Bits ‘n Pieces for Saturday, April 21

With british midland acquired by British Airways, here’s an bmi photo retrospective.

British Airways is offering a 25% bonus on transfers from hotel programs through June 20 (you must be logged into your account to see the details). I think the Amex Membership Rewards 50% bonus running through the end of May is a better way to get Avios points if you want/need them (and have Amex points!), I wouldn’t burn my hotel points this way unless I specifically needed to top off an account towards a specific award.

Are travelers checks still useful? BBC travel says yes, for Africa. I’m not persuaded.

Via Lufthansa Flyer, April 30 is the deadline to register for one route to count for double award or status miles in economy, triple in business, for travel between May 1 and December 31.

Holly Hegeman tweets on speculation of a US Airways acquisition of American Airlines, “I’d hate to be the dog at the Horton house tonight.” Living minutes from DC’s National Airport which US Airways dominates, which a big Dividend Miles account balance, and as a huge fan of the AAdvantage program, I might actually benefit from such a move… though the prospect does make me nervous.

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  1. Darn, only seeing 25% bonus when I log in to my BAEC account? Is it still worth it for a 25% bonus if transferring from SPG?

  2. @john typo fixed it’s a 25% bonus but when typing I had been thinking ahead to the amex conversion bonus i was going to reference… thx

  3. I also live close to DCA. Still…..

    If it were AA making the purchase that would be one thing.

    But America West (dba US Airways) buying wonderful American would be horrible.

  4. If that merger happens, I sure hope that the antitrust agencies would force the combined AA/US to divest some capacity (i.e., sell some slots) at DCA. Right now, those two airlines control about 60% of all seats out of DCA. So if they merge and aren’t forced to divest, you can expect to see DCA fares go up dramatically.

  5. thanks for the TC article,
    I commented on BBC page that I don’t use them anymore, even in Africa. I ALMOST bought a few from AX MR site when they had a promo rate by mistake at about 1 cpm, but even passed on that !

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