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Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:
Loyalty programs are constantly changing, and so are the credit cards associated with them. Sign-up bonuses rise and fall, benefits are added and removed, programs devalue or revalue. To make the most of them, you have to stay up to date on the credit card offers out there and take advantage of great new deals as they become available. Here are my picks for the top current travel rewards credit card offers this month:
1. Ink Plus Business Card from Chase
2. Chase Sapphire Preferred
3. British Airways Visa Signature Card
4. The Blue for Business Credit Card from American Express
5. Citi Prestige
6. Starwood Preferred Guest Card from American Express and the Starwood Preferred Guest Business Card from American Express
7. Platinum Card from American Express
8. Citi ThankYou Premier
9. Chase Freedom
10. Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve
TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers some guidance on the top points and miles tasks to complete by the end of 2015 to make sure you earn all the rewards to which you’re entitled. The list includes things like checking your elite-qualifying mile (and dollar) progress, checking your elite-qualifying night and stay progress, auditing your accounts to make sure you received the points and miles you earned and more.
Last week, several readers reported that they were experiencing problems when redeeming ThankYou points for American Airlines business and first-class flights at the advertised 1.6-cent rate for Citi Prestige cardholders. The issue is now fixed, and you should receive 1.6 cents per point in value if you have the Citi Prestige card. You’ll also earn miles for your flights, since Citi books you into revenue fare classes. If for some reason you’re still seeing a discrepancy, please let us know in the comments and call Citi ThankYou at 1-800-842-6596 for help booking. For more information, read the full post here.
One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” The answer varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. My valuations are based on a combination of how much I would pay to buy points if given the opportunity, and the overall value I could get from redeeming them. Some of this months changes include adding Choice Privileges to the list and lowering my valuation for Barclaycard Arrival miles. For more changes and values, click here.
Light and lighting interplay can have a huge effect on travelers’ flying experience. For example, an airplane’s lighting system will normally be bright during boarding to help travelers easily find their seats but then dim during take off and landings, helping to soothe nerves during what tend to be the most anxiety-inducing portions of a flight. For more inside scoop on how airlines use lighting, read the full post here.
In Other News…
Malaysia Airlines to Launch New A330-300 Business-Class Seats
Malaysia Airlines is launching new business-class seats on its A330-330 aircraft traveling between Malaysia, Australia and Asia in April 2016. The new seat is 20.6 inches wide with a 43-inch pitch that turns into a 76-inch lie-flat bed. 90% of the seats will offer direct aisle access and each comes with a power outlet, USB port, a Panasonic 16-inch touchscreen in-flight entertainment system, a reading light and bed linens.
Amex Offers Targeted $10 Statement Credits for Small Business Saturday
In previous years, Amex has offered $10 statement credits for shopping during Small Business Saturday. This year, Amex said it wouldn’t be offering $10 credits, but some TPG readers have reported finding them in their Amex offers section. To see if you’ve been targeted, sign in to your American Express account and check the “Amex Offers & Benefits” section. You may have an offer for a one-time $10 statement credit by using your enrolled card to make a single purchase of $10 or more in-store at a qualifying small business. This year the event falls on November 28, 2015.
Triple United Miles for Choice Privilege Stays
You can earn 3x United miles (750 instead of 250 miles) for every qualifying stay at participating Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, MainStay Suites, Suburban, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn, Cambria hotels & suites and Ascend locations worldwide until December 31, 2015. Make sure to give your United MileagePlus number at check-in or save it in your Choice Privileges account as your earning preference.
Buy LANPASS Kilometers with Up To a 125% Bonus
LAN is offering LANPASS Kilometers for members residing in the United States with up to a 125% bonus (as much as 250,000 kms). You have until November 16, 2015 to purchase with the bonus, and you have three years to use the miles. For the exact bonus amounts and to purchase, click here.
Win 500,000 AAdvantage Miles and a Cruise
You can win a cruise for two and 500,000 American AAdvantage miles with the “Win a Sweepstakes at Sea” promotion. To enter, sign up to receive the weekly email alerts from American Airlines Cruises. Five runners-up will be awarded 100,000 AAdvantage miles each. The contest is open to legal residents residing in the 50 United States and DC, 21 years of age or older at the time of entry, who have internet access and are the authorized user of an email address in the US. Enter by 11:59:59 pm ET January 31, 2016.
Citi Prestige® Card
|Intro APR||Regular APR||Annual Fee||Foreign Transaction Fee||Credit Rating|
|N/A||15.74%* (Variable)||$450||0%||Excellent Credit|