Best new credit cards for Bay Area Travelers

creditcardwalletThere is no such thing as the “best” credit card for frequent flyers. But there is a best one for YOU based on your travel and spending habits.

Here’s our list of top picks– it should help you decide which one is best for YOU! 

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Best all around cards: Chase Sapphire Preferred Card and Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard. Both offer nice 40,000 mile sign up bonuses (after spending $3,000 in first three months), and you can use miles on several airlines, hotels and other travel providers. Neither charges irritating foreign transaction fees.

Best for United flyers who don’t spend enough to have Premier status: United MileagePlus Explorer Card. Offers Premier perks like waived checked bag fees and lounge passes for those who don’t fly or spend enough to get status. Also offers bonus miles for United purchases. And a 30,000 mile sign up bonus!

Best for travelers who love Southwest’s no frills approach to travel: The Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Card offers a nice 25,000 points sign up bonus  (enough for one roundtrip flight) after spending $1,000 in first three months, plus a 6,000 point bump every year on your cardmember anniversary. In addition, it does not charge foreign transaction fees, and offers two points per dollar spent on Southwest and AirTran flights.

Best for folks who spend a lot of time in Marriott Hotels: Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card. Get a 50,000 point bonus and a free night just for signing up!

Biggest Sign-up Bonus. British Airways Visa Signature Card 0ffers a nice 50,000 mile bonus when you sign up, 2.5 Avios for every dollar spent on BA, and a free companion ticket (any class) when you spend at least $30,000 in a year.

Best for small business owners: Ink Bold Business Card or Ink Plus Business Card. Both offer big fat 50,000 mile sign up bonuses– enough for two roundtrips!

Best card for those who spend a lot of time in Hawaii… or would like to spend more! The The Hawaiian Airlines World Elite MasterCard. It offers a nice 35,000 mile sign up bonus, a 50% off companion pass and a waived check bag fees. Mahalo!

Best for Virgin America devotees (new in Jan 2014): Virgin America Visa Signature Card

Best for frequent Delta flyers who don’t spend enough to earn Medallion status: Delta/Amex SkyMiles credit card 

This is by no means an exhaustive list! Please help out your fellow business travelers and tell us which card you use most…and why…in the comments below. THANKS!

–Chris McGinnis

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Shoes + New STL flight + New A321T + Where’s the luv? + T3E cities + Free ice cream

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Best credit card for Bay Area Travelers?

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Shoes + New STL flight + New A321T + Where’s the luv? + T3E cities + Free ice cream

We’re going to spend the next few days getting caught up on the Bay Area Travel News you need to know! Let’s go:

Get ready for increased scrutiny of shoes at the airport (Thomas Hawk / Flickr)

Get ready for increased scrutiny of shoes at the airport (Thomas Hawk / Flickr)

NICE SHOES. Here we go again. Get ready for increased scrutiny of your footwear at the airport. Today the feds warned airlines to pay particular attention to the possibility of terrorists attempting to hide explosives in shoes– on feet or in hand luggage. As usual, officials did not cite a specific incident, threat or plot that lead to the warning. Here’s another warning for you: Keep your seatbelt fastened! Did you hear about the Cathay Pacific flight from SFO cruising across the Pacific and hitting a patch of rough air over Japan last night? See the scary scene as reported by CNN here. Winter is the peak time of year for flight turbulence, so always keep that seatbelt fastened!

FREE ICE CREAM. Now that I have your attention… Today Virgin America announced that it has teamed up with popular San Francisco ice cream purveyor Humphry Slocombe to provide dessert for its first class passengers on transcontinental flights starting March 4. But don’t fret if you can’t afford one of Virgin’s creamy white first class seats…. anyone with a Virgin America boarding pass can get a free scoop between March 4 and June 30 at either Humphry Slocombe store in SF (in the Mission and at the Ferry Building). To help determine flyer favorites, Virgin is giving away free scoops at the airport today. The flavors are specially concocted for the carrier, and include “Coconut Blond Ambition (lemon, coconut & marshmallow cream),” “Red Hot Banana (with smashed Red Hot candies),” and “Butter by Moodlight (brown butter & berries).”

SFO-ST LOUIS. Frontier Airlines announced today that it would offer nonstop from SFO to St Louis starting June 13. Flights will operated on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only using an Airbus A320. Introductory fares are as low as $218 round trip. By June, Frontier will have turned St Louis, long ago abandoned by American Airlines, into a mini-hub with nonstops to 10 destinations.

American Airlines's new Airbus A321T coming to SFO in March! (American Airlines)

American Airlines’s new Airbus A321T coming to SFO in March! (American Airlines)

AMERICAN’S NEW BIRDS. American Airlines will begin flying its new Airbus A321T on the lucrative SFO-JFK route on March 6 with two flights per day. By June 11, American will use the A321T exclusively on the route, completely replacing its old-but-comfy wide-body B767s. The “T” in the name stands for “transcontinental” since the plane will be used exclusively on flights from JFK to SFO and LAX. The new 102-passenger aircraft that sports lie flat seats in first (10) and business class (20). There are 72 seats in economy class. JetBlue’s new A321s that include the cool “Mint” class seats arrive on the scene on October 26—and can be booked starting March 30.

barclaycardWHAT’S IN YOUR WALLET? With all the changes (and devaluations) coming to our cherished frequent flyer programs, it’s a good idea to starting focusing on other ways to earn free trips—such as credit card programs. Over the last year, the new Barclaycard World Arrivals card has shot to the top of a lot of comparison charts when it comes to rewards cards. That’s because it offers a a nice 40,000 point sign-up bonus (that’s one free $400 ticket with no blackout dates), a value of $2 for every $100 spent, special bonuses for travel-related points redemptions, no irritating foreign transaction fee. Plus, the $89 annual fee is waived for the first year. When you get a Barclaycard World Arrivals card via links in The BAT, we earn a small commission… so come on and help us out if you are in the market for a new card– or just want a $400 discount on your next trip! Thanks. More info here.

