What's New?

I will attempt to list all new additions and changes on this web site here for at least the last three months or so. (But no guarantee that I won't forget to list a few.) So go ahead and use your miles to take that three month trip around the world. You can catch up when you return. (Well, at least some of the offers will still be around.)

To easily find an offer on the indicated page, go to that page, click anywhere on it once (important), then do a word search on an obvious key word for the item.

These listings are by no means intended to completely describe the offer. Always read my writeup on each offer on the page listed, plus all of the terms and conditions of the offer, before you accept it.

Polite comments, notices of errors, dead links, new ideas, etc, would be most appreciated. Click here.

  

DATE LOCATION ITEM
12/15/2018 Credit Cards If you read my write-up on the opportunity cost of one of the Southwest Airlines credit card offers, you probably understand the concept. I expanded it to a full explanation on my Credit Card Intro page. It includes examples of the opportunity cost for both bonuses and purchases. I think it essential that everyone seeking miles or points from credit cards understand the concept of opportunity cost. I highly recommend that you read my explanation of it. I intend to link to it within my explanations of any mega credit card bonus offer with a high spend requirement.

The three LANTAM Airlines credit cards now waive the annual fee the first year.

12/13/2018 Registration and Other Bonuses Good Delta Airlines miles rewards sale - domestic, Latin America, the Caribbean. Book by, December 19, 2018.
12/12/2018 ?? New Mexico Resident's ID Temporarily Rejected as 'Foreign' By D.C. Clerk. This is the sort of thing that encourages me to continue with this website.
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." -- Mark Twain
12/12/2018 Registration and Other Bonuses Good Delta Airlines miles rewards and cash sale - domestic, Europe, South Africa, Israel, and Bermuda and the Caribbean. Book by tomorrow, December 13, 2018. Fly January 15, 2019, - March 7, 2019.

Iberia is offering 50% off on economy class award tickets from Boston, New York, or Chicago to Madrid, with prices from 17,000 Avios round trip (plus taxes). Book by December 31, 2018. Fly January 14 - March 31, 2019. Remember that you probably can transfer British Air Avios to Iberia, if you have Avios in both accounts. Maybe true for Aer Lingus, too.

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer 500 miles bonus for signing up for its program by December 31, 2019, with code KLFY. (Look in the lower left corner.)

12/12/2018 Other Programs I Like The excellent Delta Airlines Rewards Network (iDine) bonus was extended. Compare to all the other restaurant miles earning program. Everyone who dines out should register one or more credit cards with a Rewards Network program. You might get surprised with some miles you didn't expect. Restaurants advertise their membership with these programs only on the Rewards Network websites. Those websites have indeed introduced me to some very good restaurants.
12/11/2018 ?? Enjoy. https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/travelbuzz/1944301-funniest-inflight-announcements.html
12/10/2018 Buying Stuff Shopping portal bonus offers: 500 miles for spending $200.
12/9/2018 Buying Stuff Viator sometimes offers miles or points for booking tours with them. But when no point are offered, I prefer GetYourGuide, because it usual offers cancellation options, while Viator does not.
12/9/2018 Credit cards I now have a one click referral link to a 50,000 miles Delta Airlines Gold American Express card. It has the restriction that you cannot get the card if you have had it before. Click here to read about offers that do not have that restriction, even including one that offers 70K miles.

Chase Cards: Get an Extra 1x Points Everywhere when using Apple Pay or Google Pay in December.

I list the Raddison Rewards 100,000 points offer for its Visa credit card.

Be Careful Canceling Bank of America Cards (e.g. The Alaska Airlines card)

12/9/2018 Registration and Other Bonuses Presumably collectors of Accor points have already registered for 3X points for for stays in North America January 1, 2019, and March 31, 2010. For stays elsewhere December 3, 2018, - March 24, 2019, register and book via the AccorHotels app by December 31, 2018, to earn double Le Club Accor Hotels points.
12/6/2018 Registration and Other Bonuses Delta Airlines miles award sale Atlanta to Latin America. As low as 35,000 miles. Book by December 12, 2018. Fly March 1 - April 19, 2019.
12/5/2018 Credit cards Delta Credit Card targeted offers:
  • 75K offers with no restrictions from having the card before.
  • 50K offers. I mentioned this one before.
  • It is possible that you qualify for the offers even if you hadn't been notified of it.
  • After you receive the card, be sure to call the number on the back of it to verify that you have it.
12/5/2018 Registration and Other Bonuses Delta Airlines miles award sale to Asia. As low as 35,000 miles. Book by tomorrow, December 6. Fly March 1 - May 31, 2019.
12/3/2018 Registration and Other Bonuses American Airlines has posted its reduced mileage awards available for December 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019. Book December 1, 2018 – January 31, 2019. You need an American Airlines credit card to be eligible for these.
12/2/2018 Registration and Other Bonuses Register by February 28, 2019, to earn triple Le Club Accor Hotels points for stays in North America January 1, 2019, and March 31, 2010.
11/30/2018 Registration and Other Bonuses Last Day to Transfer Marriott Points to United Miles with a 30% Bonus

Register to earn double points for stays a Choice Hotels properties between December 4, 2018 and February 15, 2019. I always register for these types of promos, even if I don't plan to stay at one of the hotel's properties. I might get bumped or otherwise be forced to change my travel plans in route. Sometimes I have been able to receive points for a stay even if the airline is paying for it.

