Thursday, August 1, 2013

August 1 Update: Big Buy Miles Bonuses, Hilton Lake Las Vegas Bonus, new Air Canada routes

A new month is upon us and of course that means lots of new promotions. Two promos we keep seeing over and over are back and those are the buy miles bonuses from Avianca and US Airways which I touch upoin quickly here but thee offers themselves did have their own posts today (see links below)

News, Tips & Tricks

Many airlines offer buy miles bonuses and mores are not worth it unless you need to top off for an award or keep an account current but with the two best buy miles bonus offers back for August the questions should you take advantage of one or both them? For Avianca LifeMiles I would only if you plan on using the miles in the near future as they have been known to change redemption rates unannounced and then all of a sudden what was a good deal could turn bad. US Airways on the other hand can be held for longer as we won't see any changes to their redemptions as Dividend Miles will be absorbed by American's AAdvantage program if the AA/US merger is approved. If that happens then you will have a nice AAdvantage balance as those Dividend Miles should convert to AAdvantage when the program consolidate.

Air Canada will be launching two new routes which is always good as it means more options to earn and burn Aeroplan miles. The first is Toronto to Vail/Eagle Creek winter seasonal service that will run from mid-December to early April, obviously launched for the skiers and snowboarders while the other is for snowbirds, cruisers and sunbathers with a winter seasonal service between Halifax and Ft. Lauderdale. (Source Airline Route Updates 1, 2)

Bonus Offers

Air Canada Aeroplan
- Double Aeroplan Miles when you park with Park & Jet Calgary. More... Until Aug 31, 13

American AAdvantage
- Double AAdvantage Miles when you stage an event with a minimum spend of $6,500 USD at any participating The Langham, Langham Place, Eaton hotel or 88 Xintiandi. More... Book by Sep 30 for events until Dec 31, 13
- Earn up to 250 Bonus AAdvantage Miles when you redeem miles for Avis or Budget rentals. More... Until Oct 31, 13

Avianca LifeMiles
- 100% Bonus LifeMiles when you buy LifeMiles. To take advantage of the offer you must have been a LifeMiles member as of August 1. More... Until Aug 30, 13

Emirates Skywards
- Double Skywards Miles for stays at any of for stays at four select Hyatt Hotels in France. More... Until Sep 30, 13
- 1,500 Bonus Skywards Miles for stays at the Courtyard by Marriott Stockholm. More... Until Dec 31, 13
- Triple Skywards Miles for car rentals with Budget in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. More... Until Sep 30, 13

Hilton HHonors
- 1,000 Bonus Honors Points per night for stays at the Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa. More... Until Jan 1, 14

Turkish Miles&Smiles
- Earn up to Quadruple Miles&Smiles Miles when you rent a car at participating Hertz locations Worldwide. More... Until Sep 30, 13

United MileagePlus
- 600 Bonus MileagePlus Miles when you join the OpinionMilesClub. More... Until ?

US Airways Dividend Miles
- Earn up to 100% Bonus Dividend Miles when you buy Dividend Miles. More... Until Aug 31, 13

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