Singapore Air had the travel blogging world in a frenzy recently, with their announcement of a slight devaluation in their award travel chart and elimination of their great 15% online award booking discount. The news we were most happy about though, was the elimination or reduction of fuel surcharges on Singapore Air as well as on partner redemptions such as on United.
Instead of on cash taxes, we like spending cash on experiences at our destination ideally. If paying the least amount of cash taxes is also a goal for you, read on!
With the advent of credit cards such as the Citi Prestige and Chase Sapphire Reserve, you might have checked whether booking a flight or hotel using points via their travel portal provided better value than simply transferring points to the respective loyalty program. While there are benefits, watch out down below for some major pitfalls!
Sometimes this can provide quite good value. For example, if a ticket is <$200 on American, this method is better value since through American, you’d still be forced to use 12,500 miles in most cases. Say if a flight is $150, you would have to use only 190 / .016 = 9,375 ThankYou points. Citi ThankYou points are worth 1.6 cents per point (cpp) when used on American Air flights. And these code as revenue flights so you earn miles and EQMs too!
SPG Amex Offer
We live in the golden age of travel. You can fly to anywhere in Europe even from the U.S. West Coast for less than $100 one way (Wow Air), or you can sign up for a bunch of credit cards and be flying free in a relatively short period of time.
We are simple people and avoid multiple credit card signups. So, we jump on offers only when we feel it’s truly compelling. SPG just initiated a limited time SPG Amex offer that will net you 35,000 points if you spend $5,000 within the first six months. The same offer is available for the SPG Business credit card as well, albeit at a higher spend requirement. Why is this so compelling, and so timely?
At the beginning of every month, KLM and Air France’s frequent flyer program, Flying Blue, releases a specific list of awards that are up to 50% off. These are for both economy and business class, one way and roundtrip, and by continent. What makes this opportunity attractive is not just the discount but the flexibility to fly to/back from pretty much anywhere in Europe. The offer typically allows travel in the upcoming 2-3 months. Under Flying Blue, you can fly KLM , Air France or Alitalia metal which have quality business class hard products as well, especially KLM with their new World Business Class. Additionally, your Chase Ultimate Rewards and Citi ThankYou points can be transferred 1:1 to FlyingBlue.