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.
Citi Prestige® Card
- Annual Fee: $450 fee
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Bank
The increase to 50,000 ThankYou points for the Citi Prestige card may be a signal that Citi wants back in the game, big time. The sign-up bonus has just been increased to 50K points from the previous 30K offer. An added benefit is a $250 annual air travel credit each calendar year -- so, if you sign up in April, you'll receive the credit this year, and again in January of next year -- which more than covers the $450 first year fee. When you add in lounge access for you and up to two of your guests, you’ve added another $400+ in value. One more benefit worth mentioning is the fourth night free for any four-night hotel stay booked through Wagonlit Travel. And lastly is the $100 statement credit when you sign up for Global Entry and pay for it using the Prestige card. Don’t forget the ever-growing number of airline transfer partners that work with the ThankYou points program.
- $250 Air Travel Credit each year
- Complimentary 4th Night for any hotel stay
- Earn 50,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after $3,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months the account is open.
- Points are redeemable for an $800 flight on American Airlines or US Airways®, a $665 flight on any other airline or $500 in gift cards.
- Transfer points to a variety of travel loyalty programs from airlines to hotels.
- Earn 3x points on Air Travel and Hotels
- Earn 2x points on Dining at Restaurants and Entertainment
- 1 ThankYou® Point per $1 spent on other purchases