|Friday, 16 January 2004|
SPECIAL MILEAGE EARNING OPPORTUNITY ALERT
Many thanks to ARTA - the Association of Retail Travel Agents - for passing this tip on to me (and therefore on to you, too). ARTA - and its member travel agencies - are always going the extra mile to look out for opportunities for their traveler clients. Make sure you buy your travel through an ARTA agency.
As you know, very rarely I come across a deal so special that it justifies a special newsletter mailing. Here's one such situation.
The Wall St Journal had an article yesterday about buying gift cards that presents as a marvelous mileage earning opportunity, basically giving you a chance to repeatedly earn multiples of 2500 miles, with only a few dollars in trivial fees associated with each 2500 mile block.
Normally, miles are worth at least 2¢ or more each, so every 2500 miles means you're getting $50+ worth of miles for probably less than $5.
If you don't subscribe to the Wall St Journal, it is probably worth the price of the subscription. Here's a quick summary :
I've just done step one myself, and - so far - it seems to work.
Update : I've now received the first of the five $500 cards I purchased on 16 January. I took it to the Post Office and, in return for a 70¢ fee, they issued me a $500 money order and charged it to my debit card. The debit card charged me $1 for using it, so I had the Post Office charge the card $499, and I gave them $1.70. So, the cost to me for 500 miles - something you'd normally pay $10 - 13 for and feel good about, was a mere $1.70. Marvelous!
Now for some cautionary and explanatory notes.
Read more in the WSJ article and on the Charter One website. But it seems good to me, and I'm delighted to have suddenly got another 2500 miles, apparently for free.
Should I point out that you only need about 50,000 miles to get a free ticket to Europe. Use these miles to buy your airfare and join our May tours!
Until next week and the normal newsletter, please enjoy safe travels
|David M Rowell aka The Travel Insider|
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