Rewarding Highlights you may have missed in the last week in case you don’t have time to skim through BoardingArea and Flyertalk:
- US Airways Mileage Share Bonus is Back again but I won’t be taking advantage of it this time. US Airways raised the cost from ~1.2cpm to 1.67cpm meaning 50k miles would cost $836 instead of $567 like last time. If you need to top off your account with an additional 25k, you are better off transferring 20k SPG pts to 25k US Air miles. If you need 40k or more, you can sign up for the Barclays US Airways credit card, which comes with 40k sign up bonus after first purchase ($89 annual fee is not waived).
- Terrible First Class flight to Vegas: I recently flew back from Vegas on US Airways and boy is it a terrible first class product. The head rest protruded out more than usual, forcing my head to look downwards a few degrees more than I would have liked. The additional recline was minimal vs. coach. Can’t wait to try out one of the Holy Grails of Domestic Premium Cabins. For the record, I would not recommend using US Air miles for domestic premium travel. Save up and use miles for international business or first class on OneWorld partners such as Cathay Pacific.
- Las Vegas Packages: Did anyone get in on these Vegas packages from Daily Getaway Deals? With the $20 Vegas trick, I can’t see anyone paying for these packages unless they value the dinners, shows, and spa treatments at full price. And quite frankly, the same day show times can often be purchased at up to 50% off. Foodies know the best grub is found off the strip… Ichiza, Kazu, and Lotus of Siam just to name a few.
- Thai Curfew Lifted: Very glad to hear that the Thai Curfew Lifted. I went to Bangkok several years ago when a 9PM curfew was enforced and it was not the same Bangkok as I have come to know. I will be returning to Thailand Fall of 2014 so I hope good news continues to pour in.
- Citi AA Exec 100k bonuses: A friend has successfully received their 2nd set of 100k bonus miles from the Citi Exec 100K credit card. Oddly, people are reporting here on Flyertalk that cancelling within 37 days from the date you were billed the annual fee means you get to keep the $200 statement credit AND receive a full refund of the $450 annual fee. What? This just sounds wrong and I don’t recommend it. Some people are on their 3rd or 4th card. On a positive note, however, the card also comes with AA lounge membership, so I went for continental breakfast at the JFK AA lounge while my check in luggage made its way to the carousel. Not too long ago, I was stuck with flight delays in Austin and popped into the AA lounge for some snacks. It wasn’t amazing but more comfortable than sitting at the gate.
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