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)
- Rebates ends for redemptions on or before April 30, 2019
- Prior discussion on the Co-Branded Paradox in Episode 3 of this Podcast.
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)
- Reserve 75,000 + 5,000 MQMs + Delta lounge access (no guests) for $5,000 spend ($450 AF)
- Bonuses also heightened on business cards, not available for referral (yet)
- Why and How: Generating and Using Amex Referrals
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
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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