1600 bonus points when joining SAS EuroBonus

Scandinavian Airlines or simply SAS (IATA: SK) is currently offering 1600 points when joining their frequent flyer program EuroBonus. This bonus seems to have been around for a while but also seems to be unpublished. I recently joined the program and noticed that 100 bonus miles labeled as “Welcome to SAS EuroBonus” had been posted. In the welcome e-mail I was then offered to watch eight EuroBonus introduction videos of about two minutes each that yielded additional 100 – 300 points each, totaling up to 1500 points. With the signup bonus this adds up to a total bonus of 1600 points. As I signed up for the Danish version I don’t know if the offer of 1500 points also is available to members singing up for the English version. After each video a quick quiz has to be completed, but even if the answers are wrong it’s possible to change the answers so this should be no issue for non Danish/Swedish/Norwegian speakers.

The points are so called “extra points” meaning that they do not count towards elite status.

Besides a basic member level two elite tiers are available: silver (20.000 points or 20 segments on SAS or Widerøe during a 12 months period) and gold (50.000 points or 50 segments on SAS or Widerøe during a 12 months period). Details about the different elite level are available here.

A nice benefit for all EuroBonus members is free WiFi in any class of service onboard SAS.

Go to the EuroBonus website to signup.

RewardsPlus from United MileagePlus and Marriott Rewards

A few months ago United Airlines announced that new benefits have been added to the partnership between United MileagePlus and Marriott Rewards. This partnership is called RewardsPlus. MileagePlus is offering a status match to Marriott gold elite status and better options for transferring points between the two programs. The status match is available to the following United Mileage Plus elite members: Premier Gold, Premier Platinum, Premier 1K and Global Services.

A status match to Marriott Rewards Gold Elite status gives you:

  • Lounge access and breakfast at select Marriott locations
  • Room upgrades
  • Complimentary Internet access
  • Priority late check-out
  • 25% bonus points and much more

Full terms are available here.

The status match can be requested here.

The downside is that the status match to Marriott gold status only is valid through January 31, 2014. However, it’s a nice benefit for if you happen to be staying at a Marriott property during this period. I recently requested the status match and my Marriott account was almost upgraded to gold status immediately and the physical card arrived a few weeks later.

All members of MileagePlus, even no status holders, can use the new options for the transferring points between the two programs. All premier members get a better exchange rate when transferring miles.

The general outline of the RewardsPlus miles and points benefits:

  • New Miles-to-Points Transfer: RewardsPlus is introducing the ability for Premier members (at all levels) to convert MileagePlus award miles into Marriott Rewards points at a 1-to-1 ratio, up to 50,000 miles per year.
  • Improved Points-to-Miles Transfer: RewardsPlus is improving the rate at which all members can convert their Marriott Rewards points into MileagePlus miles by offering a 20% discount off the number of points required for miles. This will be the leading conversion rate for transfer of Marriott Rewards points into airline miles.
  • Improved Mileage Earning on Travel Packages: RewardsPlus is offering 10% more MileagePlus award miles when members redeem for a Marriott Rewards Air and Hotel Travel package using points transferred from a Marriott Rewards account, a bonus of up to 12,000 miles.

Read more about the program and signup at the RewardsPlus website.