Turkish changes award chart: Act now for some sweet spots (but don’t panic – there’s good news, too!)

Turkish Miles & Smiles has taken me for a roller coaster ride this afternoon. I have spent almost all day making myself crazy: first, I thought that Turkish had completely obliterated its award chart (they didn’t). Then, I thought it was all a misunderstanding and nothing had changed (that wasn’t true). Next, I thought that only the domestic award sweet spot was changed / eliminated (that unfortunately might be coming). Then, I discovered it is not…

Continue Reading »

Good news regarding United nixing award charts (and some bad news too)

As promised and threatened, on November 15th 2019, United eliminated close-in booking fees and stopped publishing award charts.  I previously covered my thoughts about these changes with both a pessimistic view and an optimistic view: Fallout from the United award chart obliteration The bright sides of the United award chart purge Both of the above posts were written before the changes went into effect.  Now that the changes are in place, we’re seeing both good…

Continue Reading »

Business class to China from $1500’s to $1800’s round trip (all alliances)

One day in Beijing

God Save the Points has reported some excellent fares for business class travel to China on all three major alliances. Availability is tight, with the best fares mostly available at the end of December or the end of January, but for those who are interested in a winter visit to China the price is right. It is also a great opportunity for those with Platinum cards to be able to take advantage of Amex’s International Airline…

Continue Reading »

Does the Amex war change our behavior? Is that $8K/ night Marriott really bad news or good? Those topics and more.

Are the lost benefits on the Business Platinum really a bad thing? Will the war on gaming change Greg’s Delta Diamond destiny? Was I overly pessimistic in my assessment of that new $8K-per-night Marriott? What does Greg wish he did instead with the time he spent analyzing what to do with his CNB points? See us discuss those key questions and more in this week’s Frequent Miler on the Air broadcast (or download it in podcast…

Continue Reading »

Etihad Guest miles no longer expire with activity

Etihad Guest announced some changes to the Etihad Guest program today. One particularly good piece of news was the announcement that Etihad Guest miles will no longer expire if you have activity once every 18 months. Transferring points into your account should count to refresh the expiration date. That’s a nice change over the previous policy that expired miles after 24 months. This makes Etihad Guest miles more appealing as a store of value. Etihad…

Continue Reading »

Buy Hilton points for half a cent each through 11/26

Hilton is offering a 100% bonus on the purchase of points when you buy 10,000 or more points. While I don’t generally recommend buying points speculatively, this can make sense if you have a valuable redemption lined up (and it is indeed how I am generally planning to pick up Hilton points moving forward). The Deal Hilton is offetin Direct link to this deal Key Terms During this sale, you can buy up to 160,000 Hilton…

Continue Reading »

[Update: surcharges resolved] Iberia business class space for summer 2020 from Washington Dulles

Update: The surcharge issue has been resolved (H/T: View from the Wing). Also, I am now seeing off-peaking pricing on some fall dates (34K each way in business class) as shown below. Iberia has wide open business class award space on direct flights from Washington, DC (IAD) to Madrid in summer 2020. This is a new route starting on May 1, 2020 and at the time of writing, awards can be booked with Iberia Avios, American Airlines AAdvantage…

Continue Reading »

15x rewards points on restaurant gift cards at Safeway / Albertsons / just for u stores

Safeway and its associated brands using the “just for U” loyalty scheme (Albertons / Vons / Randalls / Acme / Tom Thumb / etc) are offering 15x rewards points on dining gift cards through 11/17/19. That’s potentially a great deal. The Deal Get 15x rewards points on restaurant gift cards at Safeway / Albertsons / Vons / Randalls / other just 4 u stores through 11/17/19 Direct link to this promotion Key Terms Valid through 11/17/19 Limit…

Continue Reading »

Dumping my CNB Crystal Visa Infinite.

The CNB Crystal Visa Infinite Card used to be awesome.  In addition to offering nice perks and great bonus categories, it offered $250 in airline fee reimbursements per card.  As a result, with free authorized users added to the account, it was possible to rack up $1,000 or more in reimbursements each year.  That was obviously a great deal for a $400 per year card.  Unfortunately, as of January 1, 2020, that’s all changing.  Here’s…

Continue Reading »