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Singapore Airlines Partner Award Chart for Alaska Airlines Flights (Sweet Spots to Hawaii, Canada & Mexico)

Buenos dias everyone. As first reported by Scott at Travel Codex, Singapore Airlines’s Krisflyer loyalty program has released a partner award chart for flights on Alaska Airlines. It seems confusing at first, but once you understand the full picture, it makes more sense.
Alaska’s route map is split into five zones:
Zone 1: West Coast
Zone 2: Mountain West and Canada
Zone 3: Midwest
Zone 4: East Coast, Southeast, Cuba, Costa Rica, and Mexico
Zone 5: Alaska and Hawaii


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PSA: Error Transferring US Bank FlexPoints from FlexPerks Rewards Account to Altitude Reserve Account? Just Call

Good afternoon everyone, I have a quick tip to share regarding transferring US Bank FlexPoints from a FlexPerks Rewards account to an Altitude Reserve account.  My friend was trying to book a flight with his FlexPoints from his US Bank Altitude Reserve Credit Card, but he was short a few FlexPoints.  I had a few extra FlexPoints in my account, so I told him I would transfer the FlexPoints to his account.  I recently wrote about the New US Bank FlexPerks Transfer Process (Share & Combine US Bank FlexPoints), so I thought the process would be simple.  He sent me his Altitude Reserve account number and Altitude Reserve credit card number and I tried to make the transfer online, but I kept getting an error message. He also has a traditional FlexPerks Rewards credit card, so I tried to send him FlexPoints to his FlexPerks Rewards account, but I kept getting an error message there too.


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IHG Flash Sale: 100% Bonus on Purchased Points (Expires September 29)

It must be bonus season! IHG Rewards Club just announced a four-day flash sale on IHG points. The offer ends on September 29. I’m a new Chase IHG Rewards Credit Card holder, so these kinds of sales definitely get my attention. A 100% bonus on at least 5,000 points purchased… yes, thank you! You’ll recall that I got matched to the better Chase IHG Rewards Credit Card offer when I sent Chase a Secure Message (SM), and then got some great ideas from you all about which IHG properties to use my points at. I’m just about done meeting my minimum spending on that credit card. Between those points and flash sales on IHG points like this one, I’m all set to make next year an IHG one!


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Big Changes to the AutoSlash Car Rental Booking Process

I booked a rental car today and then as I always do, I gave the booking to AutoSlash so they could find me a better deal. When I got the email saying AutoSlash had found me a cheaper price, I clicked through to see the deal, but I immediately knew something was different. The interface was different and then I realized they sent me to Priceline.


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Up to 75% Bonus when you Buy United Airlines Miles (Expires September 29)

Seems like the end of the month brings us opportunities to buy miles and get some bonus miles to sweeten the deal. Now it’s United’s turn! Until September 29, United is running a buy miles deal where the top bonus is 75% more miles. This offer is open to everyone, which is why it caught my eye in the first place. I also like that the 75% bonus kicks in starting at a 30,000 miles purchase.


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Basic Economy Buyer Beware: The Good, the Bad & Mostly Ugly

To say Basic Economy fares are frustrating and confusing is an understatement. Regardless of how often you travel, this fare category is something we all need to understand, especially so we don’t book these fares without intentionally meaning to. That’s what happened to my friend. Maybe it’s happened to you too? She’s not blaming the airlines, though. She didn’t quite understand and didn’t pay good attention to what she was booking. But she won’t make that mistake again! In talking to her, I realized it would be a good idea to explain what Basic Economy fares mean and to understand what restrictions are placed on your ticket.
The three legacy airlines all have a Basic Economy category. Delta was the first one to introduce these fares, but now United and American Airlines have them as well. Each of them have their own set of restrictions. In general, though, the restrictions usually mean: NO advance seat selection, NO carry-on baggage allowances (your personal item will have to fit under the seat in front of you), last to board, NO accruing miles for the trip, fares are non-refundable and non-changeable, and other restrictions. Delta’s policy is slightly different on a few of these, so check each airline carefully. The legacy airlines see this as competing with what we might call the Low Cost Carriers such as Southwest and JetBlue. Or competing with the Ultra Low Cost Carriers such as Frontier and Spirit.


