March 22 Update: Crediting Hertz rentals to Flying Blue can be lucrative, SEA Centurion lounge expansion open & Double Asia Miles out of Canada

News, Tips & Tricks

Over on The Points Guy they posted that the American Express Centurion Lounge expansion in
Seattle opened today. No longer is it considered a
‘Studio’ lounge but now it is a full fledged Centurion Lounge. As
Canadians we can use the lounge for no charge with The Centurion Card
from American Express or The Platinum Card from American Express
(remember to grab it today if you don’t have it as the spend
requirement is only $1,000 whereas tomorrow it will be $3,000). You can
also access the lounge with other Amex cards but you’ll have to pay $50
per person. Find out more about the lounge here.

In February Air France KLM’s Flying Blue changed their earn rate for Hertz car rentals. No longer is it a flat rate of miles per rental but it has moved to a revenue based format. That is you’ll earn 5 Flying Blue Miles per Euro spent on each Hertz rental (or converted currency equivalent). Not so good for those short one day rentals that may not cost very much but it could prove to be very lucrative if you rent for long periods or rent expensive vehicles like SUV’s and premium cars. For example if you have a week long rental that costs about 600EUR you’ll earn 3,000 base Flying Blue Miles. Under the old earn rate you would have only earned 800 miles. Compare this to many other programs that only offer 250/500 miles per rental or 50 miles per day of rental and you can quickly see why you may want to credit Hertz rentals to Flying Blue. Remember though, to keep Flying Blue miles current you must fly Air France, KLM or SkyTeam once every 2 years.  Find out more here.

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