What's missing from this picture?

What’s missing from this picture?

LITTLE LUV FOR BAY AREA. Southwest Airlines made a lot of noise last week about its new flight schedule from its hub at close-in and convenient Dallas Love Field due to the lifting of the Wright Amendment this fall. But there was one big problem with the announcement: The route map shows that Southwest has no immediate plans to offer nonstop from the Bay Area to Dallas Love. An opportunity for Virgin America? Maybe. A spokesperson told The BAT: “We’d be very interested in expanding our low-fare, upscale service into Love Field should the opportunity arise.”

WHICH FLIGHTS AT NEW T3E? The BAT snagged a few more interesting morsels about usage of T3E from United: Initially, United plans to have about 50 departures and arrivals at the new terminal. A spokesperson said that it is, “targeting primarily long-haul, narrow-body routes from Boarding Area E—for example flights to Newark, JFK, Dulles and Chicago.” United said it’s also using Boarding Area E for flights to Seattle and Los Angeles, markets where it’s facing tough competition from Delta.

Air China's new 777 on SFO-PEK is a very nice upgrade from the tired old 747 that was previously on the route

Air China’s new 777 on SFO-PEK is a very nice upgrade from the tired old 747 that was previously on the route

AIR CHINA TO BEIJING. Following in the footsteps of many other carriers, Air China has switched out its daily (and elderly) Boeing 747-400 for a shiny new B777-300ER on its daily SFO-Beijing service. Air China’s B777 has eight first class suites, 42 lie flat business class seats and 263 economy class seats (with 32 inches of pitch).

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– Chris McGinnis

And just in case you missed it, here are some of our most popular, recent Bay Area Traveler posts :

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Stormy weather slowing you down? Here’s why

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United biz class giveaway + New Chicago flight + MileagePlus deadline + Southwest overwater + Rocketmiles

First look inside United’s new terminal at SFO

New Year. New credit card?

American & US Airways at T2 + Sonoma airport expands + UberX + Delta/Virgin + EVA expands

United transcon bonus + United 787 domestic + Fewer 747s + Delta vs Alaska

The BEST credit cards for Bay Area Travelers

What to do if pulled over by the police [Infographic]

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New Year. New credit card?

Time for a new credit card? (Chris McGinnis)

Time for a new credit card? (Chris McGinnis)

I bet nearly everyone who reads The BAT has resolved to travel more in 2014. Right? Well, why not start off the year banking some big bonuses by getting a new credit card? If you have good credit, and plan to pay your bill off every month, playing your cards right can really pay off with free or discounted trips.

For example, I signed up for a Chase Sapphire Preferred Card last year, spent $3,000 in the first three months and earned a tidy 40,000-point bonus.

Then I used the card frequently for the rest of the year, eventually earning 65,000 points. This week, using the Chase Ultimate Rewards booking tool, I redeemed those points for an Air Canada trip to Ottawa for my mom’s big 80th birthday party. Flying to Canada during the summer is expensive, and that ticket would have cost me dearly—about $800. But since I played my cards right, it didn’t cost a dime. (Except that Air Canada wants $35 for a specific seat reservation.)

Late last year, I signed up for the popular new Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard. I spent $1,000 in the first three months and earned another 40,000 sign up bonus. I’ll use the card frequently for the rest of this year, and will likely use the points for a trip at Christmas (maybe I’ll go back to Puerto Rico). I can do that because when redeeming credit card points (vs. airline miles), there are no blackout dates.  If a seat is available, you “buy” the ticket with your points. The number of points you use is based on how much the ticket costs. Easy!

There is no such thing as the “best” credit card for frequent flyers. But there is a best one for YOU based on your travel and spending habits. (Here’s our list of top credit card picks.)

But if you resolve to update the cards in your wallet this year, here are two of the best general purpose cards to get right now due to their generous signup bonuses, reasonable spend requirements, and waived fees for the first year.

>Chase Sapphire Preferred Card

Chase Sapphire W PinThis is probably the best choice for Bay Area Travelers because of Chase’s close ties to United and ability to easily transfer points. (Plus, the card is made out of metal and has a nice heft to it!)

  • Annual fee of $95 waived the first year.
  • Points can be transferred to airline partners including United, Southwest, British Airways, Korean Air, and or hotel partners like Hyatt or Marriott among others.
  • Redeeming points for travel (instead of transferring them to airline mileage programs) gives a rate of 1.25 cents per point. With a signup bonus of 40,000 points, that equals $500 worth of travel. (Hello! No brainer here. Sign up!)
  • The card now comes with a built in microchip that makes it easier to use overseas where chip cards are more prevalent
  • Earn TWO points per dollar spent on travel (fares, fees, inflight purchases, hotel, taxi, rental car, tolls, etc.) and dining, and one point for everything else. On the first Friday of each month, you earn three points per dollar spent on dining.
  • Book your trips via the Ultimate Rewards website and you earn three points per dollar spent.
  • No foreign transaction fees—a savings of 2-3%, which means a savings of nearly $100 on an overseas trip where you spend $3,000.
  • On your annual anniversary holding the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, Chase rewards you with an additional 7% bonus based on the points you earned during that year

>Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard

This is one of the best of a new crop of cards that came out last year, with many of the benefits of the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, plus, it offers two points per dollar spent on ALL purchases. The Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard also made Nerd Wallet/Money Magazine’s list of best credit cards for 2013-2014.

