Three New Promos to Stretch Your Miles and Points
I love promotions… they take an already good thing in miles and points – and make it even better!
Here are three new promotions out today that will take your points up to 50% further…
50% off points stays at Miraval Resorts
These all inclusive resorts are stunning bits of paradise, but they are very expensive both in cash and in points. With Miraval now under the Hyatt brand, they have been bookable with points but at 65,000 World of Hyatt points a night for double occupancy it’s a bit much to stomach and frankly a poor redemption even with room rates often around $1,000. But in a repeat of a promotion from last summer, Hyatt is once again giving half off points redemptions at Miraval for the summer. At 32,500 points for double occupancy in an all-inclusive oasis, I think this is a sweet deal.
Reservations must be made and used between May 1st, 2019 and August 31st, 2019.
- Miraval Austin Resort and Spa in Austin, TX
- Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa in Phoenix, AZ
- Miraval Berkshires in Lenox, MA (not yet open / unclear if it will be in time).
You will have to call Hyatt to make the redemption and be sure to confirm the promotion with the agent. If they are lost on it, you may want to hang up and call again.
30% Transfer Bonus from American Express Membership Rewards to Virgin Atlantic
Let’s get this out of the way. I *do not* recommend transferring speculatively. I say this every time there’s a transfer bonus. If you know the game, you can feel free to do what you want, but always be aware a program can and will devalue itself at any time.
This transfer bonus is best for two particular redemptions that I’ve written about before.
One is to redeem for First Class on ANA to or through Japan. I’ve written previously about the details of using Virgin Atlantic miles to book ANA First Class, so refer to that for specifics.
TL;DR: It will get you a round trip to Asia on ANA in First Class for 85,000 – 93,000 Amex points.
The other great use is on Delta. You’ll often find an award in Delta One to/from Europe that Delta itself wants around 100,000 SkyMiles for – for only 50,000 Virgin Atlantic Miles. That’s just 35,000 Amex points for a one way to Europe in Business Class! Crazy sweet deal.
To book either, be sure to call Virgin and get a 48 hour hold on the flight you want, then initiate the transfer.
Note: While Doctor of Credit says that this is limited to a 75,000 point transfer, I don’t see that anywhere and that may be from an old promo. What I see is “Minimum transfer is 1,000 Membership Rewards points. Redeem for this exclusive offer from 12:00 a.m. MT on May 1, 2019 to 11:59 p.m. MT on July 1, 2019, to receive 30% additional Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles. Additional Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles will be awarded at the time of transfer.”
I even did a sample transfer of 100,000 and it showed the full bonus.
Also note that he states it is targeted, but it seems to be widely available and possibly available to everyone now.
HT: Doctor of Credit
And last but not least (but actually least)….
Transfer Bonus from Capital One to JetBlue
You can now transfer Capital One Miles to JetBlue TrueBlue. To kick off this new relationship, you can transfer with a 50% bonus this month- meaning 1,000 Capital One miles will get you 750 JetBlue points – on par with most partners’ standard transfer rates.
I value JetBlue points at 1.5 cents (probably going down 1.3-1.4 cents now that they have lowered the rates they use to price Mint award tickets). Let’s assume you could get 1.4 cents in value. That’s going to basically be breakeven with just using those Capital One miles as a purchase eraser, except you’d earn JetBlue points on the flight if you booked with cash and erased the purchase. So the only reason to transfer would be to top off an existing JetBlue balance for an award you are already close to. If that’s your situation, this is a nice little bonus.
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