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Free Giveaway Friday: $100 American Airlines Gift Card

MileValue really has the world’s best readers. Because of readers like you, I’ve been able to travel the last six weeks while “working” in places from Cambodia to Tampa.

As a thank you, I am giving away a $100 American Airlines virtual gift card.

I bought two such gift cards for myself on December 31, 2013 with my Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN, which now comes with 40,000 bonus Membership Rewards after you spend $5,000 in purchases on the Card within your first 3 months of Card Membership. The card also offers $200 in statement credits each calendar year to offset airline fees. Terms and restrictions apply.

Looking at this year’s travel schedule, though, I think someone else can use a $100 American Airlines gift card more than I can.

There are two ways to enter the drawing for the $100 gift card, and you can enter both ways to double your chances:

  1. Leave a comment on this post with how you’d use the gift card. (If you’re one of the thousands of people who have signed up to receive one free daily email every morning with all of the day’s posts, you’ll need to click this post’s headline to comment on MileValue.)
  2. Follow @MileValue on twitter and retweet this tweet.

Entry will close at 11:59 PM ET on Sunday March 30, 2014, and I’ll contact the winner afterwards.

Note: Gift Cards are redeemable toward the purchase of air travel wholly on flights operated by American Airlines, American Eagle® AmericanConnection® and oneworld® carriers for itineraries sold and originating in the U.S., Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. Gift Cards may also be used for payment of air travel on any oneworld® partner or Codeshare flights designated in flight listings as AA*. They cannot be used for payment of air travel on any other airline. In addition if a credit card is used in conjunction with gift card(s), the credit card must have a United States, U.S. Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico billing address. Gift Cards may not be used for upgrades, Admirals Club memberships enrollments, Admirals Club One-Day passes, AAdvantage Award Travel or other non-flight products and/or services sold on AA.com.



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Free Giveaway Friday: Pair of Admirals Club Passes for Your Next Trip

Reader Eli has generously donated two Admirals Club passes that expire March 31, 2014 to one lucky reader.

American Airlines operates Admirals Clubs in these locations. My favorite is at Honolulu International Airport, overlooking the garden, and stocked with slightly better food than usual since Japan Airlines uses the lounge for its premium passengers.

There are two ways to enter the drawing. On Sunday at 11:59 PM PT, I will select one winner. You can enter both ways to doubles your chances to win.

Way #1: Comment on this post with how you’d use the passes.

Way #2: Follow @milevalue on twitter and retweet this tweet.

https://twitter.com/MileValue/status/439394416541720576

If you don’t win, don’t forget that you can use your American Express Platinum card to access the Admirals Club, though this benefit ends March 22, 2014. And you can always use the Citi Executive AAdvantage card for lounge access.

Thanks for the lounge passes, Eli!

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Free Giveaway Friday: Five American Airlines Systemwide Upgrades

A very generous reader who came to the MileValue Happy Hour in New York City this week is donating five (5) American Airlines Systemwide Upgrades that expire Friday February 28, 2014 to MileValue readers.

Follow generous Tom on twitter to show your appreciation.

An American Airlines Systemwide Upgrade entitles you to an upgrade of one class of service on all flights on a one way itinerary that are operated by American Airlines or American Eagle if upgrade space is available.

This giveaway has tremendous value to you if you have a trip booked that meets the following conditions:

  • paid itinerary (not award)
  • operated by American Airlines or American Eagle (not partners)
  • with upgrade space on your flights
  • and the entire one way itinerary will be flown between Monday 2/24 and Friday 2/28 at 11:59 PM CT

There is only one way to enter:

Comment on this post with the number of passengers, date, and itinerary you are flying. Remember that you need to be flying American Airlines flights next Monday through Friday.

(If you are one of the thousands of people who have signed up to receive one free daily email every morning with all of the day’s posts, do NOT reply to that email! Click on the post title to come to the website and leave a comment there.)

Some time tomorrow (Saturday), I’ll start selecting and contacting people. My strong desire is to get these upgrades used on international and longer itineraries.

