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News and notes from around the interweb:
- The new IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks list of hotels offering 5000 point per night redemptions through January 31 is live.
- Up to 25% discounts on Copa flights when paying with Visa for bookings made by November 25 and travel through February 16. That’s actually a pretty incredible deal for travel on this Panamanian member of the Star Alliance. (HT: mark)
- The Avianca LifeMiles Visa is offering up to 35,000 miles as a signup bonus. I certainly wouldn’t put spend on the card (most spend earns 1 mile per dollar).
It’s far better to use a Citi Double Cash card, earn an effective rate of return of 2 cents per dollar, and then buy Avianca LifeMiles when they’re running sales for less than 1.4 cents per point (or use the cash for any other miles, or anything else). It’s the same advice I used to give about earning US Airways miles via spend since they regularly sold miles for less than 2 cents
- Etihad will start flying an Airbus A380 to Melbourne starting in June. Another opportunity for the First Apartment!
- Cathay Pacific considers adding seats, going 10-across in coach on Boeing 777s. This would continue the trend of the airline becoming much less generous.
- United is getting things done even in the absence of CEO Oscar Munoz, with word coming on Friday of a tentative contract agreement with mechanics. On balance labor peace in this industry is a good thing for flyers.
- I was on Friday’s Boom Bust talking about the value of frequent flyer miles.