Friday, May 29, 2015

Earning Stories: 7,200 Club Carlson Points on a 4 day National Car Rental

Welcome to the next post in the Earning Stories series right here on Frequent Flyer Bonuses. For years we have provided you with the details on earning points and miles (both regular earning and bonus opportunities) and these stories show the actual offers in action.

This story revolves around my recent family trip and looks at the earning story for our car rental by crediting the rental to Carlson Rezidor Hotels Club Carlson program.

The car rental was made through National as they had the best pricing on the vehicle type we wanted and included unlimited mileage.  I booked the offer using the National Car Rental promotion for Club Carlson members of 1,500 Bonus Points per day that I took off of our Club Carlson Bonus Points page:


Both Avis and Budget have amazing bonuses for Club Carlson members but they were more expensive and included kilometer restrictions so it made choosing National even easier. Not to mention I am still pestering Budget and Club Carlson for my 8,250 Bonus Points for an early April rental!  Budget says they submitted it and Club Carlson hasn't responded to my email yet. So next week I'll chase those points again.

At the outset of this rental we ended up earning the 1,200 base Club Carlson Points (300 per day) plus the 6,000 bonus points from the offer (1,500 per day) All told 7,200 points posted from the rental which is not too far off from a 9,000 point award night redemption! They also posted within a week of the completion of the rental! I think Budget could learn from this.

Here are screen shot of the points that posted:


There you go. Bonus Points offers in action!

Overall I think this was yet another great earning action for the rental and for what we paid. We like to rent SUVs but I could see people getting an even better return on a promotion like this by renting a smaller vehicle that does not cost as much! 


Tips for Car Rentals
- Watch the rates that include bonus miles - For us it is about 50/50 in terms of earning bonuses on rentals, many times rates are out there that are quite a bit cheaper and provide more value versus paying more and earning more miles. For a complete list of car rental bonus offers see this page on the main Rewards Canada site.
- Read the fine print - When a bonus offer is available be sure that your rental meets the criteria. Those are primarily minimum number of rental days and vehicle type. There are many promotions that don't get awarded on the smallest/cheapest vehicles.
- Join the Car Rental company's program - Hertz Gold Plus Rewards, National Emerald Club and others all provide great benefits such as dedicated check in counters, bypass check in counters and more.

May 29 Bonus Offer Highlight: Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer - 50% off select Economy Save Award Tickets

The last Bonus Offer Highlight of the week goes to a discounted award flight offer. Singapore Airlines is celebrating 50 years with a 50% discount on Economy Saver tickets on select routes like London, Cape Town, Houston, Brisbane and more. Other bonuses to check out include the latest Air France KLM Flying Blue Promo Awards, Finnair Plus' first time booking bonus with Rocketmiles and Virgin America's newest buy points bonus.


Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
50% KrisFlyer Miles Discount when you redeem your KrisFlyer miles for an Economy Saver award ticket online and travel within the same period to selected destinations. Full Details Until Jul 10, 15



All the Bonus Offers added today:
Air France KLM Flying Blue
- June Promo Awards Save 25% to 50% on the Award Miles usually required for an award ticket. Destinations vary by each promotional period. More... Book between Jun 1 - 30 for travel between Aug 1 - Sep 30, 15

Avianca LifeMiles
- Earn up to 6x LifeMiles for Hertz rentals in Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Holland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States. More... Until Jun 30, 15

Finnair Plus
- 3,000 Bonus Plus Points on your first Rocketmiles booking. More... Book by Aug 31, 15

Hilton HHonors
- Double HHonors Points or Double Airline MIles for eligible stays at participating Hilton Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. More... Jun 1 - Aug 31, 15

La Quinta Returns
- 500 FREE La Quinta Points for watching the California Travel Advisor video. More... Until Jun 30, 15

Qantas Frequent Flyer
- 30,000 Bonus Frequent Flyer Points when you apply for the Woolworths Money Qantas Platinum Credit Card. More... Until Jun 30, 15

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
- 50% KrisFlyer Miles Discount when you redeem your KrisFlyer miles for an Economy Saver award ticket online and travel within the same period to selected destinations. More... Until Jul 10, 15

Virgin America Elevate
- Up to 60% Bonus Elevate Points when you buy or gift Elevate points. More... Until Jun 25, 15



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Air France KLM Flying Blue - Save up to 50% with Promo Awards for travel August 1 - September 30, 2015


The newest set of Air France KLM's Promo Awards were released today but won't be bookable until Monday June 1st (well 6pm EST on the 31st) We have provided lots of coverage on the Promo Awards before but a quick reminder of what they are. They are discounts on award tickets for travel on Air France, KLM and occasionally other Flying Blue airlines like Air Europa and Kenya Airways. The discount ranges from 25 to 50% off the regular amount of miles required. As you can see just by the discount this can be a very good offer if you get 50% off for Business Class! Some highlights for this month are 50% off Economy Class between Europe and Punta Cana,  50% off some Air France of economy class flights within France (great for those who are already heading off to Europe but haven't booked your flights within France yet) while this month sees another very poor showing for North America with only 25% off Economy Class awards between Boston or Houston and Europe.