  • barclaycardAnnual fee of $89 waived the first year.
  • Earn two “miles” per dollar spent (on everything).
  • Spend $3,000 in first 90 days and earn 40,000 miles (which equates to $440 toward travel purchases)
  • Redeem miles via the card’s program for travel (one mile equals one dollar), and also receive a 10% mileage rebate on points spent on travel during your first year.
  • In an unusual twist, miles earned are redeemed for statement credits on almost any travel related purchase such as airline tickets, cruises, rental cars, and hotels. Basically, you buy travel using your card, then use statement credits to reduce or eliminate the travel charge.
  • The Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard offers a free subscription to TripIt Pro (typically $49), which helps you to organize boarding passes, travel itineraries, and flight notifications in one convenient app.
Card Watch Dog's Geoff Whitmore

Card Watch Dog’s Geoff Whitmore

Worried about keeping track of all of the points you have earned? Numerous apps and software programs make it much easier to manage multiple cards. Last summer I met Geoff Whitmore at a travel conference in Colorado. He’s the creator of Card Watchdog, a free online service that helps organize and manage all of your cards and point balances in one place—very helpful for those playing the travel credit card game!

Features include emails to alert you of an upcoming annual fee (in case you don’t want to renew it) or other special notifications that you can set yourself. It is easy to sign up by using a Facebook account or Gmail log-in, and it does not take long to load all of your credit card numbers and expirations into the system.

Geoff wrote a guest post for BAT readers here about how the service can help out.

What cards do you carry in your wallet? Why? Please leave your comments below. 

(Please note that The BAT earns a small commission when you sign up for credit cards via links posted here. So please use those links! It helps us help you.)

– Chris McGinnis

And just in case you missed it, here’s what else you need to know about Bay Area Travel over the last month:

American & US Airways at T2 + Sonoma airport expands + UberX + Delta/Virgin + EVA expands

United transcon bonus + United 787 domestic + Fewer 747s + Delta vs Alaska

*How to earn a quick 40,000 United miles*

Anticipating T3E + Google Int’l + New Virgin Visa + More Southwest nonstops

Southwest: Blackfish backlash

United: T3E & UA500 & 49ers-Seahawks Game fares

What to do if pulled over by the police [Infographic]

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Virgin SFO-LaGuardia + AA’s newest jet + Global Entry delays + more

New York City's three primary airports: Newark, LaGuardia, Kennedy

New York City’s three primary airports: Newark, LaGuardia, Kennedy

VIRGIN AMERICA: SFO TO NEW YORK LAGUARDIA? Earlier this month San Francisco-based Virgin America snagged 12 slots at New York’s popular (but creaky) La Guardia Airport. Wouldn’t it be nice to fly nonstop from SFO to close-in LaGuardia (LGA) and only have to deal with a 20-minute hop into Manhattan instead of that 40+ minute, traffic-clogged slog in from JFK or Newark? Alas, the NY Port Authority has “perimeter rules” that forbid flights from more than 1,500 miles away. HOWEVER, exceptions have been made to this rule. For example Denver International, which is 1,600 miles away received an exemption from the rule. Oddly, the rule does not apply on Saturdays and back in 2004, now defunct American Trans Air (ATA) proposed nonstop service from LaGuardia to SFO with continuing service to Honolulu. In 2009, Senator John McCain tried (but failed) to abolish the perimeter rules at both LGA and Washington-National. So, Virgin America could apply for an exception to the rule, but will it? Despite several tries, Virgin would not reveal a peep to The BAT about plans for its shiny new slots. Most speculation centers on Virgin flying into LGA from a city it serves within the perimeter, such as Chicago or Dallas. So we’ll just have to wait and see. If Virgin were granted an exception to La Guardia’s perimeter rule, would you choose that over its flights to Newark or JFK, or those of its competitors? Leave your comments below!

Mock up of AA biz class on A321T

Mock up of AA biz class on A321T (CLICK on image for video)

AMERICAN’S NEW A321s SFO-JFK. Last week American Airlines was showing off it newest plane, the Airbus A321 Transcontinental, which will enter service in the JFK-LAX route on Jan 7. What about SFO? Here’s what American told The BAT: “The A321T will begin serving JFK-SFO on March 6, 2014 with two frequencies. On April 1, we’ll increase operation to SFO, operating three of four frequencies with the aircraft. Frequencies will increase to five starting June 11 and will be operated exclusively by the A321T.” The new three-class Airbus (with a business class nearly identical to United’s new p.s. service we reviewed last month) will replace the comfortable, but aging, Boeing 767′s currently on the busy route.

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IS GLOBAL ENTRY TOO POPULAR? We’ve heard from several BAT readers about wait times in excess of 80 days for Global Entry personal interviews at the SFO enrollment center…so we checked with Customs and Border Protection and they told us that there are still a handful of openings in the 30-60 day window. So if you still have not signed up, be prepared to wait. To get Global Entry, you first fill out on online application, then schedule an appointment for your personal interview at one of about 25 enrollment center locations across the US. Interesting factoid: The Global Entry program is five years old, and just admitted its one-millionth member. There are now 44 Global Entry locations. (Global entry is but one prong in The BAT’s famous No-Hassle Travel Trifecta.)

