Category Archives: Deal

Alaska Airlines Mile Sale 40% Bonus

Until October 14, 2014, you can buy up to 56,000 Alaska Airlines miles for as little as 2.11 cents each.

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The sale is structured as a bonus on the normal number of miles you’d receive. The bonus is tiered, so the biggest 40% bonus comes from purchasing 35,000 to 40,000 miles at the normal price of about 2.96 cents each after tax.

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To buy 49,000 miles (35,000 + 14,000 bonus) during this sale costs $1,034.69, which is 2.11 cents per mile.

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I don’t think Alaska miles are worth 2.11 cents each, but they are worth close to that, and if you have a specific redemption in mind, it isn’t hard to get more than 2.11 cents of value per mile.

  • What are the best redemptions for Alaska miles?
  • Does this miles purchase count as airfare or travel spending for category bonuses?

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Make a One Minute Complaint for Free Flights or Magazines

Updated August 14, 2014 because my miles were credited to my account several weeks ago, and I just got my free magazine and newspaper subscriptions today! The updates will appear throughout this post.

Complain about any airline in less than 140 characters to earn 8,000 Spirit miles, which are enough for several magazines or three free flights for some people.

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This is a three-step process that takes just a few minutes. I have gone through the process and now have free subscriptions to The Economist, Entrepreneur, and the Wall Street Journal.

  • What are the three steps?
  • What are the possible ways to redeem 8,000 Spirit miles?

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20% Discount on JetBlue Award Redemptions

Book any JetBlue award by 11:59 PM ET tomorrow (July 25, 2014) for travel from September 2 to October 31, 2014, and you’ll get 20% of the points back in November or December 2014.

If you have Fall travel planned but not booked, this is a nice rebate.

You can transfer 250 Membership Rewards to 200 JetBlue points if you’re short of the award you want. With this 20% rebate on awards, that may make sense.

The highest value award is for Mint Class between New York and Los Angeles and, starting October 26, New York and San Francisco. You can get a fully flat bed in a fully enclosed Mint Suite for 34,800 TrueBlue points, plus you’d get 6,960 TrueBlue points back for use on a future flight.

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I wrote extensively about the amenities and price that make Mint “By Far The Best Deal on Domestic Business Class” so check out that post for far more information on why I’d take advantage of this rebate to book Mint Class.

  • What are the full terms and conditions of the 20% rebate?

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50,000 Rapid Rewards + $50 Statement Credit

Commenters are not having success with calling in. Writing a Secure Message is still untested. If you want a 50k offer, just wait a few months. They pop up every few months.

I got an email from Southwest over the weekend with the subject “Get 2 Roundtrip Flights along with a $50 statement credit for EarlyBird Check-In” that advertised the best Southwest credit card offer I’ve ever seen.

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The offer is for 50,000 Rapid Rewards (worth over $700 in free Southwest flights) after spending $2,000 in the first three months after opening the account. In addition, the card comes with $50 in statement credits to offset EarlyBird Check-In on four Southwest flights.

  • Is this a good deal?
  • Is this a public offer?
  • What is EarlyBird Check-In?

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Last Day to Make Money Getting Hilton Gold Status

Expired! The current offer is identical except it doesn’t contain the $100 statement credit.

Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card with Two Free Nights worldwide at top tier Hiltons after spending $2,500 in four months

  • Earn 2 weekend night certificates good at select hotels and resorts within the Hilton HHonors portfolio after $2,500 in eligible purchases within 4 months of account opening*
  • Earn 10 HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on hotel stays within the Hilton HHonors portfolio*
  • Earn 5 HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on airline and car rental purchases*
  • Earn 3 HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on all other eligible purchases*
  • Enjoy the benefits of HHonors Gold status as long as you are a cardmember*
  • No foreign transaction fees on purchases*
  • Travel with ease and enjoy global acceptance with your Citi chip credit card
  • Earn an anniversary bonus of 1 weekend night certificate at select hotels and resorts within the Hilton HHonors portfolio each cardmembership year with qualifying purchases*

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You Can Still Get 110,000 American Airlines Miles from a Single Sign Up Bonus

Update 7/15/14: The link to the 100k application is dead again.

