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United Mile Play Promo, Earn Bonus Miles On Flights

July 12, 2024 at 06:19 EDT By Spencer Howard

United has released a new round of Mile Play offers. Hopefully, you'll get a great offer that fits your travel needs. To earn the bonus, you must book and take your flight(s) by September 13, 2024. Please note that not all United MileagePlus members are targeted for this promo.

I received the following offer:

Book and take one trip and earn 3,000 bonus United miles. The fine print notes that the ticket must be at least $100 to qualify.

Direct link to register

Points Wire Note:

It's rarely worth going out of your way to fly United for one of these promos. They're just nice bonuses if a United flight fits your needs.

Earning Avios On Emirates Flights Comes To An End

July 12, 2024 at 06:03 EDT By Spencer Howard

I know many people only earn points and miles via credit cards these days, but it's always a good idea to be aware of clever opportunities to earn. Unfortunately, in this case, we're looking at the end of one such opportunity.

Head for Points flagged that you can no longer earn Avios on Emirates flights marketed by Qantas.

"Qantas was the only oneworld airline where you could earn Avios and BA tier points if you travelled on a codeshare flight operated by a non-oneworld airline." Unfortunately, the terms have changed and no longer allow this.

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New Lifemiles x Gol Smiles Partnership

July 12, 2024 at 05:54 EDT By Spencer Howard

View From The Wing flags that you can now transfer lifemiles to Gol Smiles at a ratio of 1:3.

"This creates interesting arbitrage opportunities – with occasional American Airlines flyers having the ability to move points into a Star Alliance program (Lifemiles) and occasional Star customers being able to credit to LifeMiles and have the opportunity to redeem with American. This is in some ways similar to the role that Aer Lingus played as it partnered with both United and British Airways."

Chase IHG Cards: Sign-Up Bonuses Increased

July 12, 2024 at 05:41 EDT By Spencer Howard

Chase issues three co-branded IHG One Rewards credit cards - two personal cards and one business card. The bonuses for both personal cards have been increased.

Please note that IHG One Rewards just recently devalued their award rates.

IHG One Rewards Premier Credit Card

  • Sign-up bonus: 5 free night awards (worth up to 60,000 points each)
  • Minimum Spend: $4,000 in 3 months
  • Annual fee: $99

Additional benefits include: A free might certificate (worth up to 40,000 IHG points) on your account anniversary, 4th night free when you book a 4-night award stay, Platinum Elite status and a Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck application fee credit.

More info here

IHG One Rewards Traveler Credit Card

  • Sign-up bonus: 100,000 points
  • Minimum Spend: $2,000 in 3 months
  • No annual fee

Additional benefits include: 4th night free when you book a 4-night award stay, Gold Elite status.

More info here

Points Wire Note:

If you ask me, the Premier Card's $99 annual fee is worth the additional 65,000 IHG points alone. The anniversary free night certificate helps as well.

If you simply want the 4th night free benefit so you can take advantage of it when you buy IHG points during a 100% bonus promo, the Traveler Card might be a better choice.

Bilt To Drop Legacy Card, New Application Required

July 12, 2024 at 05:35 EDT By Spencer Howard

View From The Wing: "When the program launched they were with another bank, and launched with Wells Fargo in March 2022. Wells didn’t buy the back book. I suspect the lack of revolve by cardmembers – early adopters like me aren’t a super profitable bunch! – led to this decision."

"The legacy cards are being sunset December 31. Keeping a Bilt card means having to apply anew for the Wells product."

Legacy cardholders can apply for the Wells Fargo version of the Bilt card via the Bilt app. The application will be pre-filled and you'll earn 10,000 Bilt points for applying if you apply by August 31, 2024. You will receive the 10,000 Bilt points regardless of whether you're approved. Yes, this means a new inquiry on your credit report which means it will impact your 5/24 status with Chase (if you care about that).

You can use the legacy card until December 31, 2024.

IHG One Rewards Stealth Award Rate Devluation

July 12, 2024 at 05:10 EDT By Spencer Howard

Loyalty Lobby: "When I did a similar comparison last time, point values ranged from 0.4 to 0.7 US cents each. IHG may have tightened the cash/point range, and you won’t see those higher values, or at least not now."

"But looking at these current point values, you should have your head checked if you are swiping the IHG/Chase cobranded card for anything other than IHG hotel stays. Even then, half of the properties are incorrectly coded at Chase’s end as non-IHG, and you need to chase up the points (pun intended)."

Points Wire Note:

At this point, it's tough to justify buying IHG points even with a 100% bonus. It might make sense if you have a co-branded Chase IHG credit card and can get a 4th night free, but that's about it.

Earn Bonus American Miles On Premium Cabin Flights

July 10, 2024 at 13:36 EDT By Spencer Howard

One Mile At A Time: "American AAdvantage is offering some targeted promotions, whereby you can earn bonus miles for premium cabin travel. To find this offer, log into your AAdvantage account through or the American Airlines app, go to your main account page, and click on the “Promotions” tab. If eligible, you’ll see this listed there."

Alaska Mileage Plan: Global Getaways Award Promo

July 10, 2024 at 13:33 EDT By Spencer Howard

Alaska Airlines has launched another round of their quarterly Global Getaways promotion that offers up to 50% off award tickets on partner airlines to select global 

Important Terms

  • Must book by July 31, 2024
  • Eligible travel dates: October 1, 2024 through January 31, 2025
  • Only economy and premium economy award tickets are eligible
  • The destination determines eligibility, not your point of origin

Eligible Destinations

  • Athens: From 25,000 miles (standard: 35,000 miles)
  • Delhi: From 30,000 miles (standard: 42,500 miles)
  • Guadalajara: From 12,500 miles (standard: 17,500 miles)
  • Muscat: From 25,000 miles (standard: 42,500 miles)
  • Rome: From 27,500 miles (standard: 35,000 miles)
  • Taipei: From 25,000 miles (standard: 37,500 miles)

Hyatt Place and Hyatt House Promo

July 10, 2024 at 13:26 EDT By Spencer Howard

You can earn double Hyatt points at Hyatt Place and Hyatt House properties worldwide through October 15, 2024. There are over 550 properties from which to choose.

To participate, you must register by September 15, 2024.

Direct link to register

Chase Sapphire Reserve Offers Marriott Gold Fast Track

July 10, 2024 at 13:20 EDT By Spencer Howard

If you have the Chase Sapphire Reserve, you can register for a Marriott Bonvoy Gold status fast track promotion.

If you register by September 30, 2024, you'll receive 3 months of Marriott Gold status. If you stay 3 nights within that 3 months, your Gold status will be extended through February 2026.

Direct link to register

Points Wire Note:

Marriott Gold is middling at best. You can get late checkout and room upgrades (in theory), but it doesn't provide breakfast. As for the promo, it's nice enough if you have Marriott stays coming up, but the Amex Platinum and Business Platinum offer Gold status just for being a cardholder.

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