BUSIEST HOLI-DAYS. Here’s a map of what the holidays will look like in terms of air travel volume. Will you be red, green or yellow this year?

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UNITED TALKING POINTS EXPOSED. Interesting to see an internal United Airlines Sales talking points memo exposed on Bloomberg last week. United distributed the memo to its salespeople to help deal with the roar or complaints over its Mileage Plus devaluations announced earlier this year. It’s a good read on the main points of the painful program changes.

(Photo: Ho John Lee)

(Photo: Ho John Lee)

ALASKA FIRES BACK AT DELTA WITH DOUBLE MILES…Delta recently launched several new routes from Alaska Airlines’ Seattle hub while simultaneously pushing a double miles promo on those flights. Alaska is fighting back with a double mileage promotion of its own. Between now and May 31, 2014, Alaska flyers can earn double mileage and double elite qualifying miles on flights between Seattle and several U.S. cities including Oakland, San Jose, and San Francisco. Register here before travel and rack up big-time points. Delta has recently matched Alaska’s move, and it’s offer double Medallion-qualifying miles on flights to/from Seattle. Registration required. United has jumped on the bandwagon, too. Registration here.

Chris McGinnis 

 

And just in case you missed it, here’s what else you need to know about Bay Area Travel over the last month:

Best/worst days for holiday trips

New terminal at SFO: hard hat tour (photos)

16 brand new, must see NYC hotels

Update: United p.s. fleet SFO-JFK

Asia on sale + PreCheck newbies + United wi-fi + Free airport parking + Nancy Pelosi

Virgin first class sale + Hilton HHonors downgrade + Chase Sapphire w chip + United dumps ExpertFlyer

More A380s + Cathay discounts biz class + SJC courts Asia + Double Elevate pts

>Southwest FINALLY joins PreCheck

>United to allow handhelds below 10K feet

>Travel advice fit for a Queen (Latifah!)

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Best/worst days for holiday trips

(Photo: Bert Kaufmann)

(Photo: Bert Kaufmann)

Holiday travel season usually mimics the peak summer travel season, which this year was very busy and very expensive, so I expect the same for the upcoming holiday season.

Screen Shot 2013-11-30 at 9.26.07 AMWhen’s the best time to buy airline tickets? Due to high demand, there simply are not any real airfare “deals” on the peak days around Christmas and New Year’s this year. Travelers who want the most convenient flights on their preferred airlines should book as soon as possible to get seats on those flights…otherwise they will likely be stuck paying the same high price for “dog flights” that depart super early or late, they’ll have to sit in those dreaded middle seats, or make several stops en route to their destinations. My favorite sites for shopping for air travel this year: Kayak.com and Routehappy.com.

Should I drive or fly this year? I always stick to the five-hour rule: If you can drive to your destination in five hours or less, it’s likely smarter to hit the road instead of the skies during the holidays. This is especially true for families traveling together. Good news this year is that gasoline prices are at their lowest in many years. One of my favorite new smartphone apps for driving trips is Waze, a GPS-based mapping tool that uses information provided by other drivers to help you avoid traffic, road hazards…and speed traps.

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What are the best days for traveling this year? The good news about this year’s holiday season is that it is longer than usual with Christmas and New Year’s falling on Wednesdays– the full season will be over two weeks long, which means more wiggle room for travelers. (Compared to a season when Christmas and New Year’s both fall on say, Sunday, which makes for a much more compact, crowded and expensive season.) Smart travelers will depart on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day and return on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day to avoid the biggest crowds and snag the lowest fares.

London in January? Why not? (Photo: Chris McGinnis)

London in January? Why not? (Photo: Chris McGinnis)

Are there any alternatives or hidden secrets to getting good deals this year? If you have the flexibility to travel during the slowest times of year, the so called “dead weeks” of early December and early January, you can save 50%-70% on airfare or hotels. For example, airfares to Europe can be remarkably inexpensive during winter months. The best sites to shop for these dead week deals: Hotwire.com, Priceline.com and TravelZoo.com. It’s also a good idea to check out airline or hotel social media streams on sites like Twitter or Facebook to look for short term, last minute sales.

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The Chase Sapphire Preferred card now comes with an embedded microchip for easier use overseas

Is now a good time to redeem points or miles for trips? It’s nearly impossible to use airline frequent flyer awards during the blacked out, heavily restricted peak holiday season. Instead of dealing with those frustrations, focus on your credit card points! For example, the when redeeming Chase Ultimate Rewards points earned with the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, you are not subject to blackouts or other restrictions. If a seat is available on any airline, you can get it!

What about airline baggage fees? If possible, avoid checking bags during the holidays– the risk of your bag getting lost and ruining your trip is just too high. Try to learn to live out of a carry on. If you have too much for a carry on, ship your bags ahead of time, but do so at the “ground” rate at UPS, FEDEX or the Postal Service. Shipping a 25 lb bag via next-day or two-day express is just too expensive.

What’s a good way to avoid holiday travel stress? Always try to book nonstop flights because you double your chances of a delay or cancellation with a one stop flight, even though you might save a few bucks. Another stress-busting move: Consider staying over in a hotel when visiting families during the holidays– rates at new hotels like a locally owned Best Western in or near suburban office parks hit annual lows during holidays (due to the lack of business travelers), and facilities are usually new and nice. Having your own space at a hotel is a big relief for both the traveler and the host during the stressy holidays.

