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Here are a few updates to keep you in the miles and points loop in as little time as possible…
Hilton wants to give you Hilton Diamond until March 2018 if you have high enough elite status in a competing hotel loyalty program. I don’t know whether this will work if you have already had them match your status before (as many of us have). An easy status to have them match is your IHG Platinum status you can get with the IHG co-branded credit card, though you do have to also submit proof of a previous stay within the last 12 months with the chain you are utilizing for the match.
JetBlue awards are now as cheap as 2,600 points per flight! I actually was just testing the minimum number of JetBlue points required for an award flight within the last few weeks and it was still 3,500 points at the time, but as Running With Miles points out, the minimum threshold has dropped to 2,600 points as shown below. This is great for when you want to use points on those lower priced flights and still get a good return per point! This means also that the 30,000 sign-up bonus points you can get from The JetBlue Plus Card could go even further on those low cost flights!
Right you can get double the normal referral bonus points (10,000 instead of 5,000) for referring friends to the SPG Amex Business and Personal Cards. You can get a max of 55,000 SPG points for referrals per calendar year. Your friend you refer will get the “standard” 25,000 sign-up bonus points after hitting the spending requirement. This isn’t as good as the best ever 35,000 point sign-up bonus that was out a couple months ago, but 10,000 bonus SPG points for a referral ain’t too shabby. Keep in mind you can only make a referral for the type of SPG card you actually have and your friend must be approved by June 15, 2016.
Purchase SPG Points at the lowest price yet. Right now Amex SPG cardholders can get a 35% discount on purchasing SPG points until June 3rd. You will have to log in with your SPG number in order to see the discount reflected that will drop the price per point down to 2.275 cents per point from the regular price of 3.5 cents each.
That still isn’t cheap, of course, but I very regularly redeem my SPG points at 3-4 cents per point in value and above, if you value the redemption based on the actual selling price of the hotel rooms. This could be a very good time to top up your SPG account for a particular award since I haven’t seen a better price.
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