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1. Southwest Fare Sale. Deals We Like reports that Southwest has a fare sale with flights ranging from $49 to $149 for a 1-way flight. And don’t forget to register for double points on Southwest via this link as well!
You have to purchase your ticket by Thursday (today) February 7, 2013, 11:59 pm Pacific Time for travel between April 3 through June 8, 2013.
Southwest has a revenue based frequent flyer program, so a fare sale means that both cash AND award bookings using points will cost less!
- $49 or 2,280 points for flights up to 500 miles
- $89 or 4,680 points for flights 501 miles to 1,300 miles
- $119 or 6,480 points for flights 1,001 miles to 1,500 miles
- $149 or 8,280 points for flights more than 1,501 miles
It doesn’t hurt to book your trip using points even if you’re not sure of your plans, because you get the points back in your account without paying a change fee if you cancel the reservation.
If you cancel a paid flight on Southwest, the ticketed passenger gets a credit which can be used for up to 1 year after the booking was made, with no change fee.
If you’ve already booked trips between April 3 & June 8, 2013, it doesn’t hurt to check to see if they are available for less because you can always cancel and rebook your flights for no change fee.
If you’re running low on Southwest points, Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer instantly to Southwest Airlines in 1:1 ratio.
Unfortunately, there are some restrictions.
1. Sunday travel is not allowed, so this makes it harder to take a quick weekend trip. So I can still use our Southwest Companion Pass for less than what it otherwise would be!
2. There are blackout days for Boston, Providence, and Manchester: April 12 & 13, Apr 15 & 16. Other blackout days in all cities on May 10, 17, 23, 24, 27 & 28.
3. The cheapest fares are for non-stop travel. Flights with connections will cost more.
Mommy Points reports that other airlines are also matching Southwest’s prices, so this could be a good time to search for flights!
2. Hyatt Spring Promotion. Hyatt emailed me details of their “More Possibilities” promotion. You get 3,000 bonus points for ever third eligible night (not stay) at a Hyatt hotel between March 1 & May 31, 2013. This means that you will have to stay in a Hyatt hotel for 45 nights to get the maximum of 45,000 points through this promotion.
You get a 20% bonus if you have a Hyatt Visa credit card (you don’t necessarily have to pay with it, though). So Hyatt cardholders get 3,600 Hyatt points every 3 nights for a maximum of 54,000 points after 45 nights.
Hyatt says that registration will open on February 15, and you have to sign-up by April 30, 2013.
3. Earn Starwood Hotel Points for Delta Flights. Loyalty Lobby writes that Starwood Gold and Platinum members will soon be able to earn 1 Starwood hotel point for every $1 they spend (not for every mile you fly) on Delta flights (excluding taxes). I’m assuming this is in addition to Delta miles. Starwood Platinum members will get 1 free bag, priority boarding & check-in, and complimentary upgrades.
This is an unexpected benefit for folks who fly on paid tickets with Delta, since you get free Starwood Gold status with the American Express Platinum card or for spending $30,000 within 1 calendar year on the Starwood credit card. You also get 5 nights credit and 2 stay credits with the personal AND business card towards Starwood elite status and you need 25 nights or 10 stay credit to qualify for Gold elite status.
4. 20,000 Points for Canadian American Express Gold. Milepoint member Deal2020 writes about a Canadian American Express card which offers 20,000 bonus points after spending $500 within 3 months with the first year fee waived.
This offer isn’t for folks in the US, but this may be useful for the Canadians reading the post.
5. 100% Bonus on Avianca Points. View from the Wing writes that up to February 20, 2013, you can transfer (not BUY) Avianca miles and get a 100% bonus, so you’re effectively paying 1.5 cents per mile. Avianca is a South American Star Alliance airline.
This may be less than the ~1.8 cents per US Air mile but you can’t have a stopover and you can’t mix cabins (i.e have 1 flight in coach and 1 in business class on a business class award). I also wouldn’t speculatively purchase miles unless you were short just a few miles for an award or had crunched the numbers to see if it made sense to buy the miles.
6. 500 Delta Miles for Using WilliamPaid. I’ve written before about using WilliamPaid to pay your rent with a credit card. You pay a fee of 2.95% to use a credit card, but this is usually worth it to meet the minimum spending requirement to get a credit card sign-up bonus. For example, paying $88.50 (2.95% of $3,000) to get a 40,000 point sign-up bonus is often worth it.
But I wouldn’t use it on an ongoing basis to earn miles.
Of course, there are cheaper (but more time consuming) ways to pay your rent such as with American Express Bluebird.
William Paid is now offering up to 500 Delta miles (1 mile per $1 charged in rent, up to $500) per month. This isn’t enough to make it profitable to use WilliamPaid for regular rent payment, but if you’re going to use the service, you may as well earn the Delta miles!