News You Can Use – 1,500 Free Priority Club Points, American Express Transfer Bonuses, Barclays Virgin America 20,000 Point Credit Card & Triple Hertz Car Rental Points

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1.   1,500 Free Priority Club Points.  Just Another Points Traveler reports that you can earn 1,000 free Priority Club points by answering a survey called “1,000 points for your thoughts.”  The survey was loading extremely slowly last night, but perhaps it will be better this morning.

This is a targeted promotion and the terms say that only folks who received an email with the survey will get the 1,000 points, but it doesn’t hurt to try.

Loyalty Lobby writes that signing up for the Priority Club shopping toolbar should get you another 500 points.

2.   American Express British Airways Transfer Bonuses.   View From the Wing reports that American Express is offering a 40% point bonus when you transfer American Express Membership Rewards points to British Airways through September 27, 2012.

This isn’t as good as the previous transfer bonus of 50%, but it is good enough if you want to make a transfer.  British Airways Avios are great for using on short distance flights within the US on American Airlines and for flights to South American on American Airlines or LAN with no or low surcharges.

For example, it is only 4,500 Avios points (or 3,215 Membership Rewards points with a 40% transfer bonus) from Kansas City to Chicago, which would otherwise cost me ~$125+ each way.

Here’s a link to the Avios Calculator to see how many points you need for a trip.

If you don’t mind paying fuel surcharges (~$400 per long haul segment), you’d need only 85,715 Membership Rewards Points with the 40% transfer bonus for 120,000 British Airways Avios to get a return First Class ticket from Chicago to London.

But flying on British Airways to London isn’t worth it in coach, since you’d pay approximately the same amount in fuel surcharges.

3.  Barclays Virgin America Credit Card and Transfer Bonus.  The usual sign-up bonus on the Barclays Virgin America credit card is 10,000 points.

But you can get up to 20,000 points after your first purchase if you apply by August 31,2012 (yes, that’s my referral link).  20,000 Virgin America points should get you ~$350 to $450 worth of tickets on Virgin America.

I’m not applying for the card because Virgin America doesn’t fly to Kansas City and because I’d rather save my Barclays application for their US Air credit card.  But the card could be useful for some folks who don’t have many Barclays’ inquiries and fly on Virgin America.

The Points Guy writes about a 30% transfer bonus when you transfer Membership Rewards points to Virgin America points, up to September 2, 2012.  This could make sense in certain situations, but I wouldn’t transfer all my American Express Membership Rewards to Virgin America, unless I did the math to see if it made sense for my travel goals.

4.   Triple Points on Hertz Car Rentals.  Via The #Hustle Blog, Hertz is offering triple points per $1 spent on car rentals up to December 15, 2012.

Only rentals after registering for the promotion count.

Interestingly, you get triple points on the base rental points and on the Presidents Circle and Five Star elite member bonuses.  You only need 500 Hertz points for a 1-day weekend rental, so this promotion could make more sense for folks looking to earn free rental days as opposed to earning frequent flyer miles.

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11 responses to “News You Can Use – 1,500 Free Priority Club Points, American Express Transfer Bonuses, Barclays Virgin America 20,000 Point Credit Card & Triple Hertz Car Rental Points

  1. Don’t think my 75k Gold Business will post by then (I’ve knocked out the spend though :)). Any strategies to make the most of this promo? I know Amex will advance me a paltry 15k points. Perhaps there’s a way to call customer service, have them look at my spend, and then advance me every point? I want to cash out with BA.

  2. Do you know if the 20k Virgin America points are transferrable to any other airlines or hotel chains at a decent rate? I’d like to include a Barclay’s app in my app party and this seems like a good one because of the no spend, but I won’t be able to use the Virgin America points. I’ve already done the US Air Card a few months ago.

    • @Alex – AMEX has had frequent transfer bonuses, so I suspect we should see another one. If you’ve completed the spending, the points should post soon, and it doesn’t hurt calling AMEX to ask.

      @Michael M – You can use them for flights on Virgin Australia or Virgin Atlantic, but you will have to pay high fuel surcharges. You can sign-up for the Elevate program and browse the offers online.

  3. I’m a huge fan of the instant Gold, so I think I’m going to go for it!

  4. Again great info! I just got the Virgin American card but it was under the 10K sign up bonus 🙁
    I called to see if they would give me the current promo of 20K points as a courtesy but have been getting the run around, “I will transfer you to a manager…sorry the manager is having computer problems…I will have them call your cell phone as you requested…don’t know why the manager called your home number…”
    Any idea if Virgin America honors such a request? I’m also surprised about their shoddy customer service. THANKS!

  5. That is perhaps the worst loading and most graphic-intensive survey I’ve ever seen! Still can’t get it to submit even after waiting 20 minutes for it to load.

  6. The Priorityclub survey keeps giving me problems. It finally loaded, I answered all of the questions, hit submit, and it keeps giving me an error message (I must complete all survey questions even after I completed all of them).

  7. My current Amex cards (Blue, jetBlue) don’t let me transferring points to airlines. What is the best deal now to open Amex card with this feature?

  8. MMS,
    If you are no longer sending out BankDirect referrals, would you please update the BankDirect post to state so?

    • @Soosie – I don’t think Virgin America will match the bonus since the card is issued by Barclay’s. You could try applying for another card since Barclays will sometimes let you have 2 versions of the card.

      @tatyana m – The Mercedes Benz Platinum has a 50K sign-up bonus, but also has a $475 fee. The next highest bonus is the regular Premier Rewards Gold, but it has only a 25K bonus. AMEX sometimes (every 2 to 3 months) has 1-day offers for 50 to 75K on their business Gold card with $5K to $10K in spending.

      @xxxxxx – Thanks for the reminder. I tried to send the referral now, but the site is undergoing maintenance. I’ll do it first thing in the morning.

  9. Anyone else having problems completing transfers online? I’ve seen these errors for two days straight.


    We apologize for the inconvenience, the system is currently unavailable. Please try your request again by refreshing the page.

    If you require further assistance please call Membership Rewards® Customer Service at 1-800-297-1300.