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Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week:
Chase Ink 60,000-Point Offers: Last Sunday, Chase announced limited-time higher sign-up bonuses on all four Ink cards. The sign-up bonus on the Ink Bold and Ink Plus cards to 60,000 Ultimate Rewards points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months and the $95 annual fee is waived the first year. The normal offer is 50,000 points. The sign-up bonus on the no-annual fee Ink cards is also getting a nice 25% increase –Ink Cash and Ink Classic cards increase from 20,000 to 25,000 points when you spent $3,000 within the first three months. These offers end today Saturday, June 22, 2013, so if you haven’t done so yet, apply now. For more ideas, check out my post this week about What Will 60,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points Get You?
Free SPG Gold Status for World Elite Mastercard Cardholders: SPG is giving away SPG Gold Status to World Elite MasterCard Cardholders. You can sign-up here by entering the first six digits of this card, which you can easily find by searching the web, and then you must complete one stay in the Asia Pacific region now through July 2015 for your account to reflect the Gold status. SPG Gold benefits include three Starpoints per dollar, 4pm late check-out, upgraded rooms and a welcome amenity. The address on your SPG account must be one in the Asia Pacific region as well to qualify. Another way to get SPG Gold status is with the Amex Platinum card, because cardholders receive Gold status automatically, though you have to call American Express to register. World Elite MasterCards include the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Elite Mastercard among others.
Enter to Win 1,000,000 Delta SkyMiles: Now through July 16, 2013, Delta is offering SkyMiles members the opportunity to enter to win 1,000,000 SkyMiles. This contest is through their Facebook page, which you must like before you can enter, then just fill out your basic info including your complete name, email address, date of birth and SkyMiles number. You can enter once per SkyMiles number per day. In addition to the grand prize of 1,000,000 SkyMiles, they are giving 14 more winners 250,000 SkyMiles each, which will be awarded every other day. While SkyMiles are not the most valuable currency out there, if you won a million, you should definitely be able to put them to use. You might as well enter since it takes about 30 seconds and let’s hope a TPG reader can win these! Just note that winners are responsible for taxes and the Grand Prize is valued at $20,000 with the 250K miles prizes valued at $5,000 so that’s something to consider.
Bonus Elevate Points with RocketMiles: RocketMiles is a hotel search engine and booking app that works with a few premium hotel partners in several US cities to offer customers who book rooms bonus miles with several airlines. They are currently having a promotion where new members can earn 3,000 bonus Virgin America Elevate points with their first booking. To make this deal even sweeter, Elevate Silver and Gold members will earn 5,000 points instead. You must book your stay now through July 15, and stay by the December 31, 2013. The bonus points should post to your account within 24 hours of booking the room.
United Adding Premier Qualifying Dollars Requirement: Following Delta’s move, United Airlines announced that starting in January 2014, Premier qualification for members living in the United States will include a minimum annual spending level. They will keep track of this new requirement with Premier qualifying dollars (PQD) – dollars spent on most United tickets, including partner flights, and Economy Plus purchases. The changes will not affect Premier qualifying miles (PQM) or Premier qualifying segments (PQS). The new criteria will look like this: Premier Silver: [25,000 PQM or 30 PQS] and $2,500 PQD, Premier Gold: [50,000 PQM or 60 PQS] and $5,000 PQD, Premier Platinum: [75,000 PQM or 90 PQS] and $7,500 PQD, Premier 1K: [100,000 PQM or 120 PQS] and $10,000 PQD. However, you can get out of this new requirement by spending $25,000 a year on one of their co-branded credit cards, but only if your goal is Silver, Gold, or Platinum, as their is no waiver for Premier 1K qualification.
JetBlue Axes TrueBlue Point Expiration: Earlier this week, JetBlue announced that they are getting rid of expiration on TrueBlue points. JetBlue joins Delta in the “no expiration” club and I hope other airlines follow suit. While most frequent flyer programs allow you to keep points active by simply having any activity in your account or having a co-branded credit card, millions (and likely billions) of points expire every year, which kills me just to think about! I personally don’t fly JetBlue that much, but with their recent plans to enhance their transcon flights by adding mini-suites on these routes, I might have to check them out.
20% Bonus on Purchased Wyndham Points and Double Points on Summer Stays: Now through June 30, 2013, Wyndham is offering a 20% bonus on purchased points. This offer is good on both purchases for yourself or if you’d like to gift these points to others. To participate in the offer, you must login to your Wyndham account, and you’ll then be redirected to the Points.com site. This bonus is hard-coded so there’s no need to register for it. As a reminder, you can buy up to 40,000 points per year. The points should post to your account within 3 days after the purchase. Wyndham is also offering double points on stays this summer now through September 13, 2013. To be eligible, you must first register then you’ll earn double points starting with your second stay.
Bonus Flying Blue Miles with their Biggest Traveler Contest: Flying Blue has launched a contest now through June 26, 2013, where you can win an assortment of prizes including bonus miles. To get started, head over to the contest site where you can join the adventure and play some games to try and catch “Mr. Miles.” Each day, they are giving 400 winners 500 bonus miles each, and seven winners 10,000 bonus miles each. At the end of the contest, they’ll have a drawing to win the grand prize of 500,000 Flying Blue miles and Flying Blue Platinum Status. To win the bonus miles, you must be a Flying Blue member, so if you aren’t already, you can sign up here.
EVA Air Joins Star Alliance: Earlier this week, EVA Air officially joined the Star Alliance network. EVA Air is based in Taiwan, and offers direct service from there to Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco and New York. In addition, they are renaming their loyalty program from Evergreen Club to Infinity MileageLands. Members in EVA Air Infinity MileageLands program will now be able to earn and redeem miles on all 28 Star Alliance airlines. Star Alliance Gold status will be extended to MileageLands Diamond and Gold members. Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.
Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.