Doesn't that look more appealing than a lumpy sofa bed? (Photo: Chris McGinnis)

Doesn’t that look more appealing than a lumpy sofa bed at the in-laws? (Photo: Chris McGinnis)

‘Tis the season for Holiday Travel and I’m pleased to announce that I’ve teamed up with the Chase Sapphire Preferred card to produce a series of travel tips and advice for those heading over the river and through the woods this year. 

Chris McGinnis 

 

And just in case you missed it, here’s what else you need to know about Bay Area Travel over the last month:

New terminal at SFO: hard hat tour (photos)

16 brand new, must see NYC hotels

Update: United p.s. fleet SFO-JFK

Asia on sale + PreCheck newbies + United wi-fi + Free airport parking + Nancy Pelosi

Virgin first class sale + Hilton HHonors downgrade + Chase Sapphire w chip + United dumps ExpertFlyer

More A380s + Cathay discounts biz class + SJC courts Asia + Double Elevate pts

>Southwest FINALLY joins PreCheck

>United to allow handhelds below 10K feet

>Travel advice fit for a Queen (Latifah!)

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Asia on sale + PreCheck newbies + United wi-fi + Free airport parking + Nancy Pelosi

The stunning interior courtyard of the Capella Singapore hotel (Chris McGinnis)

The stunning interior courtyard of the Capella Singapore hotel (Chris McGinnis)

SINGAPORE AIR PUTS ASIA ON SALE. Singapore Airlines offered up some remarkable deals to warm winter destinations throughout Asia this week, but you need to act by Dec 2, or before they sell out. From SFO, fly to Seoul, Hong Kong or Singapore, then connect to over 30 cities in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia or Korea. All inclusive economy fares start as low as $694 (Seoul)… but most are in the $1000 range. That’s a great deal! The window of opportunity for travel is quite large, too, extending from January 15 through May 15. Details/booking here.

(Photo: Jaxworld)

(Photo: Jaxworld)

WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE? Have you ever been in the PreCheck line along with someone who has no idea why they are there? Ive noticed is a lot lately. And I’ve heard from BAT readers who wonder the same thing. How could someone in the PreCheck line NOT know what it is, or that they don’t have to remove shoes, belts or laptops when they go through? Turns out it’s because the TSA has vetted them, allowing them to use the PreCheck lane to relieve the pressure on the regular lanes. Here’s what TSA spokesperson Nico Melendez told The BAT: “Currently, TSA’s Secure Flight system uses information provided when making a flight reservation – such as name, date of birth, and gender – to identify and prevent known or suspected terrorists or other individuals from gaining access to airplanes or secure areas of airports. TSA will now use that information to identify passengers who present a lower risk to aviation security and offer those passengers expedited screening. This initiative will occur on a flight-by-flight basis and will not require passengers to enroll in a DHS Trusted Traveler program. If a passenger is eligible for expedited screening for a particular flight, a TSA Pre✓™ indicator will be embedded in the barcode of the boarding pass so that when scanned at the checkpoint, the passenger may be referred to a TSA Pre✓™ lane….This process will allow TSA to maintain its high security standards and create greater efficiency while offering more travelers the benefit of expedited screening through TSA PreCheck lanes.”

Eva Air's Hello Kitty themed plane landed at SFO today! (SFO Facebook page)

Eva Air’s Hello Kitty themed plane landed at SFO today! (SFO Facebook page)

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iPad rentals on Southwest Airlines (Photo: Dave Zatz)

iPad rentals on Southwest Airlines (Photo: Dave Zatz)

SOUTHWEST RENTS IPADS ON THREE ROUTES…Southwest is taking a page from the legacy airlines exploring new ways of offering inflight entertainment. Now it allows travelers to borrow iPad2 devices on flights between Chicago Midway, Denver, and Oakland. Checkout stations in the terminals of these airports will allow travelers to swipe a credit card to borrow a device and return it at their destination. Once on board, Southwest’s partnership with DishTV allows iPad users to stream live TV free of charge to the iPad (or any personal device if you already have one of your own). This unique promotion is available aboard all of Southwest’s wi-fi-equipped aircraft, which by the way, can now offer true gate-to-gate connectivity using its satellite-based Row 44 wi-fi system. Gogo, used by Virgin, Delta and many other carriers does not operate below 10,ooo feet.

FLY BA MUCH? Get the new British Airways Visa Signature® Card and earn a tidy 50,000 Avios points.

UNITED BEATS DELTA TO INTERNATIONAL WIFI CONTEST…United now offers more international, long-haul flights with wi-fi capability than any other North American carrier. Delta had announced its intention to outfit aircraft beginning this year, but snags with certification have caused a slight delay. United, however, already offers the capability aboard 13 of its Boeing 747-400 aircraft flying long-haul routes, mostly from SFO and LAX. More than half of United’s Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft operating domestically feature the same satellite wi-fi system. United still uses the Gogo air-to-ground system on the Boeing 757 transcontinental p.s.  aircraft, flying between JFK and Los Angeles and San Francisco. Overall, there are 100 United aircraft with wifi currently and the number is growing. Have you tried it? How speedy is it?

Oakland's new 236-ft , $33 million control tower is officially dedicated this week (Oakland Int'l Airport)

Oakland’s new 236-ft , $33 million control tower is officially dedicated this week (Oakland Int’l Airport)

FREE HOLIDAY PARKING PROMO AT OAKLAND RETURNS…Between Nov. 28 and Dec. 19, flyers can park free for up to three days in the daily lot at Oakland airport. The only stipulation is that their flight must depart midweek on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. To get a free parking coupon, if you qualify, visit: http://t.co/SayyNzzk81.

