If you are a big shot with the Delta, United or American frequent flyer programs, you may not pay much attention to card offers from other airlines.
But right now there are two limited time offers that I think you ought to consider… how about a round trip to Hawaii or Mexico for less than $100 on US Airways? Or enough points for two roundtrips and a big jump on coveted Companion Status on Southwest?
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While it may sound odd to even consider a US Airways credit card since the airline is on the verge of disappearing, consider this: The US Airways Premier World MasterCard is currently offering a 40,000 mile sign up bonus.
Now, while most cards require you to spend thousands of dollars in a short period of time to get that bonus, this card does not.
To get the bonus, all you have to do is make a SINGLE PURCHASE and pay the annual fee. It could be a cocktail on the plane or a toothbrush at Walgreens. It doesn’t matter. After that single purchase, just pay the $89 annual fee with your first statement and bingo, you get 40,000 US Airways Dividend miles.
What can you do with 40,000 miles? Plenty! 40K could get you to Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central or South America during low or off-peak periods. It could get you home for the holidays or on a nice summer vacation. You could even redeem the miles for a ticket for someone else to come visit you.
Even if you don’t have a trip in mind for the near term, remember that those US Airways miles will convert into American AAdvantage miles at some point next year, which means even more opportunities for redemption. Need ideas? See the US Airways award chart here.
This one’s kind of a no-brainer… it’s basically a round trip ticket for $89 and change. Would you consider it? I would!
Two round trips and head start toward Companion Status
Now, let’s move on to a brand new offer from Chase and Southwest Airlines.
This week the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier card DOUBLED its sign up bonus from 25,000 points to 50,000 points. To get that pot of points, you have to spend $2,000 within the first three months of getting the card. Spending $2,000 should be relatively easy with the holidays coming up, right?
50,000 Rapid Reward points is currently enough for two average roundtrip “Wanna Get Away” fares. Want to see where you can go on Southwest for 50,000 points? When you make a reservation on Southwest.com, you can pay with either cash…or points. Both show up on the flight search tool.
This means that the best time to redeem miles is when fares are lowest… like during Southwest’ periodic fare sales which we always highlight on TravelSkills. The lower the fare, the fewer points are required for an award seat. And… there are no blackout dates. Check it out here. See the infographic below which shows the cheapest days to fly.
What’s nice about this offer is that those 50,000 bonus points earned for signing up count toward the 110,000 points needed to hit Southwest’s coveted Companion Pass status– one of the best deals out there for folks who fly Southwest a lot. Having companion pass status means that your spouse, your best friend, or maybe your mother can fly with you for free once you attain it. (The credit card bonus points only count toward Companion Pass status…they don’t count toward A-list status.)
With this card, you must pay the $99 annual fee in with your first statement in order to get the 50,000 bonus miles. It’s a limited time offer, so sign up soon, especially if you currently, or plan to fly Southwest a lot in the coming year. For AirTran fans who are saying goodbye to that brand this year, getting the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier card is a great way to get in and get going with the new program.
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