Here’s this morning’s roundup of frequent flyer news you can use, should use, or might merely be passingly interested in knowing:
- Hertz is waiving under 25 year old driver fees through September 30 with coupon (PC #) 144314. The Hertz website says that the charge may still appear on your reservation but will be deducted at time of rental.
- Avianca, TACA, and Copa join the Star Alliance today giving Star much better coverage in South America. The best bet with Delta miles is Aeromexico, Star has gotten much better now and clearly makes United and US Airways miles a better choice than Delta miles. But American miles are still king for South America travel given American’s own award availability and that of oneworld partner LAN. Oneworld is expected to be strengthened at the expense of Star, the combined LAN and TAM (LATAM) is widely believed to become a oneworld carrier in the future, pulling TAM out of the Star Alliance.
- Delta isn’t the only airline going after Frontier Airlines frequent flyers since that airline has all but pulled out of Milwaukee. Southwest is offering A-List status (and Airtran A+ Rewards Elite status) to elite members of the Frontier Early Returns program living in Wisconsin.
- Very Good Points shares her experiences with my award booking service. She has a first class award using US Airways miles to fly to Singapore and Thailand on Air China, Thai Airways, and Singapore Airlines in first class.
- Hilton’s third quarter promotion is double points during the week and triple points on the weekend, registration required. Triple points is good, not exciting enough to cause me to make stays just for the points but rich enough to feel good about if I’m going to stay in a Hilton anyway (and possibly to choose Hilton versus a chain without a decent promotion running). There are, sadly, tons of hotels that are not participating in the promotion.