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Diane Feinstein flying home from DCA with the Giants last winter (Twitter)

Diane Feinstein flying home from DCA with the Giants last winter (Twitter)

NANCY PELOSI LOVES VIRGIN?…We’ve heard from several BAT readers that Bay Area US rep Nancy Pelosi is now a regular on Virgin America’s daily roundtrip between SFO and Washington-Reagan National Airport. Even more interesting: she flies in coach! Can anyone else verify? And apparently, Diane Feinstein fancies Virgin America, too, but from this photo, it appears the Senator sits up front.

NEW BUY ONBOARD MENU FOR UNITED…Economy travelers have new options on United now that a refreshed Choice menu has been unveiled. No one ever said airplane food is glamorous, but this is as good as it gets in coach these days. The “Bistro on Board” concept will be available on board flights of 3.5 hours or longer within North and Central America. Breakfast menu items include a ham and Swiss baguette; a sweet cheese pastry; and a morning energy selection of a hard-cooked egg, cheese, grapes, a wheat roll and almond butter. The lunch and dinner menu offers  a caprese baguette; a bacon, lettuce and tomato wrap; and a roast beef and cheddar baguette, as well as an Asian-style noodle salad and artisan cheese selection. (Menus change with the seasons) Have you tried it yet? Please leave your comments below. 

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Chris McGinnis 

And just in case you missed it, here’s what else you need to know about Bay Area Travel over the last month:

Virgin first class sale + Hilton HHonors downgrade + Chase Sapphire w chip + United dumps ExpertFlyer

More A380s + Cathay discounts biz class + SJC courts Asia + Double Elevate pts

>Southwest FINALLY joins PreCheck

>United to allow handhelds below 10K feet

>Travel advice fit for a Queen (Latifah!)

>New landing procedure at SFO should help w delays! Hallelujah!

>Big, bad United MileagePlus surprise 

>Virgin’s new Safety Dance

>Riding the Red Carpet Route to London! 

>Double Miles on United & Southwest

>$100 hotels in NYC 

>Two posh new lounges coming to SFO 

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Virgin first class sale + Hilton HHonors downgrade + Chase Sapphire w chip + United dumps ExpertFlyer

Virgin's cushy first class seats look like big white marshmallows (Virgin America)

Virgin’s cushy first class seats look like big white marshmallows (Virgin America)

BIG SEATS, BIG SALE ON VIRGIN. To keep the those posh seats at front of the plane full during Thanksgiving week, Virgin America announced a flash sale today— those normally pricey first and main cabin select seats are on sale at 50% off, but only for bookings made by midnight tomorrow night (Nov 20) for trips between Friday, Nov 21 and Sunday, Nov 30. Get the deal by booking at VirginAmerica.com and using the promo code: BESTSEATS. These are VERY good deals… esp first class to Vegas for $300 round trip!

Sample roundtrip fares from SFO:

Main Cabin Select / First Class:

New York JFK: $600 / $2028
Newark: $580 / $1548
Washington DC $488 / $1346
Los Angeles: $210 / $248
Seattle: $254 / $460
Las Vegas $232 / $300

HiltonHHonorsLogoHILTON HHONORS NIXES POINTS AND FIXED MILES OPTION…Hilton has been unique among major hotel brands for allowing hotel guests to “double dip” by earning both hotel points and a fixed number of airline miles for their stay (typically 500 miles). Effective Jan. 6, 2014, guests can continue to double dip with airlines, but miles will be earned at a rate of one mile per dollar spent—no more fixed rates. This significantly downgrades the mileage earning option, and most travelers would be wise to switch to the “points and points” option allowing bonus Hilton HHonors points instead of “points and miles.” This is, yet another, indication of travel companies adjusting their loyalty programs to award travelers based on revenue.

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Screen Shot 2013-11-19 at 12.29.19 PMCHASE SAPPHIRE PREFERRED ADDS MICROCHIP TECHNOLOGY… The popular Chase Sapphire Preferred Card can now come with an embedded chip like those found in cards issued outside the US. Many retailers and travel suppliers overseas have difficulty accepting the traditional magnetic strip card used in the US so the addition of the chip should help with global acceptance. To get a card with a chip, just call the number on the back of your Chase Sapphire Preferred Card . Chase will send the new card (same # and expiration date) via UPS to you for free. Important: This is a chip and signature card, not a chip and PIN card, which means that a human being must still be present for you to sign for your purchase. Since it’s not a chip and PIN card, it will not work at unmanned European train station ticket kiosks—you’ll still have to go to the window and sign for tickets. When I called for mine, the Chase representative told me that if asked for a PIN at point of purchase, the user should just press “cancel” which will prompt the merchant to obtain a signature. Chase Sapphire Preferred also waives foreign transaction fees and provides points with Ultimate Rewards, which can be redeemed on airlines like United, British Airways, Korean Air, Marriott, and Hyatt among others. It’s also currently offering a nice sign up bonus of 40,000 points.  This is what puts this card at the top of nearly every list of top cards for frequent travelers. Apply for the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card  here. (Disclosure: The BAT earns a small commission when you apply via links posted here.)

