1) An increased offer for Chase Ink and Bold will officially end on June 1st. Both pay me commission.
2) You are now limited to only 2 IHG PointBreaks bookings per hotel. Not really a huge deal for most families with limited vacation days, but something to be aware of. I would rather they put this restriction than discontinue the PointBreaks program altogether.
3) Through May 31st, you can get a 30 percent bonus on transfers to Virgin Atlantic from Membership Rewards. I have highlighted some good uses of the program in this post. You may also consider this transfer if you are planning a trip to London. Fuel surcharges are mild on outbound flights, and Virgin Atlantic allows one-way redemptions.
For example, a one-way flight from LAX-London is 21,250 miles each way, plus fuel surcharges of $135. You would only need to transfer 50,000 Membership Rewards points to get 3 one-way tickets, since the bonus would bump the total to 65,000 miles. See the full award chart HERE The mileage quoted is for roundtrip.
4) Singapore Airlines is now a Chase Ultimate Rewards partner. You can leverage this program on United by redeeming 17,500 miles for one-way economy ticket to Hawaii and 12,500 for one-way ticket to Alaska. The Points Guy has a great post on comparison to United program HERE
5) IHG points will go on sale through Daily Getaways on Monday at 1 PM. Read my previous post for more details.
6) There is a mistake fare on New York-Milan route for only $130 one way. Not sure if it’s still available, but read a post with booking instructions HERE
7) A post on FTG blog on some obscure discounts you may not know about, including for those in the military. Read more HERE
On my mind
One of my huge pet peeves with this industry is that many feel this hobby is some sort of exclusive club, complete with a password and a secret handshake.
Additionally, things are getting so complicated, it’s making my head spin, and I consider myself somewhat well versed when it comes to miles and points.
That’s why you don’t see many ordinary families participating in “travel hacking.” Does it mean they are not smart enough for this hobby? Absolutely not! They are just too busy and don’t want to jump through all the hoops. But really, they can pick one hoop: credit card bonuses, and ignore the rest!
I think there is a huge untapped market out there. The question is, how do we reach it?How do we make it simple enough so people stick around and don’t get too intimidated? Of course, there are blogs that are doing just that, but I think we are all struggling to reach our target demographic.
Granted, this hobby isn’t for everyone. There is a greater chance of Ben from “One mile at a time” blog flying Spirit Airlines (hmm, Spirit suites?) for the rest of his life than someone like my husband being interested in miles and points.
But most people fall somewhere in between. The other day I witnessed my cousin-in-law and her husband, who have a typical middle class family of 4, discuss which bonuses they will sign up for next. I was so proud!
I hope my blog (among others) can help make this industry a little less exclusive and a lot more inclusive.
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Leana is the founder of Miles For Family. She enjoys beach vacations and visiting her family in Europe. Originally from Belarus, Leana resides in central Florida with her husband and two children.