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Monthly Archives: March 2012
In a previous post, I talked about how my older son is going to spend a week visiting his cousins in North Carolina this summer. I was using the American Airlines voucher that we got when we volunteered to get bumped from a flight on the way back from Wyoming last summer (the amount we had left over after booking our trip to Disney).
To book the flights, I went onto aa.com and held the tickets that I wanted. I then called the reservation number and told them the confirmation number. They changed the status of the tickets to “purchased” and gave me the instructions on where to mail the voucher.
I mailed the voucher using delivery confirmation with the US Postal Service, like the time that I used the vouchers to purchase our tickets to Disney. Delivery confirmation does not require someone to sign for the mail, it just allows you to check the status of your mailing on-line. So I was very surprised when a few days after mailing the voucher, I checked the status and it said they tried unsuccessfully to deliver it. I figured I’d wait a few days to see if they would automatically redeliver it (or American Airlines would schedule a redelivery). Five days passed and the status was still the same. So I called American Airlines to ask them to schedule a redelivery. The agent I got wasn’t very helpful at first. She basically said, well those don’t come to where I work so I can’t check on it. I asked if she could call where they go to see if they could schedule a redelivery. She came back in about 5 minutes and said that they don’t schedule redeliveries. She said it was odd that they couldn’t deliver it because the location is open 24/7.
Now, if American Airlines doesn’t get the voucher in an envelope postmarked by a certain date, they will cancel your tickets. And ticket prices for those flights have gone up so I didn’t want that to happen. I knew if no one scheduled a redelivery (or the post office couldn’t deliver them), they would get sent back to me. However, that would mean I’d have to book new flights at a higher price and send the vouchers in again.
I didn’t know if the post office would automatically try to redeliver before the 15 day expiration (at which point they send your envelope back to you). So I decided to try to schedule a redelivery myself. Technically I don’t think I was supposed to do that because I was not the person receiving the package but desperate times call for desperate measures. I went to usps.com, looked up the status of my mailing – still unsuccessful delivery. On that page, there was a hyperlink to reschedule a delivery. I clicked on that and then on a button that said it was being delivered to a business. However, they still wanted me to fill in the First Name, Last Name and Phone Number fields. So I decided to put American in the First Name field, Airlines in the Last Name field and my phone number in the Phone Number field. I figured, hey if they can’t deliver it, at least I’ll get to talk to someone and could explain my situation.
Well, I’m happy to say that I went on aa.com yesterday to check the status of my tickets and the status was changed to ticketed!
The Chase Sapphire sign-up bonus is being decreased from 50,000 to 40,000 points on the Chase site. Referrals sites still link to a 50,000 point sign-up bonus. Whether those will be reduced as well is still unknown. However, if you were on the fence about getting this card, you should decide soon. This is one of my favorite cards because of the flexibility of reward redemption. I got one awhile ago. I liked it so much, my husband just got one as well. I’ve wrote about the card’s benefits on a previous post. And here is a link to the 50,000 point sign up bonus. I get no compensation whatsoever. These are just my personal thoughts. You need to decide for yourself if this card works for you.
I have 2 one-time United Club passes that expire on 1/31/2013. We aren’t going to be using them. So I’m giving them away for free to the first person to post a comment to the blog (website, not on Facebook or Twitter) saying that they want them. We can then email so you can tell me how to mail them to you. Just post that you want them.
It’s all over the blogs this week. I’m posting it in case you don’t read many others. Until May 31, 2012, you will get a 50% bonus when you transfer Membership Rewards points from American Express to British Airways. The Points Guy has a great post on examples of good ways to use British Airways miles.
I have family in NC and could travel there for 9,000 point round-trip if I redeem the British Airways Avios on American Airlines. I had a few Membership Rewards sitting around that I wasn’t sure what to do with. Now I think I know what to do with them.
Another nice thing about Membership Rewards is that you can generally transfer the points to other people’s accounts if you do the transfer on-line. So if you’re feeling extra nice today, maybe you could transfer the points to some friends or family. Think of the experiences you could give to people by transfering a few thousand points. Any trip that has a air miles distance of 650 or less is only 9,000 miles round-trip. Remember that each segment has to be calculated separately. So British Airways miles aren’t great if you have many connections. (You can check out this post of mine if you need more of an explanation.)
Chase has announced the 5% cash back categories for April – June, 2012 for the Chase Freedom card. They are groceries and movie theaters. I’m not a big movie theater goer, but I’m always happy when groceries are on the 5% cash back list! If you have a Chase Freedom card, make sure you go to the Ultimate Rewards site to activate your card for these categories. The link is already active.