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Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Airline, American Airlines, Barclays US Airways, Credit Cards, US Airways | 0 comments

Barclays US Airways Credit Card Increases Bonus to 50,000 Miles

After Amazon Payments died, it became harder to meet large minimum spend and earn large credit card signup bonuses. As a result, I’ve been focusing more on credit cards that have very low minimum spend requirements. One of them is the Barclays US Airways credit card, and the signup bonus has just increased from 40,000 miles to 50,000 miles!   Barclays US Airways 50,000 Miles Signup Bonus   50,000 miles signup bonus after first purchase (no spending requirement!) 5,000 miles discount on US Airways award tickets First checked bag free for you and up to four companions on US Airways flights Annual companion certificate lets you pay $99 plus tax for each companion (up to two) on US Airways flights Annual US Airways Club day pass good for you and one guest Priority boarding zone 2 World MasterCard offers one of the better collision damage waiver (CDW) car rental insurance $89 annual fee not waived the first year   The Main Point The main positive of the Barclays US...

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Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Airline, ANA, Barclays Arrival, Chase Ink Bold, Chase Ink Plus, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase United Explorer, Credit Cards, United Airlines | 0 comments

Flight Review: ANA First Class Square from Chicago to Tokyo

After stopping over at Charlotte for my friend’s wedding, my wife and I continued on to Japan for a week-long vacation at Tokyo then Hiroshima and Miyajima. We flew ANA First Class Square going to Tokyo and flew United BusinessFirst coming back to New York City from Hiroshima. By using United Airline’s MileagePlus miles and booking a round-trip, we were able to get one free stopover and one free open jaw. The free stopover meant our flight down to Charlotte was free, and the free open jaw meant we could fly back home from Hiroshima even though we flew into Tokyo.   How You Can Do It We booked our award flights before United Airlines completely changed their award chart and increased mileage prices substantially especially for nicer Star Alliance airlines, such as ANA. While you can still book the same ANA First Class Square flight, the number of United miles needed is so high I wouldn’t recommend doing so. Instead, I recommend using United MileagePlus miles to book...

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Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Airline, American Airlines, Barclays US Airways, Credit Cards, US Airways | 0 comments

Barclays US Airways Credit Card: Free 40,000 Miles

You may be aware that American Airlines and US Airways recently merged earlier this year. What that means is US Airways is now part of the Oneworld alliance and when the merger is fully completed, US Airways Dividend miles will become American Airlines AAdvantage miles. As a result, I recently opened a Barclays US Airways credit card not only because it has a great signup bonus of 40,000 miles after the first purchase but also because this year could be the last year to get this large signup bonus. Eventually, Citi will become the official issuer of American Airlines credit cards, and US Airways branded credit cards will no longer exist.   Barclays US Airways   40,000 miles signup bonus after first purchase (no spending requirement!) 5,000 miles discount on US Airways award tickets First checked bag free for you and up to four companions on US Airways flights Annual companion certificate lets you pay $99 plus tax for each companion (up to two) on US Airways flights Annual...

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Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 in Airline, American Airlines, Barclays Arrival, Citi Executive AAdvantage, Credit Cards | 0 comments

100,000 Miles and Admirals Club Membership Via Citi Executive AAdvantage Credit Card

A special, promotional offer for the Citi Executive AAdvantage credit card has been floating around the Internet lately. The offer is targeted to guests who visit an AA Admirals Club and offers a great signup bonus including 100,000 American Airlines miles after spending $10,000 within 3 months and Admirals Club membership for lounge access. On the application page, however, it asks for a 6-digit referral code and a 3-letter airport code. While people have been successful in applying for the card without the referral information, I know some people like to have the application fully completed and only want to apply if they feel it’s official. As a result, I grabbed the promotional offer from the Admirals Club when I was at LaGuardia Airport this past weekend to share the information with you.   Citi Executive AAdvantage The biggest positives of the Citi Executive AAdvantage credit card’s signup bonus is the 100,000 AAdvantage miles and Admirals Club membership. The biggest negative is the $450 annual fee, which is not...

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Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in Airline, Barclays Arrival, Cash Back, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Citi Thank You Premier, Credit Cards, Delta Air Lines, Hotel, Hyatt, JetBlue, Top Cash Back | 0 comments

Tips on Dealing with a Honeymoon Trip Cancellation

We were supposed to go to Aruba on Saturday and stay at the Hyatt Regency Aruba but because of the snowstorm and frigid temperatures that hit the Northeast and Midwest, our flight was delayed, delayed some more, and eventually cancelled. Quickly looking for another way to get to Aruba in the next couple of days, I realized it was near impossible. Instead, I rebooked us on a last-minute trip to Turks and Caicos leaving three days later. Unfortunately, that flight ended up being cancelled as well. As a result, I thought I’d share with you my experience on dealing with these trip cancellations. Hopefully, you’ll never have to use these tips for your honeymoon!   Aruba Trip Cancellation Our flight to Aruba was leaving from LGA (LaGuardia Airport), and we made it as far as Delta’s Terminal D :P. I will say that Terminal D looks great after the renovation not too long ago. Almost every table has an iPad with the ability to surf the Internet, check on...

