The Top Five Miles and Points Deals for January 2009

There are many, many promotions. But there are only a few really, really good ones.

In this monthly roundup, we highlight the five most lucrative offers currently available to members of airline and hotel loyalty programs.

(Promotions are listed in alphabetical order.)

1. More American Miles-for-Dining

Through February 28, AAdvantage Dining participants can earn 500 bonus miles for every month during which they spend $150 or more on eligible dines.

For those who have not qualified as dining VIPs (earning five miles per $1 spent, rather than three miles for non-VIPs), there's a separate offer to reach VIP status after four dines of at least $25 each completed by February 28.

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2. Delta Bonus for Alaska Flights

To promote its expanded alliance with Alaska, Delta is offering SkyMiles members a bonus when flying both airlines.

Through February 28, SkyMiles members will earn a 1,000-mile bonus on itineraries that include both a Delta and Alaska or Horizon Air flight.

Registration is required.

3. Bonuses From Six Hotel Programs

With current and soon-to-launch promotions from six major hotel chains, travelers can earn bonus points or miles at 15,000 individual hotels, all over the world, at every price point from budget to deluxe.

Participating hotels include Best Western, Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental, Marriott, and Starwood.

4. Earn Up to 10,000 Midwest Bonus Miles

Through March 31, Midwest is offering up to 10,000 bonus miles for flights on Midwest and Midwest Connect—2,000 bonus miles for the first round-trip, 3,000 for the second, and 5,000 bonus miles for the third round-trip. Program members must register before flying to earn the bonuses.

5. Fly to Hawaii for More Northwest Miles

Through February 8, WorldPerks members can earn 3,000 bonus miles for round-trip Northwest flights between Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Portland, or Seattle and Honolulu, Kona, Maui, or Lihue.

Registration is required.

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