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Here are a few quick updates from the miles and points world:
- Chase has introduced a new benefit to the United MileagePlus Explorer card by eliminating the foreign transaction fees effective June 1. Most of my Chase Rewards credit cards already had no foreign transaction fee, but it is still nice to see it disappear for this card as well. Makes total sense that a travel rewards card would want to appeal to those who travel outside of the US from time to time. Thumbs up, Chase!
- If you are interested in attending Star MegaDo 5, they are re-opening booking today at noon Central. There are approximately 40 seats left in coach, two in the “Tommy Class” emergency exit row, and a single business class seat. There were some IT issues that caused booking to get prematurely shut-down on Monday, but those kinks have reportedly been worked out. At the rates seats were selling before the IT shut-down, I would not be shocked at all if it went to “sold out” status today.
- Miles Professor has a good post on getting a 5x offer for the Citi ThankYou Card by going into a bank branch instead of relying on what is available online. I am so rarely in physical banks that this is a good reminder that it can pay to shop around…assuming of course you live close to a branch and have the time to do so.
- Southwest is starting up new nonstop service from Houston’s Hobby Airport to Washington Reagan on August 4th. Houston to to DC can be a pricey route, so I am happy to seen additional options. They are offering introductory $149 fares each way, which does not seem like an great deal to me, but it is less than the route sometimes goes for. These fares must be purchased from May 20 through May 24, 2013, 11:59 pm for the respective time zone of the originating city. Valid for travel August 4 through November 1, 2013 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Saturdays.