Travel Rewards Credit Cards

Category: Southwest

May 08

Chase Boosts Southwest Airlines Bonus to 50,000 Points

Hope everyone is having a nice Mother’s Day. Just a note: The normal bonus to sign up for the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Credit Card is 25,000 points but a few times per year, they up it to 50,000 points. Only requirements are that you spend $2,000 in the first three months (That’s total, not …

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Apr 05

Seven Basic Lessons for Surviving The Travel “Experience”

As anyone reading this blog knows, air travel isn’t perfect. The problem is that there are several steps in the process of getting from here to there that can go wrong and, if any single link in the chain breaks, the whole thing could fall apart. Getting to the airport. Checking in. Getting through security. …

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Apr 02

Highest Ever Hilton Amex Offer and a Darn Good Southwest Chase Card

The Hilton Surpass Card – 100,000 Points Apparently, the card bonus wars aren’t over among issuers, as Hilton raises the bar to six figures. Through May 4, The Surpass Card from American Express is offering 100,000 to sign up and spend $3,000 within your first three months as a cardholder. I’ve never seen a bonus …

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Mar 30

VirginBlue? It Could Have Happened…

Over the past couple of decades, I’ve had the good fortune to meet some of the senior leaders in the airline industry. Their backgrounds are all different but, to a person, they’ve all had one thing in common: They are extraordinarily intelligent. You really have to be in this industry, given how tough it is …

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Oct 30

What Will Loyalty Programs Look Like in Five Years

I spend a lot of time talking about what loyalty programs are up to now, but there’s a long-term question that’s worth asking: five years from now, will any of it matter? Hey, when the frequent flyer program (as we know it today) was invented, a free ticket was 20,000 miles and didn’t have any …

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Oct 20

Six Ways to Earn Points without Applying for a Credit Card

Reader Question: How can I earn miles if I don’t want to/can’t get a credit card? While opening a credit card may be the single fastest way to accumulate a lot of points quickly, not everybody is able to do so. Thus, I wanted to provide a list of ways to earn points without having …

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Sep 12

It’s back! 50,000 points for the Southwest Airlines Visa card

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about the two best airline elite perks not involving upgrades, one of which was the Southwest companion pass, which allows you to bring a guest on every flight you take for the remainder of that year, plus the following year. You need to earn 110,000 Southwest Rapid …

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Sep 08

What survey points and Bose headphones have in common

(I had prepared to do a longer post today, but life happens. Tomorrow will be more substantial, unless life happens again.) Surveys are often long and annoying, but they’re an easy way to accumulate miles. My favorite is E-rewards, which will send you several 10-15 minute surveys per week, each for some amount of proprietary …

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Aug 31

Unfortunately, airlines want to make a profit, too

One thing I’ll say about consumer advocate Chris Elliott: He’s persistent. This morning, he posted an article on fortune.com chastising the airlines for “piling on the perks” for their best customers at the expense of their customers in economy class. He’s quite right about one thing: first class, particularly in international products, is getting better, …

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Aug 23

The two best airline elite perks (that don’t involve upgrades)

I write a fair amount about elite status, the extra perks that airlines give you for flying a certain amount of miles (and/or spending a certain amount of money) each year. To me, the best perks are related to the ability to upgrade, whether its free domestic upgrades or certificates for international upgrades. Because that’s …

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