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!