This week, I have some bonus frequent-flier offers and another one-way rental deal out of Florida, but with a twist.
Southwest has rolled out a double Rapid Rewards promotion for travel anywhere the airline flies. Earn two credits for every one-way flight and four credits for round-trip flights through May 26. Customers flying on Business Select fares will earn 2.25 credits for flights of under 750 miles and three credits for longer flights. The offer is valid for tickets purchased through May 26. Customers must register before traveling at luv.southwest.com/servlet/formlink/f?kOHpjQSYDD.
American is offering double miles on a number of new routes. The airline also has a promotion where you can earn up to 100,000 bonus miles if you fly round-trip from cities across the U.S. to 10 of 17 new cities when you fly through July 31. This deal allows travelers to earn bonuses that increase based on the number of flights taken. Earn 1,000 miles for round trips to two different destinations, 4,000 miles for three, 6,000 for four, 10,000 for five, 15,000 for six, 25,000 for seven, 50,000 for eight, 75,000 for nine and 100,000 for 10. Passengers must register before travel for these promotions. Visit www.aa.com/offers for details and to register.
The Southwest offer is pretty simple: Fly four round trips instead of eight to get an award ticket.
American's 100,000-mile deal is more of a challenge. While 100,000 is a lot of air miles to earn, it's a lot of work to get those bonus miles. If this offer counted toward elite status, I would seriously look at it since you would get free checked baggage, and Platinum status offers free upgrades, 100 percent mileage bonuses and many other perks. Last year we saw a number of elite bonuses, so there is hope that we will see them again this year.
A couple of months ago, we told you about one-way car-rental deals out of Florida. Since then, Enterprise has launched a "Florida Drive Out" offer.
Customers can rent economy through full-size cars for $10 per day and minivans for $15 per day through May 31 and drop them off across the continental U.S.
The unusual thing about this offer is that you pick up and return rentals at off-airport locations, so you can avoid airport rental surcharges and drop the car off close to home.
My brother was recently in Deland, Fla., which is about an hour north of Orlando, and he wanted to get a one-way rental to drive to his home near Atlanta. Instead of having to get a ride to the Orlando airport to pick up a car, he rented one at a nearby Enterprise location, drove it back to a location near his home and got a ride to his house from Enterprise. Talk about convenience.
If you're planning a trip to Florida, fly there and take the scenic route home, or if you have relatives in Florida, they can take a leisurely drive to visit you and then they can fly home.
Rentals require a 48-hour advance reservation, and the maximum rental is 21 days. To book this offer, call 1-866-389-3711 and ask for customer FLDrive.
Find the original article on Florida one-way rentals online at www.dallasnews.com/travel.