Via Doctor of Credit, Chase has added a pair of new restrictions to the Sapphire card lineup, which includes the Sapphire, the Sapphire Preferred, and the Sapphire Reserve credit cards.
- You will no longer be approved for any Sapphire product if you currently hold another Sapphire product of any type.
- You will no longer be eligible for the signup bonus on any Sapphire product if you have received a signup bonus on any Sapphire product within the past 24 months.
The 24-month rule is similar to their current rule, except it normally only applies for cards of the exact same type, i.e. if you received a signup bonus on the Sapphire Preferred, you were only prevented from getting the signup bonus on another Sapphire Preferred within 24 months of the date you received the bonus. Now with this updated rule, all Sapphire cards are being lumped together, such that receiving a signup bonus on one type of Sapphire card makes you ineligible for a bonus on any of the other Sapphire products as well, for a period of 24 months.
In short, if you are looking for a Sapphire card signup bonus, make sure you a) cancel or convert any existing cards you have and b) haven’t received a Sapphire card signup bonus in the past 24 months. If you satisfy both of those, you’re good to go. Obviously, the 5/24 rule still applies as well.
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Via Doctor of Credit and The Points Guy, the signup bonus on the Citi Prestige Card has increased to 75,000 ThankYou points after $7,500 spend in 3 months.
- Annual fee of $450 is not waived
- Points are worth 1.25 cents each toward airfare or can be transferred to travel partners
- $250 annual air travel credit
- 4th night free hotel benefit (based on average cost per night over four nights and does not include taxes or fees)
- $100 fee credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓
- Priority Pass select membership
- No foreign transaction fees
While the annual fee is not waived, it is effectively $200 after the air travel credit, and you can technically get two credits your first year (the credit goes by calendar year, sort of — it resets after your December statement) for a net profit of $50. $100 fee credits for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓, Priority Pass memberships, and no foreign transaction fees are dime-a-dozen these days, so I don’t value those benefits very much at all.
This card is certainly worthwhile for the signup bonus, but it is only worth keeping long-term if you can get a lot of use from the 4th night free hotel benefit.
While this card does earn 3x points on Air Travel & Hotel and 2x points on Dining & Entertainment, the Chase Sapphire Reserve is better. So, meh, as far as earning more points is concerned.
80,000 points after $1,000 spend in 3 months.
Annual fee of $49 is waived the first year.
I have and keep this card because of the free anniversary night every year you pay the annual fee.
Update: Via Doctor of Credit, after you are approved, you may be able to match to this targeted higher offer if you send Chase a secure message via their website.
Effective November 1, 2017, many United MileagePlus Saver awards will be going up in price (listed below, prices all one-way). Recall that there is separate pricing for United-only vs. partner awards.
Business Class – United Flights
- U.S. (premium only): 25k to 35k
- Hawaii (premium only): 40k to 50k
- Southern South America: 55k to 60k
- Europe: 57.5k to 60k
- Middle East and Central Asia: 70k to 75k
- South Asia: 70k to 75k
- Japan and Oceania: 65k to 70k
- Australia/New Zealand: 70k to 80k
Business Class – Partner Flights
- Southern South America: 55k to 60k
- Middle East and Central Asia: 80k to 85k
- South Asia: 80k to 90k
- Japan and Oceania: 75k to 80k
- Australia/New Zealand: 80k to 90k
First Class – United Flights
- Southern South America: 70k to 80k
- Central/Southern Africa: 85k to 90k
- South Asia: 80k to 95k
- North Asia: 80k to 90k
- Japan and Oceania: 80k to 90k
- Australia/New Zealand: 80k to 100k
First Class – Partner Flights
- Southern South America: 70k to 80k
- South Asia: 130k to 140k
Many Saver prices for flights that do not originate in the United States are increasing as well, but there are too many to list. The new award chart can be viewed here.
Short-Haul Economy Saver Awards
Nonstop partner flights of 800 miles or less will cost 8,000 miles in Economy class in all regions outside of the U.S.
Intra-island flights within Hawaii will be increasing from 6,000 miles to 7,000 miles one-way.
$125. Don’t no-show on awards.
Standard awards are becoming Everyday awards, with different pricing, but… who cares? Book Saver awards.
Via OMaaT, the Chase Hyatt Card’s signup bonus will be changing from two free nights anywhere to 40,000 World of Hyatt points on June 29, 2017.
40,000 WoH points is equivalent to two nights in a Category 5 property.
Points won’t expire as long as you have activity in your account. The two free night certificates from the current signup bonus need to be used within a year.
Two free nights are more valuable if you are redeeming for a Category 6 or 7 property.
In related news, Plastiq is no longer accepting VISA card payments for mortgage (and possibly rent) payments. It looks like most of the 3x avenues using Plastiq are dying if not already dead.
The easiest way to redeem this offer is to load $50 into your gift card balance (link). I have confirmed that it does trigger the success email.
This offer is targeted. Look for it by logging into your American Express account and checking your Amex Offers at the bottom. Make sure you open each account in a separate tab before adding this offer if you want it on multiple cards.
All of these offers are the highest ever. Note that none of these annual fees are waived the first year. Easy companion pass if you are approved for two of the Southwest cards.
Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus Card – 60,000 points after $2,000 spend in 3 months; $69 annual fee
Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Card – 60,000 points after $2,000 spend in 3 months; $99 annual fee
Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Business Card – 60,000 points after $3,000 in spend 3 months; $99 annual fee
Barclaycard A – 50,000 miles after first purchase; $95 annual fee
This was reported by Milecards a little while ago, but I haven’t seen any coverage on other blogs. It looks like there is a bug with American Airlines’ homepage whereby if you start an award search there, you will potentially see less availability than if you started from the Advanced Search page. This is particularly common if you are looking for Alaska availability.
In the image at the top of this post, the search on the left was started from the homepage, while the search on the right was started from the Advanced Search page. As you can see, there is no MileSAAver availability on the left, while there are six dates with availability on the right.
Long story short, start all of your American Airlines award searches from the Advanced Search page.
Definitely a mistake!
Example search with Google Flights
Availability is through April 2018. You can click through your Google Flights results to book.
Do not book any non-refundable hotels or activities to accompany this until you’re sure they won’t cancel these tickets.
HT: The Flight Deal