7,500 American Airlines Miles For 10 Min Cadillac Test Drive: The Deal Returns

If you are a registered member of the AAdvantage program, you might be able to earn 7,500 bonus American Airlines miles for test driving a Cadillac before December 31, 2015. Check your email to see if you received the following promotional offer that this FlyerTalker did:
Hello xxx,
AAdvantage Number: *******Cadillac shares your passion for travel.

Bargain Flights to Istanbul for Under $450!

According to this thread in the FlyerTalk Mileage Run forum, several airlines are featuring extremely low fares between the US and Istanbul, Turkey.

There appears to be solid availability in February and early March, and I'm seeing fares as low as $413! This is great news, especially for those of us who couldn't get in on the paid first class fare sale to Istanbul and Moscow last week.

Why to Avoid the American Express Business Gold Card and its 75,000 Point Sign Up Bonus

Update: This deal has expired.

According to this thread on FlyerTalk, American Express is offering a limited time 75,000 point sign up bonus for their Business Gold Rewards charge card.

US Airways Targeted 100% Buy Miles Promo

According to this thread on FlyerTalk, US Airways is offering a 100% bonus on purchased or gifted miles to Dividend Miles members who bought or gifted miles in 2012. This promotion runs through January 31.

Who is eligible?

It appears if you purchased, gifted or shared miles in 2012, you should receive this promotional email from US Airways. A sample email is posted below.

I didn't get the email, how can I tell if I qualify?

The only way is to log into your Dividend Miles account and attempt to buy miles.

Wyndham: Another Hotel Program Devaluation?

According to this thread on FlyerTalk, the Wyndham hotel group has devalued their loyalty program in a big way.

This is terrible news, especially coming on the heels of Priority Club adjusting their award chart for the worse by introducing a whopping nine redemptive tiers. For a complete breakdown of that change, check out my post, Priority Club's Big Award Chart Devaluation.

What does the new chart look like?

I have attached a screen shot of the new award chart below:

That looks fairly innocuous.

Will Citi Have the Next Hot Transferable Points?

According to this thread on FlyerTalk, Citi has announced that ThankYou Points earned from  its own ThankYou Point credit cards can now be transferred to Hilton HHonors points.

There some huge pros to this announcement but also some really troubling concerns that need further clarification. Read on for my analysis.

What is the transfer ratio of ThankYouPoints to Hilton HHonors points?

According to the Hilton website, ThankYou Points (TYP) can be transferred to Hilton HHonors at a ratio of 1:1.5. The minimum number of TYP that can be transferred is 1,000.

Priority Club Big Award Chart Devaluation

According to this thread on FlyerTalk, the Priority Club hotel group will be changing their award chart to mirror other hotel loyalty programs. Read on to see why this change isn't good news for frequent guests.

What does the new chart look like?

I have attached a screen shot of the new award chart below.

Priority Club has decided to split their hotels into nine categories. In comparison, Hyatt has six hotel categories. Starwood and Hilton have seven.

Delta Ends Partnership with e-Miles and e-Rewards

Delta Airlines has severed ties with both e-Miles and e-Rewards according to this thread and and this thread on FlyerTalk. As of the New Year, you are no longer be able to redeem currency accrued in either program for Delta SkyMiles.

For those unfamiliar, both e-Miles and e-Rewards are websites that reward visitors with miles or fun money for filling out surveys in a wide range of categories.

US Airways MasterCard Lucrative Bonus Miles Offer

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According to this thread on FlyerTalk, Barclay's has been sending targeted emails to The US Airways® Premier World MasterCard® holders. The emails offer up to between 2X-10X bonus points in certain spending categories, including grocery stores and movie theaters.

Southwest Announces New Fees That Make Perfect Sense

According to this thread on FlyerTalk and this thread on Milepoint, Southwest will now start charging a no-show fee for those who fail to cancel their tickets before the flight departs.

Extra fees, especially on traveler-friendly Southwest, are never a good thing. But I am shocked that a fee like this wasn't in place before. Now that it is, I honestly can't blame them for implementing it. It makes sense to penalize when Southwest could resell the seat for a higher price at the last minute.