The Delta-Continental-Northwest marketing alliance will be approved — but with yet undisclosed conditions. No idea what this will all look like yet, as the devil is in the details. Government approval aside, I don’t expect too much aligning of the respective frequent flyer programs because the Continental-Northwest programs (which are nearly identical) are far different from the Delta program (which has just been massively revamped).
Northwest Airlines has a new bonus miles promotion called Mile-a-Palooza. Various Northwest activities earn points which will be converted to miles (up to 200,000). You must register to participate. Unlike the last Mileage Mania promotion, this one will allow you to track your points online — a big improvement! It isn’t as generous/easy as the Fly Free Faster and Fly Free Faster 2 promotions last year, but then those only netted 10,000 miles each. And it seems a bit more lucrative than MIleage Mania. So if there’s any chance you’ll be having anything to do with Northwest in the coming months, it’s definitely worth registering.
250 free Priority Club points (Holiday Inn, etc.) for completing a survey.
Starwood refuses to honor its $85 Bora Bora rate, and the issue makes it into USA Today.
Delta has several signup bonuses for electronic statements, and they all expire tomorrow. Get bonus miles for choosing email statements rather than paper/mail. You are likely only to be eligible for one, and no telling which one it is until you try ’em..: 5,000 bonus miles. 2,500 bonus miles. 1,500 bonus miles. 500 bonus miles.
2,500 bonus miles for flying new Delta Connection routes roundtrip through March 15.
More Amtrak discounts. Discount code H259 is good for a 25% discount for travel booked between January 7-February 15, for travel between January 10-August 28 (except February 14-17 blackout). Three day advance booking required. Non-refundable, and not good on certain services (such as Acela Express, Metroliner, Downeaster). Discount code H255 gets you a two-for-one discount. Discount code V529 still works. Save 20% on Amtrak travel to New York or Boston from stations in the Northeast (including all intermediate stations).
Free golf balls from Nike.
UPI headline: “Vampire saliva could help treat stroke“
Nine people in Reston and Herndon Virginia were arrested for being drunk in a bar (not for causing a disturbance or driving). “If the law says that if you are in a public location and intoxicated, you are subject to arrest,” said Lt. Tor Bennett of the Reston District of the Fairfax County Police Department.