EXPERT FLYER LOSES STAR ALLIANCE AWARD DATA…ExpertFlyer.com, a popular tool used to research flight availability and search for award seat space, has lost the ability to access award space data to Star Alliance carriers. This seems quite suspicious considering United just slashed its award chart making it more expensive to book tickets effective Feb. 1, 2014—and no doubt more travelers are making award ticket reservations between now and that date. Could United have played a role in the removal of this data from ExpertFlyer to make it harder to find space? Not all Star Alliance airlines appear in award searches via United.com. Luckily, travelers with an All Nippon Airways frequent flyer account can still log in to see complete Star Alliance award availability and then phone United to make their reservations.

EMIRATES/VIRGIN AMERICA BECOME LOYALTY PARTNERS…Members of Emirates and Virgin America’s frequent flyer programs can earn and burn their miles on each other’s flights. Until now, the only other easy way to earn and redeem miles on Emirates (without flying Emirates directly) was by using Alaska Airlines miles, which provides a similar partnership. Virgin Elevate now partners with two of the worlds finest airlines.. Emirate and Singapore. Not bad! 

Chris McGinnis 

And just in case you missed it, here’s what else you need to know about Bay Area Travel over the last month:

More A380s + Cathay discounts biz class + SJC courts Asia + Double Elevate pts

>Southwest FINALLY joins PreCheck

>United to allow handhelds below 10K feet

>Travel advice fit for a Queen (Latifah!)

>New landing procedure at SFO should help w delays! Hallelujah!

>Big, bad United MileagePlus surprise 

>Virgin’s new Safety Dance

>Riding the Red Carpet Route to London! 

>Double Miles on United & Southwest

>$100 hotels in NYC 

>Two posh new lounges coming to SFO 

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Chris & Queen Latifah talk holiday travel (VIDEO)

Queen Latifah called for holiday travel advice last week and we delivered!

She flew BAT editor Chris McGinnis down to LA (Delta Shuttle), met him at the airport with Mercedes SUV transfers, and put him up at the Hotel Palomar in Westwood for one night.

Chris McGinnis and Queen Latifah on the Queen Latifah Show set in Los Angeles

Chris McGinnis and Queen Latifah on the Queen Latifah Show set in Los Angeles

On show day, more limo transfers to the Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City for the taping of the seven-minute segment. The Queen provided my own private green room, with a small sofa, desk, snacks, bathroom. Other guests that day included Cloris Leachman and the Irish band Kodaline.

We taped the segment in front of a live audience from two first class airline seats in the middle of the set! the Queen was warm, personable and a LOT of fun (I expected no less!). Did you know that Queen Latifah’s real name is Dana Owens? That’s what everyone behind stage was calling her. (I just called her “your Majesty!)

Then a rush to LAX (thankfully the day before the incident at Terminal 3) and back to San Francisco.

What a fun day!

See part of the segment above…. or check out the show notes I sent prior to appearing on the show.

Holiday travel- Holiday travel season usually mimics the peak summer travel season, which this year was VERY busy and VERY expensive, so I expect the same for the upcoming holiday season

·         Best time to buy tickets- Due to high demand, there simply are not any “deals” on the peak days around Christmas and New Years this year. This year, travelers who want the most convenient flights on their preferred airlines need to book by Nov 10 to get seats on those flights…otherwise they will likely be stuck paying the same high price for “dog flights” that depart super early or late, middle seats, or multiple stops on non-preferred airlines. My favorite sites for booking air: Kayak.com and Routehappy.com

·         Alternative travel options that people don’t think about- If you have the flexibility to travel during the slowest times of year, the so called “dead weeks” of early December and early January, you can save 50-70% on airfare. Best sites for deadweek deals: Hotwire.com, TravelZoo. Another alternative is to consider staying over in a hotel when visiting families during the holidays– rates at new hotels in or near suburban office parks are at annual lows during holidays, and facilities are nice. Having your own space at a hotel is a big relief for both the traveler and the host during the stressy holidays.

·         Best days/times for traveling- Good news about this year’s holiday season is that it is LONGER than usual with Christmas and New Years falling on Wednesdays– the full season will be over two weeks long, which means more wiggle room for travelers. (Compared to a season when Xmas and New Years both fall on say, Sunday, which makes for a much more compact season)

·         Luggage issues– Do not check bags during the holidays. If you have too much for a carry on, ship ahead of time, but do so at the “ground” rate at UPS or FEDEX. Shipping overnight or two-day is too expensive.

·         Rewards. It’s nearly impossible to use airline frequent flyer awards during blacked out peak holiday season, so this is the time of year to focus on using credit card rewards such as Chase Ultimate Rewards or American Express Membership Rewards which do not have blackout dates. Also, hotel programs like Best Western Rewards offer non travel awards such as gift cards to big stores like Sears or Target that are perfect gifts

·         How to make holiday travel less stressful– see above– stay at a hotel instead of on the lumpy sofa bed of your relatives. Rates are dirt cheap during holiday season. Also, always try to book nonstop flights because you double your chances of a delay or cancellation with a one stop flight, even though you might save a few bucks.

Chris McGinnis 

And just in case you missed it, here’s what else you need to know about Bay Area Travel over the last month:

>New landing procedure at SFO should help w delays! Hallelujah!

>Big, bad United MileagePlus surprise 

>Virgin’s new Safety Dance

>Riding the Red Carpet Route to London! 

