Target Dates are now July 19th and 26th.
Another helpful tip when using your Hilton Honors card:
“Regarding hotel reward points, one way that I accelerate earning for Hilton Honors is to charge my cable bill (in my case, Comcast) and cell phone bill (Sprint) to my Hilton Amex card, which is a great no-fee card. For these charges, I receive 6 points per dollar rather than 3 points per dollar, so in any given month I am picking up close to an extra 1,000 Honors points. YMMV, but for me personally this means close to 24,000 Honors points in total over the course of a year for just charging these two bills. Use these wisely (i.e., point stretcher rewards) and you can boost the value even more.”
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The Basics on using frequent flier miles with Skyteam:
As I covered last Friday, you do not join the alliance program, if you are a member of any one of the member alliance programs, you are already a part of Skyteam. You can use your frequent flier miles from any member alliance program to book award tickets that have connecting flights on any member airline (as one ticket), but you cannot actually transfer points between member programs. Pick one alliance member program to bank all of your miles into. In this case, for most of you, that will be Delta.
When you book your flight on any alliance member, be sure to give them the frequent flier number of the alliance program you wish your points to be deposited into. The miles on any eligible flight will be deposited into that member program account, and qualifying flights will count towards advancing or keeping your tier status. To book an award ticket, call and speak with a representative from the frequent flier program you’re using to book the ticket; i.e. Delta. Always provide your FF number when making your reservations and checking in. Keep all your boarding passes and flight reciepts until all of your qualifying miles have been deposited. If you have a problem getting miles deposited into your account from an alliance member airline, Skyteam recommends calling the airline with which you made your original reservations.
Can you upgrade using points with Skyteam?
The answer taken directly from the Skyteam website was:
“In November 2008, SkyTeam launched the first phase of the SkyTeam Mileage Upgrades program, allowing eligible SkyTeam Frequent Flyers on international flight itineraries to use their miles to upgrade to Business class on most SkyTeam member airlines. Additionally, several Member airlines have bilateral agreements in place to allow travelers flying on one airline to use mileage from another to secure an upgrade. For full terms and conditions, and details of each alliance Members’ participation in the SkyTeam Mileage Upgrade program and bilateral agreements, passengers should visit their frequent flyer program Web site.” http://www.skyteam.com/
Each Alliance programs member status is reflected a bit differently in these Skyteam tier statuses. For our readers, status on Delta Airlines is the most common and is reflected as follows: Delta Silver is Skyteam Elite and Delta Gold, Platinum, or Diamond are all Skyteam Elite Plus.
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– The Rookie, Shannon.