been a little while since we have seen a system wide offer from an airline that is not targeted to select members:
China Eastern Eastern Eastern Miles:
Earn up to Quadruple Eastern Miles points on all eligible China Eastern flights Worldwide. Full Details and Online Registration (Registration is required). Until Jul 31, 11
Bonuses as follows
F/P/C/J/Z/O/W Fare classes earn quadruple points
Y Fare class earns triple points
K/B/E/H Fare classes earn double points


Bonus Offer For Staying (Airline Miles)

This offer was the only posted this past week with a true global feel as Accor Hotel properties can be found all over the world:
Air France KLM Flying Blue:
Triple Flying Blue Miles for all Accor hotels stays Worldwide Book online at Accor Hotels. Until Aug  31, 11 Participating properties
Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery, Novotel, Suite Novotel, Mercure, Adagio, ibis, Thalassa sea and spa participating hotels and all seasons
 
Bonus Offer For Staying (Hotel Points)

Another Q3 offer is out, this time it is from Hilton HHonors:
Hilton HHonors:
Double HHonors Points or Double Airline Miles for each stay at participating Hilton locations Worldwide. Register online (Registration is required) then book online at Hilton.com. Jul 1 - Sep 30, 11
For a list of excluded properties please see here
 
Bonus Offer For Driving
This bonus offer covers multiple rentals and just gets better with each subsequent rental:
British Airways Executive Club:
Earn up to 10,000 Bonus BA Miles for all rentals of 3+ days of a Category Car higher car at participating Avis locations worldwide.
Bonuses as follows
1st rental = 2,000 bonus BA Miles
2nd rental = 3,000 bonus BA Miles
3rd rental = 5,000 bonus BA Miles
Reservations must be made using a British Airways/Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) number: Gold members N744400; Silver members N744300; Blue members N744100 online at Avis.com. Until Aug 31, 11
* Residents of the US and Canada only

Bonus Offer For Other Activities

This category came down to a country specific credit card bonus or free miles for completing a survey. We gave it to the free miles
Aerosvit Meridian:
500 Bonus Meridian Miles for completing an Aerosvit online survey. Full details. Until Jul 31, 11

Bonus Page Updates: June 20 - 26, 2011

June 24: Accor A|Club | Bangkok Airways FlyerBonus | Best Western Rewards | Czech Airlines OK Plus | Hainan Fortune Wings | Saudi Arabian Airlines Alfursan

June 23: Cathay Pacific Asia Miles | China Eastern Eastern Miles | China Southern Sky Pearl Club | Delta SkyMiles

June 22: Aerosvit Meridian | Belavia Leader | Gol Smiles | Hilton HHonors | Japan Airlines Mileage Bank | Jet Airways JetPrivilege | Marriott Rewards | Starwood Preferred Guest | US Airways Dividend Miles | Virgin Australia Velocity Rewards

June 21: Air Berlin Top Bonus | Air France KLM Flying Blue | Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan | American AAdvantage | British Airways Executive Club | Frontier Airlines Early Returns | United Mileage Plus

June 20: Oman Air Sindbad | Scandinavian EuroBonus | Southwest Rapid Rewards

Friday, June 24, 2011

Bonus Offer Highlight June 24: Czech Airlines

With a focus on new routes out of Slovakia, it is no wonder Czech Airlines is offering bonuses on the flights to stimulate demand. These bonuses on the half dozen new routes out of Bratislava are our bonus highlight of the day:

Czech Airlines OK Plus
Earn up to 2,000 Bonus OK Plus Miles for flights between Bratislava and Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Larnaca, Paris, or Rome, Earn 1,000 bonus miles in Economy or 2,000 in Business class. Register Online (Registration is required) then book online at Czech Airlines

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Bonus Offer Highlight June 23: China Eastern

Today's Bonus Offer Highlight was launched to celebrate China Eastern's entry into the SkyTeam alliance. The offer is system wide promotion which is nice to see as there have not been too many of them around this year.