Click here to see if you are eligible to earn United Airlines miles from its Mile Play offer for doing various activities. I was offered miles for flying, dining, and checking luggage.

Register to earn triple Frontier Airlines miles for flying on Tuesdays January 8 - March 26, 2019.

11/29/2018 Credit cards Targeted offer. Maybe you get it, maybe you don't. American Express Transfer Bonus: 30% To Virgin Atlantic
11/29/2018 Registration and Other Bonuses Earn 5,000 IHG Rewards Points in Seconds — But Hurry. You must have a valid Twitter or Instagram account and be logged in to your account to participate in this offer.

Delta Airlines miles award sale, domestic and Latin America. Book by December 5, 2018.

The Intercontinental Hotels Group double points + more for stays offer was extended to December 31, 2018.

11/27/2018 Registration and Other Bonuses Hilton offers 2,000 Hilton HHonors points for joining its program and staying one night from October 16, 2018 through December 15, 2018. Read the Terms and Conditions.

Play this easy spin the wheel game once by February 15, 2019, to win 200 - 3,000 Choice Privileges points. If you are not yet a member of the program, join here and earn an immediate 1,000 points. Scroll to near the bottom of the page. (The normal bonus for joining via referralis 500 points. You are welcome.)

11/26/2018 Registration and Other Bonuses Today only - 50% discount on United Airlines cattle class saver miles awards to Europe. Travel between January 13, 2019, and March 28, 2019.

The latest Intercontinental Hotels Group PointBreak page is up. Book for as little as 5,000 points/night for stays through February 28th, 2019. I see lots of Holiday Inn Express locations, plus other brands. Grab these now, as they disappear. Remember that you can usually cancel later and get your points back. Check the T&Cs.

Delta Airlines miles award sale - Australia from 70,000 miles. Book by November 28, 2018. Fly in cattle class April 1 through June 28, 2019.

11/24/2018 Credit cards On 11/15/2018 I wrote:
The current offers for the standard personal and business Delta Airlines credit cards say that if you have had the card before, you can't get it again. But check here to see if you can get 50K offers for both cards without this restriction. You should be able to get both the personal and the business cards.
I qualified for the offer, applied for the personal card, and received it today. I confirmed by phone that I will receive the 50K miles after doing the spend requirement, even though I have had the card before. Will probably try for the business card later.

I updated my analysis of the opportunity cost for the Southwest Airlines cards below, adding the regular points you get for spending, which I forgot to do originally. The opportunity costs for any card offer with a large spend requirement should always be considered, because you can get 2% cash back for that spend on a cash back card.

11/20/2018 Registration and Other Bonuses Delta Airlines miles award or cash sale - to Europe and Australia. Book by November 25, 2018. Fly dates vary, all next year.
11/19/2018 Credit cards I list the new offer for the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard
  • Limited Time Offer: Enjoy 70,000 bonus "miles" after spending $5,000 on purchases in the first 90 days
  • Earn unlimited 2X "miles" on every purchase
  • The "miles" are not airline miles. You redeem your miles for travel at $.01/mile, or gift cards or merchandise for lesser value.
    Cardmembers can redeem your miles for travel and cash back statement credits, gift cards and merchandise. Travel statement credit redemptions start at 10,000 miles for $100 toward a qualifying travel purchase of $100 or more made within the last 120 days. The minimum for account annual fee redemptions within the travel statement credit category is 2,500 miles for $25. Cash back statement credit and gift card redemptions start at 5,000 miles for $25. Merchandise redemption values vary based on what you are redeeming for. Travel Redemptions are defined as Airlines, Hotels, Motels, Timeshares, Campgrounds, Car Rental Agencies, Cruise Lines, Travel Agencies, Discount Travel Sites, Trains, Buses, Taxis, Limousines, Ferries and your account annual fee (“Travel Purchases”). To qualify for redemption, Travel Purchases must be submitted by merchants using the eligible merchant category codes for purchases in the above categories. Barclays is not responsible for incorrectly coded purchases.
  • Get 5% miles back to use toward your next redemption, every time you redeem.
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • The $89 annual fee is waived the first year.
11/19/2018 Buying Stuff Miles for a $1 subscription to the Wall Street Journal. Be sure to read the terms and conditions to know when to mark your calendar to cancel the subscription before it converts to a fully paid 1 year one. Valid through Dec 2, 2018. (Christmas gift?) Same deals for Barrons:
11/17/2018 Credit cards Comments in the Flyertalk discussion on the Southwest Airlines credit card offers say that the 50K offer is still working. Note that there is always an opportunity cost for bonuses. This becomes significant when the spend requirement is high. For example
  • The standard offer is 40,000 points for a $1,000 spend. The annual fee is $69. You could instead spend that money on a 2% cash back card and receive $20 for it. So,are the 40K + 1K points for the spending worth more than $89? Probably yes.
  • That standard offer provides and extra 20K points when you spend and extra $12,000. That $12,000 spend would get you $240 on a 2% card. So are those extra 20K + 12k for the spending points worth the $240? Hmm.
  • The 50,000 points offer requires spending $2,000. That $2,000 would net you $40 on a 2% cash back card. The extra 10,000 the extra 1,000 for the extra spend points over the initial bonus for the standard offer costs an extra $20 that you would get using a 2% cash back card. Worth it? Probably, but it depends on the dollar vs. points cost for the ticket you are buying. (Sorry, I don't fly on SWA, so I don't know these costs.)
  • Note that income taxes are not involved with these calculations.
11/16/2018 Registration and Other Bonuses Book your stay at a Choice Hotels property here for stays through January 31, 2019, to earn 1,000 extra points.

