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If you have an American Airlines credit card, you can get some award travel for only 17,500 miles for coach or 42,500 for business/first class. Each quarter, a reduced mileage award list is released. The 2011 Q4 list has been released. To get the lower mileage award, a MileSAAver award has to be available. Then you call the American AAdvantage Reservations desk at 800-882-8880 and tell them the flights you want and the Award Code.
In a previous post, I talked about how you could tack on a free leg to Hawaii to a return trip from South America. I posted about it on Milepoint and got a question about how exactly it worked. So here are some screen shots.
You want to go to www.aa.com. Check the Redeem AAdvantage Miles checkbox and click on the Multi-City hyperlink.
Next, you choose the South American city you are traveling back from and the US gateway city on the first leg. On the second leg, you choose the US gateway city and the Hawaiian airport you want to go to. Notice how I chose February 25 for my first flight and July 28 for my second. After you’ve filled out the other fields according to your needs, click the Go button.
On the next screen, pick the dates you want to travel. Notice that the Hawaiian leg has — in the box. That means that it won’t cost you any miles to do that leg! You can even see in the information box that American Airlines is telling you that “This international award allows a stopover at Miami – MIA for no additional miles.” Click the flights you want for both legs and then click the Continue button.
Select the actual flights you want to take and then click Continue.
Fill out the final page, make your payment for taxes, and you’re on your way! For 15,000 miles and about $66 dollar, you get a trip back from South America and a trip out to Hawaii! Not bad at all. You will need to book one-way award tickets to South America and back from Hawaii as well. When you’re doing that, you can use this same type of technique to continue the cheap award travel. Europe to any US city is the same cost (including Hawaii). So on the return trip from Hawaii, you could, instead of just going back to your home, book a trip from Hawaii to a US gateway city with a stopover on your way to Europe. Or you could go back to South America using the stopover trick.
New members that sign up for the Frontier EarlyReturns program get 1,000 bonus miles. These miles can be redeemed for miles on the following other airlines via Points.com:
- 153 American Airlines miles
- 153 Continental miles
- 184 US Airways miles
- 138 Delta miles
- 297 Priority Club points
- 297 AsiaMiles
- 148 Aeroplan miles
Transferring the points will allow you to extend the expiration of your miles in the account you transfer the points to.
Citi just posted their Q3 AAdvantage reduced mileage locations, and I have to say it kind of stinks. I can’t believe how short the list is. There are only locations in the Midwest, Southeast and Southwest. There are no locations in Northeast, West Coast or Canada. I know it’s summer so they are trying to maximize revenue since a lot of people will be traveling. However, it’s still quite disappointing. Hopefully if you wanted to make plans for this summer you got in on the 30th anniversary special AA was running.
American Express is offering a 50% bonus when you transfer Membership Rewards points to British Airways now through July 31. I think this is a great offer for anyone who got in on the recent Amex 50k deal. There is also a targeted 75k Amex deal running. You could call Amex to see if you’re eligible for the sign-up bonus. The offer code is 5894.
As I’ve talked about in previous posts, I love that British Airways has unlimited stopovers. British Airways miles can be redeemed on a number of partner airlines including American Airlines. I am awfully tempted to transfer my miles over.
Starwood Hotels Pay Your Birth Year Promotion
Starwood Hotels (Sheraton, Westin, W, Four Points, Meridien, aloft, and element) is running a promotion where your second and third night rates will be equal the last 2 digits of your birth year at participating hotels. For select luxury hotels, the rate is $100 plus your birth year for the second and third nights. You pay regular rates for your first night.
National Donut Day
Today is National Donut Day! You can get a free donut at Krispie Kreme (no other purchase necessary) and Dunkin Donuts (with a drink purchase) at participating locations and while supplies last.