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1. Barclays Arrival Plus Coming Back With Its Highest-Ever Sign-Up Bonus!
The Barclays Arrival Plus card was discontinued a while ago, and replaced with the Barclays Arrival® Premier World Elite Mastercard®. But it looks like Barclays is resurrecting the Arrival Plus, and hitching it to the biggest sign-up bonus we’ve ever seen with the card!
You’ll earn 60,000 Arrival miles (worth $600 in travel) after spending $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening. The $89 annual fee is NOT waived the first year.
View From the Wing reports that Barclays is sending out applications through the mail. And online applications will launch on July 1, 2018.
We don’t know if any of the card’s benefits have changed. Let’s hope it’s all good news!
2. Buy American Airlines Miles for as Little as 1.72 Cents Each
American Airlines miles are on sale once again. And you’ll have a tough time buying them for less than this.
Through June 30, 2018, you can buy American Airlines miles for just 1.72 cents per mile. But you’ll have to spend a lot to receive a discount that big. Here’s what you’ll get:
- 1,000 to 10,000 miles – No discount
- 11,000 to 20,000 miles – 2,500 bonus miles + 10% discount
- 21,000 to 50,000 miles – 5,000 bonus miles + 10% discount
- 51,000 to 75,000 miles – 15,000 bonus miles + 10% discount
- 76,000 to 100,000 miles – 27,500 bonus miles + 10% discount
- 101,000 to 125,000 miles – 45,000 bonus miles + 10% discount
- 126,000 to 149,000 miles – 70,000 bonus miles + 10% discount
- 150,000 miles – 100,000 bonus miles + 10% discount
It’s generally NOT a good idea to buy airline miles, because they’re so expensive. But during sales like this, it could make sense if you have a certain award flight in mind.
For example, if you bought the highest amount of American Airlines miles with this promotion, you would spend ~$3,983, and end up with 250,000 American Airlines miles. That’s more than enough miles for 2 round-trip Business Class flights between the Dallas and Zurich on American Airlines.
The cash price for 2 round-trip Business Class flights between Dallas and Zurich is ~$6,400. So you and a travel partner could fly Business Class at a ~$2,400 discount by purchasing miles ($6,400 for 2 round-trip tickets – ~$4,000 cost of miles)!
As always, do the math to see if purchasing miles makes sense for you.
3. Buy IHG Points for 0.5 Cents Each
Through June 15, 2018, at 11:59 pm Eastern Time, you can buy IHG points for as little as 0.5 cents each. You’ll have to buy at least 5,000 points in a single transaction to trigger the bonus.
IHG normally sells points for 1.15 to 1.35 cents each. Or if you’re comfortable with it, you can buy points for as little as 0.6 cents each with the IHG Points & Cash trick.
Category 1 IHG hotels cost 10,000 IHG points per night. So you could effectively buy nights at those hotels for $50 with this sale (10,000 points per night X 0.5 cents per point).
Or, if you can find a PointBreaks hotel that works with your travel plans, it will only cost 5,000 IHG points, or $25 per night (5,000 points per night X 0.5 cents per point)!
But it’s NOT a good idea to buy points for just any IHG hotel stay. Do the math and see if buying points is worth it for you.
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