1. Which American Express Bonus is Better?
Quite a few readers have emailed asking whether the British Airways or Delta 50% transfer is better.
The Points Guy has a very good summary of the benefits of both Delta and British Airways as transfer options.
However, I disagree with his recommendation of using Delta for travel to Europe. British Airways has MUCH better availability from the US to Europe, and a much better travel experience. Sure the fees and taxes are higher, but it is a fair price to pay for the increased availability and in-flight experience of the British Airways First and Business Class.
My usual advice is NOT to transfer just because there is a bonus, but to transfer only if there is a specific redemption which you will be making in the next 6 to 8 months.
That’s because I value having the option to make a transfer later much more than a bonus which I don’t currently have a use for, and which has the potential to significantly devalue, if airlines increase their redemption rates.
View From The Wing also points out that you currently don’t have to pay the tax on transfers to US frequent flyer programs due to the budgetary inaction in Washington!
2. 500 Free Hawaiian Miles
View From The Wing posts about an easy way to earn 500 Hawaiian miles for linking your Twitter account to your Hawaiian Miles account.
I don’t have a Twitter account (I know, I know – I’ll get one soon!), so I have passed on these miles.
3. Thailand Travel Tips
Deals We Like is visiting Thailand for 17 days and is asking for reader suggestions. I will be visiting Thailand as well, and I’m curious what suggestions you have for us!
4. E-Boarding Passes Are Not Worth The Paper They Are Not Printed On
Rapid Travel Chai relates an amusing, and potentially scarring, episode about the perils of using an e-boarding pass in Canada.
I’ve never been a fan of e-boarding passes since I’ve seen many a capricious TSA boarding-pass checker insist that passengers go back and get a “real” boarding pass.
And as Rapid Travel Chai reminds us, you certainly don’t want to use e-boarding passes in many other countries, because as he dryly puts it “North Korean customs doesn’t scan phones, it confiscates them.”
I have seen many a traveler being turned away from ENTERING airports in emerging economies (I’m looking at you, India!) for not having a printed copy of their itinerary.