Lots of news that caught my eye in the miles and points world today, so here is a quick rundown in case you sleep at night and work during the day and missed an update somewhere in between.
- Win a free trip on the Star MegaDO 4! This is the most exciting news for me as MegaDos really are an amazing experience, but they have gotten a bit pricey for some. The solution to that problem is to just win a free seat! As he has done for all four Star MegaDos, Randy Peterson (founder of Milepoint) is giving away not only a seat on the domestic portion of the MegaDo, but he is also providing hotels at the stops in San Francisco, Houston, and Chicago, and other goodies along the way. He will even carry your bags. Head to this Milepoint thread to get the details on how to enter and hopefully win. The contest ends on September 30th and the actual trip is November 13th – 16th. Hope to see you there!
- Amex Business Gold Rewards Card 75,000 MR points today only! For the 6th (?) time this year, Amex is offering a one-day only sign-up deal for the Amex Business Gold Rewards Card where you will receive 75,000 bonus points if you spend $10,000 on the card in the first four months. Until a week or so ago the regular public sign-up bonus didn’t include any bonus points. Then, they upped that to 50,000 points after spending $5,000 in the first three months through late November. When I posted that information, I also gave the suggestion to not apply for the 50,000 point offer unless you could only hit a $5K minimum spending requirement, and not a $10K spending requirement. I had the feeling we hadn’t seen the last of the one-day 75K sign-ups. Turns out that was indeed the case, so if you are interested in this card, now is a good time to decide which offer works better for you. Pick between 50,000 points for $5K of spending or 75,000 points for $10K of spending. I regularly use my Amex Business Gold Rewards Card for 3x on airline purchases. I also take advantage of the 2x bonuses on shipping and at stand alone gas stations from time to time. The 2x for advertizing with select media doesn’t really matter to me, but I am sure it is useful for those of you who advertize for your businesses. In case you are curious about such things, the 75K offer is not a referral link of mine – it is just the best deal out there today for this card.
- Frontier is charging more if you don’t book directly with them (AKA Frontier is “Mean”). As is reported in this AP story, Frontier is going to penalize customers who don’t book directly with the airline. So, if you use a site like Expedia, Travelocity, etc. to compare fares and book your airline tickets, then be ready to open your wallet more if you fly Frontier. The airlines have to pay fees to those third party booking sites if you book through them, so Frontier plans to make up that money by not allowing seat assignments until check-in, only awarding half the frequent flier miles earned, charging more for any changes, bringing a pet, going standby, traveling as an unaccompanied minor, etc. As Gary at View From the Wing points out, in reality, Frontier really isn’t rewarding people who book via their website, they are punishing those who book elsewhere. That is because most people won’t even know that there is a difference. As is common with changes like this in the frequent flyer world, this change will hurt families more than anyone else. Not only will the fees add up faster for families who travel with many passengers at once, but they are the ones who need seat assignments in advance more than the average bear. Parents need to sit next to their own young children who need goldfish, juice, and potty breaks in that order at precise 25 minute intervals throughout the flight, so advance seat assignments are very important. Thumbs down, Frontier. Families consider yourselves warned, and just go directly to the Frontier website to make your reservations if you plan to fly with that airline.
- 500 US Airways Dividend Miles for $7.50 Subscription to Vogue Magazine. If yoga pants, Tom’s shoes, and pony tails are vogue, then I am “in fashion”. For the rest of you who are a bit more vogue than I (or just want some miles), the Dividend Miles Daily Deal today is a $7.50 12 month subscription to Vogue that awards 5 miles per dollar plus 500 bonus miles if it is your first purchase. This isn’t a killer deal if you are just in it for the miles, but if you know someone who likes that magazine, then be sure to share the news so that you can get 500 miles when they make their first purchase using your link. They will also receive 500 miles if it is their first purchase. That link is mine, but be sure to have your friends and family use your link so you get the credit!