Ben was on a tear yesterday:
- You can book flights on Iberia using Iberia miles without paying fuel surcharges. If your Iberia and British Airways accounts have been open at least three months, you can move your British Airways points over to Iberia and redeem from that account to save on fees. American Express Membership Rewards points also transfer to Iberia, so it’s a way to use Amex points fuel surcharge-free on Iberia travel.
- The Ritz-Carlton Rewards Visa is available with 70,000 points after first purchase and fee waived the first year. That’s enough points for two nights at the lowest category Ritz property. The real benefit of the card is upgrades to club level three times a year, Gold status in their loyalty program (which has modest benefits), a $200 airline fee credit similar to the Amex Platinum offers, and lounge access through “The Lounge Club” which offers only 16 airports in the US mostly in Alaska Airlines or unaffiliated lounges. Still not my favorite Chase card by a mile, but useful for some.
- Starting July 10 Alaska Airlines will begin charging checked bag fees to non-elites on first class upgrades.