I Got It! It’s Chase Ultimate Rewards Points That Are Awful!

Chase-Transfer-Bonuses

From the desk of the Devil's Advocate... This week we finish up our three-part series on the downsides of the major flexible miles currencies -- Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Starpoints. The wonderful features of these programs are frequently touted by the Conventional Wisdomers, and with good reason. But no loyalty program is ever perfect, and often the negatives of the Big … [Continue]

Up to 60% off Alaska Award Flights and 40% Extra Miles!

Alaska Fall Award Sale

Alaska Airlines' Mileage Plan is putting a bunch of their award flights on sale for travel between August 30 and October 31. (You can book these awards starting today.) Some of the awards are as low as 5,000 miles one-way and represent a 60% discount off the normal 12,500-mile price for a … [Continue]

Targeted Offer: 50,000 MR to Upgrade Amex PRG To Platinum Card

Amex Platinum Upgrade Offer

I don't normally like to talk about targeted promotions, but when it comes to credit cards there seems to be more opportunity than with other companies to talk your way into getting a similar offer once you know it exists. (Chase is a particularly good example.) In this case, my wife was … [Continue]

Level Skies: An Alternative to Individual Fare Locks

Level Skies Search

I mentioned the introduction of 72-hour fare locks on British Airways this weekend and reminded you about existing options from United Airlines as well as Options Away, which lets you purchase options on additional carriers by taking on themselves the risk of fare increases. When I … [Continue]

Using United’s “Expert Mode” to Find Upgrades

United SFO-HKG W fare with Upgrade Space

I've had several people ask me recently how to search for upgrades on United Airlines. It's not immediately obvious because United no longer allows tools like Expert Flyer to access its inventory. However, United does have an in-house tool called "Expert Mode" that will display inventory … [Continue]

Redeem 85 Miles to Keep Your United Account Active

United Digital Media Store

Most airline loyalty programs require you to have some kind of account activity every 12-24 months or else you'll lose your miles. I'll provide a more thorough breakdown of your options in a future post, but I want to call out what I think may be one of the cheapest options available for … [Continue]