As the end of the year draws nigh, SkyMiles members are gunning to build up those mileage balances. Here are some promotions to help you do just that:
1>EARN MQM’s AT HILTON. We know that TICKET readers love those super-special Medallion Qualifying Miles or MQM’s that help speed up getting to elite status. This fall, Hilton’s helping out by offering MQMs and double miles to those who stay at any Hilton Family hotel two or more nights by December 10. You must register first.
2>25,000 SKYMILES FOR $500 SKYMALL PURCHASE. Through Friday, September 17, SkyMiles members who spend at least $500 at SkyMall will earn a whopping 25,000 bonus miles. This is a great deal if you have items (like electronics or massage chairs) on your shopping list anyway…and if you don’t mind slightly overpaying. (SkyMall prices are always slightly higher than elsewhere.) Details.
3>ALASKA AIRLINES DOUBLE. Those who fly Delta from Atlanta to the west coast and then connect to an Alaska Airlines flight will earn double bonus (not MQM) miles between now and November 15. For example, if you have a meeting in Seattle, fly Delta to San Francisco or Los Angeles, and then connect to an Alaska Air flight for the second leg to Seattle. Note: These are LONG flights, so the double miles really add up and could make the stopover worth your while. Do the math: ATL-LAX-ATL = 4000 miles x 2 = 8000 miles. LAX-SEA-LAX = 2000 miles x 2 = 4000 miles. So, a total of 12,000 miles plus your Medallion bonuses. Not bad! Register here.
4>DELTA + HAWAIIAN. SkyMiles members can now earn and burn SkyMiles on Hawaiian Airlines’s inter-island flights as a result of an expansion of the carriers’ code-sharing pact. This means you can buy a single Delta ticket from the mainland to Honolulu and then on to one of the 70 daily inter-island flights operated by Hawaiian Airlines between Honolulu and Kahului, Lihue, Kona and Hilo. Mahalo!
5>TRANSFER MEMBERSHIP REWARDS, GET 20% MORE SKYMILES. Periodically, Delta offers American Express Membership Rewards members a nice bonus when they transfer their points from Amex to Delta SkyMiles. Through September 30, that bonus stands at 20%. Details and registration.
6>DELTA TO OFFER SKYMILES DEBIT CARD. If you are a fan of debit cards and Delta’s Amex charge card offerings aren’t doing much for you, stay tuned for a flurry of new Delta/MasterCard debit card offers. Delta and MasterCard announced this week that they’ve teamed up to offer a debit card product that will extend debit cards beyond just SunTrust, the current sole provider of Delta debit cards. But you won’t be able to get the card (or those nice sign up bonuses) on until they sign on with a local bank to issue it.
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