Frequent Miler’s week in review around the web recaps some good reads from around the ‘net. Read on for what looks to be an interesting tool for evaluating the value of various purchase options, how to extract good value from AA miles, getting to South America on miles and more.
Let me start by saying that I immediately didn’t like the fact that Brian McAdam requires you to sign up via email to get this tool and that I didn’t actually sign up and get the spreadsheet. However, I found this post explaining how the spreadsheet works to be a brilliant way to compare many products. I’d add the caveat that you might want to vet the reviews a bit (I use fakespot.com). I’d also add a column or two to calculate portal rewards and category bonuses, but I think Brian is on to something with this sheet that could be useful both from a personal standpoint as well as a resale standpoint.
American Airlines miles are nearly worthless for domestic travel. Now that we have out the way, I’ll say that I agree with this post from Miles Talk about the fact that AA miles are underrated — it’s a matter of using them for the sweet spots. And there are a number of decent opportunities with AA miles for travel on partner airlines, as Dave demonstrates. And don’t forget the value of being able to change your dates and routing — that’s one of the things I think is most underrated about AAdvantage tickets.
I had the good fortune of attending Ben and Jon’s presentation on Alaska Mileage Plan this morning at FTU Seattle, where they discussed some of the many strength’s of Alaska’s loyalty program. One area I’m definitely not well versed in is award travel to South America. See this post for the quick key to figuring out which flights you can book with Alaska miles and how to do it.
While credit card signup bonuses can be extremely valuable, we’ve continuously seen lucrative banking account bonuses for years as well. One of the best bonus offers comes around through Chase, though my problem with it is that it usually requires you to open the account in-brand (and I don’t live anywhere near a branch). Doctor of Credit covers how you might be able to do that bonus online – YMMV.
That’s it for this week around the web. Check back soon for this week’s last chance deals.