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I’ll blame the Japan/US time zone difference for not wishing everyone Good Friday on Good Friday, but will instead shift it to wishing you all a Good Weekend. Probably more universally applicable anyway. I head back from Japan today in order to get home in time to play the role of the Easter Bunny. It’s a bit of a dichotomous life jumping from the Park Hyatt Toyko and hanging with a group of Flyertalkers in Japan one day to getting the Easter ham ready and hiding eggs the next, but it certainly keeps you moving and on your toes, and while Japan was amazing, I can’t wait to get back to my family.
Enough about my travels, on to some quick updates from the world of travel, miles, and points.
- JetBlue will now fly from Houston Hobby to Boston beginning on July 25th. This is great news for those like me who live in the Houston (or Boston) area. I haven’t flown them in a while, but I very much like JetBlue flights, and some competition to keep prices reasonable on that route is exciting. Perhaps best of all, if you act quickly you can book fares for $49 one way between Boston and Houston through April 2, 2013 for travel between September 3 and October 9, 2013 (blackout dates apply). $96 all-in round trip from Houston to Boston is just unheard of. Early fall trip to Boston anyone? If you want these super cheap fares, act quickly as it looks like availability is dwindling.
- United is offering a choice of MileagePlus miles or money for a United travel bank for booking a rental car from Avis or Hertz via their website. The number of miles/amount of credit varies depending on elite status and length of rental. It is an interesting concept and really does force you to put a value to your miles in order to decide between the two offers. Most folks would do better with the travel bank credit as you have to value your United miles at more than two cents each for the miles to be the better offer.
- Last Chance to Vote for the Freddie Awards as voting ends on March 31st. An awards show for loyalty programs may seem super silly on first glance, but these programs take it very seriously. I bet you have seen many emails in your inbox from various hotels and airlines asking for you to show your support by voting in the Freddies for them. I just voted today and showed my support for my favorite airline and hotels programs. I also found myself showing a fair amount of support to a hotel chain that wasn’t even on my radar 18 months ago. Any guesses as to who that is?
That’s pretty much it for now. With it being a holiday weekend for some, the end of the month, and the end of the quarter, there aren’t a ton of happenings right now in the miles and points world. I expect things will pick up again as we turn the calendar to April. Bring on the great deals! Until then, here is a final shot from Japan. Good Weekend, and Happy Easter.