Double points and Elite qualifying nights and stays through December 28, 2018, in a premium room at all Radisson Collection, Radisson Blu®, Radisson®, Radisson RED, Park Plaza®, Park Inn® by Radisson and Country Inn & Suites® by Radisson hotels worldwide. Enter promotional code RRDBLDBL when booking your upcoming stay.

11/16/2018 Credit cards The current offers for the standard personal and business Delta Airlines credit cards say that if you have had the card before, you can't get it again. But check here to see if you can get 50K offers for both cards without this restriction. You should be able to get both the personal and the business cards.
  • The standard offers for both cards are only 30K.
  • I can refer you to a 50K offer for the personal card and the standard 30K offer for the personal card, both with the restriction. This helps me at not cost to you. Thanks.
  • Click here to read about the cards and how to get me to refer you.
  • HT Miles To Memories
11/15/2018 Registration and Other Bonuses Extended: Now book by November 21, 2018. Australia looks particularly interesting. Good Delta Airlines miles award ticket sale: Domestic, Europe, Latin America, Asia. Book by November 721, 2018. Available flight dates vary.
11/14/2018 Credit Cards All three Southwest Airlines personal credit cards now offer 40,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open, an additional 20,000 after you spend $12,000 on purchases within your first year of account opening. (That's only $1,000/month.) The business card still offers 60,000 points when you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months. You may read about all of these cards here.

The Capital One Spark Miles for Business credit card can earn you a bonus of up to 200,000 Spark Miles. View from the Wing says that Capital One miles will transfer to airline frequent flyer programs starting next December 2018. The annual fee is waived the first year.

The Capital One® SparkSM Cash for Business card increased its bonus offer to $500 cash bonus when you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months of opening your account, plus $1,500 when you spend $50,000 in the first 6 months. It offers 2% cash back on purchases. The annual fee is waived the first year.

The United Airlines personal credit card can now earn you a choice of two bonuses:

  • 40,000 Bonus Miles after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. Plus, an additional 25,000 Bonus Miles after you spend $10,000 total on purchases in the first 6 months from account opening, or
  • 50,000 miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open.
  • The 50K - 75K miles for the business card are still available.
11/14/2018 Registration and Other Bonuses Delta miles award sale. Round trip domestic business class tickets for 98,000 miles. Book by tomorrow, November 15. Fly Dec 24, 2018 – May 27, 2019.
11/12/2018 Registration and Other Bonuses American Has New 5000 Mile Flight Awards, inclucing Hawaii For 12,500 Miles
11/12/2018 Credit Cards I can refer you to the following American Express credit cards for extra bonus Membership Rewards points: Click on the links I provided to read about the cards and get the referral. Allowing me to refer you helps me, and never at a cost to you. Thanks.
11/11/2018 Registration and Other Bonuses How Long Do Chase Ultimate Rewards Take to Transfer?
11/10/2018 ?? An Alternate Approach To Traveling To Conservative Countries With A Same-Sex Partner.

Laws Against Gay Travelers In The Middle East?

Thankfully I don't have this problem, but I am most sympathetic and supportive for those who do.

11/10/2018 Buying Stuff Excellent deal for buying luggage at eBags - around 50% savings. If you are using TopCashBack, please use my link to join. However, when I used TopCashBack for eBags a few month ago, I was not credited with the discount, and neither TopCashBack nor eBags would do anything about it. Mr.Rebate$ also offers 20%. That one worked for me. Again, if you use that program, please us my link to join. Compare all cash back portals here.
Using my referral links helps me, always at no cost to you. Thanks.
11/10/2018 Credit Cards Delta Airlines credit cards:
  • The spend requirements for both the standard and business credit cards was reduced to $1,000. Both waive the annual fee for the first year.
  • The standard miles bonus for both cards is still 30,000 miles. The bonus for the personal card to which I can refer you was reduced to 50,000 miles. I can still refer you to the business card for 30,000 miles. These referrals help me at not cost to you. Thanks
  • Click here to read about all of this and to find the appropriate links.
11/10/2018 Registration and Other Bonuses Delta Airlines miles award sale to London. Book by November 14, 2018. Fly January 9, 2019 - March 31, 2019.

American now has an award ticket category called “Economy Web Special”, offering very limited domestic tickets for as low as 5,000 miles. You should see this category when booking an award ticket on line, if it is available for the flight you want. The Points Guy provides a good explanation of the program.

For both of you who are members of the Turkish Airlines miles program: 5x More Status Miles exclusive to the opening of Istanbul Airport. Ends 31 December 2018.

11/9/2018 Registration and Other Bonuses Receive 15% bonus Virgin Air Australia Velocity Points when you transfer your reward points from one of its participating card partners, flybuys or hotels. (Via frequentflyer bonuses)
11/8/2018 Credit Cards American Express added Star Alliance member Avianca to its list of transfer partners. View from the Wing tells us why this is a good thing.

