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This post may be as scattered as my brain as I get ready to head out of town to The Freddie Awards, the Randy Peterson Executive Summit, and the Frequent Traveler University, so consider yourself warned. Packing for myself isn’t that bad, but trying to get the house and the toddler’s things ready to have mom gone for several days is far from simple! Am I the only one who lays out outfits for their little ones for every day away? Anyway, instead of going into too much detail on any one topic tonight, here are a few tidbits on different things going on:
- Marriott Rewards members have new promotions in their accounts now. These promos start on June 1st and run through August 31st. Some of the available options include: Max 3 Free Nights with 6 Stays, Max 40K with 25 Nights, Max 15K with 4 Different Brands, Max 15K with 3 Weekend Stays. My account had the 15K points with three weekend stays option, but I will likely switch to the traditional MegaBonus promo that is usually available to everyone (assuming that is indeed the case for the next promotion period). In fact, I just redeemed a MegaBonus night to stay at the Newark Renaissance to go to the Freddies tomorrow night, so I’m currently pretty keen on the MegaBonus promo. Get more details on these promos on this Flyertalk thread.
- Dan’s Deals has a pretty awesome post up about Korean Air partner redemptions. This is relevant for many of us that have Sapphire Preferred or Ink Bold cards with Ultimate Reward points that can transfer to Korean Air at 1:1 ratio. If you don’t yet have one of those cards, you can go here for more info or to apply. Korean Air partners with Hawaiian Airlines and offers 30,000 mile roundtrips to Hawaii in Economy and 60,000 in First. That is less than most carriers, for example on United, a roundtrip from US to Hawaii will run you 40,000 miles in Economy and 80,000 in First. Even more exciting to me is their partnership with Alaska Airlines as roundtrip flights within the US are just 20,000 miles in Economy and 40,000 in First. Roundtrip tickets to Hawaii on Alaska are 30,000 in Economy and 60,000 in First. A stopover is also allowed, so theoretically I could fly from Houston to Seattle, stop for a few days, then fly from Seattle to Alaska, and back to Houston for just 20,000 miles transferred from my Ultimate Rewards account. Since that trip is on my dad’s “Bucket List” I am especially interested in that redemption. Read Dan’s Deals post for more info about how to search for availability, book the flights, etc.
- I will be posting as much as I can from the Freddies, FTU, etc. this weekend, so stay tuned, and follow me on Twitter @Mommy_Points for live Tweets from the event!