Weekend Update with TheRewardBoss – June 21, 2014

Rewarding Highlights you may have missed in the last week in case you don’t have time to skim through BoardingArea and Flyertalk:
  • Free flight to Hawaii?  Barclays is offering a 35k sign up bonus for its Hawaiian Airlines credit card.  Before you apply, check out Rapid Travel Chai’s warnings.
  • Thai Airways  announced a massive award chart devaluation – thankfully I don’t have any miles sitting in their program.  In the rare event you do, make your bookings prior to September 1, 2014.
  • Amex MR points can no longer be transferred to anyone you want.  It was good while it lasted.  I suspect if you add someone as a secondary cardholder, you can still transfer to hotel/airline accounts, which has the secondary cardholder’s name.  I have yet to try this out, but will let you know when I find out more.
  • 1 million miles for $6500: CNN wrote about someone who plans to spend $6,500 to obtain 1 million miles.  Great, but it’s a lot of work and risky.  I know someone who plans to obtain 1 million AA miles for only $810 – lets see if CNN writes about him.  I’m not doing it and don’t recommend it.  He’s getting the Citi Exec AA card, sending $10k online to his friend and paying the $290 (2.9%) fee then canceling the card after the first billing statement, getting the $450 annual fee refunded, and keeping the $200 statement credit for a total of $90 for 110k AA miles.  Repeat the process 9x to get 1 million AA miles for $810. This guy already on his 6th card. See post 6853.  Crazy.

 

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