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  1. XYZ

    XYZ Newbie

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    Amex have today launched their new Blue Sky credit card allowing you to earn points and redeem points for flights with fewer restrictions on availability. Discounted redemption deal until 2009.

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  2. lovetravellingoz

    lovetravellingoz Senior Member

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    Zone Points required Maximum flight value
    – AUD
    1 16,000 (plus taxes) $300 (plus taxes)
    2 24,000 (plus taxes) $400 (plus taxes)
    3 42,000 (plus taxes) $650 (plus taxes)
    4 80,000 (plus taxes) $1350 (plus taxes)​
    Redeem your points before 01 January 2009 for a flight to pay only half the number of points
    usually required:​
    Zone Points required Maximum flight value
    1 8,000 (plus taxes) $300 (plus taxes)
    2 12,000 (plus taxes) $400 (plus taxes)
    3 21,000 (plus taxes) $650 (plus taxes)
    4 40,000 (plus taxes) $1350 (plus taxes)​
     
  3. lovetravellingoz

    lovetravellingoz Senior Member

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  4. Alanslegal

    Alanslegal Senior Member

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    Its probably best to redeem on a flight which cost as near to the maximum value to benefit....... as 80,000 points for a single syd-bkk is quite uncompetitive! Unless you do syd-bkk on J of F and pay the actual fare less $1350! Therefore $1350 = 80,000 points.
     
  5. morbo

    morbo Junior Member

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    Boo, it looks like its only economy seats.

    Seems like pretty poor value to me though :(
     
  6. Alanslegal

    Alanslegal Senior Member

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    aahh only economy seats????? sorry didnt read it properly!

    then It's quite poor value even at the special up to 2009!
     
  7. mileagemax

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    #7 mileagemax, Aug 24, 2007
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2007
    Why is it poor value?

    For example SYD-BKK return need 40,000 points return under the promo, compared to 60,000 with normal Qantas Frequent Flyer program.

    Compared to cards where rates are 1 point per dollar then seems okay. If you compare to cards where rates are 1.333 points per dollar or above, then not so good.

    But if you consider the fact that it is very very very hard to use points when you want with Qantas Frequent Flyer, and you can use any airline under any economy fare class with Blue Sky, then Blue Sky is okay?

    Do I understand correctly?

    Also interesting to note the targetting advertising letter from AMEX on this site. Maybe someone in Marketing there actually reads our posts. All businesses should do similar if they want to be customer centric.
     
  8. oz_mark

    oz_mark Enthusiast

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    The 'letter' from Amex certainly says they do review what is said here. Actually, I find it quite an interesting structure for a rewards program, but haven't worked out its value (or otherwise) for me.
     
  9. kyle

    kyle Active Member

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    I thought you could only choose the destination and date, but not airline or time of departure.
     
  10. PaulZ

    PaulZ Member

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    Having a look at the AMEX website... It would appear that this new Blue Sky Card has replaced the Rewards Maximizer??

    I can no longer see that card in their product portfolio on the compare cards page!!!
     
  11. oz_mark

    oz_mark Enthusiast

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    #11 oz_mark, Aug 25, 2007
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2007
    Correct!!!


    ...and my favourite Question/Answer...

     
  12. lovetravellingoz

    lovetravellingoz Senior Member

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