25% bonus through November 30, 2018 for transferring American Express points to Aeromexico. Register here first. Aeromexico is a member of Skyteam.

Remember that you can use miles of an airline member of an alliance to book flights on other airlines within the alliance.

11/8/2018 ?? Enjoy
11/8/2018 Registration and Other Bonuses Register to earn up to 50,000 American Airlines bonus miles for doing various partner activities or for flying on AA through December 31, 2018.
11/6/2018 Registration and Other Bonuses Good Delta Airlines flash sale for domestic miles award tickets. Book by November 12,2017. Fly November 28, 2018 through March 7, 2019.
11/6/2018 Credit Cards Doctor of Credit found an offer of United Airlines 50,000 miles bonus for its credit card. The standard offer is for 40,000 miles.

This flyertalk discussion indicates that there is a 50,000 points offer for the Southwest Airlines Plus card. The standard offer is 40K. The link comes from an in-flight offer. It provides the application page only, which does not mention the offer. But the person who posted the offer says he confirmed that is valid. Start at post #4097

11/5/2018 Buying Stuff Delta Airlines is finally offering bonus miles for purchases at its portals through November 18. Details of all the bonus offers here.
11/4/2018 Credit Cards The standard bonus offers for the Delta Airlines personal and business cards are 30,000 miles + a $50 statement credit. I can refer you to 60,000 miles offers for both, through this Wednesday, November 7. Both waive the annual fee the first year. You will see the expiration date on the referral offer pages, so it is probably trustworthy.
  • Personal card offer: Just ask. Or, perhaps easier, if it works: Click on this link. Then go to the bottom of the page you get, and click on Travel. Find the offer there.
  • Personal card offer: Just ask. Or, perhaps easier, if it works:
    1. Click on this link.
    2. Go to the bottom of the page you get, and click on Travel.
    3. Find the personal card there.
    4. Click on "Continue to the Card Details" for that offer.
    5. Scroll to almost the bottom of the page you get.
    6. Click on "Looking for a Business Card?"
    7. Find the offer on the page you get.
11/4/2018 Registration and Other Bonuses Good Delta Airlines miles award sale for domestic trips. Book by tomorrow. Fly November 27, 2018 - March 7, 2019.
11/3/2018 Registration and Other Bonuses Free Night at a Best Western property for only 10,000 Points (with some restrictions). Best Western has 4 credit card offers with good bonuses.
10/31/2018 ?? Good Delta Airlines miles award ticket sale: Domestic, Europe, Latin America, Asia. Book by November 7, 2018. Available flight dates vary.

Good Delta Airlines miles award sale to Africa. Book by November 7, 2018. Fly January 10, 2019 - March 19, 2019.

Good Air France Flying Blue miles award sale. How about Europe in economy for 16,500 miles? On sale from 1st to 30 November 2018 - Travel period: from 1st January 2019 to 28 February 2019. American Express, Chase, and Citibank points all transfer to Flying Blue.

10/30/2018 ?? Economy Web Specials From American Airlines: OW Flights From 5,000 Miles
10/29/2018 Credit Cards One blogger tells us that the Starwood 100,000 points bonus offer for its business credit card will end "soon". Well, you already know what I think of bloggers saying this - maybe, or maybe not. But this is a good offer. 100,000 points should get you 33,333 miles plus a 5,000 miles bonus on most airlines. Make that 36,666 miles plus the miles for United Airlines. Or, you could use the points for a few nights of stays at Starwood or Marriott properties - nice for recovery from jet lag that first night after arrival.
  • The Starwood personal card is still available with a 75,000 points bonus.
  • For each card, if you have had it before, you can't get it again. But if not had it for at least 7 years, go ahead and try for it. There is some evidence that Amex "forgets" after that time.
10/29/2018 Buying Stuff American, United, Alaska, and Southwest Airlines are offering bonus miles for purchases at their portals through November 18. Seekers of Delta Miles probably should wait a few days to see if they compete. Details of the offers here.
10/28/2018 ?? Amazing Deal Alert: NYC to Nairobi Kenya for $242 Round-Trip Nonstop

Nonstop Flights to Iceland From $200 Round-Trip

10/28/2018 Registration and Other Bonuses Earn up to 1,000 United Miles When Joining BP Driver Rewards. It seems to me that all you have to do is fill out several forms online and then purchase a dollar's worth of gasoline.
10/28/2018 Credit Cards The American Airlines personal credit card offer has changed a bit. 60,000 miles are still available, but you have to spend more money on the card to get them. The 70K and 75K offers are still available for the business card, in spite of what some bloggers have been telling us.

The 40K miles + $200 offer for the American Airlines credit card is available for both the personal and the business cards. And there may be a way to bump this up to 60,000 miles and still keep the $200. Read about all of this here.

Doctor of credit tells us how to get increased 40K AND 60K offers for Avianca's credit cards until December 1, 2018. Avianca is a Star Alliance member, meaning that you should be able to use its miles for award tickets on your choice from a large number of airlines, including United.

Amex Membership Rewards points do not transfer to United Airlines, but United is a Star Alliance member, this allowing you to use the miles of other members to get a UAL flight or one on any other Alliance member. So here are the Best Ways to Redeem Amex Membership Rewards Points on Star Alliance Airlines.

