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Hope you all had a fun time watching the Super Bowl (or eating and drinking while the game was on in the background)…I know lots of folks in the Houston area did after they scored $6,000+ of free furniture thanks to the Seahawks win! Even if you missed out on that, there are a few other deals right now that might be of some interest.
Free and Easy Southwest Points:
First, you can get up to 2,500 free Southwest Airlines points if you sign-up as a new member. This could be a good time to get your family members (including kids) enrolled for their own Rapid Rewards accounts. You will receive 2,000 bonus points for enrolling in Rapid Rewards, then if you opt-in to receive Rapid Rewards e-mail communications (and stay subscribed for at least three months) then 500 bonus points will be deposited automatically into your account.
These points won’t expire as long as you have account activity at least once every 24 months. 2,500 Southwest points are currently worth at least $41, but that will go down to at least $35 after the 15% “Wanna Get Away” devaluation on March 31st. Even if you are starting from 0 Southwest points this can still be useful, as you can supplement with points transferred in from Chase Ultimate Rewards at a 1:1 ratio to book an award flight! You can also use this as a good spring board to racking up lots of Southwest points by getting a credit card like the Southwest Airlines® Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card, which is currently offering a 50,000 point sign-up bonus after hitting the spending requirement. I just set an account up for my four year old daughter, and the 2,000 points were processed upon sign-up (though they aren’t yet showing as useable). Gotta love free points!
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100% Bonus on Purchased US Airways Miles:
I got an email this morning that stated if I use my US Airways credit card to buy or gift miles that there will be a 100% bonus – up to 50,000 miles through February 28, 2014. If you max this out and buy 50,000 miles, for a total of 100,000 miles, the all-in cost is $1,881.25. That comes to about 1.88 cents per mile. That isn’t a terrible amount, but for most of us it is not an amount at which you buy without a pretty immediate redemption in mind.
I don’t know if this was targeted to all US Airways credit card holders or not, but pay attention to your email if you are interested.
United Awards Still Available at Old Rates:
Also, seems the United IT switch-over to the new (more expensive) award rates is taking a smidge longer than they might have thought to complete as awards are still pricing at the old levels. Their system is throwing more errors than normal, so clearly they are working on something, but theoretically you could still book at the old rates as of right now…if you can get the system to work. I’m sure they will (sadly) have it all squared away very soon.