Thursday, September 29, 2011

Bonus Offer Highlight Sep 29: Hilton Hotels

For the second time in four days Hilton is our bonus offer highlight. This time it is the return of Hilton's Mahalo promotion that we last saw end in June. The offer includes bonus points and miles plus spa style bathrobes (I know that's the clincher!)

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
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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.
Oct 1 - Dec 20, 11
Participating Airlines
AeroMexico
Air Canada (Aeroplan®)
Air New Zealand
Alaska Airlines
Alitalia
All Nippon Airways
American Airlines
Asiana Airlines
British Airways
Cathay Pacific Airways
Continental Airlines®
Delta Air Lines®
Hawaiian Airlines®
Japan Airlines
Korean Air
Miles & More
  (Austrian Airlines,
  Lufthansa and Swiss)
Qantas Airways
Singapore Airlines
Southwest Airlines®
United®
US Airways®
Virgin Atlantic Airways


Other bonus offers added today:
Air Canada Aeroplan
- Triple Aeroplan Miles on all qualifying Coast Hotels stays in the U.S. and Canada. More... Until Nov 30, 11

Alitalia MilleMiglia
- Quadruple MilleMiglia Miles for stays at Star Hotels in Italy. More... Nov 1 - Jan 31, 12
- Earn up to 500 Bonus MilleMiglia Miles for rentals of 3 or more days in Italy. More... Until Nov 28, 11


American AAdvantage
- Double AAdvantage Miles on rentals of 1 or more days on all car groups at participating Budget airport locations in the U.S. and Canada. More... Until Dec 31, 11
- 30% Bonus AAdvantage Miles when you convert Club Rewards points into AAdvantage miles. More... Nov 7 - Dec 31, 11 Residents of Canada only
- 30% Bonus AAdvantage Miles when you convert RBC Rewards points into AAdvantage miles. More... Oct 5 - Nov 30, 11 Residents of Canada who are Avion cardholders only


Kingfisher King Club
- 20% Bonus King Miles when you purchase King Miles. Minimum purchase is 1000 miles. More... Until Oct 31, 11

Southwest Rapid Rewards
- Earn up to 750 Bonus Rapid Rewards Points when you join the Rapid Rewards program. More...
- 50 Bonus Rapid Rewards Points each way for travel through November 15, 2011 with SuperShuttle. More...

SriLankan FlySmiles
- Double FlySmiles Miles for flights between Colombo and Chennai, Bangalore, Karachi or Kuala Lumpur. More... Until Nov 30, 11 Residents of Sri Lanka only
- Earn up to 4,000 Bonus FlySmiles Miles for flights departing from Kuwait that are booked online. More... Until Nov 30, 11 Residents of Kuwait only
- Earn up to 2,000 Bonus FlySmiles Miles for flights between Colombo or Dubai and Moscow. More... Until Nov 16, 11 Residents of Sri Lanka and Dubai only

Starwood Preferred Guest
- Double Starpoints, Complimentary Internet for stays at the Aloft Bangkok - Sukhumvit 11. More... Nov 1 - Mar 31, 12

United Mileage Plus

- Double Mileage Plus Miles beginning with your first qualified stay through your third qualifying stay at Wyndham locations Worldwide. More... Until Nov 18, 11

Starwood Award Stays to Count Towards Elite Status

Gary Leff from the View From The Wing blog broke this story a few days as a rumour and then confirmed that effective October 1st, 2011 all Starwood Award stays and nights will count towards your elite qualification in the SPG program. The only other hotel programs to offer this benefit are Choice Privileges and Hilton HHonors.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Bonus Offer Highlight Sep 28: Voila Hotel Rewards

Today's bonus offer highlight shows a slight movement away from your standard type of bonus offer. Yes the actual bonus is not new, double points for all stays but to get those points you must first donate points to an extremely worthwhile charity. Our hats are tipped to Voila Hotel Rewards for this initiative! Oh and by the way not only will you get double points you can also get double status credits from VHR's other promotion that is currently underway!

Voila Hotel Rewards
Double Voila Rewards Points for every stay at all VOILÀ hotels Worldwide when you Donate 1,000 Points to World Reader. Register Online (Registration is required). Until Dec 30, 11


Other bonus offers added today:
Air France KLM Flying Blue
- Earn 750 Bonus Flying Blue Miles when you register for World Telecom Teleconnect. More... 


Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
- Fall Award Sale One way award flights from 7,500 miles for the following: Between Boise and Sacramento or San Jose; Between Seattle or Portland and: Burbank, Fresno, Los Angeles, Oakland, Ontario, Orange County, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco or San Jose. More... Oct 4 - Nov 16, 11

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
- Double Asia Miles when you fly round-trip on Cathay Pacific between Taipei or Kaohsiung and London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Paris, Rome or Milan via Hong Kong. More...  Oct 1 - Nov 30, 11 Residents of Taiwan Only

China Airlines Dynasty Flyer
- 3,000 Bonus Dynasty Flyer Miles when you join the Dynasty Flyer Program and fly with eligible tickets on CI and AE coded and operated international flights within 3 months from enrollment. More... Until Dec 31, 11

Delta SkyMiles
-  Triple SkyMiles for stays a The Langham, Xintiandi Shanghai, The Langham Yangtze Boutique Shanghai, Langham Place Beijing Capital Airport, Eaton Luxe Nanqiao Shanghai or The Langham Huntington, Pasadena. More... Until Feb 29, 12

Emirates Skywards
- Earn up to 16,000 Bonus Skywards Miles with Miles Accelerator which enables you to earn more Skywards Miles when you fly with Emirates, irrespective of the fare you pay or where you buy your ticket. More... Oct 1 - 31, 11

Etihad Guest
- 25% Guest Miles Discount on reward tickets to all destinations on the Etihad network except London, Paris, Singapore, Brisbane, New York, Chicago and Sydney. More... Until Oct 31, 11

Iberia Plus
- Quadruple Plus Points for stays of 3 nights or moreat any Concorde hotels worldwide. More... Oct 1 - Dec 31, 11

Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- Double Mileage Bank Miles for stays at the Andaz Shanghai. More... Oct 15 - Dec 31, 11
- Quadruple Mileage Bank Miles for stays of 3 nights or more at any Concorde hotels worldwide. More... Oct 1 - Dec 31, 11

Miles & More
- 500 Bonus Miles every 2nd qualifying night you stay at participating IHG Hotels worldwide. More... Until Dec 31, 11


TAM Fidelidade
- Quadruple Fidelidade Points for stays of 3 nights or more at any Concorde hotels worldwide. More... Oct 1 - Dec 31, 11


Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- 500 Bonus Miles every 2nd qualifying night you stay at participating IHG Hotels worldwide. More... Until Dec 31, 11

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Bonus Offer Highlight Sep 27: Air Canada

For those of you who have followed us for awhile you know we like to highlight offers that include status mile bonuses. Well, today's highlight not only offer status miles but also credits towards upgrades, granted it is only for flights between Montreal and Toronto City Airport but it is definitely a good enough offer to highlight:

Air Canada Aeroplan
Earn up to 10,000 Bonus Aeroplan Status Miles and 15 eUpgrade Credits with Air Canada on flights between Toronto City Airport and Montreal.
- 3 flight segments earns 2,000 Air Canada Status Miles
- 5 flight segments earns an additional 3,000 Air Canada Status Miles, plus 5 eUpgrade Credits
- 10 flight segments earns An additional 5,000 Air Canada Status Miles, plus 10 eUpgrade Credits
Register Online (Registration is required) Until Dec 31, 11


Other bonus offers added today:
Accor A|Club
- Double A|Club points for stays at participating hotels in the United Kingdom and Ireland. More... Oct 17 - 27, 11
- 1,000 Bonus A|Club Points for stays at participating hotels in the Middle East. More... Until Oct 31, 11


