Tuesday, July 30, 2013

July 30 Update: Starwood Luxury Privileges program, PointsHound vs. RocketMiles, more bonuses

Second full day back at it! More past news, some older bonuses and some new ones too. Enjoy!

News, Tips & Tricks

Starwood Hotels has announced a new 'Luxury Privileges' program that offers special privileges and perks for booking participating hotels through select professional travel agents. For full details see this post on FlyerTalk

PointsHound the online hotel booking site that has been mentioned a few times here on Rewards Canada has lost United as mileage earning partner. It appears that United has taken a 'strategic interest' in RocketMiles, a competing site of PointsHound.com and has dropped Pointshound.com as a partner. Pointshound.com members who were chose United MileagePlus as their earning preference will have to choose a different program to place their miles into and as a goodwill gesture it looks like Pointshound is awarding those members with bonus points which can be claimed in the program of your choice on your next booking.

Meanwhile, their competitor RocketMiles has added a lot more cities to their service. They now offer miles on hotel bookings in over 150 cities around the sWorld. They have also added Etihad Guest as a mileage earning partner.

WestJet has announced new mainline and Encore routes that further expand their reach and of course provides WestJet Rewards members more flights to earn WestJet dollars on or more miles for American AAdvantage members. The new Encore routes are Regina-Winnipeg, Saskatoon-Winnipeg, Vancouver-Kamloops, Vancouver-Terrace while mainline sees a new Calgary-Miami route. Over and above these new routes are a lot of frequency additions on many WestJet and WestJet Encore routes. (Source Airline Route Update 1,2)

Travel Deals
Best Western is offering 3 nights for the price of 2 for stays at many of their hotels in Germany. The offer is a non-refundable rate (so only book if you are 100% sure you are going to stay) but the stays will earn Best Western Rewards points. Full details and online booking

Bonus Offers

China Southern Sky Pearl Club
- Earn up to 500 Bonus SkyPearl Kilometers when you fly on China Southern flights CZ3524, CZ3504 or CZ3572 from Shanghai to Guangzhou. More... Until Aug 19, 13
- Earn up to 800 Bonus SkyPearl Kilometers when you fly on China Southern flight CZ6996 from Shanghai to Urumqi. More... Until Aug 19, 13

Cyprus Airways Sunmiles (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double Sunmiles points for every stay at Amathus hotels in Limassol and Paphos. More... Until Aug 31, 13

Etihad Guest
- Triple Guest Miles for stays at all Rotana Hotels in the UAE. More... Until Sep 15, 13
- Triple Guest Miles on all Europcar rentals of 3 or more days Worldwide. More...Until Sep 30, 13
- Triple Guest Miles when you rent an Intermediate sized car (or larger) for 7 days or more in United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Luxemburg, Netherland, Switzerland, USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. More... Until Aug 31, 13

Frontier Airlines Early Returns (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double Elite Qualifying Miles for every trip you take on Frontier Airlines to/from Wilmington, DE. More... Until Dec 31, 13

IHG Rewards Club
- 2,000 Bonus Priority Club Points per stay at participating IHG Hotels Worldwide. Earn the bonus for up to 4 stays (max 8,000 points) More...Until Oct 31, 13

Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- Double Mileage Bank Miles for stays at four select Hyatt Hotels in France. More... Until Sep 30, 13

Jet Airways JetPrivilege
- Triple JetPrivilege Miles for stays at participating Hilton Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Sep 30, 13

JetBlue TrueBlue (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Earn up to 1,200+ Bonus Points when you join TrueBlue Badges. TrueBlue Badges is where users can earn recognition and rewards for a number of JetBlue-related activities – flying, interacting with partners and getting social on Facebook and Twitter. More... Ongoing

Starwood Preferred Guest
- 35% Starpoint Discount on SPG Free Night Redemptions at 7 select Starwood Resorts. More... Until Mar 1, 14

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