1) Citi limits ThankYou points transfers or rather, it has implemented these changes several weeks ago and failed to notify cardholders. Come on, Citi! Read the post on Milestomemories on why you should care about these changes. In all honesty, this new rule isn’t likely to impact an “Average Joe” because very few will be transferring more than 100K points in a single year. Still, it’s a reminder how sneaky banks can be at times.
2) Free 500 Hyatt points for an app booking made between September 1st-November 30th, 2016. The stay also has to be completed before November 30th. Apparently, only paid and Points+Cash reservations qualify but hey, 500 points is 500 points! I may even take advantage of this promo myself. But not due to this bonus, obviously.
3) I got an email from a Capital One rep, and thought you might find it useful. Here are the highlights:
“This afternoon, via Facebook Live, Capital One and HotelTonight, the leader in last-minute hotel deals, announced an exciting new partnership. Starting today, Capital One Venture and VentureOne cardholders get 10% off already great rates at thousands of hotels on HotelTonight, through January, 2017. To view the announcement, please visit Capital One’s Facebook page. To learn more about how to save with Capital One and HotelTonight visithttp://htltn.com/capital-one.”
Obviously, compare rates to those available elsewhere, but this new partnership could be useful to some.
4) Apparently, 50,000 miles’ offer on Lufthansa co-branded card will expire on October 2nd. This bonus is listed on my page of Best credit card deals and doesn’t pay me any commission. The offer comes and goes, and will most likely be back at some point. It is definitely a worthwhile bonus for those who frequently fly United Airlines.
You can redeem Lufthansa currency on one-way United flights within Continental US by using only 12,000 miles, 17,000 miles in business class. You can also fly to Hawaii and pay 20,000 miles one-way in economy. See full award chart here There are two issues with this card: high minimum spending requirements ($5,000 in 3 months), and the fact that annual fee of $89 is not waived. (Hat tip to DoC)
5) Fourth quarter 5% categories have been announced for Chase Freedom. They are: Department stores, wholesale clubs and drug stores. I think I might actually maximize the last one since my CVS store still allows purchase of Visa gift cards with a credit card. Paired with CSR, each Visa gift card will give me $37.50 toward travel for only $5 fee. Low-hanging fruit? Yes indeed. You can register here ( Hat tip to Jeff H on Twitter)
6) (Update: Dead) An interesting offer of “2nd night free” at certain Waldorf Astoria, Conrad or Curio properties. Must be booked with an eligible Visa Premium card. You might also be able to stack this offer with $75 Visa gift card+$25 food credit (no guarantees).
7) Just wanted to share something amusing with you. A year ago I went ahead and redeemed my mom’s dormant United miles for “Time” magazine. A reminder: my mom lives in Belarus and doesn’t speak any English, so I would be the one getting the subscription. Recently, I was clearing out my older issues, and came across this:
Very clever, but… Apparently, “Time” magazine editors think that my mom ( a citizen of Belarus who doesn’t even live here) is responsible for American debt problem.
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.