Once again it is Friday! Here are some updates to take you into the weekend (which I hope brings power to those still without on the East Coast).
- American Airlines is offering double elite qualifying miles through the end of the year. They said this is in order to say “thank you” to their loyal customers for standing by them during their recent service delays. Non-elite members earn double elite qualifying miles through the end of the year plus double redeemable miles during the Thanksgiving travel period of Nov 16 – Nov 26. You do need to register for the promotion. Elite members earn double elite qualifying and double redeemable miles on flights through the end of the year without the Thanksgiving travel restriction. Elite members must also register for the promotion. If you are interested in elite status, this is the type of promotion to pay attention to.
- United has received it’s second 787 Dreamliner, and all systems are “go” for the 11/4 inaugural Dreamliner flight from Houston to Chicago. I feel very fortunate to be on that flight, and will be sharing as many details as possible about the event. Follow me on Twitter (@Mommy_Points) for updates that day! While it is great they have received their second Dreamliner from Boeing, there have been additional 787 flight cancellations due to the delay in getting that aircraft. The Wandering Aramean has a post with more info related to those cancellations.
- Enter to get one of 40,000 $25 American Express gift cards provided by FedEx as a part of the “Small Business Saturday” promotion. The deadline to enter is 11/3/12 at 11:59PM EDT, so don’t delay if you want a shot at this. You do have to be 18 years old to enter. Hopefully the full list of details for the actual Small Business Saturday promotion by Amex will be available shortly. Hack My Trip has a full post up on the $25 FedEx promotion if you would like more details.
- It is reported that 11/5 is the cut-off for those who want a year of “unlimited” 6% cash back on groceries from stand alone grocery stores via the Blue Cash Preferred℠ Card from American Express. I have previously reported this change was coming, but it is now upon us. Beginning in mid-January of next year, those who already have the card will be subject to a $6,000 annual cap on 6% back at stand alone grocery stores. However, those who were approved for the card prior to 11/5 should get a full year of unlimited 6% back on groceries at stand alone grocery stores before having the cap implemented in their second year. I do want to add that, based on a call with the affiliate company and Amex a couple weeks ago, it is my understanding that 11/5 is the cut-off, but it is possible that it is already too late to get in on a year of unlimited 6% back. This would be due both to any potential delay in approval, as well as there not being a 100% crystal clear communication on the change itself. I can tell you that I have to change the wording surround the 6% back for my own affiliate links by the evening of 11/6, but the terms in the offer on the application page already reflect the $6,000 cap, so I can’t swear to you what will happen for those who apply right now. I do know for sure that those applying after Tuesday will be subject to the $6,000 yearly limited at 6% back in stand alone grocery stores, but those applying now may also be trapped in the same limit. Purchases over that amount will receive 1% cash back.
Have a great weekend, and stay tuned for some 787 updates (early) Sunday morning!
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