Bits ‘n Pieces for September 14, 2012

News and Notes from Around the Interweb:

  • United is offering a 40% discount on purchases of 30,000 or more miles through September 19th. United made a similar offer in April and in August. To my mind the price is still too high just to bulk up your account, but if you need some miles towards your next international business class award, and you have a reasonable likelihood of redeeming that award in the near-term, it’s the lowest price that United offers to sell miles.

  • US Airways is offering up to 25,000 miles for flying on Star Alliance partners. Registration is required, and if you fly with US Airways and 3 Star Alliance partners by December 15 you get 2500 bonus miles; 4 airlines generates 5000 miles; 5 gets 15,000 miles; 6 produces a 25,000 mile bonus. (HT: Lucky)
  • Through December 31 Hertz is offering 2000 Marriott Rewards points on 2-4 day rentals and 5000 Marriott Rewards points on rentals of 5 days or more. (HT: Milepoint)
  • LOT Polish 787s, with new business class seats, begin flying to Chicago on January 16, Toronto on February 1, New York JFK on February 3, and Beijing March 3. Good option for United and US Airways miles, since the hard product will no longer be one to avoid. (HT: Online Travel Review)

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  1. Looks like United pulled the discount early – link now redirects to a page indicating the offer has expired.

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