The Barclaycard has become my default card for free travel, especially free taxi rides, meals and hotel stays. I charge all my day-to-day expenses to my Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®, earning 2 per dollar spent. Then, after I travel, I redeem my points earned to get statements credits for most of my travel. In reality, I have not paid for a taxi ride or a hotel stay in over 6 months since I got my card!

I wrote about how to leverage the points in this post.

The card has been updated and the new card has a chip in it.That is an essential feature when traveling in Europe and hopefully will be in the US too. I have actually been in a situation where a card with no chip was turned down by a cabbie in Paris. Luckily I had another card which had a chip. I am waiting for my new card with a chip. I just git a letter saying it is on its way.

Current offer:

  • 40,000 points after spending $3,000 in the first 90 days
  • 2x miles on each purchase
  • 10% miles back when redeeming points for travel
  • $89 annual fee waived for the 1st year

Apply here: Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®

Posted by unroadwarrior | No Comments

One of my favorite cards that I started using last year is the Barclaycard Arrivalô World MasterCard®. It earns 2x points on ALL purchases – travel related or otherwise. Most there cards give 2x only on travel related purchases or on their own websites/portals. There is also an ongoing promotion to earn 40,000 points after spending $3,000 within 90 days of getting the card. That is certainly a good kick-start!

Redeeming Points

I recently made my first redemption of Braclaycard points. It was straightforward as it could get. I redeemed points to my for travel expense I had already made. There are other options too, that I shall discuss later.

For redeeming points for travel expenses already made, you need to pick the option that says ‘Pay yourself back for travel’.

Screen Shot 2014-02-28 at 6.50.17 PM.png

When you go into this option, it takes you to a page that lists all the recent travel related expenses made on your Barclaycard card. All you have to do is select the expense you want to pay for with points and then follow the next steps to redeem. Barclaycard is currently giving 10% of any points you redeem back, for all travel expenses you redeem points for. That makes the redemptions even more attractive. The rate of redemption is a $1 for every 100 points redeemed, or at $0.01/point. This is not an excellent rate, which would be $0.015 or better, but is the best rate to get for such redemptions.

Another redemption option is for straight cash back. You get the cash back as a statement credit.

Screen Shot 2014-02-28 at 6.50.52 PM.png

The redemption rate for this is horrible. You get $0.5 for every 100 points redeemed or a rate of $0.005. I would never pick this option, unless I am really strapped for cash and needed to pay my credit card bill. Or at the end, when I am closing my card and have no travel related expenses to redeem some left over points on. Remember, you don’t get a check in the mail by picking this option. You get a statement credit on your card.

Screen Shot 2014-02-28 at 6.50.39 PM.png

Last set of options are for Gift cards and merchandise.

Screen Shot 2014-02-28 at 6.50.59 PM.png

Again, not good rates for these at all. The only benefit of these options, especially the gift card option is that you can redeem points for gifts. These include travel related gift cards. I can hence help pay for someone else’s travel, without charging my card. The options are not great, but a good selection.

Screen Shot 2014-02-28 at 6.52.10 PM.png

While Barclay Arrival card options for redemption are excellent, I would love to see one added – being able to redeem points for airline tickets directly. Just like I can do with SPG points. But the 2x earning on every kind of expense more than makes up for this limitation.

Apply Here:Barclaycard Arrivalô World MasterCard® – Earn 2x on All Purchases

 

Check out the latest Credit Card Offers on my dedicated Credit Card page.

Subscribe to get updates via email. Subscribe to get updates via RSS.

Join more than 6,500 followers we have on Twitter and Facebook and get regular updates on Airline Miles, the Airline Industry and other travel related stuff.

Disclaimer: This content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuer. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuer, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuer. This site may be compensated through the credit card issuer Affiliate Program.