China Eastern Eastern Miles
Earn up to Quadruple Eastern Miles points on all eligible China Eastern flights Worldwide. Full Details and Online Registration (Registration is required) Until Jul 31, 11
Bonuses as follows
F/P/C/J/Z/O/W Fare classes earn quadruple points
Y Fare class earns triple points
K/B/E/H Fare classes earn double points
L/M/N/R/S/V/T Fare classes do not earn a bonus

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Bonus Offer Highlight June 22: Hilton

Today's highlight comes from Hilton HHonors, one of the last major hotel chains to announce their next quarterly promotion and while most programs went with a free night type of offer, Hilton is following in the footsteps of Priority Club and offering bonus miles or points.

Hilton HHonors
Double HHonors Points or Double Airline Miles for each stay at participating Hilton locations Worldwide. Register online (Registration is required) then book online at Hilton.com. Jul 1 - Sep 30, 11
For a list of excluded properties please see here

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Bonus Offer Highlight June 21: British Airways

Since we launched the Bonus Offer Highlight posts back in April it has been very rare to see a car rental bonus offer pop up that is worthy of the highlight, well British Airways and Avis helped break that mold today with the following offer:

British Airways Executive Club
Earn up to 10,000 Bonus BA Miles for all rentals of 3+ days of a Category Car higher car at participating Avis locations worldwide.
Bonuses as follows
1st rental = 2,000 bonus BA Miles
2nd rental = 3,000 bonus BA Miles
3rd rental = 5,000 bonus BA Miles
Reservations must be made using a British Airways/Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) number: Gold members N744400; Silver members N744300; Blue members N744100 online at Avis.com. Valid until Aug 31, 11
* Residents of the US and Canada only

Monday, June 20, 2011

Bonus Offer Highlight June 20: Scandinavian Airlines

There is an emerging trend in bonus offers for hotel stays in the Nordic countries right now and today's Bonus Offer Highlight continues that trend.

Scandinavian EuroBonus
Double EuroBonus Points for stays at any Scandic Hotels in Denmark, Finland, Norway or Sweden. Book online at Scandic Hotels. Jun 27 -  Aug 14, 11

Bonus Offer Picks of the Week: June 13 - 19, 2011

A really good week of bonus offer updates with promotions coming are way from all over the globe. Of the 75+ offers added to 38 programs last week these are our top picks:

Bonus Offer For Flying
This weeks top pick is for bonus miles awarded for reward flight redemptions from Alitalia:
Alitalia MilleMiglia:
40% Bonus MilleMiglia Miles when you redeem for any MilleMiglia Reward ticket. Full Details. Redeem by Jun 30, 11
Bonus Examples:
Italy (Domestic rewards:) Economy Class earns 8,000 Bonus Miles
Europe: Economy Class earns 8,000 Bonus Miles, Business 12,000 Bonus Miles
Intercontinental: Economy Class earns 32,000 Bonus Miles, Premium Economy Class 40,000 Bonus Miles, Business 48,000 Bonus Miles )

Bonus Offer For Staying (Airline Miles)

Stay offers that provide a bonus per night rather then per stay are always a good thing:
Miles & More:
500 Miles & More Miles PER NIGHT for stays at any Raffles Hotels worldwide. Max 1,500 miles per stay. Use promo code PMMO when you book online at Raffles Until Jul 31, 11
 
Bonus Offer For Staying (Hotel Points)

We always look forward to the following offer from Priority Club:
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, Do not sign up until the previous quarter is over. Valid Jul 1 - Sep 30, 11
Use the following codes to Register Online (use the most appropriate promo code 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 3567
- Stay 4 nights Get 5k use 1555
- Stay 7 nights Get 10k use 8564
- Stay 8 nights Get 10k use 6565
- Stay 10 nights Get 10k use 3568
- Stay 12 nights Get 10k use 1563
- Stay 15 nights Get 15k use 8565
- Stay 18 nights Get 15k use 9549
 
