Playing Miles and Points Catch-Up: Delta Food, US/AA Bonus, and More!

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I’ve spent the last few days building sand castles, going down slides, and playing with my family at Atlantis in the Bahamas on points (can’t wait to share the details), and while that was awesome, it means I need to play miles and points catch-up.  Feel free to skip this post if you have been on top of everything that has come out in the last few days, but in case you are behind too…….

  • US Airways and American Airlines are offering 50% mileage bonuses when traveling on the other airline through March 2, 2014.  Both US Airways and American are offering virtually the same promotion.  For example, if you register with and use an American Airlines frequent flyer account when flying on US Airways, you get a 50% bonus on those flights. If you register with and use a US Airways frequent flyer account when flying on American Airlines, you get a 50% bonus on those flights.  If you have elite status/elite qualifying mileage needs that comes into play, then you need to factor that in to your decision when deciding where to credit the flights.  Here is the registration page for US AirwaysHere is the registration page for American Airlines.  As always, it makes sense to register even if you aren’t sure you will be able to use the promotion.
  • US Airways is offering a 100% bonus on purchased miles for those who bought miles in 2013, up to 50,000 miles by January 31, 2014.  They sent emails out to those eligible, but if you think you should be eligible then just log into your US Airways account and you will see if you are eligible when you go to buy miles.
  • With all the stories out there of adults on airplanes who have not patience or tolerance for kids that aren’t winning the “Best Behaved Award”, there is a great story circulating called “Dear Daddy in Seat 16C” by the blog Team Kate.  Kate is a little bit younger than my own daughter, and has autism.  She was recently flying with her mother and she was seated between her mom and a businessman with a briefcase on the airplane.   Here is a snipit from the post…“You could have ignored her.  You could have given me that ‘smile’ that I despise because it means; ‘manage your child please.’  You did none of that.  You engaged Kate in conversation and you asked her questions about her turtles.”  It is really sweet post that resonates whether your child has special needs or not.  Obviously this man went above and beyond, but a little more cooperation and tolerance is something that would be great to see across the board.  You never know someone else’s story, so jumping to conclusions and being judgmental about a child “acting out” is never as productive as simply talking about turtles.
  • Delta is bringing back complimentary meals on certain flights for those in certain seats.  Even though this is not returning food to the masses on Delta flights, it is an actual enhancement.  They will be serving Luvo meals (all made with natural ingredients, no added trans-fats, and hormone and antibiotic-free proteins) free for customers seated in Economy Comfort on Delta’s transcontinental flights between JFK and Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle.  The meals will be available for purchase for customers seated in regular economy.  You can read the full press release here.
  • The Hyatt Endless Possibilities Promotion starts today, but remember to think long and hard before registering.

Hope you are all having a great week and let me know if I missed anything else major while we had our heads in the sand!

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Guilty of focusing on the ocean instead of miles and points!

Comments

  1. HI MP – I can’t wait to hear all about this trip and your stay at the Comfort Suites. I have a very similar stay scheduled in May.

    I am curious about something, though. Do you ever get tired of all that travel? Don’t get me wrong, I love, love, love a good trip. We make probably 4-5 trips a year, which seems wildly excessive by everyone else’s standards. But you seem to have a trip several times each month, if not more. I know you don’t have a “regular” office job you need time off from, but your husband does. Doesn’t he get exhausted always being on the road so much? Maybe he doesn’t, I’m just curious because that is my own husband’s complaint about our travel schedule. Also, obviously little C doesn’t yet have sports/activities, or go to actual school, but have you thought about what you plan to do when she is a little older? My own kids have sports nearly every weekend, so travel is limited to the “off season” and school vacation schedules.

    This isn’t meant to be critical, for the most part I am super envious of your travel life, but you definitely travel more than I would even if I could. I was just wondering if you ever feel like it is too much. And even “free” travel isn’t really free! There are so many incidentals with vacations (airport parking, restaurant meals, etc).

    • Lynn, good question. The long answer could probably have it’s own post, but the short answer is occasionally certain time periods get busier than I like. Usually happens when we book something and then other opportunities we didn’t know about at the time get added around it.

      For the most part it’s great, but there are the downsides you describe. We already travel w C 90% of the time on school breaks and long weekends, but you are right she is only currently in one activity (gymnastics) and we don’t have weekend classes for that.

      Husband gets tired sometimes, as do I, but we feel very lucky do to what we do. We are also very very boring at home to compensate. Ha!

  2. Enjoy the frequent vacations while she is not in school. Time flies and schedules get busy as they get older. My husband had a job for many years where he worked 6 days a week and we barely traveled as a family because his job didn’t allow him the time off. He left that job and we started our own company about 5 years ago. Wish we had done that sooner. Now, we take vacations several times a year. We have one son who has graduated from college and two in college. Glad I have miles and points to pay for some of these trips.

    • Kathy, I have no doubt it will only get harder. Husband gets left out of several trips a year (or leaves early/comes late) due to limited vacation. We will continue to make it work, but I’m sure every year will look different.

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