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Upside Adds Domestic Bookings, Offers $200 In Gift Cards

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In case you’ve missed earlier posts, Upside is a new travel tool that aims to disrupt the business travel market by incentivizing travelers to choose options that save their companies money.

OMAAT readers have had selected access to the various beta versions for a few months now, but Upside officially opened to the public last week, and now includes domestic bookings as well. To celebrate, One Mile at a Time readers can get a guaranteed $200 in gift cards on their upcoming bookings.

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3 Days Left To Earn Up To 100K Points!

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The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN is offering a sign-up bonus of up to 100,000 points through January 25, 2017, meaning that you have just three days left to take advantage of the offer. This offer has been around since early October, and a lot of people have taken advantage of it. If you haven’t yet, I’d highly recommend doing so.

This card has the following sign-up bonus:

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Today Only: Earn 15 United Miles Per Dollar Spent At Select Retailers

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Online shopping portals can be a great way to pick up additional miles & points for purchases you’d make anyway. Just for following a specific link you can earn bonus points in addition to the ones you’d earn anyway for credit card spend.

Sometimes it gets even better than that, as shopping portals have promotions with even better bonuses than usual. Well, there’s one such promotion now. On Friday we saw an offer for 15 bonus Alaska miles per dollar spent at select retailers, while today we’re seeing an offer for 15 bonus United miles per dollar spent at select retailers.

Through 11:59PM ET today, Sunday, January 22, 2017, you can earn 15 bonus United miles per dollar spent at select retailers.

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Kids Can Fly To Europe For Nearly Free This Spring!

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Scandinavia is one of my favorite regions of the world. We’ve now been to Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark, and they are all fantastically beautiful places. It can be a bit expensive, but not nearly as much as it was a few years ago, at least for Americans, thanks to the strength of the dollar. It’s also a very kid friendly place so I highly recommending taking the family.

And now, SAS Airlines has an amazing deal going that will allow you to do just that. Kids can fly to Europe for about $50 all-in. That’s ridiculous.

For trips booked on SAS between the US and Scandinavia between February 7 and April 9, 2017, you can bring along all of your kids (12 and under) for just the taxes and fees. You will literally be paying less than $50 for each round-trip kid ticket, and you can book up to eight kids with each adult.

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Earn Bonus Miles For Transatlantic Travel On American

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American AAdvantage has just announced a promotion for earning bonus miles on transatlantic travel. The promotion is similar to ones we’ve seen in the past. Through this promotion you can earn up to 40,000 bonus miles for transatlantic travel this winter, as follows:

— 5,000 bonus miles per roundtrip in economy (fare classes Y, H, K, M, L, W, V, G, Q, N, O or S)
— 10,000 bonus miles per roundtrip in business class (fare classes J, R, D or I)
— 20,000 bonus miles per roundtrip in first class (fare classes F or A)

Registration is required using promotion code NAS17. Furthermore, booking and travel is required between January 19 and March 31, 2017. In the past American counted previously purchased tickets towards the promotion, though they’re not doing so this time.

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Today Only: Earn 15 Alaska Miles Per Dollar Spent At Select Retailers

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Online shopping portals can be a great way to pick up additional miles & points for purchases you’d make anyway. Just for following a specific link you can earn bonus points in addition to the ones you’d earn anyway for credit card spend.

Sometimes it gets even better than that, as shopping portals have promotions with even better bonuses than usual. Well, there’s one such promotion now.

Through 11:59PM ET today, Friday, January 20, 2017, you can earn 15 bonus Alaska miles per dollar spent at select retailers.

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Hilton Is Offering An 80% Bonus On Purchased Points

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Through February 17, 2017, Hilton HHonors is offering an 80% bonus on purchased points.

The cost to purchase points with HHonors is ordinarily one cent per point (including tax), so through this promotion you can purchase Hilton points for ~0.56 cents each. This bonus applies as long as you purchase at least 5,000 points in one transaction.

