New River, Fort Lauderdale. Hertz is offering deals here and in Miami. *Creative commons
New River, Fort Lauderdale. Hertz is offering deals here and in Miami. *Creative commons

Between now and August 31, Club Carlson members can earn double points for a one-night stay at the following hotel brands in the Asia region — Radisson Blu, Radisson, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites. 

A little closer to home, Club Carlson members can earn triple points for stays at Country Inns & Suites between June 1 and September 1 at any of the brand’s hotels in the US, Canada and Latin America. 

Bookings must be made by May 31. 

US Airways

If you are willing to purchase frequent flyer miles, now is a great time to do so on US Airways. From now through May 25, you can earn up to 100 per cent bonus. 

If you purchase between 10,000 and 19,000 miles you will get a 50 per cent bonus; If you buy 20,000 to 29,000 miles, you will get a 75 per cent bonus; and if you purchase 30,000 to 50,000 miles, you will get a 100 per cent bonus. At the top end of the scale that works out to 3.5 cents per mile. 


The airline has increased the number of cities in which you can use a mobile boarding pass. 

It already was available at JFK, but if you are hitting connectors elsewhere, it is good in 45 cities, including the popular Fort Lauderdale airport. 

Fort Lauderdale Airport

Speaking of which, the South Florida airport alternative to Miami is going through an expansion. 

There’s a lot of construction inside the terminal, which is helping clog the walkways, but more importantly, it has started construction on a $791 million, 8,000-foot runway. 

The new runway will allow for it to handle more flights — the more flights it handles, the more competition, which should help bring the price down. 

The runway is expected to be competed in September. 


Staying in southern Florida, Hertz rental car agency is offering deals for both the Fort Lauderdale and Miami areas.  A one-week car rental can be had as low as $105 (economy class) up to $199 a week for minivans and standard SUVs. All rentals come with unlimited mileage. The deal is good from now through September 30.