Offer Details:
Save up to 50% with Promo Awards Save 25% to 50% on the Award Miles usually required for award ticket. Destinations vary by each promotional period. Full Details Book between Jun 1-30 for travel between Aug 1 - Sep 30, 15

Here are just some of the offers available for booking during June:



Hilton HHonors Double Points or Miles extended to August 31 with all hotels participating!


Hilton HHonors has decided to extend their current Double Points or Double Miles offer that was supposed to end on May 31st to August 31st! This is great news for Hilton HHonors members and what is even better news is that the original promotion had a large list of hotels not participating who are now included! In fact all 4,200+ Hilton Hotels are part of the promotion between June 1st and August 31st!  The question now is, is Hilton having issues with their systems that would allow them to do targeted offers? Hilton announced early in the year that they would only run two systemwide bonuses this year and then have targeted offers for members but with this offer simply being extended we would be led to believe they still have some work to do to get to those targeted offers.

Offer Details
Double HHonors Points or Double Airline Miles for eligible stays at Hilton Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. Full Details, Online Registration and Booking  (Registration is required) Jun 1 - Aug 31, 15

Find more Hilton HHonors bonus point offers on our HHonors page.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Marriott Rewards: 2,000 Bonus Airline Miles for 2+ night stays across Europe this summer


Marriott has released a new summer bonus offer for all of their airline partners offering 2,000 extra miles or Avios for 2 night stays that include a Friday or Saturday night.  It appears that most properties in Europe are participating as over there over 250 hotels available. We did a quick check for stays at the Courtyard Zurich North and the rate is the same as their best available rate yet it comes with a better cancellation policy. Be sure to check all available rates against this one to make sure you get good value out of it.



Offer Details
2,000 Bonus Airline Miles/Avios when you stay a minimum of two nights, including a Friday or Saturday night at over 250 participating hotels across Europe. Full details and online booking Jun 1 - Sep 13, 15

May 28 Bonus Offer Highlight: Hilton HHonors - 100% Bonus when buying HHonors Points

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Today's Bonus Offer Highlight was already listed in our Buy Miles/Points Bonus summary posted earlier but we need to highlight it as it can be a great deal. The offer is for a 100% bonus on buying Hilton HHonors points. Normally it costs $10 for every 1,000 points but with the bonus it brings it down to $5 per 1,000 or 5 cents per point. This is an offer where it can be totally worth it to buy the points for hotel stays as you can you pull out value of 8 cents or more on certain redemptions (check out Loyatly Travelers evaluation here!). Other bonuses added today that you should also check out include Cathay Pacific's Double Miles for Dusseldorf-Hong Kong flights, Marriott's 2,000 bonus airline miles for stays in Europe and a free points offer from Spirit Airlines.


Hilton HHonors
100% Bonus HHonors Points when you buy HHonors points online. Full details Until Jun 17, 15



All the Bonus Offers added today:
Air Canada / Aeroplan
- 500 Bonus Aeroplan Miles when you redeem Aeroplan Miles for a Best Western Hotel stay. More... Until Sep 7, 15
- 500 Bonus Aeroplan Miles when you redeem Aeroplan Miles for a Fairmont Hotel stay. More... Until Sep 7, 15
- Double Aeroplan Miles when you Shop in store at Home Hardware, Building Centre and Furniture locations, or online at homehardware.ca. More... Until Jun 6, 15
- 200 Bonus Aeroplan Miles when you redeem Aeroplan Miles for an Avis car rental. More... Until Sep 7, 15

Air France KLM Flying Blue
- 3,000 Bonus Flying Blue Miles when you book the ‘Suite Miles’ rate with a suite for two nights or more at over 100 participating Worldhotels properties Worldwide. More... Until Dec 31, 15

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
- Double Asia Miles when you fly on Cathay Pacific between Düsseldorf and Hong Kong. More... Valid for residents of Germany only Sep 1 - Nov 30, 15

Hilton HHonors
- 100% Bonus HHonors Points when you buy HHonors points online. More... Until Jun 17, 15
- Earn up to 1,000 Bonus HHonors Points when you dine during your stay at the Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel & Conference Center. More... Full Details and online booking Until ?

