News You Can Use – 35,000 Delta Miles, 40,000 Alaska Air Miles, 2,000 Free United Miles & Free Hyatt Platinum Status with Milepoint Premium, 100 Free ANA Miles, Southwest Fare Sale & 50,000 American Airlines miles with Fidelity

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1.  Delta 35,000 Mile Credit Card

I updated the Airlines Credit Card tab a few weeks ago with a new Delta credit card offer for 35,000 miles after spending $750 within 3 months, but just remembered that I did not blog about it!  The terms say that you have to get approved by August 19, 2012.

This is better than my referral link which offers 30,000 miles on the personal and business Delta credit card.  I don’t (yet) have a Delta credit card, but I personally wouldn’t jump on it since 35,000 Delta miles are too few miles.

2.  Alaska Air 40,000 Mile Credit Card

Online Travel Review posted a link to a 40,000 mile Alaska Air offer.  Like other Bank of America cards you may be able to get this again (and again) after cancelling your previous card.  In some cases, you don’t even need to cancel your previous card, but your (experiences) and miles may vary.

Jared points out that the Terms and Conditions now say “This one-time promotion is limited to new customers opening an account in response to this offer and is valid for a limited time only.”  I’m not sure if this will be enforced or not.

You get 25,000 miles after getting approved, but have to spend $7,500 to get the other 15,000 miles which doesn’t seem worth it to me.  I’d much rather put that money to work towards other credit card sign-up bonuses.

I expect increasing the spending requirements to get the full bonus from a credit card to become more common.  This offer appears to be sent to a select group of folks (but it appears that anyone can apply) and I wonder if Bank of America is trying to find the sweet spot between too low and too high of a spending requirement.

You can use Alaska Air miles for flights on American Airlines, Delta, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, and even Emirates.

As always, I’ve updated the Airlines Credit Card tab with this offer.

3.  Milepoint Premium (2,000 Free United Miles & Hyatt Platinum Status)

Update:  Milepoint Premium is now sold out.

Milepoint is the best designed and most welcoming of the online miles and points forums.  View from the Wing (who’s a co-founder of Milepoint) writes about Milepoint Premium which gets you lots of free goodies and discounts for the $59 annual fee.

In my opinion, the $59 fee pays for itself with just:

  •  2,000 free United miles
  • Free Hyatt Platinum Status up to February 2014 (or 2,000 Hyatt points if you’re already an elite member)
  • Free GoGo 24 hour wifi internet pass
  • Discounts to paid award searching tools

You also get discounts to ExpertFlyer (great for setting automatic alerts for award seat availability), a 20% discount to the award booking service, BookYourAward, and many other discounts.

If you’re thinking of applying for the Hyatt credit card, remember that Hyatt Platinum members who apply for the card get 2 suite upgrades certificates for paid stays. This is in addition to the 2 free nights in a regular room.

So it could make sense to sign-up for Milepoint Premium and to get Hyatt Platinum status.

That way, you will get 2 suite upgrade certificates if you apply for the Hyatt credit card before February 2014.

4.   100 Free ANA Miles

Online Travel review posted a link to a quick 11 question survey for 100 free ANA miles.

ANA stands for All Nippon Airways and you really want these 100 free miles because ANA has one of the best free tools for searching for Star Alliance awards (United, Lufthansa etc.), and you need to have a few miles in your account to get unrestricted access to the tool.

I’ll write a post on how to search for Star Alliance awards using the ANA tool, but here’s a post from Hack My Trip to get you started.

You can also use the Aeroplan website (Air Canada) or United website, but in my experience the best way to find flights is to search segment by segment starting with the long-haul international segment first.

5. Southwest Fare Sale

Southwest is having a 4 day fare sale for flight booked through August 13, 2012.

But there is lots of fine print:

  • Travel valid only on Tuesdays & Wednesdays.
  • Travel from August 21 through February 13, 2013.
  • Blackout Dates Apply: November 20 to November 21, December 26, 2012, and January 1 to January 2, 2013.
  • Offer not available to/from Washington Dulles International Airport

Southwest has a revenue based frequent flyer program, so a fare sale means that both cash AND award bookings using points will cost less!

It doesn’t hurt to book your trip using points even if you’re not sure of your plans, because you get the points back in your account without paying a change fee if you cancel the reservation.

If you cancel a paid flight on Southwest, the ticketed passenger gets a credit which can be used for up to 1 year after the booking was made, with no change fee.

If you’ve already booked trips, it doesn’t hurt to check to see if they are available for less because you can always cancel and rebook your flights for no change fee.

6.  50,000 American Airline miles with Fidelity

Million Mile Secrets reader Joanne (thanks!) writes in to let us know that Fidelity has extended its offer to earn up to 50,000 American Airlines miles to March 31, 2013.

It used to be that you could deposit and withdraw money to reach the deposit amount threshold, but that is no longer the case.  You also can claim only 1 Fidelity offer within the last 12 months.  Check this FlyerTalk thread for more details.

This is a good offer if you’ve got assets to invest with Fidelity which you’ll just transfer from another brokerage account .  But if you’re just going to move cash from a bank to Fidelity for the miles, you may be better off opening a mileage checking account with Bank Direct.

