Friday Open Discussion 9/26/14

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This month has been quite slow in the points and miles world.  A lot of manufactured spending techniques are dying off such as the famous Amazon Payments method.  I’ll be sad when it goes away on October 13.  However, there are still a few methods like AMEX Serve that work quite well with no fees.  I’m in the process of upgrading to ISIS (not the terrorist group) Wallet, which will raise the limit to $1,500.  I’ll write a post on how the process goes.

In the meantime, anybody have any questions they want to ask or need any advice on traveling/points related?

15 comments for “Friday Open Discussion 9/26/14

  1. Greg
    September 26, 2014 at 4:37 am

    Have you transferred points from Amex membership rewards and/or Chase UR to Southwest? How long does it take for the points to post into Southwest account?

    • Ivan
      September 26, 2014 at 5:31 am

      @greg They’re only transferred by UR and are automatic! Question… What do you know about serve/BB sub accounts? What are their limits? How do you open them?

      • Greg
        September 26, 2014 at 6:46 am

        Are SPG Point transfers to Southwest automatic also?

    • September 26, 2014 at 7:07 am

      It will be instant. Just log out and back in.

  2. Jen
    September 26, 2014 at 5:48 am

    I have a lot of MR points. For traveling to Japan,Hongkong or Taiwan, which is the best airline partner should I transfer them to for 4 economy seats?

    • September 26, 2014 at 7:09 am

      Look for availability first on cathay pacific. I would transfer to Avios and book roundtrip economy tickets at 70K per person. You could also transfer to Aeroplan and take eva air economy. Japan is too expensive in fuel taxes. Good luck!

  3. Hilde
    September 26, 2014 at 6:57 am

    I want to take a cruise in 2015 (Alaska, or Hawaii) any way I can use UR for this?

    • September 26, 2014 at 7:10 am

      For the actual cruise cost, no. I recommend getting barclaycard arrival points that you can use for the cruise.

    • RAMSEY
      September 26, 2014 at 10:25 am

      used them for my cruise

  4. September 26, 2014 at 7:42 am

    hey man, just had a few questions:

    1) any good tips on finding reward availability with Delta? It’ll be worth it with the recent Korean Air award changes.

    2) Since amazon payments p2p is going away, any other good way of liquidating those dang Amex gift cards? Can I use them to buy PP cards? I’m guessing mostly no, but I’ll find out early next week.

    BTW, didn’t know you can upgrade existing serve to serve with ISIS. It’s definitely worth it!

    • September 28, 2014 at 7:39 pm

      1. Search leg by leg

      2. You can use them on PP cards if the store lets you buy them.

  5. Leigh
    September 26, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    At the end of year my Wife and I are traveling around the world. I have tickets booked through to Bali so far and need to get home (BWI) from there. My plan is to use AA miles to transfer and use on Cathay Pacific. My understanding is that I wont be able to find award space until we’re like a week out. My thinking is that we’re going to arrive in Bali on December 27th and by the 4th we would book a first class award ticket to come home around the 10th. My two questions are; is that correct first off, do we just wait till the last minute to book when the space opens up? Secondly do we need to transfer AA to Cathay before we leave so they’re ready to go or do I just call AA and have them set it up. Thanks so much in advance!

  6. Gaurav
    September 26, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Rom, when you applied for the fee waiver on your Barclays arrival card did you do it before or after the annual fee posted? Thanks.

    • Gaurav
      September 26, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      Tag for email updates

    • September 28, 2014 at 7:39 pm

      After the fee posted.

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