Air Canada Aeroplan
- 5,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles when fly one round-trip or two one-way flight segments between Toronto City Airport and Montreal. More... Until Dec 31, 11
- Earn up to 5,000 Bonus Aeroplan Status Miles with Air Canada on flights between Toronto City Airport and Montreal. More... Until Dec 31, 11

Air France KLM Flying Blue
- Double Flying Blue Miles on KLM flights between Amsterdam and Curaçao, Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) and Havana. More... Oct 30 - Dec 16, 11 Residents of Germany only
- Double Flying Blue Miles on Air Fance flights between Paris-Charles de Gaulle or Paris-Orly and Pointe-à-Pitre or Fort-de-France. More... Oct 30 - Dec 16, 11 Residents of Germany only
- Double Flying Blue Miles on KLM flights from Entebbe and Amsterdam. More... Until Dec 30, 11 Residents of Uganda only
- Quadruple Flying Blue Miles for stays of 3 nights or more at at any Concorde hotels worldwide. More... Oct 1 - Dec 31, 11
 

Alitalia MilleMiglia
- Quadruple MilleMiglia Miles for stays of 3 nights or more at at any Concorde hotels worldwide. More... Oct 1 - Dec 31, 11

American AAdvantage
- Earn up to 10,000 AAdvantage Miles for stays at the Hotel New Otani Tokyo. More... Oct 1 - Jan 31, 12
- Earn 3,000 AAdvantage Miles per stay of two consecutive nights or more at the Hotel New Otani Makuhari, Hotel New Otani Osaka, The New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel Honolulu or the Hotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong Beijing. More... Oct 1 - Jan 31, 12

Delta SkyMiles
- 1,500 Bonus SkyMiles (October Birthday Promo) on your next round-trip flight and a $100 e-certificate toward a Delta Vacations getaway. More... Book by Oct 31 for flights until Nov 30 
- 1,000 Bonus SkyMiles for stays at participating Starwood Hotels & Resorts in North and South America. More... Until Dec 31, 11
- Earn up to 10,000 SkyMiles for stays at the Hotel New Otani Tokyo. More... Oct 1 - Jan 31, 12

Etihad Guest
- Double Guest Miles on Etihad flights between India and New York, Chicago, or Toronto. More... Oct 1 - 31, 11 Residents of India Only
- - Double Guest Miles at all Raffles Hotels & Resorts worldwide. Available to Etihad Gold Elite, Gold and Silver Members only. More...  Nov 1 - Mar 31, 12

Eurostar Frequent Traveller
- Quadruple Frequent Traveller Points for stays of 3 nights or more at at any Concorde hotels worldwide. More.. Oct 1 - Dec 31, 11

Finnair Plus
- Double Plus Points for flights on Cathay Pacific between Hong Kong and Shanghai, Beijing, Taipei, Saigon, Hanoi, Manila, Cebu, Seoul, Tokyo, Jakarta, Sydney, Auckland, Melbourne, Brisbane, Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam, or Moscow; Dragonair between Hong Kong and Shanghai, Beijing, Xiamen, Kaohsiung, or Phnom Penh. More... Oct 1 - Nov 30, 11

Miles & More
- Double Miles & More Miles for Brussels Airlines flights between Brussels and Berlin, Budapest, Moscow or Prague. More...  Nov 1 - Dec 15, 11


SATA Imagine
- 500 Bonus Imagine Miles for Sxit Airport rentals in Porto, Lisbon, Faro and Funchal. More.. Oct 1 - 31, 11

Scandinavian EuroBonus
- 500 EuroBonus Points PER NIGHT for up to 5 nights at Park Plaza hotels Worldwide. More.. Until Jan 31, 12
- Double EuroBonus Points for stays at all Marco Polo Hotels Worldwide. More..  Oct 1 - Nov 30, 11
- Double EuroBonus Points for stays at all Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts in India. More.. Oct 1 - Nov 30, 11
- Triple EuroBonus Points when you subscribe to the Economist. More..  Until Oct 30, 11

Vietnam Airlines: 2,000 Bonus Miles and Silver Elite Status

If you happen to be in Toyko between September 29 and October 2 be sure to go by the Vietnam Airlines booth at the JATA Tourism Forum & Travel Showcase 2011 to join their Golden Lotus Plus program. You will be awarded with 2,000 Bonus Golden Lotus Miles and be upgraded automatically to their Golden Lotus Plus Silver tier

Full Details can be found here.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Bonus Offer Highlight Sep 26: Hilton Hotels

As always, Monday is a quiet day for adding new offers to FFB but the bonus offer we highlight is Hilton's Q4 promo and it can be very lucrative if you have lots of Hilton stays planned to the end of the year.

Hilton HHonors
Double HHonors Points or Free Night Stays when you stay at participating Hilton locations Worldwide. If you select double points, the bonus will be earned on each night you stay. If you select free night, you will earn a free night certificate after every 4 stays or 10 nights. The free night certificate is valid at participating hotels in the Hilton Worldwide portfolio for 6 months after the date of issuance, as noted on the certificate.
Register online (Registration is required) then book online at Hilton.com. Oct 1 - Dec 31, 11
For a list of excluded properties please see here



Other bonus offers added today:
Air Baltic Baltic Miles- Double Baltic Miles on purchases over 50 EUR at duty free shops in Vilnius Airport. More...

Delta SkyMiles- Double SkyMiles beginning with your first qualified stay through your third qualifying stay at Wyndham locations Worldwide. More... Until Nov 18, 11
-  Earn up to 30% Bonus SkyMiles when you purchase 60,000 miles or more through the SkyMiles Incentives programs. More... Until Nov 30, 11

Bonus Offer Picks of the Week: September 19 - 25, 2011

This past week saw a lot of new bonuses added to FFB. From huge flight bonuses to a bonus for getting your kids to join a program, you name we covered it. Here are our picks out of all the new offers:
 
Bonus Offer For Flying
Both BA and AA launched transatlantic bonus miles campaigns but BA's takes our pick since it is open to U.S. and Canadian residents versus just U.S. residents like the AA offer:
British Airways Executive Club: 
Earn up to 105,000 (and more) Bonus Avios Points/BA Miles when you fly on a full-fare, transatlantic round-trip ticket for travel beginning and ending in North America. Valid for flights that are operated and/or marketed by American Airlines, British Airways or Iberia Airlines in the following booking classes: First (booking classes F, A), Business Class (booking classes J, C, D, R, I) World Traveller Plus Premium Economy (booking classes W, E, T) and Economy (booking classes Y, B, H)
- 25,000 bonus Avios points/BA Miles for first round-trip purchased and flown as an Executive Club member in a qualifying full-fare
- 35,000 bonus Avios points/BA Miles for second round-trip purchased and flown as an Executive Club member in a qualifying full-fare
- 45,000 bonus Avios points/BA Miles for third(and each additional) round-trip purchased and flown as an Executive Club member in a qualifying
Full Details, Online Registration & Booking (Registration is required). Until Dec 31, 11
Restrictions
Valid for residents of U.S. and Canada only

Bonus Offer For Staying (Airline Miles)

With well over 20 new bonuses in 15 different programs there was a good selection of offers to take our pick from:
Southwest Rapid Rewards:
Triple Rapid Rewards Points at any Hyatt hotel Worldwide. Up to a maximum of 18,000 points. Regsiter online (Registration is required) Oct 1 - Jan 15, 12
 
Bonus Offer For Staying (Hotel Points)

We saw a lot of good offers in this category as well but most were hotel or region specific except for the following:

Wyndham  Rewards:
Double Wyndham Rewards Points for 3 separate qualified stays at Wyndham locations Worldwide. Valid for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd qualified stays. Plus receive a $20 (USD) VISA gift card after 2nd qualifying stay, 4th qualifying stay, and a 6th qualifying stay. Register Online (Registration is required) Until Nov 18, 11
Restrictions
Valid for residents of the U.S. Canada and Mexico only 


Bonus Offer For Driving
As is the case in  many weeks, the car rental category is a toss up with many of the same or similar bonuses being offered from different programs:
Continental OnePass:
Triple OnePass Miles on rentals of a Compact car or larger vehicle for three days or longer at participating locations worldwide. Just use promo code TRP1 when making your reservations at www.dollar.com . Until Dec 15, 11

Bonus Offer For Other Activities

For the second week in a row this category goes to Kingfisher.

