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Kids First Travel Auctions DL, UA miles, Choice, Hilton points, elite status

Boarding Area and Inside Flyer are cosponsoring three auctions launching Sunday May 13 for Kids First Fund charity offering airline and hotel miles, points and elite status. A separate set of travel auctions are sponsored by eBay.

Four pages of travel items to be auctioned through BoardingArea/InsideFlyer are visible today. I summarized the first week’s items below. Bidding starts at $1 with $10 incremental bids.

Sunday May 13-Tuesday May 23 is the first of three 10-day auction periods.

Boarding Area/Inside Flyer Kids First Auction Items May 13-23

Delta SkyMiles 30,000 miles (2 different auction items)

Choice Privileges 45,000 points (3 items) – I give this $250 value.

Hilton Honors 40,000 points (2 items) – I give this $200 value.

Hilton Honors 1 year Diamond status – Hilton Honors Diamond elite value relates to your hotel stay pattern. I enjoyed my Honors ‘diamond dog’ days of the ought (2000s).

IHG 10,000 points (I find it odd IHG submits such a small number of points. Bid increments are $10 to play. Will there be any bids after the first five or fewer bids hit $50? Even stranger is the second week has a 5,000 IHG points item (3 bids?). We find out who are truly charitable travelers in these auctions.)

JetBlue TrueBlue Mosaic Membership – I don’t recall ever flying JetBlue. I hear good things about their flights. Mosaic looks to offer good value elite benefits.

Norwegian Airlines 1,000 CashPointsOne cashpoint has a fixed value at 1 Norwegian Krone NOK.

1,000 Cash Points have a $125 fixed redemption value for Norwegian Airlines tickets and services.

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards A-list Tier Upgrade (2 items) – No idea how to value this item. I rarely fly Southwest so little value to me.

United Airlines Mileage Plus Silver Elite – no value opinion from me. UA Silver elite benefit is one free checked bag.

Wyndham Rewards 30,000 points – around $300 value, but you can earn 15,000 points through June 30 for $100 with two hotel stays. Many places offer a Wyndham brand hotel night for $40 to $60 per night after tax. Wyndham Rewards are also still available through U.S. Travel Association’s Daily Getaways for a fixed $175 price.

Wyndham Rewards Diamond Elite Upgrade – no value opinion from me. WR Diamond normally takes 40 nights in a calendar year. One benefit is suite upgrade including on award stays.

Wyndham Rewards Platinum Elite Upgrade – no value opinion from me. WR Platinum normally takes 15 nights.

 

The 14th Annual Kids First Fund Travel Auction

The bidding begins May 13, 2018 with 3 separate 10-day auctions comprised of airline tickets, hotel stays, car rentals and feature signature items. Plus for 2018 we are once again running an exclusive auction for frequent flier miles and guest reward points, and Gold tier benefits for top donors.

The auction benefits the Kids First Fund which is a US-based charity that helps abused children in resource-poor areas of the world. It has been granted special consultative status with the United Nations. Every penny donated to the Fund is spent on projects to benefit children –nothing is deducted for salaries or administrative expense.

Thanks to the Frequent Flyer Network (FFN) and its BoardingArea.com and InsideFlyer.com websites for supporting the 2018 Kids First Auction. BoardingArea.com thrives as the online incarnation of influential social media for frequent flyers. Proven the voice of road warriors that matter – FFN has become the go-to resource for the those that matter in an ever-changing world of travel. InsideFlyer.com is a consumer portal that gives users access to the most definitive and unique content by allowing them to deep dive into their passion of miles, points and travel. It’s also known as “the friendly place” for the frequent flyer.

Kids First/Inside Flyer Press Release – May 9

HT: Brian Cohen – The Gate

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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