Qantas is running a promotion currently, which is discounting your tickets to Australia by $135 for each ticket. Apparently, they took notice that not a lot of Americans have passports, and they want to help fix that. Simply go to qantas.com/passportredeem and enter the promo code “PASSPORT”, and select your flights. Depending on where you are flying from, the savings could be real, or they may be more expensive than competitor flights. You will either way, save $135 for most flights selected. If you happen to have a passport already, you still get the promotional savings. Just make sure you enter the promo code when making the booking. This is a great offer, if you were heading over to the land down under in the coming month or so. Getting a discount of $135 for each passenger is pretty good. You can also credit your miles to American Airlines, or Alaska Airlines if you like, since they are partners. Check your dates and make the booking, and let me know how much your flights came to. From Portland, Oregon, it was still too expensive for me to drop on a trip to Sydney. However, originating at a gateway city such as LAX, or SFO might yield lower prices. Happy Travels!
Last year was an amazing year for credit cards and so far, 2017 is starting out with a punch. Currently, there are two offers I would not ignore if you are looking to pick up a new credit card – or two. The Chase United MileagePlus Explorer card is currently offering 50,000 miles, and is available to everyone. After meeting the $3,000 spend, you get 50,000 miles which is enough for 2 round trip coach saver award tickets in the U.S. or Canada. They can be redeemed for first class travel in the U.S. or Canada. United has a handy chart here, to see what’s possible with your miles. Check it out.
The second card I wouldn’t ignore is the Citibank AAdvantage Mastercard, which also nets you 50,000 miles, to use on American Airlines, or its partners. Although American Airlines recently devalued its miles, I still think you can get some pretty good deals to Europe and even South America, on partners such as Air Berlin, and LAN. They are also great to use with British Airways on short haul flights, or intra-Europe. With stellar service on both carriers, you will have no problem traveling smoothly. The other aspect of this offer, is Citibank cards are relatively easy to get, and you can receive the bonus more than once, so racking up tons of AAdvantage miles will be no problem.
Both cards come with a ton of perks, such as free baggage allowance, anniversary miles, priority boarding, and no annual fee the first year. Both offers wont last, and I suspect will go away soon, so I would get them now. Of course, keep in mind with Chase, the infamous 5/24 rule applies, which means if you have applied for more than 5 credit cards, from any bank, within the past 24 months, the likelihood of approval is zero. If you haven’t, then you’ll be lucky enough to score this card. Just make sure you have a travel goal in mind, so you can use these miles, or you can just bank them for future travels on United and its partners.
I actually applied for both of these cards last year, and was approved. The Chase United MileagePlus card came with two United Club passes, which I won’t be using this year, so I’d like to give you a chance to take ’em off my hands! Please comment on how best you would use these miles, and I’ll pick someone randomly. I’ll announce a winner at the end of the week. The Hogan A319 model is not included, in case you were wondering. Happy Travels!
The universe is ringing like crazy over the chatter of the offer for the Citibank 100,000 miles + 200 statement credit card offer! So big, the NSA can’t even keep up with the chatter. Let me tell you why this offer should NOT go unnoticed. Here is the reason why: because it’s awesome!! That’s all that needs to be said. 100,000 miles is enough for 4 round-trip domestic tickets, which alone could cost you way over $250 easily! This is also enough for a round trip ticket to Europe, Asia, and even Australia! Granted, there are fees associated with this card, but here’s my breakdown on the costs. There is an annual fee of $450 which is non-negotiable. You have to pay this, and usually they charge this upfront, or sometimes at your anniversary date of getting the card. Okay.., no problem. Take notice, you get a $200 statement credit, so that brings the cost down to $250 for 100,000 points!! That’s an awesome deal. If you were to purchase 100,000 points, it would cost you way over $1000, so I don’t need to give you an economics lesson here.
