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News You Can Use – Hilton Status Match Extended, 5,000 JetBlue Points, 20% Off Silvercar, & More

1.   Hilton Status Match Extended to March 2018

Update:   The Points Guy reports Hilton is having trouble with its status match website.  However, you may still be able to request a match through this link.  Or by emailing proof of status with a competing chain, proof of stay and Hilton HHonors account number to hhonors@hilton.com.

Via The Points Guy, Hilton has extended its status match program.

So, if you have elite status with a competing hotel chain, like Choice, Hyatt, IHG, Marriott, or Starwood, Hilton will upgrade your HHonors Elite status to match.

You can submit your status match application online by June 30, 2016.  Along with something that shows your elite status with another program (like a screenshot).  And proof of a stay with that program in the past 12 months.

You’ll get Hilton HHonors elite status through March 31, 2018.  And they’ll match to Silver, Gold, or Diamond, depending on your status in another program.

News You Can Use Hilton Status Match Extended 5,000 JetBlue Points 20 Off Silvercar More

Hilton HHonors Diamond Status Offers Late Check-Out. Who Would Want to Leave a View Like This at the Waldorf Astoria Rome Cavalieri?

And remember, certain credit cards give you automatic hotel elite status.  For instance, the Chase Hyatt card gives you Hyatt Platinum status.  And folks with the Chase IHG Rewards Club Select receive automatic IHG Platinum elite status.

During Hilton’s last status match promotion, many folks reported receiving Hilton Diamond status (executive lounge access, room upgrades, late check-out when available, and free breakfast at some hotels) when they matched to IHG Platinum elite status.

So this deal is a no-brainer for folks with the Chase IHG card, which comes with automatic Platinum Elite status!

2.   5,000 JetBlue Bonus Points (Targeted)

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Save Points (and Earn the Southwest Companion Pass) With Marriott 5-Night Hotel + Air Packages

With Marriott Hotel + Air packages, you can stay in style at Marriott hotels all over the world AND get enough miles for an award flight there!

Marriott lists 7-night packages on their website.  But there’s also an option to get a 5-night package, starting at 165,000 Marriott points.  You just have to ask for it!

Save Points And Earn The Southwest Companion Pass With Marriott 5 Night Hotel Air Packages

For 230,000 Marriott Points, You Can Get 100,000 Airline Miles and a 5 Nights at a Category 6 Hotel, Like the Courtyard St. John’s Newfoundland!

This could also be an easy way to get most – or all – of the points required to earn the Southwest Companion Pass!

I’ll explain!

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Budapest on Sale! 5 Cities Round-Trip Starting at $509

Visit historic Budapest, the capital of Hungary, this spring for under $600 from 5 cities!

I found cheap round-trip coach tickets on British Airways, Norwegian Air, United Airlines (and its partners) on sale through April or May from Boston, Chicago, New York City, Toronto, and Washington, DC.

Budapest On Sale 5 Cities Round Trip Starting At 509

Budapest Is a Fun City! Take a Dip in the Famed Thermal Baths. And See St. Stephen’s Basilica

You can search for these fares using ITA Matrix or Google Flights, then book directly on the airline websites.

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Can You Convert the AMEX Blue Card to an AMEX Everyday Card to Transfer Your Points to Travel Partners?

Million Mile Secrets reader, RS, commented:

Can I convert my American Express Blue card (10 years old) to an AMEX EveryDay card?  Currently the points are not much value to me other than cash.  I have collected a lot of points from Costco purchases and would love to be able to transfer them to airline and hotel partners.

I would lose history if the card is converted right?  What happens to my points?

Yes, you should be able to convert your card!

Can You Convert The AMEX Blue Card To An AMEX Everyday Card To Transfer Your Points To Travel Partners

By Switching to an AMEX EveryDay Card That Earns Transferable Points, You Can Get Big Travel With Small Money!

I’ll explain what happens to your points & your credit when you get your new card!

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News You Can Use – 45,000 Point Hotel Card Expires Soon, AMEX Transfer Bonus, $50 Off Airbnb, 20% Off Amazon With This Code

1.   3 Nights of Luxury at Wyndham, Offer Expires Tuesday

The Barclaycard Wyndham Rewards card is 1 of the top 10 offers that do NOT earn Emily and me a commission!

According to Wyndham, this great deal is expiring on December 8, 2015.

News You Can Use 45,000 Point Hotel Card Expires Soon AMEX Transfer Bonus 50 Off Airbnb 20 Off Amazon With This Code

Get 3 Nights at ANY Wyndham Hotel (Including All-Inclusive Resorts) With the Barclaycard Wyndham Rewards Card!

Here’s how to get Big Travel with Small Money using the sign-up bonus!  (Hint:  Stay at an all-inclusive in the Caribbean or at luxury resort in Hawaii.)

2.   AMEX Transfer Bonus Makes It Easier to Get Cheap Short Award Flights

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Save 4,000 British Airways Avios Points for Short Flights With This Trick!

I wrote that British Airways will be eliminating 1 of their best award deals by increasing the cost of short-haul (under 650 miles) partner flights in North America.

Currently it costs 4,500 British Airways Avios points for a 1-way, short-haul coach award flight on Alaska Airlines and American Airlines in the US.

After February 2, 2016, this will increase to 7,500 British Airways Avios points each way. Many folks are looking for an affordable substitute for award travel on flights under 650 miles.

While British Airways Avios points are still a good deal, there’s an alternative!  By transferring British Airways Avios points to their partner, Iberia, you can book short-haul, round-trip coach award flights in the US for fewer points!

Save 4,000 British Airways Avios Points For Short Flights With This Trick

Hooray! There’s Still a Way to Get a Cheaper Deal on Short-Haul Award Flights in the US Using British Airways Avios Points!

I’ll show you how to move your British Airways Avios points to Iberia to book cheaper award flights!

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Don’t Pay Fuel Surcharges, Save Money When You Book Award Tickets

Million Mile Secrets reader, Robert, commented:

Hello Daraius!  Could you do a post or list here all of the airlines that don’t assess fuel surcharges for award tickets?  Thanks for all that you do.

Hi Robert!  That sounds like a good idea!

Some airlines add fuel charges to their award tickets.  These extra charges can add hundreds of dollars to your “free” award seat!

Don't Pay Fuel Surcharges Save Money When You Book Award Tickets

Fuel Surcharges Are Money Down the Drain! I’ll Tell You Which Airlines Have NO (or Low) Fuel Surcharges!

But some airlines have NO (or low) fuel surcharges.  Let’s take a look at the programs that save you money!

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