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- Lucky from One Mile at a Time (and many other bloggers) highlight this year’s American Airlines Elite Rewards. These are incentives for elite flyers to keep flying and crediting miles to American after they have crossed some of the traditional elite thresholds. I think of them as presents from the Tooth Fairy and Easter Bunny….the benefits kick in at 40,000 elite qualifying miles and just keep getting better up to 150,000 elite qualifying miles. The benefits give you options of redeemable miles, system-wide upgrades, discount coupons, AAdmiral’s Club Membership, and more. For American elite flyers this is an exciting thing. By virtue of where I live I’m not much of an American flyer myself, but for those that are be sure to read up on the details and register!
- Best Western is offering a $50 Travel Card to travelers who stay with them three separate times in the US or Canada now through June 9th. Obviously this is not earth shattering, but still worth doing if you have some Best Western stays in your future (as my parents often do). You need to register for this promo and as always it has been added to the up-to-date promos page. You can use the Travel Card like cash through Nov. 1, 2013 at any of the chain’s 4,000+ properties worldwide.
- Word on the street is that US Airways is matching United’s recent change fee increase from $150 to $200 for many tickets. This is hardly surprising, and I expect other carriers like American to quickly sing the same tune. Very unfortunate for families that experience things like sick kids that require trips to be changed or cancelled.
- Kimpton seems to be offering status matches that are valid until 2015. I’ve had nothing but good experiences with Kimpton Hotels (like this stay at Donovan House in DC), so the fact that the status match is valid for so long makes it probably worth doing if you have a status to match with another chain like Starwood, Hyatt, etc.
Let me know if I have left out anything major in the miles and points world that has you either really excited or really bummed today!