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.
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
- Annual Fee: $95 fee waived for the first year
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Bank
The Sapphire Preferred offers 2x points on dining and travel, and no foreign transaction fees, making this the go-to card for travelers.
This card accumulates Ultimate Rewards points, which are very valuable for transfer to United and Hyatt. Overall, this card is a great choice for maximizing earnings on dining, travel, and every day spend.
- Earn 40,000 bonus points when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $500 in travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate RewardsSM
- Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening.
- 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases
- No foreign transaction fees, plus Chip and Signature enabled for international travel.
- 1:1 point transfer to leading frequent travel programs at full value — that means 1,000 Ultimate Rewards points equal 1,000 partner miles/points.
- 24/7 direct access to dedicated customer service specialists
- Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95