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1) Just a reminder that you only have till July 5th to transfer your SPG points to Avios and get a 35% bonus. I wrote my analysis of this offer and mentioned some potential issues. I also said that I wasn’t going to participate in it. Well…I did!
After that post was published, an opportunity presented itself, so I took the plunge and transferred 40K SPG points to my Avios account. It was a highly speculative move, and things may not work out as planned. I’ll have a post on it next week once the dust settles. Stay tuned.
2) There is a working direct link for Citi Hilton Reserve card that comes with two free nights+$100 credit. That’s as good as it gets for this particular product, so if you’ve been thinking about it, now is the time to apply. Of course, you should only get it if you are fairly certain that you will be staying in a Hilton property within the next year. (h/t DoC via Reddit)
3) The sign-up bonus on Citi Hilton HHonors Signature card is once again increased to 75K points. It pays me referral.
- For a limited time: Earn 75,000 Hilton HHonors™ Bonus Points after making $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening*
- Earn 6 HHonors Bonus Points for each $1 spent at any participating hotel within the Hilton Portfolio.*
- Earn 3 HHonors Bonus Points for each $1 spent on purchases at supermarkets, drugstores and gas stations.*
- Earn 2 HHonors Bonus Points for each $1 spent on all other purchases.*
- Enjoy the benefits of HHonors Silver status as long as you are a cardmember*
- No annual fee.
Several hotel cards currently come with increased sign-up bonuses. See my post Chase IHG MasterCard Vs. Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Vs. Citi Hilton HHonors Signature Visa for comparison.
4) I believe I’ve already mentioned it before, but just a reminder that the bonus on Marriott Rewards Premier Business card is currently at an all-time high. You get 100K points after spending $5,000 in 3 months. The annual fee of $99 is not waived. Here is a direct application link.
If you are new to miles and points, you may want to check out this good article on Milecards blog Marriott Rewards cheat sheet: Get the most out of your points
5) Increased offer on Gold Delta SkyMiles credit card from American Express is set to expire on July 6th. See more details on this card in my best deals roundup, and look for instructions on how to get $100 credit instead of $50. At least one of my readers was able to pull it up.
Gold Delta SkyMiles Business credit card from American Express also comes with 50,000 miles+$50 credit after spending $2,000 in 3 months. It does pay me commission. I’m not aware of a better offer, though there may be one. I don’t believe it comes up when you do a dummy booking on Delta.
6) New Air France FlyingBlue Promo awards list is out. Several US cities are on sale: Boston, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Houston and Chicago. You can fly for 17,500 miles one-way, and fuel surcharges are low when you leave from US. Travel is valid for September and October. Air France miles transfer instantly 1:1 from Ultimate Rewards and Membership Rewards.
7) Norwegian expands winter Caribbean service by Wandering Aramean. They will now have dirt cheap flights from Fort Lauderdale to Guadeloupe. If you live near Boston, New York or Baltimore, definitely check out Norwegian routes to several Caribbean islands.
8) The time on Jet Blue match offer is running out. Probably too late to initiate the transfer from SPG to Virgin America. Too risky.
9) Check out this photo from our neck of the woods. Just a deer hanging out with a cow. #KeepFloridaWeird
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