Category Archives: Airlines

British Airways Avios Update: The Sky’s NOT Falling (Phew!)

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Earlier this week, the miles and points community got a bit panicked (myself included!) when news came out that Iberia had posted a partner award flight redemption chart with very expensive rates.  This got folks worried, because British Airways and Iberia’s frequent flyer programs are linked and share a common award currency (Avios points).

There was fear that British Airways would soon follow with an award chart devaluation.  Using British Airways Avios points for short-haul, coach class tickets on partner airlines like American Airlines is 1 of the best award values around!

That’s because 1-way flights under 650 miles cost only 4,500 Avios points plus $5.

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Our Favorite Ways to Use British Airways Avios Points Are Intact for Now!

I’m happy to report that this was just a scare.  While it doesn’t mean that British Airways WON’T ever change its award ticket prices, I don’t think there’s a change coming just yet.

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Credit Cards That Earn Citi ThankYou Points (and Now Transfer to Flying Blue and 8 Other Airlines!)

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I’ve written that you can now transfer Citi ThankYou points to airline partners (as well as Hilton hotels).

Citi has just added Flying Blue (the frequent flyer program for Air France and KLM) as a transfer partner, which is great news for folks who like to book Flying Blue Promo Awards or use their miles on Delta (1 of their SkyTeam partners).

So now that there are even more options for transferring points to airlines, do you know which credit cards earn Citi ThankYou points?

There are a number of Citi credit cards that earn ThankYou points, but only 3 earn points that can be transferred directly to airline and hotel partners.

I’ll show you the 3 Citi cards that enable you to combine the ThankYou points you’ve earned with ALL your cards.  And then allow you to transfer your points to partner airlines.

Credit Cards That Earn Citi ThankYou Points And Now Transfer To Flying Blue And 8 Other Airlines

You Can Now Transfer Citi ThankYou Points to Airline Partners, Including Newest Partner Flying Blue, but Only Some Cards Qualify

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Final Week: Chase United Airlines Explorer 50,000 Mile Sign-Up Bonus

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For folks considering the limited time offer for the Chase United Explorer card, the promotion ends in 1 week, on September 2, 2014.  You get 50,000 miles after you spend $2,000 in the 1st 3 months.

And you’ll get 5,000 more United Airlines miles if you add an authorized user and make a purchase within the 1st 3 months.

Usually the sign-up bonus on this card is 30,000 miles.

Note: There is a better offer with a $50 statement credit that is also ending.  But not everyone may be able to see this offer.

 Final Week Chase United Airlines Explorer 50000 Mile Sign Up Bonus

The Increased Sign-Up Bonus for the Chase United Explorer Card Ends Next Week

What You Get & Where You Can Go

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Last Chance for Great Deals Using British Airways Points?

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Update:  British Airways is NOT changing its Avios partner award chart.  Here’s an updated post with the latest information!

Via View From the Wing and Million Mile Secrets’ readers, there could be huge changes coming to the British Airways frequent flyer program.  And if this happens, it’s NOT good news!

Folks like to use British Airways Avios points for cheap, short-haul award tickets on American Airlines, because it only costs 4,500 Avios points (and no fuel surcharges) for a 1-way coach class ticket for flights under 650 miles.  This is an amazing deal, because other US airlines charge 12,500 points for the same award ticket!

Last Chance For Great Deals Using British Airways Points

Please, Don’t Go! Are Cheap British Airways Avios Short-Haul Award Tickets About to Depart for Good?

But it looks like these tickets could get a lot more expensive very soon!  I really hope this doesn’t happen, but it sounds like it might.

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Platinum Delta SkyMiles Companion Certificate: Is It a Good Deal?

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Until September 8, 2014, the sign-up bonus on the American Express Gold Delta SkyMiles (personal and business) and American Express Platinum Delta SkyMiles card has increased to 50,000 miles after you spend $1,000 in purchases on your new card in the 1st 3 months.

One unique perk of the American Express Platinum Delta SkyMiles card is the coach class companion certificate you get each year on your card anniversary.  I’ve written that this certificate can more than pay for the $195 annual fee on the card (which is NOT waived for the 1st year).  So for folks who are able to use it, the companion certificate could be a very good deal.

Delta Platinum Companion Certificate

Bring a Friend (Yes, Even ALF) on Delta Using the Companion Certificate

But is it easy to use?  And will you always get a better deal?  Let’s find out.

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