News and notes from around the interweb:
- Reduced mileage award discounts for American AAdvantage co-brand credit card holders won’t offer discounts off the new 7500 mile each way discounted short haul awards that come into effect with the March 22 award chart devaluation until April 1. From American spokesperson Laura Nedbal,
With the new award chart going live on March 22, introducing a lower redemption level for short haul flights (≤ 500 miles) = 15,000 roundtrip, we’re updating our RMAs. The current Reduced Mileage Awards (RMAs) for cardholders (7,500 and 5,000 RT discount) will run through March 31 based on the current award chart (marketing page www.aa.com/rma). Due to technical challenges, no RMAs will be available for short haul (≤ 500 miles) redemptions from 3/22-3/31.
We’ll have more information on the RMAs for short haul awards later this month.
We don’t yet know what reduced mileage awards for co-brand cardholders will look like for short haul redemptions going forward.
- Norwegian will bring back their US-Caribbean flights for this winter. Flights between Baltimore, New York, and Boston and Guadeloupe and Martinique are available from $49 each way.
- Individual referral codes for Uber (like mine) are generally giving out $15 first-ride credits currently. ‘Special deals’ like the new American Airlines-Uber partnership offer $20 first ride credits. Currently Chase, though, has a $30 first ride code. So if you haven’t ever used Uber before, sign up with that one.
- Virgin Australia Velocity is whacking its award chart. It can do this because the Qantas award chart is so bad. Virgin Australia is a Starwood transfer partner though of course you’re supposed to live in specific countries to join.
- United is offering a 25% bonus converting Marriott Rewards points to miles. Registration required, valid on transfers through March 31, and valid for up to 25,000 bonus miles. This makes Marriott’s air and hotel packages, already the best value redemption, even better — but otherwise (unless committed to burning otherwise-expiring Marriott Rewards points) I wouldn’t jump on it. (HT: One Mile at a Time)
- Via Scott Mayerowitz, what it takes to turn around a cruise ship: