I’ve decided to share some of the news on bonuses, freebies, and discounts from other travel bloggers on a regular basis. I hope to make it a daily habit—something I can write on the bus home from work. Of course, you could get the deals earlier if you check these sites yourself, but as a reader I often have more time to follow up on such opportunities in the evening and sometimes don’t even have the time to check all the blogs. I’ve noticed from past posts that I’ve brought to some people’s attention deals that I thought were already well publicized, so I hope these recaps are well-received.
BryanIAH at MileageRunning.com has released his new “Guides” section that provides a one-stop shop on how to search for air travel, including mileage runs.
Million Mile Secrets reports that the Chase United MileagePlus Explorer card sign-up bonus just got a little bit richer. Although it started out at 40K bonus miles, there are now 50K mile offers out there, and you can now get another 5K (55K total) by added a second authorized user within the first two months. Always check for this opportunity when churning a new card as many banks offer a small bonus for a second cardholder, and it is an easy way to help reach your minimum spend requirement sooner. (Yes, you can get 10K more miles, for 65K total, by spending $25K in one year. I think that’s out of reach for most people.)
Also good news is that the Chase Priority Club Rewards card now offers complimentary Platinum status instead of Gold as before. This change was rumored earlier by Mommy Points, but it’s now official. Not that either status is very hard to get or worth much when you do.
The Points Guy reports that Air Canada’s Aeroplan Rewards for Small Businesses will provide two free eUpgrade credits and a faster award earning rate on Avis car rentals if you sign up before May 3. Membership also includes several other standard benefits like one-time lounge access, on-board food and beverage vouchers, and discounts on airfare and annual lounge membership.
Frugal Travel Guy is giving away a year’s annual subscription to ExpertFlyer’s Premium service to the reader who submits the best travel deal by 11:59 EST. That’s only a few hours away, so get hopping!
Yet another 48-hour sale from Hyatt,
this time limited to Park Hyatt and Andaz hotels in North America. Update: This offer is not limited to high-end hotels as I thought; there is a broad range of properties. Use code C48APR to save up to 30% for stays from May 1 through August 1. Check out The Frugal Travel Lawyer for more details.
American Airlines is offering 2X redeemable miles on select Alaska Airlines flights for travel from now through June 30. Registration is required with code ASD12. Check out Frequently Flying for instructions.
10% off coupon codes for American Airlines are being distributed as part of a contest courtesy of Points, Miles, & Martinis for travel through May of this year. Check out his blog for instructions on how to win.
JetBlue and Virgin America are both having sales right now. For JetBlue, you must book by April 18. For Virgin America, you must book by April 19. I don’t normally fly either airline, but since Virgin America has a bigger presence on the West Coast, I noticed that there are fares back East for under $200 from Seattle as well as several other cities.
Get 10% off all flights on Alaska Airlines booked tonight for travel from April 24 through June 9 when you use the code FLYGREEN2012. HT to FTG reader Rustin.
Get $50 back (up to $200 total) for each two-night weekday stay at any IHG property (that means Holiday Inn and InterContinental Hotels, too). HT to FTG reader George.
Tomorrow’s Daily Getaways offer is for Marriott gift cards. Prices are marked down 11%, but you get another 10% off if you use any American Express card to complete the purchase. Daily Getaways deals disappear fast, so be ready at your computer.