News You Can Use – 1,000 Free United Airlines Miles, $99 1-Way to Iceland, Airline Card Doubles Sign-Up Bonus, Hyatt’s New Luxury Hotel Brand

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1.   Earn 3,500 United Airlines Miles With United MileagePlus Dining

Link:   United MileagePlus Dining

Link:   How to Eat Meals and Earn Miles

I love earning bonus miles & points for something I’d do anyway (like eat!).

Via Reddit, new members can earn 1,000 United Airlines miles just by signing-up for United MileagePlus Dining.

And 500 bonus United Airlines miles by spending $25 at participating restaurants – up to 5 times total, for a maximum of 2,500 miles.

News You Can Use 1,000 Free United Airlines Miles 99 1 Way To Iceland Airline Card Doubles Sign Up Bonus Hyatts New Luxury Hotel Brand

New Members Can Earn up to 3,500 United Airlines Miles With United MileagePlus Dining’s Current Promotion

Here’s how it works:

  • Create a new United MileagePlus Dining account and complete your dining profile by April 10, 2016 (earn 1,000 United Airlines miles)
  • Be sure to enable United MileagePlus Dining emails when you register (otherwise you won’t qualify)
  • Spend at least $25 (including tax and tip) at participating restaurants within 30 days of registering to earn 500 bonus miles for each dine, up to 5 times.

So you can earn a total of 2,500 more United Airlines miles (5 dines X 500 miles per dine).

All restaurant visits must be completed by May 10, 2016.  And you can only qualify for the 500 mile bonus once per day.

Remember to double-dip!  Register and use a credit card that earn bonus points for dining, like the Chase Sapphire Preferred (2X Chase Ultimate Rewards points at restaurants).

Read my post on Rewards Network dining programs for more details on how it works!

2.   $99 WOW Air Fares to Iceland From Baltimore and Boston This Fall

Link:   WOW Air

Link:   My Iceland Trip Report

If you missed out on WOW Air’s recent fare sale, here’s another chance to visit Iceland for cheap!

You can fly to Reykjavik from Boston or Baltimore in October and November 2016 for $99 1-way.

Seats and dates are limited, but if you’re flexible you can get a terrific price!  Return flights are more expensive, but still reasonable (under $200).

Remember, WOW Air charges extra for checked bags, large carry-on bags, and seat selection.  So pack light for the best deal!

I flew WOW Air on my trip to Iceland and had a good experience.  If you visit, you’ll get to meet some of the nicest people in the world!

3.   Korean Air SKYPASS Card Bonuses Increased to 30,000 Miles

Link:   SKYPASS Visa® Signature Credit Card

Link:   SKYPASS Visa® Business Credit Card

Doctor of Credit reports the sign-up bonus on the US Bank Korean Air SKYPASS personal and small business credit cards has been increased to 30,000 Korean Air miles after meeting minimum spending requirements.

Normally, the sign-up bonus is 15,000 Korean Air miles.  So this is double the usual offer.  To earn the better bonus, apply by April 30, 2016.

With either card, you’ll get:

  • 15,000 Korean Air miles after your 1st purchase
  • 15,000 additional Korean Air miles after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the 1st 90 days of opening your account
  • 2 Korean Air lounge passes per year
  • 2 Korean Air miles per $1 you spend on Korean Air purchases
  • 1 Korean Air mile per $1 you spend on everything else
  • No foreign transaction fees

The annual fee of $80 ($75 for the small business card) is NOT waived for the 1st year.

If you like Korean Air miles, this is a good offer to consider.  Remember, you can use Korean Air miles for Korean Air award flights or flights on any SkyTeam partner airline, like Air France, Delta, or KLM.

That said, Korean Air is a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner.  Most folks will do better signing-up for Chase Ultimate Rewards cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Ink Plus, because they have better bonus spending categories.

Then you can transfer your points to whichever airline (or hotel) partner you like, for the most flexibility!

Here’s my full review of last year’s similar increased bonus on the Korean Air SKYPASS cards.

Emily and I don’t earn a commission from the Korean Air cards, but we’ll always tell you about the best offers!

4.   Hyatt Launches a New Deluxe Brand

Link:   Hyatt Press Release

Link:   The Unbound Collection by Hyatt

My favorite hotel chain recently announced The Unbound Collection by Hyatt.  It will include unique locations and historic upscale hotels throughout the world.

This is a luxury brand and currently includes these hotels:

Hyatt hotels also include AndazGrand HyattHyatt, Hyatt CentricHyatt PlaceHyatt RegencyHyatt ResortsHyatt House, and Park Hyatt brand hotels.

Emily and I have had amazing experiences at Hyatt hotels, including our trips to Kauai, Maui, Milan, and Paris.  They’re my favorite hotel chain because they have top-notch service, beautiful locations, and terrific amenities (especially if you have Hyatt Diamond elite status!)

Remember, there are lots of ways to earn Hyatt points, including transferring from Chase Ultimate Rewards.

And the Chase Hyatt card gets you 2 free nights at any Hyatt (even their top-tier hotels) when you complete the minimum spending.  It’s 1 of the best deals in travel!

I’m looking forward to seeing which hotels they add to the brand.  The locations they’ve added so far look interesting!

And I’m very curious to see what they do with Coco Palms, which we drove past on our visit to Kauai.  It’s the hotel where Elvis Presley filmed Blue Hawaii, but was badly damaged in a hurricane a few years ago.

It might be time for another Kauai trip! 🙂

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