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News and notes from around the interweb:
- How to Pounce on Best Credit Card Offers (Before Banks Pull Them) this blog’s second link in the New York Times this week.
The rest of us, meanwhile, can keep an eye on the bonus offers via blogs like The Points Guy and View From the Wing or on forums like FlyerTalk and Reddit’s card-churning pages. Then — when the going gets as good as it’s gotten in recent months and we want to go on a free vacation — we can sweep in and gleefully pick off the juiciest offers of all.
- Citibank is offering a 25% bonus on transfers to Virgin Atlantic through March 2. (HT: IadisGr8 even though it isn’t.)
I couldn’t bring myself to write a standalone post on this, since there are many better things to do with points from a Citi Prestige Card. Virgin Atlantic isn’t a great program, and it gets worse January 15.
- American reached out to clarify information in the document I posted about changes to companion upgrades, so I’ve updated the post.
- Boeing is eliminating customer codes from all aircraft types (real avgeek-y stuff)
- New Alaska Airlines inflight amenities:
[G]uests on Alaska’s Gogo-equipped flights can use iMessage, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger to send greetings from 35,000 feet – for free.
In addition all inflight movies are free through March.
- Earning miles via the US Mint died a long time ago. Apparently it’s now dead in Canada too.