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Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.
Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week:
1,000 Hyatt Points for Avis Rentals: Earn 1,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points using coupon code MUHA067 on qualifying rentals of at least 2 days now through December 31, 2013. Reservations must be made at participating Avis locations in the U.S, Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the Middle East, Europe, and Africa. You must also provide your Hyatt Gold Passport number at the time of reservation or rental. This offer may not be used with any other coupon, promotion or offer except your AWD discount. Use AWD # K817700 or try other codes like corporate, AAA, and Costco to try to find better rates. So if you’ve got any last-minute car rentals before the end of the year, you can score some hotel bonus points in the bargain.
Marriott Megabonus Returns in February: Marriott will be relaunching their Megabonus promotion in February where you earn one free night at any Category 1-4 property up to a maximum of three free nights per two paid stays at participating properties between February 1 – April 30, 2013. Registration is required by March 15, so don’t forget to do that, and the free nights are good for one year from date of issue.
Extra Savings with Jetsetter Gift Cards: Jetsetter is offering a flash sale on their gift cards which can then be used to purchase anything on the Jetsetter site. They are currently offering a $250 gift card for $225 (10% off), a $500 gift card for $425 (15% off), a$1,000 gift card for $800 (20% off). When the sale launched they also had $2,000 and $5,000 gift cards which were being sold for as much as 30% off, but those both are sold out now. While you can purchase these gift cards for yourself, you can also give them as a gift for friends or family, which will allow that person to book their next getaway. Jetsetter offers some already discounted deals on luxury accommodations all over the world, and often features some swanky hotels that you’ve probably read about in the glossy magazines, so gift cards can save you even more money if you decide to purchase them and find a great deal on there. This sale ends December 25th, but some of the gift cards are already getting sold out, so if you are interested, buy sooner than later. (Hat Tip – Deals We Like)
Marriott Keeping Rollover Nights Permanently: Marriott Rewards has been offering rollover elite nights on a year by year basis for the last few years, but now has officially made it a permanent benefit. Rollover nights expire after one calendar year and they are calculated based on the number of nights a member has earned in excess of the nights required to renew at their current level or to achieve a higher level. Once a member has met the number of nights to retain their current level, any additional nights will be rolled over to the next year. If the member achieves their current or higher status, the additional nights beyond the newly achieved threshold will be rolled over. However, if a member reverts to a lower status, there would be no rollover nights. Overall, its nice to see them keep this permanently and it would be interesting to see if other hotels like Starwood decide to offer this benefit.
Free 1 Year Shoprunner Membership: Now through December 31, 2012 you can get a free 1 year Shoprunner membership using the offer code runner. If you already have an existing Shoprunner membership you can cancel it and sign up again using the same email address. Although the offer says “As a Platinum Card member from American Express you are invited to enjoy all the benefits of Shoprunner free for 1 year,” you do no have to enter any card information upon signing up. Some of the benefits you receive with a Shoprunner membership are unlimited free 2-day shipping, no minimum order size, free return shipping, and Money saving Member Deals. Many retailers are now participating with Shoprunner including Lord and Taylor, Sports Authority, Toys R Us, Tommy Hilfiger, and Drugstore.com. You can view the full list of participating and soon to be participating stores here.
Activate Chase Freedom For 2013 Quarter 1: As a recap from earlier this week, you may now activate your Chase Freedom card for the first quarter category spending bonuses where you can earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar you spend at select merchants. This time around, the Q1 2013 bonus categories: Gas stations, drugstores and Starbucks. You have until March 14, 2013 to activate (though you might as well do so now), and then all your expenditures at those types of merchants up to a cap of $1,500 for the quarter will earn 5 points per dollar. Even if you don’t have the card yet, but were planning on getting it, Chase will retroactively credit you with the bonus points on your category spending from the whole quarter. Freedom’s 5x spending bonuses are one of the best ways to rack up bonus Ultimate Rewards points using your Chase Freedom Visa or Freedom Mastercard. Points earned with the Freedom card can be transferred to Ultimate Rewards’ travel partners if you have one of the premium cards like the Sapphire Preferred, or Ink Bold or Ink Plus.