Okay, so you are asking how the hell am I going to put 10,000 spend on the card within 3 months?? IF you use this card for your everyday purchases, you could possibly do this. You will have to get creative and figure out the best way, as I can’t possibly note here every way to put spend on a card. You must learn young grasshopper how to manage your finances, then surely you will be rewarded. I think I heard that in a Bruce Lee movie once, but don’t quote me on it. There is a quick way to do this, with minimal costs. You could do Amazon Payments, which will give you $1,000 spend. Then you could also do US Bank VisaBuxx, as that will give you $2,000 spend (with a $10 fee). You’re up to $3,000 already x 3 mths = $9,000. You are $1,000 short of the target spend, which I am pretty sure gas, utilities, the cable bill, and Billy’s softball mitt, and Sally’s girl scout uniform, and those morning lattes, should cover it to $1,000. Oh, and don’t forget food, and gas for the Volvo! Voila! You just scored 100,000 American Airlines AAdvantage miles + $200 statement credit, for a mere $280!! Here is the link below, in case you missed it above. Happy Travels.
Coming to an alliance near you….Qatar Airways! They have announced at the end of October, Qatar will be a part of the OneWorld alliance. This means more flexibility when redeeming miles from American Airlines, or British Airways, if you have any. Qatar prizes itself as the world’s only 5 star airline, and the service is beautiful. Their business class product is one the best out there, and the catering services for the airline does a marvelous job. Come the end of October, you can experience this when redeeming AA or BA miles, because their flight network is one of the best out there.
Qatar offers a few non-stop flights out of the U.S., with a connection in Doha. This might make it easier to get to the Maldives, much of North and South Asia, and even Australia. I would even consider a stop-over in Doha, just to check out the place. Their chart below represents non-stop flights TO/FROM Doha, their hub.
In Summary, if you are collecting US Airways Dividend Miles, American Airlines, or British Airways AVIOS miles, you should be able to book an award ticket on Qatar, and fly where you want to go. Currently, there are still lucrative credit card offers out there offering a lot of miles in these programs.
For a limited time, American Express is offering their Starwood Preferred Guest credit card, with a sign up bonus of up to 30,000 Starwood points after spending $5,000 within 6 months. You initially get 10,000 points after your first purchase, and the remaining 20,000 after you spend $5,000 within 6 months. This is a piece of cake, and I urge you to get this card, if you do not have it, or its time for you to apply for some cards. The Starwood Preferred Guest program is awesome, because you can transfer these points to countless airline programs. Just look at the chart below.
|Frequent Flyer Program||Exchange Ratio (Starpoints : Miles)|
|Air China Companion||1:1|
|Air New Zealand & Air Points||65:1|
|Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan||1:1|
|All Nippon Airways (ANA) Mileage Club||1:1|
|American Airlines AAdvantage||1:1|
|British Airways Executive Club||1:1|
|China Eastern Airlines||1:1|
|China Southern Airlines’ Sky Pearl Club||1:1|
|Delta Air Lines SkyMiles||1:1|
|Japan Airlines (JAL) Mileage Bank||1:1|
|LAN Airlines LANPASS Kms||1:1.5|
|Miles and More||1:1|
|Saudi Arabian Airlines Alfursan||1:1|
|Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer||1:1|
|Thai Airways International Royal Orchid Plus||1:1|
|US Airways Dividend Miles||1:1|
|United Mileage Plus||2:1|
|Virgin Atlantic Flying Club||1:1|
You also get a bonus of 5,000 miles, if you are transferring 20,000 miles, so that means you will get 10,000 additional miles if you transfer 40,000, and so on.
Of course, then there is also the Starwood Preferred Guest, which you can leave the miles,and redeem them for stays at most SPG Properties worldwide. I used some when I was in Hong Kong, and stayed at the Sheraton Hong Kong Towers, overlooking the Hong Kong skyline. Well worth it!! On top of the bonus points, they are also waving the annual fee for the first year. There is also a business version of the card, and yes, you can apply for both and be approved for both, meaning you could possibly get 60,000 points total!! Just be aware both have a $5,000 spend requirement, and plan accordingly so you know if you can meet the spend or not.
