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Issue #499 — Apr. 16, 2008

CONTENTS

Up Front

  • “Up Front” Blog Entries

On Site

  • FrequentFlier Forum Topics

Reader Rants & Raves

  • Feedback from the Frontlines of Travel

Sweeps & Freebies

  • Win a Trip for 2 to Venice

Steals & Deals

  • Deal Alert from SmarterTravel.com

Miles & Points

  • AirTran Credits for Sale, Transfer
  • More American Miles for Dining
  • More American Miles and a Discount for Starwood Stays
  • Double United Miles for Shangri-La Stays in Asia

Up Front

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“Up Front” Blog Entries

Following are some of Tim’s recent blogs:

On Site

FrequentFlier Forum Topics

As always, there’s plenty of activity on the FrequentFlier Forum.

In the “Airline Programs” Forum, wallowwatcher is wondering about converting airline miles to hotel points: “I am looking to use points and miles for hotel rooms and rental cars. Any tricks to converting miles to points? I have a bunch of Priority Club points I would like to bolster but I want to use these airline points that are just sitting there.”

Also in the “Airline Programs” Forum, KerryKrebill wants to clarify the link between frequent flyer mile donations and tax deductions. As a conductor, he receives miles and award tickets to defray the costs of flying in guest musicians. The donors would like a tax break for the donations. The problem: “I have no idea what to tell these people the value of their donation is for tax purposes — should it be 2 cents a mile, or if they purchase a ticket with 25K of their miles, should it be what the ticket would have cost, or???”

Questions, answers, opinions? Post them to the Forum!

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Sweeps & Freebies

Win a Trip for 2 to Venice

Enter Lucky Magazine’s “Lucky Breaks” sweepstakes by June 2 for a chance to win a trip for two to Venice, Italy, including air, four nights at the Hilton Molino Stucky Venice hotel, and spa treatments for two.

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[Visit FrequentFlier.com for more travel sweepstakes.]

Steals & Deals

Deal Alert from SmarterTravel.com

1) Save Up to $250 Off British Airways Premium Economy Fares

British Airways is offering a $250 discount off World Traveller Plus fares, the airline’s premium economy class. The offer is available only to registered members of British Airways’ website, though you can easily register if you have not already.

Book tickets by May 5, for round-trip departures from May 7 through June 30. The least expensive fares are available Mondays through Wednesdays. A Saturday-night stay is required, and the maximum stay is 11 months.

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2) Lufthansa Europe Sale Fares from $438

Spring Europe flights on Lufthansa are on sale from $438 round-trip. Destinations include Budapest, Florence, Geneva, and Munich.

Travel is valid from April 16 through June 15. Book by May 15, 11:59 PM ET.

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Miles & Points

AirTran Credits for Sale, Transfer

Members of AirTran’s A+ Rewards program can now purchase credits for $39 each, plus tax; transfer credits from one A+ account to another for $19 each; and extend the validity of program credits beyond their normal one-year expiration date for $19 each.

As is generally the case with miles for sale or transfer, the fees are prohibitive. As for extending the life of the credits, that’s an especially nasty bit o’ business: imposing a harsh expiration policy, and then charging program members to circumvent it.

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More American Miles for Dining

Through June 30, AAdvantage members who complete three qualifying AAdvantage Dining transactions of $25 or more will earn 1,000 bonus miles.

Registration is required.

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More American Miles and a Discount for Starwood Stays

AAdvantage members who stay at any of 17 participating Starwood hotels in Hawaii or French Polynesia by December 25 will earn triple bonus miles plus a 30% discount on rack and suite rates.

To earn the triple-mile bonus, stays must be booked online by Starwood Preferred Guest members who have chosen AAdvantage miles as their preferred earning currency.

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Double United Miles for Shangri-La Stays in Asia

Between April 10 and August 31, Mileage Plus members will earn double miles for qualifying stays of two or more nights at participating Shangri-La hotels in Asia, including properties in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Bangkok, Penang, Manila.

Request Rate Code CHI-08, which also includes a spa treatment and daily breakfast.

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