I was selected by American Express to help educate consumers about the Amex EveryDay Credit Card.  As such, I was paid for my services, but tips and opinions shared about American Express and the Amex EveryDay Credit Card are my own. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about how to maximize those Amex Membership Rewards points that the Amex EveryDay and multiple other American Express cards can rack up.  As you likely know, there are many different types of credit card points out there, and they are… Read the Rest.

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Hyatt Gold Passport really likes to “surprise and delight” its guests from time to time.  In the age of the internet where everyone shares everything (myself included) this can occasionally leave someone feeling left out or grumpy if they know someone else was surprised and they weren’t included that time around.  To that end I try to follow the advice of my child’s Pre-K teacher and repeat “you get what you get and you don’t throw a fit”.  I would much rather occasionally be surprised and delighted than never at… Read the Rest.

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If you have a US Airways MasterCard odds are pretty good you got an email informing you that you can earn 5,000 – 10,000 miles for referring your friends and family members to the sign-up offer that awards 50,000 miles after the first purchase and payment of the $89 annual fee.  If so, this may be the perfect way this holiday season to give the gift of a great offer and get a little something in return.  Look in your inbox for an email with the subject line “Refer your… Read the Rest.

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Once upon a time my family earned thousands and even tens of thousands of airline miles each year from the various airline dining programs.  However, some restaurants we frequent (and got catering from) dropped out of the program, the attainable bonuses became fewer and farther between, and I even stopped having several of my credit cards I regularly use even registered with a dining plan (gasp, I know). I’ve been hit with fraud several times over the past year and as a result seem to go through credit card numbers… Read the Rest.

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Having to pay for internet is very high up there on the list of things that travelers don’t like – along of course with mind-numbingly slow internet.  For years now more budget minded hotel chains have provided internet free of charge while more upscale properties still liked to charge for internet use unless you are an elite member with their rewards program. Recently there have been improvements in the battle for “free” internet including Club Carlson, Fairmont, and IHG Rewards providing internet to all members of their loyalty program.  Marriott… Read the Rest.

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I have had rewards credit cards offer limited time bonuses in certain categories many times before, but this may be the first time I have gotten such a high bonus offer for one specific store.  Via an email I received yesterday, my US Airways MasterCard is paying out 15x US Airways miles at Petsmart both online or in-store from December 15 – January 14th.  This may be a targeted offer, but check your email for the subject line “Limited Time Offer: You Could Save 15x at Petsmart” if the bonus… Read the Rest.

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For the last couple of years I have been included in the SPG Amex Stars ambassador program which has allowed me to try out different SPG hotels and sometimes share some goodies with you all along the way (read to the end for details on that).  I recently finished up my third and final SPG Stars trip of 2014, and I am so excited to share the details as this trip was truly one of my very favorites.  For this particular experience, I was provided with airfare for two and… Read the Rest.

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I wanted to post a final reminder that one of my favorite rewards credit cards with no annual fee, the Chase Freedom, is scheduled to end its temporarily increased sign-up bonus later today, December 17th.  Back on November 17th the sign-up bonus temporarily increased from 10,000 to 20,000 points after you spend $500 on the card in the first three months.  We knew this wouldn’t last as it historically only happens a few times a year. Chase Freedom®; 20,000 points after spending $500 in the first three months, 2,500 additional… Read the Rest.

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The number of shipping days left before Christmas is ticking away, so in case you still have a couple more purchases to make, here is a round-up of some of today’s increased shopping portal mileage payouts at various retailers.  I know I sound like a broken record sharing these deals, but it is such an easy way to rack up thousands of extra miles and way too many of us aren’t doing it because that extra click or two is “too much work”. No, having to sit down and wrap… Read the Rest.

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One of my favorite miles and points sites, Milepoint.com, is currently on Day 4 of a 12 Days of Christmas giveaway.  I should have mentioned this earlier, but better late than never.  There are some solid prizes up for grabs including 100 gifts in all made up of things like 100,000 hotel points, airport lounge passes, bonus miles, elite status 10-pass Gogo wifi cards, and today’s prize that I want so badly I can’t believe I am sharing this and encouraging more of you to enter! Today’s prize is a… Read the Rest.

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As you may have read, last night it was announced that IHG is acquiring Kimpton Hotels.  If you haven’t yet seen the news, this USA Today story does a good job covering the basics.  IHG is pretty massive over 4,600 properties while Kimpton currently has just 62, all in the United States.  Clearly that number is just a drop in the bucket compared to the massive number of Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites, Crowne Plaza, Intercontinental, Hotel Indigo properties and more.  So while the number of new properties… Read the Rest.

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