500 Skymiles for linking your Northwest and Delta accounts

Posted on: January 31st, 2009 by: Jason

Northwest and Delta have already announced their merger. Now you can link your frequent flier accounts between the two and transfer miles back and forth. They’ll even give you 500 Skymiles for doing it by March 15th.

If you haven’t done it already, you really should apply for a Northwest Airlines visa both personal(with no annual fee) and business (no annual fee for first year).

You can earn 20,000 Northwest miles for each. I’m pretty sure these offers won’t last very long.

My experience in Moscow

Posted on: January 30th, 2009 by: Jason

My travels to Russia

I never, ever, thought I would travel to Russia. Russia is a gigantic country. The first time I flew there, it was the dead of winter and as cold as anything I had ever been to. The first time I stayed there, I stayed at the Marriott Royal Aurora hotel. The hotel is gorgeous – but we paid a premium. Over $600 a night – and it came with butler service. Having never had a butler, I was a bit taken aback when he called to my room to ask if I wanted help unpacking my bags. Er, no thanks. The restaurant was fantastic, but once again, we were paying a serious premium.

They use “currency units” at the hotel instead of rubles. What this means is that the exchange rate may be 30 rubles / $1 – but the hotel uses 36 rubles to one currency unit. You end up paying much more for everything.

You can’t beat the proximity to the Red Square, but taking a taxi anywhere was a nightmare given the location.

The second time I stayed in Moscow, I stayed instead at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel. The price was $450 a night, but the hotel is in the middle of nowhere (at least by walking distance). It does have three different restaurants on location which was very nice. However, they had no air conditioning, just a fan!!

The next time I stayed in Moscow, I found my favorite hotel by far. It’s the Holiday Inn Lesnaya. I got rooms at $250 a night or less. The hotel is brand new, and situated just off the main Tverskaya boulevard and right by the Belaruskaya subway station. There are plenty of top notch restaurants within walking distance of the Holiday Inn Lesnaya. I would highly recommend this hotel if you’re planning on staying in Moscow. Be sure and book well in advance as hotel space is at a premium for a good quality Western hotel.

Register, Shop, and earn 1000 Delta Skymiles

Posted on: January 30th, 2009 by: Jason


The Bonus offer is valid for new SkyMiles Shopping registrations from January 29th through February 28th, 2009, 11:59 PM EST. New registrants must also make one purchase via skymilesshopping.com by February 28th 2009 (11:59 PM EST).

4800 Northwest miles for joining wine club

Posted on: January 26th, 2009 by: Jason

You’ll have to hurry on this promotion, it ends January 30th.

Get 4500 Northwest miles for signing up for the Vinesse Wine Club, in addition to 8 miles per dollar spent. That comes out to about $.01 per mile which is a great value.

Your first order will be $42 which includes 6 bottles of wine at $6.99 each and free shipping. I’m not a wine connoisseur, but I imagine that at that price, these have to be pretty awful.

After your first shipment arrives, you can cancel if you wish.

They only ship to the following states: AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KY, LA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TX, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY.

I’m going to send this wine to my dad in Texas while I’ll bank the Northwest miles. Don’t forget that with the merger of Northwest and Delta, these miles can be transferred to your Delta account.

Sign up here.

500 American Airlines miles for insurance quote

Posted on: January 24th, 2009 by: Jason

Get an insurance quote from Liberty Mutual, and received 500 American Airlines miles.

Here are the terms and conditions:

Void for residents in the following states: AK, AL, GA, HI, IA, MA, ME, MO, NJ, NV, NY, OK, SC, TX, and UT.

Terms and Conditions:

1 Discounts, credits, and benefits are available where state laws and regulations allow and may vary by state.
2 The descriptions of features, benefits, and coverages are necessarily brief and are subject to the provisions, limitations, and exclusions that can only be expressed in the policy and related endorsements. Benefits are available where state laws and regulations allow and may vary by state.

Please allow 10-12 weeks for AAdvantage miles to post to your account. Maximum of 500 miles per member, per year.

3 month CLEAR membership for free for SPG members

Posted on: January 18th, 2009 by: Jason

You can sign up for Starwood at the link on the right. Once you’ve done that, and if you’re going to be travelling soon, sign up for a 3 month CLEAR membership for free by simply entering in your Starwood number.

It will be set to auto-renew, by once you get approved, you can turn it off. In the fine print it says “Your Clear Account is set by default to auto-renew. You can turn off auto-renew at any time by logging into your Clear account at flyclear.com/myaccount and changing the autorenewal setting in “My Profile”.”
Here are the airports where CLEAR is set up so you can bypass security.
Here are the full terms and conditions.
SPG® has partnered with Clear® to provide you with this complimentary three-month trial membership in their convenient “fast pass through airport security” service.

Now you can experience two new options designed to simplify your air travel. 1. SPG Flights (SPG.com/flights) takes the restrictions out of airline redemption, allowing you to redeem Starpoints to fly on more than 350 airlines — all with no blackout dates. 2. Clear® offers travelers a fast and secure way to bypass long security lines at many major airports.

This complimentary three-month Clear® trial membership offer expires February 28, 2009. You can cancel anytime during the three-month trial, but if you’re pleased you’ll be renewed automatically for a one-year membership at $199. To learn more about Clear®, please visit www.flyclear.com.

250 Priority Club points for a survey

Posted on: January 17th, 2009 by: Jason

Simply fill out this survey about the Priority Club program and get 250 points for your trouble.

Get 1000 Continental OnePass miles for email sign up

Posted on: January 17th, 2009 by: Jason

From the January 2009 Continental magazine:

Sign in at Continental.com, go to “My Account”, and select “Email subscriptions” on the manage profile page.

Offer valid for new subscribers who are residents of the 50 United States. Must subscribe by 01/31/09 and remain subscribed for 60 days to receive bonus miles.

I didn’t even have a Continental OnePass number as I always credit everything to Delta, but for 1000 miles I’ll go ahead and sign up and get their emails.

Hidden and Secret Airline Airfares

Posted on: January 16th, 2009 by: Jason

Here’s a great article about finding hidden and secret airline fares.

I have an RSS feed from Airfarewatchdog for flights from Salt Lake City to monitor any particular airfare deals. You should give them a try.

Wall Street Journal article about hotel loyalty programs

Posted on: January 16th, 2009 by: Jason

The Wall Street Journal has a great article about their experiences with hotel loyalty programs. They found many benefits by just joining without even having elite benefits.

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