Bits ‘n Pieces for September 7, 2012

News and Notables from Around the Interweb:

  • American AAdvantage Transfer Bonus. American is offering up to a 25% bonus on miles transferred between accounts through September 30th. The airline based on a range of points transferred but roughly speaking a penny a mile plus tax and a $30 ‘processing fee’. The $300 is costs to transfer 25,000 miles will yield 31,250 miles under this promo. Good for topping off between accounts, but not worth it just to do it.

  • Scoring Business Class Awards to Australia During High Season with Skypesos. Some folks will recall my pointing out that Delta’s Skyteam partner China Southern offers amazing business class award availability on its Los Angeles – Guangzhou, China route and the seats on its Airbus A380 look really good. Point Me to the Plane highlights that Delta will allow you to connect (or stopover) in China enroute to Australia, and that China Southern availability all the way Down Under is great even during the peak December/January timeframe. I’ve long said that Delta miles are ironically the best for getting Australia awards (which are among the toughest awards there are). The other options with Delta miles being Korean Airlines via Seoul and Virgin Australia especially on the Los Angeles – Brisbane route. Adam points to China Eastern via Shanghai, as well.

  • 125 Free Avios Points for Newsletter Signup. Head for Points flags an opportunity for 125 free Avios points. You sign up for a Spanish-language online shopping site using an Iberia Avios account. And of course Iberia Avios points can be transferred to British Airways Avios. (Although sometimes you want to move points the other direction — since booking awards on Iberia using Iberia points incurs no fuel surcharges, while British Airways bookings on Iberia do get hit with those fees.)

  • Don’t Download Shopping Toolbars. NerdWallet reviews the Delta Skymiles mileage mall and includes my argument that you shouldn’t download their toolbar — you don’t want to automatically earn Skymiles for purchases you make online when you could do better from other shopping portals, it’s better to check the best available deal at EV Reward and similar websites, learning who is offering you the most (and most valuable) points for clicking through their shopping site to make your purchase.

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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