News You Can Use (I Hope)

  1. Through November 30th, you can purchase IHG points for as low as 0.57 cents each. I honestly think everyone should have some IHG points on hand. Ideally, you want to collect them via credit card sign-up or lucrative promo, like Accelerate (read my post on it ). However, this is yet another option, and the price is as low it gets for this particular currency. If you are looking to redeem points for a Category 1 property (costs 10K points) during holidays, you would be paying $57 per night, not bad. (h/t TravelCodex)
  2. Chase has increased public sign-up bonus on Marriott credit card. There are two versions available, details here
  3. According to Milecards, the 45K points offer on Wyndham co-branded  credit card will expire December 8th. I’ve written about this card before, and consider it a hot deal in certain circumstances. Note that current version says that you will only get 6K points upon renewal, not 15K points as it was the case in the past.
  4. Some pretty good award ticket deals via new Air France promo. Remember, fuel surcharges from US are fairly mild. So, if you can book a flight for 12,500 miles one-way (and $80 surcharge), that’s pretty good. Award availability on Air France is usually decent, an important factor for family. You can book starting  December 1st. Travel is valid form January 15th-March 15th. Spring break Europe trip, anyone?
  5. Alaska Airlines mile routing rules by Travelisfree

6 thoughts on “News You Can Use (I Hope)

  1. Hi “Julia” 🙂

    One thing I can’t figure out is if you can book a Flying Blue promo originating from the US? Or is it just a one-way from Europe back home that’s a deal here?

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    • @Anonymous Say what? Julia didn’t write this post. She is responsible for crazy stuff, this post is quite lucid. 🙂
      Anyway, the fuel surcharges are low when flights originate in US, and when you redeem for economy. From Miami to Paris it’s something like $83 per person, but amount varies for other airports. You can get free account on Air France and check your desired city pairs for taxes on that particular route.
      When you redeem for flights from Europe, it’s no deal. So, ideally, you want to get one-way tickets and use another currency to come back. Comment or email me with further questions.

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  2. @Julia I wasn’t sure if I could reveal your secret identity 😉

    My question was more about the possibility of booking award flights originating from the US. All I see is Europe to other destinations.

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