Here are a couple of quick hitters from the rewards interweb. Enjoy.
Southwest Rapid Rewards Fare Sale
I received an email from Southwest this morning with news of a 3 day fare sale!
Since Southwest Rapid Rewards is a revenue based loyalty program, this means award flights are on sale too. Yippee. If you currently have a Southwest flight booked, then you better check right now to see if the current rate is lower. If it is, you can rebook to save money/points! I love how easy it is to change, cancel, or rebook a Southwest flight.
Jordan and I have an upcoming Southwest Companion Pass booking, but the rates were the same. Bummer, but it’s hard to complain when you’re getting one free flight. Don’t forget that if you’re wanting the Companion Pass, Southwest Airlines® Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card. There are four SW card versions, and they are all seen as different products. This means you can have a personal and business version! Click the link above to see all four options.
It’s ideal that you meet the 110,000 qualification in 2014, so you would have the Companion Pass for two full years. If you apply now, don’t meet your minimum spending requirements until 2014, unless you need the 50,000 points to reach 110,000 this year (I hope that’s not the case).
Just a heads up that it’s not guaranteed that rewards card sign-up bonuses will count towards the Companion Pass in 2014. Also, if you already have a Southwest Rapid Rewards card, don’t forget to go to southwest.com/cmholiday if you have an enrollment code for the targeted spending bonuses.
Since we’re talking about Southwest, it’s important to point out that they are devaluing their program in March 2014. Not ideal at all, but the program will still be one I utilize, especially since I’ll be renewing my Companion Pass (hopefully).
Ok, back to the fare sale…
The dates for this promotion are December 4 – 18, 2013 and January 7 – February 12, 2014. You have to book your flights by Thursday, October 10. See here for complete details.
50,000 Virgin Atlantic
The 50,000 Virgin Atlantic offer comes and goes, but it’s back now!
The Virgin Atlantic card is backed by Bank of America and is a Mastercard. You will get 20,000 Flying Club miles after your first purchase, and 25,000 additional miles after you spend $2,500. Plus, you will get an additional 5,000 miles for adding an authorized user. You will earn 3x miles on Virgin Atlantic purchases and 1.5 miles on all other purchases. The $90 annual fee isn’t waived.
I applied for this card last year and transferred over my Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles to Hilton, because they transfer at a 1:2 ratio. So I racked up 100,000 Hilton HHonors points, but that was before Hilton devalued their award chart. 100,000 HHonors points don’t stretch as far as they used to, but it could still help in topping off an HHonors account, or for use for an Axon award.
Of course, you can also use your Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles for Virgin Atlantic or Virgin America flights. Imagine that. Just beware of the fuel surcharges and fees.
(Hat Tip – View From The Wing)
(Disclaimer: I don’t receive a referral credit for the Virgin Atlantic card, but don’t let that stop you from applying. I do receive a referral credit for the Southwest card mentioned in the post. Thanks for the support if you decide to apply through the blog!)
— Geoff Whitmore