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Here are some mini-points on some major deals out there that I haven’t had a chance to write a full post on this week. However, in case you haven’t yet had a chance to read about some of these deals, here is a brief rundown on things that have caught my eye.
- First and foremost, if you haven’t read Online Travel Review’s post on how to get to Hawaii in first class for $328, then go there now. The basics are that due to the currency conversion rate from USD to Icelandic Krona, and a mileage purchase promotion from Icelandair, you can purchase 30,000 miles for $328 USD. You can then use those miles to book through Icelandair on Alaska Airlines (one of their partners) to fly anywhere in the US, Canada, and Mexico in First Class. That means Hawaii, Alaska, or wherever else Alaska Airlines serves in the US, Mexico, or Canada round trip for just $328! Be aware, that Online Travel Review informs that the awards price out as round trip for that price though the Icelandair website does not specifically specify that. I have to admit this feels like “too good to be true”. However, I trust the legwork that Online Travel Review has done. I’m not pulling the trigger on it myself right now (in part because I just already have way too many trips planned), but I am watching the deal very closely. I encourage you to do the same. I did randomly check Alaska award availability at the lowest level from IAH to Hawaii and found plenty of options, they just aren’t necessarily very direct. Online Travel Review also reports that there is a $40ish dollar fuel surcharge that is assessed when you book your award, so that will inch the actual price a bit higher. Still an amazing deal!
- I am getting ready for a credit card churn, and have been debating about whether or not to include the current US Bank FlexPerks Reward Card offer in my churn. Their current sign-up offer was tied to the number of medals the US got at the 2012 Olympics, so the offer turned out to be pretty solid – much better than the usual offer. The offer valid through the end of August awards 33,150 FlexPoints after you spend $2,500 in the first five months. That translates to $600 in airline tickets. If you spend just a bit more on the card, you will actually have enough points for $800 in airline tickets. They have an award chart that is a little different than many of the programs I regularly write about, so I encourage you to read this helpful post by Hack My Trip for more details on maximizing this offer. I hadn’t written about the offer until now, since initially many folks were having trouble getting approved, but it seems that more approvals are now trickling through. US Bank apparently is a bit particular about the number of credit inquiries that folks have. That makes it tough for folks like me who get new cards on a pretty regular basis. However, there have been enough approvals that I am now likely to give it a shot in the near future.
- National Car Rental has brought back their promotion that awards a free rental day after every two paid midsize or larger rentals from August 20th – January 31st. You can redeem your free days between September 10th and June 16, 2013 on up to a full sized car. You do have to register for the promotion and a maximum of ten free rental days can be earned. You can learn all the details from New Girl in the Air.
- Last, and likely least, as you might have read from some other bloggers, a notice did go out that the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card offer and related application links will be updating on Monday. When we get these notices sometimes it means something major is changing with the offer, and sometimes it is something incredibly minor is changing isn’t even worth mentioning. I had no plans to mention it at all until we knew more, but since it is coming up in many other blogs, I just want to say that I don’t think you should rush to do anything at this point. I can’t imagine the actual sign-up bonus will be decreasing since that already happened this spring. The minimum spending requirement may be changing, it may be getting a chip like some other Chase cards, it may now be made out of concrete, who knows. What I do know is that more likely than not we will get some hints we can share sooner rather than later. I promise to share any details I can before Monday. Until then, I wouldn’t worry about it too much one way or the other.
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