How Long Do Amex Membership Rewards Points Transfers Take?

10/27/2018 Credit Cards The Hawaiian Airlines Business credit card bonus offer from Bank of Hawaii was increased to 60,000 miles. The personal card is still 50,000 miles, but I describe a way you might find a 60K offer.
  • The annual fees for the cards are not waived: $89 for the personal card; $99 for the business one.
  • Round trip tickets to Hawaii start at 40,000 miles, though you might have to be patient and flexible to find one. Tickets for same for more miles are easier to find.
10/27/2018 Registration and Other Bonuses Good Delta Airlines sale to Seoul, South Korea on Delta’s new Premium Select product for only 70,000 SkyMiles roundtrip.
10/26/2018 Registration and Other Bonuses Good Delta Airlines sale for domestic and international tickets. Book by October 31, 2018. Fly dates vary.
10/25/2018 Credit Cards I updated the links to the excellent American Airlines credit card offers. 60K is still available for the personal card. AA lists it at 50K. The 75K and 70K offers for the business card are still available. AA lists it at 70K. The annual fee is waived for the first year for all of these.
10/25/2018 Registration and Other Bonuses Good Delta Airlines sale for domestic tickets. Book by October 31, 2018. Fly November 28, 2018 - March 7, 2019.
10/25/2018 Other Programs I Like The bonuses for joining the Rewards Network (iDine) programs of Delta, American, and United Airlines, and Hilton HHonors were extended. A suggestion: If you dine out frequently, join each program to get the bonuses. Put several credit cards in your first account. After getting the bonus, delete one of them, the register it with another program to get its bonus. Repeat until you have snagged all the bonuses. Yes, you get the usual miles for the spend on the card, plus those you get from Rewards Network.
10/19/2018 Credit Cards Free loan: The CapitalOne Quicksilver card offers 0% interest on purchases for 15 months. It also offers 1.5% cash back on those purchases, a $150 bonus, and has no annual fee.
  • Today I received a $200 cash back offer in the mail. Check for a mailing from CapitalOne.
  • Compare to the many 2% cash back offers I list. The CapitalOne is competitive if you are making a large purchase and would have to borrow money to make it, or would have to pay for that purchase up front with money you could otherwise put in a bank account paying upwards of 2%. (I use Sallie Mae and Ally. The latter has a super offer for which you must sign up today.)
10/19/2018 Credit Cards Despite what some bloggers have told us, the high bonus miles offers for all of the American Airlines credit cards are still available. But, oh, gee, maybe they can no longer earn commissions for them. How sad.
10/17/2018 Finance It has been a long time since stock brokers offered miles for new accounts. But now Chase Sapphire Banking offers 60,000 Ultimate Rewards points for opening an account with $75,000 or more in qualifying new money or securities to a combination of eligible checking, savings and/or investment accounts, and maintain that balance for at least 90 days. Doctor of Credit describes the best way to access this offer.
  • I suggest this account only for the brokerage part of it. It makes no sense to tie up $75,000 in cash at a minuscule rate of interest.
  • The T&Cs say "The Ultimate Rewards bonus points transferred to you under the terms of the Program are considered miscellaneous income received from Chase, and may be reportable to you and the IRS on Form 1099-INT (or Form 1042-S, if applicable) for the year in which the points are posted to your account. You are responsible for any tax liability related to participating in the program." They do not mention that value. This is a deal breaker until they tell us what the 1099 will say. When brokers were offering miles for accounts years ago, they did not send out 1099's for miles. They did send them out for other bonuses. Citi offered miles for new accounts, and did send out 1099s at a ridiculous value of 2.5 cents/mile. I vaguely remember reading something about that being declared illegal, but I am old and my memory is not so good anymore. Please tell me if you have a link to that info. BankDirect does not send out 1099s for its American Airlines bonuses.
  • The new account offer is available online. So is the upgrade account offer.
  • The offer page specifically says you must open a Chase Sapphire checking account. But then it also says that the minimums can be met with transfer of securities. I need someone at Chase to explain this.
  • Customers must have a Chase Sapphire® or Chase Freedom® credit card that is open and not in default at the time of enrollment and at points fulfillment, and be the primary cardmember on the account. If you don't have such a card and are beyond Chase's 5/24 limit on credit cards, I would try to get around this by visiting a Chase branch.
  • One interesting comment on the Doctor of Credit post: "I’m going to put the $75,000 in a 3 month treasury bill with a current rate of 2.26%. The total interest for the 3 months period is $418".
  • Ultimate Rewards points are transferable 1,000:1,000 to many airlines, including United. They can be combined with the points earned from several excellent credit card offers.
10/17/2018 Buying Stuff 500 - 1,000 airlines miles for a $1 subscription to Barron's.
10/17/2018 Registration and Other Bonuses The Delta Airlines Fly South for Winter award ticket sale: Book by Friday, October 24. Fly January 15, 2019 - March 15, 2019. Includes all classes of service. More flights here. Book by Book by Friday, October 19 at 11:59 PM ET. TRAVEL Jan. 15 – Mar. 15, 2019

Delta Airlines award sale for domestic first class tickets. Book by October 23, 2018. Travel November 17, 2018 - November 24, 2018.

