News You Can Use – Southwest Holiday Schedule & [Targeted] 5,000 Points on Hyatt Credit Card (Expired)

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News You Can Use – Southwest Holiday Schedule & [Targeted] 5,000 Points on Hyatt Credit Card (Expired)

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1.    Southwest booking Schedule Extended

Southwest extended their schedule and you can book flights up to January 5, 2014.

Christmas in Michigan!
Christmas in Michigan!

There is no penalty for cancelling a Southwest flight made with points (the points go back to your account when you cancel), so it doesn’t hurt to book your fall & holiday trips before you firm up your plans.  You can always cancel and rebook your ticket for no fee if the number of points required for the award drops since you booked the ticket or if your plans change.

If you cancel a paid flight on Southwest, the ticketed passenger gets a credit for the entire ticket amount (no change fees on Southwest!) which can be used for up to 1 year after the booking was made.

If you’ve got a Southwest Companion Pass, your companion will fly free with you, on BOTH paid flights or flights booked with points.  You can always book a seat for yourself, and then add your companion if you don’t currently have a Companion Pass, but plan on getting one later.

So it doesn’t hurt to book your Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year travel, even if you’re not 100% sure of your plans.  Since Southwest does not charge change fees, there is no penalty for cancelling the flights and re-booking.

You can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points from the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Ink Bold and the Chase Ink Plus to Southwest in a 1:1 ratio.

2.   5,000 Points for Hyatt Credit Card Holders [Targeted]

The Chase Hyatt card has a targeted bonus of 5,000 points to cardholders who spend $3,000 (offer expired) or more on purchases with the card through June 30, 2013.

A reader received this offer via email with an enrollment code, so keep a look out for it.  All Hyatt cardholders won’t receive the bonus offer, and I’ll guess that you are more likely to receive the targeted offer if you have NOT spend a lot on the Hyatt card.

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Registration (via this link or by calling 877-532-3815) is required, but if done by May 31, 2013 all purchases between April 1, 2013 and June 30, 2013 will be eligible toward the spending requirement.

5,000 Hyatt points may not seem like much, but it is a good start toward earning an exotic stay at one of Hyatt’s new French properties, or the Park Hyatt Goa that Emily and I visited last year.

On the other, the $3,000 spending requirement could be used towards the sign-up bonus on a new card, so do what makes the most sense for you.

Park Hyatt Goa
Emily and I at the Park Hyatt Goa

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We missed the minimum spending on the Hyatt card (2 free night promotion) by accident . Anything we can do?

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@Frank Lamulle – You can call and ask if they could extend the period (especially if you missed it by just a few days). Otherwise, you could reapply later and may get the bonus.

So I need 5536 more points for the companion ticket on SW (this is in my name). My question: my husband has a Choice Privileges acct that has 1,240 points in it. Can we buy an additional 5,000 choice points in his acct and and then transfer it to my SW acct or would I need my own Choice Priv acct # in my name?

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@Juli – I may be better to just buy them in your name and transfer the points.

I booked a flight on SW for 10.5k/person from ORD to SJU the morning the schedule was advanced. It was changing every minute I looked at fares to Puerto Rico between Christmas and New Years. I booked it with an understanding i gained from reading your blog that i could later add a companion once i earned a CP. Well, i got the awesome email today that i earned it and I added a companion easily. The problem is that there were no good fares for return flights. Not sure if I should buy the cheapest fare on United using cash for a non-stop or wait for a fare sale on SW. All of my searches have come up empty for a decent reward flight returning 1/1 or 1/2. $500+ one way or 50k miles is too rich for my blood. Any advice?

How does one find the promo code for the Hyatt card offer? Is it unique to each account holder?

I received the Hyatt card offer as well, although I got it back in late March.

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@Robert Hanson @Geno @DW– As Geno and DW point out, you can keep EarlyBird boarding if you rebook (as opposed to cancel). But it is much better to buy EB unless you’re sure that you will fly on that flight! I don’t believe you can re-book a companion (you have to cancel the companion reservation) so you may lose the EB for the companion.

Mike @ The #hustle Blog – You can add a companion as long as Southwest is selling a seat on that flight (even if they are selling a Business Select seat).

@Juli – All details are here!

@David – It is unique, and you get the offer by mail.

@David – I’d wait for their fare sale in June/July, but since that is peak season there may not be much of a sale. Also, you may be able to use a Southwest credit, but the credits are subject to black out dates. Southwest flies out of Midway, so it could be a hassle since Untied flies to O’Hare.

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