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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
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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