Even if you aren’t much of an online shopper, odds are you will be buying something online during the last quarter of the year.  Holiday presents, Halloween costumes, and more aren’t all made at the North Pole, so shopping online can be an easy way to help supplement what the elves make. Since this is something you will probably do anyway, here is a 5 second tip to earn 5x points on the Chase Freedom®! 1,  Activate the fourth quarter bonus categories of Amazon.com, Zappos.com, and select department stores. 2. … Read the Rest.

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It’s not secret that most of the fall hotel promotions this year are not very exciting (or rewarding).  Occupancy rates are up, and the need to lure points junkies like me through the lobby doors any more than normal just isn’t there.  I like fun ways to strategize and earn points, so I wish there were more exciting promos to pick from, but there is one standout that is worth some extra attention. The IHG promo “Into the Nights” has the fun “gamey” aspect of promotions that I like and… Read the Rest.

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Frontier Airlines has just announced several new routes from Chicago, Miami, and Philadelphia, and they are being celebrated with the one-day-only $14.99+ fares that Frontier has been doing with their new route announcements.  My own parents got in on $14.99 Frontier flights from Houston to San Francisco last week! These super cheap fares go very quickly, so buy now and ask questions later if you have been needing/wanting to visit one of the destinations on sale.  Some dates are $14.99 and some are $39 with all falling in the late… Read the Rest.

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Mega-credit card sign-up bonuses come around a few times a year and they rarely last very long.  The key to getting the most points you can is to try and apply when card offers are at their peaks (while of course not over-extending yourself). The Chase Ink Plus 70,000 Ultimate Reward points offer is one of those big offers that will not last for long.  I posted about the offer this morning as soon as I saw it available via referrals from my own Chase Ink Plus account, but now… Read the Rest.

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I just got an email form Chase indicating that the Ink Plus is offering 70,000 bonus Ultimate Reward points if you get the card by October 10th and spend $5,000 in the first three months.  That is huge.  Huge.  Holy Batman huge in my book.  Existing cardholders get 10,000 bonus points for referring new customers to the Ink Plus, up to 50,000 per calendar year, though it seems not every account is eligible to make the referral. As an existing cardholder I’m happy to refer you, or if you have… Read the Rest.

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One of my absolute favorite family vacation spots is Kauai.  It takes some extra time and effort to get there over some other beaches and islands for most of us, but for our family it is worth every ounce of that effort once we arrive.  I fell in love with the North Shore of Kauai on our most recent trip, but the South Shore we had visited previously is still phenomenal thanks to beautiful weather, family friendly beaches, and of course points-friendly hotels. I have had a fantastic stay at… Read the Rest.

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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 September 29 – November 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 one Intercontinental property on the list and hotels in popular… Read the Rest.

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This morning I have been taking care of family odds and ends, and one of those “to do list” items was to add authorized users on some of my Amex accounts.  I don’t have authorized users on all of my credit accounts just to keep things simple since I do have more active credit accounts than the average bear.  However, sometimes we are missing out if I don’t take the time to add at least my husband as an authorized user, so I am setting myself up to both earn… Read the Rest.

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While attending the US Open in New York earlier this month as a guest of Amex, I was able to grab some fun swag both at the SPG Amex Cardmember event and at the Westin Times Square, who was an official hotel sponsor of the US Open. I always love being able to share goodies like this with you guys, so thanks to everyone who took the time to enter my US Open swag giveaway!    Via random.org, the lucky winner is: Tonei who wrote: “Thanks for being so generous… Read the Rest.

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Southwest Airlines is pretty excited about the impending end of the “Wright Amendment” that has restricted where they could fly from the Dallas Love airport.  One of the ways they plan to celebrate is by giving away Rapid Reward points in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area! Beginning today (9/27) they are giving away a total of 15,000,000 Rapid Reward points in the form of scratch off cards that will have anywhere from 1,000 – 25,000 points each on them.  You will have until December 31, 2014, to redeem the points –… Read the Rest.

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Several times a year I am asked about what unusual things I have redeemed miles and points for outside of traditional flights and award hotel nights.  Well over 90% of my miles are redeemed for hotels and flights as that is why I collect them, and how I get the best return per point, but like with everything in life there are a few exceptions. I shared one exception recently for this article about “Unexpected Ways to Use Your Frequent Flyer Miles”. but today another unique opportunity landed in my… Read the Rest.

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