Rewarding Recap: Tons of Free SPG Points and $75 off JetBlue!

It’s time for another daily recap. I apologize for not posting one yesterday, or anything else in the meantime, but I’ve been a bit swamped. You’ll learn why later tonight.

Deals We Like shares their review of the new Starwood SPG promotion. I generally agree with their conclusion, and while the options aren’t terribly amazing, it is nice that there are no excluded properties. Go with the points and skip the certificates.

Still, I have to hand it to Loyalty Points for thinking ahead and realizing that we would all be wise to travel first and choose our reward later. Why? Because there are three different earning periods, and the benefits can be earned retroactively. Maybe you will stay at a lot of hotels during the first period, but wait until that actually happens before enrolling.

Ric is also giving good points of another variety, SPG points! He’ll be giving away hundreds of thousands of SPG points and a gift card to various winners through his Twitter contest. I might actually have to figure out how that works!

AAdvantageGeek reminds us that Hyatt’s new promotion is out, offering 5X airline miles if you choose miles instead of points on your future stays. I earned nearly 100K Hyatt Gold Passport points during the Possibilities promotion this winter, so it’s probably worth it to divert toward miles for the last few stays I need to complete my Hyatt Diamond trial. (Although AAdvantageGeek tells us how to get AA miles, you can choose on of several other airlines instead.) See what Mommy Points wrote to learn more about your options.

But don’t forget to go back to AAdvantageGeek to learn how to win a free trip to London, courtesy of American Airlines!

FrequentMiler tells us about some of the card-specific earning promotions going on at the Ultimate Rewards shopping portal. Now that I have an Ink Bold business card, I’ll be taking more care to compare my options when doing any sort of shopping online. (I might even try out the dropshipping approach to meet my minimum requirement for the sign-up bonus).

He also tells us about the ability to buy an American Express prepaid card with no fee, earning 5X Ultimate Rewards points in the process. I’ll definitely be taking advantage of this in order to purchase the Fairmont Hawaii package offered through Daily Getaways.

If you have any travel on JetBlue coming up, Deals We Like shares an offer for $75 off any flight, any time through June 20th, as long as you book it before midnight tonight (Eastern time).

LufthansaFlyer shared yesterday a contest to win two free seats on the new 747-8i. The prize is a flight departing Frankfurt, but I wouldn’t mind paying (or redeeming miles) to get there in the first place if I should win.

The Frugal Travel Guy reminds us that you can register to earn 2X miles when flying Air Berlin.

And finally, I hope all you United elites have taken the opportunity to sign up for American’s status match. There’s nothing to lose, so go ahead, call them up and ask them to forward you an email. As a Premier 1K, I hope my new Executive Platinum status comes with the free eVIP systemwide upgrades. Maybe they won’t, but it’s worth trying, right? Nicholas Kralev, one of the more established non-BA bloggers, has written a post on this singular opportunity, which I’ve already written about here.

I have to point out, though, that Nicholas is incorrect when he says 1Ks only get 4 regional upgrades (they get 6, including the 2 provided after reaching 75K miles Edit: actually, they only get 4; my mistake) and that if the status match is, in fact, now limited to 1Ks, this is news to me. The email Megan and I each got on Friday says that all tiers are available for a match. I also think the upgrade hierarchy is a little more complicated than he suggests and not nearly so negative for 1K passengers. I actually get plenty of upgrades flying on G, K, and L fares even with a companion.

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Scott created Travel Codex after learning how to travel better on a budget during grad school. He now flies over 150,000 miles every year.
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  • Gene

    Mr. Kralev is correct, 1Ks only get 4 CR1s for 100k EQMs — 2 at 75k and 2 at 100k. Plus 6 SWUs at 100k.

    • Scottrick

      Ah, I didn’t realize they dropped it again. I guess last year’s decrease to six was only a transition to four. Thanks for the correction.