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PSA: Be Careful When Modifying Existing IHG Hotel Bookings

With two solid IHG Accelerate Offers this year, IHG has once again become my go-to hotel chain. It helps that I’ve also pretty much given up on maintaining hotel status. Since the IHG Q3 promotion just launched a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been front loading my stays so I don’t have to scramble like I did at the last minute for the Q2 promotion. Now, for the word of warning…
I had originally booked a one night stay for four people near Milan’s Malpensa Airport (MXP) due to early morning flights. At the last minute, it turned out that our group size decreased by one. In Europe especially, it is very common for hotels to charge an additional fee for more than two adults staying in the same room. In this case of the Holiday Inn Express MXP, it’s a whopping 20 Euros per person, per night extra. Clearly, we didn’t want to pay that extra fee for the guest who was no longer going to be staying with us in the hotel!


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Hazard Ahead: Enterprise $9.99 Weekend Rate Promo

Summer is peak season for rental car rates, but now that Fall is here, we’re seeing some great deals and lower car rental rates. Enterprise just brought back their $9.99 weekend promo, but don’t be fooled by this Enterprise deal. There’s a catch, which I didn’t realize. There’s a limit to how many miles you can drive before Enterprise starts tacking on a steep per mile fee. This article by AutoSlash explains it all. That’s why I like and use AutoSlash when I rent a car. Besides saving me money, they never stop educating us as to what’s happening in the car rental world!
Have you ever used this Enterprise deal? Did it work well for you or were you surprised that your bill had extra mileage fees tacked on? Let me know in the comments below.


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My 8 Credit Card App-O-Rama Results (Mostly Bad News)

Good morning everyone, I hope you all has a great weekend.  A few weeks ago, I applied for 8 new credit cards during my App-O-Rama.  Here are the 8 credit cards and sign up bonuses that I applied for (not in this particular order).  Unfortunately, my App-O-Rama skills are not as good as they used to be and I was (ultimately) declined for most of these credit cards.
Bank of America Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Credit Card: 30,000 AS Miles + $100 statement credit after spending $1,000 in 3 months ($75 annual fee)
Bank of America Virgin Atlantic Credit Card: 75,000 VA Miles after spending $12,000 in 6 months ($90 annual fee)
Bank of America Amtrak Rewards Credit Card: 30,000 Amtrak Points after spending $1,000 in 3 months ($79 annual fee)
US Bank Altitude Reserve Credit Card: 50,000 FlexPoints ($750 in travel credit) after spending $4,500 in 3 months ($400 annual fee)
Wells Fargo Visa Signature Credit Card: 20,000 Go Far Reward Points after spending $1,000 in 3 months ($0 annual fee)
First Bankcard Best Western Credit Card: 50,000 Points after spending $1,000 in 3 months ($59 annual fee, first year waived)
Synchrony Bank Cathay Pacific Credit Card: 50,000 CX Miles after spending $2,500 in 3 months ($95 annual fee)
Barclays Wyndham Rewards Credit Card: 45,000 Wyndham Points (3 free nights) after spending $2,000 in 3 months ($75 annual fee)
Long story short, I applied for 3 Bank of America credit cards, starting with the Bank of America Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Credit Card.  I recently closed my previous Bank of America Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Credit Card a few weeks ago, so I was ready to apply again and earn more Alaska Airlines miles.  Unfortunately, my application went to pending.  Since I was not immediately declined, I decided to apply for a Bank of America Virgin Atlantic Credit Card.  Surprisingly, I was instantly approved for that credit card with a pretty small credit limit.  With that success, I decided to apply for a Bank of America Amtrak Rewards Credit Card.  Unfortunately, that application went to pending as well. 1 out of 3 instant approvals was not bad.  I was hopeful that the 2 pending applications could be approved with a short reconsideration call.


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iTunes Movie Rental Playback Extended from 24 Hours to 48 Hours

When you travel, do you download movies or shows beforehand so you can watch them whenever you feel like it? I’m sure you do! I do too. But there’s something that’s always bugged me. iTunes only gave its customers in the U.S. 24 hours to watch media once viewing started. Customers outside of the U.S. were given 48 hours. I know, not the most pressing of problems, but I did find it annoying. After all, whether at home or while traveling, we’re all busy and sometimes 24 hours just isn’t adequate. But iTunes must have heard me complaining because… Apple just extended it to 48 hours in U.S., too!
Now, if they’d only increase their 99 cent movie rental choices to include something I want to see :))


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