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Delta extending MQM and bonus miles to selected Medallion members

by on Jul.20, 2009, under Airlines

Delta has been sending emails to a selected few Medallion members to extend their Double MQM and bonus miles offer to September 7, 2009.  Similar to the first Double/Triple MQM offer (see previous post), there’s a catch! You will need to book and fly on higher (more expensive) class fares. Classes B and M on economy are almost full fare tickets.

In addition, you will get 50% more bonus miles which is great if you’re only a Silver Medallion. This offer is also available on Northwest.

Here’s the link to register even though you might qualify… but do give it a try.  There’s a fine print at the bottom of the page that reads:  “Only members who receive this communication directly from Delta Air Lines are eligible to participate in this offer.”

Below is a chart showing the potential MQM & Bonus Miles.

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United’s “Double your miles, all summer long” promotion is another marketing scam

by on Jun.10, 2009, under Airlines

With double and triple Elite Qualifying Miles (EQM) coming to an end next Monday, June 15, 2009, United has launched a Double Miles promotion (link to promotion) to try and keep its customers from going to another airline.  On surface, the double miles promotion seems like a sweet deal following the Double & Triple EQM offer. The double miles offer allows you to earn double miles on flights between June 15, 2009 to September 15, 2009, up to three round trips.

So what’s the catch?

If you read the fine prints in the Terms & Conditions, the double miles offer is only available for the following fares:

  • United First (F, A, P)
  • United Business classes (C, D, Z)
  • United Economy (Y, B, M, H, Q)

This means you will need to travel on either First, Business or a Full Fare Economy ticket to earn double miles. This is a marketing ploy similar to Delta’s Triple MQM offer (see previous post). This is another “caveat emptor” offer (aka: scam).  It doesn’t hurt for you to register as you may have last minute travel plans which requires you to buy a full fare economy or business class ticket.

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