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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Today we have fantastic news from the American Express Membership Rewards program as a transfer bonus to British Airways has (finally) returned, and it’s a good one!  It has been a year since we have seen a transfer bonus to British Airways and a couple of years since we saw a really lucrative transfer bonus to British Airways. From now until January 31, 2015, you can get an automatic 40% transfer bonus when moving points from the Membership Rewards program to the British Airways Avios program!  This means that 1,000… Read the Rest.

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IHG has released details on their first bonus points promotion of 2015 called Set Your Sights.  This promo promises to award at least 50,000 bonus points for those who complete the required tasks.  This promotion is structured much like the previous Big Win, and the current Into the Nights promotions, with each customer having their own targeted list of tasks to accomplish to trigger the bonus points. Before I go further into the details, remember that the current Into the Nights promo went through more than its fair share of… Read the Rest.

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At least after the first introductory year, annual fees of varying amounts are a reality for most rewards credit cards. All of those miles, points, and perks often come at an annual cost that may or may not be worth it depending on your situation. I personally have plenty of cards that charge an annual fee, but I do the math to make sure I am coming out ahead of the curve getting more out of the points and benefits than I am paying to keep them. For example, if… Read the Rest.

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