Some airlines and hotels are offering promotions that allow you to earn bonus miles and free nights.
• American and US Airways are celebrating their merger by offering a 50 percent frequent-flier bonus for flying on each other’s airline.
If you fly on American, you can earn a 50 percent bonus in your US Airways Dividend Miles account and if you fly on US Airways, you can earn a 50 percent bonus in your AAdvantage account.
Both offers are valid for travel through March 2. You must register for these offers prior to travel. Visit aa.com/viewpromotiondetails.do?fN=aad-us-air-offer.xml to earn AAdvantage miles on US Airways flights and visit shopping.usairways.com/promotion/dividendmiles/registration .aspx?promocode=UM50 to earn Dividend Miles on American flights.
At some point your American AAdvantage and US Airways Dividend Miles accounts will roll into a single AAdvantage account. It could happen in the next few weeks, or it could take months, but when it does, you will have more miles in your merged account if you take advantage of these bonus offers.
One often overlooked perk of being an American AAdvantage Citi cardholder is that you can qualify for reduced-mileage awards. You can save 5,000 to 7,500 off the miles needed for award tickets to select destinations, so you can get domestic round trips for as low as 17,500-20,000 miles in coach class.
The availability, seasons and destinations you can travel to are limited and can change. You do have to pay a fee of $20 to $35 to book these reduced awards, but the miles savings can be worth it.
The 7,500-mile reduction is available with select Executive, Platinum, Citi Select and CitiBusiness AAdvantage cards and the 5,000-mile reduction is available with the Citi AAdvantage American Express card and the Citi Gold AAdvantage Visa or MasterCard. For details visit aa.com/reduced mileageawards.
• The Marriott MegaBonus is back, and members of the free Marriott Rewards program can earn a free night after two paid stays.
The offer is valid for stays at participating hotels between Feb. 1 and April 30, and you can earn up to two free nights. The free nights are valid at a category 1 to 4 hotel.
Be aware that this offer is per stay, so if you spend two nights in a row at the same property, it counts as one stay. You must register prior to travel, and by March 31, by calling (888) 627-7468 or online at marriott.com/rewards/promotion .mi?promotion=MS14.
• Members of the free Club Carlson program who stay three paid nights between now and April 13 can earn 38,000 bonus points, which is enough for a free night at most Carlson hotels worldwide, including Radisson, Park Plaza, Park Inn and Country Inns & Suites.
You must register for this promotion prior to travel. Visit clubcarlson.com/stay3 for details and to enroll.
• If you are looking for a cheap getaway, the older you are, the more you’ll save with Starwood’s Celebrate Your Birth Year promotion. You’ll pay the regular hotel rate your first night, and on the second and third consecutive nights, you’ll pay a rate based on your birth year.
For example, if you were born in 1950, you would pay $50 each night for your second and third nights. At some luxury properties, the rate will be $100 plus your birth year, so if you were born in 1950, you’d pay $150 for the second and third night.
Make sure you put the reservation in the name of the person who is the oldest in your party, so your rate will be the cheapest.
Valid photo ID is required, and taxes and fees are additional. Visit americas.starwoodoffers.com/payyourbirthyear or call (877) 782-0108 and use promotion code NBR.