SPG Moments Opportunities to Attend the 2016 World Series

View from the SPG Suite at Wrigley

I think most of the country (outside of perhaps Cleveland) is excited that the Chicago Cubs have made it to the World Series. I’m fairly certain that no one reading this blog was alive the last time the Cubs won the World Series as you would have to be a distinguished age of 108 to be able to claim that title. The Cubs and Wrigley Field are just pretty special, so I know who I will be rooting for starting tonight…sorry Indians.…

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Is a 50% Transfer Bonus from Amex to SPG Worth It?


Transfer bonuses are one of my favorite ‘surprises’ in the miles and points world as you never know if or when they will pop up, but they can make it possible to take the points you have and turn them into more points via another program. However, just because there is a transfer bonus doesn’t mean that it is automatically a great deal…it just means it is a better than normal return. A good example of this “better but still not great”…

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Touching Base at Cooperstown and the Baseball Hall of Fame


This is a guest post from my dad, Grandpa Points. He and my mom are in their 60’s, are (mostly) retired, and are ticking off “bucket list” destinations quicker than they ever thought possible thanks to miles, points, and travel deals. They have an intense love of this country, of its National Parks and treasures, and have no problem with a clean budget hotel room and an economy airline seat on a budget airline as long as it gets them…

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Flying Into the “Wrong” Airport to Save Hundreds of Dollars


Buying airline tickets for one is one thing. Buying airline tickets for 2, 3, 4, or 5 people is on a whole other playing field. If you are using miles it can be much harder to find that many award tickets for a family, and if you are using cash you can hit four figures of airfare costs very, very quickly, even on moderately priced domestic trips. Of course, you didn’t need me to tell you that, but since that is…

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The Recent Evolution of Airline Lounges

Delta Sky Club in Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (PRNewsFoto/Delta Air Lines)

Perhaps like many of you, I’ve gone full circle with airline lounges. For the first couple of decades of my life I never saw the inside of one and assumed I never would as I’m not a CEO, VIP, mover, or shaker. I assumed airline lounges were for very important folks with very big bank accounts. I then learned that airline lounges aren’t just for VIPs and super elite business travelers, but are also for those who like rewards earning credit…

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Attend a Free United Polaris Event in Chicago*


A few weeks ago I went to an event at the Houston airport to check out the new United Polaris business class seats and service overhaul that will take flight in the coming months. For those who love to know what United is up to, it was a really cool set-up including some very well done virtual reality mockups as well as some actual working Polaris seats. They have done a similar set-up in several United hub cities at this point,…

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New Option for Earning JetBlue Points


For years the JetBlue co-branded credit card was issued by American Express, and during that time JetBlue was also only a transfer parter with the Amex Membership Rewards program. However, as you likely know, the JetBlue co-branded cards switched over to Barclaycard this year and now there is a new JetBlue transfer partner in the game that isn’t even Amex or Barclaycard! Transfer Your Citi ThankYou Points to JetBlue As of earlier this week you can now transfer your Citi ThankYou…

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Limited Time: 10% Cash Back at Amazon With New Card Offers!


I know that lots of you are big Amazon.com shopping fans like I am. Push a button and stuff ranging from TVs to diapers to Cheerios appears on your doorstep quickly and often without any shipping fees for those with Prime. Heck, you can set recurring shipments for things you know you will need and then you don’t even have to push any buttons for essentials to arrive. This magic-like shopping experience is almost as important as morning coffee for busy and exhausted parents…

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Fantastic Holiday Rates at Hyatt Hill Country Resort


I recently posted about many of the “secrets” of staying at one of my very favorite resorts in the world, Hyatt Lost Pines outside of Austin. In the comments section of that post some talk came up about comparing Hyatt Lost Pines to the nearby Hyatt Hill Country Resort. I have visited both and they are indeed very similar, but it has been a number of years since we made it to Hyatt Hill Country since the Austin area is…

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Earn 20 United Miles Per Dollar at Over 20 Retailers!


If you have some online shopping to do in the near future, you may be able to earn some serious United miles in the process thanks to some very increased earning rates in the United MileagePlus shopping portal. This has been going on for a couple weeks now, and while I don’t know how long it will continue, it is happening big time today. The trick with these retailer specific increased bonuses is that they are not lasting long, often no…

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