News You Can Use – Year of Free Admission to US National Parks, Easy $25 Off Virgin America Flight, New Southwest Flights, & More!
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1. Get Into US National Parks for Free for a Year
You can get into US National Parks for free for an entire year and all you need is a 4th grader! Children under 15 get into National Parks for free any time. But now, thanks to the President’s Every Kid in a Park initiative, 4th graders can bring their family along for free during the 2015 to 2016 school year.
Families who are interested will get a free annual pass. Details on how to get passes have not been released yet, but I’ll let you know when they are!
This is a great excuse to plan a family or school trip to incredible places like Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Mount Rushmore. So get the word out to your friends, relatives, neighbors, and local schools!
Don’t Have a 4th Grader?
You can still get into US National Parks for free in 2015 on these dates:
- April 18 to 19 (National Park Week opening weekend)
- August 25 (National Park Service 100th anniversary!)
- September 26 (National Public Lands day)
- November 11 (Veterans Day)
2. $25 Off Your Next Virgin America Flight With Visa Checkout
You must use your $25 promotional code by July 31, 2015, and fly by January 4, 2016.
This deal officially ends on March 15, 2015, but it’s only available while supplies last. So this discount may not be around for long!
You should receive your $25 discount code within 1 to 2 weeks after your initial booking.
Remember, you can also save $25 on Vegas hotels, shows, and more with Visa Checkout through February 28, 2015, (tomorrow!)
3. 16 New Southwest Flights From Dallas (Love Field)!
Southwest has announced 16 new flights. Starting August 9, 2015, you can fly new daily nonstop routes from Dallas (Love Field) to:
- Salt Lake City
They will also add additional nonstop flights between Dallas (Love Field) and:
- Chicago (Midway)
- Houston (Hobby)
- Little Rock
Nonstop, Saturday-only flights from Dallas (Love Field) to Charleston will start April 11, 2015. But beginning August 9, 2015, you can fly the route daily!
Emily and I fly almost exclusively on Southwest within the US. That’s because with the Southwest Companion Pass, Emily flies with me for free! Plus you get 2 free checked bags and you can find some really cheap fares!
4. Now Pay Lower Fuel Surcharge on Singapore Airlines
Taking award flights on Singapore Airlines just got cheaper! According to Running with Miles, you can now save anywhere from $5 to $83 per segment (depending on your route and class of service).
If you want more Singapore Airlines miles to book a flight, you can transfer points from cards that earn Chase Ultimate Rewards points.
|Personal Cards||Business Cards|
|Chase Sapphire Reserve||Chase Ink Business Preferred|
|Chase Sapphire Preferred Card||Chase Ink Business Cash Credit Card|
|Chase Sapphire (No Longer Available to New Applicants)|
|Note: Points earned from the Chase Freedom, Freedom Unlimited, Sapphire, and Ink Business Cash cards can only be transferred to travel partners if you also have a Chase Sapphire Reserve, Sapphire Preferred, Ink Business Preferred, Ink Plus, or Ink Bold card.|
And Citi ThankYou points.
|Cards With Points That Directly Transfer to Travel Partners||Cards With Points That Transfer ONLY If You Have a Card From First Column|
|Citi Prestige® Card||CitiBusiness ThankYou (No Longer Available)|
|Citi Chairman||Citi AT&T Access More (No Longer Available)|
And American Express Membership Rewards points.
|Personal cards||Business cards|
|American Express® Gold Card||The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express|
|The Platinum Card® from American Express||American Express® Business Gold Card|
|American Express®️ Green Card||The Business Platinum Card® from American Express|
|Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card from American Express|
There are more ways than ever to earn Singapore Airlines miles and now fuel surcharges are lower.
So a ride in 1 of those fancy First Class suites might not be so far from reach!
5. Barclaycard JetBlue Card Coming Soon
Last year, I told folks they might want to sign-up for the AMEX JetBlue card before it was too late. And now it’s been confirmed, JetBlue has reached a new agreement with Barclaycard.
There’s still time to apply for the AMEX JetBlue card, which will give you 20,000 points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the 1st 3 months of having the card. But the card will be converted to a different card toward the end of the year.
Other perks include:
- Up to 8 points per $1 you spend on JetBlue flights and vacation packages on JetBlue.com
- 1 point per $1 you spend on everything else
- 50% off in-flight purchases like movies, food, and drinks
- $50 statement credit each year on JetBlue Getaways vacation packages
- Annual fee of $40, waived for the 1st year
- Terms and limitations apply
If you sign-up for the AMEX JetBlue card, you’ll also be eligible to receive the sign-up bonus on the new Barclaycard JetBlue card when it becomes available!
Emily and I don’t receive a commission on the AMEX JetBlue card, but we always tell you about the best deals. While this is NOT 1 of my favorite airline cards, for folks who like JetBlue, this could be a good way to get the sign-up bonus twice!
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