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Monthly Archives: May 2012
Bummed that you missed out on the British Airways 100,000 mile offer back in 2009/2010? If so, this may be for you. There is an offer floating around for 50,000 miles after first purchase, another 25,000 after you spend $10,000 on the card in the first year and another 25,000 after you spend another $10,000 on the card in the first year. This is the card that many frequent flyer bloggers have been touting because they get a referral bonus for it. I won’t even put a link for it because there’s an even better offer out there. I give credit to Darius from Million Mile Secrets for actually talking about this offer.
The other offer you can get is 50,000 miles after first purchase and another 50,000 miles on your first anniversary. You will have to spend 2 annual fees (total of $150), but I think that’s well worth it to get 100,000 miles. You can read about how to get the offer in this Flyertalk thread. Essentially, you have to pretend like you’re going to purchase a ticket on British Airways web site. A credit card offer link will come up when you’re going to the payment options. It will have buttons that say you’re going to purchase with the new card, but you don’t actually have purchase the flights after doing the credit card application.
I can’t personally verify that this works because I’ve already had the British Airways card. I could verify that the offer came up, but I can’t apply for the card because I’ll get denied for already having it.
I’m a big fan of British Airways points for shorter haul trips when redeeming on partner airlines. We are traveling to Ireland next Spring using British Airways miles (redeemed on Aer Lingus). We’ve also used British Airways miles on American Airlines to go to Hawaii (before they changed their award chart).
So if you haven’t already gotten the British Airways credit card, this is definitely something to consider.
We finally booked our flights for next year’s Spring Break. We’re going to Ireland! Our last several trips have been warm weather destinations – Hawaii twice, Wyoming in the summer and Disney World.
We were originally thinking of going to Belize based on my cousin’s recommendation. We were going to use American Airlines miles because they are the best deal when traveling to Belize (it would have only been 30,000 miles round-trip). However, as a mentioned in a post recently, I think that American Airlines is limiting award tickets within the US so I couldn’t find any availability.
When that didn’t seem to be working, I began looking at other locations. I still wanted to use our American Airlines miles because I wanted to save our United miles for a future summer trip to Europe and our British Airways miles for trips to NC. I found some availability to Caribbean locations out of JFK but none of the islands excited me.
Then I saw a post on The Points Guy where he talked about redeeming British Airways miles on Aer Lingus between Boston and Dublin for only 25,000 miles round-trip! Nearly 13 years ago, my husband and I took a trip to Ireland years ago, 2 weeks before our wedding (he had a work conference). We called it our pre-wedding honeymoon. It was fantastic to get away before the wedding – I highly recommend it to anyone who is planning their wedding. We had an amazing time and were talking about when we could go back before we even left. But life happens (work, house, kids) and we haven’t made it back. We’re so happy that we are finally making the trip back and the boys are thrilled for their first trip out of the country! Plus one of my husband’s cousins married an Irishman and moved there so we’ll get to see family while we’re there.
Now the real planning starts. We need to get passports for the kids and figure out where we want to go. I imagine it will be a much different trip than the last time we went. But I’m excited to show the boys where some of my ancestors came from. And, come on, what little boy doesn’t want to go see some castles?
I was reading my morning blogs today and came across one that I wanted to share with you. It was on Mommy Points, one of my favorite blogs as it talks about how to traveling inexpensively as a family. She titled the blog post as Not Everyone is an “Expert” Flyer. I would have titled it something like You Never Know What Others Are Going Through. It’s a nice reminder to us all to be kind to others while we travel and every day. It would have been so easy for her to judge the other passenger by thinking, “Who doesn’t bring a credit card when they are traveling?” I think you’ll agree that not judging was a far better path.
I am in the process of planning our 2013 Spring vacation. My husband’s first choice is Belize. I was thinking of using our American Airlines miles since a round-trip award ticket is only 30,000 miles. As with other vacations, I made sure that I was on aa.com exactly when the day opened up for booking. However, unlike other times, the MileSAAver award availability just wasn’t there. So instead of 30,000 miles round-trip, it would have cost us 60,000 miles round-trip. That’s just not viable when we’re trying to fly 4 people. I even search availability from several airports that are within driving distance from our house and still did not find any availiabity.
I wondered if it was just me or if there was some larger award availability issue. I went to Flyertalk and found an entire thread on how booking award tickets has been more difficult this year (the thread goes back to 2009, but if you read the more recent posts, you’ll see comments about how it’s been difficult this year). There is speculation around the cause from the bankruptcy to the glut of people who have miles from the 75k sign-up bonus. My gut tells me that it’s a result of the bankruptcy and trying to get more revenue out of each flight. I never had an issue booking an award flight until this year. And I was on aa.com, refreshing every second, so I know there is no way someone booked all the flights that quickly.
I wanted to alert people that this is happening in case you run into the same situation. It may be easier this year to use another airline’s miles or book a flight on one of American’s partner airlines instead.
I don’t have any Radisson brand hotels near me or I would probably sign up for this promotion. You can get a bunch extra of Radisson points for staying at one of their hotels. Mommy Points has a great summary of the promotion. And she posted that the Country Inn & Suites sign up is already open. You must register separately for each of the brands and you can earn up to 138,000 bonus points.