Big Changes to Flying Blue Effective June 1

REMINDER: These changes kick in this Friday, June 1. If you had your eye on a Flying Blue award, check this post and/or the Flying Blue Calculator to see if you should book now or post-June 1. I have updated the pricing changes section since last publication to include more Flying Blue award chart sweetspots, and how those prices will fare come June 1. 

As of June 1, Flying Blue--loyalty program of Air France, KLM, Aircalin, Hop!, Joon, Kenya Airways, Tarom, and transavia--is changing the way awards are priced.

Book Top Tier SPG Properties Between August & December 2018

Update 7/6/18: The most expensive, off the award chart all-suite SPG properties will actually be bookable for 60k Marriott Rewards in August. Read New Marriott Award Category Assignments & Strategy Moving Forward for further info. 

In August of this year, SPG and Marriott are merging their loyalty programs.

Alaska Mileage Plan Change & Cancellation Fees as of June 5

Alaska is tightening their the policy on change and cancellation fees in a couple weeks.

As of June 5, you will no longer be able to change or cancel an award 60 days or more prior to departure for free. The only window of time you'll have to make free changes or cancellations will be for 24 hours after booking. Any change or cancellation made after the 24 hour window will cost $125.

Another NEW 50k Ultimate Reward Bonus for No Annual Fee

Chase is really pumping the gas these days.

In March we saw the introduction of the 50k Ultimate Reward sign up bonus offer for the Ink Business Cash Card. Now we've got another lucrative new sign up bonus offer from the bank, this time via a brand new card called the Ink Business Unlimited. The sign up bonus, unlocked by spending $3,000 on the card within three months, is worth $500 in cash back unless you have a Sapphire Preferred, Sapphire Reserve, or Ink Business Preferred.

When Was the Last Transfer Bonus? Part 3: SPG Points

Update 5/21/18: It’s been a year since I originally published this Transfer Bonus series, so I've updated all three posts with transfer bonuses over the last 12 months.

Plastiq Promo: Only 2% Fees for Rent Payments

This promotion is only for those who have never used Plastiq before. If that's you, keep reading.

Plastiq is basically bill pay with benefits. They make it possible for you to use a credit card for many expenses that otherwise require a check, because they send the check for you.

Two New Bonus Offers Earn 137,000 AAdvantage Miles

The Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard is now offering 60,000 bonus American Airlines miles after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months. We've seen this offer before on the personal card. Citi rotates in a out a couple times of year typically.

The CitiBusiness / AAdvantage Platinum Select World MasterCard is offering 70,000 bonus American Airlines miles after spending $4,000 on the card in the first three months.

Annual Fee Time: Retention Offers & Plan for SPG Amex Card

*I am bumping this up to the top of the blog roll as I added a section towards the bottom of this post regarding a new benefit coming August 1 that could be a largely influential factor in whether or not you keep your SPG Amex Card open. Thanks to Reader Jon for reminding me.*

I hold both the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express and the Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express.

A Few Changes to Sapphire Reserve Benefits Come August

If you have a Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, you should have already gotten a notice in the mail about a few changes to your benefits effective August 26, 2018. But let's get real. I'm sure many of you throw that mail away without even looking at it. Here are the changes it went over.
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Update on Southwest’s Planned Service to Hawaii

Last October we learned that Southwest was going to begin service to Hawaii from California in 2018 on their new Boeing 737 Max 8 planes.