Another spend promotion for the Barclaycard Aviator Red card

Promotions for the Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator Red MasterCard have padded my American Airlines AAdvantage account in the past. Barclaycard is back with another opportunity to earn bonus miles by meeting certain spend thresholds during the last three months of 2017. Is this an attractive offer that I will pursue?


Fall 2017 hotel promotion: IHG Rewards

For fall 2017, IHG is offering a new version of "Accelerate." I have not been a big fan of previous "Accelerate" promotions, but I am surprised at just how lucrative the fall 2017 edition is. Let's take a closer look.


Fall 2017 hotel promotions: Marriott Rewards

"Mega Bonus" from Marriott Reward can be very rewarding to a customer who makes only a couple of stays...literally...this fall. If you complete two stays, you will earn a free hotel night. That is a very attractive promotion! 


Fall 2017 hotel promotions: Starwood Preferred Guest

Starwood's fall promotion, "Explore More," offers up to 1,000 bonus Starpoints® per stay with an additional 10,000 Starpoints® if you stay 25 nights during the promotion period. I analyze this to see if it is an attractive offer.

Posted on September 29, 2017 and filed under Loyalty Programs, Hotels, Points and Miles.

Downgrading the Chase Sapphire Preferred to the Freedom Unlimited

Recently, Chase changed its rules and now prohibits a user from carrying more than one Sapphire card product. My wife wants to apply for the very attractive Chase Sapphire Reserve card so we decided to downgrade her current Chase Sapphire Preferred to the Chase Freedom Unlimited. The process was fairly simple and now she will be able to apply for the Sapphire Reserve product.


Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator: Round purchases to buy AAdvantage miles

Yesterday I received an email from Barclaycard introducing a very interesting program for its AAdvantage Aviator card. According to the email, I was invited to participate in a pilot for Flight Cents which allows you "to [round] up your purchases to the nearest dollar, and [turn] that rounded up amount into American Airlines AAdvantage® miles."


Dinner in Savannah, GA

Savannah, GA has many reasons to visit, and one of those is the selection of wonderful restaurants the town boasts. On our recent trip, we managed to have seafood each of our two nights, including one at a restaurant that is a must-visit every time we are in town!


Back-to-school bonus miles

With back-to-school upon us, the shopping portals for both American AAdvantage eShopping and Delta SkyMiles shopping are offering bonus miles for achieving certain spend thresholds during the back-to-school shopping season.


Hitting spend for signup bonuses fast: charging a car down payment

Charging all or part of a new car can be a great way to earn a large amount of points or miles as well as satisfy large initial spend requirements for credit card sign-up bonuses. Just be careful that you can immediately pay off that charge because the value of the rewards that you will earn will be far less than the interest you could wind up paying!


New international flights coming to Atlanta

Recently, two interesting new international flights for Atlanta have been announced. As you might expect, one involves Delta Air Lines. The other involves a SkyTeam partner that would generally be similarly unsurprising. What was unexpected was the destination and aircraft for that flight.


Citi Prestige updates, targeted offer

Citi announced changes to the Cit Prestige Card that took effect on July 23. Most of the changes are fairly minor and carry neither value nor detriment to me. Citi also has a targeted offer for adding an authorized user to the account, but I find little compelling about this promotion.


Delta takes delivery of first Airbus A350

Last week Delta Air Lines took delivery of the first Airbus A350 for a North American carrier. The aircraft will begin operating between Detroit and Tokyo-Narita on October 30. The delivery marks the beginning of the final phase-out of the majestic Boeing 747-400 from the Delta fleet.

Posted on July 16, 2017 and filed under Commercial Aviation.

Review: DoubleTree Savannah Historic District

The DoubleTree Savannah Historic District has a great location as well as good customer service and amenities. It's a great option if you are looking for a property in the heart of charming downtown Savannah, Georgia.


Savannah, Georgia's coastal gem

I don't always grasp what an attractive destination Savannah, GA is for those more than a few hours drive away. However, as I grow older and travel more extensively, I appreciate what a gem the city is and why it is a destination that draws people from around the country and the world.

Posted on July 4, 2017 and filed under Trip Reports.