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Posted by on Dec 12, 2013 in Airline, Barclays Arrival, Caribbean, Credit Cards | 0 comments

How to Save Money on Flights Using the Throwaway Ticketing Strategy

After a relatively mild winter, it’s starting to snow and become quite chilly here in NYC. As a result, my wife and I thought we would try to get away to the Caribbean, specifically Aruba, in the new year. The only problem is flights are REALLY expensive. Apparently, everyone else in NYC thought it would be a great time to flock to the Caribbean too and who can blame them. Round-trip flights were $600+ but in the end, we were able to pay just around $380 per person by using the throwaway ticketing strategy. In addition, we also paid for one of the $380 tickets using my wife’s Barclays Arrival credit card and redeemed part of the 44,000 miles signup bonus to get the flight for free.   Throwaway Ticketing Q. What is throwaway ticketing? A. It’s exactly what it sounds like. Throwing away part of your airplane ticket by not traveling part of the itinerary. Q. Why in the world would you want to do that? A. Airlines have very complicated...

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Posted by on Oct 28, 2013 in Airline, Amex Business Gold Rewards, Amex Starwood, Amex Starwood Business, Credit Cards, Hawaii, Hawaiian Airlines | 0 comments

Honeymoon Flight Review: Hawaiian Airlines First Class between New York and Hawaii

These upcoming posts about our honeymoon travels are long overdue but after some friends recently asked what the best way to get to Hawaii for free is, I thought I would finally write up a summary. Rather than go to the Maldives or Bora Bora, we really wanted to go to Hawaii since neither of us have been there. Kauai in particular looked amazing, so we decided to spend a week on the garden island for our honeymoon. From New York, only two airlines fly non-stop to Hawaii, and those two airlines are Hawaiian Airlines and United Airlines. Some would argue that Newark where the United Airlines flight departs from is technically not in New York so there really is only one airline that flies non-stop! The actual cost of our two Hawaiian Airlines First Class tickets was $11,626.58 (although we would obviously never pay that), but we were able to use 160,000 Hawaiian Airlines miles and pay $20 in taxes and fees instead!     How You Can...

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Posted by on Oct 17, 2013 in Airline, Amex Business Gold Rewards, Amex Gold Delta, Bachelor/Bachelorette Party, Barclays Arrival, Credit Cards, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines | 0 comments

Bachelor Party Flight Back Home

Despite being married for almost three months now, I still find myself very in tune with the wedding industry and many aspects of wedding planning. Lots of our friends are getting married in the near future. In fact, my best friend is getting married in April 2014, and we’ll both be flying home to the Midwest this weekend for his bachelor party. Using airline miles and points, we were both able to fly for free, and that’s the beauty of using airline miles whether you are getting married or simply involved in a lot of weddings.   Free Flight with Barclays Arrival I booked part of my bachelor party flight from New York on Travelocity and since Travelocity charges are considered a travel expense, I was able to redeem my Barclays Arrival bonus miles. As you can see, the flight costs $149.80 but because I have the Barclays Arrival credit card and its signup bonus of 44,000 miles, I was able to redeem 15,000 of those miles and get...

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Posted by on Oct 15, 2013 in Airline, Amex Starwood, Amex Starwood Business, Barclays Arrival, Cathay Pacific, Citi AAdvantage, Citi AAdvantage Business, Credit Cards | 1 comment

Flight Review: Cathay Pacific First Class from New York to Hong Kong

After my wedding, my sister flew back to Hong Kong and for that part of the trip, I booked her a ticket on Cathay Pacific First Class. Like her Singapore Airlines Business Class ticket, the Cathay Pacific ticket was free since we redeemed airlines miles and points. We had to pay a tiny amount for tax and a small telephone booking fee, but we just put those charges on the Barclays Arrival credit card and redeemed its bonus miles.   How You Can Do It Like Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific is a premier Asian airline that has some of the best airplane seats. Luckily, Cathay Pacific is part of the Oneworld alliance. As a result, you can use American Airlines AAdvantage miles to redeem for award tickets on Cathay Pacific. As the American Airlines award chart displays, a one way Cathay Pacific First Class ticket from New York to Hong Kong costs 67,500 AAdvantage miles; business class costs 55,000 AAdvantages miles while economy costs 35,000 AAdvantage miles. As a result, your best...

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Posted by on Sep 20, 2013 in Airline, Amex Business Gold Rewards, Amex Starwood, Amex Starwood Business, Barclays Arrival, Credit Cards, Singapore Airlines | 2 comments

Flight Review: Singapore Airlines Business Class from Hong Kong to San Francisco

Recently, my sister flew from Hong Kong, where she currently lives, back to the U.S. for my wedding. She wanted to visit a friend in San Francisco, however, before coming to New York City for the wedding. Normally, this type of airplane ticket would be expensive but using airline miles and points, I was able to book the ticket for free and just pay a small amount for tax and fuel surcharge, which cost nothing since I put the charge on my Barclays Arrival credit card and redeemed its bonus miles. More importantly, I was able to fly her from Hong Kong to San Francisco on Singapore Airlines Business Class.   How You Can Do It Singapore Airlines has some of the most sought-after airplane seats so it is very restrictive about releasing award seats unless you are part of their own frequent flyer program, KrisFlyer. As a result, your best bet is to collect American Express Membership Rewards points and Starwood points then transfer the points over to KrisFlyer...

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