For the last several months I have successfully been paying some of our recurring monthly bills via Evolve Money with gift cards that I purchased using rewards earning credit cards.  I usually buy these gift cards at office supply stores, grocery stores, or even gas stations.  I do this mainly to hit minimum spending requirements on cards that would otherwise be tough for me to hit, though also to occasionally take advantage of category bonuses or rebates/discounts that some stores occasionally offer on gift cards.  I have written about Evolve Money a few times, such as in this post, so head there for a more generic overview.

Earn More Points By Paying More Everyday Bills:

I’m not big into the game some like to call “manufacture spending” where you essentially “manufacture” expenses (usually involving buying gift cards and then finding a way to “cash them out” to rack up more points on your credit cards), but I am a big fan of making sure that I use my rewards earning credit card for as many of my real everyday expenses as possible and Evolve Money helps with that goal.

You can’t pay every bill in the world via Evolve Money, but you can pay lots of different bills to tons of different companies big and small.  This can range from local storage facilities, to utility payments, to car payments and more.  There are some limits on payments such as up to $1,000.00 in bill payments in a calendar day and a max of four (4) payments to the same biller account number per calendar month.

Payments Failing with Gift Cards:

Over the weekend I scheduled payments to pay my J Crew Card, Pottery Barn Card, and our local electricity provider.  I have paid all of these bills via gift cards on Evolve Money many times, but this time the payments to the J Crew card and Pottery Barn cards failed while the electricity payment went through just fine.  Yes, I really use a J Crew and Pottery Barn card – don’t judge!

The error message I got emailed for the two failed payments said that “there was a problem with your card.”  I was trying to pay with $200 Vanilla Visa gift cards, so at first I was worried something was actually wrong with using those cards now.  A little more digging on this Flyertalk thread and looking closer at the Evolve Money site showed that this problem is not localized to my cards or accounts.  Since the last time I used the site, they had introduced the ability to schedule payments a month and a half in advance, but the downside to that is that when you are paying with a gift card and one time use pre-paid debit cards you cannot make payments more than 1-2 business days in advance.

I didn’t want to schedule my card payments for future dates, but the system was forcing me to pick a date that was a few days out.  Ultimately I think this is what led to the payments failing since I was paying with a gift card.  The Flyertalk thread I referenced pointed to more problems with these sort of payments on the weekends than weekdays, so I have rescheduled the payments on a weekday and we will see what happens.  They look good to go at this point, but I will dig deeper and update if they fail again.

Recommendations when using Evolve Money:

  • Make payments on weekdays instead of weekends as they seem to process faster, which is key for gift card success
  • Try to not schedule payments into the future when paying with gift cards or similar as they are more likely to fail outside 1-2 days
  • Do not throw away the gift cards until you know for sure the payment has gone through
  • Pay attention to the texts/emails they send you that alert you as to whether the payment has succeeded or failed

I’m pretty confident the payments will go through as they are already showing as processing when I look at my gift card balance online.  I just think that over the weekend the system didn’t process the payment in time and the payment ultimately failed.

Evolve Money

Payment from this morning pending on gift card

Have you noticed any changes when paying bills via Evolve Money recently?  Is this a part of your family’s points earning strategy?

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The Marriott Rewards program is very popular, especially to those outside of the core miles and points community I interact with online, day in and day out.  I am always blown away by how many awards their loyalty program receives each year at the Freddie Awards and this loyalty/popularity is backed up by how many business and leisure travelers I talk to in everyday life who almost always bring up Marriott Rewards once we start talking miles and points.  I know that Marriott has a tremendous footprint with more than 4,000 hotels around the world, compared to the 500 – 600 that are currently under the Hyatt flag, so I have to assume this massive presence around the world has something to do with it.  They also have lots of family-friendly properties that may or may not be luxurious, but they offer a clean bed close to the attractions that families want to visit.

Given the widespread popularity and the current 70,000 points Marriott Rewards Card sign-up bonus, I think it is time to devote a post to discussing how to stretch your Marriott Reward points to get as many “free” nights as possible.

Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card: Limited time 70,000 points after spending $2,000 in the first three moths + free night in Cat 1-4 hotel

 

Save Up To 33% With PointSavers:
You can stretch your Marriott Reward points up to 33% further by taking advantage of PointSavers.  PointSavers are hotels that are available for a lower number of points on select dates.  If a hotel is available via a PointSavers rate the price in points essentially goes down one category.

Marriott Award chart

A quick look at the current list shows PointSavers hotels such as Castle Hotel, Autograph Collection, in Orlando and the Courtyard Rome Central Park.  Given that there are 4,000+ hotels in the Marriott family the list was pretty short, but of course it is still worth checking to see if the two dozen hotels on the list may save you some points.

Castle Hotel

Castle Hotel Orlando

Some of the hotels on the list had PointSaver rates only on select dates, while others had the lower points price available for months at a time.  The easiest way to search and find the PointSaver rates are to select “My dates are flexible” and “Use Rewards points” when searching an eligible hotel. The Castle Hotel Orlando had availability for 25,000 points per night throughout August thanks to PointSavers while the Courtyard Rome Central Park had hit and miss 25,000 point availability toward the end of the year.

Both hotels are normally Category 6 hotels at 30,000 points but were just 25,000 points per night via PointSavers.  Ritz Carlton also has PointSavers, too, but I don’t see any hotels currently on the list.

5th Night Free on Points:

Just like with the Starwood Preferred Guest program you can get the 5th award night free if you redeem points for a Marriott hotel for 5 nights or longer.  This even stacks with the PointSaver rates, so you could get the Castle Hotel Orlando for on PointSavers for five nights for 100,000 points (20k per night) compared to the normal rate of 30,000 points per night.

The 5th night free is available on point redemptions whether you are on a PointSavers rate or not.

Get Hotel Nights and Airline Miles with Marriott Hotel + Air Packages:

Similar to the SPG Nights + Flights concept, the Marriott Hotel + Air packages offer you seven nights of hotel plus an amount of airline miles ranging from 25,000 – 132,000 miles depending on the airline selected and the number of miles desired.  You pay one points price for the entire package and of course the more airline miles you want, the higher the cost of the package.

They have a few different pricing models for this that you can see here, but I’ll share a couple examples using United miles since they are one of the best deals.  Let’s say you wanted to stay for a week on Marriott points at the Category 8 Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Hawaii.  Category 8 hotels typically cost 40,000 Marriott points per night.  You would get the 5th night free bringing the seven day reservation to a total of 240,000 points.  However, for just 290,000 points you could get the seven nights of hotel + 55,000 United miles to use however you wish.  55,000 United miles are worth more than 50,000 Marriott points every day of the week and twice on Sunday.  The largest package in that category would be for 360,000 Marriott points and would get you the seven nights + 132,000 United miles.  That is an additional 120,000 Marriott points for 132,000 United miles.  Again, great trade if you have the Marriott points to do it.

Wailea Marriott

Wailea Marriott

If a Category 8 is too rich for your points blood, then if you are looking at a Category 1-5 property for seven days those packages start at 200,000 points for the seven nights + you receive 55,000 United miles.  That means you could have a week at Fairfield Inn & Suites Steamboat Springs and 55,000 United miles to help you get there (or anywhere else) for 200,000 Marriott points.  The seven nights without receiving airline miles would normally cost 150,000 Marriott points.  Your family of four could also hit the free hot continental breakfasts, enjoy two queen beds, and free internet at that property.  It may not be overly luxurious, but it is a way to bring a ski trip back into the realm of affordable!

Another popular use of the hotel + air packages would be to credit the miles to Southwest in order to get closer to the Companion Pass that requires 110,000 eligible points in a calendar year.  You can get more than that via just one package!  The Points Guy has a recent story of how that worked out well for his travel plans.

PointSavers, 5th Night Free, and Hotel + Air packages are three ways to stretch the Marriott points you earn from the limited time Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card, or any other source, that much more valuable.  In fact, earning points is generally regarded as the “easy part” learning the nuisances from each program to stretch your points is the part that takes a bit more effort.

If you are a Marriott pro, I’d love to hear how you stretch your points to cover as many ‘free’ nights as possible for your family!

 

 

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The new round of IHG Rewards Point Breaks hotels is now bookable!  As usual, the Point Breaks rooms are available for 5,000 IHG Reward points per night and rooms are now available bookings (and stays) from July 28- September 30th.  Even though IHG has introduced some limits on how many Point Breaks reservations folks can book to help with limited inventory, you should still grab the nights you want ASAP before someone else does.  The popular hotels, such as the Intercontinental properties, will go quickly.

