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These three news items today struck me as the most important bits of the day:

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Courtesy Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines Status Miles via Credit Card Spend

Alaska Airlines is jumping on the train of trying to encourage more credit card spend to offset less actual flight spend during coronavirus.

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Detailed here, cardholders can earn 2,500 elite qualifying miles for every $5,000 spent on purchases with an Alaska Airlines consumer or business Visa card from June 1 through Sept. 30, 2020, up to a maximum of 10,000 elite qualifying miles per cardholder.

Note that if you had earned status last year for this year, that’s already extended through 2021.

On the consumer Alaska card only, you’ll also earn 2X on restaurants in June and July.

They are also giving a 50% bonus on EQMs for any flights flown now through the end of the year.

HT: Gary Leff / VFTW


Great hack for IHG Credit Card Holders / 4th Night Free

I loved this piece from Frequent Miler on how to hack the 4th night free benefit that comes with the IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card (in addition to Platinum status and annual free night.

They break down for us how it works like the (very) old version of the Citi Prestige 4th night free – deducting the last night, whatever that is. Now that IHG pricing has moved to be more dynamic, you can in theory save more than 25% of your points (for example, if you book 4 nights where they price at 20k, 20k, 20k, 50k, that 50k 4th night would be deducted.


American Airlines AAdvantage Delays New Cancellation/Change Policy to July 1st + Double Redeemable Miles Promo

You’ll recall that American Airlines’ AAdvantage program announced changes that will see the end of its industry-leading free change policy. While it marks the end of an era of free and unlimited changes to award tickets up until the day of travel for all program members, it does introduce freely changeable and cancellable awards more than 60 days out.

This was set to take effect June 1st. American has delayed this to July 1st.

As well, you can get double miles, up to 10,000, on all flights through the end of the year but you have to register.




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