Kingfisher King Club:
500 Bonus King Miles when you enrol your Child into the Kingfisher Little Wings program. Full details. Until Nov 12, 11

Bonus Page Updates: September 19 - 25, 2011

Sep 23: Air Tran A+ Rewards | British Airways Executive Club | Marriott Rewards | Qatar Airways Privilege Club | Scandinavian EuroBonus

Sep 22: Drury Hotels Gold Key Club | Ethiopian Sheba Miles | Hilton HHonors | Southwest Rapid Rewards | Thai Airways Royal Orchid

Sep 21: AeroMexico Club Premier | Air China Phoenix Miles | Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan | American AAdvantage | Cathay Pacific Asia Miles | Continental OnePass | Delta SkyMiles | Emirates Skywards | IHG Priority Club | Kingfisher King Club | Korean Air SkyPass | Starwood Preferred Guest | Virgin America Elevate | Wyndham Rewards

Sep 20: Air Canada Aeroplan | Air France KLM Flying Blue | El Al Matmid Club | Etihad Guest | Finnair Plus | Millennium & Copthorne Loyalty Club | Shangri-La Golden Circle | Sun Country UFly Rewards | United Mileage Plus

Sep 19: Accor Hotels A|Club

Friday, September 23, 2011

Bonus Offer Highlight September 23: Air Tran

Another relatively quiet day on FFB with only a few bonus updates, as you probably know we like systemwide offers and Air Tran is the latest to bring one to the table.

Air Tran A+ Rewards
Double A+ Credits for every one-way flight flown on Air Tran Systemwide. Register Online (Registration is required) Until Nov 7, 11


Other bonus offers added today:
British Airways Executive Club
- 500 Bonus Miles every 2nd qualifying night you stay at participating IHG Hotels worldwide. More... Until Dec 31, 11

Marriott Rewards
- 1,000 Bonus Rewards Points when you stay three consecutive nights Thursday-Sunday at Marriott locations across Europe. More... Nov 1 - Jan 24, 12
- 1,000 Bonus Rewards Points for the Stay for Breakfast rate on Thursday-Sunday (Friday or Saturday required) at the Courtyard Bali Nusa Dua. More... Until Oct 31, 11
- 5,000 Bonus Rewards Points per stay at the Courtyard Greenbelt. More... Until Oct 25, 11

Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- Earn up to 6,000 Bonus QMiles when you fly between Sofia and Doha. More... Until Nov 30, 11
-  Double QMiles for stays at the following participating Global Hotel Alliance partner hotels: PARKROYAL Hotels and Resorts, Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts, Mirvac Hotels & Resorts or Kempinski Hotels. More... Until Oct 31, 11
- Double QMiles on Budget rentals in Europe, Middle East and Africa. More... Until Dec 31, 11
- Earn up to Triple QMiles for Sixt rentals Worldwide that are outside of your home country. More... Until Oct 31, 11

Scandinavian EuroBonus
- Double EuroBonus Points for stays on eligible rates at Best Western hotels in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. More... Until Nov 30, 11

United unveils 2012 Mileage Plus program changes

United has released the details of the 2012 Mileage Plus program which effectively also covers Continental's OnePass program as that is being integrated into Mileage Plus on December 31. The following updates to the program are taken straight from United's own post on Milepoint.com and can also be view on United.com

  1. New vocabulary. First, here’s some new nomenclature: The term Premier will live on but in a new context. It will replace the term “Elite”. With that will come some new three-letter acronyms:

    • PQM & PQS: Premier Qualifying Mile & Segment (formerly EQM/EQS)
    • CPU: Complimentary Premier Upgrade (formerly UDU and EUA)
    • RPU: Regional Premier Upgrade (formerly CR1 and RU)
    • GPU: Global Premier Upgrade (formerly SWU)
  2. New tiers and qualification requirements. Heard any good rumors lately? Here are our new Premier tiers – all of which will have a minimum requirement of 4 paid flights on United, Continental and/or Copa:

    • Premier Silver: 25K PQM or 30 PQS
    • Premier Gold: 50K PQM or 60 PQS
    • Premier Platinum: 75K PQM or 90 PQS
    • Premier 1K: 100K PQM or 120 PQS
    • Global Services: Invitation only
  3. Bonus Award mile changes. Here are the changes we’re making to premier and fare class bonuses:

    Premier bonuses:
    • Premier Silver: 25% bonus miles (no change)
    • Premier Gold: 50% bonus miles
    • Premier Platinum: 75% bonus miles
    • Premier 1K and Global Services: 100% bonus miles (no change)

    Fare Class bonuses for United/Continental:
    • Full-fare Economy Class (Y/B) fares: +25% bonus miles
    • Discounted Business Class (Z/P) fares: +50% bonus miles
    • Full-fare Business Class (J/C/D) fares: +75% bonus miles
    • 2-Cabin First Class (F/A) fares: +75% bonus miles
    • 3-Cabin First Class (F/A) fares: +150% bonus miles
  4. New CPU geography for United, Continental and Copa.Our rationale for offering CPUs will almost entirely be based on how the premium cabin of the flight is marketed. Simply put - markets where the premium product is predominantly our domestic standard will be eligible for CPUs, and all others will not. Based on our current network, this is how our CPU program shakes out geographically:
    • Mainland U.S. (except p.s. markets JFK-LAX/SFO), Alaska and Canada
    • Hawaii (California to/from Hawaii, plus any other market operating with a domestic premium product, such as Chicago-Honolulu)
    • Mexico/Caribbean/Central America
    • Northern South America (except New York-Lima)
    • Southern South America (Copa flights only)
    • Asia/Oceania (except transpacific, Honolulu-Guam, Tokyo-Singapore/Bangkok nonstops)
    RPUs will be eligible in these same markets plus our p.s. and all Mainland U.S.-Hawaii markets.
  5. Instant upgrades for full-fare Economy Class fares. Premier members traveling on certain full-fare Economy Class fares will be eligible for an instant upgrade as early as ticketing. Specifically, all premier members will be eligible for instant upgrades from Y and B fares, and Premier 1K members will additionally enjoy instant upgrades from M class fares. Y fares will instantly upgrade using last-seat availability. B and M fares will have expanded upgrade availability, but it won’t always be down to the last seat.
  6. New CPU clearance windows. CPUs will begin processing automatically starting at 120 hours for Global Services, 96 hours for Premier 1K, 72 hours for Premier Platinum, 48 hours for Premier Gold and on the day of departure for Premier Silver.
  7. New CPU hierarchy. Our CPU/airport standby upgrade hierarchy will be as follows:

    • Global Services
    • Y/B/M instant upgrades that weren’t confirmed in advance (sorted by fare class then premier tier)
    • Paid upgrades (i.e. GPUs, RPUs and mileage upgrades) sorted by status, fare class, and date of waitlist
    • All remaining premier customers by status, then fare class
  8. Companion CPUs for all Premiers. Premiers at all levels will be able to extend their CPUs to one travel companion in the same reservation, including in the advance clearance window and with Y/B/M instant upgrades. This will happen automatically when the Premier reservation includes a single companion. In cases where there are more than two people in the reservation, or where the companion is in a separate reservation, the companion upgrade may be designated at the airport.
  9. Economy Plus access at check-in for Premier Silver, improved access for all other levels. To ensure we have better seating options for our top premier levels, advance complimentary access to Economy Plus will be limited to Premier Gold members and higher plus one companion (Premier Platinums and above may have up to 8 companions). Premier Silvers and one companion will continue to enjoy complimentary space-available access to Economy Plus starting at 24 hours before departure.
  10. Baggage changes for Premier Silver. The complimentary baggage allowance for Premier Silver and Star Alliance Silver members will be reduced to 1 complimentary checked bag weighing up to 50 lbs.
  11. Aligned mileage expiration policy. Miles will expire if your account is left inactive for 18 months. Our definition of activity will be very easy to meet for earning or redemption in thousands of ways. This includes something as simple as a magazine subscription redemption – which can be had for as little as 400 miles.
  12. New lifetime benefits. Big changes here, and we think you’ll agree this is the most generous lifetime program in the world. The following will take effect next spring (so please hold tight until then):

