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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