Last Call for 80,000 Point Marriott Offer!

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I hope you are having a great weekend – before Monday rolls around I wanted to offer a final reminder that the temporarily increased 80,000 point Marriott Rewards credit card sign-up bonus is scheduled to end tomorrow, August 31, 2015. Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card: 80,000 points after spending $3,000 in purchases in first 3 months, $85 annual fee For those who might have had this card in the past, the terms indicate the 80,000 bonus point offer is not…

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A Trip as a Light at the End of the Tunnel


When we had our first daughter 5 1/2 years ago our world flipped upside down somewhat unexpectedly.  In addition to the trial-by-fire welcome to parenthood initiation we had with her life flight and NICU stay, even after all of the dust settled, life was hard for months.  Much harder than we expected with a newborn, even though we certainly did expect it to have plenty of challenges and limited sleep.  Her fairly constant crying, and our feelings of helplessness, frustration,…

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IHG Beach Hotels From 7,500 Points – 50% Points Discount!

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One of the best ways to stretch your miles and points is to take advantage of opportunities to transfer from one program to another when there is a transfer bonus and to redeem when there are discounted redemption opportunities.  Right now through September 9th you can redeem your IHG points at participating beach hotels in Latin America with a 50% discount off the regular points rate.  This promo is valid from now until October 31, 2015. 50% off Points Reservations…

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Increased 60,000 Point Credit Card Offer!

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One of the rewards credit cards we signed up for this year is the Citi ThankYou Premier Credit Card because of the 50,000 point sign-up bonus points and the 3x bonus points it earns on travel.  However, now the offer is even better than we got! Note this is not an affiliate link, just a better-than-average offer that you should know about! Via this offer you can get 60,000 sign-up bonus points after spending $3,500 in the first 3 months…

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United Killing (Our) First Class Flight to Australia

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We don’t have many big premium cabin flights on the books right now…in fact, we just have one, our big family trip to Australia and New Zealand planned for the spring of next year.  That puts roughly two years between big fancy premium cabin international trips for our family, which I think is a pretty good spacing.  It is certainly more frequent than would ever be possible without miles and points, but it is enough time between trips to certainly…

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How I Would Use 80,000 Marriott Points

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The limited time increased 80,000 point Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card is scheduled to end on August 31st (4 days from now) and while I have done a few different Marriott related posts recently that were inspired by this offer (like how to squeeze 12 award nights out of it!), I haven’t actually sat down and thought about exactly where I would personally want to use the sign-up bonus points if we were to pull the trigger on the card…

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Cheap Flights to Europe From $345 Round Trip!

Enjoy Ireland from $345 round trip!

Just a quick note to say if you have been toying with the idea of heading to Europe in the next several months, today is the day to check airfare prices as they are under $400 round trip in some cases, and a few hundred dollars more in others.  This is exactly the scenario when I bought tickets to Spain last year with cash instead of using miles at what have been roughly a one cent per mile return –…

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Review of The Phoenician Resort, an SPG Property


Earlier this year, before Baby S arrived, I knew we wanted to take one more short trip as a family of three.  We are normally fortunate enough go on lots of exciting summer excursions, but since I was due to have a baby in July, I knew we were going to be pretty home bound this summer.  This means I wanted to have a “summer getaway” a little before summer officially kicked into high gear. Thanks to all those dynamics…

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Earn Free Miles When Paying Utility Bills Online

Earn Free Miles Paying Bills

I realized today that I had yet to mention a pretty easy way that has popped up to potentially earn thousands of free miles or points.  You may or may not have already heard of Plastiq, a website that allows you to pay almost any bill with a credit card.  This includes bills such as college tuition, babysitters, daycare, rent, car payments, utility bills, and more.  The payments are either delivered via electronic transfer or via a mailed check, depending…

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Huge Airfare Sale: $15 Flights With Promo Code!

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I write about a fair number of Frontier Airlines sales as prices can get insanely low, but today’s sale is even better than most of the great ones I write about.  Right now Frontier is offering lots of routes for just $15 all-in each way – no Discount Den membership required!  You need to use the promo code SAVEBIG to get the $15 price and keep in mind the sale is limited to 100,000 uses. These prices are truly nuts. …

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