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.

Using Hawaiian Miles for Travel to & Within Hawaii

Update 8/19: This offer is expected to drop on September 4, 2019, according to Doctor of Credit.

Barclays issues a Hawaiian Airlines co-branded credit card called the Hawaiian Airlines World Elite MasterCard that comes with 60,000 miles for spending $2,000 within 90 days of account opening.

How to Display AA’s Old Award Search Tool

Ugh. American Airlines' new tool for searching award space is super annoying. The results are in no way displayed in a way that makes it efficient for us to see what's available.

It gives you no easy option to filter number of stops or cabin. On the week view, it says a filter function is coming soon... but it's said that for a while now. (Edit 7/18: There are some filter options on the mobile version.

I Wasn’t Expecting That Auto-Approval!

I just applied for the Ink Business Unlimited Credit Card.

Issuing Banks Rules for Approvals and New Bonuses

This is a living post, continuously updated over time as the miles and points hobby evolves. They change the rules and we have to stay on top of them.
Today I've updated the section about Citi cards to reflect the new sign up bonus eligibility timelines for their AAdvantage co-branded credit cards. If I've left something important out please feel free to let me know in the comments.

Citi Cards’ Travel Protection Benefits Drop September 22

I originally wrote this post in 2017, as a part of series summarizing and comparing travel insurance offered by some of the most popular travel rewards cards. In light of big changes coming to Citi cards soon, I'm updating it. As of September 22, 2019, the Citi Prestige and ThankYou Premier cards will lose all of the travel protection benefits described in this post.

Why I Lowered the Credit Limit on my Chase Card

I just got off the phone with Chase card services. I called to lower the credit limit on my United Explorer Business Card. I am gearing up to apply for another Chase credit card, and this is a step to prepare for my next application.

If you keep up with the blog, you'll remember I'm in the midst of a plan to rake in as many Chase bonuses as I can before they decide they've had enough of me.

Routes You Can Fly to Southern South America in a Flat Bed for 45k Points

At the beginning of the week I wrote about how I recently redeemed 45,000 Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles, transferred from Ultimate Rewards, to fly Delta One between Atlanta, Georgia and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Virgin Atlantic is not in an airline alliance, but one of its partners is Delta.

That is a competitive price to fly to Southern South America in Business Class, with a type of mile that is also very easy to accrue as four out of the five major transferrable points--Ultimate Rewards, Membership Rewards, ThankYou Points, and Marriott Rewards---transfer to Virgin Atlantic.

New British Airways Avios Partner Award Chart

Over a month ago I wrote about the impending devaluation of the British Airways Avios program's prices to fly partner airlines. Since then, the speculated award prices have all been confirmed.

Here is the speculative chart I included in that original post:

Flight DistanceCurrent Economy PriceMay 30 Economy Price  
Zone 1: 1 - 650*4,5006,000
Zone 2: 651 - 1,1517,5009,000
Zone 3: 1,152 - 2,00010,00011,000
Zone 4: 2,001 - 3,00012,50013,000

Note those are just the most commonly booked BA Avios partner awards.

Anatomy of an Award: 45k Virgin Atlantic Miles for Delta One to Argentina

In May I flew from Atlanta to Buenos Aires in Delta One, and only had to spend 45,000 Ultimate Rewards--transferred to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club-- to do so.