News You Can Use -American Airlines Double Elite & Redeemable Mile Promotion, 100% Bonus on Buying US Air Miles, 33% Bonus on American Airlines Miles, Southwest Shuts Down Automatic Check-In Website

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News You Can Use -American Airlines Double Elite & Redeemable Mile Promotion, 100% Bonus on Buying US Air Miles, 33% Bonus on American Airlines Miles, Southwest Shuts Down Automatic Check-In Website

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1.   33% American Airlines Double Elite & Redeemable Mile Promotion.   One Mile at a Time explains American Airlines’ double elite & redeemable mile promotion between November 1 and December 31, 2012.

2. 100% Bonus on Buying US Air Miles.   The Points Guy explains the 100% bonus on buying US Air miles. In short, it costs ~$1,880 for 100,000 miles which could be a good deal if you use for international business class or first class trips, but not that great a deal if you use it for coach travel within the US.

For example, it costs only 90,000 US Air miles to fly in Business Class from the US to North Asia (China, Hong Kong, Japan etc.) and you can have a stop-over in Europe as well.

3.   Bonus on Buying American Airlines Miles.   View from the Wing explains that even after the ~33% bonus, you still pay ~2.3 cents per American Airlines mile.  This is expensive, but could be worth it if you need to top off your account for an award.

4.   Southwest Shuts Down Automatic Check-In Website.   A few weeks ago, I wrote about a great website which lets you check-in automatically for your Southwest flights. 

Astute readers pointed out in the comments that it was just a matter of time before Southwest sends their lawyers to shut down the website.  Well, Southwest managed to shut down the website, but the author of the web application got a job offer from Expedia and lots of publicity in the local news.

Thanks to Lara and Forrest for sending these links to NBC News and Business Insider with more details.

If you did submit a request to automatically check in for your flight, you may want to set a reminder to manually check in!

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I just got an email a few minutes ago from CheckIntoMyFlight.com:

“Hey Jeffrey! We just checked you into your flight and you got a group: A55. You’re all set to go!”

I went to southwest.com to confirm, and there I was at A55.

I guess it’s not yet fully shut down?

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@Jeff G – Looks like he is still able to process check-ins already made, so that’s nice!

Thanks for letting us know about the Southwest Auto Check-in site being shut down. I did get a chance to use it a couple of weeks ago and it worked great–while it lasted. Glad I got a chance to use it.

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@Lisa – Thanks! I’ve fixed it.

@farsighted99 – I’ve never had a issue with getting the statement credit, but adding a ton of authorized users could trigger a financial review.

@interested – Prepaid cards are usually excluded.

@JuiceBox2Go – Too bad it got shut down, but glad it was of use to you!

are the bluebirds available for the offer since it als works as a credit card?

erm, well, better to say one person has 3, I have 5, and 2 are business cards (plum, AX Bus. gold)… all different numbers for each card except the AX Citi card. Still, 10 different cards between the two of us.

I have 10 Amex cards with 2 users… a couple are business cards. Seems like a bit overkill to have 20 $25 credits. I don’t have to add any users.

Are you sure they aren’t going to go after me for registering all of these?

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