Agoda’s huge PointsMAX earning opportunity, 13,000 bonus miles with Avis and Turkish Miles & Smiles, Doubletree Addis Abeba, St. Regis Astana, Southwest status match campaign

Agoda now lets you earn loyalty points when booking hotels

The earn rate is typically one mile per dollar spent but for many higher priced rooms the rate goes up to several thousand miles per booking.

I have never booked on Rocketmiles because of their inflated room rates but Agoda has very competitive rates and this may just swerve me away from Orbitz (which I have been using primarily now for their Best Rate Guarantee and Orbucks currency).

– Turkish Airlines has a new promotion with Avis that enables you to earn up to bonus 13,000 miles

I used to credit Avis rentals to Turkish Airlines all the time but it stopped working for non-airport locations (as per T&C). If you have a number of Avis rentals coming up I’d try it.

– Hilton just signed the management for the new Doubletree Addis Abeba (near Bole Airport) – it won’t open for a while

Astana is a boom town for chain hotels and now got a St. Regis too.

– Southwest is now status matching if you have status with another US airline and have a California address in your profile