Posted by unroadwarrior | One Comment

In Part I of this post I looked at the impact of the two significant event in the OneWorld Alliance, namely:

  • Qatar joining OneWorld
  • US Airways and American Airline deciding to merge

This has made me re-examine my loyalty to Star Alliance. In this post I will look at, or really just think aloud of the pro and cons of Star Alliance vs. OneWorld – for me. You will need to take this argument and apply it to your needs – your location and your travel patterns. Lets take a look.

International Routes:

The number one consideration for me is International routes. I fly internationally a lot. This year I flew to 10 countries over the whole year – primarily in Europe and Asia. For this, routing becomes very important. Routing in turn, is determined by hub location. I live in the Washington, DC area. Hence, my primary airport is Washington Dulles (IAD). The following airlines from the two Alliances fly to IAD:

Star Alliance:

  • United (Hub)
  • US Airways (Merging with American Airlines)
  • Lufthansa
  • Austrian
  • South African
  • ANA
  • Air Canada
  • Copa
  • Avianca
  • Brussels Airlines
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • SAS
  • Turkish Airlines
  • TAM Airlines (defecting to OneWorld)

OneWorld:

  • American Airlines
  • US Airways (as American Airlines, post merger)
  • British Airways
  • Iberia
  • Qatar
  • TAM (Defecting from Star Alliance)

Just to be fair and balanced, lets look at SkyTeam too:

  • Delta
  • Air France
  • KLM
  • Saudia
  • Aeroflot
  • AeroMexico
  • Korean Air

The impact of Hubs:

What a hub does is determine possible routes. Lets take an example with two cities – one which is not a hub for any alliance (Dubai) and another which has no direct flight by any airline to the US (Singapore). All major airlines of the world fly to both these cities.

Dubai (DXB):

If I want to fly to Dubai from Washington Dulles, I have one direct fly by an alliance airline – United has a non-stop and one by a non-alliance airline – Emirates. So, if I chose to fly OneWorld, I will need to go thru a hub, making it a one-stop route for any other alliance.

Singapore (SIN):

With Singapore Airlines ending its non-stop flights to Newark (EWR) and Los Angeles (LAX), no airline has a non-stop between the US and Singapore, making it an even playing field – there has to be a stop on the way. This opens up interesting comparisons.

Using either Alliance, I can fly to Singapore thru Europe – Lufthansa, Austrian or Turkish (if you consider Turkey to be in Europe) for Star Alliance or British Airways for OneWorld. Or thru Asia – United and ANA for Star Alliance and American for One World. Alternate routes are thru Africa with South Africa – Star Alliance (way too long), or the new interesting one – thru the Middle East with Qatar (OneWorld)!

All these routes are 1-stop, except for the American route which will take me thru a domestic AA hub then to Asia and then on to Singapore. The Qatar route thru Doha is new and exciting. Given it is Qatar, it is much better service than any of the other airlines that fly out of IAD!

I have made similar analysis to cities in India. All routes from IAD are 1-stop. Qatar adds an alternate route, which actually offers destinations in India that are many more than any other airline in any alliance.

Domestic Routes:

From a domestic routing perspective, if I stick to IAD as my start point, ignoring DCA (Washington National), United and hence Star Alliance wins hands down. For a destination other than American and US Airways’ hubs, for a flight to any other city in the US, I will need to make a 1-stop trip, no matter what, if I switch to OneWorld.

The dilemma:

Given my travel patterns, what is really attracting me to consider One World is Qatar. It offers new alternate routings to cities in Asia and India that Star Alliance does not have. One World limited my trips to Europe, as I would have to go thru London (LHR), taking British, to any other city in Europe. Or fly thru a American Airlines hub. So, 1-stop either ways. To Asia, I would say they both have equally bad non-stop coverage – United flies non-stop to Tokyo and Beijing (PEK) and ANA to Tokyo (NRT). For all other cities in Asia, it is 1-stop anyways.

Domestically, United hence, has a massive advantage.

