It’s November and by now many of you are experiencing year-end fatigue. Maybe you’re planning a trip for next year to recharge and that requires all kinds of work in and of itself. There are miles to be earned, miles to be redeemed, and scheduling to be worked out. That’s on top of the many deals to keep track of. To make things a bit easier for you, here are a list of points and miles related things to do in November:
❑ Book Short-Haul Avios Awards. British Airways has announced yet another devaluation this year and it’s a pretty bad one. While the previous round of award program adjustments mainly affected mid to long-distance flights, this one is targeting the only good thing left about the program: Short-haul domestic award redemptions. Yes, going forward those 600 mile awards are going to cost you a whole lot more than just 4,500 Avios each way. The changes will go into effect on February 2, 2016 so be sure to redeem your short-haul Avios awards before then.
❑ Virgin America Flights to Honolulu. If you’re planning a trip to Hawaii, you’ll be pleased to know Virgin America will begin operating their San Francisco – Honolulu route on November 2, 2015. If you’re traveling on the inaugural flight, be sure to share your feedback in the comment section. I’m sure it will be fabulous. Fares on this route went on sale earlier this year for $400 roundtrip, which makes for a great Arrival mile redemption and just over 17,000 Elevate points roundtrip for an award flight to Hawaii. The fact that Virgin America provides a superior travel experience on domestic flights (especially in economy class) is just icing on the cake.
❑ Take Advantage of Discover’s 10% Discount through Apple Pay. Through the end of the year, Discover is offering a 10% rebate on all purchases made through Apple Pay. I know a lot of folks who are using this to buy gift cards as well as buying and reselling high-demand merchandise. Time will tell whether the 10% rebate applies to Visa gift cards (the terms state that it will not), but hopefully those who are milking this at the moment will have a nice surprise on their statements when the new year comes.
❑ 3,000 Spending Bonus from Chase Hyatt Visa. Maybe it’s the recent devaluations and general bad news that has lowered expectations all around, but people seem pretty excited over this bonus spend offer from the Chase Hyatt credit card: Spend $3,000 between now and December 31, 2015 and earn 3,000 bonus Hyatt Gold Passport points. That’s basically an extra point per $1 spent on the card. Nothing earth shattering, but for those of you who regularly churn gift cards or have abnormally large household bills to pay, that’s a nice bonus to look forward to. And super easy to earn. So don’t forget to channel your next $3,000 worth of spend onto the Chase Hyatt Visa for extra points. If you did not receive this offer via mail or email, a quick secure message or phone call to Chase might be all it takes to get you in on this deal. HT: @Ringsthecaddy.
❑ American Airlines Bonus Miles to Australia. Are you traveling to Australia on a paid fare between February 1 – May 31, 2016? If so, you could earn up to 90,000 bonus miles through American Airlines’ latest promotion. Just be sure to register by May 31, 2016 to be eligible.
❑ LoungeBuddy Happy Holidays Promotion. If you’re traveling during the busy holiday season, you’ll want to get airport club lounge access to help make those long delays at the airport a little more bearable. That’s where LoungeBuddy’s Happy Holidays promotion comes in: Through December 31, 2015 travelers who purchase access to The Club airport lounge locations in the U.S. will get 100% of the purchase price credited back to their accounts in the form of LoungeBuddy credit, which can be used at a later time. The promotion applies to the first 1,000 passes purchased, so be sure to get in on this while you can! You can also get an extra $10 off by using my LoungeBuddy referral code (Ptchaser) for your first booking, which can be stacked on top of this promotion. So if you make a $35 purchase using my referral code, you’ll get $10 off and a $25 LoungeBuddy credit for future use.
❑ Redeem Barclay Arrival Miles for Travel Charges Under $100. If you’re a Barclay Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard holder, you’re probably aware by now that for some cardholders, the 10% rebate on travel redemptions will drop to 5% on November 17, 2015. In addition, the minimum redemption level is increasing to $100. So if you have travel charges under $100 on your card that you’d like to redeem miles for, be sure to do it before November 17. If you don’t quite have enough miles, you have plenty of time to generate $4,500 worth of spend on your credit card to earn the 9,000 Arrival miles required.
❑ Work on Annual Credit Card Spending Requirements. The end of the year is nearing, which means you’ve got less than two months left to meet annual credit card spending requirements. So if you want to earn the annual free night from the Club Carlson card, then you’ll want to spend $10,000 on your Club Carlson credit card to make it happen. There are lots of credit cards offering anything from free nights to bonus miles and elite status for meeting certain spending requirements by the end of the year. I’ll have a comprehensive post coming up this week on what exactly your options are.
That’s more than enough to keep you busy through November. Don’t forget to use your bonus category earning credit card for all of your holiday shopping and avoid the hassles of Black Friday (or Grey Thursday, Blue Wednesday, and whatever term marketing companies are using these days to lure you away from your family and into a tent outside of a Walmart Supercenter on important holidays).
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