Trip Tips

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Byline: George Hobica and Kim Liang Tan Daily Herald Correspondents

A roundup of good deals, inside scoops and advice for the traveler:

Bonus miles with mortgage

For a limited time, homeowners can get extra AAdvantage miles if they buy or sell homes through the AAdvantage Program for Mortgages and Real Estate. For every $10,000 worth of transactions (for the sale or purchase of a home), you'll earn 1,500 bonus miles, up to a maximum of 25,000 bonus miles. That's in addition to the regular miles earned under the program. For more information, call (800) 852-9744.

Low summer rates in Arizona

The three Pointe Hilton resorts in Phoenix are offering great summer deals, with rates starting at $89 per night, compared to $369 per night for the same type of rooms in winter. This rate offers a two-room suite, complimentary in-suite coffee, and management-hosted cocktails served poolside; plus, kids stay free in their parents' suite. A number of package plans offer extra perks. A Family Fun Package (starting at $189 for a family of four) includes different amenities at each property. At Squaw Peak children are enrolled daily in Coyote Camp and have use of all amenities at the Hole-in-the-Wall River Ranch and Kid's Koncierge. At the Tapatio Cliffs resort they enjoy a poolside cabana and use of water toys and amenities plus afternoon fruit, cheese and refreshments. At South Mountain they enjoy a free shuttle to nearby shopping, a one-hour family golf lesson, and free in-suite video games. All Golf Packages include a round of golf per day, full American breakfast, a sleeve of balls, bag tag and club storage, daily newspaper and free use of the resort fitness center. The Silver Golf package is $228 per night for two. For more information and reservations, call (800) 876-4683 or go online at www.pointehilton.com/.

Doing some good on vacation

If you're looking for an unusual way to spend your vacation time, take a look at the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers' programs. The BTCV has more than 100 volunteer opportunities this summer in Britain and around the world, and their programs start at about $90 per week for volunteer work in the United Kingdom, which includes accommodations (anywhere from a room in a private home to a tent), all meals, instructions and equipment. …