This is a short recap of significant miles and points news items that caught my eye. I’m sure the vast majority of you are aware of these developments, so it’s mostly for those readers who only follow my site (they do exist).
1)The sky is really falling this time! Eh, we’ll survive. Anyway, arguably, the most significant development over the last few weeks was the fact that Chase 5/24 rule has kicked in for many cards. However, it’s not all doom and gloom.
Among those that are NOT on the list are Chase IHG MasterCard, Chase British Airways Visa, Chase Hyatt and Fairmont co-branded credit cards. All come with pretty good sign-up bonuses. I tend to think that the rule will eventually trickle down to those offers as well, but it’s impossible to say when the mighty axe of Chase will come down on the remaining survivors.
2) On a positive note, Chase has added Air France Flying Blue to its UR partner list. This is actually big news because Air France has some pretty good deals on Delta domestic flights as well as on outbound flights to Europe and Israel. Overall, in spite of many quirks, it’s a very strong program indeed.
I felt for a long time that lack of one-way Delta award redemption options was Chase’s “Achilles’ heel.” And now they’ve fixed it. UR program was and still is an overall winner for families, but not for everyone. Read my post for comparison between flexible currencies
If you are interested in learning more about Air France program, I recommend this excellent article on MileCards blog.
3) A targeted offer of 75,000 miles (wow!) on Chase United Mileage Plus card and instructions on how to get matched. If you’ve been waiting to apply for this offer, now is the time. Keep in mind, this card is now subject to 5/24 rule.
4) An interesting post on PointCentric detailing his efforts to get points from the ill-fated CitiGold promo. A good example how persistence can really pay off. For those of you in Citi limbo, it probably makes sense to file a CFPB complaint because it’s likely to speed things up.
I won’t be doing it, but it definitely looks promising, especially if you’ve received confirmation of eligibility via secure message. Caution! There is a possibility that Citi will shut down all of your accounts if you file a complaint. Do this one at your own risk.
5) I’m sure you’ve heard about Netspend and the fact that as of July you will only earn 5% rate on $1,000 instead of $5,000 (weeps). Make sure to read this DoC post that lists other high-interest savings options. I have just applied for Insight card in my husband’s name and recommend you take advantage of this option while you still can.
6) Get $20 rebate on $300+ of Amex gift cards at Staples (physical stores only). Details here
7) The offer on Alaska Airlines Visa Signature credit card has been increased to 30,000 miles, and you can get an additional $100 if you apply via this direct link (thanks to Doctorofcredit for finding it). Here are the details of the offer:
- 30,000 bonus miles after you make $1,000 or more in purchases within the first 90 days.
- Annual companion fare from $121 ($99, plus taxes and fees from $22) after you make $1,000 or more in purchases within the first 90 days of your account opening. There are no blackout dates.
- Free checked bag for you and up to six other passengers on the same reservation.
- 3 miles for every $1 spent on Alaska Airlines tickets, vacation packages, cargo and in-flight purchases.
- 1 mile for every $1 spent on all other purchases.
- Earn and redeem Alaska Mileage Plan miles to over 800 destinations around the world on Alaska Airlines and our more than 15 global airline partners.
- No foreign transaction fees, plus chip enabled for enhanced security when used at chip-enabled terminals.
- The annual fee of $75 is not waived.
I wrote about Alaska co-branded credit card before and mentioned some of the things you should watch out for. All in all, this is definitely a decent offer, especially if you can get $100 to offset the annual fee. Whether you should jump on it depends on your goals.
8) The offer on Delta Gold Sky Miles card from American Express is currently increased to 50k miles+$50. It pays me commission if you apply through my site. Here are the details:
- Special Offer Expires July 6, 2016: Earn 50,000 bonus miles after you make $2,000 in purchases on your new Card within your first 3 months.
- Additionally, earn a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months.
- Get 2 Miles per dollar spent on purchases made directly with Delta. Get 1 mile for every dollar spent on all other eligible purchases.
- Check your first bag free on every Delta flight – that’s a savings of up to $200 per round trip for a family of four.
- Settle in sooner with Priority Boarding.
- Enjoy a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
The bonus of 50K miles can potentially get you 4 one-way award tickets to Alaska. Some short, non-stop Delta routes can cost as little as 5,000 miles one-way. This offer can be a good deal for families who live near Delta hub, but you need to have flexibility. You can also redeem 50K miles for $500 towards Delta revenue flights. You are only eligible for this bonus once per lifetime.
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