That’s because the terms say that you have to keep the money in your Fidelity account for 6 months (but I don’t know if they charge you for the miles if you withdraw the funds before that).

However keeping $100,000 in a mileage checking account at Bank Direct will earn you 10,000 American Airlines miles a month or 60,000 miles in 6 months compared to only 50,000 miles with Fidelity.

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23 responses to “News You Can Use – 35,000 Delta Miles, 40,000 Alaska Air Miles, 2,000 Free United Miles & Free Hyatt Platinum Status with Milepoint Premium, 100 Free ANA Miles, Southwest Fare Sale & 50,000 American Airlines miles with Fidelity

  1. Will Bank Direct send you a 1099 at the end of the year ?

    • @Katherine – Thanks for letting me know. I’ll update the post.

      @Frank – They did not send one last year, but I don’t know if they will send one this year.

      @apex – The terms say that you can’t get the bonus if you had the same card within the last 12 months, but I don’t have any personal experience to see if this is true or not.

      @Heather – The free suite upgrades with the Hyatt credit card if you’re a platinum elite member are only valid on paid stays. And the 2 free nights (which you get in addition to the 2 free suite upgrade certificates) are valid in regular rooms.

      If you want to use the free suite upgrade, you’d have to pay the room rate and then use the upgrade certificate. However, you can book a suite for 33,000 points in Paris (instead of the regular 22,000 points).

  2. I have delta personal card from exactly 12 months ago Aug 9, can I get 35k business card bonus if I apply by 19th?

  3. Would you explain to me how the suite upgrade with Hyatt works?

    I am planning to take my family of 4 to Paris next summer, and have avoided Hyatt cards because the standard rooms only accommodate 2. If I could get a suite to accommodate 4 with platinum status–and I am not sure if I could because I don’t know what suites you can book on points–it would be worth paying the Milepoint Premium fee next time it comes available.

  4. Really bummed that Milepoint Premium is sold out 🙁
    Thank you for the info on AS credit card, 40000 bonus miles sounds really good 🙂

  5. Thank you for the quick answer, you saved me a lot of research time.

  6. how can you describe the 2,000 miles on United as “free”? you have to pay $59 to join Milepoint Premium. yes, I know it’s sold out now but $59 does not equal free in my book.

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  8. @Apex- I have the Delta personal card and was just approved for the Delta business card. I’ apply right away because you have to be “approved” by the 19th.

  9. @deborah – thanks for the data point and stressing on the approval by 19th. did they confirm you will get 35k points, and is your personal card less than 12 months old?

  10. Really off topic, but over the past few months I’ve ranted and raved here about AA having NO front cabin award availability at all. Well, as Darius told me at the time, this comes and goes. Right NOW, Saturday August 11, AA metal FC award availability from the US to London Heathrow is wide open for next May and still pretty good from early June thru early July. Not only from JFK, but even LAX.

    I just booked us early June dep thru early July return because this opportunity to burn AA miles in FC may not come again before then. We are leaving for LHR next week on FC non-stop tickets we booked last November and couldn’t have gotten since then. FYI, if you book an award with AA, you can change the dates for no charge as long as the intinerary stays the same. If you can new dates that are available, that is……

  11. Isn’t there a $12 monthly fee at bank direct?

  12. About the Delta Skymiles offer:

    1) I see there are both business and personal versions… can one apply for both of these cards at once?
    2) Are two browsers required?
    3) I recently applied (and was accepted) for a personal Amex Hilton card. Is there a delay that Amex requires between credit card applications? How does this affect the answer to #1?

  13. @Apex-My personal card is less than 12 months old. I did not call and confirm the offer. I used the provided link and had no glitches.

    • @Robert Hanson – Thanks for the update and glad you were able to get the seats you wanted.

      @Zz – There is a $12 monthly fee for using BankDirect.

      – You could apply for both at the same time, but you’d have to call AMEX since they flag applications for the same card.

  14. Daraius, are there any ATM fees associated with BankDirect? I am just worried about the hassle of finding a good ATM along with setting up direct deposit, etc, in order to start earning all of those AA miles.

  15. I didnt realize the cycling option had gone bust…thanks for that update!

    • @Bill @ Charm City Traveler – You get reimbursed $2.5 up to 4 times a month for using another ATM with BankDirect. But if you use an ATM more than 4 times or the ATM charges more than $2.5, you’ll have to pay.

      @W Brian Duncan (aka IPBrian)
      – I never did take advantage of the cycling option, but I wish I had.

  16. @W Brian Duncan & MMS

    what is a cycling option???

    • @Lantean – Cycling referred to the ability to not deposit the full requirement, but still get the miles. For example, instead of depositing $100K in one deposit, you could deposit $10K and remove it and re-deposit 10 times and still get the bonus.

  17. Do you know of a link for the Alaska Business card and 40,000 bonus? All I can find is a 20,000 bonus.

    • @Deborah – I don’t know of a better link to the business version of the Alaska Air card, but you could try to apply for 2 personal cards at the same time and call the reconsideration line to get approved.