Best Bets – September, 23 2003

Best Bets – September, 23 2003
  1. Hotel Rewards by iDine has quietly been offering the best mileage-earning opportunity for frequent guests in the industry since May 1.

    Just register a credit card, and every dollar you spend on that card at a participating hotel earns miles.

    How many? Try five miles per dollar with nine major airline programs. To put that in perspective: If an iDine customer stays three nights at a participating hotel at $200 a night, he’ll spend $600 dollars, and earn 3,000 miles.

    By comparison, a member of a major hotel chain who’s just after miles might earn two miles per dollar. For a comparable stay, that’s just 1,200 miles.

    There’s no cap to the number of miles you can earn.

    Call (877) 491-3463 to register, or visit online at

  2. In recognition of reaching the 10-million-member mark, ANA Mileage Club is offering a 20-percent reduction on all ANA international and domestic flights. That’s a lot of members, and a lot of discounted miles. An economy-class award from the U.S. to Japan, for example, will be reduced from 50,000 miles to 40,000 miles. The offer lasts until Nov. 14. Call the AMC Award Reservation Desk at (800) 262-4653 or visit online at
  3. You can still earn double credit when you book your flight at and fly by Dec. 31, 2003. With double credit you can earn a free flight in as few as four roundtrips. This one is headed to the frequent flyer marketing Hall of Fame. What is amazing is how long they have extended this bonus. Keep clicking and keep flying.
  4. Frequent travelers who stay at any Fiesta Americana Grand, Fiesta Americana or Fiesta Inn in Mexico through Dec. 19 will receive 1,000 bonus miles per night in either the AeroMexico Club Premier, Alaska Mileage Plan, American AAdvantage, Continental OnePass, Delta SkyMiles or Mexicana Frecuenta program. In addition, guests will receive a free night certificate good for one year and complimentary Gold status in the Grupo Posadas Fiesta Rewards program.
  5. Bring a friend for free! Through the end of the year, use your MasterCard to pay for an economy-class ticket on SWISS from the U.S. to any SWISS destination and you’ll earn a free companion ticket. Call (800) 568-0308 and refer to code G*LCN5W4, or visit online at to take advantage of this offer.
  6. In an unusual move for the increasingly stingy rental car industry, Thrifty Car Rental is offering triple frequent flyer miles on eight airlines, and triple points at Hilton until Nov. 14. Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan, American AAdvantage, Continental OnePass and Delta SkyMiles members can earn triple (150 miles) their normal mileage award per rental day when renting through America West FlightFund, Northwest WorldPerks, United Mileage Plus and US Airways Dividend Miles members can earn triple (750 miles) their normal mileage award. Hilton HHonors members will receive triple (750 points) their normal point award when paying for their stay with a Visa card at all U.S. Hilton locations. A two-day minimum is required and applies to compact cars and above. Advance reservations must be made at, by clicking on the Partner Promotions page and selecting the appropriate partner reward program.
  7. It’s fall promotion time again for hotel programs, and that means big bonuses for you.

    Through the end of the year, Hilton HHonors members can opt to earn a 50-percent bonus on HHonors base points in lieu of airline miles; Hyatt brings back its “Faster Free Nights,” allowing members to earn a free night after every two stays paid with a MasterCard; Marriott is offering double points for stays paid with a Visa card; Priority Club is offering double points or double miles for every qualifying stay; and Starwood has announced that three nights earn a free weekend night.

  8. Until Dec. 15, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members can earn up to 100,000 bonus miles based on the number of segments flown. Five segments net 5,000 miles; 10 segments, 15,000 miles; 15 segments, 30,000 miles; 25 segments, 55,000 miles; and 35 or more segments, 100,000 miles. Keep in mind that these are segments, so even a direct roundtrip will count as two. One hundred thousand miles for 18 roundtrips? Not bad. Visit for details.
  9. On the heels of the latest “Fly internationally in Business Class, get a free ticket” craze, Virgin takes it a step further.

    Until Dec. 10, members who fly in Upper Class to London will receive two free Economy tickets on Virgin Atlantic to London, or two free tickets on Delta Air Lines to anywhere within the continental U.S., Alaska or Canada. Premium Economy passengers can earn one free ticket on Virgin or Delta.

    The offer is only good for U.S. flying club members. All travel must be completed by Dec. 15. Pre-registration is required before travel commences. Visit for more information.

  10. And you thought earning miles from car rentals was passe (or at least very slow). From now until the end of the year, British Airways Executive Club members can earn up to 6,000 miles by renting a car with Avis. Members who register at will get an additional 500 miles on their second rental, 1,000 miles on the fourth, and 1,500 miles on their sixth. Blue members, use code B335100; Silver and Gold members, use B335300.

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