Saturday Recap: Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard 100,000 Mile Bonus, Boost Or Renew Your American Elite Status, Virgin Atlantic Transfer Ratio To Hilton HHonors Devaluation, Hyatt Credit Card Winter Points Promo & More

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Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week:

Citi has upped their bonus with this card.

Citi has upped the offer with 100,000 miles.

Reminder – Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard Bonus Up To 100,000 Miles: Citi launched a 100,000 mile bonus on this card which you can earn when you spend $10,000 in the first 3 months; in addition, you can receive $200 in statement credits on purchases in the first 12 months. Previously, the bonus was only 75,000 miles if you spent $7,500 in the first 3 months of card membership, or 60,000 miles if you spent $5,000 in 3 months. The 100K bonus offer is available at this link. It asks 6-digit agent referral code and airport code, but even if you just fill in your name, it directs you to the application page. This card is quite useful for travel, as it has smart chip technology and no foreign transaction fees. Just a reminder, it does have a $450 annual fee that is not waived.


10% Off Virgin America Flights in February: Virgin America launched a sale where you can use code JET10 to book by TODAY, February 1 and fly between February 7-March 6. The offer ends at 11:59pm PT on February 1, 2014. This offer is valid only for nonstop or connecting travel; offer is not valid for any multi-city itineraries. Promo code is valid for non-refundable Main Cabin, Instant Upgrade to MCS, or non-refundable First Class tickets only. Promo code is valid for a 10% discount off the base fare for travel on all days except Sundays. Additional blackout dates are Feb 13-15 and Feb 17, 2014. Promo code may be used only towards newly booked travel and may not be applied to prior bookings.

American Airlines will let you buy back elite status now under certain conditions.

American Airlines will let you buy back elite status now under certain conditions.

Reminder: American Elite Status Boost And Renew Paid Options Now Live: Back in November, American announced that it would be launching two new options for frequent flyers to pay to requalify for status if they fall short of the miles that they need this year. These options are now live and available for purchase here through May 31. The two choices are: boost, meaning if you are close to the AAdvantage Executive Platinum, Platinum, or Gold status at the end of the year but don’t quite make it, you can boost to the next level; or renew, meaning if you were an elite status member in 2013 but weren’t able to retain your status by the end of the year, you are now eligible for a status renewal.

Your Virgin miles will get you 25% fewer HHonors points next week.

Your Virgin miles will get you 25% fewer HHonors points next week.

Reminder: Virgin Atlantic Transfer Ratio To Hilton HHonors Devaluing 25% February 6, 2014: Virgin Atlantic has announced that starting February 6, Flying Club miles will transfer to Hilton HHonors at a ratio of 1 mile to 1.5 HHonors points – a 25% devaluation. Here’s what Virgin posted: “Please note from 6 February 2014 the exchange miles to points rate is changing. Flying Club members will be able to exchange miles at the following rate: 2 Flying Club miles for 3 Hilton HHonors points. You can currently exchange miles at a rate of (up until 5 February 2014): 1 Flying Club mile for 2 HHonors point. Minimum Level: 10,000 miles and then in increments of 5,000. Just call the Flying Club Helpline with your HHonors account number.” So, you have a few more days until February 6 to convert before the devaluation if you choose to do so.

Earn Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points with this promotion.

Earn Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points with this promotion.

Hyatt Credit Card Winter Points Promotion: Spend $3,000 or more on your Hyatt credit card between January 1, 2014-March 31, 2014 and get 5,000 bonus Hyatt Gold Passport points. You must register by February 28 by clicking here or calling 1-886-800-1211. You must enter an enrollment code, which you should have on a letter that was mailed to you with your Hyatt credit card statement. If you don’t have this letter or number, call Hyatt to get an enrollment code.

Get 40% at the W Store, excluding mattresses.

Get 40% at the W Store, excluding mattresses.