Bonus Offer For Driving
The following offer covered the most countries and offers a decent bonus:
Jet Airways Jet Privilege:
Earn up to Triple JetPrivilege Miles when you rent with Hertz at participating locations in USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand or Asia.
- For 3-6 days rentals: Double JPMiles
- For 7 days or more rentals: Triple JPMiles
Full Details. Until Jul 31, 11


Bonus Offer For Other Activities

Another large credit card bonus came out this week, this time we see the largest offering to date for an Alaska Airlines card
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan:
40,000 Bonus Miles when you apply for and receive the card. Full Details * US Residents Only

Bonus Page Updates: June 13 - 19, 2011

Jun 17: Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan | Continental OnePass | Iberia Plus | Priority Club | Southwest Rapid Rewards

Jun 16: Amtrak Guest Rewards | British Airways Executive Club | Delta SkyMiles | Hotels.com Welcome Rewards | Hyatt Gold Passport | Marriott Rewards | Thai Airways Royal Orchid

Jun 15: Emirates Skywards | Miles & More | Qantas Frequent Flyer | Red Lion Hotels R&R Club

Jun 14: Air France KLM Flying Blue | Alitlalia MilleMiglia | American AAdvantage | Asiana Club | Best Western Rewards | BMI Diamond Club | Coast Hotels Coast Rewards | Etihad Guest | Frontier Airlines Early Returns | Gulf Air Frequent Flyer | Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles | Jet Airways JetPrivilege | Qatar Airways Privilege Club | Ritz-Carlton Rewards | Scandinavian EuroBonus | Sichuan Airlines Golden Panda | Turkish Miles&Smiles | Vietnam Airlines Golden Lotus

Jun 13: Accor A|Club | Cathay Pacific Asia Miles | Starwood Preferred Guest | United Mileage Plus

Friday, June 17, 2011

Bonus Offer Highlight June 17: InterContinental Hotels Group

Technically speaking the following offer is targeted but with most targeted offers from Priority Club the 'Target Market' is very open. Usually with the following promo, at least of the variations will work for any Priority Club member. Simply start with the one that appeals to you the most and if that code doesn't work continue on down the line. Happy and safe travels to everyone this weekend!


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. Do not sign up until the previous quarter is over. Use the following code(s) to Register Online (use the one that works best for you 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) Valid Jul 1 - Sep 30, 11
- Stay 3 nights Get 5k use 3567
- Stay 4 nights Get 5k use 1555
- Stay 7 nights Get 10k use 8564
- Stay 8 nights Get 10k use 6565
- Stay 10 nights Get 10k use 3568
- Stay 12 nights Get 10k use 1563
- Stay 15 nights Get 15k use 8565
- Stay 18 nights Get 15k use 9549

Etihad Guest launches new elite tier

Etihad Airways Guest Rewards program has added a new tier to their elite status levels called Gold Elite. Gold Elite is the now the highest status level you can reach with Etihad. Guest members who earn 125,000 tier miles or 60 tier segments within a 12 month rolling period will be awarded the new Gold Elite Status.

What does the Gold Elite status bring to table over and above the benefits in the lower tiers?
* All the benefits of Etihad Guest Gold plus:
* 50% extra Etihad Guest Miles on every flight
* An exclusive rewards section on the RewardShop
* A Guaranteed Coral Economy Seat if booked 12 hours in advance even if the flight is fully booked (must be booked in the highest economy fare class)
* Waitlist priority
* Diamond First Class Lounge access
* Bonus Etihad Guest Miles when you travel in the Pearl Business or Diamond First class
* 20kg Excess Baggage Allowance
* The chance to nominate one Etihad Silver Guest
* 3rd Party Nomination
* Exclusive offers with programme partners and many more

For complete details on this new tier please see here.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Bonus Offer Highlight June 16: Delta

You may recall our BOH from May 27th with a targeted offer for a fast track to Gold Status with Delta. Well, now we found the same targeted offer from Delta except this one is for Platinum status and requires one more flight then the Gold offer. As always, since this is a targeted offer, it may not work for most of you but someone may be lucky and have it work out for them.

