If you know me, you probably know that the area of Mexico’s western coast roughly between Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo — know as the Costa Alegre — is one of my favorite places in the world. If you don’t know me or didn’t know that, well, now you do.
So when Maria recently got me a subscription to Travel+Leisure magazine as part of a school fundraiser for our niece, you can imagine my excitement when the first issue arrived in the mailbox sporting a cover story devoted to the region.
I’m a huge fan of huge credit card sign-up bonuses. Keep your 30,000 mile bonuses offered in airport hallways and Facebook ads. I want 50,000. That’s why I was thrilled to open the mailbox today and find the thick, non-descript envelope containing my shiny new Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage World MasterCard, which comes with a 50,000 AAdvantage miles bonus after $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.
There are tons of offers floating around out there for Citi AAdvantage cards, some Visa, some MasterCard. But as far as I know only the MasterCard version is offers the 50,000 mile bonus.
I found the application link, after much searching, in a place I should have known it was all along: Continue reading →
I received a letter from a reader who wants to know his options for “breaking up” with United Airlines — including whether it’s possible to transfer United miles out of United MileagePlus and into another rewards program — after what sounds like a truly horrible experience with the airline over the holidays. Here’s the full letter: Continue reading →
With all the news about major airlines — mergers, new fees, you name it — it’s easy to forget about the smaller ones. Denver-based Frontier airlines is a perfect example. If you live in Colorado or a nearby western state, this card, with its 40,000 mile sign-up bonus after spending just $500 on purchases in the first 90 days, is an absolute no-brainer. If you don’t, and you’re thinking “Why would I need this?” then you’re falling into the most common miles-chasing trap: You’re forgetting that it really doesn’t matter which miles you get, as long as you get a lot of them, and cheaply!
The card does come with an $89 annual fee, though it is waived for the first year. In my opinion this is one of the best travel rewards cards out there, and that’s for two reasons: (1) You earn 2X points on all purchases made with the card, not just in specific categories, and (2) the points are redeemable as statement credits against travel purchases made with the card at a value of $.01 per point. That means there’s no special web portal or agency through which you have to book your reward travel; just purchase flights or hotels with the card, then login to your account and wipe those charges out with your points, simple as that. That also means no blackout dates and the ability to use any airline or stay at any hotel you want! You’ll also get 10 percent of your points refunded back to you every time you use them. So if you were to buy a $400 airline ticket, then use your 40,000 point bonus to pay off the charge, you’ll get 4,000 points back, which equates to $40 in additional travel spending.
Here’s a breakdown of the perks and terms for the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®: Continue reading →
Today we’re going to talk about the Hawaiian Airlines 35,000 bonus miles credit card, a.k.a the Hawaiian Airlines World Elite MasterCard, now being issued by Barclays, which is now offering 35,000 bonus miles after spending just $1,000 on purchases within the first 90 days of account opening. Many airline card with comparable bonuses require a $3,000 spend, so that makes this card a great option for racking up some quick and easy miles in preparation for a summer trip to Hawaii. The card also entitles users to a complimentary 1st checked bag, and a one-time 50 percent off companion ticket for roundtrip travel between Hawaii and North America on Hawaiian Airlines.
35,000 miles works out to enough for a free round trip flight to Hawaii — a ticket that can easily cost up to or even north of $500. The card does have an annual fee of $89 that’s no waived for the first year, so you’ll want to subtract that from the ~$750 in savings you’ll get right off the bat with this card.
There are no blackout dates for award travel booking and no foreign transaction fees on purchases, both winning attributes of any travel or airline credit card.
Cardmembers also earn 2X miles on purchases with Hawaiian Airlines and 1X miles on all other purchases.
Another great feature on this card is the inclusion of the new smart chip technology, which makes using the card much more secure when merchants accept chip payment, something that is going to become much more common in the coming years, especially after recent security breaches like the one at Target stores in late 2013.
Earn 35,000 bonus miles when you spend just $1,000 on purchases in the first 90 days
Enjoy a complimentary 1st checked bag for the primary cardmember when you use your card to purchase eligible tickets directly from Hawaiian Airlines
Receive a one-time 50% off a companion discount on roundtrip coach travel between Hawaii and North America on Hawaiian Airlines
Earn 2X miles on direct purchases from Hawaiian Airlines and 1X miles on all other purchases
No foreign transaction fees on purchases
Get $100 off a companion ticket for roundtrip coach travel between Hawaii and North America on Hawaiian Airlines at each account anniversary
Earn 5,000 annual bonus miles after $10,000 in annual spend
Using Hawaiian Airlines Miles
Of course, in addition to getting to and from Hawaii, you can also use your Hawaiian Airlines miles to travel other place, such as Australia, Japan, Tahiti — even New York. Check out the map below and click on it for an interactive guide to using your miles.
Here are the details from the Southwest Airlines announcement:
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* Prices and discounts are exclusive of applicable service and shipping charges and taxes.
Happy Valentine’s and Happy Miles Earning from Points of the Matter!