This expires on 9/3/2103 so apply soon!!! American Express routinely brings this deal every now and then, but if you couple this with the latest Citibank AAdvantage offers, you could really rack up some miles. Below are some examples:
Citibank 50,000 miles offer + 30,000 American Express SPG Preferred card = 93,000 AAdvantage miles (after spends + bonus’)
Bank of America Alaska Airlines VISA card + 30,000 American Express SPG Preferred card = 65,000 Alaska miles (after spends + bonus’)
If you haven’t used AwardWallet, I suggest you should. It is a great handy tool that keeps track of all your frequent flier accounts, as well as other incentive programs, including hotels, and credit card programs, such as Membership Rewards. This way, you don’t have to keep logging in and checking to see when miles expire, how many miles you have, etc, etc. Well, for the newbies, to sum it up, ..sometime ago, they stopped reporting your AAdvantage miles, because American Airlines was not a happy camper. But now, the glory is back and they are able to support AAdvantage, and let you see how many miles you have banked on American Airlines. This is a huge plus, because of the recent Citibank AAdvantage offers, and makes it easy to keep track of how many miles you have. Sign up for a free account today, and take AAdvantage (get it?) …okay, I know, lame joke. Enjoy!
Since US Airways and American Airlines have merged, it made sense for US Airways to join OneWorld, as no way would American Airlines leave OneWorld and join Star Alliance. I’m not sure if this is good or bad right now, but in terms of miles, it could be a positive situation for us. The plan is that US Airways will have officially joined OneWorld by the start of 2014, which is not too far from now.
When United and Continental became one last year, we saw both mileage accounts merge eventually, and If history serves me right, we will see our US Airways Dividend Miles merge with any American Airlines AAdvantage miles we may have, thus creating a super pot of miles (if you have a lot in both of them), which could be redeemed for some superior trips in first or business class in any of the OneWorld carriers. I recommend getting the US Airways MasterCard while you can, since they will end their relationship with Barclays. Eventually, I am sure we will see a new card under the new merged airline. The sucky part is they are leaving Star Alliance, which includes Thai Airways and Lufthansa, which have a great business class product on their A380 fleet. The cool part is, they are joining OneWorld, which has Malaysia Airlines, and they have a pretty cool First class product on their A380’s. My favorite destination is Kuala Lumpur, so I am welcoming this move. I also have racked up over 180,000 American Airlines AAdvantage miles, and I have over 250,000 US Airways Dividend Miles, which brings my total to a whopping 400,000+ miles. I even have time to accrue more, as I will apply for another Citibank AAdvantage MasterCard in my next upcoming churn. Hopefully, I will have enough miles to fly a family of 4 in business class to KL, so my daughters can swim with the fishes in Pulau Redang.
So now your asking: What should I do Oz? Well, the plan is simple ; rack up as many US Airways and American Airlines miles as you possibly can between now and the end of the year. Like most of my readers, you have no status, and you are an infrequent flier, so getting miles with credit card sign-ups is your best option.
- Apply for the US Airways World Premier MasterCard from Barclays – the current offer is 30,000 after first use. $89 annual fee which is NOT waived the first year.
- Apply for the Citibank AAdvantage Signature VISA –current sign up bonus of 50,000 miles after spending $3,000 within 90 days. Annual fee IS waived first year.
- Apply for the American Express Starwood SPG card – current sign up bonus of up to 25,000 SPG points, which transfers into AAdvantage 1:1
So there you have it – some lucrative ways to rack up some major miles before the merger and even after the merger!! More than enough for a ticket to anywhere in the world- for FREE!
I have found an offer for the American Airlines AAdvantage VISA card offered by Citibank, which gives you 50,000 American Airlines miles after spending $3,000 in 3 months. The landing page doesn’t indicate that, but folks are saying it works. The link is below. If you want assurance of the offer after you apply, you may call 24 hour customer service number at 1-888-766-2484 and hit 0, until you speak with a live agent. This link may go away at any time, so act quick!
Another offer is brewing from American Airlines, and its AAdvantage partner, DIRECTV. By starting a new line of service from DIRECTV, you could get 25,000 miles. That’s enough miles for a standard coach saver award ticket on American Airlines….a FREE round-trip ticket! This is actually a good deal, if you are in the market for getting DIRECTV service, so you might as well get something for it, other than 250 useless channels. I haven’t jumped on this offer yet, because I have been exhausting all the Netflix offers from my various programs. However, if the price is right, I might consider this. There are some terms & conditions for getting the miles, but if you go through the right channels, you should see the miles into your AAdvantage account in no time. Here is the link below for more info and how to get started.