Free Cash For Chase Credit Card Holders & Alaska Air Brings Back A Partnership. Best of the Rest For September 23, 2015

The Best of the Rest is my effort to summarize all the travel/miles & points stories that interested me on a daily basis but didn’t have time to write about in length.  On a daily basis, I try to keep track of roughly 100 different blogs (try being the operative word) that have interesting things for you and I to learn from.  Some are passed along without comment, while I add my analysis to others.   This is your shortcut to find out what’s going on in the travel world without having to read dozens of travel blogs to get all the best info.

Here’s what I’m reading about today:

Cheap Flight(s) of The Day:  A decent sale from the west coast to Istanbul at $624.

There are some pretty good statement credits to be had if you have certain Chase credit cards.  Miles to Memories has details on a $15 Chase Sapphire credit and a $30 Ink credit.

Deals We Like takes a deeper look at these credits, breaking down a number of merchants and some strategies on how to get the credits.

Sign up for TopBonus and receive a free voucher for “lounge” access prior to a flight.

Alaska Airlines re-kindles their relationship with IcelandAir.

Is Qatar Airways blocking award space?

Regional pilots are a big issue right now.  There just aren’t enough of them.  Wandering Aramean has some deeper context on how the regional airlines are trying to solve this issue, and how deep of a problem it might be.

Up to 10,000 bonus Gold points per Club Carlson stay (targeted for different amounts).

There were more deaths from selfies this year than from shark attacks.  Wouldn’t have guessed that.

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