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Between May 19 and August 31, Mileage Plus members can earn double redeemable miles and double elite-qualifying miles for flights between Chicago and Los Angeles or San Francisco. ... read more»

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Here's a summer hotel promotion that fell through the cracks.

It's for Best Western stays through August 31, but you must take action before May 31.

Offer Details

Between June 1 and August 31, Best Western Rewards members can earn a one-time bonus of 3,000 points for paying for their stays with a $100 Best Western Travel Card purchased by May 31. ... read more»

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The headline on the landing page for Choice Hotels' new promotion fairly shouts the offer's purported proposition: "Stay Two Separate Times, Earn One Night Free."

But as is sometimes the case with travel-industry marketing, the reality is a bit more complicated. ... read more»

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The latest Priority Club promotion took me by surprise, not because of its terms but because it almost exactly overlaps another Priority Club offer, the double miles and points bonus for two or more stays between May 16 and August 15.

Dueling promotions would nice—choice is always preferable to the alternative.

But what we have here is better than a choice of offers; it's the possibility of combining separate bonuses for the same stay. ... read more»

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The recent proliferation of outsized bonuses for new credit card accounts has been a boon to miles- and points-collectors. And, more good news, there's no end to the offers anywhere in sight.

The latest noteworthy sign-up incentive is from Chase—which has displaced American Express as the most prolific issuer of travel-rewards cards—for its Chase Sapphire Preferred card.

The Sapphire Preferred card—not to be confused with the cheaper, less robust Sapphire non-Preferred card—is a proprietary rewards card, linked to Chase's own rewards program, Ultimate Rewards, but not to an airline program, at least not directly. ... read more»

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Priority Club Rewards has released its list of PointBreaks hotels available for booking for just 5,000 points per night through July 30.

The extension of PointBreaks availability through mid-summer puts to rest, at least for now, the speculation that Priority Club's new Last Minute Reward Nights would supplant PointBreaks as the program's sole channel for selectively discounting award nights at low-demand properties.

But the issue isn't dead. I recently queried Priority Club management on PointBreaks' future and received no response. It remains to be seen what that silence portends. ... read more»

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»

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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»

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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»

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