This is a news recap from last week, tailored to regular families. For faster updates, follow Miles For Family on Twitter or check the feed on the right side of the blog.
1) According to Onemileatatime, the increased offers on personal and business versions of Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite MasterCard will be pulled on March 1st. Nancy wrote a post on these offers and reasons you might want to consider them. Should you jump on these increased bonuses? It really depends.
For one, I’m fairly confident that they will come back at some point. Obviously, I can’t guarantee anything, but I don’t think it’s “use it or lose it” kind of deal. Also, there are several other sign-up bonuses that beat AA offers when it comes to hotness. If eligible, I recommend you consider those instead.
On a related note, it appears that the application link without “24-month restriction” verbiage has finally died. Nancy and I both mentioned it a few times and it was listed in my Hot Deals page. I actually decided to apply for it yesterday due to avalanche of medical bills we got recently and discovered that it’s kaput. Goodbye sweet 50K AA miles. I’ll see you in a year.
Update: The link is live again.
2) New American Express Platinum Offer: 75,000 points after $5,000 in spend by DoC. Much better than the previous deal, but I would hold out for 100K offer if at all possible.
3) IHG Rewards Club Points and Money 5%-15% Cash Discount for stays through the end of April by LoyaltyLobby. Not a huge deal, but every little bit helps.
4) Last reminder to match to MLife Gold status if you happen to have Platinum status with Hyatt (via co-branded credit card). See this post for reasons on why you may want to jump on this deal before new Hyatt program kicks in.
5) How to transfer Membership Rewards points by Travel Codex. A good primer for new readers.
Look ma, no smile!
I wanted to share something with you guys. I’ve mentioned before that in my culture folks rarely smile in photos or anywhere in public. It’s a weird thing because we are definitely not the gloomy type of people.
Sure, we like dry, dark sense of humor, but it’s more of a coping mechanism to deal with the unfortunate realities of life. For example, during World War II, every fourth citizen of Belarus was killed. This fact was drilled into our heads when we were children. Grandma, I just want to play outside! No, you need to hear the war stories. You like, you like!
Anyway, the other day my mom has sent me a few photos, so check them out. Here is one where my dad is holding a fish he caught that day:
Is he proud of his catch? Upset that the fish is not bigger? Ticked off that my mom made him pose for the picture? Or maybe it’s like that episode on Simpsons where Homer exclaims: “Oh I wish, I wish I hadn’t killed that fish!” Hard to say.
And here is one of my parents during their 40th wedding anniversary party, which took place few days ago. I know their marriage hasn’t been perfect, but come on!
Seeing these photos brings back all kinds of memories. Some good, some bad, few dysfunctional ones. But mostly I’m just grateful that my parents are still around, married for forty years. And that’s no joke!
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.