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In case you have missed them, it is time to play catch up on several miles, points, and travel deals that are out there right now….
- Really good Hilton (up to) 50% off sale: Hilton is offering a friends and family sale with up to 50% off stays between December 14 and January 7. There are rates at the Hilton New York in NYC for just over $100, and other Hiltons that are literally in the $30 range. This is a legit good sale, so check your travel plans and see if any of the rates/properties are helpful for you. Thanks to View From the Wing for a head’s up on this one.
- American Express Membership Reward 30% transfer bonus to British Airways: There is a 30% transfer bonus from American Express Membership Rewards to the British Airways Avios program until 1/14/2013. I personally will likely sit this one out as I took advantage of some 40% and 50% transfer bonuses earlier this year, however if you are looking to use some Avios in the near future this is way better than no transfer bonus. While there is no way to predict the future, there is usually a break of a couple months between transfer bonuses, so it is unlikely that this one will be immediately followed by another…though you never know.
- Today is the last day to participate in the Passports With a Purpose donation/raffle where you can enter to win things like 110,000 Hyatt points: I participated last year with this organization, and hope to again in the future. You buy virtual raffle tickets for the individual prizes at $10 a pop. There are several BoardingArea bloggers participating, as well as lots of other travel bloggers around the internet. The money this year goes to raise water wells in Haiti. You can learn more by going to Loyalty Traveler’s post (he is the one that secured the 110K Hyatt points) or head straight to Passports With Purpose to purchase tickets and enter.
- Get United Silver, Gold, Platinum, and 1K status via a charity auction: If you have suddenly realized it is the end of 2012 and you want United elite status for next year without flying for it, you can participate in a silent charity auction for 15 elite United status awards. This silent auction is on Milepoint and up for grabs are 3x Premier 1K, 4x Premier Platinum, 4x Premier Gold, and 4x Premier Silver status awards. You can read all the nitty gritty details about the auction here.