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Tag Archives: Amex
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.)
I was on Yahoo today and saw an ad for an American Express Business Gold card with a 75,000 point sign-up bonus. You have to spend $10,000 on the card in the first 4 months to get the sign-up bonus. The annual fee of $175 is waived for the first year. This deal is valid for today only. Here’s the link if you’re interested.
American Express is offering a 50% bonus when you transfer Membership Rewards points to British Airways now through July 31. I think this is a great offer for anyone who got in on the recent Amex 50k deal. There is also a targeted 75k Amex deal running. You could call Amex to see if you’re eligible for the sign-up bonus. The offer code is 5894.
As I’ve talked about in previous posts, I love that British Airways has unlimited stopovers. British Airways miles can be redeemed on a number of partner airlines including American Airlines. I am awfully tempted to transfer my miles over.
Starwood Hotels Pay Your Birth Year Promotion
Starwood Hotels (Sheraton, Westin, W, Four Points, Meridien, aloft, and element) is running a promotion where your second and third night rates will be equal the last 2 digits of your birth year at participating hotels. For select luxury hotels, the rate is $100 plus your birth year for the second and third nights. You pay regular rates for your first night.
National Donut Day
Today is National Donut Day! You can get a free donut at Krispie Kreme (no other purchase necessary) and Dunkin Donuts (with a drink purchase) at participating locations and while supplies last.
When do miles expire for the major US airlines?
- American Airlines – 18 months after last activity
- British Airways – 3 years after last activity (including BA because of the big sign-up bonus they just had)
- Delta – never
- Continental – never, but accounts can be closed or miles forfeited after 18 months of inactivity
- United – 18 months after last activity (Continental will be absorbed into United’s program with the merger)
- US Airways – 18 months after last activity
With the high sign-up bonuses lately, you might be worried that the miles will expire before you can use the miles. Fear not. There are easy ways to keep the points active even without flying.
- Use a co-branded credit card. The activity from the credit card posts miles to your frequent flyer account giving you activity on the account.
- Sign up for the shopping program on the airline’s site – You can keep your miles alive for as little as downloading 1 song from iTunes.
- Sign up for one the dining program on the airline’s site – You sign up one of your credit cards for the program. When you eat at one of the participating restaurants, you earn miles.
- If you absolutely have to, you could buy miles. But considering how easy it is to keep them alive with shopping and dining, I don’t know why you would need to.
So go collect all the miles you can. You will be able to keep them from expiring.
Now there is some news on the credit card front.
There is an American Express credit card offer which has a 50,000 point sign-up bonus after $500 in 3 months. There is no annual fee the first or second year. You are not eligible for this offer if you already have another American Express charge card such as the blue, green or one of the other color cards. But if you have the Starwood Hotel, Delta, or Hilton cards, you are eligible as those are credit cards, not charge cards. Amex Membership Rewards points can be transferred to a number of airline and hotel frequent flyer programs. They can also be redeemed for merchandise or gift cards.
Also Chase has a new offer for the Chase Sapphire Preferred card. It comes with a 50,000 point sign-up bonus and no annual fee. The offer officially is live on Monday. There are links available now, but they don’t show the offer page which would say the sign-up bonus and spending requirements. I’m not comfortable posting the links until I see the offer page. I’ll post the link when I see that, but I wanted to let you know the deal was coming now in case you’re trying to decide what credit cards to apply for. Sapphire points can be redeemed for travel as well as merchandise or gift cards.
(HT: Frugal Travel Guy)