You can purchase a maximum of 80,000 HHonors points before any bonuses per account per calendar year, meaning the highest number of points you can pick up through this promotion is 144,000 at a cost of $800.

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Hurry, Milk This Settlement For All It’s Worth

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Like Ben recently said, we try to keep the content here on OMAAT about miles and points or aviation. But occasionally he lets me go off the rails and talk about random stuff that will still save or make you money even if it doesn’t have much of anything to do with travel. This is one of those times.

If you haven’t heard by now, there was a recent class action lawsuit alleging that Cooperatives Working Together, a federation of milk producers, colluded to fix the price of milk and other dairy products. They supposedly slaughtered half a million cows prematurely in a program called “herd retirement” to hold down production and thus drive up prices.

And you thought OPEC was the world’s leading cartel…

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An Opportunity To Try EL AL First Class (At Last)?

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I’ve written a post in the past with three reasons that I haven’t yet reviewed EL AL, and the two main ones are that their mileage redemption rates are high and their first & business class product looks pretty lousy.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a follow-up post about considering flying EL AL, talking about just how overpriced their first class awards are, despite the fact that their first class looks like a sub-par business class. For example, a one-way first class award from Tel Aviv to Los Angeles would cost 187,000 Membership Rewards points.

Well, the good news is that the post generated a lot of discussion, including some good ideas from readers about how to try EL AL first class without breaking the (mileage) bank. Charlie mentioned how a one-way first class ticket from Tel Aviv to London costs $1,500 or so. While that’s still not cheap, I’d rather do that then redeem so many points for a ticket, so that was my plan for flying EL AL first class.

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How Long Is The IHG Annual Free Night Certificate Valid For?

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A couple of days ago I wrote about the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card, which I consider to be a “no brainer” for a vast majority of consumers. The card has just a $49 annual fee (which is waived the first year), and offers three huge perks:

— You get an anniversary free night certificate every year, which is valid at any IHG property worldwide, pending availability; given IHG’s global footprint, that should justify the card for just about anyone
— You get IHG Rewards Club Platinum status for as long as you have the card, which gets you bonus points, room upgrades, etc.
— You get a 10% rebate on points redemptions, for up to 100,000 points back each year

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Great Deal: $1,300 Roundtrip Oneworld Business Class Tickets From Paris To New York

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Here’s a great deal for readers on the other side of the Atlantic who are oneworld loyalists (or crazy people on this side of the Atlantic who are willing to position themselves). 😉

Premium fares in the New York to Paris market have been driven down by La Compagnie, the discounted all business class airline flying between the two cities.

Well, at the moment oneworld airlines are offering especially good business class fares when flying roundtrip from Paris to New York. Roundtrip tickets are available for just ~$1,300. The basic details are as follows:

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Amazing Deal! Free Flights And Hotels With JetBlue Vacations! Act Fast!

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JetBlue currently has a really great promotional offer for flight plus hotel vacation packages. For a flight plus hotel package within the United States, you can save $150 off the total itinerary. If you book an international package, you can take $250 off.

The key is that there is no minimum spend requirement.

That means you can end up with a free or almost free vacation!

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Deal On iTunes Gift Cards: 15% Off + 5x Points

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While I try to keep the blog pretty strictly points and travel focused, there are some deals that I think are worth sharing. For example, for me any discounts with Amazon, iTunes, or Starbucks are more or less good as cash, as I’d spend money with them anyway (of course there are limits to how much “credit” I want with iTunes or Starbucks, but I spend a good amount with Amazon).

Anyway, since I’m always on the road, I get all my entertainment through iTunes. I download shows and songs to entertain me when I’m flying onto my iPad/iPhone, rather than relying on what the airline provides.

While you can usually earn 5x points on iTunes gift cards by buying them at an office supply store with the right credit card, at the moment there’s an opportunity to stack that with 15% off.

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