United Airlines’ and Marriott’s loyalty reward programs now have reciprocal benefits

Today, United Airlines and Marriott announced a deal where frequent fliers or frequent hotel guests will have significant benefits with the other after registering with either one of the companies. United Gold and above automatically become Marriott Gold, and Marriott Platinum become United Silver – potentially bringing significant added benefits to hotel stays, like free Wi-Fi, lounge access, bonus miles, and more.

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Earn 1,300+ Starwood points when you watch your next musical

Starwood Preferred Guest is running a promo where you can earn anywhere from 400 to 2,200 Starpoints per ticket on upcoming musicals in New York City. Although there are some major limitations (Wednesday performances only, $127 per ticket, shows only through July 31, 2013), 2,200 Starpoints, when purchased by themselves, could be worth $66 at 3 cents per point.

You might find a better deal (read: pay less) through ticket liquidators and other resellers in the city, but if you’re going to buy your tickets in advance, this isn’t a bad deal whatsoever.

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Earn double Wyndham points on your next stay

Wyndham just released a promotion where you can earn double Wyndham Rewards points on each stay, starting with your second stay until September 13, 2013. It’s not an amazing deal and it’s not going to change your life, but if you happen to be staying at a Wyndham property (including Wyndham hotels, Ramada, Days Inn, Super 8, Howard Johnson and Travelodge), you might as well collect the extra points.

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A big change to United’s MileagePlus program: spending requirements

Just recently, United announced a significant change to their frequent-flier elite status program, United MileagePlus. Although these changes may not impact those who either accumulate miles by flying once in a while or those who have a co-branded United credit card from Chase, it does affect those who want to obtain elite status on United, potentially affecting your ability to secure First Class upgrades, earn significant amounts of bonus miles, and receive “special” treatment.

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Take 2,500 miles off your next American Airlines award flight

American Airlines is now running a promotion – register for the promo, and they’ll credit you 2,500 miles after you book an award flight between now and July 24 and then travel between September 4 and November 20, 2013.

2,500 miles may not seem like a lot, and it’s really not – but at 3 cents per mile, that’s worth about $75. Not bad! It’s too bad the bonus is only valid for one trip, but it’s better than nothing.

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Reader question: How can I actually use my British Airways Avios points?

From our Facebook page, one of our readers asked a question about using his British Airways Avios points for travel from San Diego to Istanbul:

I can NOT book BA round trip Club World from San Diego to Istanbul on the dates I want (or almost anytime it is not freezing) but even if I could, I would need to pay $1200+ in fees. Or I can just pay the same amount to United for an excellent one-stop round trip flight on the days I actually want, and earn United points (my airline of choice). What is going on out there? Why can’t I find any seats?

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