4 offers for 60K/70K SkyMiles

4 offers for 70K/60K SkyMiles

 

  • Platinum Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card

Card Details

  • Offer expires April 11, 2018.
  • $195 annual fee is not waived
  • Earn 10K bonus miles & MQMs (towards elite status) after $25K spend and another 10K bonus miles and MQMs after $50K spend per calendar year
  • Free domestic economy companion certificate after first year. Priority boarding and free checked bags.
  • Earn 2x on Delta purchases

About the offer:

  • Earn a $100 statement credit when you make a Delta purchase in the 1st 3 months
  • 70,000 Delta SkyMiles + 10K MQMs when $3K spend in first 3 months

2. Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card (personal)

Card Details

  • Offer expires April 11, 2018
  • $195 annual fee is not waived
  • Earn 10K bonus miles and MQMs (towards elite status) after $25K spend and another 10K bonus miles and MQMs after $50K spend per calendar year
  • Free domestic economy companion certificate after 1st year. Priority boarding & free checked bags
  • Earn 2x on Delta purchases

About the offer:

  • Earn a $100 statement credit when you make a Delta purchase in the 1st 3 months
  • 70,000 Delta SkyMiles + 10K MQMs when $3K spend in first 3 months

Gold Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card

Card Details

  • Get 1st checked bag free
  • $95 annual fee is waived the 1st year
  • Get priority boarding
  • Earn 2x on Delta purchases

About the offer:

  • Earn a $50 statement credit when make a Delta purchase in the 1st 3 months
  • Earn 50,000 miles after $2,000 in purchases in the 1st 3 months

Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card (personal)

Card Details

  • Get 1st checked bag free
  • $95 annual fee is waived the 1st year
  • Get priority boarding
  • Earn 2x on Delta purchases

About the offer:

  • Earn a $50 statement credit after making a Delta purchase in the 1st 3 months
  • Earn 50,000 miles after $2,000 in purchases in the 1st 3 months

Air France-KLM FlyingBlue Promo Awards

Air France-KLM FlyingBlue Promo Awards For March 2018

FlyingBlue offers these every month – offer 20 – 50% off select award tickets on Air France & KLM metal.

In the past, Promo Awards would be for 50% off & have a good number of options in business class, unfortunately they have devalued the promotion somewhat since then, and the discounts are pretty consistently for 25% off.

Valid for bookings made between March 1 and March 31, 2018 & travel between May 1 and June 30, 2018. But this is a weak Promo Awards list, given that May and June start to get into the spring and summer travel period, when there’s increased demand for transatlantic flights.

Around the only transatlantic Promo Award is for travel in KLM business class between Calgary and Europe.

With above discount you’ll be paying just 46,875 miles one-way in business class (rather than 62,500 miles).

Air France & KLM do impose some carrier imposed surcharges, so a one-way business class ticket will come with about $250 in surcharges. On the plus side, on some dates the Calgary to Amsterdam route is operated by a 787, featuring KLM’s excellent reverse herringbone business class.

With any Promo Awards, you can include connections to other points in Europe (including Israel) from Amsterdam at no additional cost, though you can’t include domestic segments on Delta to position within North America.

All saver level space on KLM in the above market is eligible for the discounted costs, and these awards will be bookable directly on the FlyingBlue website starting tomorrow. There are plenty of routes outside of North America eligible for Promo Awards, so make sure to take a look at the whole list.

FlyingBlue is transfer partners with Citi ThankYou, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Amex Membership Rewards & Starwood Preferred Guest, meaning you can transfer points earned from cards such as the Premier Rewards Gold Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve℠ Card, Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card, Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card from American Express, The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express, The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card from American Express and so on.

Qatar – Qsuites To Chicago

Qatar Airways Will Offer Qsuites To Chicago

Qatar Airways’ Qsuites, which they’re referring to as “super business class,” debuted between Doha and London Heathrow as of June 23, 2017.

Since then they have started offering them between Paris & Doha, as of September 23, 2017, between New York JFK & Doha, as of December 16, 2017, between Washington Dulles & Doha, as of January 16, 2018 & between Seoul Incheon & Doha, as of January 22, 2018.

On top of that, Qatar Airways has their A350-1000 with Qsuites & first A350-900, so the number of planes with Qsuites should be increasing nicely over the coming months.