Delta SkyMiles
Receive Platinum Medallion Status when you fly just three paid round-trip domestic flights or two paid round-trip international flights on Delta.
Register Online (Registration is required) Until Dec 31, 11
* Targeted offer - May Not Work for everyone

Our blog is now optimized for mobile browsing

Thanks to the latest enhancement from Blogger, the Frequent Flyer Bonuses blog is now optimized for mobile browsing. There is nothing that you have to do on your end, just point your phone to http://blog.frequentflyerbonuses.com and it will automatically switch to the mobile version.

I know that if any of you tried our blog before on your phone that our iFrame above with our route listings didn't size properly on some phones so you would see the entire route listing before you saw any blog posts. This is now corrected with the new mobile feature.

Citi ThankYouSM Premier Card - 50,000 points - enough for $665 in airfare


- Earn 50,000 bonus ThankYou Points after $2,000 in purchases within 3 months of account opening - enough for $665 in airfare when you redeem through the ThankYou Travel Center
- 1 ThankYou point for every dollar you spend on purchases
- Earn points for the miles you fly when you purchase a ticket with your Citi ThankYou Premier Card.
- No foreign transaction fees on purchases*
- Annual complimentary domestic companion ticket, within the continental USA, when booked through our travel benefits provider, Spirit Incentives

- No expiration and no limit on the points you can earn

Apply online by June 30

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Bonus Offer Highlight June 15: Emirates

A little over a month ago Emirates earned a bonus offer highlight for a huge bonus for flying between Los Angeles and Dubai. The bonus offer was part Emirate's very successful Miles Accelerator program for the month of May and then it was reduced for June. Well the good news is that it is now back for the remainder of June!

Emirates Skywards
Earn up to 70,000 Bonus Skywards Miles when you fly round trip between Los Angeles and Dubai. First class earns 70,000 miles, business class 49,000 miles and economy class nets 14,000 bonus miles.  Valid only on flight numbers EK217  and EK 218. Full Details. Until Jun 30, 11

Here is a screen shot of the offer:

















To see some other Miles Accelerator offers please visit our Skywards Bonus Mile Opportunities page

Great Reward Ticket Bonus Offers from Alitalia and Etihad

You may recall that not too long along we starting tracking discounted award/reward offers from all the various travel reward programs (see this FFB page for a summary) and in the past week two airlines have come out with some really great promotions on their reward tickets. Alitalia's applies right to your first booking while Etihad's requires you to redeem for 5 tickets, either way both offers are well worth taking advantage of:

Alitlia MilleMiglia
AZ's offer will provide MilleMiglia members with a 40% MilleMiglia bonus on each reward ticket that is redeemed for. That is, if you redeem for an economy class ticket between New York and Milan for 50,000 MilleMiglia miles, they will provide you with 20,000 bonus miles afterwards. This offer is good on all standard reward tickets in all booking classes, so the higher the redemption value the higher the bonus. This offer runs until June 30, 11. For complete details please see here.


Etihad Guest
Etihad's offer also provides members with bonus miles after redemption but in EY's case you have to complete 5 reward ticket redemptions. All five redemptions do not have to take place at the same time but all have to be booked by July 31. Once you have completed all 5 bookings, Etihad will award you with bonus miles equivalent to the lowest value booking out of your 5 redemptions. to make the most of this offer you will want to try to go for some bigger redemptions to ensure a bigger bonus is returned to you, nonetheless whatever route you go you will end up with enough miles for another redemption at that lowest level.

For Example: you redeem for 4 business class tickets between North America and Abu Dhabi at 140,000 miles each but then redeem your 5th one for economy class for 70,000 miles, your bonus would be 70,000 miles or enough for another economy class ticket from North America to Abu Dhabi.


Full details and registration for this promotion can be found here.

