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It's Back! 100,000 British Airway miles for $95

Posted by Ricky Radka on Wednesday, April 6, 2011

It's back! It has been almost a year and a half since British Airways offered the well received and applied for Visa Signature card which allowed new card members up to 100,000 BA miles. If you missed out on it last time around, here is another shot.

Apply by May 6, 2011, to receive British Airways "most generous" offer of the year. You will earn 50,000 miles upon your first purchase with the card and an additional 50,000 bonus BA miles after spending $2,500 within the first three months of activation.

That should be enough to earn you two "free" (we use that word loosely, since there are always taxes and sometimes fees associated with frequent flyer programs and airline tickets) trans-atlantic tickets to the many European destinations served by British Airways and the Oneworld team.

Other benefits include:

• No foreign transaction fees.

• BA Miles for every dollar spent—Earn 2.5 BA Miles for every $1 spent on British Airways purchases.

• Earn 1.25 BA Miles for every $1 spent on everyday purchases.

• BA Miles Travel Together Ticket—With the BA Miles Travel Together Ticket, you can bring a companion on your next reward flight without using any additional BA Miles. Every year you spend $30,000 on your card, you’ll earn a Travel Together Ticket good for two years.

As with any airline affiliated credit card there are pages of terms and conditions, so please read carefully before deciding if this is the right deal for you. The annual fee for this card is $95. (Allthough it does state $75 on the Pricing and terms link on the main page, $95 appears on application page) Apply here.

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Categories: Frequent Flyer Cards


Delta Eliminates Mileage Expiration

Posted by Ricky Radka on Tuesday, February 15, 2011

While it seems that most of the time airlines are busy raising checked baggage fees or adding more restrictions to drive their clientele mad. In rare instances they actually do like to throw their customers a bone.

In another effort to improve it's SkyMiles program Delta Airlines has announced that it is now the only major U.S. carrier without mileage expiration. Quoting the email I just received from the carrier:

"You now can earn miles without worrying if and when they will expire as we have eliminated our mileage expiration policy - no asterisk, no fine print, no ifs, ands or buts."

Previously, SkyMiles would expire 24 months after a flier's last qualifying mileage activity. For most Delta SkyMiles frequent fliers this won't have much of an impact but for those who fly less often or use different carriers from time to time, it's a nice gesture. Let's hope other U.S. carriers follow the lead, eliminating last minute jaunts just to save expiring miles or buying items from airlines sponsored shopping sites in order to keep your account active.

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Categories: Frequent Flyer Cards

Free 250 AAdvantage miles from Best Western Rewards

Posted by Ricky Radka on Thursday, January 27, 2011

To be honest, I've never stayed at a Best Western, therefore I've never had a reason to sign up for the Best Western Rewards program. Until now.

By signing up for Best Western Rewards, which is a free rewards program and setting your earning preference to airline miles then selecting American Airlines as your airline of choice on the information screen you will earn a free 250 AAdvantage mile boost in your account. While probably not enough miles to get you that international flight you've been saving for this is a great way to keep your account active and get some extra miles for a couple minutes of your time.

Stays booked during this Spring Promotion (February 6 - April 11, 2011) are entitled to earning even more bonus AAdvantage miles for those who are registered. Earn 500 miles on the first stay, 750 on your second, and 1,000 for each stay thereafter. No limit cap to the number of bonus miles during the promotion period.

While entering your AAdvantage number on the information page make sure to use all CAPS because the entry field is case sensitive even though it's not listed as so. Register here to get your free 250 AAdvantage miles.

To learn more, visit Ricky Radka's profile on Google+

Categories: Frequent Flyer Cards

Earn an easy 150 free AAdvantage miles from Bose

Posted by Ricky Radka on Monday, January 10, 2011

Got a couple of minutes to spare? Bose and American Airlines have put together an exclusive offer for AAdvantage members to earn 150 miles simply by watching a video of the new Bose bluetooth headset.

We know that 150 miles aren't going to get you that upgrade you've been wanting, but for those of you who want to keep that AAdvantage account active or give your account a little boost for free, this fits the bill.

We are big fans of the Bose QuietComfort noise canceling headphones for travel so this bluetooth headset is definitely worth a look.

Simply click here for the offer, watch the video then answer the question at the end, plug in your AAdvantage number and info, then you are good to go. Offer ends January 17, 2011.

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Categories: Airfare Tips, Frequent Flyer Cards

Southwest may buy Frontier Airlines

Posted by George Hobica on Friday, July 31, 2009

This is very interesting news. As the Wall St. Journal points out, if the acquisition goes through, Southwest would become an international airline (unless it drops Frontier's routes to Mexico). More importantly, a merger would eliminate yet another player in the domestic airline industry. Frontier has been a low cost leader, frequently launching fare sales that other airlines have to match. Taken to an extreme, as consolidation continues, there may be fewer sales and higher fares.

