- Southwest is having a nationwide fare sale for travel from November 29 through February 15 until tomorrow. It’s worth double-checking any bookings you’ve got during that time too, I had one particular flight drop from approximately 4,800 points to 1,111 points. The new price is the equivalent of a $16 fare, which frankly is bananas. (Thanks to Javier via MEAB slack)
- Bask bank accounts increased the earning rate on deposits to 1.5 AA miles per dollar on deposit. That’s nice I guess, but with interest rates climbing above 3% (or much higher with a little effort) I’d take this news item as a good point to evaluate whether or not your money is still best parked at Bask. I’d say it’s probably not.
- With the new month, there are new airline transfer bonuses running:
– 30% Ultimate Rewards to Virgin Atlantic, use for business class to Europe or ANA business and first to Southeast Asia through November 12
– 25% Membership Rewards to Choice Hotels (targeted), use Citi points instead for the Ascend collection through October 31
– 20% Membership Rewards to Marriott Hotels (targeted), don’t bother. Instead, cash-out and use that to pay for your stay.
- Barclays has again increased its sign-up bonuses on business co-branded airline cards, including a statement credit that offsets the annual fee:
– JetBlue 80,000 TrueBlue miles and a $99 statement credit after $2,000 in spend in 90 days
– AA 80,000 AAdvantage miles and a $95 statement credit after $2,000 in spend in 90 days
The Hawaiian business card also has an elevated 90,000 mile sign-up bonus after $8,000 in spend, but no statement credit. Don’t forget to read about clowning with Barclays to maximize your applications.
An airline frenzy — given the state of the airframes I’d guess these are meant to be Allegiant planes.