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Happy Friday! We’re almost done with our European fun, and let me tell you that six days in, we are missing our kid like crazy. I’m to that stage where I’m staring with sad eyes at other children around her age (and probably look like a scary stalker). On a less creepy note, my husband enjoyed our short hop on British Airways from Dublin to London so much this morning he wants to get the BA credit card and go for the “Travel Together” ticket so we can fly them in a premium cabin to Europe in the future. It is amazing how different the service on that one-hour flight was than on any one-hour flight with a US carrier. Very polite service, hot tea, bagel with salmon, champagne, croissants, etc… More on that soon, but here are a few updates from today in the miles and points world….
- Register now for the Hyatt Possibilities promotion where you will earn 3,000 bonus Hyatt Gold Passport points for every three eligible nights from March 1 – May 31st. The maximum number of bonus points you can earn is 45,000 points (which would require a whopping 45 nights). If you have the Hyatt Visa you get an extra 20% (600 additional points every three nights) for a possible total of 54,000 bonus points from the promo. This promo has been added to my running list of hotel promos located here.
- Today there have been some updates to the US Airways MasterCard offers situation that I wrote about last night here. Right this second it seems that there are two viable choices – the The US Airways Premier World MasterCard® that awards up to 40,000 miles (30,000 after first purchase and up to another 10K with balance transfers) with $89 annual fee or the better (unofficial) one that offers 35,000 miles after first purchase with waived $89 annual fee the first year. There are some other links and tactics being attempted in this Flyertalk thread with mixed success. I recommend heading there to keep up with the absolute latest as the situation has changed a few times in the last 24 hours and seems a bit fluid. Bottom line, those two links seem to be the most stable right now. If you are curious, the first is my affiliate link, the second is not. Take screen shots of the terms especially if you opt for the second option (35,000 miles)…just in case. Also be aware that Barclay’s has a tendency to give you a lower card with a lower offer if you don’t qualify for the top tier offer you applied for.
- Voting for the 25th annual Freddie Awards has started. You may have noticed some emails from the hotel and airline loyalty programs you belong to encouraging you to show your support and vote for them in the 2013 Freddie Awards. Do it! I was able to attend the Freddie Awards last year (and hope to again this year), and I can tell you it is a big deal. Let the hotels and airlines know what promos you liked the best, who allows you to redeem for the best awards, etc. They want to win and take note of who does. I still can’t believe the US Airways Grand Slam didn’t win best airline earning promotion last year. I also can’t believe the best affinity credit card was the Delta SkyMiles Amex! Anyway, if you have a chance, then vote for your favorites. I noticed that Milepoint is also giving away an iPad mini each week during the six weeks of the Freddie Awards voting.