The Future:

The future is of course, unknown. There is a possibility that an India based airline may finally join an alliance. You one that is viable, not Kingfisher. I would love to see Jet Airways, but given that Etihad just bought a major stake, it may be a package deal – Jet + Etihad joining Star Alliance. They will not join OneWorld as Qatar is already there. If that happens, or for that matter any Middle East or India based airline joins Star Alliance, it will end the dilemma for me. Even if it is Air India… maybe…

So, what am I planning to do? Not sure. I will decide once I have a better idea of my travel patterns for next year. This year it was mostly Asia and some Europe. If Asia remains predominant, I may take the plunge and start flying Qatar.

What do you suggest? Should I switch to OneWorld, dumping Star Alliance?

I have until the end of the year to decide. In the meanwhile, I am maximizing the miles I can collect using credit cards for:

 

Check out the latest Credit Card Offers on my dedicated Credit Card page.

Subscribe to get updates via email. Subscribe to get updates via RSS.

Join more than 6,500 followers we have on Twitter and Facebook and get regular updates on Airline Miles, the Airline Industry and other travel related stuff.

Disclaimer: This content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuer. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuer, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuer. This site may be compensated through the credit card issuer Affiliate Program.

Posted by unroadwarrior | 7 Comments

When I wrote my earlier blog post about the Barclay Card Arrival card, one questions I got from multiple readers was ‘how do I activate my complimentary TripIt Pro Subscription’? One reader thought that it was probably a code that came with the card when it came in and he had probably thrown it away. Luckily it is not. It is as easy as clicking on a link on the Barclaycard website.

tripit-activate.PNG

TripIt Pro:

TripIt is my favorite travel App. While I have Kayak Pro already, I have found TripIt, even the free version, to be much better. It adds all travel details directly to my calendar and has an excellent user interface. I tried on Pro version using their 1-month free trial on my recent trip to South East Asia and it is awesome. I could not wait to activate my account with Barclaycard.

Click and activate:

Once you have set up barclaycard account up on their website, you will find a big banner on the right to activate your complimentary account. Just click on it and it will take you to TripIt.com. If you don’t have a TripIt account, you can set one up at this time. If you do have an account, just log in and voila – your Pro subscription is activated!

I did IMG_2060.jpgthe needful and immediate logged into my TripIt app on my iPhone. Sure enough, my account had been upgraded to the Pro account – with Seat Tracker, Alerts – the works!

Barclay Arrival Card:

The Barclaycard has some great features other than the TripIt Pro subscription included. I just got my card and have already earned by 40,000 points!

  • 40,000 bonus miles after spending $1000 in the first 90 days
  • 2x (or 1x) miles earned on all purchases
  • Easy redemption on any travel – airline or hotel – at any time. No blackout dates ever
  • TripIt Pro membership included
  • 10% miles back when you redeem
  • Complimentary FICO® Scores as a benefit to active cardmembers. Opt-in to have instant and convenient access to FICO® Scores from your Barclaycard online account
  • No annual fee the first year, then $89

APPLY HERE: Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard

Check out the latest Credit Card Offers on my dedicated Credit Card page.

Subscribe to get updates via email. Subscribe to get updates via RSS.

Join more than 6,500 followers we have on Twitter and Facebook and get regular updates on Airline Miles, the Airline Industry and other travel related stuff.

Disclaimer: This content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuer. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuer, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuer. This site may be compensated through the credit card issuer Affiliate Program.

Posted by unroadwarrior | No Comments

I have been looking at which credit card to get next. I have not applied for a card for several months and am getting withdrawal symptoms… Of all the cards that I have not applied for in the recent past, one stands out as very promising – the Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard – $89 Annual Fee Card. The card actually comes in two flavors – one with a $89 annual fee (waived the first year) and one with no annual fee ever. The difference between the two:

  • The no annual fee card offer 20,000 bonus miles after spending $1,000 in the first 90 days. The $89 fee card offers 40,000 bonus miles after spending the same. Each 10,000 bonus miles is worth $100 towards award travel.
  • The no annual fee card ears 2x bonus miles per $1 spent on travel and dining and 1x bonus miles for all other purchases The $89 fee card earns 2x bonus miles on all purchases.

