Every couple months, it seems the miles and points hobby has to deal with another devaluation.  Another blow to how we operate.  Another good mileage opportunity that no longer exists.  Yesterday it was British Airways who made some awards more expensive, last year it was United, and I don’t even want to put into the universe who I suspect will be next, but it is a matter of when, not if, another program makes it harder to earn, or in many cases more expensive to burn miles at reasonable rates…. Read the Rest.

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Almost every TV-watching American knows that the Super Bowl is this coming Sunday in Phoenix, Arizona.  Most of us who will watch the game (or just eat finger foods at a party while watching the commercials more than the game), will do so on a TV in a living room or bar.  However, there are tens of thousands who will travel to Arizona to see the game in person.  Likely they will pay a pretty penny to do so, but just like when my husband’s family went to the World… Read the Rest.

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Great news if you are looking to add 50,000 more United miles to your stash as there is currently a public link to apply for the United MileagePlus Explorer Business Card and get 50,000 miles after you spend $2,000 in the first three months! While the 50k offer does regularly float around via targeted offers, the normal offer for this card is 30,000 miles after spending $1,000 in the first 3 months. For those curious, this is not an affiliate link, just a good increased offer.  I personally like the… Read the Rest.

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Brace yourselves, British Airways is making changes to their award chart effective April 28, 2015, and it is largely bad news.  They also made changes to earning rates, though I’m not going to focus on that as much since most of us don’t actually earn our Avios by flying British Airways or their partners.  Here in the US, many of us earn them by using co-branded credit cards and transferring in via Membership Rewards and Ultimate Rewards. Unlike the last time British Airways had an award chart change, they aren’t… Read the Rest.

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One of my favorite hotel chains in which to earn and use points is Hyatt.  They have very solid properties that we enjoy, there are various ways to earn Hyatt Gold Passport points pretty easily (such as via Chase Ultimate Rewards), and their award chart is both pretty stable and reasonable.  The biggest complaint I usually hear and experience with Hyatt is that there simply aren’t enough Hyatt Hotels.  The properties they do have we usually really enjoy, but their footprint is certainly smaller than some other hotel programs. Well,… Read the Rest.

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As you may know, many traditional US carriers open their booking schedules roughly 11 months in advance for bookings of both revenue and award flights.  Quick math will show that roughly 11 months from now is the 2015 holiday season, and a time when many families take to the skies to get together and celebrate the season.  If you want to save some money on traveling to those holiday gatherings, now is the time to start looking for award flights using your miles and points.  United has their schedule open… Read the Rest.

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Last week Choice Privileges introduced Points + Cash awards for for their properties that go for more than 10,000 points per night.  While I really like points + cash awards with various programs as it allows you to essentially “buy back” some of your points as sometimes favorable prices, I don’t frequently use Choice Privileges, so I wasn’t overly excited with this news specifically.  However, after digging into it a bit more today, I can seem some good uses, especially for those who are running low on points. The good… Read the Rest.

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I know this is not at all travel related, but since many of us who like travel deals also like other deals (and I’m hungry), I thought I’d share anyway…. If you go to Chipotle today in the US or Canada and order their new Sofrita, you can save your receipt and bring it back from January 27 – February 28 to get a free burrito, bowl, salad, or tacos.  This basically makes today a BOGO day at Chipotle, in a round about way – just hold onto your receipt…. Read the Rest.

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Over the weekend I chatted with a fellow traveler on Twitter who was trying to use British Airways Avios to book a US Airways operated flight from DCA – Syracuse.  The nonstop US Airways award availability was there at the saver level, as was shown by cross-checking on American Airlines’ website, so it should have been bookable via British Airways Avios.  This route is actually a great use of Avios as it would cost 12,500 American Airlines miles, but since it is under 650 miles in distance, it costs just… Read the Rest.

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Great news, Chase Ultimate Rewards point transfers to Korean Air are back up again as of today!  This means that those of us here in the US who have cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card or Ink Plus Business Card, or even the Chase Freedom® (if you or your partner have one of the other previously mentioned cards), can again take advantage of some very nice Korean Air award charts and rules using your Ultimate Reward points. Korean Air Charts Very Good for Domestic US Travel: As I wrote… Read the Rest.

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It is reported by multiple sources (here and here, for example) that that Korean Air will again by a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner beginning tomorrow (January 25th). They went offline with Chase as a transfer partner back in November and while we were told it was going to be a temporary glitch, it remained impossible to transfer points for longer than some hoped. The good news is, the functionality should be back tomorrow, and Korean Air is a program you really want to know about if Hawaii is on… Read the Rest.

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