50 Million Bonus Points, Discounted Hawaii Awards, and My Heart Stopped for a Moment.

News and notes from around the interweb:

  • Discounted United awards to Hawaii

  • Bonus for points transfers into Aeroplan. Unfortunately Membership Rewards transfers aren’t eligible. Starwood transfers are, though — 80,000 Starpoints would yield 125,000 Aeroplan points instead of the usual 100,000.

  • How to make my heart stop: This came into my email inbox:

    Fortunately this isn’t word that my Suntrust Delta debit card will no longer earn miles for purchases. It’s just that they’re redesigning their online banking site. Which I could care less about since I only use my Suntrust account for debit purchases (and to deposit money into the account, to make more debit purchases).

  • Everyone checking into Marriott Courtyard hotels today get 1000 bonus points to celebrate the opening of the 1000th Courtyard property in Walla Walla, Washington. (HT: Paul B.) They expect 50,000 check-ins for 50 million bonus points total.

  • Speaking of renaming airports, here’s something I didn’t know: When the Baltimore airport convinced IATA to change its three-letter code from BAL to BWI (to better market itself as a DC-area airport, Baltimore Washington International) there was already a BWI and Bewani, Papua-New Guinea had to change its designator to BWP.

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. Did anyone else see the “50 million bonus points” headline and thing Gary was teeing up an April Fools post?

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