Skirting United’s $75 Close-in Booking Fee One Last Time

Spoiler alert: It worked on the first try, calling 1-800-421-4655.

Update 11/1/19: Just saved another $75 for a last minute United award I decided to book. I called 1-800-4655 number, and the first agent I spoke to tried to charge me close-in booking fee for moving my flight from December 2 to November 10. I hung up and called back, same number, and the second agent did not mention it whatsoever and re-booked for free.

United MileagePlus charges $75 to book an award less than 21 days before departure.

32k Flying Blue Miles to Europe in Business Class

Update, 11:35 pm ET, 10/15: The Flying Blue Promo Awards Special Edition deals are now live!

Flying Blue, the loyalty program of Air France and KLM, looks like they've got some great deals coming via their new Promo Awards Special Edition sale.

Timing the Southwest Companion Pass to Last Two Full Years

UPDATE 10/18/19: A few key details about the Companion Pass and the offers for the Southwest co-branded Chase credit cards have changed since this post was originally published. The Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Performance Business Credit Card's bonus dropped from 80k to 70k Rapid Rewards for meeting a $5,000 minimum spending requirement within three months of opening the card.

100k Amex Platinum Targeted Offer is Back!

According to the internet, a new round of people have been targeted for the 100k Amex Platinum offer. Time to check again! I still haven't been targeted for this yet :( but I hear of friends/family that do each time a new round of targeted customers surfaces. Hat tip to Doctor of Credit.

There is a targeted offer available through creditcards.com's CardMatch Tool for 100,000 Membership Rewards for spending $5,000 on your new Platinum within three months of account opening.

Citi Double Cash Crowned King of Everyday Spend

Citi has changed the landscape of travel reward cards by giving Double Cash cardholders the ability to transfer their cash rewards to the ThankYou point program, given that they also hold either a Citi Premier or Prestige Card. I'll start at the conclusion as far as what this means and work backward: The Double Cash card now has the potential to earn 2 ThankYou Points per dollar spent on ALL purchases, with no cap on points earned. Enjoy your crown for now, Citi, and I'll enjoy watching the other card issuers scramble to catch up.

Wanted: New Award Booker for Award Booking Service

Hey MileValue readers! We're looking to add another award booker to our Award Booking Service team. If you have experience redeeming airline miles and think getting paid to do so sounds fun, then keep reading. I want to hire one of you!

You'll get to choose your own hours, location, and be paid well for something you already enjoy. MileValue's Award Booking Service has been around since early 2012 and has helped hundreds of people redeem millions of miles to destinations all over the world.

When Was the Last Capital One Transfer Bonus?

There are four major transferrable point currencies: American Express Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou Points, Capital One miles, and Chase Ultimate Rewards. The first three types of points periodically run transfer bonuses to airline mileage partners. Chase Ultimate Rewards recently offered their first transfer bonus ever in May to British Airways Avios.

Why You Should Care

If you have the flexibility to wait to book your award, and you have an idea of when the next transfer bonus is, you could wait to save points.

Walking Across America with Points: Week 3

It's been a while since we've heard from Mike Hammari, the man who is walking across the United States using travel rewards to minimize accommodation costs and therefore nights slept outdoors. He's vlogging his experience on YouTube and blogging about it here on MileValue.

A Quick Catch Up

These recounts of his journey are being written in retrospect. Mike took a break in the middle of his walk to return to work, travel some (not on foot), and is now back on the steaming late summer road of central Texas. Last I heard, his shoes had recently melted.

Citi Prestige Changes Kicking in Sunday

At the beginning of the year Citi announced a change to its benefit package, debuting competitive new category bonuses like 5 Thank You Points per dollar spent at restaurants and on air travel but devaluing a few other perks. This coming Sunday, September 1, the following changes to the Citi Prestige Card take effect:

The Fourth Night Free on paid hotel stay benefit will be limited to two uses per calendar year.

Restriction of this benefit is likely going to be the biggest hit for the most people.

When Was the Last Membership Rewards Transfer Bonus?

American Express Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou Points, and Capital One Miles, three of the four major transferrable point currencies, periodically run transfer bonuses to airline mileage partners. Chase Ultimate Rewards offered their first transfer bonus ever in May of this year to British Airways Avios.

To be clear, sometimes the transfer bonus is offered by the bank, and sometimes the transfer bonus is offered by the mileage program.