Then the generous donor will call the Executive Platinum line this weekend to redeem his Systemwide Upgrades for your trip.

For full information on American Airlines Systemwide Upgrades, see AA.com on the subject.

Good luck.

Free Giveaway Friday #2: Free Award Booking for Lufthansa Miles

Update 3/14/14: The 50k mile offer is dead. All links in this post go to the following offer:

  • Earn 20,000 award miles after your first purchase or balance transfer
  • Earn up to 15,000 award miles with balance transfers (1 mile per $1 transferred) within 30 days of account opening
  • Earn 2 award miles per $1 on ticket purchases directly from Miles & More integrated airline partners
  • Earn 1 mile per $1 on all other purchases
  • Annual Complimentary Companion Ticket after first purchase, then annually thereafter
  • No foreign transaction fees on purchases made outside the U.S.
  • Redeem miles for flight awards and upgrades on Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, SWISS, Star Alliance airlines and other partners
  • $79 Annual Fee, waived for SEN and HON Circle Members

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In honor of today being one of the last days to get 50k bonus miles on the Lufthansa Premier Miles & More World MasterCard, for one lucky winner, I will book an award for up to two people with their Lufthansa miles!

I know a lot of us have 55k+ Lufthansa miles sitting in our Miles & More accounts from getting the Lufthansa Premier Miles & More World MasterCard during its current 50k mile sign up bonus for spending $5k in the first three months.

If you haven’t yet gotten the card, the 50k bonus mile offer’s stated expiration is nine days from now, December 15, 2013!

I’ve written some Anatomy of an Award posts to explain for everyone’s benefit the exact process of converting Lufthansa miles to dream trips:

For the winner I’ll do even more. I’ll personally give you the full MileValue Award Booking Service treatment for a booking with your Lufthansa miles. (If your trip is for more than two passengers or is several awards, I’ll give you a $250 discount on the price of the award booking.)

Entry is open to anyone with Lufthansa miles or who expects to have some in the next few months. Having The Lufthansa Premier Miles & More World MasterCard is not a requirement for entry. There are two ways to enter:

  1. Comment on this post with what trip you have in mind. Here are some great uses of Lufthansa miles if you’re unsure. (Are you one of the people who receive one free daily email every morning with all of the day’s posts? Click the post title in the email and comment on the blog instead of replying to the email.)
  2. Retweet this tweet:

https://twitter.com/MileValue/status/408862874300186626

You can enter both ways.

I’ll pick a winner early Monday morning, email the winner, and get started booking your dream trip.

If you don’t win, we’re still standing by at the Award Booking Service, ready to book your award with Lufthansa miles.

Full offer details on the expiring 50k The Lufthansa Premier Miles & More World MasterCard® offer:

  • Earn 20,000 award miles after your first purchase or balance transfer
  • Earn an additional 30,000 award miles when you spend $5,000 in purchases within the first 90 days of account opening
  • With 50,000 award miles you can redeem for a round-trip award flight to Hawaii, Europe or the Caribbean!
  • Cardholders receive a Companion Ticket annually
  • Enjoy 2 award miles per $1 on Miles & More integrated airline ticket purchases and 1 award mile per $1 spent everywhere else
  • No mileage expiration with monthly qualifying purchases
  • No foreign transaction fees

Application Link: The Lufthansa Premier Miles & More World MasterCard®

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Free Giveaway Friday #1: Pair of United Club Passes

Generous reader Debashish has donated a pair of United Club passes that expire January 31, 2014. Thanks, Debashish!

Here are the United Club locations to check whether you’ll be able to use a pass on your next trip.

If you can use the passes between December 15, 2013 (because they will take a few days to get to you) and January 31, 2014, there are two ways to enter to win them!

  1. Comment on this post. (Are you one of the people who receive one free daily email every morning with all of the day’s posts? Click the post title in the email and comment on the blog instead of replying to the email.)
  2. Retweet this tweet:

https://twitter.com/MileValue/status/408862352889491457

You can enter both ways.

I’ll pick a winner early Monday morning, email the winner, and get the winners’ address to Debashish.

