Tuesday, April 11, 2017

[EXPIRED] Widespread Airfare Sale to Europe - $381+ RT from many US Cities

SkyTeam (Delta, etc) has matched cheap fares posted yesterday by OneWorld (American, etc) alliance airlines on many routes to Europe from dozens of U.S. cities.

European cities showing the cheap fares include:
  • Amsterdam (AMS)
  • Milan (MXP)
  • Paris (CDG)
  • Rome (FCO)
  • Venice (VCE)
  • Barcelona (BCN) – about $400
  • Madrid (MAD) – about $400
  • London (LHR) – closer to $500
  • Helsinki (HEL) – mid $400s
  • Manchester ([MAN – closer to $400
  • Edinburgh (EDI)

The Flight Deal has good info in 2 separate posts HERE and HERE.

BOOK NOW, THINK LATER!  YOU ALWAYS HAVE 24 HOURS TO CANCEL AIRFARE AND GET A FULL REFUND, WITHOUT PENALTY OR FEE.

Search Google Flights.  www.google.com/flights

Many dates are available from now thru the end of the currently published fare schedules in early March 2018, although summer is excluded.

Numerous cities are available for less than $500 round trip, many around $400 and some as low as $381.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

100,000 Hilton Honors Points Sign-up Bonus - Hilton Surpass Amex Card

American Express is offering a 35,000 point bonus for the SPG Amex personal credit card.  This is the highest bonus offer ever offered on this card.

MUST APPLY BY MAY 31.


Breakdown

  • 100k Hilton Honors points is the highest sign-up bonus ever offered on the Hilton Surpass Amex card.

How Good is This Deal?

  • Very good...should be possible to get 3 free nights easily with this bonus, or 5 free nights if you choose wisely

Get the Deal

  • Send me an email if you are interested!
  • If you allow me to send you a sign-up offer via email, I'll earn 25,000 Hilton Honors points after you are approved for the card.  The bonus for you is the same - 100,000 Hilton Honors points - whether you apply using my referral link or go directly to Amex and apply without referral.  So I'd definitely appreciate the chance to refer you!
  • You cannot get this bonus if you have ever gotten a bonus on this same card before.  Amex bonuses are once per person, lifetime, for each different card product they offer.  (Sometimes, Amex publishes sign-up offers that do NOT include the once-per-customer's-lifetime restriction, but these are uncommon.)

Details

  • Apply by May 31, 2017
  • 100,000 bonus Hilton Honors points after $3,000 purchases in first 3 months
  • $75 annual fee (NOT waived the first year)
  • On your card anniversary (after holding the card 1 year), earn a free weekend night certificate (this requires paying the $75 annual fee for the 2nd year but can be well worth it as 

Is this Card Worth Keeping Long-term?

  • It's worth considering, because of the good earnings rates on spending at Hilton portfolio properties, as well as restaurants, gas stations and U.S. supermarkets.
  • 12 points per dollar spent at Hilton portfolio properties
  • 6 points per dollar spent at restaurants, gas stations, and U.S. supermarkets
  • 3 points per dollar on all other spending
  • The $75 annual fee is a bummer, but the card may be worth holding at least the first 2 years.  100,000 points plus a free weekend night is worth at least $700-800 in hotel bookings.

No Annual Fee Amex Hilton card - 80,000 points after $2,000 spend

  • If you are looking to avoid paying annual fees on credit cards, there's an 80k sign-up bonus on the 'regular' version of the Hilton Amex credit card.
  • $2,000 spend in first 3 months
  • You could get BOTH cards to earn the sign-up bonus from both
  • There's a public offer page for this card; I do not have a referral email to send you.  Go here:  https://www.americanexpress.com/us/credit-cards/card/hilton-hhonors/
  • The earning rates on spending are not nearly as good as the Surpass version of the card:
  • 7 points per dollar spent at Hilton portfolio properties (vs. 12 for Surpass)
  • 5 points per dollar spent at restaurants, gas stations, and U.S. supermarkets (vs. 6 for Surpass)
  • 3 points per dollar on all other spending

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

SPG Amex Credit Card - 35,000 Starpoint sign-up bonus after $5k spend; highest bonus ever

American Express is offering a 35,000 point bonus for the SPG Amex personal credit card.  This is the highest bonus offer ever offered on this card.

MUST APPLY BY APRIL 5.


Breakdown

  • 35k Starpoints is the highest sign-up bonus ever offered on the SPG Amex personal card.  The same bonus level was offered almost a year ago, but typically the bonus on this card is 25k Starpoints.

