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Miles and Points, Out Of Order

1. A bonus for conversions to Aeroplan (Air Canada program) from certain loyalty programs. SPG is included. You already get 5,000 mile bonus for every 20,000 SPG points, so this would be on top of it.

Remember, you can redeem Air Canada miles on United flights and pay no fuel surcharges within the Americas. One way to leverage this is to get award tickets to Alaska, which cost 25,000 Aeroplan miles (compared to 35,000 miles roundtrip through United Mileage Plus). You can book award tickets online and Aeroplan does not charge a close-in fee.

2. Flying Blue discount awards are out for travel in June and July. No spectacular deals, but decent discount on premium economy and business class from certain cities. Unfortunately, fuel surcharges on those are significantly higher than on economy redemptions. (h/t Loyaltylobby)

3. Amex Hilton HHonors Surpass is once again offering 80,000 points bonus after spending $3,000 in 3 months. Annual fee of $75 is not waived. Link to apply, pays no referral.

The offer on Amex HHonors card has also been increased and gives 60,000 points after spending $1,000 in 3 months, annual fee is waived. Link to apply, pays no referral. (h/t Doctorofcredit)

4. Via Slickdeals, US Bank Cash Plus card now comes with $100 sign-up bonus. This is someone’s referral link, not mine.

5. I saw something mentioned in the comments section of Doctor of Credit blog. There is a site Miles for Thoughts that will let you earn Spirit miles by completing surveys. Get 400 miles after your first survey. Normally, this sort of thing doesn’t interest me, but Spirit miles expire after 3 months of inactivity, so this could come in handy.

6. Through April 30th, you can get a 25% bonus on transfers from Membership Rewards to Virgin Atlantic. Read this post to see when it could make sense to do it. I also want to add that Virgin Atlantic miles can be redeemed on Delta, but only for roundtrip awards.

7. Today is the day to purchase Choice points from Daily Getaways. To me, this is the hottest deal of all, but only if you have specific use in mind. Remember to sign up for free Choice membership and be ready to go at 1PM sharp. I predict that the packages will sell out within minutes.

8. 30+ best uses of Membership Rewards on Travel is Free.  I put my own 2-part post for best MR program uses for family in case you are new to this blog.

On my mind

Having kids totally changes things. I mean, the other day, my son asked me to watch “Barney” show with him and I did. Excuse me while I go throw up. Ok, I’m back.

The most amazing thing about having children is that you get to re-live your own childhood. My two kids look nothing like me, but the personality is distinctly mine. Well, some aspects of it.

My son is a handful, for sure. He is difficult in every respect. The other day, he flushed his underwear down the toilet. He just wanted to see what would happen. Our plumbing is working…for now. He is curious and busy, breaking everything in sight. Interestingly, when my parents were visiting us, they said I was exactly like him at that age.

My daughter is quirky and comes up with the most hilarious stuff. Of course, all parents think their kids are funny, but let me give you some examples. My husband loves napping and my daughter always complains that it cuts down on their time together.

So, the other day when he headed towards our bedroom, she was standing there with a sign that said “Out of order. No sleeping is allowed in here.”  She is most definitely a sassy little broad!

Oh, and recently she asked my husband and I: “What are those colorful little packages  with the word “Sex” on them. I see them at gas stations. Is that candy?”

Gulp! My husband tried to explain it in politically correct terms. I should be getting a phone call from her teacher any day.

My daughter also has an unusual affinity toward credit cards and has several fake ones to play with. She loves to stack them and pretend to pay for things. Noooooo! I don’t want her to end up like me.

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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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