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