Air Canada (Photo: Air Canada)

Beginning on August 1, members of the Aeroplan program will earn fewer miles for short-haul flights on Air Canada and other Star Alliance carriers....read more»

Travel brochures (Photo: IndexOpen)

Since noting the launch of American's Deal 30—30 deals in as many days, to mark the 30th anniversary of the AAdvantage program—the deals haven't been especially blog-worthy.

Yesterday's deal, however, is a sweepstakes with a prize that makes it well worth the 20 seconds it takes to enter....read more»

Chicago River at dusk (Photo: City of Chicago/Peter J. Schulz)

In a quick review of the past few months' blog posts, one subject category was conspicuous by its scarcity: mileage bonuses for airline flights.

After all, the primary focus of this blog is travel loyalty programs; the airline schemes are the largest such programs; and their overriding goal is (or was) to promote their own services.

No doubt the dearth of flight bonuses is at least in part related to the airlines' recent operational performance. For all the hand-wringing about profitability, they're flying full planes. Year-to-date through April, United just reported the load factor for its domestic routes was 82.1 percent. American's domestic load factor for the period was 79.6 percent. Southwest's was 78.7 percent. Those are healthy numbers, and there probably isn't much to be gained by offering mileage bonuses.

There are always exceptions to the rule, and this one is attention-worthy....read more»

Woman at a coffee shop using a laptop (Photo: Index Open)

InterContinental announced in March that it planned to introduce Last Minute Reward Nights—discounted rates on award stays during the first full weekend of every month.

They delivered on that promise this week, making available almost 130 U.S. hotels for booking this weekend—Friday, Saturday, or Sunday night—for 50 percent fewer points.

It's an idea that traces back to the early days of the Internet, when airlines first began promoting heavily discounted airfares for travel on selected routes the following weekend....read more»

Dining couple (Photo: Fort Lauderdale CVB)

How lucrative are the airlines' (and hotels') dining-miles programs?

In 2008, I earned more than 25,000 miles for dining—enough for a free domestic ticket.

At the time, the airlines were routinely offering 10 miles per $1 spent at participating restaurants, and even more when there were special promotions in effect. Which was often. In addition, I was eating out several times a week, and there are plenty of Rewards Network restaurants within easy driving distance.

In other words, the stars were perfectly aligned for racking up significant numbers of miles while indulging in one of life's greatest pleasures....read more»

US Airways aircraft close up (Photo: US Airways)

Between May 1 and May 31, US Airways Dividend Miles members can earn up to 75 percent more miles when transferring points from participating hotel programs into their accounts....read more»

Hotel bed with rose petals (Photo: Index Open)

Details of Priority Club's upcoming promotion have been available for several weeks, but I've put off reviewing the offer because it doesn't take effect until May 16.

Now, though, with the offer's start date just two weeks away, it's time to add it to the list of hotel bonuses available for travel during the spring and early summer period....read more»

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