A roundup of the latest travel news and offers that I find interesting and could be beneficial for you. Turkish Airlines is revamping their loyalty program. I will be updating my award chart comparison guide as soon as their changes are finalized. Some of the key points are that they will be simplifying mileage charts and redemptions. Meanwhile you can visit their info site to see some of the changes and even check mileage amounts. UK Residents can get 15,000 AA miles for getting a no annual fee visa credit card and meeting a spend requirement. Ends May 31st. All the details are at the headforpoints blog here. Summer biz class RT airfare for around USD $1500 or less between the US and Europe. Gary at VFTW has a great post on it. Many have gotten in on the deal so I advice to act quickly on this one. How
GTHQ Jaunt Journal – Hotel: Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa – Interlaken, Switzerland Location: Hoheweg 41, 3800 Interlaken, Switzerland; 2 minute walk to Interlaken city center We decided to visit the Bernese Oberland and enjoy a spa day so there’s no better place than the Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa which is a 5 star spa. This hotel has a 5500 m² spa (almost 60,000 square feet!) and has great views of the Jungfrau Massif. There’s a promotion going on that by using your World or World Elite Mastercard and booking two nights at any Leading Hotels of the World you will get a complimentary Leaders Club Membership ($150 value). I took advantage of this as I was booking two separate rooms the same night and that qualified me to get the deal. See the end of this post for all the benefits of this Membership. The Room We had reserved a
Delta is running a small campaign to try and win over some Hertz customers by giving away 1000 free Delta Skymiles to anyone who joins their program by signing up through this link. Since the terms and conditions do not state that it is required to have rented from Hertz so this should be open for anyone. Additionally, it may be a good idea to sign up any member of the family that doesn’t have a Delta Skymiles account. Keep in mind that Delta Skymiles do not expire (as of now…) so you can hold on to these longterm. The miles seem to post instantly. Here are the Terms and Conditions: Eligibility: Offer valid only for new SkyMiles members joining the SkyMiles program for the first time. A “new” member is someone who has not been a member of the SkyMiles program in the 6 months prior to enrollment. Bonus offer: To
Last month I wrote an overview on the Miles and More program. For those of us that live in countries that are served by carriers belonging to this program, we can focus on accumulating M&M miles quickly as there are many opportunities. Most readers from the US will say that the quickest way to accumulate airline miles with minimum effort are through credit card applications and the same holds true in Europe for the most part. Although there are much less offers and the bonuses are smaller you can still accumulate a good stash of miles relatively quickly. I will focus on the country I live in which is Switzerland but will provide links at the end of this blog for other countries as well. Credit Cards In Switzerland, there are 3 companies that provide credit cards that can transfer points to the M&M program: Credit Suisse, Cornercard and Swisscard.
Updates from the travel world: JetBlue is offering a status challenge. The challenge to earn status through 2015 is to earn 3750 base flight points which equals $1250 spend in airfare excluding taxes in 90 days. Key points: If you currently have elite status with another airline, Jetblue will match and give you status through the end of 2014 and you can keep it through 2015 if you finish a challenge. If you do not currently have elite status with another airline, you can just complete the challenge and you will receive status through 2015. JetBlue is also offering Go Packs. There are package deals that allow you to fly multiple legs within certain markets operated by JetBlue (mostly California and the Northeast corridor). Club Carlson is allowing 2 for 1 suite redemptions if you have the Club Carlson credit card. OneMileAtATime wrote a post on it. Go! airlines is shutting down