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Usually the last day of the month marks the end of many promotions/deals/and opportunities. There are currently MANY great promotions ending tomorrow, September 30, so I want to make sure you do not miss your opportunity!
Continental is leaving the American Express partnership. September 30th is the last day to transfer American Express Membership Reward points to Continental! If you are planning on doing this, DO NOT FORGET! The good news is that the Chase Ultimate Rewards program is still a partner with American Express, allowing flexible transfers. This program works similar to Membership Rewards, so you still have options. If you are not sure of your travel plans, I would not suggest transferring all your MR points to Continental. Remember, there is no reverting the transfer and you are then stuck to that specific loyalty program.
American Express to Delta transfer bonus promotion ends September 30th. There are currently two promotions (can only apply one). While American Express /Delta runs some sort of promotion quite often, typically they will not get better than the above bonuses. This is also a great opportunity to get some MQM miles to reach a certain status prior to the end of 2011. However, if you are unsure if you will use these Delta miles, my assumption is that another promotion will pop up again.
- Receive 50% bonus miles through September 30 [first time transfers only]. Transfers of 100,000 points or more will give you 25,000 MQMs towards status. Must register first prior to transferring any points over. Blog Post
- Receive 20,000 Membership Reward points back for for every 50,000 American Express points transferred to Delta Airlines (40% rebate). Must register first and offer cannot be combined with another transfer bonus. Blog Post
Amtrak is offering a 50% bonus on all purchased points (of at least 5,000 points). This promotion ends September 30th and is a great way to travel from Vermont to Virginia for only $55. Essentially, a purchase of 10,000 points at $275 will actually result in 15,000 points. For Northeast travel on Amtrak (which I am most familiar with), this results in 5 one-way trips in the Northeast Zone – thus $55 one-way. Purchase points here. Blog Post