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Miles and Points Recap: Hilton Credit Card Offers, Disney Discounts, “Emirates Commercial” Rant and More!

This is a news recap from last week, tailored to regular family. For faster updates, follow me on Twitter or check my feed on the right side of the blog.

1) All  three Hilton co-branded offers have been increased. I will have more on this next Monday, but for now, you can read a post on DoC

2) An interesting post on Romsdeals on how he is maximizing Amex/ Plenti transfer bonus in order to get 1.5 cents per MR point towards ExxonMobil gas purchases. You should definitely look into this option if you have a station nearby.

3) Rumors on new premium Amex card, plus few positive changes on American Express Platinum products.

4) Latest Hilton category changes.

5) Via Chip and Company, Disney World has released discounts for early 2017. The promotions include a public Dine and Stay discount and a 25% off room only discount in addition to special discounts for Chase Disney Visa cardholders and military.

If you booked a trip at an onsite resort through a travel agent, your agent should adjust your reservation with the lower cost. If you booked directly through Disney, your trip price will not be adjusted automatically. You must call Disney to adjust your reservation to these new promotions.

New Emirates commercial 

I just have to do a short rant when I see a very expensive option touted to solve a first-world problem.  Case in point: Emirates first-class seat experience. There is big buzz surrounding new Jennifer Aniston Emirates commercial. Cute? You betcha! I mean, there is an adorable little boy who is holding a toy plane. Boom. Except, where were the parents and why did the flight attendant let the kid wonder into someone else’s first-class seat?

But ignoring the obvious issues, let’s talk about the message Emirates’ commercial is trying to convey. They are basically saying that it’s totally worth it to pay $10,000 (one-way!) for a seat in the sky that gets you from point A to point B, as long as you get to take a shower, eat fancy food and get automatic sliding doors in your first-class cabin. News flash! My 2009 minivan has automatic sliding doors, and you don’t see me bragging. Well, untill now. 

Ironically, this commercial would be spot on if it targeted  travel hackers. As unbelievable as it sounds, flying in Emirates first-class is within the grasp of most mileage junkies. You’ll pay dearly for the privilege, of course, but it can be done. Mind you, I’m not talking about finding availability for four people.

But if you are looking to splurge on a fancy shmancy anniversary getaway, you too can fly in Emirates first-class. It will require at least 90K Alaska miles one-way, so as long as Bank of America is feeling generous, this dream trip can be yours.

I don’t know anyone who would pay $10,000 for a one-way Emirates  flight. But if I did, I would tell them they can simply buy Alaska miles and still come out way ahead. But like I said, my circle of friends consists of simple folks.

It’s funny, while I was writing this rant, I Googled “Emirates first-class” and came across infamous article This guy used a frequent-flyer loophole to take a $60,000 trip in a first-class suite on Emirates

I remember how there was a huge backlash in the community about this guy spilling the beans to the world, but that’s not the point of my rant. You can read the article, see photos and decide if the juice is worth the squeeze. Speaking of, at one point, he refers to some expensive champagne brand as  “nectar of the gods.” Ok then.

Honestly, it does look like a ton of fun and my long-time readers know I’m not against splurging.  But dang, I could do a lot with 90K Alaska miles! If I had any Alaska miles, that is.

There was one comment on the article that I found hilarious: “Why does the title of the post contain a word “loophole”? There is nothing “loophole” about frequent flyer miles. I hate click-bait headlines! Instead, they should say: Use this weird trick to book a $60,000 flight on Emirates.”

Indeed. 

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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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