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Miles and Points Update

1. Before February 15th, you can get a 35% bonus on transfers to Virgin America from Membership Rewards. Read this post on instances where it could make sense to go for it.

2. According to Milevalue blog, Chase is considering increasing the annual fee on Chase Ink Plus from $95 to $150. This card currently comes with 50,000 points bonus and pays me referral.

You may be able to get an offer of 70,000 points inside a branch, so check there first. Few months ago, the official offer was increased as well. Personally, I would hold out for this offer even if it means paying a higher annual fee.

3. I’ve sent a Tweet about this, but in case you’ve missed it: Check you Amex “Offers for you.” Some have been targeted for $25 off $100 online purchase at Staples. Gift cards (including Visa) reportedly qualify, though YMMV

4. Virgin Atlantic frequent flyer program is now one of Citi transfer partners. Folks love to hate on it, but it could make sense for outbound flights to London, since award taxes are fairly reasonable.

I hope to take advantage of it for our Orlando-London flight in a few years. You can only transfer Thank You points via eligible cards like Citi Thank You Premier Visa and Citi Prestige. (h/t View from the wing)

5. May no longer be available, but The Flight Deal reported $404 roundtrip fare between New York and Milan, as long as you book for 2 passengers. Good for flights through May.

6. William at Doctor of Credit has come up with a neat idea of putting a list of the most underrated credit cards. Many bloggers were asked to chime in, including yours truly.  It’s quite interesting, so check it out. Spoiler alert. My pick was Sam’s Club MasterCard. Which card would you put on the list?

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Author: Leana

Leana is the owner and 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.

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4 thoughts on “Miles and Points Update

    • Ha! I hope you are kidding. Otherwise, you should get your travel hacker’s license revoked immediately. 🙂 I actually thought about nominating Chase Sapphire Preferred as the most underrated card, as a joke, of course.

  1. Ok, I have a an under-rated card. The Chase Fairmont Visa. I only found out about this card by accident through a reader comment on a blog. It gives out 2 free night certificates at any Fairmont (including some swanky hotels like the Plaza in NYC and the Savoy in London). However, if I’m understanding Flyertalk info correctly, the card also gives you premier status which includes a 3rd free night certificate plus a room upgrade and a suite upgrade (for up to a 5 night stay). This is important for big families like mine that can’t fit in most regular rooms, but we could fit in a suite. We are seriously considering a train trip to San Francisco and staying at the Fairmont there with these card benefits. 🙂

    • @Shoesinks Funny you mentioned this card. I’ve been debating on whether to profile it in my blog or not. My biggest problem is the fact that there are so few Fairmont hotels. You literally have to plan your vacation based on its very limited footprint. Of course, if you are planning to go to those places anyway, it’s worth investigating.
      Another issue is the fact that vey often the nicest Fairmont hotels won’t have rooms available for the dates you need. I’ve heard that chain is kind of stingy with availability. That’s bad news to families who have kids in school, and have to plan vacations around their schedule.
      Also, this post was focusing on cards that are a good deal beyond just sign-up bonus. Sam’s Club Mastercard doesn’t have any, but I picked it due to its long-term value. From what I understood, you have to spend $10K per year to get a free anniversary certificate with Fairmont Visa, not my cup of tea.
      I am very curious as to how this card works out for you. I probably should at least mention it at some point. Thanks for chiming in!

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