5% Cash Back, 35,000 Points, and Cheap One-Way Awards (Bits ‘n Pieces for January 2, 2014)

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  1. FYI, the one-way at 50% price only seems to apply to awards starting or ending in Canada/US. Trying to book anything else (e.g. Australia – Asia 1) returns an error saying it’s not eligible for a one-way booking. You’ll notice all non-Canada/US travel is also listed under the “Round-trip ClassicFlights Rewards” table for 2014. Looks like AC got us again!

  2. Thanks for the link on the Hawaiian card. Barclays doesn’t issue that many products and 70k Hhonors points is enough for a few nights at a lot of nice European Hilton properties. Waste not, want not, I’m going for it.

  3. Hi Gary;
    Happy New Year!

    For aeroplan, is the one way F from US to nearer Europe on UA cheaper than using Mileage Plus miles?

  4. There is at least one new benefit for the Hawaiian card – they now give you a complimentary checked bag. The old BoA Visa did not. If you are planning a multi-island itinerary in Hawaii with non-HA miles, this card is an easy way to cover inter-island flights. The signup bonus is worth 4 inter-island award tickets on Hawaiian with the award discount (not that inter-island fares are all that expensive, but paying the $89 annual fee and spending $1K for the bonus vs. ~$500 for 4 tickets plus baggage fees might be worth it to some people).

  5. The guy caught smoking on the plane sounds like a real jerk. The good thing is it looks like someone got a few extra licks in on him while they were restraining him.

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