New Amex Blue for Business Bonus: 10x at Restaurants and More!


The Amex small business cards are really setting new “personal bests” when it comes to their public sign-up bonuses. Because of how many of them there are available right now with increased bonuses I’ll do a “round up” post listing them all soon, but as of today there is another one to add to the increased list. The Blue for Business® Credit Card from American Express has a multi-faceted limited time sign-up bonus through 2/1/2017 made up of the following components:…

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Earn 15x United Miles at Sephora and More Today!


If you or someone you shop for wears make-up, uses special beauty products, fragrances, hair products, shaving products, or almost anything else in that stratosphere then you can earn 15 United miles per dollar today only on those purchases via a limited time MileagePlus increase at Earn 15x United Miles on Many Beauty Products Whether you prefer Clinique, Estee Lauder, L’Occitane, Smashbox, philosphy, The Art of Shaving products, or tons of others you can probably find it at…

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Confirmed: New “World of Hyatt” Elite Program


Hyatt Gold Passport did indeed have a “little” leak today, and the majority of the rumors about the coming “World of Hyatt” are true. I just got off a call with Jeff Zidell, among other Hyatt Gold Passport big wigs, and while you have to rely on my quick notes as there weren’t yet written materials available, here is what is now confirmed. The new “World of Hyatt” launches on 3/1/17 and the concept comes from a celebration of people, places,…

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Breakdown of the Rumored Hyatt Shakedown

Hyatt Diamond Confirmed Suite Upgrade

Today was a sad morning. I woke up before the sun to not one but two girls crying in two rooms for different reasons, and then things got worse when I fired up the soft blue glow of my iPhone and read rumors (that I suspect to be at least mostly true) about my favorite elite program, Hyatt Gold Passport. Hyatt Changes Benefit True Road Warriors, Hurt Those Who Stretch to Earn Diamond Before I get into the rumors coming…

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Finding Discount Tickets to Radio City Christmas Spectacular in NYC


New York City is absolutely magical during the holiday season, and for me it is very high on the “must experience” list if your family enjoys the holiday season even a fraction as much as mine does. We have been very fortunate to take our daughter, and now daughters, to NYC during the holiday season in four of the last six years, and we have it again on our schedule this year. During our holiday NYC visits we make it a…

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Final Days for Free Membership for Discount Hotel Site!


A few weeks ago I introduced a new website,, that states they can save you money on upscale 3.5 – 5 star hotel stays by booking stays using their “wholesale hotel rates”. Their business model is to sell memberships to the site and then give you access to their wholesale hotel rates they state are cheaper than some other sites. I like Pizza in Motion’s analogy of comparing it to paying an annual Costco membership fee, but then taking advantage of wholesale price…

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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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