Point Breaks Intercontinental

You can view the full list of properties available here (I’ll add the list here shortly).  Then just go to the IHG website to make your booking.  If a Point Breaks night is available, it will show as 5,000 points per night just like the image above.  You can make two Point Breaks reservations per hotel during each Point Breaks time frame.  The official Point Breaks page is now showing the updated list of hotels.

PointBreaks

As always, the list is really a crap shoot as to whether any properties will work for your family.  Most of the properties in the United States are Holiday Inn Express or Candlewood Suites properties that aren’t exactly in tourist hotbeds.  However, there could be one that is right along the route of a road trip your family has planned, and for just 5k points you can have a place to rest, swim, sleep, and have a free breakfast before continuing your journey.  There is a smattering of Hotel Indigo and Crowne Plaza properties on the United States list as well.

Outside the US there are a few more ‘upscale’ options such as the Intercontinental Bucharest, Crowne Plaza Istanbul- Harbiye, Intercontinental Costa Rica at Multiplaza Mall. Intercontinental Real Guatemala, Intercontinental Miramar Panama, and more.

You can currently purchase IHG points via the official channel for as low as .718 cents each via a limited time bonus.  At that price, 5,000 point per night Point Breaks rooms are less than $36/night.  In my test purchase those points posted instantly to my IHG account.

Full PointBreaks list:

ALABAMA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES GADSDEN
W-NEAR ATTALLA

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS PELHAM – OAK MTN PK AREA

ARKANSAS
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES BENTONVILLE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES MOUNTAIN HOME

ARIZONA
CANDLEWOOD SUITES YUMA

CALIFORNIA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES EL CENTRO
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS SAN DIEGO-LA MESA (SDSU AREA)
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES LINCOLN-
ROSEVILLE AREA

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES SACRAMENTO
NE CAL EXPO

CONNECTICUT
HOLIDAY INN DANBURY-BETHEL @ I-84

DELAWARE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES HARRINGTON
(DOVER AREA)

FLORIDA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS NICEVILLE-EGLIN AFB
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES PALM COAST

GEORGIA
CANDLEWOOD SUITES AUGUSTA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES ATLANTA-CONYERS
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES MILLEDGEVILLE
STAYBRIDGE SUITES SAVANNAH AIRPORT
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES THOMASVILLE

IOWA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES CLINTON

ILLINOIS
HOLIDAY INN CHICAGO NW CRYSTAL LK CONV CTR
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS CHICAGO-DOWNERS GROVE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS ROCHELLE
STAYBRIDGE SUITES ROCKFORD

INDIANA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES BEDFORD
STAYBRIDGE SUITES ELKHART NORTH
STAYBRIDGE SUITES FORT WAYNE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES BLOOMINGTON
N-MARTINSVILLE

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES TELL CITY

KANSAS
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES ABILENE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES GARDEN CITY
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS JUNCTION CITY
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES LANSING-LEAVENWORTH
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES LAWRENCE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES PITTSBURG

KENTUCKY
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS HENDERSON N EVANSVILLE SOUTH
HOLIDAY INN LOUISVILLE AIRPORT SOUTH
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES PIKEVILLE

LOUISIANA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES SULPHUR
(LAKE CHARLES)

MARYLAND
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS POCOMOKE CITY
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS PRINCE FREDERICK

MICHIGAN
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES BAD AXE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES CHARLOTTE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS GAYLORD
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES ROSEVILLE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES SOUTH HAVEN
CANDLEWOOD SUITES DETROIT-SOUTHFIELD
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES THREE RIVERS
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS WIXOM

MINNESOTA
HOLIDAY INN FAIRMONT
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES WORTHINGTON

MISSOURI
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES FARMINGTON
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES INDEPENDENCE-
KANSAS CITY

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS JEFFERSON CITY
CANDLEWOOD SUITES KANSAS CITY AIRPORT

MISSISSIPPI
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES MAGEE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS MCCOMB
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES VICKSBURG
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS WEST POINT

NORTH CAROLINA
HOTEL INDIGO RALEIGH DURHAM AIRPORT AT RTP
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS CLAYTON (SE RALEIGH)
CANDLEWOOD SUITES GREENVILLE NC
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES STATESVILLE