You may ask why offer bonus miles on redemptions? Why not just discount the reward ticket as that would be easier? The primary reason is that with a discount there is no guarantee you may come back to fly that airline and use their FFP again. By offering you bonus miles after the fact you are being encouraged to continue using that FFP and its partners to earn more miles within the program. In fact promos like these kill two birds with one stone, they promote redemption and lower mileage balances on the FFP's books while potentially keeping the member active in the program.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Bonus Offer Highlight June 14: Gulf Air

With a boatload of new bonus offers posted to 19 programs today, the decision for the bonus offer highlight is a difficult one. Should it be the large sign up offer the new Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card or the mileage bonuses available on Gulf Air's new routes? Well, the Ritz-Carlton card is only available in the U.S. and I am not exactly sure how many of our readers fly Gulf Air but I have to give it to the latter as Gulf Air has really been making strides at announcing bonus offers in a timely fashion and of course the offers are available to everyone Worldwide if they do fly on one of these routes.

Gulf Air Frequent Flyer
Double Frequent Flyer Miles for Guilf Air flights between Bahrain and Kabul, Copenhagen or Nairobi. Full Details
Validity Dates:
Kabul: Jun 15 - Aug 14, 11
Copehagen: Jul 1 - Aug 30, 11
Nairobi Jul 5 - Sep 4, 11

Monday, June 13, 2011

Bonus Offer Highlight June 13: United Airlines

Today's BOH is the third incarnation of this particular offer, this time it is from United Mileage Plus. The offer matches what American Airlines is offering and counters Virgin America's bonus offering for the same routes. (all three airlines' offer have now made our BOH!)

United Mileage Plus
Double Elite-Status Qualifying Miles & Double Mileage Plus Miles for non-stop flights between Chicago and Los Angeles or San Francisco. Register online. Until Aug 31, 11
* Valid for residents of California or Illinois only

Bonus Offer Picks of the Week: June 6 - 12, 2011

A shorter week with only 3 days of updates still saw us update 34 airline and hotel programs with new bonus offers. Of all the new promotions, these are our top pick:

Bonus Offer For Flying
It has been awhile where we have seen an ability to earn this many miles during a promotion but if you want to take advantage of it you better do so soon as it ends on the 30th:
British Airways:
Earn up to 225,000 Bonus BA Miles when you fly round trip on Open Skies between Paris Orly and Washington DC. Earn 75,000 bonus miles per flight up to a maximum of 3 flights. Full Details, Online Registration & Booking (Registration is required) Until Jun 30, 11
* For Residents of continental Europe Only
* Valid in Biz Bed (J,C,D,R,I) and Biz Seat ( L,O,V,E,Q,S,H,W,M)

Bonus Offer For Staying (Airline Miles)

Similar to an offer last summer, this is one of the better mileage offers for buying hotel gift cards (plus you can use it with the Aeroplan/BW stay promotion):
Air Canada Aeroplan:
1,500 Bonus Aeroplan Miles for every $100 Best Western Travel Card purchased
Full details Until Aug 31, 11
 
Bonus Offer For Staying (Hotel Points)

Not only has BW teamed up with Aeroplan (above) and other airlines for mileage bonuses, they have also released their next system wide promotion:
Best Western:
Receive a Free Night Voucher when you stay three (3) separate times at any Best Western branded hotel worldwide. (Limit 1 voucher per member)
+ Earn 6,500 bonus Rewards points if you use a Best Western MasterCard to pay for the three stays
+ Earn 6,500 bonus Rewards points if your are a BW Elite member and complete your 3 stay at 2 diffferent Best Western brands (Best Western, Best Western Plus, Best Western Premier)
Full details, Online Registration and Booking (Registration is required)
Until Aug 31, 11
* For residents of U.S., Canada, Bahamas and US Virgin Islands
 