Rest of the benefits are the same for both cards:

  • 40,000 (or 20,000) bonus miles after spending $1000 in the first 90 days
  • 2x (or 1x) miles earned on all purchases
  • Easy redemption on any travel – airline or hotel – at any time. No blackout dates ever
  • TripIt Pro membership included
  • 10% miles back when you redeem

Given all these features I just applied for it as my next card.

APPLY HERE: Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard – $89 Annual Fee Card

 

 

Check out the latest Credit Card Offers on my dedicated Credit Card page.

Subscribe to get updates via email. Subscribe to get updates via RSS.

Join more than 6,500 followers we have on Twitter and Facebook and get regular updates on Airline Miles, the Airline Industry and other travel related stuff.

Disclaimer: This content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuer. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuer, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuer. This site may be compensated through the credit card issuer Affiliate Program.

Posted by unroadwarrior | 5 Comments

IMG_1611

I have very rarely stayed at hotels on airport properties. I prefer to stay near where my final destination is. The last time I stayed at a hotel near an airport was in Mumbai, but even that was a few kilometers away. On a trip to London a few weeks ago, I was taking an early morning flight back to the US. (7:55 AM). So instead of staying on in Kensington where I had been for a few days, I decided to move the night before to the Hilton at Heathrow airport. That way I would not have to wake up at 4AM to get to the airport. And what a great decision. The Hilton I was staying in was the Hilton Olympia. It is… let’s just say – not great. It’s really not a true Hilton. Probably another hotel that Hilton bought and slapped their logo on the front. I have stayed in Hampton Inns that are better and they give free breakfast! (There is another HIlton in Kensington, called the HIlton Kensington, which is what one would expect from a Hilton. I was actually attending a conference at that HIlton, but was staying at the Hilton Olympia, as that one was sold out). Now, back to    my story. The Hilton Heathrow is not only convenient – you can walk to it via an enclosed walkway – but also beautiful and luxurious.

Heathrow Terminal 4:

IMG_1612

The Hotel is attached to Heathrow’s Terminal 4. You can walk to the hotel from the ticketing lobby at the terminal. Its location is important to note as Heathrow’s T4 and T5 are separated from T1, T2 and T3 (and from each other) by quite a distance. You have to take a train to go from these three sets of terminals. (I understand that T1, T2 and T3 was within walking distance of each other). Also, if you are taking the Tube to get to the hotel, like I did, you have to make sure you take the right train. Not every train to Heathrow goes to T4. I just boarded the first train I saw for Heathrow and found out that it did not go to T4. I had to get off at a station before Heathrow and switch trains. No biggie, but it would have been if I had a lot of luggage. Furthermore, there is another Hilton in T5. Make sure you know which one you are going to.

The Hilton Heathrow:

The hotel has an impressive lobby with glass elevators, ‘open air’ restaurants and also the executive lounge, right in the lobby. I took some nice pictures of the lobby from the elevator deck on my floor and from the lobby looking up. They are attached. The rooms were also beautiful – not the typical small rooms one sees in Europe. (The Hilton Olympia had small rooms). A picture of the room is attached. The unique feature of the room was the patterned light that projected on a canvas over the bed (see picture). My room faced the air operations side, but the view of the runways and taxiways was very limited. I did take one picture and could not even identify which airline’s plane it was.

Executive Lounge:

IMG_1615

As I had already had dinner, I did not get to check out any of the restaurants. I did however stop by the lounge to get me some refreshments. (YOu have to be a Hilton Hhonors Gold to access the lounge). It was a larger than average lounge with ample sitting space, multiple power points and both work tables and nice sofas. By the time I visited, the food was gone (5 to 9 PM), but there was ample stuff to drink – alcoholic and regular (and some fruits).

