May 16 – Buying Miles, AA, Marriott

AA changes its boarding policies as shown in the screenshot. Non-elites with no overhead baggage can now board before group 2.

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New Boarding Process

Several miles purchasing promos:

(New) Up to 30% discount on buying UA miles until May 20th.  That means 2.63 cents per mile if you buy at least 15,000. You can get this cheaper with the award accelerator where the price usually comes out at 2.05-2.1 cents per mile as long as as you have a redemption so again I would skip this value unless you have a redemption in mind and you don’t have a reservation to take advantage of award accelerator (and find too much hassle to find a cancellable itinerary that will give you the numbers you want).

Up to 30% bonus on buying AA miles until May 17th. That’s around 2.1 cents per mile if you buy 40,000 (plus 12,000 bonus for a total of 52,000). There has been better offers where AA miles have just been over two cents. I would skip this one unless you have a redemption in mind.

There is also a 100% US Airways Buy Miles promo making one US Airways mile cost approximately 1.85 cents per mile.

Prince de Galles has reopened as a SPG Cat 7. Looks really nice but revenue rates are through the roof and award redemptions require too many points.

Marriott is offering 500 Aeroplan bonus miles per stay in a deluxe room/suite in a participating hotel in Canada, for up to 2,000 bonus miles. You can check participating hotels here.



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