News You Can Use – 5 New Southwest Routes, Improved Delta Companion Upgrades, Free Uber Credits, & 3,000 Virgin America Points

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1.   Southwest Adds 5 New Non-Stop Routes

Starting November 6, 2016, Southwest will launch 5 new non-stop routes, giving you more ways to use your Southwest points!

Remember you can now book flights on Southwest through January 4, 2017.

News You Can Use 5 New Southwest Routes Improved Delta Companion Upgrades Free Uber Credits 3,000 Virgin America Points

You’re Cleared For Departure on 5 New Non-Stop Southwest Flights Launching November 6, 2016!

The new non-stop routes include:

  • Baltimore to San Jose
  • Kansas City to San Antonio
  • San Jose to Salt Lake City
  • Washington (Dulles) to Orlando
  • Washington (National) to Providence

And you can use Southwest points to book your ticket as long as there are seats available for sale, because there are no blackout dates!  Award tickets cost slightly more now that Southwest has increased award ticket prices.

It’s a great time to earn Southwest points (and the Southwest Companion Pass!) because all 3 Southwest cards are offering 50,000 point sign-up bonuses.

2.   Delta Improves Companion Upgrade Policy

Delta offers free upgrades to passengers and traveling companions based on their elite status.

According to Rene’s Points, beginning this fall, Delta Medallion members traveling with a companion will receive complimentary upgrades to First Class and Delta Comfort based on the elite-status of the higher tiered member.

So if you have Silver status and your companion has Diamond status, your upgrade will be available based on your companion’s status.

3.   Free Uber Credits for Buying Beer or Groceries!

21 and over only!  Via Heels First Travel, folks in Delaware, Maryland, New York, Washington, DC, and West Virginia can receive $10 to $25 in Uber credits.

You’ll need to make a qualifying Miller Lite or grocery purchase depending on your state.  Text the receipt and a keyword to 28130 by August 31, 2016 (or while supplies last).

Also, Doctor of Credit reports a targeted 50% off Uber promotion code.  Enter “526VIP50 in the Uber app by May 26, 2016, to see if you qualify!

There are limited quantities available, so act quickly!

Remember, there are lots of ways to save on your next Uber ride.  And new users who sign-up with Emily’s link can get up to $25 off their first trip!

4.   3,000 Virgin America Points From Rocketmiles

You can earn 3,000 Virgin America points with your first hotel booking on Rocketmiles by June 30, 2016.  Use promotion code “ELEVATE” or book through this link.

The 3,000 bonus points is in addition to 500 to 6,000 Virgin America points you get for booking a room.

Virgin America points are worth ~2.15 cents each, so 3,000 points is worth ~$65 in Virgin America flights (~3,000 points x 2.15 cents per point).

You will NOT earn hotel points or elite stay credits when you book through Rocketmiles.  Check out my post on how Rocketmiles works

And remember, sometimes the prices on Rocketmiles can be higher than on other sites.  So do the math to be sure you’re getting a deal!

You can also earn 750 free Virgin America points by entering their current sweepstakes.

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