Best Bets – February, 22 2005

Best Bets – February, 22 2005

You’ll recall from our last issue that British Airways Executive Club is offering North American members the chance to earn at least 50,000 miles for every transatlantic roundtrip flown in ClubWorld or FIRST. Not to be outdone, both American AAdvantage and Continental OnePass have matched the offer. AAdvantage members traveling in business and first class on U.S.-London flights through April 30 will earn a 42,000-mile bonus; OnePass members in BusinessFirst will earn the same.

US Airways, while not quite matching the offer, is offering its own bonus for trips between the U.S. and London/Gatwick or Manchester. Through March 1, Dividend Miles members on that route will earn 7,500 bonus miles in coach and 15,000 bonus miles in Envoy Class.

InterContinental Hotels Group has brought back its “Double Points or Double Miles” promotion for Priority Club members. Members earn double their usual number of points or miles beginning with their second qualifying stay until April 30. Guests of Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites start earning double with the first qualifying stay of at least five consecutive nights.
To register, visit Or call 1-888-560-5660 and enter 1590 when prompted.

Alaska Mileage Plan continues its winning ways with yet another award sale – this time offering discounted award travel between any city in Colorado, Montana, Idaho, Oregon or Washington and the California cities of San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Sacramento or Long Beach.

Book your award travel online at for travel on Alaska Airlines or Horizon Air and save 7,000 miles off the regular 20,000-mile Mileage Plan Coach Saver award.

This offer is valid for travel between Jan. 10 and March 15. In addition to the standard Saver award blackout dates, the 7,000-mile discount is not available on Feb. 17-21 or 26-27.

Northwest Airlines WorldPerks is running a special deal that earns miles for hotel stays through its “WorldPerks Mission for Miles” promotion Jan. 17 to May 15.

The two-part offer dangles the chance to win 100,000 bonus miles (and more!) for members who merely sign up for the sweepstakes online. It also finds Northwest matching up to 100 percent of standard miles earned on multiple hotel stays. Participating hotel partners include Hilton Hotels and Resorts, Marriott, InterContinental Hotels Group and Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

For full details and to register and play the game, visit and enter promotion code 8722.

Triple miles never hurt anyone, and Choice Hotels Privileges knows it. Through April 30, eligible stays at Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, MainStay Suites, Econo Lodge or Rodeway Inn hotel in the U.S. or Caribbean will earn triple miles or credits with participating airline programs.

Reservations must be made online at to qualify.

Southwest Rapid Rewards’ “bonus credit for online booking” promotion runs to April 1. The one-credit-per-roundtrip booking offer essentially allows members to earn three credits for each roundtrip, making a free flight (at 16 credits) available after just over five roundtrips. (One-way flyers earn half a credit.)

Are we reading this right? It seems that after we’ve been touting the standard 15,000-mile bonus for getting a United Mileage Plus Visa card, someone’s come along and topped it. At least for the foreseeable future, successful applicants for the United Mileage Plus Signature Visa card will now earn a full 20,000 miles on their first purchase. The link is too long to reproduce here, but interested applicants can find out more by logging on to, clicking into the “Mileage Buzz” forum, and then entering “list of current mileage deals creating a buzz.”

Feeling Independent? Enough to get a free flight in half the time? Through June 30, members of upstart Independence Air’s iCLUB will net double points for flights booked online at Remember that through iCLUB, members earn one point for every dollar spent. With free trips starting at 1,500 points, members need only spend $750 during the promotional period.

Until March 30, Best Western Gold Crown Club International members can earn up to 2,500 bonus miles after five qualifying stays. Earn 250 base miles after 1 stay; 250 base miles plus 250 bonus miles for 500 total miles after two stays; 250 base miles plus 500 bonus miles for 750 total miles after three stays; 250 base miles plus 750 bonus miles for 1,000 total miles after four stays; and 250 bonus miles for the fifth through 10th stays. Registration is required at

Take one, two or three roundtrips to Europe by March 14 and earn up to 60,000 bonus miles (in addition to regular miles) from American Airlines AAdvantage. Eight European destinations qualify: Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Manchester, Paris, Rome and Zurich. For example, fly first, business or full-fare economy class and earn 10,000 bonus miles for your first jaunt, 20,000 for your second and 30,000 for your third. Even if all you can eke out is one discounted economy class roundtrip, you’ll still pick up an extra 5,000 miles over your usual earnings. For details visit

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