In 2016, I saw headlines on several blogs that I followed about a credit card sign up bonus that was too good to pass up. Here’s what one article from back then said about the card:
Breaking news: one of the best (and certainly one of the biggest) miles & points offers is now back. For a limited time, you can earn a total of 100,000 British Airways Avios points after applying for their signature card and meeting a number of spending requirements.
One of the best offers. I needed to get in on this limited time offer so I went to the Chase website and signed up for the card. I was instantly approved and started spending. The amount needed to get the bonus wasn’t small.
The first 50,000 points are easy—you’ll get them after completing a $2,000 minimum spend in three months. This is worth it on its own, even if you can’t earn the additional 50,000 points for spending more.
For the adventurous, you’ll be able to earn an additional 25,000 Avios for spending $10,000 within the first year, and then another 25,000 Avios for spending $20,000 within the first year.
I decided to go big but I wasn’t all in. I set a goal to spend the $10,000 on the card for 75,000 Avios. I passed on the $20,000 bonus points and the Travel Together Ticket that came with spending $30,000 on the card.
It took several months but I eventually hit the spending threshold and had over 85,000 Avios. Now what?
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There are a whole lot of travel sales going on right now, friends. They’re all pretty awesomesauce, but heads up that some end today, some tomorrow and some next week, so do’t take to long to check them out…
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Lots of people always want to know how to learn the “secrets” of cheap travel. In fact, that’s how Joe and I started Your Mileage May Vary – our friends saw how we saved money and traveled well by using points and miles, and lots of them said Joe should run classes to teach what he knows. Well, he really didn’t have time for that, so I suggested he start a blog. And here we are. 😉
Joe does have his Basics Of How To Get Started Earning Points & Miles Balances post and that gives a nice, overall idea of how to get started. But there’s still so much more you can learn. A lot of our posts have a lot of that info, and lots of other bloggers on Boarding Area have some great “teaching” posts, too. But I found a place online that has 9 different online courses to help you learn about all different aspects of travel and right now, you can pay whatever you want to get access to them.
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Although Your Mileage May Vary initially started because of Joe’s talents with points and miles and other ways to save money while traveling, I’ll be the first to admit that I really don’t care a whole lot about the whole points and miles thing. Don’t get me wrong, I like the benefits of his hobby (after all, it gets us upgrades and free stuff!), but I’m very happy to stick to writing the “fun” articles about stuff like Disney parks and the weird toilets at Chicago-O’Hare Int’l airport (which apparently aren’t there anymore???). Which doesn’t mean I haven’t learned a thing or two about points and miles along the way. Hence this situation, which happened not all that long ago….
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I’m pretty obsessive about keeping track of my account balances. OK, I’m very obsessive about it [edit by Sharon: Yes. Yes, he is ;-)]. I’ve written about how I use the website AwardWallet to keep all of our accounts in line. If you haven’t signed up yet, here’s a referral link that I’d appreciate if you use (full disclosure: I get a bonus if you sign up with my referral link, which is always appreciated). One of the best functions of the website is they’ll send you an email alert when you have accounts that are about to go inactive. That is, except for when they don’t send an alert because they don’t know the account details – but that’s not their fault. Continue reading “How To Not Let Your Miles Expire (Like I Did)”