In the “Miles and Points for Beginners” session I presented with Million Mile Secrets yesterday at the Chicago Seminars, one of the things we touched on briefly that drew lots of questions after the session was online shopping portals.  I talk about them here with some regularity, but it is clear that it is a method of earning miles that not everyone has dipped their toes in yet. I think it is one of those things that sounds harder than it really is, so I’m talking about it again today… Read the Rest.

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I’m at the Chicago Seminars this weekend and based on conversations I have had with fellow miles and points junkies, it seems that there are people still out there who are very interested in the temporarily increased Ink Plus 70,000 point offer, but who have not yet actually pulled the trigger.  Procrastinators of the world, unite!  Seriously though, if you fall into that category, this is the last call for 70,000 points as far as I know.  I have been told the limited time offer ends tomorrow, the advertizing on… Read the Rest.

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A card I don’t use very often, but still keep around, is the U.S. Bank FlexPerks® Travel Rewards Visa Signature® card.  It has helped me purchase a few airline tickets with points, and has some okay bonus categories of 2x points on gas, groceries, or airfare (whichever you spend the most in that month), 2x on cell phone expenses, and 3x on charity expenses.  You can redeem 20,000 points for an airline ticket that is selling for up to $400.  It isn’t the most straight-forward rewards program out there, but it… Read the Rest.

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For most of us, travel is about the destination first and foremost, but that doesn’t mean that being comfortable along the journey is a bad thing.  Airline lounges can be a good way to make the time in the airport a bit more comfortable or productive.  They are certainly not a necessity for travel, but can be a nice option when you have extra time to kill at the airport. A good airport lounge is a relatively calm space that offers reasonably fast internet, plenty of (comfortable) places to sit,… Read the Rest.

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We all have our own favorite miles and points programs, and while our collective absolute favorites are likely to vary a bit based on location, travel patterns, etc. it is rare that someone in the miles and points world puts Delta SkyMiles high on their favorites list.  That’s not because of anything Delta does wrong in the air, because they actually are regarded to have a better in-flight experience than some other US airlines, but their frequent flyer program is always on the cutting edge…of devaluation. Not only are they… Read the Rest.

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Here are some quick updates from the miles and points world…. There is a 50% transfer bonus from the American Express Membership Rewards program to the Starwood Preferred Guest Program until November 30th for US Platinum and Centurion cardholders.  I’m not 100% sure if this is for all Platinum and Centurion cardholders, or is targeted.  This changes the ratio from a bad 3:1 to a less awful, but still generally bad, 2:1.  This means you still lose half of the points in the transfer process, though SPG points are generally… Read the Rest.

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If you are heading to the Chicago Seminars this weekend to learn about miles and points in person and convinced/bribed/kidnapped a plus one to go with you, then we want to help keep a smile on your guest’s face. For the second year in a row I am helping out with a “Plus One” session on Saturday afternoon near the hotel pool starting at 4PM that will include some giveaways, catered snacks, drinks, and a little miles and points fun in the process.  It’s not a traditional session at all,… Read the Rest.

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This post is sponsored, thank you for supporting Mommy Points.  Our normal day involves rushing in the morning to make breakfast, packing lunch, getting the kid to pre-school on time, work, work, work, break for lunch, work, pick up dry cleaning, run errands, pick-up kid, do laundry, fix dinner, watch a show, baths, pass the heck out…and that’s a simple day. However, to really get a break from the insanity of busy family life, sometimes a little boost can make your vacation feel even more special, or at least make… Read the Rest.

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Just a super quick post to say you can save $20 on purchases sold and shipped by Amazon with the code SWP20AMR if you link your American Express Membership Rewards account to your Amazon account and redeem some Membership Reward points toward a purchase. Link Membership Rewards Account to Amazon Add purchases to cart Use at least some Membership Reward points to pay Enter the promo code SWP20AMR I’m out the door to pick up my kiddo and haven’t been able to figure this coupon code out entirely, but it… Read the Rest.

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The Kansas City Royals have to win one game out of the next four tries to go to the World Series.  That’s right, the KANSAS CITY ROYALS.  They could wrap it up as early as tonight (not to jinx anything, I’m from Houston and we don’t take post-season wins for granted in these parts).  If you know a bit about my family you will know that my husband is from Kansas, and while his team of choice is the Kansas City Chiefs football team, the Kansas City Royals also have… Read the Rest.

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Periodic transfer bonuses are one of the things that I love the most about the American Express Membership Rewards program.  They take the points you have earned on cards like The Amex EveryDaySM Preferred Credit Card from American Express or  American Express(R) Premier Rewards Gold Card and make them stretch even further when transferring to hotel and airline partners.  You never know when a transfer bonus may pop up, but it can make sense to act when they do become available. From today (10/15) until November 30th you can get… Read the Rest.

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