Flash Sale on United Miles: 67% Bonus Through June 2

Through June 2, 2017 at 11:59 CT (today and tomorrow), United is offering up to a 67% bonus on purchased miles.

Using Schedule Changes to Save on Re-Deposit Fees

While we're on the topic of United tricks, I thought I'd take the opportunity to remind you all of how to avoid the cancellation/re-deposit of miles fees typically collected on awards.

Normally canceling a United award and re-depositing your miles incurs a $200 per ticket fee if you don’t have United status.

Recently a reader wrote to us asking the following:
"I have held reservations on United since Sept 2016 for flying from Savannah to Copenhagen on June 1, returning June 13.

Delta Retracts Pricey Fuel Surcharges on Virgin Atlantic Awards

The frequent flyer community freaked out over the weekend when expensive fuel surcharges popped on Delta awards flying partner Virgin Atlantic in Upper Class from the United States to Europe.

Delta already collects fuel surcharges on partner awards that originate in Europe.

But out of pocket costs skyrocketed a few days ago to around $500 for Virgin Atlantic Upper Class awards originating in the United States, and everyone thought it was yet another unannounced dig from Delta because, well, it wouldn't be that surprising. Delta devalues their award prices all the time with no notice.

Business Platinum’s 50% Rebate Benefit Devalues June 1

Reminder: May 31 is the last day to apply for the Business Platinum Card to be grandfathered in to the 50% rebate benefit (when Paying with Points for all premium cabin fights and for your chosen airline in economy) with no cap for one more year.

Only Two More Days for 100k & 80k Hilton Amex Offers

Today and tomorrow, May 30 and 31, are the last days to take advantage of the limited time elevated sign up bonuses–the highest we’ve ever seen–on the Hilton Honors Card and the Hilton Surpass Card, both issued by American Express.

We recommend using Hilton points on lower tier Hiltons, as you tend to get a better value for your points. Aim for what used to be Category 1 - 3 Hiltons (priced at 5k to 20k points a night).

10% Points Rebate on Hyatt Stays This Summer

Those with a Hyatt Credit Card can get a 10% rebate of Hyatt points redeemed on stays between June 1 and September 5, 2017, as long as they register by June 30th. Those dates don't apply to when you book, but when you actually stay at a Hyatt.

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You Can Pool Hilton Points for Free Now: Here’s How

Hilton's made a lot of changes to its loyalty program as of late. In the end of April, Hilton Honors added a brand new benefit for its members--the ability to pool points with other Hilton Honors members. You don't even need to share the same address!

This is super convenient if a friend or family member needs some more points for a specific redemption. You could pool your points with them now, and get them to share points back with you once they have more.

Alaska Airlines Adds Condor & Finnair as Partners

Alaska Airlines has added two new airlines to their lengthy list of partners recently.

Back in March of this year, Alaska added the German airline Condor. You can redeem and earn Alaska miles flying Condor. Even more recently, Alaska announced another new partnership: Finnair. You can't redeem Alaska miles flying Finnair yet but you can earn them when flying Finnair.

I'll focus more on Condor today since we don't know the redemption rates for flying Finnair yet.
Condor is a leisure airline.