Episode 18: Southwest Flies to Hawaii (Without Us), AA Rebates Going Away, Avianca Lifemiles Transfer Bonus, What Would Strengthen Bank Points?

We’re back this week with another extended episode where we cover:


0:45 Southwest announces flights to Hawaii (link)

  • Flying as soon as March 17th (wow, that’s quick)
    • When I’m wrong I’m wrong, Sam said, “no way Southwest flies to Hawaii This year”
  • Inter-island flights starting in April
  • Cheap fares to kick things off

2:35 AA/Hyatt Partnership Announced (link)

  • Similar to old Delta/SPG program where AA flights earn Hyatt points and vice versa (if you have any kind of status with either)
  • Top AA (“Concierge Key”) elites get Hyatt Globalist
  • Hyatt Globalists get a status challenge to be announced later
  • Nothing to do for now, updates to follow

6:09 AA 10% point rebate for redemption going away for Citi/Barclays cards (link)

9:01 Heightened Amex Delta Personal Bonuses Available via Referral

    • Gold 60,000 + $50 statement credit for $2,000 spend ($0 AF)


  • Platinum 75,000 + 5,000 MQMs + $100 statement credit for $3,000 spend ($195 AF)


10:39 American Express Avianca transfer bonus 1:1.15

  • Transfer ratio 1 MR to 1.15 Lifemiles
  • Would not speculatively transfer, but many good uses.
  • Through 4/1/19

11:27 Discussion

Rumor: 1.75 Uplift with Chase Sapphire Reserve (link)


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  • The loss of 3x/5x opportunities
  • Two great programs (besides Southwest) for travel from the west coast to Hawaii.
  • Tricks to get historically high Amex sign up offers to show.
  • And more…

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