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Book Southwest through Chase Ultimate Rewards again

According to reports over the weekend, Southwest Airlines flights can once again be booked with Chase Ultimate Rewards points. While Southwest flights have never shown up in the UR travel booking portal, it used to be possible to book Southwest flights over the phone with an Ultimate Rewards agent using your Ultimate Rewards points. However, when Chase switched to using Expedia on the back end last year, the ability to book Southwest flights with UR…

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Buy Avios pretty cheap through Spanish Groupon

Iberia Groupon

Update 5/17/19: This deal is back again. Prices are a bit higher this time for several of the packages, but the top package is a deal as it is enough Avios for an off-peak business class flight between New York, Boston, or Chicago and Madrid for less than $480. Of course, you’re at the mercy of Iberia availability, but that’s certainly not a bad deal. The Spanish version of Groupon is once again offering Iberia Avios for sale at…

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Chase Ultimate Rewards sweet spots

When I ask readers about their favorite award currency, Chase Ultimate Rewards is often a #1 pick. That’s true due to an abundance of excellent transfer partners. Shortly after we made major changes to our Reasonable Redemption Values (See: A big change to Frequent Miler’s point values.), we published a post on easy ways to get good value out of Citi ThankYou points. Today, we look at easy ways to get good value out of…

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Juicy Miles: Finally, a Kayak-like tool for flight awards!

This post has been updated with new information and new sections.  If you’ve read this post before, I recommend jumping to: Far from perfect, What’s new, and Enhancements coming soon.  Otherwise, please read on from the beginning… Juicy Miles is a user-friendly flight award search tool.  I didn’t think it was possible.  There are so many gotchas in trying to build a tool like this that most of those who have tried before have either…

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Is Delta restricting partner space during flash sales?

This morning, Greg posted all about how to book Delta flights using Virgin Atlantic miles. The timing on that post seemed perfect because Delta is currently running its latest flash sale, with round trip flights to Europe for 128K miles round trip when you book by Saturday, May 11th for summertime travel. Generally, these flash sale seats have also been available for partner bookings via partners like Air France or Virgin Atlantic (the latter offering terrific value…

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Targeted: Aeroplan transfer bonus from Membership Rewards (10%-20%)

amex offers

Update: Some people are reporting as high as a 20% bonus. H/T reader Claes J. Some people are reporting a targeted 10%-20% transfer bonus from American Express Membership Rewards. This appears to be highly targeted, but it’s worth logging in to check since Aeroplan is such a valuable transfer for Star Alliance flights. Of note: there is no end date noted; previous airline transfer bonuses with no end date have generally ended quickly and without advance notice, so this…

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A big change to Frequent Miler’s point values.

Over the weekend, a friend showed me her wallet full of carefully labelled credit cards.  One card was labelled “gas”, another “rental cars”, and another “grocery”.  She had applied these labels to remind her which card to use where.  That was all great.  Then I saw one card was labelled simply “2.73”.  I asked what that was about.  She answered that it was her Freedom Unlimited card using “your numbers”.  She meant that the Freedom…

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Free hotel breakfast & dinner at Nordic Choice Clarion Collection [Sweet-spot spotlight]

  Tonight’s sweet-spot spotlight is on the Choice Privileges hotel loyalty program. Specifically, the standout value in the Choice Privileges program comes from Clarion Collection hotels within the  Nordic Choice subset of Choice Privileges. This is a set of properties in Scandinavia – some of which offer both free breakfast and free dinner. That makes them a spectacular value for Choice Privileges Points (which typically go on sale for a competitive price during the upcoming Daily…

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Capital One adds JetBlue and offers transfer bonus (2:1.5 with the bonus)

Yesterday, Capital One added a new airline to the list of Capital One transfer partners: JetBlue TrueBlue. While the regular transfer rate for JetBlue transfers will be 2 Capital One Miles to 1 JetBlue TrueBlue point, they launched this new partnership with a limited-time transfer bonus, upping the ratio to 2:1.5 to kick things off. The Deal Capital One had added JetBlue TrueBlue as a Capital One miles transfer partner Regular transfer ratio is 2 Capital One Miles to…

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