Getting to the flight:

Getting to the flight in the morning was a lot of walking. The walk over the walkway back to the terminal was around 5 minutes (their sign says 6 minutes). Then I had to take the train to T2 and after security just walk and walk to the gate. I actually went to the beautiful Star Alliance Lounge there in T2. I will review that in a later post. In all, if I had skipped the lounge, it would have taken me around 25 minutes to get to the gate. As I am a United Gold, I was able to take the Elite lane for security. The regular lanes seemed pretty long. So, budget extra time. I also had no bags to check. The lady at the desk at the Hilton had told me that it would take me 30 minutes to get from the hotel to the check-in counter. I agree one should budget that much time, especially if you are lugging multiple bags thru the airport and train.

All in all – one of the better (non-resort) hotels I have stayed in. It is far off from the city, so for use only if you are flying in really late or have an early flight to catch.

 

IMG_1617

Check out the latest Credit Card Offers on my dedicated Credit Card page.

Subscribe to get updates via email. Subscribe to get updates via RSS.

Join more than 6,500 followers we have on Twitter and Facebook and get regular updates on Airline Miles, the Airline Industry and other travel related stuff.

Disclaimer: This content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuer. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuer, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuer. This site may be compensated through the credit card issuer Affiliate Program.

Posted by unroadwarrior | 3 Comments

The two most flexible reward programs that are not locked-in to an Airline or a Hotel Chain are Ultimate Rewards from Chase and Membership Rewards from American Express. Both are excellent programs with great redemption opportunities and multiple ways to earn them. This post with compare and contrast some of the key points of these two rewards programs.

Whats Common:

  • The first thing that is common between these two programs is that they are both not locked to a particular Airline or Airlines (like Miles and More is to Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian or United MileagePlus to just United) or Hotel Chain (like Hilton HHonors to the Hilton Chain).
  • Secondly, they can be transferred to multiple other programs – Hotel, Airline, Retail, Gift Cards
  • Thridly, they both have redemption directly for Travel
  • Fourth, they both have ‘shopping malls’ that allow earning rewards on purchases from a wide set of retailed/brands
  • Fifth, both have multiple cards that earn to the same program – personal and business cards. (See below for list)
  • Sixth, while not the best return, both allow redemption for cash or cash Gift Cards

Whats different:

  • Chase Ultimate Rewards has 1:1 transfer to several airline and hotel programs (United, Marriott, Amtrak, to name a few), where as Membership Rewards the ratios are not always 1:1 (Hilton is 1:1.5 and SPG is 1:0.33)
  • Membership Rewards has 16 Airlines and 5 Hotel programs you can transfer to, where as Chase has 9 total programs you can transfer to (Air, Hotel and Amtrak)
  • Membership Rewards can be redeemed directly on Amazon.com
  • Chase Ultimate Rewards has many opportunities to earn multiple points for each dollar spent (unto 6x), but Membership Rewards tops out at 3x (for travel)
  • Membership Rewards allows transfer to Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), which itself has excellent redemption and transfer opportunities
  • Last, but not the least both have multiple cards that allow you to earn points, but American Express has more cards to choose from. Having multiple cards to get over a period of time allows one to really pile on the points with multiple sign-up bonuses!

Any feature of these two reward programs that you love? Which program do you have points with? Do share by leaving a comment below.

Check out more Current Credit Card Offers on this page.

Subscribe to get updates via email. Subscribe to get updates via RSS.

Join more than 6,000 followers we have on Twitter and Facebook and get regular updates on Airline Miles, the Airline Industry and other travel related stuff.

Disclaimer: This content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuer. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuer, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuer. This site may be compensated through the credit card issuer Affiliate Program.