How Good is This Deal?

  • Very good...the 40,000 points you'd have after making the $5k minimum spend and earning the sign-up bonus are worth around $1,000 of hotel stays or $700-$1,000 or more of airfare
  • It is feasible to get 8-12 free hotel nights from the 40k Starpoints
  • How about TWO ROUNDTRIP TICKETS TO HAWAII?!  Yes, if you can find the cheap award flights you can fly Delta from anywhere in the U.S. to Hawaii, two people, for 50,000 miles total.  (You must transfer 40k Starpoints into 50k Korean Air miles, then use those miles to book the flights on a Delta plane; booking the same flight using Delta miles will cost you more miles because Korean Air has a cheaper award chart than Delta.  I'd be happy to explain this over a root beer sometime...)

What are Starpoints?

  • Starpoints is the name of the hotel points currency for Starwood's loyalty program, which is called Starwood Preferred Guest, or SPG.
  • Starwood properties include several brands such as St Regis, Westin, W, Sheraton, and Four Points by Sheraton.

What are Starpoints Good For?

  • Free nights OR free flights
  • Starpoints can be used to book free nights ('award nights') at Starwood hotels.  Free nights start as low as 2,000 points per night.  Many fairly nice properties cost only 5,000-7,000 points per night.  (In comparison, decent Hilton hotels cost 20,000-50,000 points per night.  1 Starpoint is easily worth 5x more than 1 Hilton point.)
  • Free nights at Marriott hotels.  Marriott recently bought Starwood, and customers can freely and instantly transfer between Starpoints and Marriott points (you must set up an SPG and a Marriott account).  Transfer rate is 1 Starpoint :3 Marriott points
  • Starpoints also can be transferred from the SPG program into airline miles with 30+ partner airlines such as Delta, American, British Airways, Flying Blue, and Korean Air
  • Transfer rate to most airlines is 1:1
  • 5,000 bonus miles for every 20,000 Starpoints transferred!  Transfer in 20k increments, get 25k miles for each 20k Starpoints, i.e. 1:1.25 ratio
  • Point-for-point, Starpoints are one of the most valuable currencies in the miles and points world.

Get the Deal

  • Send me an email if you are interested!
  • If you allow me to send you a sign-up offer via email, I'll earn 5,000 Starpoints after you are approved for the card.  The bonus is the same - 35,000 Starpoints - whether you are referred or can sign up for the offer directly from Amex, so I'd definitely appreciate the chance to refer you!
  • You cannot get this bonus if you have ever gotten a bonus on the SPG Amex personal card product.  Amex bonuses are once per person, lifetime, for each different card product they offer.

Details

  • Apply by April 5, 2017
  • 35,000 bonus Starpoints after $5,000 purchases in first 6 months:  Earn 25,000 bonus Starpoints after making $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months plus 10,000 bonus Starpoints after an additional $2,000 in purchases within the first 6 months
  • No annual fee first year, $95 per year thereafter
  • There is a Business version of this card, which is a separate product so you could get the same 35k bonus twice - once on each card.  However, the SPG Amex Business card requires $8,000 spend to earn the bonus, vs. $5,000 for the Personal card

Is this Card Worth Keeping Long-term?

  • It's worth considering.  The best way to look at this card is that it earns 1.25 airline miles per dollar on all spending.
  • This can be a great card to use for any and all spending on which you aren't eligible for category bonuses.
  • There are no category bonuses on SPG Amex card purchases, so you may want to use other cards for restaurant, gas, grocery, or other purchases where a different card gives you 2, 3, or more points per dollar.
  • The $95 annual fee is somewhat steep, but the card has decent travel-related benefits.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

[EXPIRED] American Airlines Bonus Miles on Hilton Stays thru March 27

American Airlines just announced a promotion for earning extra miles on stays at various Hilton brand properties.


Get the Deal


  1. Register at this link using your Hilton HHonors account information. https://www.hiltonhhonors.com/ProcessLanding/ProcessLanding/?lp=aabonus
  2. Select American Airlines as your preferred Double Dip Points & Miles partner in your Hilton HHonors profile.

