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Air New Zealand Gets Aircraft With Better Business Class

October 25, 2023 at 14:52 EDT By Spencer Howard

One Mile At A Time: "What’s most interesting here is that Air New Zealand doesn’t plan to make any changes to the cabin of these jets, which is fair enough, given that this is a lease. So these planes will maintain Cathay Pacific’s four cabin layout. This is especially good news for business class passengers."

This aircraft will operate three flights per week on the Houston-Auckland route starting November 30, 2023.

Points Wire Note: The reverse herringbone business class cabin layout on this aircraft is far superior to Air New Zealand's traditional herringbone layout.

If you choose to buy up to the first class cabin (still with business class service), it should cost ~$343 one-way. The six first class seats are massive.

You can book with Virgin Atlantic Flying Club or a Star Alliance program such as Air Canada Aeroplan or United MileagePlus.

Delta Changing Upgrade Priority

October 25, 2023 at 10:38 EDT By Spencer Howard

View From The Wing: "Delta Air Lines has announced several changes to its frequent flyer program for 2024, to replace the changes they had announced to its frequent flyer program for 2024. In the midst of all of the rancor and chaos, there’s a change to who gets upgrades going forward."

"In most cases million-miler status becomes the number one tie-breaker for upgrades. A Diamond million miler trumps one who isn’t. But note that Delta says what matters is whether you are a million miler, not how many millions you have."

Delta Upgrade Priority Comparison

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JetBlue Adds Two Seasonal Flights To Europe

October 25, 2023 at 10:06 EDT By Spencer Howard

AP: "JetBlue Airways said Wednesday it has started selling flights scheduled for next spring and summer between the United States and both Dublin and Edinburgh."

Points Wire Note: Redeeming JetBlue TrueBlue points for Mint (business class) is generally a poor value. However, if you have the Chase Sapphire Reserve or Chase Sapphire Preferred, you can book via the Chase travel portal and redeem points for cash tickets at a rate of 1.5 or 1.25 cents per point, respectively.

Similarly, the Amex Business Platinum offers a 35% points rebate when you book via Amex Travel and Pay with Points. The Amex Gold offers a 25% points rebate, but that benefits ends February 1, 2024.

With both Amex and Chase, you'll be using points to cover the cost of a cash ticket so you can earn redeemable miles.

British Airways Double Avios Promo

October 25, 2023 at 09:01 EDT By Spencer Howard

One Mile At A Time: "British Airways has a new promotion offering double Avios on 10 upcoming flights. You need to register, then book by November 21, 2023, and then fly by January 14, 2024, to be eligible. This is an offer we see every so often, so be sure you register if you have any upcoming flights."

US Registration Link
UK Registration Link

Points Wire Note: Keep in mind that BA Executive Club now has revenue-based earning so you'll earn Avios based on your status and how much you spend. With the promo, these rates will be doubled.

Blue: 6 Avios per £1 spent
Bronze: 7 Avios per £1 spent
Silver: 8 Avios per £1 spent
Gold: 9 Avios per £1 spent

Frontier Revamps Its Loyalty Program

October 24, 2023 at 20:33 EDT By Spencer Howard

View From The Wing: "Following this same path, Frontier Airlines is adding to its elite program. Towards that end they’re moving from 3 elite tiers (20k/50k/100k) to four tiers (Silver/Gold/Platinum/Diamond)."

"What’s amazing alongside a greater investment in status is that they are still offering one of the most generous status matches I’ve ever seen."

(Targeted) Up To 10% Cash Back With Discover Card

October 24, 2023 at 17:49 EDT By Spencer Howard

Doctor Of Credit: "Discover is sending out an email to many of their credit cardholders with various spend offers"

Please note that you must activate your offer and complete the spend by December 31, 2023. If targeted, you will have an email with a button to activate the offer. Not all cardholders received offers.

1. Earn $250 extra cash back when you spend $2,500
2. Earn extra 2% cash back on all purchases up to $2,000 in spend
3. Earn 6% back at Grocery Stores on up to $1,000 in spend
4. Earn 6% back at Walmart on up to $1,000 in spend
5. Earn $100 extra cash back when you spend $1,000

SAS Status Match: Get Star Alliance Gold

October 24, 2023 at 16:06 EDT By Spencer Howard

Travel Dealz: "EuroBonus is SAS Scandinavian Airlines' frequent flyer program and currently offers a simple status match for frequent flyers of selected programs. All status holders from Finnair, British Airways, Miles&More and Flying Blue can benefit."

"It's a real status match, not a challenge. After applying, the status is apparently valid until at least the end of 2024, and often even until 2025."

[Translation from Google Translate]

Amex Offer: Spend $300 with Alaska Airlines, Get $60 Back

October 24, 2023 at 13:20 EDT By Spencer Howard

Monkey Miles: "If you’re going to be buying an Alaska Airlines airfare anytime in the future, this could be a great deal for you. Note, it technically doesn’t allow gift card purchases but in the past, Alaska will give you an e-credit if you buy and cancel a flight."

Points Wire Note: You can use the CardPointers+ (my referral) Chrome extension to simultaneously add Amex Offers to each of your Amex cards.

American AAdvantage Credit Cards: Register For Bonus Miles

October 24, 2023 at 13:13 EDT By Spencer Howard

Frequent Miler: "I found a new promotion in my American Airlines app this morning to earn 1 additional Loyalty Point and 1 additional redeemable mile per dollar spent on American Airlines purchases made with your American Airlines credit card from November 1, 2023 to November 30, 2023."

If you have the offer, you'll see it on your AA account's promotion page.

Register Here

Bulgari Hotel Rome Review

October 24, 2023 at 11:45 EDT By Spencer Howard

One Mile At A Time: "I think the one thing to keep in mind compared to other luxury properties is that the Bulgari brand is very much targeted at those who are otherwise into the brand, and fashion more broadly. So not only is the guest profile different than some other luxury properties, but you almost feel like you should “dress the part” here, more than at some other comparable hotels."

Points Wire Note: If you book a Bulgari property, make sure you book via a luxury travel advisor with access to Marriott STARS to get perks such as daily breakfast for two, a $100 property credit, upgrade on arrival (if available), etc.

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