NORTH DAKOTA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES DICKINSON

NEBRASKA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS ALLIANCE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS OGALLALA
STAYBRIDGE SUITES OMAHA 80TH AND DODGE

NEW JERSEY
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS WOODBRIDGE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES MEADOWLANDS
AREA

HOLIDAY INN CLINTON
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES TOWER CENTER
NEW BRUNSWICK

NEW MEXICO
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES ALBUQUERQUE-N.
BALLOON FSTA PK

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES GRANTS – MILAN
STAYBRIDGE SUITES LAS CRUCES
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES LAS VEGAS
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS SILVER CITY

NEW YORK
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES EAST GREENBUSH
(ALBANY-SKYLINE)

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS ROCHESTER
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES WEST COXSACKIE

OHIO
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES DAYTON-
CENTERVILLE

STAYBRIDGE SUITES COLUMBUS-DUBLIN
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS LONDON-I-70
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS OAKWOOD VILLAGE

OKLAHOMA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES ADA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES ENID-HWY 412
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES MUSKOGEE

OREGON
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS GRANTS PASS
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS PORTLAND WEST/HILLSBORO
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES KLAMATH FALLS
CENTRAL

PENNSYLVANIA
STAYBRIDGE SUITES ALLENTOWN WEST
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS MEADVILLE (I-79 EXIT 147A)
CROWNE PLAZA READING

RHODE ISLAND
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES PROVIDENCE-
WOONSOCKET

SOUTH CAROLINA
CROWNE PLAZA GREENVILLE-I-385-ROPER MTN RD
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES LEXINGTON-HWY 378

SOUTH DAKOTA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES VERMILLION
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES WATERTOWN

TENNESSEE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES COOKEVILLE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES CHATTANOOGA-
HIXSON

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS KNOXVILLE-STRAWBERRY PLAINS
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES LENOIR CITY
(KNOXVILLE AREA)

TEXAS
HOLIDAY INN HOUSTON EAST-CHANNELVIEW
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES FALFURRIAS
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES KILGORE NORTH
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES UVALDE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES WHARTON

UTAH
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES LOGAN
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES VERNAL -
DINOSAURLAND

VIRGINIA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES CHRISTIANSBURG
CANDLEWOOD SUITES WASHINGTON-FAIRFAX
HOLIDAY INN NORTON

WISCONSIN
HOLIDAY INN CONFERENCE CTR MARSHFIELD
HOLIDAY INN NEENAH
STAYBRIDGE SUITES MILWAUKEE WEST-OCONOMOWOC
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES OSHKOSH-SR 41

WYOMING
HOLIDAY INN RIVERTON-CONVENTION CENTER

MEXICO
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS CD. DEL CARMEN
CROWNE PLAZA TOLUCA-LANCASTER
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES TOLUCA ZONA AEROPUERTO
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS GUADALAJARA AUTONOMA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS VILLAHERMOSA TABASCO 2000
CROWNE PLAZA NUEVO LAREDO
CROWNE PLAZA TUXPAN
HOLIDAY INN VERACRUZ CENTRO HISTORICO

ALBERTA
HOLIDAY INN HINTON
HOLIDAY INN HOTEL AND SUITES LLOYDMINSTER

BRITISH COLUMBIA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES LANGLEY

ONTARIO
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES BARRIE
STAYBRIDGE SUITES TORONTO MISSISSAUGA
HOTEL INDIGO TORONTO AIRPORT

ARGENTINA
HOLIDAY INN CORDOBA

BRAZIL
CROWNE PLAZA BELEM
HOLIDAY INN MANAUS

COLOMBIA
INTERCONTINENTAL CALI

COSTA RICA
INTERCONTINENTAL COSTA RICA AT MULTIPLAZA MALL

GUATEMALA
INTERCONTINENTAL REAL GUATEMALA

HONDURAS
CROWNE PLAZA SAN PEDRO SULA

PANAMA
INTERCONTINENTAL MIRAMAR PANAMA

FINLAND
HOLIDAY INN TAMPERE

FRANCE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AMIENS
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS GRENOBLE – BERNIN
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS LILLE CENTRE

