1. Eric Boromisa who writes for Travel Codex has developed a new online tool. It’s a calculator that helps you determine price in miles for various routes and airline programs. It also tells you the cost to purchase and manufacture miles (and much more), and whether it’s worth it. It does look like a really cool gadget. Eric has sent me a code to get a free download, but I would like to give it to one of my readers instead. Please, comment below if you want to receive it (Update: code has already been sent) .
If I get more than one request, I will randomly select a winner. He also sent me a 40% discount code for readers of this blog. It’s “milesforfamily” What are the chances? The cost with the code will be $11.40 total, fairly reasonable. It comes with 100% satisfaction guarantee or your money back.
Right now, this tool will only calculate the cost for business class, but Eric will be releasing an updated version on September 30th, which will also include economy redemptions. If you purchase this app, you will get a code to get an updated version for free, so there is no risk.
Overall, I think this is a neat tool for a busy travel hacking family. Now and again, I get approached by various companies and individuals who ask me to recommend their product. Most of the time, it’s not a good fit for my blog, so I don’t mention it. But this one is different.
Full disclosure: I may get an incentive if you purchase this app using discount code. To be honest, I’m not 100% sure, as the amount will probably be quite small. I really doubt I’ll make out like a bandit here. I just thought this is something readers might be interested in.
Eric has written a detailed overview of this product on Travel Codex blog.
2. Offers on few cards have been increased as of late. They are: Chase British Airways Visa, both personal and business versions of Chase Southwest card and Chase Ink Plus. You can see info on all of them in my page “Best credit card deals for family” You may want to hold off applying for Southwest cards for a month or so, if you are hoping to get a Companion pass.
Even though I didn’t add these bonuses to the list, check out my post on increased non-affiliate offers for Amex Blue Cash and Amex Everyday.
Always feel free to email me for suggestions on the best sign-up bonuses du jour.
3. I’ve written about using AA miles for hotels before, but you may want to check out this post on Miles4More. If you are flush with AAdvantage currency and low on hotel points, it’s certainly something to consider.