News and notes from around the interweb:
- Plane makes an emergency landing in a Wawa parking lot.
- Frequent Miler covers targeted offers for the Ritz-Carlton Rewards Visa of 70,000 points with fee waiver and 140,000 points without fee waiver. I’d prefer the fee waived version of the card (rather than buying incremental Marriott points at over half a cent apiece, unless using those points as part of a travel package). It’s a great card for regular Marriott guests who don’t stay enough to earn Gold status, and it’s made from some pretty serious metal.
- Alaska Airlines is offering a 40% bonus on purchased miles through September 30. That prices miles at about 2.1 cents apiece. You can buy up to 40,000 miles (plus bonus) per transaction, and can make as many transactions as you wish, though several charged to the same credit card within 30 days may flag the transaction as possible fraud. The points are processed by Points.com so no credit card category bonuses for the spending. This could be a good opportunity to top off a Mileage Plan account, such as for one-way awards in first class on Emirates and Cathay Pacific. (HT: Lucky).
- IHG Rewards (the loyalty program formerly known as Priority Club) has a targeted offer of 100% bonus on purchased points. You go here and are prompted to enter your account information to determine whether they’ll offer you the 100% bonus or the regular purchase offer (the bonus shows up in red if you’re eligible). With the bonus you buy points at $0.00575 per point, which is the best price I’ve seen for these points and a bit less than the $0.007 you can buy points at by making and cancelling cash and points reservations. Still, Priority Club is my least favorite hotel program for redemptions (no guarantee of most elite benefits on award stays) and I wouldn’t stock up on points without a specific near-term reservation in mind.