GERMANY
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS FRANKFURT – MESSE

ROMANIA
INTERCONTINENTAL BUCHAREST

SLOVAKIA
CROWNE PLAZA BRATISLAVA

SPAIN
HOLIDAY INN VALENCIA

TURKEY
CROWNE PLAZA ANTALYA
CROWNE PLAZA ISTANBUL – HARBIYE

UNITED KINGDOM
HOLIDAY INN BRENTWOOD M25, JCT.28
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS BURTON UPON TRENT
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS CAMBRIDGE-DUXFORD M11, JCT.10
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS NEWCASTLE – METRO CENTRE
HOLIDAY INN NORTHAMPTON
HOLIDAY INN PRESTON
HOLIDAY INN SLOUGH – WINDSOR
HOLIDAY INN WOKING

EGYPT
CROWNE PLAZA RESORT SAHARA SANDS PORT GHALIB RESOR

KUWAIT
HOLIDAY INN KUWAIT – DOWNTOWN

SAUDI ARABIA
HOLIDAY INN YANBU

SOUTH AFRICA
HOLIDAY INN JOHANNESBURG – ROSEBANK

ZIMBABWE
HOLIDAY INN HARARE

INDIA
HOLIDAY INN PUNE HINJEWADI

INDONESIA
HOLIDAY INN RESORT BATAM

JAPAN
CROWNE PLAZA – ANA KANAZAWA

CHINA-PEOPLES REPUBLIC
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS CHANGSHU
HOLIDAY INN JIUZHAI JARPO
CROWNE PLAZA XIANGYANG
CROWNE PLAZA ZHONGSHAN XIAOLAN
CROWNE PLAZA ZHONGSHAN WING ON CITY

 

Did you lock in any of the properties on the list for your family’s late summer traveling adventures?

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During a recent stay in Washington DC for the 4th of July we split up our stay between two different hotels – the W Washington DC that is located virtually across the street from the White House, and the Grand Hyatt Washington that was located just a couple blocks away.  We split our stay in part to stretch points/dollars and in part because while we wanted the W for its… Read the Rest.

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Chase Ultimate Reward points are one of my favorite types of points because they are transferable to hotel and airline partners including United, British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Southwest, Hyatt, Marriott, IHG Rewards, and more.  You earn points by obtaining and using Ultimate Rewards earning cards and then the points sit safely in your Ultimate Reward account until you want to use them.  You can then transfer them 1:1 to any… Read the Rest.

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With IHG Rewards you can unofficially buy points for .7 cents each any time you want via a little bit of ‘work’ (as described here), however if you are starting from zero that method doesn’t work.  It also is a method that not all people are 100% comfortable with, so I think it is worth mentioning that right now you can purchase IHG points via a legit sale for almost… Read the Rest.

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The preview list of IHG Point Breaks hotels is now available on the IHG Community Forum. The Point Breaks rooms will be available for 5,000 IHG Reward points per night for bookings (and stays) from July 28- September 30th.  This is just a preview list and the bookings do not go live until Monday of next week.  That is actually a good thing since popular hotels get snapped up relatively quickly… Read the Rest.

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Hyatt has four all inclusive properties that you can currently make reservations at using cash or Hyatt Gold Passport points – the Hyatt Zilara Cancun (adults), the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos (families), the Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall Jamaica (adults), and the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Jamaica (families).  The two Jamaica properties don’t open until November 2014, but the Los Cabos and Cancun properties have been open for a little while… Read the Rest.

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Just as some of the fast and furious increased credit card sign-up offers of early summer had faded away, two new ones seem to be taking the spotlight.  The first isn’t totally new as there were some ‘creative’ folks who found ways to unearth similar offers on Flyertalk, but having it this publicly available for a limited time is news to me.  The second is just new and awesome all… Read the Rest.

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One of my dad’s many dream ‘bucket list’ trips was to go to Washington DC for all the Fourth of July fireworks and festivities.  Politics aside, his blood bleeds red, white, and blue, and his love for the underlying foundation of this country is rivaled only by his love for fireworks, music, and holiday celebrations.  As I think I’ve said before, he’s kind of like Clark Griswold, only without some… Read the Rest.

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Update: This deal is already operating differently than it did an hour ago for me, so let’s let the dust settle and see what happens.  Lots of gift cards are now out of stock and the $25 discount doesn’t seem to be working the way it did earlier this morning.  I’ll update if/when the dust settles a bit.  Man things get hit fast these days.  If you want to purchase… Read the Rest.

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