10/15/2018 ?? You can now enroll in TSA Pre-check at some Staples stores. $85 now gets you easier screening at airports.
10/15/2018 Credit Cards On 10/7/2018 I told you about how I can refer you to most American Express cards, sometimes getting you a better offer than the standard offer. Of course, you can do referrals too. Just log into your American Express account and look for your referral link. Doctor of credit now says you can earn points by referring yourself to another American Express card if you already hold one. Cool, at least until they catch on and claw back your points and close your account.
10/15/2018 Finance Citibank offers 30,0000 American Airlines AAdvantage® Bonus Miles when you open a new eligible CITI® checking account and complete required activities. I have some cautions. Read about this and find the link to the offer here.
10/13/2018 Credit Cards The American Airlines offer of 50K miles + $200 was reduced to 40K miles + $200. The 60K and 50K offers are still available. One blogger says that the 50K offer will end October 16. This is the one for which he earns a commission. Of course, he does not mention the 60K offer, which is why you read my website, right?
You may read about all of the AA credit card offers here, including the 75K and 70K business card offers, and the competing (and complementary) Barclays Aviator cards.
10/13/2018 Click for Miles, Money, and Good Causes TrafficCam wants your hotel room photos to fight sex trafficking, building a database of hotel room photos they can match those to rooms that appear in ads for women being trafficked. Click on Download to get the app. But this might be of concern for your privacy: In addition, we also collect the GPS coordinate of the device that you used to collect those photographs. We use the GPS coordinate of your device to verify that your photographs were actually taken at the correct hotel. So it tells anyone who has access to the site that you are not home, if the upload must be from the hotel. Perhaps it can be delayed until you get home, if the upload must be from the hotel. Perhaps it can be delayed until you get home, with the location of the photo still attached to it. I will ask.
10/11/2018 Registration and Other Bonuses Register, then convert your hotel points to United Airlines miles by November 30, 2018, to get 30% bonus miles on all points-to-miles transfers, up to 25,000 miles. Includes SPG and Marriott.

Delta Airlines award sale - domestic and Asia. Book by October 18, 2018. Fly domestic November 7, 2018 - March 7, 2019, or Asia October 19 – December 9, 2018.

10/10/2018 Buying Stuff 1,000 American Airlines miles for $1, plus 2 months of the Wall Street Journal. Offer ends October 15, 2018.
10/9/2018 Thank you for not registering to vote. This makes my vote more powerful. I hope you like the government we voters give you. However, if you want to participate, please remember that you must first show up.
10/9/2018 Click for Miles, Money, and Good Causes It takes me less than 3 minutes a day to support the 27 good causes I like, simply by clicking. So go ahead, give it a try. Feels good.
10/9/2018 Credit Cards Spirit Airlines doubled its bonus for its credit card - now 30,000 miles. It eliminated its cash bonus. It reduced the annual fee by $10 (waived the first year).
10/9/2018 Registration and Other Bonuses Delta Airlines award sale for flights to warm places. Book by October 12, 2018. Fly January 15 – March 15, 2019.

Wyndham will match your status with another hotel loyalty program.

Save 30% on Amtrak travel. Book October 9 - 12, 2018. Travel November 27, 2018 - May 22, 2019.

10/7/2018 Credit Cards Until November 7, 2018, I can refer you to the Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express 60,000 miles personal credit card offer. Just ask. The standard offer is 30,000 miles. You may read about the card here. Perhaps easier, if it works: Click on this link. The go to the bottom of the page you get, and click on Travel. Find the offer there.

Actually, I can refer you to most all American Express personal cards, often with better than the standard bonus offers. There is no extra cost to you. For all of them, click on this link. The go to the bottom of the page you get, and click on Travel or Cash Back or any other category of interest. Find the offer there. Here are some of the better ones I have available today, and their expiration dates:

10/7/2018 Finance The Charles Schwab checking account does not earn miles, but I list it first because I think every world traveler should have one. It provides the very best way to obtain foreign currency. You may read about it here.

There are still offers available for debit cards that earn airline miles for using them. I updated my section on these. I added one from Australia.

10/6/2018 ?? Multi-City Flight Planner. This is really interesting. Watch all of the video. SMARTERTRAVEL describes it here. It seems to me this would be useful even for award tickets, as it would be a start on finding the possibilities.
10/6/2018 Credit Cards Contrary to what bloggers have told us, the current 100K standard bonus miles offer for the Intercontinental Hotels Group credit card is still available. Also, the 100K + $50 offer is still alive.
  • 100K should cover two or three expensive nights in Europe or elsewhere, plus you get a fourth night free bonus when you use points to book 4 or more consecutive nights at the same property, a free night each year after paying the annual fee, and valuable Platinum status.
10/5/2018 ?? Aisle seat, please. Safety hazzard?

Something to do during takeoff. and landings. Impress your friends.