Bonus Offer For Driving
Another quiet week for new car rental offers with 4 offers being added to 3 programs:
EVA Air Evergreen Club:
Earn up to Triple Evergreen Miles when renting a car from Avis for 3 days or more in the US, Canada, Europe, Middle-East, Asia, Africa, New Zealand and Australia. Rent 3-6 to earn double miles, 7+ days earns triple miles. Please quote code AWD Y328000 and your membership number when making a reservation at Avis.com. Until Jul 31, 11

Bonus Offer For Other Activities

We have seen this promotion before and it makes a glorious return. A great offer to take advantage of if you can as you can get business class flights much cheaper going this route:
US Airways Dividend Miles:
100% Bonus Dividend Miles when you buy Dividend Miles online. Maximum purchase is 50,000 miles (+50,000 bonus miles for 100,000 total) Full Details. Until Jun 30, 11
Please note that Dividend Miles accounts less than 12 days old are not permitted to Buy, Share or Gift miles.

Bonus Page Updates: June 6 - 12, 2011

Jun 9: Accor A|Club | Air Canada Aeroplan | American AAdvantage | Delta SkyMiles | Hainan / Hong Kong Airlines Fortune Wings | Hilton HHonors | Miles & More | Scandinavian EuroBonus | Starwood Preferred Guest | Stash Hotel Rewards

Jun 8: AeroMexico Club Premier | Air China Phoenix Miles | Alitlalia MilleMiglia | Best Western Rewards | British Airways Executive Club | Ethiopian Sheba Miles | Finnair Plus | Golden Tulip Flavours | Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer | South African Airways Voyager | TAP Portugal Victoria | Trident Hotels Privilege | Turkish Miles&Smiles | United Mileage Plus | US Airways Dividend Miles

Jun 7: Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan | Bangkok Airways FlyerBonus | Cathay Pacific Asia Miles | China Southern Sky Pearl Club | Continental OnePass | El Al Matmid Club | EVA Air Evergreen Club | Hyatt Gold Passport | Red Lion Hotels R&R Club

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Bonus Offer Highlight June 9: Starwood

A bit of a quieter day on FFB with 20+ offers added to 10 programs ranging from flight to hotel to shopping bonuses and the following stay offer from SPG is our highlight of the day

Starwood Preferred Guest
Earn up Triple Starpoints for stays at Sheraton hotels in the downtown New York area:

Sheraton Tribeca New York Hotel
• Earn Triple Starpoints when you arrive on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday
• Earn Double Starpoints when you arrive on Thursday, Friday & Sunday

Sheraton Brooklyn New York Hotel
• Earn Triple Starpoints when you arrive on Sunday, Monday & Thursday
• Earn Double Starpoints when you arrive on Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday

Sheraton Lincoln Harbor Hotel
• Earn Triple Starpoints when you arrive on Tuesday & Wednesday
• Earn Double Starpoints when you arrive on Saturday
Full Details, & Online Booking

Book by Jun 30 for stays until Sep 5, 11

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Bonus Offer Highlight June 8: British Airways

A big day for updates on FFB today with well over 50 new bonus offers posted to 19 different airline and hotel programs, some of which are great offers (ie US Airways 100% bonus miles for buying Dividend Miles) but none are as big as this one for Open Skies flights out of Paris:

British Airways Executive Club
Earn up to 225,000 Bonus BA Miles when you fly round trip on Open Skies between Paris Orly and Washington DC. Earn 75,000 bonus miles per flight up to a maximum of 3 flights. Full Details, Online Registration & Booking (Registration is required) Until Jun 30, 11
* For Residents of continental Europe Only
* Valid in Biz Bed (J,C,D,R,I) and Biz Seat ( L,O,V,E,Q,S,H,W,M)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Bonus Offer Highlight June 7: Alaska Airlines

OK, this offer is available from Cathay Pacific for Asia Miles members but only for those who reside in the U.S. while Alaska Airlines offer for the same flights is open to Mileage Plan members Worldwide, so that is why we give the highlight to Alaska instead of Cathay
  
