Saturday Morning Miles and Points Updates

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Happy Weekend!  Here are a few quick updates from the world of miles, points, and travel to go with your morning coffee.

  • The 100,000 Avios British Airways offer is back I plan to post much more about this soon, but this is a very good deal if you can use your Avios for partner flights on American and Alaska.  Think 7,500 Avios Houston – Chicago, 12,500 Avios LAX – Honolulu, or 4,500 Avios from JFK – Montreal.   I got in on this deal last year, and haven’t regretted it.  In case you are curious about such things, this is not an affiliate offer.  Thanks to View From the Wing for sharing the info!
    • You will get 50,000 bonus Avios after $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.
    • 25,000 bonus Avios after $10,000 in purchases within the first year of account opening.
    • Plus an additional 25,000 bonus Avios after you make an additional $10,000 in purchases also within the first year of account opening.
  • US Airways is offering a 100% bonus on purchased miles through the end of November.  Do not that this one sounds like it might be targeted, so may or may not be available in your account.  If it is, that means that if you bought the full 50,000 miles, you would get a 50,000 miles bonus for a total of 100,000 miles for $1,881.25 including taxes/fees.  That comes to about 1.88 cents per mile, which isn’t terrible, but isn’t something I would buy unless I was topping off to a specific and pretty immediate redemption.  As I’m sure you are well aware by now, miles aren’t for holding (especially when you bought them).
  • You can now use electronics gate to gate on Delta and JetBlue thanks to the new FAA decision.  Other airlines will likely follow by getting certification to do the same by the end of the year.  This means no toddler tantrums when there is no iPad or DVD crack entertainment available at the beginning and end of the flight!  I think this is great, but I would still have forms of on-board entertainment available that are not electronics such as crayons, books, small toys, silly putty, etc.
  • The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card is now offering a version of the card with a EMV Smart Chip, otherwise known as a “Chip and Signature” card for those who request one.  This can be helpful if you travel abroad with this card (especially since it doesn’t charge foreign transaction fees), but note that this is not a chip and pin card.  However, having at least a chip and signature version makes it more likely your card will work in things like Tube or Metro stations overseas.  I just requested my card via secure message and will update when it arrives!
  • While this is not travel related, it is points related, so I wanted to mention that this weekend through November 4th is double points weekend via the Pottery Barn Credit Card.  This does not happen very often, so I wanted anyone interested to be aware.  I personally have this card and last year did very well by making some planned large furniture purchases during double points weekend.  You normally get 10% back in reward dollars, but this weekend you will get 20% back in reward dollars (assuming you don’t choose 0% interest rate instead of rewards).  You can also still shop via a online shopping or cash-back portal with your Pottery Barn credit card to double-dip.  Tip: costumes and Halloween stuff is very discounted right now!

pottery barn double rewards mommy points

Have a great weekend!

 

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Comments

  1. Hi MP – Any update on the shopping portal changes for November? Some of us have a 1,500 Mileageplus bonus to earn and a 1,500 Skymiles bonus to earn!

  2. The US Airways promo is apparently targeted. Many reports of not seeing the bonus even when logged in to their DM account.

  3. Maury, yes. Even the bullet points we get as affiliates to go along with the offer have been updated to eliminate the “limited time” portion. I don’t take that to mean it will last forever, but it certainly is still good for now.
    Archon1995, good to know. Will update the post.
    dan, Chase doesn’t usually work that way, but your best bet is this thread http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/credit-card-programs/1335226-now-dead-100-000-ba-avios-chase-card-150-fee-85.html

  4. I haven’t found that a chip & signature card works anywhere that a mag strip doesn’t. Generally machines that want PINs want PINs and they don’t differentiate if you have a magstrip or a chip. I have a chip and sign card, and haven’t found it to be useful at all.

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