Welcome to the Frequent Miler week in review around the web, where we recap some good reads from around the ‘net. This week, we have rumors of a Capital One premium card, the possibility of competitive pricing on Singapore Airlines awards, and more. Read on for more…
High-end cards are all the rage these days. Amex was long the king in this realm until Citi and Chase got into the game in recent years with the Prestige and Sapphire Reserve cards, creating strong competition in the market segment. Then we had US Bank try to introduce a Sapphire Reserve killer and rumors of a premium BOA card that didn’t exactly materialize as expected. Could Capital One be considering a foray into the market? Frequent Flyer Miles 101 brings us a rumor about what Capital One may be considering. What do you think? Would you be interested in a Capital One premium card? What would you like to see them do to shake things up in this segment given their complete lack of any transfer options?
This is a piece of what could be exciting news: Alaska Airlines and Singapore Airlines are forming a partnership in a few weeks. While award chart prices have not yet been released, this could be a great partnership in both directions. Singapore also offers some of the most competitive pricing to Hawaii on United Airlines flights. I’ll be interested to see what they charge on Alaska, which has a number of flights to Hawaii each day. Of course, many people will be even more excited to see the pricing in the other direction. While Singapore is notoriously stingy with releasing premium cabin space to partners, Alaska is notoriously generous with regard to award pricing and rules. I look forward to seeing how the partnership progresses — and Sarah Page Maxwell of Mile Value brings the details about earning rates and key dates as the partnership begins.
Chuck at Doctor of Credit reviews a service that could have some interesting applications, though I wouldn’t be willing to give up the required information to create an account. However, I could see scenarios where this could come in handy. I think this is something I would consider linking with an account that sees very limited use. All that said, it’s an interesting idea and many readers may be interested in the details.
Trevor at Tagging Miles shares his experience with packing cubes, and I totally agree. One of the favorite gifts that my wife and I have ever received were packing cubes. My sister gave us a set of packing cubes as a Christmas gift years ago and it completely changed the way we pack. It’s not that packing cubes have some magical power to keep clothes from winkling, nor do they condense things and create more space. What they have done for us is organize our bags so much better than ever before. Long gone are the days of getting to a hotel for a quick overnight layover and digging through the entire bag to find the PCs at the bottom. I carry underwear and socks in one size cube, T-shirts, PJs and workout clothes in another size, and pants/shirts in a third size. This makes it easy to find exactly what I’m looking for. Unpacking, repacking, and staying organized is much easier.
That’s it for this week around the web — check back soon for this week’s last chance deals!