Earn 1750 Miles by Giving Flowers to your Valentine!

Southwest Rapid Rewards and JetBlue TrueBlue are having a promotion until February 15 where you can get 1750 Bonus Miles for every single order you place of $29.99 or more at 1800Flowers.com!  To get the bonus miles you have to enter the following promo codes when you order.

  • RR43 for Rapid Rewards
  • TB1750 for TrueBlue

Valentines RR1750

 

Order some flowers for someone and make some miles too!  What a deal!  You can enter the Promo Code on the billing details page where you enter your credit card number.

Since shipping can sometimes kill deals like this, if you are planning on ordering multiple orders then make sure to sign up for their Passport program which gives you free shipping for a year for $29.99.  It should pay for itself after just a few orders.

1750 Southwest Miles are worth approximately $26 in Wanna Get Away fares so you can see this is an awesome value and you are almost getting the points too!

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Air China Business Class Review: Beijing to Houston on a 777-300

This is part 18 of a series on my trip to Austria, Germany and China.

I received 40,000 of the 100,000 miles I used for this award ticket by getting the US Airways® Premier World MasterCard®!  This is a great card and one I still carry.  These miles will eventually become American miles which are some of the most valuable.  Click here to apply now for one of your own!

In my usual fashion, I almost missed my 14 hour flight home from Beijing to Dallas. Mental Note: When using public transport to get to the airport always give yourself much more time than you think you should need! Running through the airport getting hot and sweaty right before a 14 hours flight is not recommended. :)I was running so late that I wasn’t able to check out the Air China Business class lounge for a review! And when you have a 15 hour flight ahead of you booked in Business Class, the last thing you want to do is miss it and have them rebook you for the next available flight in coach! 45 hours in coach sounds like cruel and unusual punishmnet to me (and I know first hand since I did a 14 hour flight to Australia in coach back before I knew about the points and miles game). Continue reading

Bad changes coming to BA Avios and why I don’t care.

British Airways just announced changes to their Avios Frequent Flyer program that are largely negative that take effect April 28, 2015.  At the same time, the changes really won’t effect me with my Avios usage pattern.  Let me explain:

The Changes

  • Changes to the amount of Avios you earn when you credit flights to BA (specifically 25% or 50% instead of 100% for cheap coach fares but more for business and first class)Avios Changes 1
  • Changes to the amount of Avios you spend when you fly Oneworld Partners in business or first class (specifically first class goes from 200% of coach cost to 300% and business goes from 150% to 250%)
  • Introducing peak and off peak award pricing when redeeming miles on BA operated flights (but all partner award flights will be booked at the peak rates)Avios Changes 2

Why I Don’t Care

I mainly use BA Avios to book American short haul flights.  For example, Miami to Cancun for $72 and 9000 Avios, Costa Rica for $45 and 15,000 Avios, Panama for $62.50 and 20,000 Avios, and Chicago for $5 and 15,000 Avios.  Since all of these flights are less than 3 hours, I usually just book coach and save my miles for the long haul flights to Europe and beyond.  Well, none of these redemptions will change one bit with the announced changes! I just returned from the BPM Festival in Mexico and I will be able to buy the same cheap seat after these changes take place that I purchased before for just 9000 miles! So for me, the 50,000 sign up bonus for the BA Visa card is just as valuable as it was before this announcement.

I know some people liked the 50K round trip business class fares from Boston to Dublin and the 50K round trip business class from NYC to LA, those weren’t something that I used so it isn’t something that I will miss. If those bookings interest you then make sure to make them before April 28, 2015 to take advantage of the old prices.

While I hate seeing any negative changes at all, this is how the game is played and you are forever shooting at a moving target.  That is why my advice to everyone is to earn miles as fast as you can, then burn them just as fast.  See the world for free while you can because we never know what is around the next bend.  But if you like to fly last minute like I do, don’t mind coach for short flights and are looking to travel around the Americas for a song, then in my opinion little has changed with this announcement.

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Club Carlson: Extend your Stay, Earn 30K

This is another of our No Credit, No Problem series of posts that you can do with no special credit needed!

Club Carlson has announced their latest promotion and it’s pretty nice!  Now through March 31, 2015, for each 2 night eligible stay you will get 15K bonus gold points and for each 3+ night stay you will get 30K bonus gold points.  Most paid rates will count as eligible stays but some deeply discounted rates such as Friends and Family rates may not apply.Club Carson Extend Your StayYou could consider this a 7.5K per night bonus for 2 night stays and 10K per night bonus for 3 night stays which is pretty awesome since for just 9000 points you can get a free night at a property like this Radisson Blu in El Quseir, Egypt.RadissonElQuseirThese bonus points are in addition to the 20 points per dollar you get for hotel spending and 10 more points per dollar if you have the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa. Since this promotion can be earned multiple times, the optimal strategy would be to split up your stays into either 3 or 2 night reservations so you can get 60K bonus points from a 6 night stay instead of just 30K.  There is really no reason not to sign up and it just takes a few seconds to enter your email address or Club Carlson number. So click here and get to it and start enjoying bonus points!

Update on AA / US Airways Merger

It looks like the full integration of American Airlines and US Airways merger is chugging along.  When I logged into my AA account today I was shown the following message.AA US MergeOnce I put my Dividend Miles # in, it matched my accounts together and I received an email from both programs saying my accounts had been matched.

As you can see from the screenshot some time in the 2nd quarter of 2015 they will combine the miles and activity of both programs and then email you.  In the mean time you can continue to credit your miles to either American or US Airways.