Posted by unroadwarrior | 12 Comments

I am canceling my American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card. The fees is due and $175 seems steep, given the recent changes in my card strategy (more on that in a later post). Furthermore, canceling the card makes me (more?) eligible for other sign-up bonuses from American Express, including (fingers crossed) the elusive, by invitation only 100,000 point Platinum card. Don’t get me wrong, the American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card is an absolutely fabulous card with great features. (The current offer for a new card is 25,000 Membership Rewards Points, after spending $2000 in 3 months – which is really not great, even with the fee waiver. You can find better offers). But, I am focussing on accumulating points rapidly right now for some redemptions I am planning for summer. So, I am looking for large and quick sign up bonuses. Like the Chase Ink Bold® Business Card, which has a bonus of 50,000 points after spending $5,000 in 3 months! And, the points are transferrable to United on a 1:1 ratio, the airline I will redeem the miles from. American Express has no option to transfer to United.

So, my question to my readers – seeking advice. I have just over 7,000 Membership Reward Points on my American Express Membership Rewards account. As I have only one American Express card, I want to redeem/transfer the points before I cancel the card.

Looking at some of the options, I am thinking of transferring the points to Hilton Honors. I already have over 75,000 points on Hilton and American Express is giving a transfer ration of 1.5 Hilton Honors points for each Member Rewards point. My question: Are there any other transfer or redemption offers that you have used (or are aware of), that I should consider before pulling the trigger? Please let me know by leaving a comment below. Even if this is the option I go with (I can readily use the Hilton Points over summer), others will benefit from your comments. Do share and thanks for doing so!

Subscribe to get updates via email. Subscribe to get updates via RSS.

Join more than 6,000 followers we have on Twitter and Facebook and get regular updates on Airline Miles, the Airline Industry and other travel related stuff.

Disclaimer: This content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuer. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuer, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuer. This site may be compensated through the credit card issuer Affiliate Program.

Posted by unroadwarrior | 21 Comments

American Express Rewards is one of the best reward programs out there. The flexibility and variety of rewards available is out of this world. I have in the past redeemed Membership Rewards for Macy’s Gift cards (in a convoluted way, though) and for hotel stays. Just last week I redeemed them for airline tickets. The tickets for my flight were pretty steep and reward availability for Saver Rewards (you know the advertised 25,000 mile round trip awards) were unavailable. I did not want to shell out the chase, so I decided to burn up some of the 85,000 Membership rewards I had.

Membership Rewards for Flights

Redeeming these rewards is straightforward. You go to American Expresses travel website, which is just like any other travel booking site and search for the flights you want. When purchasing the fight, you get an option to pay with cash (pay with a credit card) or to pay with your Membership Reward points.

Step 1: Select ‘Pay with Points’ to start your booking

Screen Shot 2013-01-26 at 3.17.20 PM.png

2. Select ‘From’, ‘To’, dates, time of flights, etc and search:

Screen Shot 2013-01-26 at 3.18.13 PM.png

3. For the Flights shown, select ‘Membership Rewards points’ to see the price in Membership Rewards points instead of Dollars:

Screen Shot 2013-01-26 at 3.19.03 PM.png

4. Select your flight and book!

My flights appeared immediately on United’s website. Even better, United sees these as revenue tickets, not as award tickets – so, full miles earned!

Get your card!

The current best offer on the American Express Card at the moment (for individuals, not businesses) is for the Personal Gold Card. Details are:

  • Earn More: earn 25K Membership Rewards® points after you spend $2K during your first three months of Card membership
  • Earn 15K points after you spend $30,000 within one calendar year

Apply here:American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card

Subscribe to get updates via email. Subscribe to get updates via RSS.

Join more than 6,000 followers we have on Twitter and Facebook and get regular updates on Airline Miles, the Airline Industry and other travel related stuff.

Disclosure:

Disclaimer: This content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuer. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuer, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuer. This site may be compensated through the credit card issuer Affiliate Program.

Posted by unroadwarrior | 18 Comments

Chase Card holders with most United Credit Cards need not lose hope. If you are within 5,000 PQM (Elite miles) of reaching your Elite miles target for the year and you cannot make the last flight you needed to get over the threshold, you have an option!