The strange saga of the Citi Executive AAdvantage World MasterCard with 100,000 bonus American Airlines miles keeps getting stranger. The good news is that the offer, after disappearing for three days, is back. You can still get 110,000 American Airlines miles from a single credit card sign up. That’s enough miles to fly anywhere in the world roundtrip on American Airlines partners.

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The saga:

  • January 2014: The Citi Executive AAdvantage World MasterCard’s sign up bonus increases from 60,000 to 75,000 to 100,000.
  • June 27, 2014: I wrote that the landing page for the 100,000 mile offer was gone but that a direct link to the card’s application (with no mention of the 100,000 mile bonus) still worked. Several readers confirmed getting the bonus through that link.
  • July 11, 2014: The direct link stops working. There were still offers available for 75,000 miles on the card.
  • July 14, 2014: The same direct link works again.  FlyerTalkers are reporting applying through the link, getting approved, and confirming with a phone agent that they are in line for 100,000 bonus miles on the card.

It is still be possible to quickly earn 110,000 American Airlines miles by getting the card and meeting its minimum spending requirement of $10,000 in the first three months, but there are major drawbacks to the Citi Executive AAdvantage World MasterCard that you should consider before getting the card.

  • What is the direct link to the Citi Executive AAdvantage World MasterCard application?
  • What is the full offer on the Citi Executive AAdvantage World MasterCard?
  • Can you get the card if you’ve had other Citi American Airlines cards?
  • Can you get this sign up bonus more than once?

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Frontier 20% Off on Summer and Fall Flights

Frontier is offering 20% off regular and sale fares for domestic travel July 12 through December 12, 2014. Blackout dates of November 20-26, and November 28–December 2, 2014 apply. You must purchase by 11:59 PM ET July 4, 2014 with promo code RGIFT2U to lock in the savings.

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Frontier frequently offers 10%+ off its fares through two or three day sales, but I have not seen 20% off yet.

When comparing the price after the 20% discount to other airlines’ fares, remember that Frontier now charges for carry ons and checked bags. Each passenger’s free baggage allowance is limited to one personal item.

I wish I had some firm dates for Fall travel because this sale is making some already attractive Frontier flights on under-served routes even more attractive, especially for people at Frontier hubs and focus cities:

If you book a Frontier flight, book it with your Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite MasterCard®, so that you can redeem Arrival miles to make the flight free. Meeting the minimum spending requirement of $3,000 in 90 days on the Arrival Plus is worth $500 in free Frontier flights (or any other airlines’ flights or any hotel or any other travel expense.)

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How to Book Lufthansa Mileage Bargains, 55,000 Miles Roundtrip to Europe in Business Class

Update July 1, 2014:

The current offer on the Premier Miles & More® World MasterCard® is 20,000 miles after first purchase and payment of $79 annual fee.

  • Earn 20,000 award miles after your first purchase or balance transfer
  • Earn up to 15,000 award miles with balance transfers (1 mile per $1 transferred) within 30 days of account opening
  • Earn 2 award miles per $1 on ticket purchases directly from Miles & More integrated airline partners
  • Earn 1 mile per $1 on all other purchases
  • Annual Companion Ticket after first purchase
  • No foreign transaction fees on purchases made outside the U.S.
  • Redeem miles for flight awards and upgrades on Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, SWISS, Star Alliance airlines and other partners
  • $79 Annual Fee, waived for SEN and HON Circle Members

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For a limited time, the Premier Miles & More® World MasterCard® is offering 50,000 bonus Lufthansa miles after spending $5,000 in the first 90 days. With the bonus plus the spending, you’d have 55,000 Lufthansa miles in your account.

Conveniently Lufthansa Mileage Bargains Awards allow for 55,000 mile roundtrip business class awards to Europe.

The catch is that the awards have the standard taxes and fuel surcharges that other Lufthansa awards to Europe have, so these awards are not for everyone.