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
Earn up to 15, 000 Mileage Plan Miles for round-trip flights between Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Vancouver and Hong Kong. Earn 15,000 Bonus Asia Miles in First Class and 10,000 bonus miles in Business Class. Full Details. Jun 15 - Aug 15, 11

Bonus Offer Pick of the Week: May 30 - Jun 5, 2011

It has been a few weeks since we got in a full week of updates and over the course of the 5 business days last week we added quite a few new offers with the following being our top picks:

Bonus Offer For Flying
Technically speaking this offer is not offering bonus miles on revenue flights but bonus miles on reward flight redemption:
Eithad Guest:
Receive a Free Ticket for every 5 reward tickets you redeem for. All 5 tickets DO NOT have to be redeemed for at the same but must be done so by July 31. Free ticket is awarded as bonus miles equivalent to the lowest value ticket redemption. Full Details Until Jul 31, 11

Bonus Offer For Staying (Airline Miles)

American AAdvantage is finally dethroned in this position with this great offer from Southwest and Hyatt (apparently this offer can be combined with system wide Gold Passport offer currently running):
Southwest Rapid Rewards
Triple Rapid Rewards Points for stays at any Hyatt hotels Worldwide. Plus receive an additional 10,000 points on your fifth eligible stay. Regsiter online (Registration is required) Until Aug 31, 11
 
Bonus Offer For Staying (Hotel Points)

Typically we find large system wide or regional offers in this position and this week is no different:
Voila Hotel Rewards:
2,500 Bonus Voila Points per stay at all VOILĂ€ hotels Worldwide. Register Online (Registration is required) Until Aug 31, 11

Bonus Offer For Driving
We didn't have any stand out offers this week in this category so given the duration and availability of the following, it was chosen as our top pick:
Czech Airlines OK Plus:
Triple OK Plus Miles for all Sixt rentals of 3 or more days Worldwide. Full Details Until Sep 21, 11

Bonus Offer For Other Activities

There seems to be a common theme in this category, bonus offers for Credit Card transfers:
British Airways Executive Club:
50% Bonus BA Miles when you transfer Membership Rewards points to the Executive Club Program. Full details Until Jul 31, 11
* US Residents Only

Bonus Page Updates: May 30 - June 5, 2011

Jun 3: Accor A|Club | American AAdvantage | British Airways Executive Club | Cathay Pacific Asia Miles | Continental OnePass | Czech Airlines OK Plus | Hyatt Gold Passport | Marriott Rewards | Qantas Frequent Flyer | Southwest Rapid Rewards | Starwood Preferred Guest

Jun 2: Air Canada Aeroplan | Alitlalia MilleMiglia | Etihad Guest | SATA Imagine | Scandic Hotels Frequent Guest | Shangri-La Golden Circle | TAP Portugal Victoria | US Airways Dividend Miles | Virgin Atlantic Flying Club | Wyndham Wyndham Rewards

Jun 1: airBaltic Baltic Miles | China Southern Sky Pearl Club | Scandinavian EuroBonus | Turkish Miles&Smiles | Virgin America Elevate

May 31: Air Astana Nomad Club | China Airlines Dynasty Flyer | Voila Hotel Rewards

May 30: Qatar Airways Privilege Club | Vietnam Airlines Golden Lotus Plus

Friday, June 3, 2011

Bonus Offer Highlight June 3: Starwood Hotels

We are starting to see a lot of bonus offer emerge for travel to and within Japan as programs try to encourage people to start traveling back to this beautiful country again. This offer is one of those, think of it as a stimulus package from Starwood:


Starwood Preferred Guest
Triple Starpoints on all your eligible room rates AND food and beverage charges at participating Starwood hotels and resorts in Japan. Full Details and Online Booking. Until Aug 31, 11
Participating Hotels
Sheraton Sapporo
The Westin Sendai
Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay
The Westin Tokyo
The Westin Nagoya Castle
The Westin Miyako Kyoto
The Westin Osaka
St. Regis Osaka
Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka
Kobe Bay Sheraton Hotel & Towers
The Westin Awaji
Sheraton Hiroshima
Sheraton Grande Ocean Resort