Elite qualification is something some of us have to fight for all year. As a (un)road warrior, this is an annual process for me – scrounge for every PQM to get to (for me) 50,000 PQM in a year for qualifying as a Gold Elite with United. This year was no different. And plans did not go as I had hoped either. There were cancelled trips, trips on Delta (yikes!) as United has terrible early morning connectivity to Atlanta from DC, missed flights that resulted in me flying American (double yikes!) and the mother of them all – I redeemed miles on myself (breaking my own rule) for a roundtrip Business Class ticket to India!United PQM.jpg

So, I had given up hope on hitting 50,000 PQM this year when the unthinkable happened – I received my 5,000 PQM from my United MileagePlus card for hitting a spend target of $35,000 in a year. This card is an old United card now called the United MileagePlus card that, I believe, is not available to apply for anymore. That brought me within a couple of thousand miles of Gold. But, no more flights! All my travel for the year was done and I do not do mileage runs. I then remembered that my United card had another benefit – the ability to redeem RDM for PQM – using a program called United Choices. There are other benefits thru this redemption program that I will cover in a later post, but the one that matters most now is the ability buy PQM with RDM for no cash cost! You can redeem RDM in increments of 10,000 for a 1,000 PQM each, upto a maximum of 5,000 PQM. It got me over the line!

I would suggest checking this out. Especially if like me, you value cash over miles. Miles can be earned by just applying for a card. I recently earned 50,000 miles thru my Chase Ink card, all of which can be transferred to United! So, hope is not lost. Even this late in the year, just like I did, you can get up to 5,000 additional PQM from the comfort of your couch.

Subscribe to get updates via email. Subscribe to get updates via RSS.

We also post updates on Twitter and Facebook on Airline Miles, the Airline Industry and other travel related stuff.

Posted by unroadwarrior | 14 Comments

*** OFFER IS NOW UPTO 40,000 MILES. WAS ORIGINALLY 50,000 ***

Every time there is a merger between airlines, I have personally leveraged the opportunity to make sure I get miles in both airlines’ accounts. When the merger does happen, the miles get combined, raising their value. 40,000 miles each in two separate airlines accounts is much less than 80,000 in one airlines. I did this way back with the NorthWest-Delta merger, then with the Continental-United merger and am going to do for the potential US Airways-American Airlines merger.

I already have an American Airlines card, so there is a balance. I have some US Airways miles from older trips. Even combined it is not a large total. But US Airways just increased the mileage offer on their credit card to unto 40,000 miles. Add that to the mix and the combined total across both airlines is significant!

Here is the offer. It gives 30,000 miles after the 1st purchase and another 10,000 after a transfer. Details:

  • Earn up to 40,000 bonus miles on qualifying transactions
  • Exclusive: Redeem for flights for 5,000 fewer miles
  • Enjoy 2 miles per $1 on US Airways purchases
  • Earn 1 mile per $1 spent everywhere else
  • Two roundtrip companion tickets each year
  • Zone 2 priority boarding on every flight
  • First class check-in
  • Please see terms and conditions for complete details

Apply here: The US Airways Premier World MasterCard®. (Note: This is an affiliate link. I will get a small fee if you apply and get approved).

If you do not have the CitiBusiness®/AAdvantage® World MasterCard® card, they too have a 30,000 miles offer (after spending $1,000 within 3 months). Applying for both cards will give you a total on upto 70,000 miles in the new merged American Airlines!

Want even more miles? Check out the Chase Ink card offers.

Subscribe to get updates via email. Subscribe to get updates via RSS.

We also post updates on Twitter and Facebook on Airline Miles, the Airline Industry and other travel related stuff.

We recommend – An awesome Sports Blog by Sportsthrills

Disclaimer: This content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuer. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuer, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuer. This site may be compensated through the credit card issuer Affiliate Program.

Posted by unroadwarrior | 11 Comments

« previous home top