Best Bets – March, 22 2005

Best Bets – March, 22 2005

1. 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 Apr. 30 will earn a 42,000-mile bonus; OnePass members in BusinessFirst will earn the same. Registration required: http://www.ba.com/winteroffer http://www.continental.com/onepass/news/offerRegistration.asp. Use promo code 56084; aa.com/offers. Use promo code LONAA.

2. Marriott is once again giving Rewards members the opportunity to earn up the 10,000 bonus points through the MegaBonus promotion. Members who register online or by calling 1-888-MARRIOTT (627-7468) and stay until June 1 will earn 2,500 bonus points per stay, starting with the second stay – up to a total of 10,000 points.

3. 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 http://www.priorityclub.com/double. Or call 1-888-560-5660 and enter 1590 when prompted.

4. 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 offer 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, visit http://www.nwa.com/promo/missionformiles and enter promotion code 8722.

5. Triple miles never hurt anyone, and Choice Hotels Privileges knows it.
Through Apr. 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 choicehotels.com to qualify.

6. Registered Returns members who stay with La Quinta two separate times before April 30 will earn a free night. Members can earn up to three free nights during the promotion. Particularly pleasing is that the free nights are given away as points – 8,000, in fact – which means you won’t be as restricted as you might with a certificate or voucher. Go to http://www.lq.com for the details.

7. 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 http://www.FlyerTalk.com, clicking into the “Mileage Buzz” forum, and then entering “list of current mileage deals creating a buzz.”

8. 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 http://www.FLYi.com. 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.

9. Until May 31, Northwest will match up to 100 percent of standard miles earned on car partner rental transactions. For WorldPerks Visa Cardmembers, Northwest will double the bonus miles – up to a 200-percent match of standard miles earned. Register first, then rent at any participating Alamo Rent A Car, Dollar Rent a Car, National Car Rental or Thrifty Car Rental location, and ask for your WorldPerks miles when picking up your vehicle. To register and for more details, visit nwa.com and enter promotion code 8763.

10. America West FlightFund members who fly America West roundtrip in first class six times before Sept. 30 will be awarded Gold Elite status; three first-class roundtrips earn Silver status. Elite status earned through the promotion will remain in effect through Feb. 28, 2006. Tickets need to be purchased by June 30. Qualifying activity must be booked, purchased and flown in First Class. (First Rate upgrades from coach, upgrades based on mileage redemption or Elite status, award travel booked in First Class, and any other type of upgrade or complimentary travel do not qualify for this offer). Registration is required (http://www.americawest.com/flightfund/promotions/form.asp?promocode=FC05), the promo code is FC05.

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