Airport Markings And Signs - Aviation Facts - YouTube
NUMBERS and LETTERS on RUNWAY? explained by "CAPTAIN" Joe - YouTube
And a few others I found interesting
WHY do pilots say HEAVY? Wake Turbulence EXPLAINED BY CAPTAIN JOE - YouTube
TAKE-OFF Speeds V1, Vr, V2! Explained by "CAPTAIN" Joe - YouTube
10/4/2018 Registration and Other Bonuses Delta Airlines Skymiles award ticket sale - Domestic, from 5,500 miles. Book by October 8, 2018. Fly October 30, 2018 - March 7, 2019. Also cash sale prices are listed.
10/3/2018 ?? Qatar QSuites Awards Wide Open For Whole Family, World’s Best Business Class. Here are some very interesting things from this article:
  • In general American AAdvantage miles are best for redeeming long haul business class travel on Qatar. American charges 70,000 miles each way for business class between the US and the Mideast or Indian Subcontinent.
  • American also lets you connect in Doha to Africa on Qatar on a single award redemption
  • Connections between Asia and Africa, between Europe and Asia, and between Europe and South Pacific are permitted on Qatar with a single award redemption. These are additional exceptions to American’s usual rule that you cannot fly between two regions via a third region.
10/3/2018 Registration and Other Bonuses Delta Airlines Skymiles award ticket sale - Domestic, Latin America-Caribbean, Asia. Book by October 10, 2018. Fly dates vary.
10/3/2018 Credit Cards A bloggers says that the current 100K standard bonus miles offer for the Intercontinental Hotels Group credit card will probably be reduced today. Another says Friday. The 100K + $50 offer is still alive. I suspect it may also disappear soon, but I have no specific info on this. Grab it while you can.
  • 100K should cover two or three expensive nights in Europe or elsewhere, plus you get a fourth night free bonus when you use points to book 4 or more consecutive nights at the same property, a free night each year after paying the annual fee, and valuable Platinum status.
10/2/2018 Buying Stuff I updated my section on Airline Shopping Portals.
10/2/2018 Registration and other bonuses Another good Delta Airlines sale for award and dollar purchase tickets, this time for domestic tickets from October 30, 2018 through March 7, 2019. Book by October 8.

American Airlines has released its reduced mileage awards list for flights October 1, 2018 – January 31, 2019. The discount varies from 1,000 miles to 7,500 miles depending on the route, the card you have and the class of service.

LoyaltyLobby lists quite a few bonus points offers for stays. One is for meeting planners.

10/2/2018 Credit Cards A usually reliable blogger says that the mega miles offers for the American Airlines business credit cards will end October 8. This usually means the offer will actually end then or a few days from then. But sometimes it means only that the blogger will no longer earn commissions for the card. We shall see.
10/1/2018 Buying Stuff United Airlines shopping bonus for purchases at its portal: 500 bonus miles when you spend $150; 1,500 miles when you spend $350. October 1-15, 2018.

Alaska Airlines shopping bonus for purchases at its portal: 500 bonus miles when you spend $150 October 1 - 22, 2018.

I would wait a few days to see what the competition offers.

9/30/2018 Registration and Other Bonuses Register by October 15, 2018, to receive 5X Lufthansa flight miles for its economy class tickets between Europe and the U.S. and Canada between January 1 and March 31, 2019. Lufthansa is a member of the Star Alliance.
9/29/2018 Registration and Other Bonuses Alaska Airlines will match your status with another airline.
9/29/2018 ?? Children in the 4th grade can get a free pass to National Parks for them and their families. 4th grade teachers can do this for their students, too. Details.
9/29/2018 Credit Cards The Hawaiian Airlines business credit card offer has been increased to 50,000 miles. 3X miles for Hawaiian Airlines purchases and 2X miles for gas, dining and office supply store purchases were added. The personal card also offers 50K miles. You should be able to get both. You may read about these here. Note that Hawaiian's award chart indicates that you can get a round trip to Hawaii for 40,000 miles.

Club Carlson has changed its name to Radisson Rewards. It now offer four credit cards - three personal cards with 85K, 65K, and 30K points bonuses with annual fees of $75, $50, and 0$ respectively, and with various points for spending, and one business card with an 85K bonus and annual fee of $60.

Choice Privileges has added an extra 32,000 points for additional spending to its standard 32K offer. Details. (Via FrequentMiler)

