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Wednesday August 29th Wrap Up

Vacation continues, so today is (once again) a quick news wrap-up:

– American Airlines will launch Saturday-only service from Miami to Roatan, Honduras, beginning November 17th. Roatan is fantastic, and I always feel slightly bittersweet when I hear about airlines launching new service to places that are currently uncrowded. That said, one flight a week isn’t going to turn it into Cancun. The flight times do allow connections from the Northeast, which is good news for those of us up here. The bad news is that American hasn’t released any low-level award seats on the route. Boo.

– There must have been a signup bonus deal right around this time last year for the Amex Premier Rewards Gold because I’m getting a bunch of reader questions about what to do with Membership Rewards points right before you cancel your Amex card. I wrote about your options in this post here. As one of your options is to transfer the points out when there’s a bonus going on, it’s worth noting that there is currently a promo offering a 40% bonus for transferring Membership Rewards points to British Airways. This is great if you plan to use those points for American Airlines or LAN flights in North America, Central America, Caribbean and South America, as you won’t be charged fuel surcharges.

– Next spring Southwest Airlines will take over service to Branson, MO, from its sister carrier Airtran. They’ll offer daily flights to Houston (Hobby) and Chicago Midway, as well as Saturday flights to Orlando.

– I was recently calling Amex to cancel my SPG card and they offered me a $40 statement credit to keep the card open (which is what I was hoping for when I called them). That knocked the annual fee down (effectively) to $25. Which is just a friendly reminder to ALWAYS ask if there’s anything a rep can do when you call to cancel a card.

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