If you don’t win, you can always get lounge access worldwide with The Platinum Card® from American Express. (For more info on the lounge-access benefit, the $500 in statement credits in the first 12 months, and the card’s other benefits, see Get the Most out of Your American Express Platinum Card.)

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Free Giveaway: Five American and United Lounge Passes

Update: The giveaway is closed. Congrats to the winners of all 7 passes. (Two more were generously donated in the comments.)

Generous reader Sam has donated five lounge passes that expire in the next few months for me to give away to three lucky readers. I’ve divided them up, so the prizes are:

  • One American Airlines Admirals Club lounge pass that expires 12/31/2013
  • Two American Airlines Admirals Club lounge passes that expire 12/31/2013
  • Two United Club lounge passes that expire 1/31/2014

If you have some upcoming travel–no, we can’t get them to you by Thanksgiving :(–and can use some lounge access to make it smoother, enter to win one of the three prizes by leaving a comment that indicates which prize you want.

Again, your options are:

  • 1 AA pass
  • 2 AA passes
  • 2 United passes

Here are the Admirals Club locations and United Club locations to check whether you’ll be able to use a pass on your next trip.

I’ll pick a winner for each prize early Wednesday morning, email the winners, and get the winners’ addresses to Sam.

If you don’t win, you can always get lounge access worldwide with The Platinum Card® from American Express. (For more info on the lounge-access benefit, the $500 in statement credits in the first 12 months, and the card’s other benefits, see Get the Most out of Your American Express Platinum Card.



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Free Giveaway Friday: Winners of the Prepaid Visas from Club Carlson and Club Carlson Gold Status Are…

Disclosure: I am getting two one-night stay certificates at U.S. Radissons for hosting this giveaway. I’ll look into giving them away too.

This week I ran two posts as part of a giveaway to give each of two winners:

  • One $500 Visa Gift Card
  • Club Carlson Gold Elite Status through February 2014 (If you already have Club Carlson Gold Status, you will receive Concierge Status through February 2014.)

The prizes were generously donated by Club Carlson. The Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Card is the only hotel card to give you the last award night for free on stays of two or more nights. (That means two night award stays are 50% off!)

The two tweets that people had to retweet to enter the Twitter competition had 460 combined retweets. The random number generator has spoken and the winner is @CLMedina, who I recognize–from his Twitter picture–from the Chicago Seminars! Congratulations, Christopher. Enjoy the $500 prepaid Visa and Club Carlson Gold Status.

The two posts had a combined 773 comment entries. The random number generator selected Jen, who said her favorite perk of the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Card was “Last night free! Such a great perk.”

I very much agree with her that that is the best feature of the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Card and for her comment, she’ll win a $500 prepaid Visa and Club Carlson Gold Status too.

Thanks to the Club Carlson for donating the prizes and thanks to all the loyal MileValue readers and Twitter followers out there who entered.

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Last Day to Enter: Free Giveaway Friday: $1,000 in Visa Gift Cards and Club Carlson Gold Status

Disclosure: I am getting two one-night stay certificates at U.S. Radissons for hosting this giveaway. I’ll look into giving them away too.

The Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Card has generously donated two $500 Visa Gift Cards and two prizes of Club Carlson Gold Status for two lucky MileValue readers. The contest ends tonight, Friday November 8, 2013 at 11:59 PM Hawaii Time. I will pick and announce the winners tomorrow. You can still enter in two ways today even if you entered twice on Monday!

Each of the two winners will receive:

  • One $500 Visa Gift Card
  • Club Carlson Gold Elite Status through February 2014 (If you already have Club Carlson Gold Status, you will receive Concierge Status through February 2014.)

What are the two ways to enter today? What are the two ways to enter from Monday? How can you enter four ways in four minutes?

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Free Giveaway Friday: $1,000 in Visa Gift Cards and Club Carlson Gold Status

Disclosure: I am getting two one-night stay certificates at U.S. Radissons for hosting this giveaway. I’ll look into giving them away too.

The Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Card has generously donated two $500 Visa Gift Cards and two prizes of Club Carlson Gold Status for two lucky MileValue readers. Each of the two winners will receive:

  • One $500 Visa Gift Card
  • Club Carlson Gold Elite Status through February 2014 (If you already have Club Carlson Gold Status, you will receive Concierge Status through February 2014.)

I just signed up for the business version of the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Card in August because it is one of the best hotel cards on the market.

The killer benefit is that cardholders receive the last night free on any award of two nights or longer. That means that two night award stays are 50% off!

Other benefits include:

  • 10 points per $1 spent in eligible net purchases at participating Carlson Rezidor hotels worldwide
  • 5 points per $1 spent in eligible net purchases everywhere else
  • 85,000 Bonus Gold Points to start – Receive 50,000 Gold Points after your first purchase.  Plus 35,000 points once you spend $2,500 on your card within the first 90 days
  • Bonus Award Night – When you redeem Gold Points for 2 or more consecutive Award Nights, your last night is free. Exclusively for cardmembers!
  • Club Carlson Gold Status is yours after you activate and use your card
  • 40,000 Renewal Bonus Points each year when you renew your card
  • $75 annual fee

The automatic annual 40,000 point retention bonus means I would plan to hold a Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Card indefinitely.

Club Carlson Gold Points can be used at over 1,000 Radisson, Radisson Blu, Park Plaza, Park Inn, Country Inns and Suites properties worldwide.

After meeting the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Card‘s minimum spending requirement, you’d have at least 97,500 Gold Points, which with the last-night-free benefit on award nights, would be enough for 20 nights–ten two-night stays–at a Category 1 hotel like the Radisson Blue Beke, Budapest.

My aspirational Club Carlson property is the Category 6 Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow, which costs 50,000 points per night. As a cardholder, you could stay two nights in the hotel for 50,000 points total.

How to Enter

There are two winners and two ways to win. You can enter both ways, but you can only win one of the prize packages. You have to be a Club Carlson member to collect your prize package, so sign up here for free.

#1 Comment

Comment once on this post with your favorite benefit of the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Card.

You can get a second entry into the random drawing of commenters by commenting on Friday’s post about this giveaway.

I will randomly pick one of the comments from this post or Friday’s post as a winner after entry closes at 11:59 PM Hawaii time on Friday, November 8, 2013.

(For those who have signed up to receive one free daily email with all of MileValue’s latest posts: replying to that email is not a way to enter this contest. Click this post’s title in the email to be taken to the post on MileValue.com.)

#2 Retweet

Follow @milevalue and retweet the following tweet, which can be found here.

I will randomly pick one person who retweets that tweet after entry closes at 11:59 PM Hawaii time on Friday, November 8, 2013.

Good luck to everyone! And thanks to the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Card for the generous prizes.

Terms and Conditions: MileValue.com is the sponsor of this giveaway. U.S. Bank, Carlson Inc., and their respective affiliates and employees are not sponsors and are not responsible for any part of the giveaway. Scott Grimmer’s decisions are final as to all aspects of the contest.

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Free Giveaway Friday: Eight Southwest Drink Coupons

Maybe some booze will make your next economy flight more bearable!

Super-generous Jeff wants to give away his Southwest drink coupons. He has eight coupons that expire December 31, 2013, all of which will go to one winner.

Comment for a chance to win. Jeff will send them out to the commenter picked by random.org.

Free Giveaway Friday: Pair of United Club Passes

The contest is over. There were 209 comments and 107 retweets. Congrats to Mike Faust (twitter retweet) on winning! Check back every Friday for potential MileValue giveaways.

Longtime reader Jeff is generously donating two United Club passes that expire 2/28/15 to one lucky winner. There are two ways to win: a comment or a retweet.

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Free Giveaway Friday: Argentine micro-SIM and Melbourne myki Transit Card

Update: Congratulations to winners Matt and EGWG! The winners have been notified. Thank you to all for your submissions.

Today I’m giving away one travel essential for Argentina and one for Melbourne, Australia, and there will be two winners.