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  • How do you search for Mileage Bargains awards?
  • How do you book Mileage Bargains awards?
  • What are the fuel surcharges?
  • What airline partner offers the lowest fuel surcharges?
  • What Lufthansa planes have the best business class?

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This United Award is So Cheap It Took Me an Hour to Realize It Wasn’t a Mistake

United left one of the best values on their award chart when they devalued their chart in February.

You can fly between Southern South America–Brazil, Argentina, Chile–and Africa for 30k miles each way in economy and 45k miles each way in business class as long as your itinerary features South African Airways’ flights between Sao Paulo and Johannesburg.

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This is such a high value award that when reader Ryan pointed it out to me, we both thought it was a mistake. Ryan had searched for a September departure between Johannesburg and Santiago, Chile and the Saver economy award was 60k miles while the Saver business award was only 45k miles.

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At first I thought the price of the business class award was a mistake. After all, United’s chart lists the business class price between South America and Africa as 97,500 miles one way.

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But after about an hour of playing around on united.com, I figured out that the 45k mile price in business class between South America and Africa is not a mistake. It is the price United means to charge, and it’s a holdover from United’s last award chart.

  • Why did Ryan find economy on his route for 60k miles and business for 45k miles?
  • What is the key route that features the discounted price?
  • How is award space on that route?

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Will End in Hours! Frontier Offering $15 Flights from Washington-Dulles

Frontier Airlines just announced 14 nonstop routes from Washington Dulles airport with introductory prices of $14.99 one way for tickets purchased today and flown by November 19, 2014.

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Of course, this will not be the “all in price” because as I reported a few weeks ago, Frontier now charges for carry on bags and checked bags. (You are still allowed one personal item for free.)

Still even after paying for a bag, this is an incredibly cheap deal for a one way flight.

I just priced out Washington Dulles to Tampa and found a $14.99 fare on my first try.

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And here’s a roundtrip for $29.99.

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Return Flight?

You can book a roundtrip with this deal, but fares are selling out fast. If you can only find one way availability at the $15 price, I say book it and work out the return later.

You can always return with Frontier miles on an award ticket. The Frontier Airlines World MasterCard® is offering 40,000 bonus miles after spending $500 in purchases in the first 90 days.

Here are the new routes:

Atlanta 
Service begins: August 19, 2014 
Frequency: Tu/W/Th/F/Sa/Su

Charlotte 
Service begins: August 20, 2014 
Frequency: M/W/F/Sa/Su

Chicago-O’Hare 
Service begins: September 15, 2014 
Frequency: M/Tu/W/Th/F/Sa

Cincinnati 
Service begins: September 8, 2014 
Frequency: M/Th/F/Su

Detroit 
Service begins September 8, 2014 
Frequency: M/Tu/W/F/Sa/Su

Ft. Lauderdale 
Service begins September 9, 2014 
Frequency: Tu/Th/Sa/Su

Ft. Myers 
Service begins: September 9, 2014 
Frequency: Tu/Th/F/Su

Las Vegas 
Service begins: September 8, 2014 
Frequency: M/Th/F/Su

Memphis 
Effective: September 8, 2014 
Frequency: M/W/F/Su

Minneapolis/St. Paul 
Service begins: August 20, 2014 
Frequency: M/Tu/W/F/Sa/Su

Orlando 
Service begins: August 19, 2014 
Frequency: Daily 

St. Augustine, FL
Service begins: September 8, 2014 
Frequency: M/Tu/W/Th/Sa

St. Louis 
Service begins: September 8, 2014 
Frequency: Tu/Th/Sa

Tampa 
Service begins: August 21, 2014 
Frequency: M/W/Th/Sa

Have you booked any of these Frontier $15 fares?

(Hat Tip The Points Guy)

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Airlines Not Offering the Best Deal on Their Own Credit Cards

Airlines aren’t always offering you the best sign up bonus on their credit cards.

Sometimes you see people in airports pushing the 25,000 point Southwest offer when a 50,000 point offer is available online.

