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In an effort to keep you in the loop on miles and points happenings and opportunities without wasting any of your time, here are a few quick and important updates you need to know about.
Amex Membership Rewards Transfer Ratio to British Airways Changing:
For as long as I have been around miles and points Amex Membership Reward points have transferred to British Airways Avios on a 1:1 ratio other than during transfer bonuses that can run as high as a 50% bonus on transferred points.
However via Travel with Grant, effective October 1st that rate is changing from 1,000: 1,000 to 250: 200 (aka 1,000: 800). This means that when you transfer 1,000 Membership Reward points you will be given just 800 Avios instead of the 1,000 you would be awarded currently. That is a very real bummer, especially when you combine it with some of the negative changes to the British Airways award chart that just kicked in a few weeks ago.
My guess is that there will still be good times to transfer your Membership Reward points to Avios during transfer bonuses, but the standard rate will certainly be getting less appealing effective October 1st.
Highest Hyatt Credit Card Sign-Up Bonus I’ve Ever Seen:
Thanks to a tweet from @FreequentFlyr I’ve now seen the highest Hyatt Credit Card sign-up bonus that I’ve seen yet that includes not only the standard two free nights at any Hyatt after spending $1,000 in 3 months, and the $50 statement credit after your first purchase, but also 5,000 bonus Hyatt points when you add an authorized user to your account and make a purchase with your card during the first 3 months as a cardmember.
The terms indicate that this bonus offer is available to you as long as you have not received a new cardmember bonus for the Hyatt Credit Card in the past 24 months.
I’ve never before seen a Hyatt credit card offer that came with any type of Hyatt points, so this is a real positive change! I have messaged Chase to see if they can match me to this offer since I got the card a few months ago, but I’m not holding my breath since I think I got the card just a tad too long ago to qualify to potentially have my sign-up bonus matched at this point.
Southwest Considering a Change to Family Boarding Procedures:
As you may know, Southwest Airlines doesn’t offer assigned seats on their planes, but instead has customers board “in order” based on the type of fare they purchased, whether they paid extra for “Early Bird Check-In”, and the time that they checked in. This process is divided into A, B, and C boarding groups, and they allow families with children ages 4 and under to board between the A and B group in the event they didn’t otherwise secure an A boarding pass.
This family boarding time is pretty crucial on Southwest since those who board toward the end of the process are unlikely to find seats together on full flights. If you weren’t able to board pretty early in the process with a kid 4 and under that obviously would mean having to shuffle already seated customers around if the flight is full…which takes time, and can slow down departures. However, as you can probably guess parents and kids older than 4 years old also often want to sit together and apparently that must be an issue that has potentially slowed down some departures.
So, in an effort to speed up departures and/or simply keep planes on time this summer Southwest recently tested new family boarding procedures to include families with children up to age 6, 8, or 11. The tests have concluded and they expect to have results soon. I personally think there is some real logic behind upping the age a bit due to Southwest’s unique seating arrangements, though of course you have to cap it at some point otherwise half the plane will be “boarding early” on some routes.
Frontier Airlines $39 Sale Extended Through June 5th:
Frontier has extended a summer airfare sale with prices starting at $39 for routes such as: Atlanta – Miami, New Orleans – Atlanta, Denver – Las Vegas, and Las Vegas – Chicago. There are many more routes available, with $39 being the starting one-way price. While Southwest and many other airlines are having a huge fall travel airfare sale, it is worth highlighting that the Frontier sale is the one that can help you if you are still looking for a summer getaway as valid travel dates range from June 13th – October 20th.
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