Friday, March 13, 2015

FFB News Round Up: Dividend Miles to merge into AAdvantage in April, Delta SkyMiles updates, Marriott to introduce Apple Pay at select locations


Per Loyalty Lobby, there is a notice in the latest US Airways Dividend Miles email stating that DM will be merged into American AAdvantage next month. Now is the time to redeem those Dividend Miles for the US Airways Reward Chart sweet spots!

"Next month, we’ll reach the next milestone on our path to integration by bringing Dividend Miles into the American Airlines AAdvantage® program. We’ll transfer your mileage balance and elite-qualifying activity into your new (or existing) AAdvantage account."
Aeroplan has launched a new initiative for its members called Goal Setter at  www.aeroplan.com/goals The idea is to help members reach their goals by offering them targeted opporunties to earn more miles. (Source Rewards Canada)

Delta SkyMiles announced more updates to their program. They are all good for once!

  • New One-Way Award tickets beginning as low as 10,000 miles plus taxes and fees, available through Dec. 31, 2015 for travel in select U.S., Mexican and Caribbean markets. Customers can now fly to several popular Award destinations with a 21-day minimum advance purchase.
  • Improved Award redemption by expanding the number of airline partners that SkyMiles members can select to redeem for Award Travel on delta.com. Delta recently updated the Fly Delta app to give customers the ability to book Award travel from mobile devices. Since January, Delta has offered customers the ability to book SkyMiles Award travel through the Fly Delta app.
  • Customers can now earn MQDs, regardless of ticketing carrier, for travel on most of Delta's airline partners, which will help them achieve Medallion status faster. SkyMiles members will receive retroactive credit of MQDs on eligible partner flights dating back to the beginning of the qualification year, Jan. 1, 2015. MQD earning varies based on carrier and percentage of distance flown as determined by Delta and fare class paid.
Delta Airlines has introduced a new pay with miles upgrade system which matches their whole move to a revenue based system. Upgrades on flights wholly within the 50 U.S. states can be upgraded with miles at a rate of .01 per mile per their example on their site. Not a great use of miles and also not too important to us yet as this is strictly for itinerairies within the U.S. (Source View from the Wing)

As of March 1st, South African Airways Voyager members can earn miles for Best Western stays Worldwide. The base earning rate is 500 miles per stay however there will be an introductory Triple Miles offer running in April and May. (Source SAA)

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Marriott Hotels will introduce Apple Pay at 11 of their locations in the U.S. this summer. (Source tnooz)


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