Citibank just added Avianca Lifemiles to the list of its transfer partners. You can now transfer Citi points to Lifemiles at a rate of 1:1.
How many Avianca Lifemiles do you need to get around?
Here is the Lifemiles award chart including redemptions from all the regions and a few examples (excluding airline taxes) of one-way fares for flights from the USA:
USA - EUROPE in Business Class is 63,000 miles
USA - EUROPE in First Class is 87,000 miles
USA - NORTH ASIA in Business Class is 75,000 miles
USA - NORTH ASIA in First Class is 90,000 miles
USA - SOUTH ASIA in Business Class is 78,000 miles
USA - SOUTH ASIA in First Class is 99,000 miles
The public increased sign-up bonuses on American Express Delta cards end tomorrow. These are as high as these get for public offers.
Delta Platinum cards - you can get 70,000 miles + $100 (requires a Delta purchase in the first 3 months) on both business and personal versions of the cards (min spend: $3,000 on personal and $4,000 on the business version within the first 3 months).
Delta Gold Cards: you can get 60,000 miles + $50 (requires a Delta purchase in the first 3 months) offers on both business and personal versions of the cards (min spend: $2,000 for 50,000 points in the first 3 months and $1,000 in the first 6 months for an additional 10,000 points).
New to credit card applications and have not read the Miles 101 guide?! Check out this section to strategize your credit card applications!
Only $328 for a round-trip fare from JFK to KUL with a short layover in Tokyo. Availability from January to April 2018 flying All Nippon Airways.
You can use Google Flights to search and Momondo to book your flights. For the details of flights see below.
Capital One just increased its sign up bonus on the Venture card to 50,000 points after spending $3000 in the first 3 months ($95 annual fee is waived for the first year). This is a public offer available here. This card is popular with folks who like put their spending on just one card and care more about cashback than airline miles and hotel points. This card gives you 2% cashback on all your purchases and 50K is the highest bonus we've seen on this card. If you are just starting out in the game, remember that Capital One will pull from all 3 credit bureaus. What can you do with these points? They are worth $500 if redeemed for a statement credit towards travel expenses or a gift card.
AMEX is now offering 30% bonus on transfers of the Membership rewards points to Virgin Atlantic, so now you can transfer 1 AMEX MR point to receive 1.3 Virgin Atlantic miles. This special promotion ends on 11/30/2017.
Only $400 for a round-trip non-stop flight from JFK/EWR to ZRH. Availability from November 2017 to May 2018. Depending on the dates the fare is available on American, United and Swiss Air.
You can use Google Flights to search and Momondo to book your flights. For the example of the flight times on American Airlines see below.
I tried to get the Bank of America Merrill Lynch card twice in the past 6 months and both times I was rejected after being told that I already had enough credit established with Bank of America. Somehow I was able to get 1 Alaska card approved in March, but I was rejected for the other 2 I applied for in January and June. Multiple sources have now confirmed that the new so-called '2/3/4' rule was implemented at BofA. You can only get 2 BofA cards per rolling 2 months, 3 BofA cards per year, or 4 BofA cards per rolling 24 months. Given that BofA only counts its own cards, it's definitely more generous than the Chase '5/24' rule. I was really taking it slow with BofA and have opened only 8 new BofA accounts in the past 24 months, but still it's a long wait now until I can get another Alaska Airlines card.
Via Doctor of Credit there is again a public 60,000 AAdvantage miles offer on both business and personal versions of the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select World Master Card after $3000 spend in the first 3 months. The typical public offer on these cards is only 30,000-50,000. Reminder - you can not get the bonus on this card again if you opened any card in the AAdvantage family in the past 24 months. If you are new to credit card application and have not read the Miles 101, check out this section to strategize your credit card applications.
Only $350 for a round-trip non-stop flight from EWR to FCO. Availability from January to March 2018 on Norwegian Air. Dates around the Valentine's day are still available as well!
There are also plenty of budget accommodation options which you can find on Momondo (to learn more about how we go about booking our accommodation without hotel points read the Accommodation section of our Travel Planning Guide).
You can use Google Flights to search and Norwegian Air to book your flights. For the details of the flights see below.
You can now activate your 5% cashback on Chase Freedom for the Q4 - on up to $1500 in combined purchases in department stores and Walmart (including online purchases) from Oct 1st to December 31st.
Keep in mind that if you have the Chase Sapphire Reserve card your Chase Freedom points can be combined with the CSR account. This way in case you are not planning to transfer to the airline partners you are effectively earning 7.5% cashback on your department store and Walmart purchases.