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Miles and points updates for your Saturday morning…
- The The US Airways® Premier World MasterCard® is offering targeted bonuses for purchases between July 1 and August 31. I received a targeted offer of 20% more miles on every purchase, up to 10,000 maximum miles in my inbox. Additionally my offer includes a refund for any foreign transaction fees you incur during the same time frame with the refund appearing on the October 2014 statement. I would have loved having the foreign transaction fee refund back when I had the targeted offer of 4-5x on hotel and airline expenses. This card has historically been pretty solid for targeted spending bonuses, though this particular 20% bonus isn’t enough for me to put it into regular rotation.
- 100% Bonus on Shared US Airways Miles Ends June 30. The price for sharing miles has increased from when they used to run this promotion. They also changed the structure of this bonus so that the recipient and the “sharer” both get a piece of the bonus instead of the entire bonus going to the recipient. For example, if you share 50,000 miles — the recipient will get the 50,000 miles + 25,000 bonus miles (75,000 total miles) and you get 25,000 bonus miles in return. The price to share miles is $0.015 per mile plus a processing fee of $30 and a tax recovery charge of 7.5%. If you bought the max 50k miles (plus related bonuses) it comes out to about 1.6725 cents per mile which is pretty good compared to other opportunities to buy miles, but it still isn’t “cheap”.
- Ritz Carlton is offering double elite credit for eligible nights in 2014 – including retroactive stays dating back to January 1 as long as you were a member of Ritz Carlton Rewards at the time of the stay. Silver Elite status starts at 10 nights, which would be 5 nights under the double elite promotion. You can check out the elite benefits of the program here, though if you really care about Ritz Carlton elite status note that the co-branded credit card gives you mid-tier Gold status automatically the first year.
- There have been some interesting developments this week with the Citibank American Airlines Executive MasterCard 100,000 mile offer that has been very popular this year, including some thought that the offer ended. That is partially true, but in true zombie fashion, the offer isn’t necessarily totally dead If you have no clue what I am talking about, or just want some additional info, I would read the Wiki at the top of this Flyertalk thread.
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