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Hilton To Launch New Multi-Brand Luxury Property In Athens

June 24, 2024 at 08:56 EDT By Spencer Howard

One Mile At A Time: "Plans have been announced for The Ilisian, which will be the name of a new luxury lifestyle destination in Athens, comprised of a hotel, residences, restaurants, a members’ club, and more. The development is expected to open in 2025 — as you might expect, it has been under construction for a couple of years, but the full concept has just been revealed."

"The development will include the Conrad Athens Hotel (with 278 guest rooms), the Conrad Athens Residences (with 18 hotel residences), and the Waldorf Astoria Athens Residences (with 37 private residences, located on the upper floors of the building)."

Singapore KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes - June 2024

June 24, 2024 at 08:41 EDT By Spencer Howard

Each month, Singapore Airlines releases a new round of Spontaneous Escapes. This monthly promo provides a 30% discount on the Singapore KrisFlyer award rate on select routes/flights operated by Singapore Airlines. As their award rates are often steep, Spontaneous Escapes are one of the best ways to use your KrisFlyer miles.

June's promo does not include any U.S. route, unfortunately.

You can transfer Amex, Capital One, Chase, and Citi points to Singapore KrisFlyer. Unlike many bank/airline partnerships, transfers are not always instant and can take a day or two. I've found that having done a previous transfer helps speed up the process. Personally, I have found that Capital One miles transfer instantly.

Direct link to promo details

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Earn Bonus Miles At Apple (Today Only)

June 24, 2024 at 08:40 EDT By Spencer Howard

If you're planning to buy something from Apple, today is a good day to do it. 

Four airline shopping portals are offering bonus today, June 24, 2024.

Points Wire Note:

Make sure you read the terms and conditions for earning miles via shopping portals. Generally, many Apple purchases aren't eligible to earn miles via shopping portals.

If you find an eligible item, use the portal that will help you with an upcoming redemption. If you don't have a booking in the works, I'd probably choose Alaska miles.

Barcelona To Ban Airbnb And All Short-Term Rentals In 2029

June 22, 2024 at 09:41 EDT By Spencer Howard

Bloomberg: "Barcelona plans to enact a citywide ban on all short-term rentals to address complaints that tourism is to blame for a local housing crisis and soaring rents."

"The Mediterranean city will stop giving new licenses and won’t renew existing ones so that in 2029 no homes will have permission to be rented as tourist accommodation, Barcelona Mayor said at a press conference on Friday. There are now about 10,000 houses registered as rentals for tourists."

Philadelphia To Get American Airlines Flagship Lounge In 2025

June 22, 2024 at 09:29 EDT By Spencer Howard

One Mile At A Time: "While we’ll have to be patient, American Airlines has officially revealed that it plans to open two new lounges at Philadelphia Airport (PHL) in 2025, including a new Flagship Lounge. Let’s go over the details, though let me say that I’ll believe it when the lounge actually opens, given how delayed this concept has been."

Bilt x American Partnership Ending June 24

June 22, 2024 at 09:24 EDT By Spencer Howard

Disclosure: I serve on an advisory board for Bilt.

Update: Bilt's partnership with American AAdvantage ends on June 24, 2024. If you plan to transfer points, do it before then!

View From The Wing got word that "Bilt Rewards and American AAdvantage are ending their partnership in June. That means it will no longer be possible to transfer Bilt points to American, although the exact last date in (presumably late) June for transfers is not yet certain. I received word yesterday about this plan and reached out to both American and Bilt for comment."

Bilt shared that "Bilt and American have agreed to wind down our partnership beginning in June. We appreciate everything we’ve been able to accomplish together since Bilt’s launch in 2021"

Points Wire Note:

It's never fun to see a transferable points program lose a useful transfer partner. That being said, Bilt has run some amazing transfer bonus promos to other airline partners for Rent Day (first of the month) that make this less of a blow. On the American side of things, you can still earn redeemable miles and Loyalty Points via AA's shopping portal and with hotels stays booked via AAdvantage Hotels.

Flying Blue Status Match Promo

June 21, 2024 at 10:19 EDT By Spencer Howard

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The Flying Blue status match promo has been extended to included members in the U.S. and Mexico. The cost of the match depends on the status level to which you match:

  • Silver: $99
  • Gold: $299

Canadians can match at the following price points. Note that Canadians can match to Platinum status.

  • Silver: C$79
  • Gold: C$199
  • Platinum: C$399

If you're based in the UK, you can match to all three status levels:

  • Silver: £79
  • Gold: £199
  • Platinum: £399

Those living in *eligible European countries can match up to Platinum as well.

  • Silver: €59
  • Gold: €199
  • Platinum: €399

*Eligible European countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

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Virgin Atlantic Promo: 40% Discount On Award Tickets

June 21, 2024 at 08:19 EDT By Spencer Howard

Update: The promo is live.

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club will be running a 40% discount on award flights to celebrate its 40th birthday. Here are the details:

  • Booking period: June 21-24, 2024
  • Travel by: December 31, 2024
  • Flights must be marketed and operated by Virgin Atlantic
  • Taxes, fees, and carrier-imposes surcharges will not be discounted
  • Not combinable with other Virgin Atlantic promos

Direct link to promo

Points Wire Note:

Previously, when Virgin Atlantic has run discounted award rates, it's been possible to include a connection on a partner airline from Paris or Amsterdam on Air France or KLM, respectively. While the connection on a partner airline hasn't received the discount, the Virgin Atlantic flight from London to the U.S. has been.

The benefit of adding the connection is to avoid the Air Passenger Duty (APD) fee when starting your journey from the UK. The APD fee on a business class ticket to the U.S. is over $200.

Choice Privileges Devalues, Removes 35K-Point Cap

June 20, 2024 at 19:33 EDT By Spencer Howard

Katie Genter: "Earlier this month, Choice Privileges hiked the award cost of Preferred Hotels & Resorts stays to up to 87,000 points per night. At the time, I celebrated that award nights at Choice Hotels properties still cost between 6,000 and 35,000 points in most parts of the world (except the Asia-Pacific region, where award nights cost up to 75,000 points)."

"However, this morning I noticed the Choice Privileges website no longer mentions that award nights cost between 6,000 and 35,000 points in most parts of the world. Instead, these mentions now note that reward nights at participating Choice Hotels locations start at 8,000 Choice Privileges points."

Buy IHG One Rewards Points For 0.5 Cents Per Point

June 20, 2024 at 14:18 EDT By Spencer Howard

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IHG One Rewards regularly runs promos in which you can buy points with up to a 100% bonus. If you get the 100% bonus offer, you can buy IHG points for 0.5 cents per point.

The current round of this promo runs through June 29, 2024.

Buy IHG One Rewards Points

Points Wire Note: I wouldn't buy IHG points if the bonus is below 100%. Additionally, the best time to buy points is for stays that would be significantly more expensive if you paid cash. If you have one of the IHG credit cards, you can also leverage the 4th night free benefit to really stretch your points.

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