Mr. Buzz has traveled to Europe on US Airways, which I still call USAir (hinting at my age), but I have not yet had that pleasure. He said it was nice. That’s all, no pictures or reports, just “nice.” As we are about to move to US Airways “territory,” I have been paying a little more attention, so when I received an email that they are about to make the improvements across all classes, I wanted to share! Here they are:
1. First Class – On-the-go Continental Breakfast Box on red-eye long-hauls.
2. Economy to Europe, South America & Tel Aviv – free wine and headsets.
3. Envoy/Business – new amenity kit from Red Flower with reusable tote.
They all sound great to me! Especially the economy wine and headsets. It has always seemed silly to charge for headsets, especially on such a long flight. In a week that has seen a lot of extra fees added by many airlines, it is nice to see a positive email
Delta Skymiles - 35 miles per dollar spent!!!
United MileagePlus - 30 miles per dollar spent!!!
American AAdvantage – 30 miles per dollar spent!!!
Hilton HHonors – 3,000 bonus points with each purchase at FTD!
Southwest Rapid Rewards – For orders $49.99 and under, get 1,250 points. For orders $50 to $74.99, get 1,500 points. For every $25 you spend over that, receive an additional 250 points.
Wyndham Rewards – earn 10 points per $1 plus 600 bonus points.
US Airways Dividend Miles – earn 25 miles per $1 spent!
Hopefully this is a new strategy for jetBlue because in the past they have not had as many 2 day sales as they have lately. This means that I can get to Richmond for $160 roundtrip, which as a somewhat smaller market, is fantastic!
Gems: NY to Charleston, SC – $160, Ft. Lauderdale to Raleigh – $148, Ft. Lauderdale to Nassau – $148, NY to Martha’s Vineyard – $100. All roundtrip!
South west sent out an email today highlighting new service to San Juan, Charlotte, Flint and Portland (Maine). So what, you might say? Because Southwest is offering 1,000 RR points for each one-way ticket to these cities (for travel completed by August 1! Here is their breakdown of the possible points earned for sample tickets:
This is a potentially good way to earn those extra few miles if you signed up for the Southwest Personal and Business cards for 50K each and are trying to get to 110K points to get SW’s lucrative free Companion Pass. The pass will allow a friend to fly for FREE with you for an entire year! The key here is to book separate one-way tickets when you would normally fly roundtrip. You will need to register here.
Here’s to hoping your business or family travel includes one or more of the new cities
Just a reminder that if you have a Chase Freedom Card, you need to activate your second quarter bonuses (restaurants, movie theaters and Lowe’s). You can do that online, via text or have email reminders sent to you here. I do it through text messaging, and Chase sends me a reminder the first day registration is open. I REPLY, they activate, done!
Here are this quarter’s categories and stores:
Thanks to AirfareWatchDog.com, you now have an expansive list of international airports that have showers for you to freshen up after a long night in the air. Many airlines offer showers to their premium class passengers, but it is nice to see some options if you have had to slug about in coach!
Check out the list here!
To celebrate it’s 10th anniversary, InterContinental Hotel Group, is changing their reward program! Priority Club Rewards will now be called ICH Rewards Club, and there are some positive changes that they note in the email.
1. FREE Internet for everyone by 2014, Gold and Platinum Elite starting this July.
2. Fast track to elite status by staying in more than 2 of their brands.
3. Reward Nights now count towards elite status.
4. Nights earned beyond what is needed for Elite Status will count towards Platinum Elite for the next year.
On the surface, these look like great changes, especially the free internet. However, you can get Platinum Elite simply by having the Priority Club Visa, and you will retain that status for as long as you have the card (and get a free night every year!). That’s a great deal for $49 per year after your first free year. I have it, and that card is classified as a “keeper.”
So, in reality, internet is the big winner here, since the others can be achieved by a simple credit card application! (PS I do not get a kickback from the link above to the PC Visa card).
I was recently introduced to TurboScan by my friend Stacey, and I love it. Have you ever needed to scan or fax something and didn’t have access to a scanner or fax machine? This cures all of those problems!
With TurboScan you simply place the document on a flat surface and take a photo of it. The app then turns it into a PDF, and you can email it to yourself. You can also save it as a JPEG or print it (as long as you have a compatible printer or app). You cannot beat it’s functionality for $1.99! Here are some screenshots from iTunes:
You have the option to take a photo once or do SureScan 3x, where you will have to take 3 images. It will save that image, and give you the option to adjust it:
After saving the first document, it will then give you the option of adding more pages. The pencil at the bottom allows you to name the file or change the size to Letter, Legal, etc. You also have the option of saving something in color or grayscale.
For less than a large Coke, this has been a great investment! I highly recommend!!!
If for some reason you need to make 5 roundtrip flights transatlantic flights between now and the end of May, you can earn 200,000 British Airways Avios or American Airlines AAdvantage miles. That’s a lot of miles and a lot of R/Ts! Essentially, you earn 20,000 miles for your first through 5th flight, and once you complete the 5th flight, you will get a 100,000 kicker to make 200,000 total.