    • Continental and United lifetime earnings will be combined. You all guessed that much, but the key will be how we do it. Continental’s lifetime earnings have been EQM-based, and United’s have been based on actual flight miles. Starting in 2012, the program will be based on actual flight miles, however, we will make a one-time adjustment on the United side to boost everyone’s lifetime earnings to EQMs dating back to the beginning of the program
    • Lifetime premier benefits for 1 million miles = Premier Gold, 2 million = Premier Platinum, 3 million = Premier 1K, 4 million = Global Services
    • Million milers will be able to designate a spouse or significant other to always have the same premier tier as them (this includes when the million miler member earns a higher tier). The spousal premier benefits will be identical as the member, except they will not include RPUs and GPUs. This spousal benefit will replace the one-time and annual upgrade gifts, and hopefully you’ll agree this is a better deal
    • Continental’s Infinite Elite members (the limited few of you that earned this back in the early 90’s) will be grandfathered in and given lifetime Premier 1K status, but without the GPUs. We hope you’ll agree this is a generous resolution

    I'm curious to hear what all of our Mileage Plus readers think of these changes. Do you think it is fair or have they taken too much away? Overall the buzz on the net does seem to think they are fair as there has been some give and take but one key thing that was rumoured that never came true was a revenue requirement for status. However, much like the Aeroplan changes earlier this year, there is a minimum flight requirement in the elite qualification process of 4 flights on United, Continental or Copa.

    Feel free to comment below with your thoughts on the 2012 Mileage Plus program

    Etihad Airways: Chance to win up to 100,000 Guest Miles

    Etihad Airways is running a contest where you have a chance to win up to 100,000 Guest Miles. You gain an entry every time you fly on Etihad Airways from October to December. There are three lucky winners each month and prizes are as follows:
    • 50,000 bonus Guest Miles
    • 75,000 bonus Guest Miles
    • 100,000 bonus Guest Miles
    Simply book a flight oat Etihad Airways then register online to be entered into the contest.

    Thursday, September 22, 2011

    Bonus Offer Highlight September 22: Thai Airways

    A quieter day of adding new promotions to the FFB sites as we are actually running out of offers to put up! The highlight for today celebrates Thai Airway's new service to Brussels by offering bonus miles on their Star Alliance partner Brussels Airlines.

    Thai Airways Royal Orchid
    Earn up to 1,000 Bonus Royal Orchid Miles per sector flown with Brussels Airlines Worldwide. Bonuses are 750 for economy, 1,000 for business class. Full details (PDF)  Nov 17 - Jan 31, 12


    Other bonus offers added today:
    Drury Hotels Gold Key Club
    - Double Gold Key Points on all Drury Hotel stays that are booked online at druryhotels.com only. More... Until Nov 20, 11

    Ethiopian Sheba Miles
    - Double Sheba Miles for travelling on night flights between Addis Ababa and Dar Es Salaam. More... Until Nov 30, 11

    Hilton HHonors
    - Triple HHonors Points on rentals at participating Alamo locations in the U.S. and Canada. More... Until Dec 31, 11 

    Southwest Rapid Rewards
    - Triple Rapid Rewards Points at any Hyatt hotel Worldwide. Up to a maximum of 18,000 points. More... Oct 1, 11 Jan 15, 12

    Thai Airways Royal Orchid

    - Double Royal Orchid Miles on Hertz rentals of 3 or more days in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland or the U.K. More... Until Nov 30, 11
    - 999 Royal Orchid Miles when you rent a Hertz Economy car in Thailand for 2 or more days. More... Until Nov 30, 11
    - - Double Royal Orchid Miles for stays of 2 or more nights at participating Mandarin Oriental Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Nov 30, 11
    - Triple Royal Orchid Miles for stays at The Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel and Towers Bangkok. More... Until Nov 30, 11
    - - 300 Bonus Royal Orchid Miles when you update your lifestyle preferences in your online profile. More... Oct 1 - Dec 15, 11

    Wednesday, September 21, 2011

    Bonus Offer Highlight September 21: American Airlines

    Another great day of adding new bonus offers to FFB! As mentioned yesterday we have now added AA's version of the BA promo we saw yesterday. The only difference is AA's version is only available to U.S. residents.

    American Airlines AAdvantage
    Earn up to 105,000 (and more) Bonus AAdvantage Miles when you fly on a full-fare, ticket for round-trip travel between the U.S. and Europe. Valid for flights that are operated and/or marketed by American Airlines, British Airways or Iberia Airlines. Bonus applies to travel in purchased First Class, Business Class and Full-Fare Economy Class fares booked in Y, B and H (and equivalent booking codes on British Airways and Iberia)
    - 25,000 bonus AAdvantage Miles for first round-trip purchased and flown
    - 35,000 bonus AAdvantage Miles for second round-trip purchased and flown
    - 45,000 bonus AAdvantage Miles for third (and each additional) round-trip purchased and flown
    Register Online (Registration is required)
    Restrictions
    Valid for residents of the U.S. only


    Other bonus offers added today:
    AeroMexico Club Premier
    - Double Club Premier Kilometers for AeroMexico flights to/from Caracas or Puerto Vallarta. More... Until Oct 31, 11

    Air China Phoenix Miles
    - 50% Bonus Phoenix Miles Kilometers for Air China flights between Tianjin and Guangzhou, Shenzen or Shanghai. More... Until Dec 31, 11
    - Triple Phoenix Miles Kilometers for stays of 3 nights or more at selected Nikko Hotels International and Hotel JAL City Worldwide. More... Oct 1 - Dec 16, 11

    Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
    - Triple Mileage Plan Miles on rentals of a Compact car or larger vehicle for three days or longer at participating Dollar locations worldwide. More... Until Dec 15, 11

    American AAdvantage
    - Triple AAdvantage Miles on rentals of a Compact car or larger vehicle for three days or longer at participating Dollar locations worldwide. More... Until Dec 15, 11
    -Earn up to Triple AAdvantage Miles for stays of 3 nights or more at selected Nikko Hotels International and Hotel JAL City Worldwide. More... Oct 1 - Dec 16, 11

    Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
    - Double Asia Miles for round trip flights on Finnair between Hong Kong and any European destination via Helsinki. More... Until Nov 30, 11 Residents of Hong Kong Only
    - Double Asia Miles when you fly round-trip on Cathay Pacific between Bangkok and the US or Europe. More... Oct 1 - Dec 20, 11 Residents of Thailand Only
    - Double Asia Miles when you stay for two or more consecutive nights in an eligible room type at Sino Group of Hotels in Hong Kong and Singapore. More... Until Dec 19, 11
    - Double Asia Miles for stays for two consecutive nights or more at participating Ascott serviced residences across Asia Pacific, Europe and the Gulf region. More... Until Nov 30, 11
    - Triple Asia Miles for stays of 3 nights or more at selected Nikko Hotels International and Hotel JAL City Worldwide. More... Oct 1 - Dec 16, 11

    Continental OnePass
    - Triple OnePass Miles on rentals of a Compact car or larger vehicle for three days or longer at participating Dollar locations worldwide. More... Until Dec 15, 11


    Emirates Skywards
    - Earn up to Quadruple Skywards Miles for stays at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai. More... Book by Nov 30 for stays until Mar 31, 12

