Miles in a Minute: Bonuses Dropping, $10 Amazon Promo, and More…

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Here are a few miles and points updates from around the web to keep you in the loop in a minute or less…

  • Rumor is that today is the last day for the increased 50,000 point bonus with the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card.  This increased bonus comes and goes with some regularity, so I wouldn’t stress if today is not the right day for you to pull the trigger, but I wanted to mention it just in case.  I haven’t seen whether the other Southwest cards that are also at 50k might also drop back down after today.   Also, as I have already shared, the Chase Freedom® sign-up bonus is also scheduled to drop back down starting tomorrow.
  • United announced a few days ago that they would be increasing the annual fee for access to the United Clubs to $550 for general members (with higher rates for elites kicking in on August 18th) and now the annual fee for the United Club Card that comes with access to the United Clubs has also increased from $395 to $450 going forward.  That said, I do still see some targeted offers floating around for the card with the first year introductory annual fee of $0, so that could be a good route to go if you want club access, but don’t want to shell out hundreds of dollars in the first year.  Log into your United account and look around at the credit card section to see if you have an offer targeted to you.  Personally, I’m not sure that some modest food improvements really justify that much of an increase, but…

United Club Business Card

  • There is a promo from Amazon via code SWP15CH10 that is awarding $10 off a purchase for many people with Chase Ultimate Rewards cards/points that they link to their Amazon account.  I haven’t gotten the promo to work for me personally, but Deals We Like has some tips on how it might work for you.
  • If you use Open Table like we do to earn points on restaurant reservations in order to get some “free” money to use at those restaurants, then you will want to note that the way they handle point redemptions will be changing on August 25th.  After that date they will no longer be offering the paper checks for redemption, but instead will offer “Dining Rewards Gifts” to instantaneously turn your points into restaurant gift cards. They will also be introducing an option to redeem for Amazon gift cards in the future.  You can find some additional details here, but I didn’t see anything outlining if the exchange rate for checks/gift cards will be changing or not.

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  1. I wasn’t going to fool with the $10 Amazon offer, figuring it wouldn’t work for me, but I’m glad I did. I dropped my merchandise in the virtual cart, contacted Amazon’s excellent customer service, and had $10 applied immediately to my purchase. I love the advice and discounts I get by reading the travel blogs. Thanks!

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