Reason to Look at JetBlue Card Now, Double Miles on Alaska, and More!

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Whether relaxing by the fire in your living room or vacationing on a warm beach somewhere, I hope you have enjoyed your President’s Day weekend!

Here are some miles and points updates to catch you up before the work week starts.

  • Amex is reportedly losing the JetBlue credit card, which will reportedly going to Barclays.  The current sign-up bonus isn’t that impressive to me at 20,000 points after you spend $1,000 in the first three months.  There is a $0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $40 in subsequent years.  JetBlue points don’t have an exact fixed value, but you can often get around $300 in economy flights for about 20,000 points.  The reason to consider getting the card now is because the opportunity will be going away via Amex in the near future.  In the future you should be able to get the card (and sign-up bonus!) from Barclays.  As you may know, JetBlue allows families to pool points, so you can put your points together to obtain award flights faster.  This is not an affiliate link, just something I thought might be interesting given the limited time opportunity. 
  • If you are sitting on Hyatt Diamond upgrades from 2014, remember that the deadline to apply them to future reservations is February 28th, which is now less than two weeks away.  Start planning so you don’t let them go to waste!  Remember, you can apply them to points + cash reservations in addition to paid reservations.
Suite upgrade at Grand Hyatt Kauai

Suite upgrade at Grand Hyatt Kauai

Alaska Airlines Double Miles

  • If you want to make your voice and opinion about the different loyalty programs and promotions heard, then be sure to vote for your favorites for this year’s Freddie Awards Voting just recently opened, and the programs really do take this pretty seriously!
  • As you may have noticed, this site underwent a “make-over” last week to make things a little more up-to-date and easier to read and navigate.  The goal wasn’t to make things like overwhelmingly different, but just a better version of what we had before, with a few new features.  I hope you like it, but let me know if you encounter any issues or run across anything you would like to work differently!

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Comments

  1. My comment is about your banner. I love your new “expecting” picture !!!
    You have helped me last year with my united reservation to Europe. This summer we will be going to Europe in First BA using Travel Together pass ( me and my daughter)Thank you for writing about BA 🙂
    I an sorry that you had to change your plans about going to London in July.
    I hope everything goes well 🙂

  2. I had read the Amex/JetBlue deal was thru the end of 2015, probably via Gary Leff. Is there some reason to apply now in particular? Seems like we all have a little time before the Amex card goes away and I suppose its possible Amex might want to goose their numbers a little before the card disappears (seems doubtful I guess, but hey) by offering an increased bonus at some point?

    • Glenn, I don’t know the end date, so if someone has one then that’s great for planning. Haven’t seen lots of big bonuses from amex recently outside of targeted offers, but you never know!

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