The AAdvantage program is running a promotion now through March 31, 2014 in which anyone who wishes to transfer hotel points to American Airlines miles will receive a 25 percent bonus on those miles. So if you’ve got enough Marriott or Hilton points to get 20,000 AAdvantage miles, you’ll end up getting 25,000 miles, which is enough for a round trip domestic flight.
This can be a great deal if you have some hotel points lying around that don’t add up to enough for a hotel stay and you’re also working on building your airline miles collection.
Maria has some 20,000 Marriott point left over from when she got the Marriott Rewards Visa Signature credit card. We used the first 30,000 for a stay at the Adagio hotel in San Francisco — a boutique hotel we can’t recommend highly enough — and I’m working on getting together enough American miles to get us to Europe and back in business class. So we’re planning to take advantage of this and transfer her points over to American and get 5,000 AAdvantage miles. That might not seem like a lot, but often the points that put you over the top toward something like an intercontinental business class ticket can be the most valuable miles you’ll ever earn!
Here are the details from the Southwest Airlines announcement:
Don’t forget Valentine’s Day is this Friday! Send your loved ones a Valentine’s “Wow!” with flowers, gifts, and sweet treats from 1-800-Flowers.com®’s Family of Brands. Choose from a beautiful selection of arrangements and gifts and earn 1,750 points on each order of $29.99 or more*.
Shop now or call 1-800-Flowers (1-800-356-9377). Make sure to mention the promotion code RR46 and provide your Rapid Rewards® account number.
* 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!
American Airlines announced yesterday a special offer from FTD for AAdvantage frequent flyer members which allows them to earn 30 AAdvantage miles for every dollar spent on Valentine’s Day flowers, toys and candies.
We value American miles at around two cents a piece, so that’s like getting 60 percent off your flowers. And don’t worry, we won’t tell your special someone that you got all those miles. It’ll be our little secret.
Citi® / AAdvantage® cardmembers also earn an additional 100 AAdvantage bonus miles from FTD with each transaction.
The offer is valid through Feb. 15, 2014, in case you’re one of those that likes to run a bit late.
If you’re not already an AAdvantage member, you can sign up here.
You’ve probably seen the commercials by now promoting “real person” customer service, which is the real deal and a great feature of the Discover it credit card. But here’s the best part of the Discover it: 18 months no interest on balance transfers, 6 months no interest on purchases, and 5 percent cash back in rotating quarterly categories. Getting any sort of rewards back on a no-fee card is always great, and coupling this with the 18 month no interest balance transfer period makes this a great card for carrying a balance.
However, there are a few different offers out there for the Discover it card, all of which have slightly different terms. These differing terms are important depending on how you intend to use the card. Continue reading →
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 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 →
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 →
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos revealed to “60 Minutes” on Sunday that his company’s R&D department is working on a new 30-minutes-or less delivery service that would employ the use of automated flying drones to deliver packages weighing up to 5 pounds, which Bezos said accounts for 86% of all purchases made on the site, according to The Huffington Post.
Bezos told Charlie Rose that his more “optimistic” estimate was that “Prime Air,” as the new service will be known, could be available to customers in the next 4 to 5 years. Unfortunately, that’s not soon enough to use in conjunction with the current American Express $25 statement credit offer, but we’re confident they’ll have something new lined up by then.