Get 40% Off the W Hotel Store: You can get 40% off at the W Hotel Store through February 28, 2014. The offer is valid sitewide on all items except mattress. Use the promo code M4G7V during checkout to get the discount.


PointsHound has now partnered with Alaska and Frontier.

PointsHound Now Partnering With Alaska and Frontier: Booking website PointsHound is now offering the opportunity to earn miles with Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan and Frontier Airlines EarlyReturns, which is great news for those West Coasters who use these airlines frequently. PointsHound is a useful tool if you plan on booking often, as they offer twice as many miles for their most frequent customers. The site offers a low-price guarantee (so you’re not just “buying” miles with a higher rate) and they also offer separate class of Double Up rates that are guaranteed to earn elite status and benefits (typically third-party rates are disqualified from hotel loyalty programs.

American Airlines to Launch DFW-Shanghai Non-Stop in June: American currently offers non-stop flights to Shanghai from its hubs in Los Angeles and Chicago, and will be adding Dallas to the route map starting June 11, 2014; this new flight will be bookable beginning Sunday, February 2. As usual with new routes, there’s likely to be some good award availability in the first few days, so you might want to check it out if you have an Asia trip coming up this summer. The new route will be serviced with a 777-200, so it has American’s old interiors for now, unlike the 777-300 that American will fly DFW-Hong Kong, also starting this summer.

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  • Mike

    Hyatt phone number is incorrect – it should be 866-

  • Christina

    Hyatt 5000 points , $3000 spending retro to Jan 1st if I apply code today ?

  • Kevin

    I cant seem to find an enrollment code – i dont get paper statements – i called Chase and Hyatt but both were dumbfounded. Any thoughts on how to find it? Is it targeted?

  • Alex

    Yes, it is retroactive. The correct url is

  • Alex

    It is targeted. You would have gotten either email or direct mail piece.

  • christina

    Sounds like if you didn’t get a code you are out of luck. Anybody get the code by calling ? I just sent a email.

  • Alex

    Try calling 877−532−3803 or number on back of your card

  • Joel

    I tried calling Chase and Hyatt and neither said they could help me.

  • kaziopeia

    Hi. I already have the regular citi aadvantage visa signature card (not the executive one). Any idea if I can apply for the exec one and receive the 100K miles? Thank you

  • Karl Mitchell

    If anyone has any luck who was NOT targeted, I’m interested to hear. From what I can see on Flyertalk, though, many weren’t and calling Hyatt hasn’t helped. This seems to be particularly the case for those that did the last two.

  • test

    AAdvantage – you forgot to mention “Enjoy these VIP benefits for an annual fee of $450*

  • Joe John

    Yes, I have 2 reg AA and 1 biz AA, got the CITI exec on Thursday

  • ER

    For that AA card, do authorized users with their own credit card get Admiral’s club beneifts?

  • j pile

    Applied on Weds evening and the card was delivered to my doorstep this am, I was not targeted. I applied off this site’s application page and was approved instantly, I am impressed with Citi Bank execution. I have the regular AAL Citi Card as well, very happy with this.

  • blaire

    I did the last two and was told by Hyatt that I wasn’t eligible for this promo. Also. the 800# listed in this post isn’t working

  • shay peleg

    I got the 100k AA offer and i need to know if anyone has experience in having Citi send the card to a different address without insane paperwork. They want me to verify my schools address and i know the kind of hassle that is and Amex and Chase always send the card to where ever i want it to.

  • jason

    I opened my account in November. Phone rep told me that accounts under 6mos. old not eligible…

  • Rogesh

    No. Primary user can tag along immediate family or 2 guests

  • bman

    WOAH! this helps a ton!

  • jmartin

    Brian I tried to book a room at the hyatt 48 lex with the 2 free nights from my hyatt card. I was going to send my wife and daughter for a long weekend. When I called to book the room they said since the award was under my name that I needed to be there at check in. Do you have any suggestions for getting around this?

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