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Back to School, Back to the Points

Right now my house is totally quiet. There is no background noise of the Baby Shark song humming on the iPad, Liv and Maddie talking on the Disney Channel, no sound of a million plastic toys getting dumped out of a basket, nobody chasing the dog around in circles, there isn’t anyone asking for snacks or drinks, or even the sound of a little sweet snoring toddler under my desk. Those days are gone, at least for now. This level of…

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35% Discount on Purchased SPG Points Ends Today

A limited time 35% discount on purchased SPG points was set to end in late June, but got a last minute extension through today, July 14th. There aren’t any indications right now it is getting extended further, so I would assume that today is your last chance (for now) to score a 35% discount on purchased SPG points. Purchasing points is not for everyone, but it can absolutely make sense in some situations both for low and high end hotel…

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Comparing Disney’s Polynesian Standard Rooms and Deluxe Studios

After decades of dreaming of staying right on the monorail at Disney, we finally pulled the trigger and made that travel dream come true. I’ve already warned you against staying there….not because it isn’t awesome, but because it might be too awesome. In other words, once you have stayed so close to the parks at a true Disney Resort, you may not want to save by staying elsewhere. When we decided to stay at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort it was already…

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Amazon Prime Day Gift Card Discounts and More

Amazon Prime Day is kicking off for Amazon Prime members in a couple hours, and while I am sure some of the ‘deals’ will be more humorous than really worthy of your time or dollars, I am a fan of discounted gift cards, and those will be available beginning tonight (Monday) at 9PM Eastern. Some examples of Amazon Prime Day Discounted Gift Cards that will be available at various times throughout the day include: Gap Outback Panera Uber JCPenney Petsmart Hotels.com…

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Earn 28 United Miles Per Dollar on Purchases This Week!

Doing your online shopping via a shopping portal is a very easy way to rack up substantial numbers of miles without even traveling…especially when there are some increased bonuses available like there are right now. In fact, with a few retailers you are approaching some seriously crazy good territory when you stack a few of the bonuses on top of each other as I will highlight below.   United MileagePlus Shopping has just introduced “one week of bonus miles” where you…

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How to Get a Credit if Your Airfare Price Drops

You know the routine, you want to fly somewhere so you search for airfare prices. Then you search again. You check a different site. A different day. You set an alert. You conduct more searches. If you are the average traveler, you have searched roughly 48 times for flights before you actually book something. Because we are deal hunters, some of us even take a peek at prices after we pressed purchase just to see if we pressed the button at the right…

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500 Bonus United Miles for Online Shopping

The United MileagePlus shopping site is offering a one time bonus of 500 miles if you spend a cumulative $200 or more at the retailers available via their site from 3/28/17 – 4/1/17. As a reminder, you can find tons of popular online retailers by first clicking through the airline shopping portals including: Gap, Saks, Walmart, Apple, Pottery Barn, and hundreds more. Of course this can also stack with being sure you got the absolute best deal on your purchases as I…

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SPG Points Via SPG Amex Cards!

SPECIFIC STARWOOD AMEX OFFERS LISTED HERE ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE. Big, big news this morning for those who love SPG points! Two of my very favorite cards, the Starwood Preferred Guest Amex and the Starwood Preferred Guest Business Amex, have temporarily increased their sign-up bonuses to their highest total points level! The normal number of sign-up bonus points for these cards are a total of 25,000 bonus points. They have gone to 30,000 points once a year in many years, and last…

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Easiest Way to Keep Airline Miles from Expiring

The sad truth about most airline miles is that they can expire on you if you aren’t careful. If you are a member of multiple airline programs and don’t fly all of those airlines with relative frequency, then the likelihood of accidentally having airline miles expire only increases. Using tools like AwardWallet to keep track of your miles and their expiration dates absolutely helps, but that alone won’t keep your airline miles from expiring.   There are a few airline loyalty programs like…

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Free $10 Olive Garden (Darden) Gift Card for New TopCashBack Members!

While I usually use the various airline shopping sites to earn airline miles for my online purchases, with some increasing frequency I also use the popular cash back sites such as TopCashBack and Ebates. Sometimes the cash back percentage is better than what the airline mile sites are providing, or sometimes the retailer I want is only available via a cash back site. Even if you don’t use the cash back sites frequently, you should use them at least once when…

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