>Double Miles on United & Southwest

>$100 hotels in NYC 

>Two posh new lounges coming to SFO 

>Airline cat fight benefitting Bay Area Travelers 

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Flying down the coast on a fine fall day peering down at Pacifica & Devil's slide (Chris McGinnis)

Flying down the coast on a fine fall day peering down at Pacifica & Devil’s slide (Chris McGinnis)

When demand for air travel declines during the fall and winter months, airlines and hotels roll out promotions to keep us on the road and in the sky, which helps build up those banks of loyalty points.

For example, yesterday United MileagePlus launched a double miles promotion valid during the very slow weeks leading up to Thanksgiving– from now through November 21 only. But the promo is full of catches and limiting loopholes.

For example, you’ll only earn double miles on domestic US flights in the contiguous 48 states, which is a clear sign that this promo is a reaction to Southwest’s double points offer (see below).

It only applies to flights booked and flown between now and Nov 21.  So for example, if you already have a reservation to fly United next week, you won’t earn double miles on it.

Finally, and most irritatingly, it also does not apply to the lowest fare classes. And as usual, the double miles are BONUS miles and do not count toward your annual PQMs.

Registration is required and you’ll find full details here.

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(Photo: Chris McGinnis)

(Photo: Chris McGinnis)

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards kicked off the double points promo last week, good for all flights booked and traveled between now and Nov 21.

What’s nice is that this DOES apply to Southwest’s cheapest Wanna Get Away fares, where you’ll earn six bonus points per dollar spent. More expensive Anytime fares earn 10 bonus points and Business Select fares earn 12 bonus points.

Registration is required and you’ll find full details here. 

Virgin America is offering double Elevate points through Dec 31 to those booking more expensive (and roomy) Main Cabin Select or first class fare. Details here.  Virgin has also slashed fares for trips during the two weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. Check out the deals here. 

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It’s not just airlines trying to pump up the volume during slower months…. hotels are getting in on the act, too.

For example, Best Western is offering up to 20% off its standard rates for those booking on its website and selecting “Internet Only” rates for stays between now and Nov 24. It’s also offering a nice bump of 1,000 points to members of Best Western Rewards. Details here. (Disclosure: I’m a contributor to Best Western’s YouMustBeTrippin.com blog.)

Anyone who has traveled to New York recently has felt the pain of some of the highest hotel rates in the country. But that will change during the cold dark weeks of early January.

Newly renovated lobby at Affinia Manhattan hotel (Affinia)

Newly renovated lobby at Affinia Manhattan hotel (Affinia)

From Jan 3-12, you’ll find rates of $100, $200 and $300 available at a variety of properties, (many of which currently go for nearly $500 a night), so the savings can be substantial.

For example, the popular Affinia Manhattan is going for $100 per night; the hip and brand new Refinery Hotel (garment district) and Jade hotel (Greenwich Village) are going for $200 per night. For $300 you can squeeze in the trendy new Thompson LES (Lower East Side) for $300.

For a full listing of participating hotels and how to get the discount see this. 

Chris McGinnis

 

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And just in case you missed it, here’s what else you need to know about Bay Area Travel over the last month:

>Two posh new lounges coming to SFO 

>Airline cat fight benefitting Bay Area Travelers 

>8 things to like about Delta’s new California Shuttle

>Clock is ticking on latest Fall/Winter nationwide fare sale

>United’s newer, thinner seat

>Delta dumps SFO-Tokyo flight

>Slideshow of the swish new Star Alliance lounge at LAX

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First fall/winter fare sale announced

(Photo: Chris McGinnis)

(Photo: Chris McGinnis)

Southwest Airlines announced a three-day, nationwide fare sale today that will likely be matched by most other airlines across the country within 24 hours.

The prices are decent, but these fares are not available on key dates around the Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Years season. (See fare chart below.) Today, Travelocity reported that holiday airfares are 7% higher than last year’s holiday season…and last year was expensive.

These fares only apply to trips during the so-called “dead weeks” in early December and early January-February. They do not include travel on busy Fridays and Sundays.

However, if you have the flexibility to travel during the dead weeks, these fares represent good value. Here’s why:

>They are perfect for business travelers who may want to visit a client one last time this year, or early next year.

>They offer some good opportunities for end-of-year “mileage runners” hoping to gain or maintain elite status.

>They are also a nice break for flexible fliers who may not be able to shell out the big bucks for overpriced flights on key dates around the holidays.

>If you are planning to ski this year, Southwest offers plenty of great deals to cities near western ski resorts.

Look for similar fares (with identical restrictions) to pop up on other carriers within one or two days, so be sure to shop around. Increasingly, Southwest does not always offer the lowest fare in any given market. 

Here’s the Southwest fine print.

These low fares are available for purchase on southwest.com starting Tuesday, Oct 8 through Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, 11:59 p.m. for the respective time zone of the originating city, for travel every day of the week except Fridays and Sundays, Dec. 4 through Dec. 18, 2013, and Jan. 7 through Feb. 12, 2014. For travel up to 500 miles, fares are $49 one-way. For travel 501 to 1,000 miles, fares are $99 one-way.  For travel 1,001 to 1,500 miles, fares are $129 one-way.  For travel 1,501 plus miles, fares are $149 one-way.

 Route Thanksgiving Peak: Nov 27-Dec 1 roundtrips Dead Week Deal: Dec 11-14 roundtrips
SFO-New York JFK $680 $332
SFO-Chicago $547 $292
OAK-Seattle $415 $178
SFO-Denver $445 $197
SFO-Los Angeles $198 $98

(Notes:  Nonstop fares searched on Southwest.com & Kayak.com on Oct 8, 2014 and subject to availability and change.)

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