American Airlines explained how they’ll combine their AAdvantage frequent flyer program with US Airways Dividend Miles today, as part of their merger with US Airways. And it’s generally good news, because not a lot is changing.
Some folks were worried there would be major negative changes, like award tickets costing more miles, or transitioning to a revenue-based program (where you earn miles based on the cost of your ticket and not the distance flown) like Delta and United Airlines have done.
I’m happy to report that American Airlines is not changing their award chart or making any major changes to how you earn miles! Most of the changes will impact folks with elite status.
The New AAdvantage Program: Good News for Most Folks!
Let’s look at what’s changing and what it means for you.
Folks looking to earn their Southwest Companion Pass (the best deal in domestic travel!) and those interested in saving money at hotels in Europe can get a good deal with this sale on Choice Hotel points.
Until 5:00 pm Eastern Time today, you’ll get a 50% bonus when you buy points through the Choice Hotels website. Normally, you’ll pay $11 per 1,000 points. With this deal, you’ll get 1,500 points for $11, or ~0.73 cents each.
Get a 50% Bonus on Purchased Points From Choice Hotels Today Only
I’ll explain how this flash sale can help you get the best deal in domestic airfare!
Via Mommy Points, you can get 50,000 US Airways miles from the US Airways card after your 1st purchase and payment of the $89 annual fee. But you have to be targeted.
Did You Get the 50,000 US Airways Miles Card Offer?
Also special thanks to Million Mile Secrets reader JS who commented on an offer which gets 10,000 miles for renewing the card after the 1st year.
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Korean Air changed its partner award chart this week. And because of that you can now transfer your Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Korean Air (and then fly on Delta) to Hawaii for just 25,000 miles in coach and 45,000 miles in Business Class from the US!
To get to Hawaii, other airlines charge anywhere from 35,000 to 45,000 miles in coach and up to 80,000 miles for Business Class!
Aloha! You Can Now Use Korean Air Miles to Fly to Hawaii on Delta for Only 25,000 Miles Round-Trip in Coach, or 45,000 Miles in Business Class!
This is an amazing deal, because most other airlines charge many more miles for award tickets to Hawaii!
And I’ll explain why this makes Chase Ultimate Rewards points the BEST for getting to Hawaii.
However, note that a supervisor wasn’t able to actually book the flights at the lower level because their systems have not yet updated. But the supervisor acknowledged the new award chart which requires fewer miles.