American Airlines’ home page has an offer for the 30,000 miles American Airlines card, which is also the affiliate offer.

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But here’s a link to a 50k offer on the same card.

Similarly last week when I was researching a post on Frontier Airlines, flyfrontier.com was offering The Frontier Airlines World MasterCard® with $75 off the flight I was pricing out plus 20,000 bonus miles.

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This is a common thing that airlines and Amazon and department stores offer: get our card and get an instant discount.

The problem is that 20,000 Frontier miles + $75 is not even close to the best offer on The Frontier Airlines World MasterCard®.

The best offer is to get The Frontier Airlines World MasterCard®  with 40,000 bonus miles after spending $500 in the first 90 days.

That’s enough miles for two roundtrip economy awards or one roundtrip international award with enough miles left over for a one way economy award. Learn more about Frontier awards from The Four Types of Frontier Awards You Can’t Ignore.

Full offer details:

  • Earn 40,000 bonus miles after spending $500 in purchases in the first 90 days
  • Earn up to 10,000 bonus miles on balance transfers (1 mile per $1 transferred) in the first 90 days
  • Earn double miles on purchases at FlyFrontier.com and 1 mile per $1 on all other purchases
  • No blackout dates! Book any roundtrip award flight on Frontier starting at 20,000 miles (subject to fees/taxes from $5)
  • 0% Intro APR on purchases and balance transfers for the first 12 months. After that, a variable APR, currently 15.99% or 24.99% based on creditworthiness
  • $69 Annual Fee. Please see Terms and Conditions for complete details.

Application Link:The Frontier Airlines World MasterCard®

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14% Off Spring Flights on Frontier Booked by Thursday

Frontier has announced a 14% discount on domestic flights bought by Thursday April 3, 2014 and flown by June 12, 2014 with promo code NOFOOLIN. Sale fares apply every day except Fridays and Sundays.

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This 14% discount does not apply to Frontier’s international destinations like Jamaica, Mexico, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic.

To get to those places, your best bet is to redeem 15k Frontier miles each way. You can get The Frontier Airlines World MasterCard® with 40,000 bonus miles after spending $500 in the first 90 days, which is more than enough for a roundtrip anywhere Frontier flies or enough for two roundtrips within the USA.

How does the 14% discount work?

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Hurry! Book Frontier Flights by Wednesday with a 10% Discount for Travel Until June

Frontier has announced a 10% discount on domestic flights purchased by February 26, 2014 and flown by June 12, 2014 with promo code PLAYBALL.

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This 10% discount does not apply to Frontier’s international destinations like Jamaica, Mexico, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic.

To get to those places, your best bet is to redeem 15k Frontier miles each way. You can get The Frontier Airlines World MasterCard® with 40,000 bonus miles after spending $500 in the first 90 days, which is more than enough for a roundtrip anywhere Frontier flies or enough for two roundtrips within the USA.

How does the 10% discount work?

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Buy Lufthansa Miles for 1.6 Cents and Get The Economist Subscription

Lufthansa is currently offering a whopping 10,000 Miles & More miles for a one-year print + digital subscription to The Economist. The offer details and sign-up page can be found here.

Economist

A one-year print & digital subscription to The Economist is $160 through the Lufthansa portal. That cost is exactly the same as what you would be charged on The Economist site without the bonus miles.

Is buying 10k Lufthansa miles for $160 a good deal? What are the best redemption options? How do you avoid fuel surcharges? What’s the best way to earn more Lufthansa miles?

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Two Stackable Promotions Mean American Airlines Miles for 1.98 Cents

American Airlines is offering two stackable promotions for buying AAdvantage miles that allow miles to be purchased for as little as 1.98 cents:

  • Get up to a 30% bonus on the miles you purchase until February 28, 2014.
  • Get a 10% discount on the price of miles until tomorrow February 6, 2014.

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How do these promotions stack? How do these promotions compare to previous Buy Miles sales? Is this a price at which you should speculatively buy American Airlines miles?

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