Yesterday I was asked about mileage bonuses for brokerage accounts, and I’m aware of the following: Ameritrade has several offers with June 30 expiry. A $50,000 deposit nets 25,000 miles on Continental, Delta, United, or USAirways (USAirways offer expires Sept 30). Even better, a $25,000 deposit nets 20,000 points with Starwood. Fidelity also offers 25,000 United miles for a $50,000 deposit. There are other offers, but those are big ones from large industry players. The best place for checking on a listing of such things is Gary Steiger’s Free Frequent Flyer Miles website. And of course brokerages aren’t the only financial offers for miles — there’s mortgages, car loans, bank accounts, insurance… and of course credit cards credit cards credit cards (here’s a brief primer on the best ones though while I still carry a…
Via Hotel Chatter, I’ve been reading up on blogs written by hotel employees. Hotel Chatter recently linked to Not Your View — which hasn’t been updated in awhile but which refreshingly acknowledges both the good and the bad in their hotel — and a blog by the General Manager of Vancouver’s Opus Hotel. I find this genre an interesting read but haven’t found anything both consistently good and frequently updated. Any suggestions?
Via Online Travel Review, Air New Zealand is investigating employees’ use of travel perks in exchange for sex with prostitutes. Under airline staff discounts, staff can buy unbooked seats at as little as 10% of the full fare, and can use a “Buddy Fare” for a companion to travel anywhere in the world on the airline up to four times a year. According to the article, some Air New Zealand staff used the Buddy Fares and discounted tickets as payment for sex with prostitutes. I started pondering new mileage redemption options, how the scheme could have been set up in the first place, and whether the prostitutes in question managed to negotiate hotel and rental car discounts as well. And then I stopped.
Monday night I attended a reception hosted by All Nippon Airways celebrating 20 years of service between Tokyo and Washington-Dulles and commemorating the introduction of their NewStyle cabins on the DC route. ANA’s new first class is arguably the best cabin in the sky (I haven’t flown the new first on Emirates yet, but I hear great things, so I caveat this as ‘arguably’). It’s the widest seat in the sky, has a 15″ LCD TV at each first seat, is complemented by Boeing’s on-board internet product as well as ANA’s fabulous food offerings and outstanding service. The real drawback to ANA is ground service, there’s very little done for passengers before boarding and upon arrival and ANA lounges are universally spartan (though perhaps improved with their recent relocation at Narita, I haven’t passed through…
Via my father-in-law, Progressive offers 500 Alaska miles for an auto insurance quote — but only for residents of Washington state and Alaska.
I’ve probably undercovered the introduction of the Mileage Plus Choices program (okay, I’ve undercovered everything since I haven’t had the time or brainspace to post for the last couple of weeks). The June 2006 issue of Inside Flyer calls the Choices program “The New Golden Egg” so it certainly warrants a mention, though I’m not nearly as high on it as Randy Petersen seems to be. United’s new bombshell, Mileage Plus Choices, means looking at the future of frequent flyer programs in a whole new way. The “Choices” program allows United Visa cardholders to use the portion of their miles earned through their credit card as a form of cash to buy airline tickets, hotel nights, or rental car days (along with a few specialty items) with their miles. The program is incredibly confusing at…
Amazon is having a sale on ‘travel apparel’ although their idea of what people wear while traveling (as opposed to other times) is anachronistic at best. Still, coupon code wetravel takes $20 off an $80 qualifying order, and I picked up a few pairs of pants at a nice discount. Lee Jeans Men’s Wrinkle Resistant Relaxed Double Pleat Pant $38 on sale for $21.99 before coupon Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Pleated Trousers $49.50 on sale for $17.89 before coupon Also available are Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Flat Front Trousers $49.50 on sale for $17.89 before coupon Lee Jeans Men’s Wrinkle Resistant Relaxed Plain Front Pant $38-$41 on sale for $21.99-$24.99 before coupon This SlickDeals.net thread also has a list of several shirts that qualify, though none appealed to me.
In addition to Diners Club, Starwood, and Marriott offers, you can earn 30% additional British Airways miles when transferring Radisson Gold Points to BA by July 20, 2006. (Hat tip to Free Frequent Flyer Miles.)
Frontier is offering double miles for online purchases made by June 30 for travel through the end of the year. Registration is required. (Hat tip to the MilesLink newsletter.)
All purchase on the Delta American Express earn double miles from June 1 through August 31. Items that already earn double miles such as restaurant and US Post Office charges do not receive additional miles under this promotion, and the limit on earning additional miles from this offer is 20,000. Bonus miles should post towards the end of October. Registration is required by August 31.