Southwest Airlines Companion Pass Suddenly Gets Harder to Earn!

Southwest Airlines
Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines offers a Companion Pass to anyone who earns 110,000 Rapid Rewards in a calendar year (with a few restrictions). Today (April 5) they made a change, effective today, that will make this more difficult for most people.

In general, from now on you will probably need to own a business in order to get the Companion Pass.

See the details at The Points Guy.

Flight Delay Insurance Offered by Credit Cards

Award Wallet LogoAward Wallet has a blog post listing credit cards that offer trip-delay insurance, and the details for each one. In general, the best insurance is offered by the credit cards with the highest annual fees.

For example, four cards with $450 annual fee (Citi Prestige, Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite, Chase Sapphire Reserve and Ritz-Carlton Rewards) will pay out up to $500 for delays as little as 3 or 6 hours.

All the other cards listed (with exception of Barclay Arrival Plus) require that your delay be at least 12 hours.

Which Credit Cards Have the Best Flight Delay Insurance?

Lucrative New Credit Card from Chase Bank

Applying for credit cards can bring thousands and thousands of frequent flyer miles.The frequent-flyer community is excited about a new offering from Chase: the Chase Ink Cash business credit card. This new card has a sign-up bonus of $500 after spending $3000 in 3 months, and is a no-annual-fee card!

Under certain circumstances you can convert the $500 bonus into 50,000 Ultimate Rewards points, which may be used to purchase up to $750 worth of air travel or converted into frequent-flyer miles.

You can read more about it at Deals We Like  and MileValue.

This card is subject to Chase’s 5/24 rule, but does not contribute to it because it is a business card.

This offer is truly worth doing.

Austin to Bermuda Just $379 Round-Trip

American AirlinesBermuda is an island in the Atlantic Ocean, several hundred miles east of South Carolina. The national language is English.

Scott’s Cheap Flights has found Basic Economy fares on American Airlines / Delta of just $379 round-trip.

Bermuda has no rivers or natural lakes, so all water is harvested from rainfall. When you go, notice that every house and commercial building has a white roof that drains into a cistern…that is its only source of water!

Search for your vacation date pairs on Google Flights, and enjoy your visit!

Austin to Paris or Amsterdam $468-$525 r/t

The Eiffel Tower, Photo by Miles
The Eiffel Tower, Photo by Miles

Fly from Austin to Paris or Amsterdam just $468 to $525 round-trip with a “Priceline Express Deal.” The name of the airline will be hidden until you purchase the deal.

Click for the EscapeATX deal.

Flights October to January 2019. 7-day minimum stay. Note that this does not include the usual 24-hour cancellation privilege.

New Iberia Credit Card from Chase Looks Promising

Iberia is a Spanish airline that is a member of the oneworld alliance. That means that you can use Iberia frequent-flyer miles to fly on other oneworld airlines, which include American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Japan Airlines, LATAM (LAN), Malaysia, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, S7 and SriLankan Airlines.

Iberia calls their frequent flyer miles “avios”, and they can be interchanged with British Air avios. Sometimes, it takes fewer avios to fly on a partner airline than it would to use that airlines’ own frequent-flyer miles. So, avios can be very handy!

Now comes word that Chase has an Iberia credit card with a 50K/75K Avios signup bonus. See View from the Wing and Rapid Travel Chai for some details, or go straight to the Chase signup page.

Good news: This card evidently is not subject to Chase’s 5/24 rule!

Austin to Brussels or Zurich on Delta/KLM Just $595 Round-Trip

Delta Airlines LogoEscape ATX has the details on this deal, departing from Austin ABIA and landing in Brussels or Zurich (with a connection). Fares are available for some date pairs late October to January, and a 7-day minimum stay is required (so prevent most people traveling on business from taking advantage of the deal).

Delta and KLM are both members of the Sky Team alliance.

Find the details and how to book this fare on EscapeATX.com