WOW — what a weekend I had. I learned so much from the speakers and I was able to fine tuned other ideas that I never implemented because I wasn’t sure what was being taught to me. Most importantly, I was really able to connect with others attending the conference and share ideas on travel, manufactured spend and booking travel.
I won’t go into everything at this time, you’ll find bits and pieces of what I learned coming out this next month but I will tell you a real deal that is going on now.
Do any of you collect American Airlines points? If so, I have an amazing deal for you and it takes almost no time at all. If you test drive a Cadillac, you’ll receive 7,500 points. If you and your spouse both test drive, you’ll receive 15,000 as a couple. This is an amazing offer. You can either make an appointment to test drive the car at 844-469-2234 where you will speak to a concierge who will set up your appointment. Be prepared for about a 30 minute wait time. You might be able to set up the appointment with your local Cadillac dealer. This is no end to this deal but it does say quantities limited. Make sure you have an AAdvantage Loyalty number and to be safe, bring that number with you. Some have reported telling the dealer when they arrive for the test drive that they are there for only the points and some dealers will give them the certificate and not make them do the test drive. For all the details about the offer, please click this link. If do you this, pleases report back to me and I’ll list everyone’s experience.
Occasionally a great deal will come our way. Last year for 2 days only, I received 100,000 miles from American Express. Those miles took Blogger Hubby and I to Hawaii in Business Class seats with 40,000 miles left over for a future trip.
Now Citi is offering a similiar deal – you can earn 100,000 American Airlines miles with a $10,000 spend in three months. This offer comes with the following benefits:
- $200 in statement credits — earn $1 in statement credits for each $1 spent on purchases within the first 12 months of membership.
- Admirals Club membership (a membership value of up to $500)
- Earn10,000 Elite Qualifying Milesafter spending $40,000 in purchases each calendar year
- No foreign transaction fees on purchases
- Earn two AAdvantage miles per $1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchases, including US Airways codeshare flights booked on aa.com
- Priority Boarding and 25% savings on eligible in-flight purchases
- Your first eligible checked bag is free
- SmartChip technology Expert Concierge Service
- $450 Annual Fee – not waived but with the $200 statement credit it will help offset this expense
You will notice on this page, which will take you to the application page, that it asks for a referral code – you can leave it blank.
Remember that US Airways and American Airlines are merging so more routes would open.
I know that you might be put off with the $10,000 spend but my plan is (yes, we got this card yesterday) to buy Vanilla Reloads and pay my mortgages with them and then pay my credit card that I used to get the VR’s with the money that is in the bank that I was going to use to pay my mortgage. Between paying bills, grocery shopping, and even paying for federal/state taxes with my credit card.
Is this something that you are planning on applying for – if yes, I’d recommend doing it sooner than later. Great deals like this do not last long.
The DOJ yesterday paved the way with their decision to allow US Airways to purchase American Airlines. The plan, as I am aware of, is for the airline to now take on the name of American Airlines – similar to when Continental took over United and kept the United name. What will this merger mean to the travelers?
First of all, as everyone has expected, US Airways will most likely leave the Star Alliance and join One World where American is a member. Like the United and Continental merger, you will most likely be able to more miles back and forth to the two airlines until the merger is fully complete which could take awhile. I’m sure that Elite Status will carry over to both airlines – if you have Elite on US Airways, you get a reciprocal Elite on American and vice versa.
US Airways Dividend Miles will probably go by the wayside and eventually be converted to AA Advantage Miles. I would strongly suggest that you take advantage of any US Airways promotions or credit card offers. Both Blogger Hubby and myself today applied for US Airways credit cards knowing that they wouldn’t be around for too long. That way, we can down the road, apply for the Citi American Airlines credit card. Here is a link for the US Airways credit card. I do not receive anything if you apply for these cards.
For the traveler, I think there will be other changes – lost slots at DCA and LGA; they will have to give up gates at Boston Logan, Miami, LAX, ORD and Dallas Love. Finally the smaller airports will most likely have higher ticket prices. USAirways/American Airlines could possibly raise ticket prices and the other airlines would follow suit – how often have you heard that happening?
What are your thoughts on the merger and what it would mean to you?