    Delta SkyMiles
    - Double SkyMiles for stays at of 2 nights or more at Shangri-La resorts Worldwide. More... Until Nov 30, 11
    - Triple SkyMiles for stays at of 2 nights or more at Traders hotels Worldwide. More... Until Nov 30, 11
    - Double SkyMiles for stays at the Hotel The Plaza Seoul. More... Until Nov 30, 11
    - Triple SkyMiles for stays of 3 nights or more at selected Nikko Hotels International and Hotel JAL City Worldwide. More... Oct 1 - Dec 16, 11

    InterContinental Hotels Group Priority Club
    - 25,000 Bonus Priority Club Points when you book a four-or-more-night stay at The Venetian or The Palazzo InterContinental Alliance Resorts Las Vegas. More... Book by Oct 31 for stays until Dec 15, 11

    Kingfisher King Club
    - 500 Bonus King Miles when you enroll your child into the Kingfisher Little Wings program. More... Until Nov 12, 11

    Korean Air Skypass
    - Triple Skypass Miles for stays of 3 nights or more at selected Nikko Hotels International and Hotel JAL City Worldwide. More... Oct 1 - Dec 16, 11


    Starwood Preferred Guest
    - Earn up to 6,000 Bonus Starpoints for stays at the The Westin St. John Resort & Villas on St. John. More... Until Dec 16, 11

    Virgin America Elevate
    - Double Elevate Points foeligible stays at the One&Only Palmilla. More... Until Dec 18, 11

    Wyndham Rewards
    - Double Wyndham Rewards Points for 3 separate qualified stays at Wyndham locations Worldwide. Plus receive a $20 (USD) VISA gift card after 2nd qualifying stay, 4th qualifying stay, and a 6th qualifying stay. More... Until Nov 18, 11 Valid for residents of the U.S. Canada and Mexico only

    Tuesday, September 20, 2011

    Bonus Offer Highlight September 20: British Airways

    A great day of adding new bonus offers to FFB with the highlight most definitely being BA's new offer for North American residents flying on full fare transatlantic fares.(and American has also come out with one, we'll add that tomorrow!).

    British Airways Executive Club
    Earn up to 45,000 (and more) Bonus Avios Points/BA Miles when you fly on a full-fare, transatlantic round-trip ticket for travel beginning and ending in North America. Valid for flights that are operated and/or marketed by American Airlines, British Airways or Iberia Airlines in the following booking classes: First (booking classes F, A), Business Class (booking classes J, C, D, R, I) World Traveller Plus Premium Economy (booking classes W, E, T) and Economy (booking classes Y, B, H)
    - 25,000 bonus Avios points/BA Miles for first round-trip purchased and flown as an Executive Club member in a qualifying full-fare
    - 35,000 bonus Avios points/BA Miles for second round-trip purchased and flown as an Executive Club member in a qualifying full-fare
    - 45,000 bonus Avios points/BA Miles for third(and each additional) round-trip purchased and flown as an Executive Club member in a qualifying
    Full Details, Online Registration & Booking (Registration is required) Until Dec 31, 11
    Restrictions
    Valid for residents of U.S. and Canada only


    Other bonus offers added today:
    Air Canada Aeroplan
    - 50% Aeroplan Miles for flights Canadian North flights between Iqaluit and Ottawa. More... Until Feb 28, 12

    Air France KLM Flying Blue
    - Double Flying Blue Miles on all Europcar bookings of 5 days or more Worldwide. More... Until Oct 31, 11
    - 500 Bonus Flying Blue Miles when you check into any participating Marriott property across Europe. More... Until Dec 31, 11

    British Airways Executive Club
    - Double BA Miles for stays at aShangri-La resorts in Cebu, Boracay, Fiji, Maldives, Muscat, Penang, Kota Kinabalu or Singapore. More... Until Nov 30, 11
    - Triple BA Miles for stays at Traders hotels in Beijing, Changzhou, Shenyang, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Singapore, Yangon, Manila, Maldives, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. More... Until Nov 30, 11

    El Al Matmid Club
    - 20% Bonus Matmid Points when you connect WestJet flights in Toronto to/from Canada, Florida and the Caribbean. More... Nov 1 - 30, 11

    Etihad Guest
    - Double Guest Miles for stays of 3 nights or more at all Millennium & Copthorne Hotels worldwide. More... Until Dec 31, 11
    - Triple Guest Miles for stays at any Rotana property in the UAE. More... Until Dec 15, 11
    - Quadruple Guest Miles for stays of 3 nights or more at select Concorde Hotels properties in Europe. More... Oct 1 - Dec 31, 11

    Finnair Plus
    - Earn up to Triple Plus Points on all Avis rentals in Europe, USA, Canada, Asia, Middle-east and Africa. More... Until Oct 31, 11

    Shangri-La Golden Circle
    - Double GC Award Points for stays in a Deluxe City View Room, Horizon Room, Horizon Premier Room, Executive Suite, Horizon Executive Suite or Deluxe Suite at the qualifying rate at Futian Shangri-La, Shenzhen. More... Oct 1 - Dec 31, 11

    Southwest Rapid Rewards
    - Double Rapid Rewards Points when you travel into or out of Baltimore/Washington, Denver, or Phoenix. More... Until Nov 7, 11
    - Double Rapid Rewards Points beginning with your first qualified stay through your third qualifying stay at Wyndham Rewards Hotel locations Worldwide. More... Until Nov 18, 11

    Starwood Preferred Guest- Triple Starpoints for stays at the Aloft Brooklyn. More... Until Dec 30, 11
    - 1,000 Starpoints for stays at the Four Points by Sheraton Long Island City/Queensboro Bridge. More... Until Dec 30, 11


    Sun Country UFly Rewards
    - Double UFly Points on all Sun Country flights systemwide. More... Until Sep 15, 11

    United Mileage Plus
    - Double Mileage Plus Miles for stays at of 2 nights or more at Shangri-La resorts Worldwide. More... Until Nov 30, 11
    - Triple Mileage Plus Miles for stays at of 2 nights or more at Traders hotels Worldwide. More.... Until Nov 30, 11

    Monday, September 19, 2011

    Bonus Offer Highlight September 19: Etihad Airways

    It was a crazy day here today as we had interviews with four journalists (and helping one makeover their loyalty programs) for an upcoming loyalty supplement, getting out our newsletters and more. It was because of this craziness that we only added three new offers to two programs today. Tomorrow should be back to normal with many more bonus offers.

    Etihad Airways Guest
    2,000 Bonus Guest Miles on your first eligible flight on Malaysia Airlines. Book online at Malaysia airlines. Until Dec 14, 11

    Other bonus offers added today:
    Accor Hotels A|Club
    - Triple A|Club Points for stays at select Accor locations in Tasmania. More... Oct 1 - Nov 30, 11
    - Double A|Club Points for stays at select Accor locations in Queensland. More... Until Nov 30, 11

    Bonus Offer Picks of the Week: September 12 - 18, 2011

    The Picks of the Week can get to be tough when we add new bonus offers every business day of the previous week. We saw new offers in every category added to 34 different airline and hotel programs:
     
    Bonus Offer For Flying
    The pick of the week for flights came down to Delta's Latin America offer and LOT's Business Class offer, we give it to the latter for more International coverage and the potential to earn a lot of miles:
    Miles & More: 
    Triple Miles & More Miles for all LOT International flights flown in Business Class. Register online (Registration is required) then book online at www.lot.com. Until Nov 30, 11
    Restrictions:
    Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Liechtenstein and Italy residents ARE NOT allowed to participate in this promotion

    Bonus Offer For Staying (Airline Miles)

    Another week with lots of new Airline mileage offers for hotel stays and many were quite good with the following being our pick of the week:
    US Airways Dividend Miles:
    2,000 Bonus Dividend Miles for stays at select JW Marriott, Renaissance  Hotels or Marriott Hotels & Resorts. Full Details Until Dec 26, 11
     
    Bonus Offer For Staying (Hotel Points)

    A great week for new hotel offers with the following getting our top spot as it provides the most coverage globally and is relatively easy to take advantage of:

