Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sep 17 Update: Asia Miles 2014 Mega Miles promotion, Fuel Surcharge Avoidance reminder, 4x Dividend Miles on Hertz rentals

A nice mix of items for you today!

News, Tips & Tricks

Yesterday Cathay Pacific released their 2014 Mega Miles promotion. This is a promotion for using Asia Miles non-airline partners and awards bonuses for earning miles via their large portfolio of partners. Here in Canada one of the easiest ways is for those who have the RBC Cathay Pacific Asia Miles Visa Platinum card or those who have one of the following credit cards that can convert points to Asia Miles (Amex Membership Rewards and RBC Avion are excluded)
CIBC Petro Points MasterCard (C$1 = 1 - 1.5 Asia Miles)
Marriott Rewards Premier Visa (C$1 = 0.15 - 0.25 Asia Miles)
Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express (C$1 = 1 Asia Mile)
Sears Voyage MasterCard (C$1 = 1.2 - 3.6 Asia Miles*)

The Asia Miles offer has almost all their other  non-airline partners involved in these categories:

When you collect miles from these partners Asia Miles will total all of the eligible miles earned and you'll receive a bonus based on those number of miles you earned as follows:

As you can see to achieve the biggest worthwhile bonuses you have to earn quite a few miles (bonus miles from hotels, car rentals etc. do not count, only base miles do) but a lot of that can be achieved with spend made on an eligible credit card or from converting from a Hotel/Shopping program! Sign up/welcome bonuses from these cards do not count as eligible miles. You have until October 31st to earn miles and I hope that some of you can reach the 25,000 bonus mile level! If you do please let us know how you did it (ie what combination of mileage earning did you complete!). You can register for the offer here.

In other news we completed another interview yesterday about fuel surcharges on frequent flyer and Air Miles award tickets we just reminded us to remind you of our indepth post on how to avoid or mitigate fuel surcharges.

Also a reminder for those tracking 787 flights, British Airways finally brought their 787 into YYC yesterday and that will be the regular aircraft on this route now.

Travel Deals Canada: Thanksgiving Sale - Save up to 30%! Book by 10/13/14, Travel between 10/9/14 - 10/20/14

Bonus Offers

AeroMexico Club Premier
- 1,000 Club Premier Kilometers per night for stays on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at participating Hilton hotels and resorts in Mexico. More... Until Dec 14, 14

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
- Double Elite Qualifying Mileage Plan Miles when you fly between Seattle and Detroit. More... Until Oct 31, 14

Best Western Rewards
- 500 Bonus Rewards points when booking the Amsterdam Bicycle rate, or Amsterdam City Break rate at BEST WESTERN PLUS Hotel Blue Square. More... booking. Until ?

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
- Earn up to 25,000 Bonus Asia Miles when you complete eligible mileage earning transactions with Asia Miles non-airline partners. More... Until Oct 31, 14

Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles (on only)
- Receive a GarudaMiles Discount when you redeem GarudaMiles for award travel between Jakarta and Jambi. More... Until Oct 31, 14

Iberia Plus
- Triple Avios and up to 33% offe when you rent from Hertz Worldwide during the Hertz Global sale. More... Book by Sep 30 for rentals until Dec 31, 14

La Quinta Returns
- Earn up to Triple Returns Points for stays at participating La Quinta locations in the U.S. More... Until Oct 9, 14

MEA Middle East Airlines Cedar Miles
- Double Cedar Miles for stays at the Salalah Rotana Resorta. More... Until Dec 31, 14

Shangri-La Hotels Golden Circle
- Double GC Award Points when staying in a Valley Wing Premier Room at Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing. More... Oct 1 - Dec 31, 14
- Double GC Award Points when staying in a One Bedroom Suite at the Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai. More... Sep 22 - Dec 20, 14

US Airways Dividend Miles
- Quadruple Dividend Miles & Save Up to 35% on all vehicles and any length rental at participating airport and off airport locations in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. More... Until Dec 31, 14

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