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Categories: Frequent Flyer Cards

American Airlines introduces newly spruced frequent flyer program

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Listen up, AAdvantage frequent flyer members! American has now halved the points required to book a one-way economy class ticket, from 25,000 points down to just 12,500.

Also under the new One-Way Flex Awards program, Members may purchase as many as four one-ways at a time, making it a great option for those booking multiple destination trips, or travel for family members.

For details, visit the Aadvantage One-Way Flex Awards page.

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

Categories: Domestic US Fares, Frequent Flyer Cards

Are frequent flyer credit cards worth the plastic they're printed on?

Posted by George Hobica on Wednesday, January 30, 2008

We've been wondering. Does it make sense to spend $25,000 on a frequent flyer credit card in order to earn 25,000 miles, which is typically what you need for a free domestic roundtrip ticket. If, that is, there are seats available to frequent flyers, which there often are not.

All too often, you have to spend 45,000 or 50,000 miles for a domestic ticket, right?

And what if that ticket would only cost you $179, or $225, the typical price that we often list for cross country fares when there's a sale?

Maybe you'd be better off with a cash back credit card instead. For example, after you've spent $6500 using your card, the American Express Blue Cash card pays 1.5% on all purchases, and 5% back on supermarket, gas station, and drugstore purchases. So let's say you take that same $25,000, and let's say $15,000 of that is "other" purchases, and $10,000 is gas, food, and drugstore.

The calculator please! You'd earn $225 plus $500 for a total of $725 in cash back. And then you take that cash and buy yourself a nice airline ticket without being told, sorry, there are no seats.

Honestly, seems like a no brainer to us.

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Categories: Frequent Flyer Cards

20% Bonus for Purchasing Sky Miles

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Thursday, November 8, 2007

Delta Air Lines’ SkyMiles is offering a 20 percent bonus for members who purchase miles for themselves or as gifts for friends and family. For example, buy 10,000 miles and you (or your recipient) will receive an extra 2,000 miles for a total of 12,000 miles. This promotion is available through December 31, 2007.
SkyMiles costs $0.0275 per mile (with a minimum purchase of 1,000 miles, and a maximum of 30,000 miles per calendar year) plus a 7.5 percent Federal Excise Tax per mile. More information or complete rules and restrictions are available at

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Categories: Frequent Flyer Cards

Reactivate those expired AAdvantage miles

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Thursday, November 8, 2007

Members of American Airlines’ AAdvantage mileage program can now reactive some or all of their miles that expired on or after December 31, 2002. There’s currently no limit as to how many expired miles you can reactivate, but it does come at a price. It’ll cost $50 for every 5,000 miles, plus a $30 processing fee per transaction, per account, and it must be done before December 31, 2007.

For example: to reactivate 24,500 miles from one account will cost $280 – that's a $250 mileage reactivation fee and a $30 transaction fee. To get that many miles, you’ll have to fly round-trip to Asia.

To reactive your miles, you can either call AAdvantage customer service at (800) 421-0600, or email your request to AAdvantage customer service by selecting the Contact AA tab at the top of

Reactivated miles will be credited to your account as a mileage bonus and do not count toward elite status qualification, and it’ll take up to 72 hours for the miles to post to your account. You will have at least 18 months in which to redeem reactivated miles for an award. Reactivated miles will not expire as long as your account has qualifying activity in any 18-month period. Complete rules and restrictions is available here.

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

Categories: Frequent Flyer Cards

Up to 20% off Europe & 20,000 Bonus Miles

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Thursday, November 8, 2007

US Airways is offering 10 percent off coach class tickets to Europe plus 10,000 bonus Dividend Miles for round-trip tickets to Europe. Or if you feel like splurging, you’ll receive 20 percent off their Envoy (aka business class) seats as well as 20,000 bonus miles.

Both promotions are valid to the following cities: Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Dublin, Frankfurt, London, Manchester, Munich, Milan, and Zurich.

To qualify for either promotion, you’ll have to use a valid MasterCard to book your ticket before December 31 for travel from November 27 through March 15, 2008. Blackouts on December 14 to December 29 and January 1 to January 8, 2008.

For coach tickets, use eCertificate MCEUROPE when making a reservation and MCENVOY for business class. You’ll have to register online first before making your reservation in order to receive the bonus miles. Complete rules and restrictions and to register for the bonus miles, visit their site.

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

Categories: Frequent Flyer Cards, Europe/Africa/Middle East Airfares
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