    Melia International Mas Rewards:
    1,500 Bonus Mas Points per stay a Melia Hotels Worldwide. Bonus can be earned a maximum of 4 times. Full details and Online Booking. Book by Oct 31 for stays until Dec 15, 11

    Bonus Offer For Driving
    Although it may not have as much global appeal, the fact the following offer includes Elite Status miles makes it our top pick:
    Air Berlin TopBonus:
    500 Bonus TopBonus Miles and 1 status mile per Euro spent on Europcar rentals at all airberlin airport destinations only. Full Details. Until Oct 31, 11

    Bonus Offer For Other Activities

    The following offer can provide those who use it with a decent amount of bonus miles and even a possibility of a free flight

    Kingfisher King Club:
    20% Bonus King Miles when you convert partner points to King Club miles. If you convert points equivalent to 100000 King Miles in one transaction, you will also get a complimentary Kingfisher Class/ Red domestic ticket to the destination of your choice. Full details. Until Nov 30, 11
    Credit Card Partners:
    Bullet American Express Membership Rewards Programme
    Bullet Axis Bank Pluspoints
    Bullet Citibank Reward points
    Bullet Citi, Dubai Citi Miles
    Bullet ICICI Bank Reward Points
    Bullet HDFC Bank Reward Points
    Bullet HSBC Reward Points
    Bullet SBI Power Points
    Bullet Standard Chartered Bank Reward Points
    Bullet Tata Cards Empower Points
    Bullet RBS Credit Card Miles
    Other Partners:
    Bullet PAYBACK
    Bullet Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints
    Bullet Hilton Hhonor Points
    Bullet ITC WelcomAward Stars
    Bullet The Park (PATP) Points
    Bullet VOILA Points
    Bullet Marriott Rewards Points
    Bullet MyCard

    Bonus Page Updates: September 12 - 18, 2011

    Sep 16: Air Berlin TopBonus | Air France KLM Flying Blue | Best Western Rewards | Melia Mas Rewards

    Sep 15: AeroMexico Club Premier | BMI Diamond Club | Carlson Hotels Club Carlson | Emirates Skywards | Hilton HHonors | Miles & More | Spanair Plus | TAP Portugal Victoria | Virgin Australia Velocity Rewards

    Sep 14: Air Canada Aeroplan | American AAdvantage | Etihad Guest | Hyatt Gold Passport | IHG Priority Club | Kingfisher King Club | Marriott Rewards | Southwest Rapid Rewards | Starwood Preferred Guest | United Mileage Plus

    Sep 13: Avianca TACA LifeMiles | Bangkok Airways FlyerBonus | China Eastern Eastern Miles | Delta SkyMiles | Finnair Plus | Royal Brunei Royal Skies | South African Airways Voyager | US Airways Dividend Miles

    Sep 12:  Oman Air Sindbad | Saudi Arabian Alfursan | Scandic Frequent Guest | Stash Hotel Rewards

    Friday, September 16, 2011

    Bonus Offer Highlight September 16: Melia International

    I was really tempted to put the multiple Delta flight bonus offers (see below) as today's highlight but sometimes I like to put the spotlight on the lesser known loyalty programs and in this case it is Melia International Mas Rewards (they used to be known as Sol Melia)

    Melia International Mas Rewards
    - 1,500 Bonus Mas Points per stay a Melia Hotels Worldwide. Bonus can be earned a maximum of 4 times. Full Details and Online Booking. Book by Oct 31 for stays until Dec 15, 11


    Other Bonus Offers added today:
    Air Berlin TopBonus
    - 500 Bonus TopBonus Miles and 1 status mile per Euro spent on Europcar rentals at all airberlin airport destinations only More... Until Oct 31, 11
    - 1,000 Bonus TopBonus Miles on all Park Inn stays in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. More... Oct 1 - Dec 31, 11


    Air France KLM Flying Blue
    - Double Flying Blue Miles on flights between London City and Amsterdam, Antwerp, Brive, Deauville, Dublin, Dundee, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Florence, Luxembourg, Milan Linate, Nantes, Paris Orly, Pau and Rotterdam. More... Until Sep 30, 11 Residents of U.K. and Ireland only
    - Double Flying Blue Miles on KLM or Kenya Airways flights from Nairobi to/from Amsterdam and Paris. More... Until Dec 31, 11Residents of Kenya only

    Best Western Rewards
    - Double Rewards Points on all qualifying stays at the BEST WESTERN Hotel Garden & Spa - La baule. More... Until Nov 30, 11
    - Quadruple Rewards Points or Airline Miles on all qualifying stays of 2 nights or more at the Best Western Ri Dong Garden Hotel Xiamen. More... Until Dec 31, 11

    Delta SkyMiles
    - Double SkyMiles when you fly nonstop between Detroit and Hong Kong. More... Register by Nov 15 for travel until Nov 30, 11 Residents of U.S. or Canada Only
    - Double SkyMiles when you fly nonstop between - Atlanta and Brasilia, Buenos Aires, Tegucigalpa, Punta Cana, Rio de Janeiro, or Santiago - New York/JFK and Bogota, Port–au–Prince, San Juan, Santiago or Santo Domingo - Boston and Bermuda. More... Register by Nov 1 for travel until Nov 15, 11

    Thursday, September 15, 2011

    Bonus Offer Highlight September 15: Carlson Hotels

    Another great day of adding  bonus offers to the FFB sites, with new promotion for hotel stays, flights, car rentals and even dining out (see below). The highlight however is what you may recall from our recent Maximize your Miles article is an offer that we call 'cashing in on other rewards' and in this case it is for a free night stay.

    Carlson Hotels Club Carlson
    Earn a Free Night when you stay two or more consecutive nights, Sunday-Thursday, at participating Country Inns & Suites By Carlson hotels in the U.S. and Canada between Oct 2 and Dec 1. Use promo code 'FALLSTAY' when you book online at Country Inns & Suites
    To get the free night, members must register their 2 nights stay on or before December 22, 2011, and Club Carlson will send you a Free Night Reward Certificate that you can use for a free night between December 15, 2011 and February 15, 2012.


    Other Bonus Offers added today:
    AeroMexico Club Premier

    - 750 Bonus Club Premier Kilometers for stays at La Quinta hotels in Mexico. More... Until Oct 31,11
    - 500 Bonus Club Premier Kilometers for stays at La Quinta hotels in the U.S. and Canada More... Until Oct 31,11

    Air France KLM Flying Blue
    - Double Flying Blue Miles for stays at Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. More... Until Oct 15, 11
    - Double Flying Blue Miles for stays of 2 nights or more at Radisson Edwardian Mercer Street Hotel – London. More... Until Oct 15, 11

    BMI Diamond Club

    - Double Destination Miles for bmi operated flights between Glasgow or Edinburgh and Copenhagen. More... Until Sep 30, 11


    Emirates Skywards
    - Double Skywards Miles for stays at the Raffles Praslin, Seychelles. More... Until Dec 31, 11
    - Double Skywards Miles for stays at all Taj Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. More... Until Nov 30, 11
    - Earn up to 5,000 Bonus Skywards Miles when you rent an Avis vehicle for 3 days or more Worldwide. More... Until Mar 31, 12
    - 1,000 Bonus Skywards Miles when you rent any type of car from Dollar for 7 days in the UAE. More... Until Dec 31, 11

    Hilton HHonors
    - Earn up to 1,000 Bonus HHonors Points when you dine at any participating DoubleTree by Hilton restaurant. More... Until ?

    Miles & More
    - Double Miles & More Miles for each eligible stay at any Hyatt hotel in India. More... Until Oct 31, 11
    - Earn up to 2,000 Miles & More Miles every time you rent a car from Hertz worldwide. More... Until Nov 15, 11

    TAP Portugal Victoria
    - Double Victoria Miles for stays at the Porto Bay Falésia, Algarve. More... Until Oct 31, 11


    Virgin Australia Velocity Rewards
    - Elite Status Match - If you are an Australian resident, over the age of 18 and hold a status higher then entry level in another airline loyalty program, you may be eligible for a status match. More...

