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.

Citi Double Cash Crowned King of Everyday Spend

Citi has changed the landscape of travel reward cards by giving carriers of the Citi® Double Cash Card 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 Citi® Double Cash Card now has the potential to earn 2 ThankYou Points per dollar spent on ALL purchases, with no cap on points earned.

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.

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.

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.