I’m not sure if this is targeted or not, but it seems that United might be following the path of American and offering elite bonuses. I just received an email from United asking me to choose my reward – up to 50,000 bonus miles or 4 regional upgrades:
I just successfully registered and chose the bonus miles option. The only potential caveat is that if you take a look at the qualifying fare classes, you’ll see that only first, business, and select full-fare economy tickets qualify (F, A, P, J, C, D, Z, P, Y, B, M, E, U, H).
Ticketing dates prior to August 15 will not qualify, and travel must be completed by November 15. Although this promotion comes with quite a few restrictions and limitations, it was still a nice and unexpected surprise from United. Were you also targeted?
Speaking of airline promotions – American Airlines currently has a pretty ah-may-zing [non-targeted] elite fast-track promotion for non-elites (like me!) that grants you elite status all the way up until February 2015! All you have to do is fly between 6,000 – 30,000 miles during the promotional period and register before August 27. It’s an incredibly generous promotion that I hope all readers jump on. Hey – it may be worth it for me to mileage run for this! (HT: AAdvantage Geek).
Here are some details:
Fast Track Your Way To Elite Status
We invite AAdvantage® members* who do not currently hold elite status to reach Gold, Platinum or Executive Platinum status faster and keep it through February 28, 2015. Not an AAdvantage member? It’s fast and free to join!
Members who are eligible for this offer and reach a mileage threshold below will open up a whole new world of perks designed to make travel easier. When you meet the requirements, you will have the opportunity to experience the exclusive benefits our elite status members enjoy, including:
Mileage bonuses on eligible flights
Complimentary access to Preferred Seats
Special upgrade privileges
Priority Access at check-in and boarding
Free checked bags
It’s easy to enroll for your exclusive offer.
Simply register by 11:59 p.m. (CT) on August 27, 2013, using promotion code H3TLI. Then, start flying on American or select airlines** to earn the required elite-qualifying miles between September 1, 2013, and December 31, 2013.
Let me know if you’ve registered for both of these promotions! Do they already fit in with your travel plans or will you go out of your way to take advantage of them?