Nine Hyatt Properties Changing Award Category on Wednesday

My stomach drops a little every time I see an email with a title relating to annual award chart changes and this is the time of the year that those emails start to roll in. You just never know how bad the news is going to be for your favorite redemptions until you get into the nitty-gritty details, so let’s jump right into what the World of Hyatt annual category changes will look like heading into 2018. This is not…

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Earn Thousands of Bonus Miles With Last Minute Shopping Bonuses

We are entering the home stretch when online retailers compete for your final holiday dollars as some holiday shipping deadlines approach. This is good news for fans of airline miles, as the major airline shopping portals pretty much all have a last minute shopping bonus available this week on top of all the regular miles you can earn. Here’s a rundown of what is available from each site. Remember, you can earn a maximum of one bonus from each shopping…

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Six Hours to Get 1,000 Free Marriott Rewards Points!

Today (Sunday) there is another chance to get 1,000 free Marriott Rewards points by tweeting one easy answer to their Sunday NFL question of the day if you have your Marriott Rewards account linked to Twitter! I’ve gotten thousands of free Marriott points already this football season just by taking the few seconds to answer these 1,000 point questions that appear on most Sunday afternoons. If you are reading this via email subscription on Monday, please don’t get mad that you…

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Four Perfect Disney Gifts for a Mickey Loving Family

While we do of course give (too many?) gifts to our girls and others around the holiday, I think most of us have more than enough stuff, so giving experiences instead of things is often my favorite type of gift. However, you can’t always gift someone a trip to Disney World, but sometimes you can take a hybrid approach and give things that will make experiences you know they are going to have even a little more fun or special.…

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Lots of Credit Card Travel Credits Expiring This Month

A popular perk among premium rewards credit cards in the past few years has been an annual travel credit that helps offset the card’s high annual fee. The annual travel credit typically automatically rebates money to cardholders in the form of a statement credit as they use the card for eligible travel expenses. Each card has a slightly different version of what the travel credit covers, as well as when the credits expire. These annual perks are use-them-or-lose-them in nature…

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Earn at Least 30,000 Bonus IHG Points With New Accelerate Promo

I’m a big fan of the IHG Accelerate promotions even though I rarely actually use them myself. These individualized promotions can be pretty lucrative if you have some travel you can book with IHG and also get a little lucky with a good personalized offer. The next IHG Accelerate promotion will run from January 1 – April 30, 2018, and I love that they have already announced the promo and valid dates so folks can make their early 2018 travel…

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Singapore Airlines Partner Awards Now Bookable Online…Except Not.

Last month we learned that the Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer program was going to be making a pretty major change effective December 7th, in that Star Alliance and other partner airline awards would become bookable on their website. Previously, you had to call to make award bookings with partners, which obviously adds a step of complication to securing the flights you want. This was big news for most of us because Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles are very easy to earn since…

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Rundown of Marriott and Starwood Credit Card Bonuses

Earlier this week we got the official word that beginning in 2018, there will be some new Marriott credit card products and that both Chase and American Express will be issuers of cards in the Starwood/Marriott/Ritz Carlton portfolio. Not all of the details were announced, but we learned enough to know that there will be some shake-ups in the current credit card line-up come 2018. It is likely, though not 100% confirmed, that at least some of the current card…

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Earn Starbucks Gold Status With One Purchase for Limited Time

I was a slow convert to the Starbucks Rewards program, but once I got in on the action over the summer, I now understand what the fuss is all about. I earn free Starbucks items much, much faster than I expected because of the omnipresent promotions and offers. Starbucks Gold members earn 2 Stars for every $1 spent and get a free menu item for every 125 Stars earned. That would mean I have to theoretically spend $62.50 to earn…

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Earning SPG Platinum Status on the Cheap and Easy

It’s been a good long while since I went out of my way to earn elite status. I mean, elite status comes into play when making some of my travel decisions, but rarely is it the only consideration in making a booking. However, for every rule there are exceptions, and when Starwood targeted me for a double stay credit promo, the fact that I only had 4 of the needed 25 annual stays to earn SPG Platinum status with less…

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