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A Few DON’Ts and a Couple of DOs — Good SPG Transfer Bonus and Better 100,000 AMEX MR Spend


SPG Transfer Bonus

No one can claim that I don’t enjoy a good rant here and there, and the last several days have been rich on offers you sure as hell want to steer clear of.

Or not (just kidding).

But since I just can’t remain negative, I present you a couple of sweetish deals too including a good SPG transfer bonus. Read on.  

Lufthansa First Class Seats Are Available on Some Non-U.S. Star Partners

Aha, yeah, right, sure! A Lufthansa First has been an elusive unicorn for years because Lufthansa doesn’t release the First Class award space to partners. Or it didn’t until very recently, so you might feel the pressure to fly to your destination via Frankfurt somewhere you have no reason to be. The seats can supposedly be booked only on non-U.S. partners, like Avianca or Singapore. So what do you do?


The privilege of flying in a First Class Lufthansa seat will cost you a lot! You will pay 87,000 Avianca LifeMiles or even more Singapore CrisFlyer miles (and in case of Singapore you’ll also dole out almost $500 in fuel surcharges). I would understand if Lufthansa First offered some amazing, revolutionary suites, but, from what I understand, it doesn’t. While every photo I’ve seen shows fine seats that are probably very comfortable, it’s pretty much an open space with not even the slightest pretense to any kind of privacy.

SPG Transfer Bonus

This Lufthansa First Class cabin doesn’t strike me as something special

What then? Access to the First Class Lounge in Frankfurt? Being driven in a limo to the plane? If you must have this kind of experience at the price tag of 174,000 miles or more, then sure, why not!

Found on VFTW.

There is a 25% Transfer Bonus from AMEX Membership Rewards to Flying Blue

Although Flying Blue has some killer sweet spots, I’ve never really liked it. Between their stingy award chart (that is about to get even stingier on June 1 for most people), their fuel surcharges, and their weird predisposition to penalize people who book award flights with miles transferred from other programs, I’ve never felt compelled to collect Flying Blue miles for any purposes. The upcoming Flying Blue devaluation on June 1, 2018 makes using their miles speculatively even more problematic. What to do?

DON’T – unless you’re sure you can use the miles before June 1, 2018, or unless you’re flying to Israel or Morocco. Check the Flying Blue Calculator for the post-devaluation award rates.

Found on MileValue.

There is a 50% transfer bonus from hotel programs to Cathay Pacific except SPG/Marriott

The part that excludes SPG/Marriott blows this deal out of the water. Not counting some “obscure” programs, that leaves us with the following options:

  • Hilton – 10:1.5

  • Radisson – 10:1.5

  • IHG – 5:1.5

  • Best Western – 5:1.5

  • Hyatt – 2.5:1.5

I totally agree with Doctor of Credit. This “deal” sucks!


There is an up-to-40% transfer bonus from several programs to the Virgin Australia Velocity program

I was debating myself whether or not I should even mention this “offer,” but the more the merrier, right? The thing is, I felt every bit as offended as Loyalty Lobby by the fact that in order to get to the top $40% bonus tier you need to transfer over 750,000 points!

Really? How many people have 750,000 points lying around collecting dust?

As if insulting your intelligence weren’t bad enough, most of Velocity’s partners are based in Australia, while you and I are based in an entirely different part of the world, so this bonus has an even lower practical value to all of us. You might feel that transferring SPG points can be worth considering (you’ll get 30,000 Velocity points for every 20,000 SPG points including the 20% bonus), but a flight between LA and Australia will cost you 44,800 points in economy and 95,500 in business each way. Not worth it for most people.


Instead, transfer SPG points to American for a 25% cumulative bonus. You will get 31,250 AAdvantage miles for every 20,000 SPG points you transfer until May 31.

SPG Transfer Bonus

This is a good SPG transfer bonus: 20,000 SPG points for 31,625 American Advantage miles — a much better deal, IMHO!

And finally…

There is a new 100,000-Point AMEX Platinum Business Offer for Spending $25,000 in the first 3 months – found everywhere


Instead, Miles to Memories has made a deal with AMEX for a better 100,000 deal with $10,000 spend. Now he must wine and dine them into scraping off the once-in-a-lifetime language. 🙂

Phew, at least this one was easy!

Photo By: @markheybo

2 Great 2018 IHG PointBreaks Deals Through July 31 and Why the New IHG Credit Card Might Not be a Dud

2 Great 2018 IHG PointBreaks Deals Through July 31 and Why the New IHG Credit Card Might Not be a Dud

The second 2018 IHG PointBreaks list is worse than the first one; still, it has 2 great deals and a bunch of good ones. It’s valid until July 31, 2018. I waited for a few days before reviewing the new list because I wanted to see if the featured properties would be snatched the way it happenedContinue Reading

Marriott Rewards Booking Hurdles, Extending the Chase Anniversary Night Certificate, and More

  Had a weird Marriott Rewards booking experience last week, but first — just transferred my blog to a new webhosting platform. So far, it seems to load faster than with the old host. If you notice any changes, please let me know. In June, my cousin Timmy and I are going to Cartagena, thenContinue Reading

Do ANA Miles Redemptions Cost Less in Cash Than 2 Years Ago?

  If you have ANA miles or transferable American Express Membership/SPG points, you might get a better value from ANA  than ever before. Let’s just be clear: the redemption levels haven’t changed, but the cash outlay has, and in some cases — to the tune of hundreds of dollars! Last week I reported that ANAContinue Reading

ANA Has Dropped Fuel Surcharges for Award Flights on Scandinavian Airlines

  The ANA page tends to default back to Japan (as a home region) when you log out and log in again. I didn’t think much about it until I finished all the screenshots for this and another post. Then I realized that all that JPY pricing might look weird (duh!) but seriously, I’m notContinue Reading

LAST DAY to Get an UNCAPPED IHG Anniversary Night in the First Year

  On Aprtil 2, I made the case that the IHG card is no longer worth applying because Chase had limited the most important card’s benefit, free IHG anniversary night, to a redemption value up to 40,000 points. New IHG Devaluation April 2, 2018 — Chase Limits the Anniversary Free Night to 40,000 Points PreviousContinue Reading

The Hawaiian Airlines Credit Card Offer with 40,000 Miles Bonus and Waived Annual Fee Is Now Public

  For a long time, the 40,000-mile Hawaiian Airlines credit card offer with waived annual fee was only available to Hawaiian residents. Not only is it 5,000 miles more than a regular 35,000-mile offer, but it also waives the $89 annual fee for the first year and requires a lower $1,000 spending requirement (v. $3,000)Continue Reading

New IHG Devaluation April 2, 2018 — Chase Limits the Anniversary Free Night to 40,000 Points

  A few days ago, I wrote a post about the new IGH card. I was arguing that the old IHG card with the 60,000 points bonus, $50 statement credit, and the $49 annual fee waived for the first year was better than the new one with the 80,000 points bonus and $89 annual fee.Continue Reading

The New Chase IHG Card Offer — How Doest It Compares to the Old One, and Should You Apply?

  There is a newish IHG card offer around the corner – the Chase IHG Premier Rewards Card. The offer is targeted as of now, but Chase is actively removing the links to the old 60,000-point offers, so it’s likely to materialize any day now. Click the image above if you want a non-affiliated old offer.Continue ReadingContinue Reading

Hilton Honors Devaluations Update (March 2018)

  On February 20, I posted about cheap Hilton sweet spot redemptions in the Americas and Europe. On February 26, I posted another piece on redemptions in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Guess what: in just one month, Hilton has managed to devalue some of these properties. Gee, how dynamic of them! The HistoryContinue Reading

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