Hey guys, just a heads up that today, June 7th, is the last day to earn a 35% bonus when you transfer Membership Rewards points to British Airways. It’s not as awesome as the 40% or 50% bonus opportunities of last year, but there’s still value.
It’s a great way to top off your Avios account for an upcoming booking. I just re-booked flights for Jordan and me to Dublin in business class for 50,000 Avios, or roughly 37,000 American Express Membership Rewards points if transfered during the 35% bonus period. Not too bad.
I’ve found Avios to be a life saver when I need to book a last minute domestic flight. They are cheap and there’s no close-in booking fee! What more could a guy want?
Some other great opportunities to use your Avios are:
- flights to Hawaii from the West coast
- Intra international flights
- flights to Spain via Iberia
- flights to Germany or Israel via Air Berlin
Avios can be very valuable, except for long haul flights on British Airways because of the hefty surcharges and taxes.
Earn 3x on dining with your Sapphire Preferred
You can earn 3x on dining at any restaurant on the first Friday of every month with your Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card. You usually earn 2x on dining with the Sapphire Preferred, but you’re actually earning more than that when you consider the 7% annual dividend bonus you receive with it as well. Check out my full review of the deal.
Also, one of the Q2 5x quarterly category bonuses with the Chase Freedom® is restaurants, so obviously use your Freedom over the Sapphire Preferred if you can.
Earning Ultimate Rewards points is always on my mind, so maximizing every swipe is a necessity. Definitely take advantage of the 3x with the Sapphire Preferred this Friday if you’re not already earning 5x Ultimate Rewards points on dining through the Freedom, or another route.
Have a great weekend!
(Disclaimer: I receive a referral credit for the cards mentioned in this post. Thanks for the support if apply through the blog!)
— Geoff Whitmore