United Is the Word
MileCards made mention last week of the better award availability in business class on United Airlines this summer. So, if you're 5/24 eligible, it may be time to jump on some United credit cards. There are public offers of 50k plus a $50 statement credit and a targeted offer of 70k.
+ Million Mile Secrets has a great guide demonstrating ways to use United Miles possibly earned from the new raised bonuses. The most interesting way to use these miles is the "Excursionist" loophole. When booking with United Miles, you can add a free one-way segment to your itinerary, as long as that one-way flight stays within its region of Origin. For example, you could fly from San Francisco to Paris for 30,000 miles one-way. Then, you could fly from Paris to Amsterdam for free. Then, you could return to San Francisco from Amsterdam for 30,000 miles. While that might not seem that extraordinary, if your intention is to fly from Newark to Los Angeles, MMS suggests spending 12,000 miles on a round trip flight between Maui and Honolulu and using your freebie on the Newark to LA flight. While MMS says even if you don't use the Hawaii flights, you're saving plenty of miles, I'd be wary United might not look too kindly on this method.
+ If you aren't 5/24 eligible and are trying to get there, check out this "holding pattern" strategy where you'll still be able to earn points while getting on Chase's good side.