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The end of the month always brings deadlines in the miles and points world, but sometimes those deadlines are more important than others. In this case, there are four important things you need to do now before the end of the month hits and it is too late.
Register for either free nights or bonus points via current Hyatt promotion by March 31st:
The current Hyatt promo awards either free nights at a Category 1-4 hotel or up to 50,000 bonus points, but you have to choose one when you register by March 31st. As a reminder, you can get a free night at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel worldwide after every five eligible nights from January 15 – April 30th (max four free nights). You can redeem your free nights Cat 1-4 nights with no blackout dates through July 31, 2014. Your other option is to register to earn bonus points with the earning structure listed below.
Stay 5 Nights, Earn +5,000 Points = 5,000 Total Points Earned
Stay 10 Nights, Earn +10,000 Points = 15,000 Total Points Earned
Stay 15 Nights, Earn +15,000 Points = 30,000 Total Points Earned
Stay 20 Nights, Earn +20,000 Points = 50,000 Total Points Earned
It is time to look back at your Hyatt nights dating back to January 15th, and look forward to have you have booked through April 30th, and register for the option that will suit you best.
Use Your Southwest Points Before March 31st:
If you like to use your Southwest Rapid Reward points for Wanna Get Away bookings (the lowest price bookings), then try to use them before March 31st as they will be worth 15% less as of that date. As Southwest emailed back in September, “Wanna Get Away reward flight bookings made on or after March 31, 2014 will require 70 points per dollar. This is an increase from the 60 points per dollar currently required. Anytime and Business Select reward flight redemption rates, as well as the points per dollar you earn when flying, will remain the same as they are today.” This means that Southwest points are going from being worth around 1.67 cents each to about 1.42 cents each toward Wanna Get Away Fare. In reality they are often worth a bit more than that, but those are good ballpark numbers to use.
If you want to get in under this deadline and are low on Southwest points, remember they transfer 1:1 from Chase Ultimate Rewards. The Southwest schedule is open for booking through October 31, 2014.
Remember US Airways Leaves Star Alliance on March 30th:
As part of the merger with American Airlines, US Airways will be leaving Star Alliance on March 30th and joining OneWorld Alliance on March 31st. US Airways will still have partnerships with some Star Alliances partners beyond March 30th, but they will no longer be a part of the alliance. This means, among other things, you won’t be able to redeem US Airways miles for United flights or United miles for US Airways flights. It also means of course that any Star Alliance Gold benefits won’t help when flying US Airways. On the upside, this change means you should be able to redeem British Airways Avios for US Airways routes once they join OneWorld! This is good for those short but pricey routes since the British Airways chart is distance based.
I would think through carefully if this impending alliance switch means you need to speed up making some redemptions to book US Airways operated flights using miles in a Star Alliance partner program, or book some reward flights operated by a Star Alliance partner with US Airways miles. You can get a bit more info about the merger progress here.
Close Out Your $1,500 in First Quarter Spending at Gas Stations via Chase Freedom:
The first quarter of 2014 brought us 5x earning on the Chase Freedom® at gas stations (as well as Starbucks and movie theaters), so be sure to get as close to the $1,500 quarterly 5x max as possible before the calendar rolls to April 1 and the categories reset. Go fill up your car, buy a gift card at the gas station or Starbucks, etc. You need to have already registered for the first quarter 5x bonus categories to be eligible. This post will help you come up with a good estimate on how much you have already spent in those categories.
Now get busy so you don’t miss out on any miles and points!
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