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Offer expired March 9, 2014.

Well, the big United devaluation finally went into effect earlier this week, and the next major one is Southwest’s Wanna Get Away redemption devaluation set to take place March 31, 2014, when you’ll need to redeem 70 points per $1 instead of the current 60 points per $1.

So for this week’s Thursday Giveaway, I wanted to help one lucky reader top up his or her account with 10,000 Rapid Rewards points to help squeeze in a last redemption or two before devaluation day.

Southwest will be devaluing Wanna Get Away redemptions March 31.
Southwest will be devaluing Wanna Get Away redemptions March 31.

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post telling me where you’d use your Rapid Rewards points to go and why. Maybe its on one of the airline’s newly announced international routes. Or perhaps its to take a vacation to visit family, or to use on a positioning flight to catch an international award on another airline. Whatever it is, tell me how you’d put these points to use by 5pm ET on Monday, February 10 to be eligible. You can only enter once. The winner will be chosen at random and announced next week. Good luck!

Also check out this post for ideas on Maximizing Southwest Rapid Rewards Points Pre-Devaluation.

And the Winner of Last Week’s Prizes of Delta SkyClub Passes Are…

With the news that Delta would be jacking up its membership fees over $200 as well as restricting Amex Platinum and Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express access to their lounges to cardholders alone, and that the airline would be testing out some new amenities including premium food and beverage options and services like manicures and shoe-shining at select club locations over the next couple, I wanted to award two lucky readers two Delta Sky Club passes each so that they can test out these amenities for themselves. All you had to do to enter was leave a comment on my post telling me what your favorite lounge amenity of all time is.

We got hundreds of entries with some great call-outs including spas, wine cellars, chocolate croissants and the simple convenience of free WiFi, so thanks everyone for contributing. Our two winners chosen at random are:

Joseph: “Heineken on open self serve tap at the KLM Club in Amsterdam”


George: “The showers at the Cathay Pacific Arrival Lounge at HKG. I know showers aren’t a special amenity really, but after getting off a 15+ hour flight, the showers feel pretty awesome. Great espresso there too!”

Those are indeed two awesome lounge amenities and ones that exemplify why lounge access is not only convenient, but fun. So thanks to everyone who entered, and good luck in this week’s giveaway!

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