    Wednesday, September 14, 2011

    Bonus Offer Highlight September 14: Kingfisher

    Every once in awhile a good transfer bonus comes along from an airline or hotel program that deserves to be highlighted (ie Aeroplan's recent bonus for hotel transfers) and today we feature another transfer bonus. Kingfisher is offering a 20% bonus on miles that are transferred from their partner programs. I only looked at Starwood as a partner since they have great transfer ratios to airlines (Starpoints to King Miles is 1:1) and they offer 5,000 bonus miles when you transfer 20,000 points at a time, so with this promo King Club members can get 30,000 miles for every 20,000 Starpoints transferred. What can 30,000 King Miles get you? Just as an example it is enough miles for a one way economy class ticket on their partner airlines (like British Airways or Delta) for flights with a 4,001 - 6,000 mile range. What can be even more enticing is that if you can complete a single transfer that nets 100,000 King Miles you'll a free domestic economy class ticket thrown in.

    Kingfisher King Club

    20% Bonus King Miles when you convert partner points to King Club miles. If you convert points equivalent to 100000 King Miles in one transaction, you will also get a complimentary Kingfisher Class/ Red domestic ticket to the destination of your choice. Full details. Until Nov 30, 11
    Credit Card Partners:
    American Express Membership Rewards Programme
    Axis Bank Pluspoints
    Citibank Reward points
    Dubai Citi Miles
    ICICI Bank Reward Points
    HDFC Bank Reward Points
    HSBC Reward Points
    SBI Power Points
    Standard Chartered Bank Reward Points
    Tata Cards Empower Points
    RBS Credit Card Miles
     

    Other Partners:
    PAYBACK
    Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints
    Hilton Hhonor Points
    TC WelcomAward Stars
    The Park (PATP) Points
    VOILA Points
    Marriott Rewards Points
    MyCard



    Other Bonus Offers added today:
    Air Canada Aeroplan
    - Earn up to Triple Aeroplan Miles after your 2nd qualified stay at any Best Western branded hotel worldwide. More... Until Nov 20, 11 For residents of North America, Asia, Afica, and South America

    American AAdvantage
     - Double AAdvantage Miles for every completed hotel reservation made on AA.com. More... Until Oct 15, 11


    Etihad Guest
    - Double Guest Miles on Etihad flights between Abu Dhabi and Dusseldorf. More... Dec 16 - Jan 15, 12
    - Double Guest Miles on Etihad flights between Abu Dhabi and Shanghai. More... Mar 1 - 30, 12
    - Double Guest Miles on Etihad flights between Abu Dhabi and Nairobi. More... Apr 1 -30, 12

    Hyatt Gold Passport
    - 20% Bonus Gold Passport Points when you purchase Gold Passport Points online. More... Until Sep 30, 11

    InterContinental Hotels Group Priority Club
    - Earn up 10,000 Bonus Priority Club Points (Ambassador Members only) for stays at InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. More... Until Nov 30, 11

    Marriott Rewards
    - Earn up to $100 Bonus Bucks for stays at participating hotels in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina or Texas. More... Until Dec 30, 11
    - 500 Bonus Rewards Points for stays at the Courtyard Dubai, Green Community, JW Marriott Hotel Dubai, Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites. More... Until Oct 31, 11
    - 5,000 Bonus Rewards Points when you stay any three nights on the Transatlantic Package at the Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel London. More... Until Oct 20, 11

    Southwest Rapid Rewards
    - Double Rapid Rewards Points on rentals of a Compact car or larger vehicle for three days or longer Worldwide. More... Until Dec 15, 11

    Spanair Plus
    - Double Plus Points for stays at NH Hotels in cities throughout Europe. More... Until Oct 31, 11

    Starwood Preferred Guest
    - Double Starpoints, Complimentary Upgrade and Breakfast for stays at participating Starwood Hotels in Thailand and Vietnam. More... Until Dec 31, 11

    United Mileage Plus
    - 750 Mileage Plus Miles for joining MyPoints. More...

    LifeMiles: LH Business Class from N America to Europe for $1800+tax

    Here is another buy miles offer, not as good as the soon to end US Airways Dividend Miles offer (where you can get Business Class to Europe for around $1400-$1500) but still pretty decent nonetheless. We found the following buy miles offer during our update of FFB's LifeMiles page.

    LifeMiles is the FFP of Latin America's joint venture airline Avianca TACA and until the end of September they are offering double miles (ie 100% bonus) on miles purchased in the program. The program allows you to purchase up to 75,000 miles for a total of 150,000 miles if you include the bonus. Now, here is where we get to the business class for $1,800: LifeMiles is partnered with Lufthansa and to redeem for a business class from North America to Europe on LH you need 120,000 LifeMiles, which means you need to buy 60,000 (+60,000 bonus) at $30 per 1,000 plus tax or $1,800+tax for the total amount.

    The one major caveat is that you have to be a LifeMiles member as of September 5th, so those of you who are reading this and were members before then, this can be an advantageous offer to make use of, for the rest of us who are not or were not, we'll have to keep our eyes open for the next time this offer comes around (hopefully they can be like US Airways and offer it a few times per year)

    For complete details on this offer please visit LifeMiles

    Tuesday, September 13, 2011

    Bonus Offer Highlight September 13: Miles & More

    A lot of new bonuses added to a dozen programs today, see below for an overview of most of them. The highlight of them all is the return of bonus Miles & More miles for LOT International flights flown in business class:

    Miles & More
    Triple Miles & More Miles for all LOT International flights flown in Business Class. Register online (Registration is required) then book online at www.lot.com. Until Nov 30, 11
    Restrictions:
    Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Liechtenstein and Italy residents ARE NOT allowed to participate in this promotion




    Other Bonus Offers added today:
    Air Canada Aeroplan
    - Double Aeroplan Miles for flights on the following Bearskin routes - Montreal and Ottawa, Kitchener-Waterloo, Sudbury or Sault Ste Marie; Ottawa and Kitchener-Waterloo, Sudbury or Sault Ste Marie. . More... Sep 19 - Oct 21, 11
    - Earn up to Quadruple Aeroplan Miles for shopping at participating retailiers during the Great Aeroplan Round Up. . More... Until Oct 23, 11
    - 40,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles with the American Express AeroplanPlus Platinum Card. More... Until Nov 8, 11 Residents of Canada only

    American AAdvantage
    - Earn up to Triple AAdvantage Miles after your 2nd qualified stay at any Best Western branded hotel worldwide. More... Until Nov 20, 11 For residents of North America, Asia, Afica, and South America

    Avianca TACA LifeMiles

     -Double LifeMiles for stays of 2 nights or more at the Hotel Princess Guatemala. More... Until Nov 30, 11
    - Double LifeMiles for purchasing LifeMiles online. More... Until Sep 30, 11

    Bangkok Airways FlyerBonus
    - Triple FlyerBonus Points for flights between Bangkok and Bengaluru. More... Sep 26 - Dec 31, 11

    China Eastern Eastern Miles

     - Triple Eastern Miles points for stays at the Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort, Singapore. More... Sep 15 - Dec 15, 11
    - Triple Eastern Miles points for stays at the Kerry Hotel, Beijing for a minimum of two consecutive nights. More... Oct 16 - Dec 31, 11

    Delta SkyMiles
    - Double SkyMiles on all Delta flights from Hong Kong (HKG) to the U.S. and Canada. More... Until Nov 30, 11 Residents of Hong Kong Only

    Finnair Plus
    - Double Plus Points for round-trip Finnair flights between Helsinki and all 10 Finnair destinations in Asia or New York. More... Register by Sep 30 for travel Oct 1 - Nov 30, 11 Residents of Lithuania only

    Miles & More
    - 1,000 Miles & More Miles per night (up to 3 nights) when you stay at The Langham, London. More... Until Dec 30, 11
    - Double Miles & More Miles for weekend stays at NH Hotels in Europe. More... Oct 1 - Dec 31, 11

    Royal Brunei Royal Skies
    - Earn up to Triple Royal Skies Miles when you rent a Hertz car from participating locations in USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand or Asia. More... Until Dec 31, 11

    South African Airways
    - Double Voyager Miles for BMI flights BD991 and BD992 between London and Amritsar. More... Oct 13 - Dec 31, 11

    TAP Portugal Victoria
    - Double Victoria Miles when you rent a convertible for a minimum of 3 days in mainland Portugal. More... Until Nov 1, 11

    US Airways Dividend Miles

    - 500 Bonus Miles on your first purchase with US Airways Daily Deals. More...
    - 2,000 Bonus Dividend Miles for stays at select JW Marriott,® Renaissance® Hotels or Marriott Hotels & Resorts. More... Until Dec 26, 11

    Maximize your Miles and Points 2011

    The following article is an update to our original Maximize Your Miles article I published on Rewards Canada way back on May 30, 2005. I thought it best to bring it up to date although the basic premise has not changed.