Marriott Rewards
- 2,000 Bonus Airline Miles/Avios when you stay a minimum of two nights, including a Friday or Saturday night at over 250 participating hotels across Europe. More... Jun 1 - Sep 13, 15

Spirit Airlines Free Spirit
- 1,500 FREE Free Spirit Points for completing a questionnaire. More... Until ?


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Summary of all current Buy, Gift, Transfer Mile & Point bonus offers

This summary is taken straight from our FFB Buy, Gift, Transfer Mile and Point Bonus Opportunities page. (http://www.frequentflyerbonuses.com/buymilesoffers.html)

Some offers end in a day or two like the Avianca Offer and the SPG offer which is a great deal when converting to airlines like Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan. Also check out the 100% on Hilton HHonors points purchases.

Alitalia MilleMiglia 35% Bonus MilleMiglia Miles when you purchase MilleMiglia miles. Full details

Until May 31, 15
American AAdvantage Earn up to 50,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles when you buy or gift AAdvantage Miles online. Full details
15,000 - 29,000 = 3,500 bonus miles
30,000 - 44,000 = 10,000 bonus miles
45,000 - 59,000 = 20,000 bonus miles
60,000 - 74,000 = 30,000 bonus miles
75,000 - 89,000 = 40,000 bonus miles
90,000 - 100,000 = 50,000 bonus miles

Until Jun 12, 15
Avianca LifeMiles Earn up to 120% Bonus LifeMiles when you buy LifeMiles online. You must be a LifeMiles member as of May 4 to purchase. Full details
- Residents of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, United States and Colombia receive 100% bonus, all others receive a 120% bonus
Until May 29, 15
British Airways Executive Club Earn up to 25% Bonus Avios when you purchase or gift Avios. If you buy between 5,000 and 26,000 Avios you’ll receive a 15% bonus or a 25% bonus when you buy over 27,000 Avios. Full Details
Until Jun 11, 15
Finnair Plus Earn up to 40% Bonus Plus Points when you buy Finnair Plus points. Full details
Buy 1,000–5,000 points = 0% bonus
Buy 6,000–19,000 points = 15% bonus
Buy 20,000–39,000 points = 25% bonus
Buy 40,000–50,000 points = 40% bonus

Until Jun 30, 15
Jet Airways JetrPrivilege 20% Bonus JetPrivilege Miles when you purchase 3,000 or more JPMiles online at jetairways.com. Full details
Until Jun 10, 15
United MileagePlus Up to a 30% Discount when you purchase MileagePlus miles (save an extra 5% if you purchase by May 28). Full details
Until Jun 8, 15
United MileagePlus 20% Bonus MileagePlus miles when you transfer miles to another MileagePlus member. Full details
Until Jun 1, 15
Virgin America Elevate Up to 60% Bonus Elevate Points when you buy or gift Elevate points. Full details.
Buy 1,500 - 4,500 Elevate points and get 30% more bonus points
Buy 5,000+ Elevate points and get 60% more bonus points
Until Jun 25, 15
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club 20% Bonus Flying Club Miles when you buy miles online. Full Details
Until Jun 3, 15
Hilton HHonors 100% Bonus HHonors Points when you buy HHonors points online. Full details

Until Jun 17, 15
Starwood Preferred Guest Save up to 25% when you buy or gift Starpoints Find our more and buy/gift points here

• Get 10% off 5,000–9,500 Starpoints
• Get 15% off 10,000–14,500 Starpoints
• Get 20% off 15,000–19,500 Starpoints
• Get 25% off 20,000 Starpoints
Until May 31, 15

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

FFB Travel Deal Round Up: Ethiopian LAX-DUB for $999, 30% off Hilton stays in EMEA, 15% off Hertz Weekend rentals



airBaltic's latest seat sale sees fares as low as 39EUR for travel over the busy summer season! Book by May 31 for travel June 20 - August 31. Find out more here.


Ethiopian Airlines
is celebrating the launch of their Los Angeles service (via Dublin) to AddisAbaba with great fares of $1299 to Addis or $999 to Dublin. Find out more here.


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Fairmont Hotels offers Diners Club cardholders 10% off Best Available Rate, Early check-in, based on availability and Late check- out, based on availability. Book by Dec 31, 15 for stay until Mar 31, 16. Find out more here.


Millennium & Copthorne Hotels: Complimentary Tea, Wi fi & Breakfast for stays at The Bailey’s Hotel London Book before 28 June 2015, using promo code BRITAIN, to take advantage of this fantastic offer! Book this offer here
 
Hilton: Save up to 30% off across Europe, Middle East & Africa in the Hilton Summer Sale with rates as low as £59. Booking Dates: 19th May – 23rd August 2015 Stay Dates: Weekends from Friday 22nd May – Monday 27th September (All week from Friday 24th July – 31st August) Full details and online booking


Hilton: Up to 30% off hotels across South East Asia with Hilton Hotels and Resorts Booking Dates: 11 May – 30 Jun 2015 Stay dates : 14 May – 31 Oct 2015 Full details and online booking

Hertz Get 15% off on your next weekend rental. Ends 6/30.

