If memory serves me right, (and that is always an issue) I seem to recall that just after the Delta takeover of Northwest Airlines, Northwest ran some very nice promos to boost the mileage balances of their frequent flyer programs.
And, when Delta decided to stay with American Express and phase out the US Bank Visa cards, we got a nice bonus from US Bank for those that switched to their Flexperks program.
The situation is not exactly the same as both airlines use Chase as their credit card partner, but keep your eyes open for unique opportunities.
We may also start to see some status match offers from other airlines looking to capture those that do not support the merger (there will be some) of the two airlines.
Anytime there is change, there is opportunity. This will be one of those opportunities.We just need to find it and capitalize.
I Love this Thinking and Combination of Promos
I picked this post up from a Flyertalk thread and thought you would enjoy it. Not only for the creativity and info on the current Hyatt promos, but as a way to increase your Hilton balance at the same time.
I’m probably not telling many of you anything you don’t already know, but one of the best ways to earn HHonors points right now is to log five or six stays at a Hyatt.
Hyatt just started a promotion where you can earn 3,000 American Airlines miles for each stay. After your fifth stay you get an additional 10,000 miles. These miles can be transferred into the HHonors program at 2-1, yielding 50,000 HHonors points.
Also, Hyatt currently has the most generous free-night offer, although you have to use the free nights by Aug. 31. You get one free night for every two paid nights.
Also, Hyatt is offering instant and fast-track platinum and diamond status
Finally, you can buy two $50 Hyatt certificates at many Costco stores for $80. So a typical night at a Hyatt Place with some food and bar charges which would normally cost $150 only costs $120.
So, six nights with certificates at $120 per night makes for a total cost of $720. In return you get three Hyatt nights plus 25,000 AA miles which convert to 50,000 HHonors miles, plus status through Feb. 2012. Seems to me to be a great deal.
Great minds on these internet boards. Great minds.
IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card
- Annual Fee: $49 fee waived for the first year
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Hotel
The IHG Rewards Club Visa is often cited as one of the most underrated hotel credit cards, with good reason. The official offer is for 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within three months, with the first year’s fee waived. The card comes with an annual free night certificate that can be used at any IHG property, including Intercontinental hotels - making this certificate worth upwards of 50,000 points. This is far more generous than some other hotel cards, which limit the categories in which free night certificates can be redeemed.
Cardholders earn 5 points per dollar at IHG hotels; 2 points per dollar at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants; 1 point per dollar everywhere else. Moreover, you’ll get a 10% rebate on award redemptions, up to 100,000 points per year. The card also comes with Platinum status, though that doesn’t get you much with IHG. Still, this is a fantastic card to have in your wallet, with benefits that far outweigh the already low $49 annual fee.
- Earn 70,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months of account opening
- Enjoy a free night of card membership at over 4,700 hotels worldwide
- Earn 5 points for each $1 spent at our hotels
- Earn 2 points per $1 spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants
- Bonus points redeemable at hotels such as Intercontinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts and Holiday Inn®
- Automatic platinum elite status, as long as you remain a cardmember
- $0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $49