Friday, January 30, 2009
This is a indirect way to transfer ur Amex Membership points to Northwest
After getting into LAX RCC around 4 hours prior to SFO-HKG departure, upgrade finally cleared. My flight from LAX-SFO scheduled for take off on 9:35 and landed in 10:55, which left me 1 hour for the connection, but after I boarded the plane, Capital annonced that there would be a delay due to air traffic control at SFO.
The plane finally landed at SFO GATE 90 on 11:33 am and flight to Hong Kong still scheduled for departure on time at 11:55 am at GATE G102. I run as fast as I can from the furthest gate in Terminal 3 to THE furthest gate in international terminal. Cabin door closed right after I step into the plane. Although, I finally made on board, I was really worried about my checked luggage.
The business seat itself is very good, lie flat bed and it does make a better sleep than 170 degree reclined seat. IFE system is running all the time, so u don't have to wait until take off to enjor ur entertainment. However, the movie selection is still not great, I have watched most of them already. No comments on food since I am still on diet. Overall, Not bad if u just want to have a very good sleep.
BTW, I was happy to see my checked luggage arrive with me. :)
Monday, January 26, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
In addition, redeemed 37000 km on Hainan Airline RT in F from SZX-PEK. was going to redeem from HKG-PEK, but Hongkong airline has blackout date until Feb 3rd, use SZX instead.
Friday, January 23, 2009
If u rent car every week and want to save time at airport like LAX,IAD, ORD, go for it.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
they have following advantages:
the only airline sells YUP fare, F class with price of full fare Y
the only airline you don't need to go to ticketing office to get award ticket with passenger ID copy,everything can be done on the phone and soon online
only airline has personal entertainment system on international flight in every seats
180 degree C cabin seats for international flight, also used for SYX to PEK route.
has lowest award requirement. eg. from PEK-HKG in F only cost u 37000km Roundtrip.
Award seat is on request basis and it is very easy to get one, if u r Silver or Gold member, you can get free seats on almost any flights
and many more benefits that other big three airlines don't have.
I was looking for fuel surcharge buster to drop fuel surcharge, but my return is too far away, the buster route has not release any cheap ticket yet, adding buster route only pushed the price higher.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
|to or from:||to or from:|
|Roundtrips in |
|Roundtrips in |
|Fly 1, earn 1,500 miles||Fly 1, earn 500 miles|
| Fly 2, earn an additional |
| Fly 2, earn an additional |
| Fly 3, earn an additional |
| Fly 3, earn an additional |
|Total: 7,500 miles||Total: 3,000 miles|
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Advantage® bonus mile offer is valid December 1, 2008 through February 28, 2009 and only for new members who enroll during this period. To earn the 1,000 bonus miles, you must enroll in the AAdvantage program at AA.com/enroll, then visit AA.com/offers and register with the promotion code that you receive upon redeeming this offer.
|40,000 Miles or Points |
or 48 Segments
Less than 40,000 Miles and Points
|20,000 Miles or Points |
or 24 Segments
|Less than 20,000 Miles and Points|
and less than 24 Segments
Saturday, January 10, 2009
"Effective March 1, 2009, the redeposit and reissue fee for Award Travel will no longer be waived for Platinum Medallion members in an effort to preserve award seat availability for all SkyMiles members. Platinum Medallions have conveyed that making as many awards seats available as possible is one of the most important SkyMiles benefits. Many of these award seat bookings are held until the last minute and never flown. As a result, other SkyMiles members are unable to secure those seats. As a reminder, Platinum Medallions are not charged an Award Ticket Fee for reservations ticketed less than three weeks before travel."
This is bad, very bad!!!Free change can save considerable amount of money for Platinum members.With this change, I would say Gold level with them is more than enough, give ur money to programs that still offer ree change benefit for their Top Elite member.
However, Offer is restricted to member reside in Mid Pacific, South Pacific, China or South Asia (excludes Japan). Residency is defined by the address on the OnePass account.
Not a bad offer, consider CO will join Star alliance by end of 2009, maybe is time for me to join them.
Friday, January 9, 2009
here is link, You need to refresh page to get ur own Coupon code.
To get first 10000, uou need a direct deposit from uremployer, SSN or other government benefits within 60 days of account opening.
Too bad, I don't qualify since I don't have payroll.
now, one of these properties website is up, Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa, as category 6 hotel. 40000 per night or 175000 points for 6 nights. Much better value than previous Starwood Category 6.
The "new" Bora Bora Hilton and Hilton Tahiti should be category 6 too because they all have HILTON name and there is no HILTON hotel above caterogry 6 unless branded as W=A.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Posted on slickdeals, Use code fijiblack for 40% off. Total $22.5
2 100% bonus for transfering miles is back
Got this offer in my email today, Delta is offering 100% bonus for buying miles btw Jan 1st-Jan 31st,2009.
3 Delta 2500 or 5000 bonus miles for Avis rental is back
Saw this on flyertalk, but I have not get email yet.
