A strange thing happened this morning when I headed out to the cardmatch tool to check to see if I was targeted for the Amex Platinum 100k offer (I was not); I came across an offer for the Alaska Airlines personal credit card that offered 40,000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles after spending $2,000 within 90 days. As many of you know, the usual Alaska Airlines Personal offer is 30,000 bonus miles after spending $1,000 within 90 days, so this is a significantly better offer than usual.
I know that there is more to travel than just drinking champagne and watching Despicable Me 2 while hurtling through the sky in an aluminum tube, which is why I like to keep you guys in the loop when a really killer deal that pertains to travel pops up. One such deal has appeared over at Amex offers.
But a strange and wonderful thing happened to me this morning while doing some research. So wonderful in fact that I interrupted my regularly scheduled program on mustache grooming to fire off a quick post bringing you kittens in on the deal.
Amex Offers currently has an offer for $20 back when you make a purchase at amazon.com of $20 or more. In layman’s terms, they want to give you $20.
Amex Offers is a nice little perk for American Express cardholders that provides discounts and rebate offers from participating retailers. All you have to do is register for the offer from your Amex account and then use the registered card to complete the transaction. Both my cuter half and I have Amex cards and I wasted no time in signing us up for this offer (though this particular offer didn’t show up for my business card).
All you need to do to take advantage of this free $20 is register through the American Express site and then make a purchase totaling $20 or more from Amazon by June 6th with your registered Amex card. You can either log into Amex Offers by using the link or log into Amex account and then you should see “Amex Offers For You” somewhere towards the bottom of the page. Your offer lives there.
As of today the US Airways Dividend Miles card with a 50,000 mile bonus offer has been removed from the Barclays site. Thankfully, I still have a working link for you, though this final opportunity to get the card will likely be short lived.
I got an email just the other day from a friend inquiring as to how to best approach getting from the US to SE Asia without being stuck in coach. Considering that this particular friend is 6’6″, avoiding coach seems like the smart thing to do.
He had been thinking about buying coach tickets for him and his squeeze on American for $1100 and then using miles to upgrade the ticket to business class. He didn’t have the miles in his account already, so he was inquiring as to if this approach seemed reasonable and what cards he should be thinking about to make this a reality.
I am all for travel hacking your way into the premium cabin but am generally against buying a coach ticket and using the miles to upgrade. Here’s why: