Quick Updates: Higher TSA Fees, New LifeMiles Chart, and More!

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Happy Saturday!  As I usually try to do on Saturdays, let’s hop right to the points so you can get back to enjoying your weekend!

New Higher TSA Fees on Monday:

We are all probably used to the TSA fees of $2.50 each way for nonstop flights, and $5 each way for trips with connections via the “9/11 Security Fee”, but starting in two days the fees are going up – note that this even impacts award tickets.  The fees are increasing to $5.60 each way for both nonstop and connecting flights.  If your flight has a layover of four hours or more on a domestic flight or 12 hours or more on international flight then there will be a $5.60 fee for each leg.  This isn’t a big difference in some cases, but it can add up for a family traveling on a trip that involves longer layovers.  To avoid the fees as long as possible lock in tickets you need before Monday.

View page 6 here for some official examples of how the fees would be implemented on various types of itineraries.

New LifeMiles Award Chart Rates Effective October 15th:

Lucky has done a good job putting together a comparison chart of the old and new award redemption rates for LifeMiles that kick in on October 15th.  LifeMiles is truly too much of a headache for me to mess with on a regular basis, so this is a minor blip on my radar, but I know lots of folks have enjoyed buying miles at a relatively low price and redeeming them for premium cabin travel on Star Alliance airlines via LifeMiles.  This deal has taken some real setbacks recently with increased price to buy miles, plugging of some “interesting” geographical classifications for some cities, Lufthansa First Class “blocking”, and now higher award chart rates coming in October.  If you are still sitting on a pile of LifeMiles you might want to use them before October 15th – I do give LifeMiles a thumbs up for the advance notice.

Kimpton Revamps Their Reward Program:

While I don’t write about Kimpton very frequently, I have enjoyed all of my stays at Kimpton hotels, so want to mention that this week Kimpton revamped their InTouch program into a new Kimpton Karma program.  Via the new program “members may be recognized for things like attending wine hour, mentioning an individual hotel or restaurant on social media or dining at one of Kimpton’s 66 restaurants, bars and lounges, to name a few.”

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Donovan House in Washington DC

The changes don’t look like they will impact infrequent Kimpton guests very much – and may even help them some with new perks at the lower levels.  Scott at Hack My Trip is a fairly regular Kimpton guest and has a good post on the changes.

Last Day to Enter $250 M Life Gift Card Giveaway:

Finally, today is the last day to enter the giveaway I am running to give away a $250 M Life gift card you can use toward stays, dining, and other activities at hotels such as Bellagio, Mirage, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, ARIA, and more!  This gift card was provided by Hyatt to celebrate their new “Make Vegas Yours” website that has tons of pretty fun info and tips for stays at M Life hotels in Las Vegas!

 

Have a great weekend!

 

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Comments

  1. TSA fees

    how many people do they screen in a days time, compared the the money paid to the tsa screeners, I would bet the process is showing a profit.

  2. MP – I just applied for the Chase Sapphire Preferred card using your link – should have done it a long time ago. The landing page didn’t say anything about the 7% annual rebate benefit. I am afraid it is only grandfathered for existing cardholders. We shall see come February.

    • Yana, indeed. Sorry if that wasn’t clear. Rumor is that even though it isn’t listed folks are still eligible for it through 20th. I can’t guarantee that is the case, but I think you have a much better chance today than in a couple days based on what I have heard. Fingers crossed for you and thanks for your support.

  3. I got the Chase Sapphirre two weeks ago. What’s your opinion on getting the Chase Freedom card? My checking account is with Chase anyways, so it makes sense to use them primarily but not sure if it’s too much to have the Sapphire and the Freedom as well.

    • Blessing, I love the Freedom and think it is a great compliment to the CSP and Chase Checking. You will get a 10% bonus on all points earned on the Freedom if you also have Chase Checking plus can use the 5x bonus categories and then transfer to hotel and airline partners thanks to having the CSP. I call it the Chase Trifecta!

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