Qatar Airways has revealed next 777-300ER Qsuites destination. Qatar Airways will offer Qsuites on their flight between Chicago & Doha as of April 1, 2018.

As of now the schedule has only been updated with Qsuites through May 31, 2018, though I suspect that’s a function of them not having updated the schedule further yet, rather than them necessarily switching back to the old business class at this point – they have done this on other routes as well & almost all of them have maintained Qsuites.

At 7,100 miles, this will be the furthest route featuring Qsuites. It’s blocked at 13hr10min eastbound & 14hr5min westbound.

 

The Chicago flight operates with the following schedule:

  • QR726 Chicago to Doha departing 6:50PM arriving 4:00PM (+1 day)
  • QR725 Doha to Chicago departing 8:50AM arriving 2:55PM

When Qatar Airways first revealed the product, the only US destination that was to be among the 1st to get it was New York, though in the meantime we have Qsuites scheduled to 3 US destinations.

Qatar Airways has promised that they’ll offer Qsuites to Sydney & Canberra by June 2018, though the schedule hasn’t been updated to reflect that, so we’ll have to see if it sticks.

Even the schedule for Chicago is subject to change, as there’s not a formal announcement here. Rather Qatar Airways has just quietly updated the seatmaps, as they’ve done for several routes in the past. However, they’ve been pretty good about sticking to these timelines lately.

Not only does Qatar Airways have excellent paid business class fares, but there is also a fair bit of business class award availability on this route, especially for the eastbound flight from Chicago to Doha.

Jet Airways – 1000 Bonus JPMiles on every flight

Jet Airways – 1000 Bonus JPMiles on every flight

End of March 31, 2018, Jet Airways is running a new campaign where they are offering a 1000 Bonus JPMiles per segment for who book Jet Airways flights.

During the campaign period, they are hiking up the bonus to 1000 JPmiles, but on a usual day, Jet Airways would offer you 250 bonus JPmiles to book direct.

Note:

When you book your trips by March 31, 2018, the travel can be anytime during the year, such as:

1. A member booked on 20 February 2018 for travel on 1 March 2018 will not be eligible for bonus miles as the booking needs to be done during the offer period.

2. A member booked on 20 March 2018 for travel on 1 April 2018 will be eligible for bonus miles.

At meantime, if you are booking BOM-DEL, you get 1000 JPMiles.That’s to say, you book BOM-AMD-DEL, you get 2000 JPMiles for the routing.

Terms & conditions apply:

  • Promotion period is defined as bookings done from 27 February 2018 to 31 March 2018 (both days inclusive)
  • This promotion is applicable to all Class of travel, excluding G.
  • ‘Offer’ – Eligible booking channels include bookings done on Jet Airways mobile site & jetairways.com and Jet Airways Mobile App & Eligible to earn 1000 Bonus JPMiles per segment per member for revenue flight booked through eligible booking channels & Eligible flights include Jet Airways marketed and operated flights and flights marketed by Jet Airways and operated by Partner Airlines.
  • Available only for JetPrivilege Members.

 

 

 

Hyatt – Promotes New Head of Loyalty to Chief Commercial Officer

Hyatt – Promotes New Head of Loyalty to Chief Commercial Officer

In September, 2017, Hyatt named Mark Vondrasek as their new head of loyalty & ‘business platforms’. Tellingly at the time he reported directly to the chain’s CEO & not to the Chief Marketing Officer, who was responsible for Hyatt’s loyalty program revamp that launched in 2017. That CMO has been departed.

Mark Vondrasek had been Senior Vice President for Commercial Services at Starwood where he oversaw sales & revenue management as well as distribution, partnerships & loyalty. He brought in Starwood veteran Amy Weinberg as senior vice president, World of Hyatt loyalty program to run day-to-day loyalty.

Mark Vondrasek already been promoted to become Hyatt’s Chief Commercial Officer. He oversees loyalty, the integration, expansion of the Miraval & Exhale brands. And the new role is much larger,

Japan National Tourism Organization – Win A Trip For Two To Japan

Japan National Tourism Organization – Win A Trip For Two To Japan 

Enter by 11:59:59 pm PT on March 22, 2018.

The Japan National Tourism Organization is running a sweepstakes – one lucky winner will win a trip for two to Japan.