Thrifty Save 15% on your next Weekly or Weekend rental of Mid-size SUV, Regular SUV, Minivan or Luxury cars. Offer valid for booking now at participating locations. Pick up from now until June 15, 2015. Use promo code SML15

British Airways: Up to 4,000 Bonus Avios on flights Worldwide (For U.K. and Rep. of Ireland Residents only)


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The U.K. got shafted by being excluded on the current Transatlantic premium class bonuses being offered to North Americans and Continental Europeans. So this offer is little consolation that provides a bonus of 4,000 Avios on long haul routes or 500 bonus Avios on short haul routes and select Iberia routes. Still it is better than nothing!

Offer Details
Earn up to 4,000 Bonus Avios when you fly with British Airways. Earn 4,000 bonus Avios on any British Airways operated long haul service or 500 bonus Avios on any British Airways operated short haul service plus Iberia and Iberia Express services to Madrid, Tenerife North, Las Palmas and Palma de Mallorca. Full details & online registration. Until Jul 14, 15
This offer is only open to residents or the U.K. or Republic of Ireland

HT to Head for Points

Starwood Preferred Guest: Up to 20,000 Bonus Starpoints for 4+ night stays in the Maldives


Big prices command big bonuses!

Offer Details

20,000 Bonus Starpoints for stays of 4 or more nights at the W Retreat & Spa - Maldives or 10,000 Bonus Starpoints for stays of 4 or more nights at the Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa. Full details and online booking Until Dec 20, 15

May 27 Bonus Offer Highlight: Finnair Plus - Double Points to/from Bangkok or Delhi


We can't recall the last time we've seen more than two or three bonus offers for the Finnair Plus program and now with today's Bonus Offer Highlight from the program we've seen double that number in a little over a month! The bonus added today is a double points offer for Finnair flights to/from Bangkok and Delhi in Business Class. Other offers that should be on your radar include the Best Western systemwide bonus we first brought you yesterday, a new systemwide British Airways flight offer out of the U.K. (HT to Head for Points) and United has yet another buy miles discount.


Finnair Plus
Double Plus Points when you fly Finnair in Business Class between Bangkok and Helsinki, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo and or Gothenburg, and vice versa, and Delhi and Helsinki, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo or Gothenburg, and vice versa. Register online (Registration is required) Register by Jun 12 for travel Sep 1 - Dec 15, 15



All the Bonus Offers added today:
Air Canada / Aeroplan
- 1,500 Bonus Aeroplan Miles on weekend rentals of 2+ days or weekly rentals of 3+ days with Avis in Canada, the U.S. Europe, Australia and New Zealand. More... Until Jun 30, 15
- 2,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles on Avis Signature Series, Specialty vehicles and other larger vehicles in Canada and the U.S.. More... Until Jul 31, 15
- Earn up to 2,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles and up to 35% off on qualifying weekly Hertz rentals in Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the U.S.. More... Until Sep 30, 15
- 5,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles for a monthly rental of 28 or more days with Hertz in Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the U.S.  . More... Pick up by Jun 30, 15

Best Western Rewards
- 1,000 Bonus Rewards for each qualifying Best Western stay Worldwide. More... May 26 - Sep 7, 15

British Airways Executive Club
- Earn up to 4,000 Bonus Avios when you fly with British Airways from the U.K.. More... This offer is only open to residents or the U.K. or Republic of Ireland Until Jul 14, 15

Finnair Plus
- Double Plus Points when you fly Finnair in Business Class between Bangkok and Helsinki, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo and or Gothenburg, and vice versa, and Delhi and Helsinki, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo or Gothenburg, and vice versa. More... Register by Jun 12 for travel Sep 1 - Dec 15, 15

IHG Rewards Club
- IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks Redeem only 5,000 points for stays at select hotels Worldwide. More... Until Jul 31, 15

Le Club accorhotels
- Earn up to 1,000 Bonus Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays at participating Accor Hotels in Belgium, Luxembourg or the Netherlands. More... Book by Jun 14 for stays between Jul 1 - 31, 15
- Triple Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays of 2 or more nights at participating Accor Hotels in Italy, Greece or Israel. More... Book by Jun 30 for stays until Aug 31, 15

TAP Portugal Victoria
- Triple Victoria Milesfor stays at the Vila Galé Rio de Janeiro. More... Until Jun 17, 15

United MileagePlus
- Up to a 30% Discount when you purchase MileagePlus miles (save an extra 5% if you purchase by May 28). More... Until Jun 8, 15


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