Argentina: Claro micro-SIM

Traveling with a cell phone makes life a lot easier. You can call the hotel, text your new friend, pull up directions on the map function, and stay in touch over email.

But roaming on an American plan is insanely expensive.

If you have an unlocked phone, in most countries it’s fairly cheap to buy a SIM card and pay as you go. But in some countries, like Argentina, it’s a pain because you have to go to the cell phone office, take a passport, wait your turn, fill out some forms, and leave with the $1 SIM card after an hour of your vacation is flushed down the drain.

If you’re going to Argentina soon, though, you can skip all that because I’ll send you my SIM card.

It is a micro-SIM which I used with a Google Nexus 4. I believe iPhone 4 and later also use one. You can figure out the SIM your phone takes by googling the model of your phone. (This SIM will be useless to you if your phone is not unlocked.)

The SIM is issued by Claro, one of the triopolist phone companies here. They’re all equally awful, but at least they’re cheap. Unlimited internet costs 1 peso per day on pay-as-you-go plans and phone and text aren’t much either. You will have to load credit onto the SIM card, which you can do at kiosks throughout the country. Fifty to a hundred pesos ($6-12) would be plenty for a week or two.

Melbourne, Australia: myki Transit Card

Right before I arrived in Melbourne, all of Victoria’s public transportation was switched over to myki only. That means you have to buy a $6 reusable transit card for one trip on the bus or train. Spare yourself the expense and save some plastic with my old myki card.

To Win

Comment on this post. Make sure you make clear which of these “prizes” you want or whether you want both. Use your real email address on the comment form because I will contact the winners that way. (It will not be published or used otherwise.)



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Free Giveaway Firday: Pair of United Club Passes

I am giving away a pair of United Club passes that I received by opening a United MileagePlus Explorer Card.

United has lounges all over the world. The clubs are a pleasant place to relax in a comfortable chair, use free wifi, and enjoy free snack and drinks. Here are the amenities.

Comment below for a chance to win the passes. Include your real email address while commenting, so I can contact the winner. (Your email address will not be displayed and will not be used for any other purpose.)

You can also enter by retweeting this tweet.

That means everyone can enter twice!

Don’t forget to join the 1,400 geniuses on Twitter and 3,100 mavens on Facebook who follow MileValue for more chances to win.

Free Giveaway Friday: Pair of United Club Lounge Passes

Congrats to the winner: Jason. Enjoy the United Club.

Reader Susan has generously offered to donate a pair of United Club passes for me to give away. She got the United MileagePlus Explorer Card (now with up to a 55k mile bonus) but doesn’t have a use for the two free passes that come with the card.

Comment below for a chance to win the passes. Include your real email address while commenting, so I can contact the winner. (Your email address will not be displayed and will not be used for any other purpose.)

United has lounges all over the world. The clubs are a pleasant place to relax in a comfortable chair, use free wifi, and enjoy free snack and drinks. Here are the amenities.

I’ll pick a winner on Sunday night.

Don’t forget to join the 1,300 geniuses on Twitter and 2,400 mavens on Facebook who follow MileValue for more chances to win.

Free Giveaway: Four American Airlines Systemwide Upgrades that Expire February 28

I am giving away four American Airlines Systemwide Upgrades that expire February 28, 2013 (Thursday).

An American Airlines Systemwide Upgrade entitles you to an upgrade of one class of service on American Airlines or American Eagle operated one way itineraries if upgrade space is available.

This upgrade has tremendous value to you if you have a trip booked that meets the following conditions:

  • paid itinerary (not award)
  • operated by American Airlines or American Eagle (not partners)
  • with upgrade space
  • and the entire one way itinerary will be flown by 2/28 at 11:59 PM CT

There are two ways to enter:

1. Retweet the following tweet:

2. Like the following facebook post and comment with your proposed itinerary.

At about 1 PM ET on 2/24, I’ll start selecting and contacting people. My strong desire is to get these upgrades used, so I will be contacting people fast and furious to find people with eligible itineraries who can be upgraded.

For full information on American Airlines Systemwide Upgrades, see AA.com on the subject.

Good luck.