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1. AMEX OPEN Discounts at Hyatt Won’t Return Next Year
- Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express
- The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN
- The Business Platinum Card from American Express OPEN
This discount is in addition to any category bonuses or additional savings your get with your card.
Unfortunately, this perk is coming to an end January 1, 2016.
However, there are lots of other ways you can continue to save 5% or earn 2X points with AMEX OPEN at:
- HP (online)
- Barnes & Noble (online)
If you still want to save 5% on Hyatt stays next year and beyond, you can purchase gift cards from Hyatt and use them later. Just keep in mind that Hyatt gift cards are only good at Hyatt hotels in the US, Canada, and the Caribbean.
2. 40,000 Miles With the Korean Air SkyPass Visa (Targeted)
Check your snail mail! Some folks have received an offer for 40,000 Korean Air miles when they sign-up for the Korean Air SkyPass Visa card and spend $2,500 on purchases within the 1st 90 days of opening your account.
That’s 25,000 miles more than the publicly available offer! Plus, you’ll get 2 Korean Air lounge passes each year. The $80 annual fee is waived for the 1st year.
Emily and I don’t earn a commission on this card, but we’ll always tell you about the best deals!
This is a good deal, but I wouldn’t use this card for your regular spending. That’s because there are no bonus categories.
So you’re better off using a card like the Chase Freedom, Chase Ink Bold (no longer available) Chase Ink Business Cash Credit Card, Chase Ink Plus, or Chase Sapphire Preferred to earn bonus points on your spending.
Then transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Korean Air!
3. $50 Flight Discount When You Spend $250 With the Bank of America Alaska Airlines Card (Targeted)
Bank of America Alaska Airlines cardholders can earn a $50 flight discount when they spend $250 on purchases with their card at book, toy, electronic, sporting goods, and department stores. Folks are receiving this offer via email. So check to see if you’re targeted.
This deal ends December 31, 2015.
4. New American Airlines Reduced Mileage Awards
American Airlines has released their latest list of reduced mileage awards. With these deals you can save 5,000 to 7,500 on round-trip award flights.
This offer is only good for certain American Airlines cardholders. Book by November 30, 2015, for travel through January 31, 2016. And flights must originate from the US or Canada.
If you’re new to American Airlines reduced mileage awards, read my post on how this discount works.
Here are a few destinations I found interesting:
- Atlanta, Georgia
- Fort Lauderdale, Florida
- Vancouver, British Columbia
- Houston, Texas
- Toronto, Canada
- West Palm Beach, Florida
- Key West, Florida
- New Orleans, Louisiana
- Tampa, Florida
- Santa Barbara, California
- Santa Fe, New Mexico
- Savannah, Georgia
But check out the full list to see if there’s something that fits with your travel plans. How much you’ll save depends on which American Airlines card you have in your wallet.
You’ll get a 7,500 mile discount on a round-trip award ticket, or 3,750 miles on a 1-way award ticket with:
- Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator Silver World Elite MasterCard, Red MasterCard, or Business MasterCard
- Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard®
- Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard®
- CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard®
5. 20% Bonus When You Transfer Marriott Points to American Airlines
Via Travel Codex, you’ll earn a 20% bonus when you transfer Marriott points to American Airlines. Typically, transferring Marriott points to airlines isn’t a good deal. But this may make sense for folks who have a lot of Marriott points.
That’s because the more points you transfer the better transfer ratio you’ll get. For example, if you transfer 10,000 Marriott points, with this promotion you’ll get 2,400 American Airlines miles. That’s a ~4.2 to 1 ratio. But if you transfer 70,000 Marriott points, you’ll get 30,000 American Airlines miles (a 2.3 to 1 ratio).
However, I prefer to use my Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express to earn Starwood points, and transfer to American Airlines from there. That’s because you can transfer at a 1:1 ratio!