I can’t (and won’t) rave with excitement about the latest hotel promos as they just are not all that exciting to me. Come on back Hyatt and FFN.
When was the last rental car deal where we saw 5,000 to 10,000 miles for a one day rental? It was two years ago.
Some are making a case for the Ultimate Rewards Mall bonus category offers, but I don’t see anybody reporting tens of thousands of miles earned that way by any one individual. They are just too darn time consuming for an extra 4-6 points per dollar to amass large numbers of miles. I’m not a big spender on consumer goods so if I can’t easily liquidate my position, I won’t play the game. As you’ll note, many of the deals restrict the purchase of gift cards to increase the spend. The last deal of any significance was 36 Avios points for purchases at Nordstroms. The post count on FlyerTalk indicated the lukewarm reception to that one as well.
And if you look at the forums for a terrific mistake fare????? Very few to be found. Many have gone underground I’m sure.
Plainly and simply, I think we are in a lull. I got a $200 credit from my new Mercedes Benz card. Whoopee and one 50K approval.
Now old-timers, please chime in here. Are you feeling the same way I am?
We have been here before and will come out of the doldrums when we least expect it. Frequent Miler will find us the Perpetual Mileage Machine. A rookie will discover a mistake fare we can’t pass on, and it will stay up over an entire weekend. Or a card issuer will offer a monster offer. I’m hoping talking about it will break the ice.
Until then, we’ll just keep doin’ what we’re doin’. We’ll post the Deal of the Day every weekday with the deals you and I find, but we won’t get excited over 500 miles or 10% off..
I’m waiting just like you are.
Deal of the Day
For today’s Deal of the Day I’m giving away Two United RCC passes for the best overall travel deal submitted. A great mileage run, mistake fare, partner promo, new card sign-up offer, or the special twist you figured out on a deal today. Add it to the comments section of this post (with your First Name, Last Initial, and 3 letter airport code) or this afternoon’s Deal of the Day post to be eligible to win.