    There are literally hundreds of millions of people around the world today that are members of a loyalty rewards program. Out the many different types of programs, travel still remains as one of the most popular. That being said, a large percentage of the people that participate in travel rewards programs do not know how to make the most of the programs. As with most things in life that require a decision, research is warranted to make the most of the programs you participate in. If you want that free flight to Asia sooner or want your reward program balance to grow faster, you can follow these nine steps to maximize the way you earn miles and rewards.

    Focus on a few programs but you can join many
    It is always best to focus on only a couple of programs (1 Airline, 1 Hotel, 1 Credit Card, etc) to put your miles into but sometimes you may be flying somewhere or renting a car that your primary program(s) don't partner with. In that case it can be worthwhile to find a program that does, since joining most loyalty programs is free it does not hurt to join them. In the end you may end up with some programs that have orphaned miles or points that you never use but on the other hand you may end up collecting more then you originally thought in that particular program so that you can redeem for a reward sometime in the future. If you do plan on using certain programs only occasionally, check out the rules of the program to see if points expire. Some programs don't have expiry dates so you can just leave the points in the program while other programs do have expiry dates. Expiry dates tend to be 1 to 3 years after your last action (earning or redemption) so keep track of your points and if you want to keep them make sure that you have activity in your account. In some cases it may be worthwhile to transfer those orphaned miles/points out of the program into your main program. A good example is if you have a low hotel program balance that would not be enough for a stay but enough to transfer to your airline program to increase the latter programs balance.

    Look for and take advantage of bonus mile offers

    Use bonus mile offers to your advantage, they are an easy way to work your way up to that reward you want to redeem for. This is what sites like Frequent Flyer Bonuses were initially started for, listing bonus offers in one site. But don't just read FrequentFlyerBonuses.com, read the emails the programs send you, don't delete them, you'll never know when a valuable offer could be hidden somewhere in the email. Check out the websites of the reward programs and other frequent flyer sites like webflyer.com, frequentflier.com, freefrequentflyermiles.com, milepoint.com or flyertalk.com.

    Search out offers, if you have to stay overnight in New York City and the Westin and the Hyatt both have the same rates, find out if one of them is offering a bonus mile or point opportunity and stay there. Do your research, your travel agent or online booking engine won't do it for you, in fact most are unaware of the hundreds of bonus offers that are out there.

    Register for every promotion even if you think you may not use it.

    Many of the bonus offers require registration and while you may not think you can take advantage of the bonus offer, register anyway. Who knows when your employer may send you to Vienna for a meeting and you don't remember or realize that the airline you're flying on was offering double miles on all flights to or from Vienna. By registering for an offer when you first see it, you're making sure you don't miss out on any bonus opportunities.

    Pay for everything with your mileage/point earning credit card

    This is by far the easiest way to rack up miles outside of actual flights with the airlines or stays with hotels. Put everything that you buy on your credit cards right down to the chocolate bar from the corner store. Every mile counts no matter where or how you earn it. If you have a card that has a 1.5x, 2x or even higher points/miles multiplier for certain types of retailers, make sure you use that card at those locations. Plus if you want to earn higher mileage from your card for places that don't have multipliers, buy gift cards for those merchants at places that offer you the 1.5x or 2x multiplier. Be warned however, if you run a balance and pay interest on your credit cards, those miles you earn will never be worth the money you lose in paying the interest. If this is your case get a low interest credit card, and lucky for you some low interest cards now carry rewards.

    Carry different credit cards

    Some bonus mile offers or other offers like free gift cards (see Cash in on other rewards below) require that you only use a specific credit card like a Visa. So if it is economically viable for you to do so, carry a Visa card, a MasterCard and an American Express. Think it may be expensive? Well there are quite a few no fee credit cards that earn points like the American Express Blue Sky credit card. Of course you don't even have to get a mileage card for your additional card, you could go for cash back rebates or merchandise but since this is an article on travel, why wouldn't you? Another method of earning more miles or points with credit cards is called churning. This entails applying for a card, receiving the sign up bonus and then cancelling the card followed by reapplying for the card sometime down the road to receive the bonus again. The time period that you have to wait to get the sign up bonus varies by card issuer so check with them first (or research it online) plus watch your credit scores, too many applications in a short period of time can have a negative effect on your credit rating.

    Double & Triple Dip
    Double dipping is the term coined for earning miles twice in one purchase or transaction. This basically involves your mileage earning credit card being used for a purchase where you also earn miles in the same program as the credit card. Buying something at a retailer that participates in your favourite loyalty program? Use your mileage or points earning credit card and then swiping your loyalty program card ensures you are double dipping.
    Triple dipping is little tougher then double dipping and mainly involves travel purchased on your credit card. Certain airlines and hotels may offer a mileage or point bonus if you buy airline tickets or book hotels through their website directly. Thus the triple dip in this case would be the online purchase bonus, the miles earned on the credit card plus the miles or points earned for taking the flight or completing the hotel stay.
    Double and Triple dipping does not have to involve the same program. You can always use a credit card that earns in one program while collecting the actual miles from another program for your flights, hotels, shopping or anything else you can earn miles on.

    Upgrade your flights

    Take steps to fly in business or first class by buying the ticket outright (the expensive way unless there is a really low or mistake fare) or by making sure that you meet criteria to get upgraded (this works more for those who are status members in their respective programs) to ensure that you earn the 25 to 200% class of service bonus associated with the upper classes of flying. This is an easy way to build up those mileage balances and your qualification for status.

    Cash in on other rewards

    Sometimes reward programs offer bonus or rewards other then miles. Some airlines have had promotions whereby you take three flights and you'll get one free. Same goes for hotels, many hotels have promotions that offer up free nights after a certain amount of stays. Hotels also like to offer gift cards for future travel after certain stays. In many cases you have to be a member of the respective company's reward program so this goes back to the beginning where you may just have to join the program to take advantage of the offer.

    Keep track of your miles and points

    If you don't keep track of your miles and/or points, you stand to miss out on potential rewards and even worse you can lose all the miles and points you earned thanks to programs inactivity or expiry rules. It can be extremely time consuming to keep track of all the programs you participate in but thankfully there are ways to make it easier. There are handful of websites out there that will help you keep track of your balances (and some also track your expiry dates) and most of them do it for free. Examples are sites like Awardwallet.com and Gomiles.com which are both free although Award Wallet does offer a paid upgrade version. Don’t like handing out your membership numbers and password/PIN codes to these sites? Then it can be as simple as creating a spreadsheet to help track your balances although you still have to manually check all your programs or you can download a program like Miletracker which runs on your computer and not a third party server.

    By following some or all of these steps you will see the balance in your reward programs grow faster then you think. Then those reward flights, nights or merchandise will be within arms reach and you won’t be waiting years to get them.

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