Here is the detail
• 2500 bonus miles valid on a qualifying rental of three consecutive days at participating Avis airport locations in the US and Canada. Please mention coupon number MUAA132 to receive bonus miles offer.
• 5000 bonus miles valid on a qualifying rental of four consecutive days or more at participating Avis airport locations in the US and Canada. Please mention coupon number MUAA133 to receive bonus miles offer.
• Bonus miles offer valid on all car groups.
• An advance 24-hour reservation is required.
• Offer may not be used with any other coupon, promotion or offer except your AWD discount.
• The savings of up to 25% applies to the time and mileage charges only.
• Taxes, concession recovery fees, vehicle license recovery fee, customer facility charges ($10/contract in CA) and fuel charges are extra.
• Optional items such as LDW ($35.99/day or less except in Louisiana $49.99/day) and other surcharges may apply and are extra.
• Offer may not be used in conjunction with any other promotion or offer.
• Offer is subject to vehicle availability at the time of rental and may not be available on some rates at some times, including some online rates at Avis.com.
• Car rental return restrictions may apply.
• Offer subject to change without notice.
• Holiday and other blackout periods may apply.
• Renter must meet Avis age, driver and credit requirements. Minimum rental age may vary by location. An additional daily surcharge may apply for renters under 25 years old.
• Frequent flyer surcharge of up to $0.50 USD per day, may apply.
• Rental must begin by June 30, 2009.
However, the first year annual fee is not wavied for this offer.
TG630 Hong Kong Taipei 20:15 21:40 333 2 Economy 1 01:25
TG634 Taipei Seoul(Incheon) 12:50 16:15 773 1 Economy 1 02:25
OZ112 Seoul(Incheon) Osaka(Kansai) 10:00 11:40 333 - Economy 1 01:40
NH423 Osaka(Itami) Fukuoka 11:15 12:25 76P - Economy 1 01:10
NH252 Fukuoka Tokyo(Haneda) 12:15 13:55 773 D2 Economy 1 01:40
OZ103 Tokyo(Narita) Seoul(Incheon) 15:30 18:10 777 1 Economy 02:40
LH716 Seoul(Incheon) Shenyang 06:30 07:15 343 - Economy 1 01:45
Total cost for this trip in coach is only 22000 miles in Coach+$161 taxes and fees
I think this is the program where ur Amex Membership Reward points should transfer to.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Will Delta charge $100 dollar award cancellation/change/redeposit fees to their Platinum Elites soon?
There is no announcement from Delta yet for this change, but Northwest will become Delta soon, so I am expecting Delta will have same change.
A big plus for being a top elite of each airline program is waiving those fees, if this benefit is eliminating, it will be a BIG disappointment for lots of people.
Restaurant and Postal Office charges are exclude from bonus list and no longer earn 5 points, only 3 points per dollar now. Everything else will earn 3 points per dollar.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
From March 1st, 2009, Thankyou network fixed flight award option will be discontinued, which means the most rewarding program for credit card spending will be gone forever.
With 90K fixed business class award flight option, I get approx 8.5%-14.5% back for every dollar I charged on my Citibank Credit Card. After March 1st, only flexible award option is avaiable which value 1 point = 1 cent. This will make the cashback for Citi credit card to 5% max when u use Citi AMEX PLAT at Grocery store, gas station and 3% for everything else and less cashback on other cards.
With discontinue of this option, Starwood Amex Credit card and Hilton Amex Credit Card are back to primary cards along with Citi PLAT Amex Card. Hilton Program is improving, so their points are value more than before.
Let's do some comparison here, If you charge 60K per year and 5K of them are from selected catergories such as Gas station, wireless bill, Grocery store and postal office.
You are getting
190K Hilton points if using Hilton card
190K Thankyou network points if using Citi Amex PLAT(I know there is 150K points annual cap, but let's assume you and ur spouse each has one)
60K starwood points if using Amex SPG.
190K can give you 6 nights free at some top Hilton resorts such as Seychelles, Mauritius, Maldive, Tahiti, Europe and 15K left over. Approx value > 2700 USD.
190K Thankyou network points can give 1900 Cashback on tickets or other gift cards. If you use 1900 to buy the ticket, the ticket will get miles, so assume you get 50K miles on these tickets, the value is 1900-210(2 cards annual fees)+1000(worth of miles)>2690.
60K starwood can get u 13 nights at Cat 4 hotels with C+P option, if each 4K worth at least 100, those 60K worth >1300. However, you can have option to transfer these points to airline on 1:1.25 ratio, which equals to around 70000 miles, Value of 70000 miles> 2000 depends on how u use them.
I personally value those points and miles higher than above estimate.
As you can see, there is no signifant difference on these cards, so all depends on which rewards program you want and flexibility of these awards. I would say, all three cards will be best cards now.
The problem is, new chart is no longer showing travel btw Non US zone. I don't know what is the effect on new Northwest intra Asia award and intra Africa award. Previously, they were 20K/30K and 25K/50K for economy and business. If the change is identical to Delta, then award will increase 25K/30K for Asia and 50K/80K for Africa. I think the only way to find out is call them after Jan 15th.