In this Frequent Miler week in review around the web, Chase’s actions speak loudly – is hope fading for churners? If you find yourself locked out of Ultimate Rewards, you might want to see the post below on a great option for fuel-surcharge-free business class awards to Europe that makes use of other transferable currencies. Also read about changes to Roomipay and more in this week’s recap.
Sometimes, the truth hurts. Dustin at Running With Miles drops the anvil on us with this piece about Chase’s recent sentiments. I tend to think that many of his points make sense considering the Chase moves he highlights. The landscape is always changing, and I expect that we’ll see the pendulum swing the other way someday, but at the moment it seems that Chase just isn’t that into us — they know they have the cards we want and they are forcing us to be more selective about which ones we get.
If you have used RoomiPay to pay your rent in the past, it’s going to be a bit harder this month than in the past. This post from Miles Talk was the first I saw mention of the change, though I later saw it confirmed elsewhere as well. If you were planning to pay the rent this month with RoomiPay, you’ll want to check out this post to get yourself prepped.
While tax time often brings to mind considerations of charitable contributions, I think it can also be a good way to use points that might otherwise expire. This post from Richmond Savers has a number of ways you could go about it, from methods that might be tax-deductible to those that would just give you a way to do some good with your excess rewards.
Australian blog Point Hacks shares a story about how a reader was able to get a large sum of points reinstated after they had expired due to inactivity. This post is a good reminder that it’s worth hanging up and calling again — and also doing some research to find out what had worked for others. I found the solution to getting the points back pretty interesting, as Qantas obviously has something in place for situations like this, making me wonder what other foreign programs might have something similar if you find yourself with expired points.
If you’re looking for another method to get great vlaue for business class flights to Europe, Andy Shuman at The Lazy Traveler’s Handbook brings good news about a great low-mileage, no-fuel-surcharge option for flying round trip to Europe. It looks like you could build some very interesting trips if you follow along with some of the tips in this post.
That’s it for this Frequent Miler Week in Review Around the Web. Check back soon for this week’s last chance deals.