Good morning everyone, I hope your week is going well. I was checking my American Express online account and I saw a credit balance of $1.80 on my American Express Everyday Credit Card. I never use this card, so I was surprised to see that the credit was a Membership Rewards Airline Tax Offset Fee Credit. I did some digging and learned that this refund is related to a $1.80 charge from February that I paid to transfer 3,000 American Express Membership Rewards Points to my Delta account to book an award ticket. I also learned that American Express is waiving the excise tax fee for domestic airlines through December 31, 2020 (including Delta, JetBlue, and Hawaiian).
Good afternoon everyone, I hope your week is going well. This summer, Laura and I were supposed to go to Boston and New York City for a week. Then the Coronavirus Pandemic hit. We recently cancelled our entire trip, including our JetBlue award flight from SFO-BOS, our Hilton free night stay in Boston, our Amtrak trip from Boston to NYC, our hotel stays in NYC, and our American Airlines award flight from LGA-DFW-SNA. Part of our stay in NYC was at a Hilton Grand Vacations resort with the purchase of a timeshare package (and mandatory timeshare presentation). Fun read: Profiting from 2 Timeshare Presentations in Hawaii (Secret: Attend, but do not Buy!)
Long story short, I originally bought the timeshare package in November 2018 and have extended / renewed it a few times over the years. After cancelling my NYC timeshare package, I learned about the extended expiration date and the ability to change to another Hilton resort in the US for free. More details at the bottom of the post. My original timeshare package was $286 and gave us 2 nights in NYC (choice of 4-5 properties), $100 Spend a Night on Us voucher (hopefully no headaches like last time), $100 Elevated Rewards Dollars (Hilton resort credit during our stay), and 5,000 Hilton Honors Points (worth ~$25). The original timeshare package expiration date was November 15, 2019.
Good afternoon everyone, happy Friday. I started sharing my thoughts regarding working from home in a series of Work from Home Diary posts. Feel free to share your work from home feelings in the comments section below. For today’s update, I wanted to discuss upcoming travel plans and my plans for those trips. As of today, I have 4 trips on the books. These trips are not set in stone and could be cancelled by myself or the airlines before departure depending upon how things are going in the world. We are taking things slowly and focusing on 1 day at a time.
Trip 1 – Mother’s Day Weekend
My next trip is in mid-May for Mother’s Day Weekend. I was planning on flying down from San Francisco (SFO) to Orange County (SNA) to visit my parents and grandparents. I have flown down for Mother’s Day weekend for the last few years and enjoy seeing my family. This trip was booked with Citi Thank You Points for basic economy travel on Alaska Airlines. If the situation in California remains the same (all Californias are told to stay home to prevent the spread of coronavirus), I will probably cancel my trip and hold onto travel funds for a future trip.
Good afternoon everyone. I was working on my Buy Miles & Points Page and found a few offers ending soon. Always check the math to make sure that buying miles & points makes sense for you. Do not buy miles & points speculatively unless you have a use in mind. With that said, here are 4 offers that end this month. Up first, JetBlue is offering up to a 40% discount, depending on the number of JetBlue TrueBlue Points you purchase. This offer expires tomorrow – January 23.
Good morning everyone, I hope your week is going well. As part of My 5 New Year’s Travel Resolutions for 2020, I said that I would “Use American Express Airline Fee Credits (Without Buying Airline GCs / eGCs).” So far in 2020, I am following through on my resolution. Last month, I used my JetBlue True Blue Points to book flights for Laura and I to fly from SFO to BOS. It is a 5.5 hour red eye flight, so I looked at how much the Even More Space seats cost and found out the seats I wanted were $99 each. Instead of purchasing those seats with cash in 2019, I decided to use the $200 airline fee credit that comes with my American Express Business Platinum Charge Card to cover the charges. I selected JetBlue as my airline for 2020 and paid for the 2 seats with my AMEX Business Platinum. The pending charge looked like a single $198 JetBlue purchase…