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Daily Digest: Get Southwest A-list Status Without Flying! (6/10)

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To achieve Southwest A-list status, it normally require taking 25 qualifying flights or earning 35,000 qualifying points in a calendar year. Currently, the airline is offering a status match program to acquire the A-list status without meeting these requirements; you just have to have a status in other airline to be eligible to apply for a match. You will receive 90 days of A-list after applying, and 12 more months after meeting certain criteria within those 90 days. For more details, check out VFTW and DoC.

As we reported last week, Asia Miles is going to be greatly devalued on June 22nd, and here is a great chance to take advantage of the current award chart for the last time: Citi ThankYou Point is offering a 15% transfer bonus to Asia Miles through July 4, 2018. Citi ThankYou Point do not have the most interesting transfer partners compared to other flexible point systems, so it’s actually a decent use for TYP when transferred to Asia Miles even without the bonus. The other popular transfer partner for TYP is Virgin Atlantic, and we’ll get to that below.

Virgin Atlantic has been running a 30% bonus for buying miles promotion since last week but it didn’t get too much attention. On the UK site, the price comes out to be 1.56 cent per mile (US dollar) when buying 100,000 miles (will receive 130,000 total). The price is even more expensive on the US site for some reason. While the price isn’t too attractive, Virgin Atlantic does have its sweet spots in partner redemptions, most notably for the ANA first class round trip at merely 120,000 miles. Keep in mind you could acquire Virgin Atlantic miles by transferring from all four flexible point systems including Citi TYP, so do take those into consideration before purchasing.
World of Hyatt members can register to earn 20% bonus points for hotel stays in Las Vegas at Hyatt Place or the 12 MGM Resorts properties from May 7 to end of July.

Alaska Mileage Plan is adjusting Alaska mileage earning rates for travel on LATAM (big drop from 100% to 25% on Economy tickets).
Delta is offering reduced award prices on several routes to Europe (from New York and Boston) for travel between January 10-March 15th 2019. Need to purchase by June 13, 2018.

Marriott Rewards just released two documents trying to help understand Platinum member lounge access and welcome gift options. Check it out on Loyalty Lobby if interested.

As we mentioned several times, Priority Pass not only allow lounge access but also restaurant credits at some locations. They’ve now added a new restaurant option to LAX at terminal 2. Members will receive a $28 credit for yourself and any of your guests. Number of guests allowed depend on your Priority Pass membership.

In credit card news, Amex is extending an offer of “Pay Over Time” for their charge card members. Basically it turns your charge card partially into a credit card, but that’s not what we care about here because this targeted offer comes with an 10,000 bonus Membership Rewards points. Check your e-mail and mailbox to see you were targeted.

Also about Amex, it looks like they have (again) started the upgrade offer to the Hilton cardholders. Upgrading Amex Hilton card has three very important benefits: it does not do hard inquiry and does not appear as a new account to your credit, and it sometimes does not have once per lifetime restriction, meaning you could take advantage of this offer even if you have had the upgraded card before.

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