Details

  • Stay by March 27, 2017
  • 500 AAdvantage miles per night at Hilton, Curio, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites, and Hilton Grand Vacations
  • 500 AAdvantage miles per stay at Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton® Home2 Suites, and Homewood Suites

You can also earn an extra 2,000 points per night for staying at Hilton properties thru April 30, 2017.  Details in this POST

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Hilton - Register for 2,000 Extra Points Per Night on Stays thru April 30, 2017

[EXPIRED] 2,000 Extra Points per Night at Hilton Properties Feb 1 - April 30, 2017

The Deal

Sign up to earn an extra 2,000 Hilton HHonors points per night at stays throughout the Hilton portfolio (Doubletree, Embassy Suites, Hilton, etc).

Promotion Details

  • Valid on paid stays booked thru Hiton.com
  • Earn 2,000 points per night on award stays by charging something to the room!  (rules state bonus does not apply to incidental charges for award stays at Hampton, Home2 Suites or Homewood Suites)
  • Register using your HHonors account information at this link:  PROMOTION LINK
  • Register before the end of you stay to be eligible to earn points
  • Promotion valid for stays  completed from Feb 1 to April 30, 2017
  • No minimum stay requirement
  • No limit on how many points you can earn through this promotion
  • The 2,000 points per night bonus is on top of any other points earned from the stay
  • Bonus can be earned only on 1 room per Hilton account, regardless of the number of rooms booked under a Hilton account.

Register

  • Register using your HHonors account information at this link:  PROMOTION LINK

Register also for the 500 American Airlines bonus miles per night or per stay (depending on Hilton brand) for stays thru March 27 - details in this POST

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

[DEAL GONE] 70k Delta SkyMiles + $100 statement credit + 10k EQMs - Delta Amex Business card

2/2/2017 This deal has expired.

The 70,000 mile sign-up bonus offer available mid-2016 has expired, but it is still available thru Feb 1 via referral offer.

If anyone is interested in earning Delta SkyMiles, or interested in earning Delta elite flyer status vai earning Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs), this is an excellent offer for both of those purposes.  Please contact me offline or via the comments if you would like to receive this referral offer via email.


Offer Details
  • Must apply by Feb 1, 2017, using the link in the referral email
  • 70,000 Delta SkyMiles when meeting minimum spend
  • 10,000 Delta Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs) 
  • Earn the sign-up bonus by spending $5,000 or more within the first 3 months
  • $100 statement credit after a $100+ Delta purchase on the card in first 3 months
  • $195 annual fee (NOT waived the first year)
FYI:  This is the BUSINESS version of the card.  This means a couple of things:

  • It is a separate product from the PERSONAL Delta Amex Platinum card.  You can get approved for, and earn the bonus on, the business version even if you hold or previously held the personal version.
  • As a business card, this card does not hit one's personal credit report and therefore does not worsen one's situation with regard to Chase's 5/24 rule.

Good background article on HOW (and why) to apply for a business credit card:
http://millionmilesecrets.com/2015/09/13/how-to-qualify-for-a-small-business-credit-card-and-why-you-should-get-one/

Card Benefits / Details
  • Earn an additional 10,000 SkyMiles AND 10,000 MQMs by spending $25,000 on the card in a calendar year.  Spend $50,000 and earn an additional 10,000 MQMs
  • Priority Boarding (Zone 1) on Delta flights for cardmember and others on same reservation
  • Card benefits - first checked bag free on every Delta flight.
  • Earn 1 SkyMile per dollar spent.  Earn 2 SkyMiles per dollar on Delta purchases
  • 20% off eligible in-flight purchases via statement credit (meals, food, alcoholic beverages, headsets; in-flight wi-fi and charitable donations excluded)
  • Spend $25,000 or more on the card in a calendar year to waive Delta's revenue requirement component of elite status qualification.
Bottom Line
Great card, top-notch sign-up bonus.  Highly recommended.
  • This is the highest offer I've ever seen on this card.
  • The usual bonus on this card is about half this good - typically 35k SkyMiles and 5k MQMs.
  • This card is a business card and will not show up on your personal credit report.  Nor will it count toward your Chase 5/24 limit.


Chicago to Mumbai from $622 round trip

Chicago (ORD) to Mumbai (BOM) from $622 round trip on Etihad!  May 2017 and other dates

Great price on roundtrip flights from the Midwest to India.
  • Good routing - just one stop, in Abu Dhabi (AUH)
  • Etihad flies the Boeing 777 ORD>AUH and Airbus A380 AUH>BOM
  • Last departure date with $623 round trip pricing is May 11, 2017.
  • Can return thru June and into early July at this low pricing.
  • Search Google Flights for more information.  www.google.com/flights
  • New Delhi (DEL) available from $666 round trip
  • Numerous dates are available, but not every day during the date range.

