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British Airways Devalues Award Rates For LATAM Flights

July 15, 2024 at 08:35 EDT By Spencer Howard

Head for Points flagged that British Airways devalued award rates for LATAM flights. You might recall that British Airways just recently increased award rates for flights on Alaska Airlines and American Airlines.

New Economy Award Rates By Flight Distance

  • Up to 650 miles: 8,500 Avios, up from 6,000 Avios
  • 651-1,150 miles: 13,500 Avios, up from 9,000 Avios
  • 1,151-2,000 miles: 15,500 Avios, up from 11,000 Avios
  • 2,001-3,000 miles: 17,000 Avios, up from 13,000 Avios
  • 3,001-4,000 miles: 31,250 Avios, up from 20,750 Avios
  • 4,001-5,000 miles: 41,250 Avios, up from 25,750 Avios

I would imagine business class award rates have been devalued as well, but I haven't had a chance to dig into it yet.

Amex Centurion Lounge Finally Opening In DC?

July 15, 2024 at 08:27 EDT By Spencer Howard

Redditor /u9821 shared that "The DCA centurion lounge appears to be opening, or at least is very close to it! This evening, from the Sky Club I could see workers disassembling (?) the wooden cover. I asked a security guard there when it would open and all he said was “soon”. But from the looks of it, it’s basically done—there’s even art up on the walls. I also saw someone walking around inside taking a video."

Points Wire Note:

The Amex Centurion Lounge at Reagan National Airport was originally scheduled to open in late 2022. It's opening was then pushed to early 2024. Clearly, neither of those targets were me. Hopefully, we'll actually see an official opening date soon!

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Amex Business Gold Offer (No Lifetime Language)

July 15, 2024 at 08:08 EDT By Spencer Howard

Doctor of Credit reports that some American Express cardholders are seeing a targeted welcome offer of 150,000 Membership Rewards for the Amex Business Gold in the app.

The offer doesn't appear to have the standard one bonus per lifetime language which means you could potentially get the bonus even if you've had the card previously.

Emirates Thinks Highly Of It's Subpar Loyalty Program

July 15, 2024 at 08:00 EDT By Spencer Howard

Skift: "Emirates flies almost a million passengers every week, making it one of the world’s largest international airlines. As part of this, its Skywards program aims to boost loyalty to the brand, converting first-time customers into Emirates devotees."

"The scheme has seen its membership base triple in the last nine years. It currently has around 35 million members, of which five million have made a transaction in the past 12 months."

Points Wire Note:

In the last few years, Emirates Skywards has devalued their award rates significantly, reintroduced carrier-imposed surcharges on award ticket, and then increased carrier-imposed surcharges.

At this point, it's hard to justify using Emirates miles to book award tickets to or connecting in Dubai if other options are available. The only options that I regularly consider are their fifth freedom routes JFK to Milan and Newark to Athens since the rates aren't terrible and they don't tack on surcharges to awards.

Keep in mind that business class on the Newark-Athens route currently has an old 2-3-2 business class cabin layout and angled flat seats.

How To Get Around An American Airlines Award Glitch

July 15, 2024 at 07:54 EDT By Spencer Howard

JT Genter from Award Wallet flagged that American AAdvantage continues to have issues including with award tickets that include a partner airline and a connection on American Airlines itself.

If you try to pay the taxes/fees for an award ticket to complete the booking but get an error, put the award on hold instead and call American to complete the booking. Once you reach an agent, let them know you put the award on hold after the payment would process and ask them to help you complete the booking.

American AAdvantage allows you to hold an award ticket for five days if the flight is at least 15 days from departure. Within two weeks, you can hold a ticket for one day. Regardless, I would call right away if you can.

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.

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.

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