Giveaway: $1,000 And Elite Status

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This is just a quick reminder that National Rental Car is sponsoring a giveaway for readers of One Mile At A Time as part of their One Two Free promotion.

FIVE winners will each receive a year of Emerald Club Executive status, along with a $200 American Express gift card.

Entering is easy:

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How (And Why) To Use Alitalia Miles

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Hi everyone! To continue my trend of absolutely destroying any potential credibility I might have in the miles and points community with the things I write on Ben’s blog (see also: Lufthansa first class is just okay, and Egypt for Instagrammers), today I’m here to talk about one of the most pressing topics imaginable.

Why you might want to redeem Alitalia MilleMiglia miles

No really.

Alitalia is a SkyTeam carrier that doesn’t really get that much attention. This is primarily because their website and call center are Italian challenging to navigate, but the MilleMiglia program is worth knowing about for a few reasons.

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Dad Finds Out Our Next Destination!

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We’re wrapping up week one of my dad’s surprise round the world birthday trip, and I think it’s safe to say it has exceeded even my (very high) expectations.

We had a few amazing days in Dubai, which I’ll write more about in the actual trip report.

Monday night we headed to Dubai Airport at around 9PM. My dad still had no clue where we were going, and I was content keeping it that way for as long as possible. In the last installment, my dad explained how he thought he knew our next destination, though I wasn’t about to confirm or deny.

Thanks to the cooperation of the people at check-in and in the lounge, they agreed to keep our destination from him.

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Register For Starwood & Emirates Your World Rewards

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Early last week I wrote about the Your World Rewards program, which is a new partnership between Starwood and Emirates. This partnership is very similar to the one between Starwood and Delta, entitled Crossover Rewards.

While all the details of the program were unveiled early last week, registration didn’t actually become available until yesterday, November 19, 2014.

So you can now register for Your World Rewards by linking your Starwood Preferred Guest and Emirates Skywards accounts.

Once you enter your Skywards number you’ll be brought to a page where you have to select whether you prefer to earn Delta SkyMiles or Emirates Skywards miles. You can earn benefits from both programs, but in terms of earning miles for hotel stays, you have to select one program or the other (and you’re only eligible for earning miles for hotel stays if you have status with the airline).

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JetBlue Adding More Seats And Checked Bag Fees

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JetBlue had an interesting way of announcing some negative changes today. They didn’t announce the changes to customers, but rather to investors, explaining how they “plan to drive shareholder returns through differentiated products and service.”

To clarify, when they say “differentiated products and service” they don’t mean different than what their competitors offer, but rather different than what they currently offer.

There are two significant changes:

The first change is that JetBlue will begin offering a fare class intended for “customers who do not plan to check a bag,” starting in the first half of 2015. That’s a nice way of saying that they’ll starting charging for the first checked bag on their lowest fares:

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Further United MileagePlus Devaluations for 2015

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United MileagePlus is one of the loyalty programs which has made the most tweaks over the past couple of years. They are keeping true to that pattern today, with further “enhancements” to the 2015 MileagePlus program that will negatively impact many of their Premier members. These changes are in addition to United announcing that MileagePlus will go revenue based in 2015, literally copying Delta’s every aspect of Delta’s SkyMiles program.

So what further changes have just been announced?

UA Insider announced on FlyerTalk this morning that in addition to updates to the 2015 MileagePlus program, Copa Airlines will be launching their own loyalty program in July 2015.

Copa’s current loyalty program is MileagePlus, so all standard Premier benefits are also available when traveling on Copa. Prior to the integration of Continental and United, Copa’s loyalty program was Continental OnePass.

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Save On United Flights With Veterans Advantage

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Having recently celebrated Veterans Day, it seems appropriate to discuss the benefits offered through Veterans Advantage, in particular the opportunity to save up to 5% on United flights.

Membership is open to US Military Veterans, Active Duty Military, National Guard or Reservist, Retired Military, Retired Guard or Reservist, and Family Members (Spouse, Parent, Child, and Sibling) of one of the above.

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Review: Hyatt Herald Square New York

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I was excited to check out the Hyatt Herald Square, which is Hyatt’s newest property in New York. As I mentioned in the introduction post, Hyatt’s New York footprint has been growing like crazy lately. In the past year they’ve opened the Park Hyatt New York, Hyatt Times Square, and Hyatt Union Square.

It’s nice to have yet another property, in another unique part of New York City.

I got a very reasonable “My Elite Rate” of ~$160.

Within my cancellation deadline the rate actually dropped to $120, which seemed extremely cheap for New York City.

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How Much Should A Hotel Rollaway Bed Cost?

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Generally speaking, hotels have a lot more suites with one bed than with two beds. In fact, many hotels don’t have any suites with two beds. The reasoning is quite simple — generally if you can afford to splurge on a suite, you’re not looking to split a room with someone (of course there are exceptions, but that’s the logic).

I almost always travel alone, so I don’t put much thought into bed arrangements. I’m weird because I don’t actually necessarily prefer a king bed over two double beds, even when traveling alone. It’s nice to be able to nap in one bed during the day, and then still have a nicely made up bed when you go to sleep at night. Or if you frequently decline housekeeping (as I do), then it means you get a “fresh” bed more often.

But on my current trip with my dad I’ve run into an interesting situation I’ve never faced before. I’ve ordered rollaway beds at our hotels, and I’ve been fascinated by the variance in price.

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Hotel Fines Guests £100 For Leaving Bad Review

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Well this is quite… interesting. A Blackpool, UK hotel, charged guests £100 after they left a bad review online, claiming it’s their policy. Via The Telegraph:

“A couple have been “fined” £100 by a Blackpool hotel they described as a “rotten stinking hovel” on travel review website TripAdvisor.

Tony and Jan Jenkinson posted the negative comments after being unimpressed with the one night they spent at the Broadway Hotel.

The couple, from Whitehaven, later found £100 charged to their credit card. The hotel said its policy was to charge for “bad” reviews.

When the couple queried the surcharge, the hotel’s manager said they had a ‘no bad review policy’ in their terms and conditions.”

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Delta SkyMiles 2015 Worldwide Award Chart Details

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Back in February, Delta announced the details of their 2015 SkyMiles program.

The new SkyMiles program included many changes. The most significant was probably that SkyMiles would begin awarding miles based on revenue rather than distance flown. Among US legacy airlines that was a first, and not surprisingly, United MileagePlus quickly followed.

But beyond the way they’re awarding miles, Delta also changed the way members can redeem SkyMiles. Some of the changes included:

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LifeMiles 100% Bonus On Purchased Miles Through December 19, 2014

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Avianca’s LifeMiles program has just announced that they’ll be offering a 100% bonus on purchased miles through December 19, 2014.

Through this promotion you can purchase a maximum of 75,000 LifeMiles (plus the 100% bonus), at a cost of 1.65 cents per mile all-in. Up until recently the cost to purchase LifeMiles with a 100% bonus was 1.5 cents per mile, though as of September 30, 2014, LifeMiles raised the cost per purchased mile by 10%. So this is the first promotion under the new pricing scheme.

The promotion is only valid for those that were members of the LifeMiles program prior to November 19, 2014. You can purchase a maximum of 150,000 LifeMiles per calendar year.

To put this promotion into the context of past promotions, LifeMiles has alternated between 100% bonuses on purchased and shared miles every couple of months for a long time:

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