Amex vs. Point Sellers, Flight Deals, Centurion Lounges Dates, Delta Deals & More

Get $30 off $60 on Amazon.com When You Use Amex Membership Reward Points (Targeted)

Direct link to offer:  https://amzn.to/2TWqeZd

A new batch of targeted offers are going around. Amazon.com and American Express are running a promotion where you can get $30 off $60 your Amazon.com purchase when you pay with at least one MR point. The offer is targeted, and you must activate it to qualify.

 Flight Sales to Europe

There are a few flash sales to Europe from the West Coast. Fly LAX -> CDG round trip in economy for under $300. Fares found via Google Flights.

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The fares are also valid from CDG -> LAX.

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 If you have the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Sapphire Reserve, you can book using the Chase Travel Portal to get an even better deal.

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Ending Soon: Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite Mastercard® 60k Offer

if you're looking to go to Hawaii or fly within Asia, the Barclays Hawaiian Airlines card has an increased 60k offer that ends on Sept 4.

  • Annual fee: $99, waived the first year

  • Intro Bonus: 60,000 miles after spending $2,000 within the first 3 months of account opening

    • Offer expires on Sept 4, 2019

  • Spending multipliers:

    • 3x on eligible Hawaiian Airlines purchases

    • 2x on gas, dining, and grocery store purchases

    • 1x on everything else

Hawaiian Airlines miles can be used to book:

  • Korean Air

  • Japan Airlines

  • Virgin Australia

  • Virgin Atlantic

  • JetBlue

One example of how to use Hawaiian Airlines miles is to book Korean Air flights within Asia:

  • Economy (round trip) = 30,000 miles

  • Business (round trip) = 60,000 miles

Delta Deals

Delta 2 Cents Per Point on Vacation Packages

The Delta Vacation Deals where you can redeem miles at 2 cents per point has been extended until Sept 6, 2019. It seems like the sweet spot redemptions are to the UK and Hawaii.

Direct link to offer:
https://www.delta.com/content/www/en_US/shop/delta-vacations.html

Be sure to price out the vacation packages and compare them to the retail price to see if you’re getting a good deal or not.

Delta Flash Sales

Delta has a new round of flash sales to Asia. Check the terms and conditions on Delta’s website for specific travel periods for each destination.

Direct link to Delta Flash Sale: https://www.delta.com/content/www/en_US/shop/deals-and-offers/north-america/skymiles-award-travel-deals.html/

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Washington State Residents: Delta 12 Status

Washington state residents can receive one mile for every Seahawks passing yard. If you don’t have a Delta account yet, you’ll need to create one to participate.

Washington state residents can enroll here: https://www.12status.com/

12 Status benefits:

  • Earn free miles for every yard the Seahawks throw during the 2019 NFL season.

  • Priority boarding on all Delta flights out of Sea-Tac during the 2019 NFL Season. Valid from Aug 29, 2019 - Feb 2, 2020.

  • 12% off 2 Lyft rides (up to $5 off each ride) to or from Sea-Tac. Valid from Aug 29, 2019 - Feb 3, 2020.

image via https://www.12status.com/

image via https://www.12status.com/

American Express Centurion Lounge Opening Dates

American Express released an update on when 6 new Centurion Lounges will open.

  • Nov 2019: PHX

  • First half of 2020: JFK + LHR

  • 2020 (???): CLT + DEN + LAX

American Express Adds 90 Day Restriction on Authorized User Points

Starting on Sept 1, an authorized user must be on your account for at least 90 days before linking your MR account to the authorized user’s frequent customer program account.

It seems like Amex is taking the necessary steps to discourage people from adding authorized users to sell points.

You have up to 60 days to add the authorized user’s date social security number and date of birth, otherwise, the additional card member’s card will be cancelled. Most people who are buying/selling points aren’t willing to freely give out their social security number.

From American Express:

We are changing the Membership Rewards Terms and Conditions to provide that an Additional Card must be issued to an Additional Card Member at least 90 days prior to linking your Membership Rewards program account to that Additional Card Member’s frequent customer program account.

If you are adding a legitimate authorized user, I recommend doing it sooner rather than later to start the 90-day clock.



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