9/27/2018 Credit Cards Get 30% or 50% more Hilton Honors Points when you transfer Membership Rewards points through November 30, 2018. Log in to see your offer.
9/27/2018 Registration and Other Bonuses Register to earn double British Airway Avios for paid flights. No reason not to, just in case. Register, book and fly by 31 December 2018.
Maximum 10 qualifying flights. A Qualifying flight is either a one-way (single sector) or a return flight (two sectors) between the point of departure and final destination with no scheduled change of aircraft that must be booked after the Member has registered. Members can receive double Avios on up to 10 single sector Qualifying Flights. A Qualifying flight is (i) a BA prefix on any selling class (excluding Reward flights) or cabin on any BA operated service, or (ii) a BA prefix on a transatlantic flight operated by British Airways (BA), American Airlines (AA), Iberia (IB) or Finnair (AY) between the Europe and North America. The promotion also applies to travel on domestic flights within the UK and Southern Africa (operated by Comair), Sunnair and CityFlyer. Any other flights operated by any other BA franchises, codeshare partners or oneworld Alliance members will not qualify, and (iii) any flight included as part of a British Airways Holiday package
9/27/2018 Click for Miles, Money, and Good Causes Swagbucks had (and may still have) both visa and Amazon $25 gift cards on sale. The former was for 2,175 bucks; the latter was for 2,250. Both were digital. I bought the former and used it to buy a $25 Amazon gift card, saving 75 bucks.
Swagbucks is a very easy way to earn a few bucks without doing much of anything. You may read about it here.
9/27/2018 ?? Another good Delta Airlines award ticket sale:
  • Domestic starting at 10,000 miles round trip. Purchase by October 3, 2018. Fly October 24, 2018 - March 7, 2019.
  • Latin America and Caribbean starting at 32,900 round trip. Fly January 15 – April 15, 2019.
Today Only: East Coast Amtrak Sale, Including Acela, From $19 One-Way
9/25/2018 ?? Top 10 Airplane Things You Don't Know The Purpose Of. Interesting. And yes, English majors, even though I majored in Math, I know not to use a preposition to end a sentence with. But that is the title of the post.
9/25/2018 Credit cards I post a 32,500 miles offer for the Alaska Airline personal credit card. You need the name and employee ID of an Alaska Airline employee for this one. Perhaps if you are at an airport anyway, find and employee there. Or maybe an employee you speak with on the phone for any reason might give this to you.
  • I think the 30K offer plus $100 offer is better, if can still be found.
9/25/2018 Registrataion and Other Bonuses Save 25% on the Qantas Points+ required for Economy Classic Flight Rewards* worldwide on Qantas, Jetstar and Emirates operated flights with a 'QF', 'JQ' or 'EK' flight number. Book by 11.59pm (AEST) 28 September 2018. Travel between 14 October 2018 and 29 August 2019 on Qantas and Emirates or between 14 October 2018 and 30 June 2019 on Jetstar. Details. Starwood/Marriott points transfer to Qantas.
9/24/2018 ?? Your Guide to Airline Stopover Programs. Very interesting, but I don't know if this applies to award tickets.
9/24/2018 Shopping The Intercontinental Hotels Group Points Break page is alive for or booking through November 30th, 2018. There are stays available worldwide, starting at 5,000 points. Remember that most reservations can be canceled (check to be sure), so if you are not quite sure, you probably should book it anyway. Do this sooner rather than later - when they run out, they run out.
9/23/2018 Shopping Buy or lease a new MINI at participating dealers in Alaska, Washington, Oregon or California by December 31 and earn 25k,000 Alaska Airlines miles. Restrictions apply. Details. I would negotiate the best price with the miles offer, then ask what what the price would be if I were to forgo the miles.
9/20/2018 Registration and Other Bonuses Here are two excellent articles on how to save mega United Airlines miles if you are taking more than one Star Alliance trip. These require careful study - you may have to read them several times to understand the technique. But they are worth you time and patience, I think.
9/20/2018 Credit cards Bloggers are saying that the last day for the 100K IHG credit card offer is October 4.
  • We don't know if this date is for the commissionable offer for the bloggers, or for all of us. We shall see.
  • We don't know if this date is also for the one with the same 100K plus $50 statement credit.
  • I suspect that the 80K offer with a lesser spend requirement will survive, but I don't know this for sure.
  • Click here to read about all of this and to find the links you need.
JetBlue credit cards:
  • I link to a 50,000 points business card. Previously it was 40K.
  • My link to the 15K free personal card still works, even though it is listed as 10K on the websites of Barclays and JetBlue.
  • The annual fee personal card offer is still 40K
9/17/2018 Registration and Other Bonuses Register, then book and stay one night at a Radisson property by December 28, 2018 and earn 15,000 bonus points at any of its more than 1,100 properties.
9/17/2018 ?? Another good Delta Airlines aware sale, this time domestic and to Latin America, Caribbean, and Shanghai. Book by September 26, 2018. And another to and from Los Angeles - book by Sept 16, fly October 15 – November 16 and November 26 – December 13, 2018. And still another, domestic from 5,000 miles - book by September 25, 2018, travel October 30, 2018 through March 7, 2019.

Transatlantic Business Class From $650 One Way

9/17/2018 Credit Cards I can now refer you to the Hilton American Express credit card with a 100,000 points bonus for spending $1,000 on it in 3 months. The standard offer is 75k, and there is a 75K + $100 offer. I can also refer you to 150,000 points offers for more expensive (with more benefits) Ascend or Aspire cards. Note than my referral will get you an extra 25,000 points for the Ascend card. Read about all of this and get the referrals you need here.
9/16/2018 Credit Cards We may be able to find increased offers for the Hilton personal American Express card - a $100 credit, or 100,000 points. Read here.
9/16/2018 Credit Cards The 40% Membership Rewards transfer bonus to British Airways or Aer Lingus Avios offer I told you about could get you to Ireland for only 10,000 MR points each way.

I list the Capital One SavorOne and Savor Cash Rewards Credit Cards for those who dine out or purchase entertainment frequently (3% or 4% cash back) and those who would like a free loan for 15 months (the SavorOne offers 0% interest on purchases and balance transfers, though the latter has a 3% fee). Also good cash bonuses for getting the card ($150 or $500), and 2% cash back for grocery stores. The SavorOne has no annual fee; the Savor waives the fee the first year. Neither charges for foreign transactions.

9/16/2018 Registration and Other Bonuses Register by January 7, 2019, earn points for paid stays between September 26, 2018 and January 31, 2019, at all Marriott properties.
I always register for these, even if I have no intention of actually paying money for such a stay. An airline might pay for a stay there if it bumps me or tour company might put me up there. Sometimes I can get points for this.

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