MAKE MY MONDAY! Travel Deals & Specials. Plus: Question of the Weekend Winner!

by TFB Editors on April 23, 2012

Things are changing at Travel For Boomers – for the good, we promise!

One of those changes is this new weekly feature, which we’re calling “Make My Monday.” Every Monday we’ll start your week off right by serving up a slew of travel deals and specials that may inspire your next travel excursion and/or give you a way to amass even more frequent flier miles and rewards points towards free travel in the future.

So — ready to let us make your Monday? Feast your eyes on these deals and specials…

From the Oneworld Alliance:

Oneworld welcomes its newest member — AirBerline — with double miles! In celebration of AirBerlin’s inauguration into the alliance, members of American’s AAdvangage program can earn double miles every time they fly an eligible fare from now through May 15. AirBerlin’s entrance into Oneworld adds even more travel options for AAdvantage members and adds more cities to AA’s network through codesharing. Some highlights include Cologne/Bonn, Dortmund, Dresden, Erfurt, Florence, and an additional 45 destinations.

AAdvantage membership is free, and if you are not already a member, this is a great time to join. It’s easy to enroll at

Register prior to travel by clicking the red register button at the link above and watch your miles add up!


From US Airways & Mastercard:

Here’s a card that earns you more bonus miles and better rewards. If you qualify for the US Airways Premier World MasterCard®, you get:

  • 30,000 bonus miles after the first time you use the card (for qualifying transactions)
  • The $89 annual fee waived your first year
  • Up to 10,000 bonus miles on initial balance transfers with a low
    introductory APR
  • One mile for every $1 you spend and double miles on US Airways purchases
  • A US Airways Club pass and two $99 companion tickets each year3

Terms and conditions apply. Click on the link above to get started!


From TripAlertz is showing a Niagra Falls Springtime Getaway in Ontario, Canada, for $109 per night. That’s a 50% savings! This deal features a stay at the Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls – Fallsview — ideally located in the heart of the Fallsview district. It includes a great room, plus a host of vouchers for discounted dining at some of the area’s most popular restaurants. All this can be yours at the amazing low price starting at $115 per night. You don’t have much time – travel must be completed by June 7th – and at this great rate, it’s sure to sell out quickly. Check out the details by clicking here.


From Avis Prestige

Hate to be stuck in some generic compact car when you need a rental. Then this deal is for you: Earn 500 American Airlines AAdvantage bonus miles and save up to 30 percent on Avis Prestige rentals in the U.K. The Avis Prestige range of vehicles covers luxury vehicles for every occasion, from high caliber executive requirements to weekends away.  If you would like to know more about Avis Prestige or any of the luxury vehicles available click here or call: 020 7591 0444.


From United Airlines – low fares to New York City

Click HERE to view all the special rates from departure cities around the U.S. to plan a getaway to The Big Apple!  The fares include taxes and fees. There are additional baggage charges and fees for other optional services, and restrictions may apply. Specific travel dates apply. Fare availability is capacity controlled. Fares are non-refundable and subject to change at any time. Advance purchase may be required.


From Delta Skymiles Shopping

From starting that diet you’ve been talking about to a bit of “retail therapy” at Saks, now you can earn up to five times the frequent flier miles with these spring deals:

Weight Watchers - Earn 300 miles per subscription. Save Over 30% on Weight Watchers Online with their three-month savings plan. Get the information and resources you need to follow the plan online by clicking on the link above. Offer valid through 4/30/12.

Drugstore.comEarn four miles per $1 spent now through 4/24/12. Spend $25 and get free shipping.

PacSun – Earn two miles per $1 spent and get 10% off $100 plus free shipping! Enter PACSUN10 at checkout. Now through 4/30/12.

GroupOn - Earn five miles per $1 spent. Groupon features a daily deal on stuff to do, see, eat, and buy in a variety of cities across the United States. Get 50 to 90 percent off the best stuff your city has to offer. Hot deals in Chicago, New York, Boston and many other cities. – Earn three miles per $1 spent. – Earn $2 per $1 spent.


From American Airlines

The Frequently Flying blog recently reported that American Airlines is offering double AAdvantage miles (redeemable, not elite) on a batch of select Alaska Airlines flights.

Registration is required and the travel window is until June 30, 2012. The promotion code is ASD12. Double miles can be accrued in the following nonstop markets:

Burbank (BUR) – Portland (PDX)

Honolulu (HNL) – Oakland (OAK)

Honolulu (HNL) – San Jose (SJC)

Kansas City (MCI) – Seattle (SEA)

Los Angeles (LAX) – Mammoth Lakes (XXX)

Oakland (OAK) – Portland (PDX)

Ontario (ONT) – Portland (PDX)

Portland (PDX) – San Francisco (SFO)


From Chase – The Ink Bold Business Card

If you don’t have this one in your wallet yet, now’s the time: Chase is offering  50,000 bonus points when you spend $5000 in the first three months on your new Ink Bold card. That’s $500 in rewards of your choice — including travel rewards! There’s no limit to the points you can accrue and the points never expire. Points may be redeemed for unrestricted travel through Ultimate Rewards and just about anything else. And there’s no annual fee the first year — a $95 savings. Click the link above to get started!


From Travelocity

The top travel destinations for this spring and summer (according to come with savings at Travelocity:

California – save 30% this spring

Disney – save up to 25%

Florida – save 40%

Las Vegas – save 30%

New York – from $99/night


Do you know about some great deals and specials on travel that we shouldn’t miss? Please let us know in the Comments section!


And The Winner Is: JANE!

From TFB’s Christine Krzyszton: Congratulations to our Question of the Weekend winner! I chose Jane because she not only has a passion for the website, but she also told us why she loved the site and expanded on how it helped her enhance her travel experience.

Jane — you are the winner of our $25 gift card! (Jane, we will contact you by email to get your address and send you the gift card.)

I do have to acknowledge “mo o.” because we loved one of his favorite web sites: I like the idea of printing out a subway map to take with you when visiting a new city.

Thanks also go out to Kevin and his travel partner, on their way to Ireland, who toasted in the Admirals Club in Chicago!!! (You may not be the winner, but you’re our rock star of the day!)

There were lots of good answers, though. Read the Comments section to learn more about great travel sites and resources. Thanks to everyone who participated!

And join us next weekend for another Question of the Weekend Gift Card Contest!

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