Up to 10,000 Marriott Rewards Points per night at the Courtyard Detroit Pontiac/Bloomfield

I was doing my normal bonus point updates and adding new offers to our Marriott Rewards Bonus Opportunities page and came across this offer for the Courtyard Detroit Pontiac/Bloomfield. It is promoted on Marriott's site as 6,000 Bonus Marriott Rewards Points per night however when you click through to check availability,  the room and rate selection page also has a 10,000 points per night offer. I decided to check how much more this rate is then the regular best available rates. The dates I checked were July 15-17 and the 10,000 point rate was $129 per night versus $79 for the advance non-refundable rate or $89 for the best available rate.

Now usually I don't like bonus offers that charge more then the best available rate but many hotel loyalty programs offer these type of bonuses for an extra fee (IHG's Bonus Point packages to name a one) and are general referred to as the "Screw your Employer rate" as most people who book them are not paying for the room but are collecting the points, so why not get extra points while you are at it.

In this case, it may be worth it to pay the extra amount if you need to stay at this hotel or in this area. Lets take a 4 night example, you would earn 40,000 Bonus Rewards Points at a cost of $200 (the extra $50 per night). What can that 40,000 bonus points get you? A stay at a category 8 hotel such as the Paris Marriott Hotel Champs-Elysee which usually runs well over EUR300 per night. Split this into 2 stays and you can also take advantage of the Marriott MegaBonus summer offer of earning a free night after completing 2 stays. Not a bad deal at all.

As a comparison, if your travels do not take you to Pontiac then you can buy the points from Marriott for roughly the same amount as a 4 night stay at this location.

For more details on this offer see here.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Bonus Offer Highlight June 2: British Airways

Today we added two promotions that offered bonus miles when transferring American Express Membership Rewards points to the respective program. The other was BA's competitor Virgin Atlantic which has a 25% bonus but the offer for BA trumps that:


British Airways Executive Club
50% Bonus BA Miles when you transfer Membership Rewards points to the Executive Club Program. Full details. Until Jul 31, 11
* US Residents Only

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Bonus Offer Highlight June 1: Virgin America

Today's Bonus Offer Highlight could be seen as a retaliatory move against American AAdvantage. AA recently launched a Double Mile+Double EQM offer on these same routes so it stands to reason that Virgin America had to match in some way.

Virgin America Elevate
Triple Elevate Points for flights between Los Angeles or San Francisco and Chicago or Dallas. Register Online (Registration is required) Until Aug 31, 11

Virgin Atlantic makes changes to its Flying Club program

As of today (June 1) some changes took effect in Virgin Atlantic's Flying Club programs. As with most changes that we are witnessing lately, there is some good and some bad to the changes. For Flying Club, the increase in earning tier points and Gold Tier Bonuses are a welcome site however these are offset by the increase in tier point requirements to gain status. The changes are as follows:

If you choose Premium Economy in booking classes W or S, you’ll earn an extra tier point (it’s gone up from 3 tier points to 4).

Plus you’ll earn an extra tier point when you book Upper Class in booking classes J or D, (6 instead of 5).

Gold tier bonus will increase from 50% to 100% of base flown miles

Gold renewal tier points are also changing, from 1 September 2011 you will be required to earn 40 tier points (up from 30) in your next membership year to maintain your status

Silver renewal tier points are also changing, from September 1, 2011 you will be required to earn 15 tier points (up from 10) in your next membership year to maintain your status.

More details on Tier points can be found here

More details on Sliver Mileage earning can be found here and for Gold please see here.

Vote for Canada's Top Travel Rewards Credit Card

For the third year in a row Rewards Canada will be ranking Canada's Top Travel Rewards Credit Cards but this year we are also having Canada vote for their favourites. Canada's Rankings will be listed alongside of Rewards Canada's on July 18th.

To vote please visit
http://www.rewardscanada.ca/vote/