In the #JapanFoodBattle you need to pick a side- will #TeamSushi or #TeamRamen win? Considering that I don’t eat sushi, I’m rooting for #Team Ramen.

Now let’s have a look at the sweepstakes.

How To Enter:

1. Enter at the link below, filling out your personal info as well as your vote for either Ramen or Team Sushi.

2. After entering at the link, earn 3 extra entries & like VisitJapan on Instagram

3. Earn one extra entry for sharing provided URL with family & friends.

The rules:

1. Open to legal residents of the 50 states of the United States and DC

2. Must be the legal age of majority in the jurisdiction of their residence at the time of entry (can’t say that I’m sure of what this age is for each jurisdiction.)

3. The Winner must book trip by June 30, 2018 & the trip must be completed by October 30, 2018.

The prize:

A trip for 2 to Japan

And the prize includes:

1. Coach- class flights for 2 to Tokyo, Japan (Narita or Haneda Airport)

2. Hotel accommodations for 3 nights in Tokyo.

3. The Grand Prize trip must be booked by June 30, 2018 & completed by October 30, 2018.

KLM – 25% Off Europe Business Class

KLM –  25% Off Europe Business Class

Air France KLM’s Flying Blue program are interesting to U.S. frequent flyers for several reasons.

  • They have most of their partners available for online booking.
  • They are Citi Thank You points, an American Express Membership Rewards & a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner.
  • They have far more award space on their own flights than Delta has access to.
  • They offer one-way awards.

KLM’s call centers are frustrating, the website can be too (has been known to show ‘phantom’ award availability, seats that look available but aren’t really here to book). And they add fuel surcharges onto award tickets.

One of the great values has been their ‘promo awards’ — a rotating set of cities for discounted travel.

You can fly from any featured city through Amsterdam or Paris to anywhere in Europe for fewer miles.

But a few things have made these awards less valuable than they used to be, though.

  • Promo awards used to be uniformly half off, they’re now 25% off. Raise prices, then discount them a little bit, and you’re looking at ‘regular price’
  • Promo awards tend to be available for fewer destinations, at least for business class.
  • The award chart got more expensive.

Up to 50% off Award Miles, but routes between Europe & North America are usually only 25% off.

Now there’s literally just one award listed for March booking to and from North America.

 

 

New promo awards list is out for March bookings & travel from May to June, 2018.

KLM’s Calgary – Amsterdam & beyond in business class is a great opportunity. When business class awards at a discount, it could make sense to connect up to Canada for it. And of course there are awards between Europe & other cities and regions. Intra-Europe flights are on offer as low as 6800 miles each way in economy. That’s including specific cities to & from Tel Aviv.

 

United MileagePlus – Financials Show Stagnation

United MileagePlus Financials Show Stagnation – Won’t Put Up With Devaluation Anymore

At first, United assumes 18% of the miles they issue will expire unused. Miles expire after 18 months of inactivity in an account. Won’t let your accounts go dormant

  • United discloses an assumption of 16% expiration in the prior filing, but 18% the year before that. These assumptions affect the profitability of the program, so it’s interesting to see the assumptions adjusted both down and up.
  • It doesn’t mean that 82% of miles will be used. Delta doesn’t expire miles but discloses in their 10-K that they assume a certain percentage of miles never get redeemed. Not everyone will earn enough miles for the award they want, even when miles do get redeemed people don’t draw their balances down to precisely zero.

Last April United President Scott Kirby shared that credit card signups were lagging.

American Airlines revealed something similar in an SEC filing. That’s taking its toll in revenue, both marketing & deferred revenue from mileage sales fell year-over-year in 2017.

Taken with American’s disclosure in 10-K of the risk of being outcompeted by bank proprietary programs such as Membership Rewards & Ultimate Rewards this is very significant. Sometime that there’s a limit to how much airlines could devalue programs without financial consequence. It seems we’ve reached that limit.

The claim that frequent flyer programs are more valuable than the airlines that own them (thus the case Stifel analyst Joe DeNardi makes for spinning off programs to unlock value) rests on an assumption of 4% – 5% annual growth but United’s mileage sales revenue doesn’t appear to be growing at all, as a matter of fact we see it shrinking slightly.