Google Flights Sample Searches (roundtrip pricing)

  • March 11 - April 3.  ORD>BOM  $623 per person.  LINK
  • May 11 - June 5.  ORD>BOM 6 people for $3,738 total ($623 per person).  LINK
  • March 9 - April 3.  ORD>DEL $666 per person LINK

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Detroit to Mumbai India Roundtrip $807 and up thru May/June 2017

hat tip to Fare Deal Alert.

Flights on United and other Star Alliance partner airlines are as low as $807 roundtrip, Detroit (DTW) to Mumbai (BOM) now thru May 2017 or a bit later.

  • Last departure date with sub-$900 round trip pricing is June 1, 2017.
  • Can return thru June and into early July at this low pricing.
  • Search on Google Flights for more information.
  • Delta (SkyTeam Alliance) seems to have matched these sale fares.
  • Numerous dates are available, but not every day during the date range.
  • Some routings are 2-stop but some 1-stops are available - e.g. Detroit (DTW) to Newark (EWR) to Mumbai (BOM) on United Airlines.
Sample search on Google Flights June 1 depart, July 3 return $819 and up round trip.  




Tuesday, January 10, 2017

[DEAL GONE] Europe on sale again: Many U.S. Cities from $477 Roundtrip Now thru Early Dec 2017

UPDATE 1/10/2017 330PM.  This fare sale has expired.  Prices outlined in this post are no longer available.

The last widespread US > Europe fare sale lasted about a week.  This one lasted about 24 hours.  The upshot is, you never know how long a sale will last.  Book now and think later!  Make use of the 24-hour cancelation window.  Get ahold of friends and family members, and work on other arrangements (hotels, rental cars, rides to the airport, etc) AFTER you book.  Nothing bugs me more than hearing someone say, 'I didn't book it because I was waiting for so-and-so to get back to me, so I missed the deal' or 'I couldn't get my brother to commit right away and when I tried to book, the deal was over.'  Don't make this mistake!

This fare sale started yesterday.  Last night I booked a flight for a family of six friends from Detroit to London for $596 round trip during August 2017 -- summer travel to Europe for < $600 each roundtrip is very good.  This morning, I checked again and the same prices were available from Grand Rapids!  So I booked new flights from GRR and will cancel the flights from Detroit since there's always 24 hours to cancel flights (as long as the departure date is at least 7 days away).

This is a very widespread fare sale -- the prices look to be the same for most dates thru the end of the current airline schedules in early December 2017.

  • Spring break?  Yes
  • Summer?  Yes
  • Any other time thru early December 2017?  Yes

Google Flights (google.com/flights) is the easiest way to search, then click thru to book directly with the airlines.

If you are somewhat of a risk taker, try searching on www.momondo.com which shows results from many various online travel agencies.  These OTAs often have cheaper airfares than what are offered directly by the airlines.

Amsterdam, Paris, London, Madrid -- all of these cities are showing availability for $477-$550 range roundtrip on MANY dates.

If you can't find what you are looking for from GRR, try Detroit (DTW) or Chicago (ORD or MDW) for more options.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Two days left to get $2,100+ in travel for a single $450 annual fee credit card

The Chase Sapphire Reserve sign-up bonus is being reduced from 100,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points to 50,000 points after January 11, 2017.

If you:

  • have gotten fewer than 5 new credit cards from ANY credit card issuer in the past 24 months (business credit cards from most banks are not counted in this limit)
  • have a solid credit score (mid 700s for sure, although low 700s may work)
  • are interested in traveling for free
Then it's a no-brainer, for you and your significant other if applicable, to apply for the Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card from Chase in the next couple days.

More background information about this deal is in my post from 9/22/2016:

Depending on your comfort level signing up for multiple new cards, you also may want to apply for the Chase Ink Preferred card first, then apply for the Sapphire Reserve after being approved for the Ink Preferred.

The Ink Preferred offers 80,000 point sign-up bonus.  Application link:  CLICK HERE

(The reason to apply first for the Ink Preferred card is that Chase does not count its own business credit cards toward the 5/24 card limit it uses to restrict people from being approved who have gotten 5+ new cards in the past 2 years.)

My blog does not have affiliate credit card links.  If you would like to apply, Google Chase Sapphire Reserve or Chase Ink Preferred.  Or you may consider visiting one of my favorite blogs, Ann Arbor-based Frequent Miler.  The Chase section of this page has a Chase Sapphire Reserve application link:  Frequent Miler best current credit card offers