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Top April Credit Cards, SPG and Club Carlson Bonus Points

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Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:

Go Paperless at Club Carlson for 1,000 points
Go Paperless at Club Carlson for 1,000 points.

Go Paperless and Get 1,000 Bonus Club Carlson Gold Points

In celebration of Earth Day this week, Club Carlson has a targeted offer where some members can earn 1,000 points for changing their preference to paperless statements by April 28, 2015. Check your email to see if you’ve been targeted, or just log into your account and you may see a large banner where you can click to “opt out.”

Earn 1,000 bonus points for select Starwood stays.

1,000 Bonus Starpoints for Brazil, Colombia, Mexico Stays

Stay at one of nine participating Starwood hotels in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico and earn 1,000 bonus SPG points. The offer is valid for eligible stays between May 1, 2015 and July 31, 2015. Eligible stays consist of a minimum of two nights with a breakfast inclusive rate. The participating properties are as follows:

  • Aloft Guadalajara in Mexico
  • W Bogota in Colombia
  • Four Points by Sheraton Queretaro in Mexico
  • Sheraton Reserva do Paiva, in Recife, Brazil
  • Four Points by Sheraton Bogota in Colombia
  • Four Points by Sheraton Saltillo in Mexico
  • Four Points by Sheraton Cancun Centro in México
  • Las Alcobas Luxury Collection in Mexico City
  • Four Points by Sheraton Barranquilla in Colombia
Once you enter your username/ Gold Passport number and then click "Forgot Password" you should get directions emailed to you for a reset
Once you enter your username/ Gold Passport number and then click “Forgot Password” you should get directions emailed to you for a reset.

Required Hyatt Gold Passport Password Change

Due to issues with hacking (apparently, 200 accounts were recently hacked), the Hyatt Gold Passport program is requiring all members to sign into their accounts and change their passwords. When you attempt an to log in to your account, you should click the “Forgot Your Password” link in order to reset it (directions will then be sent to your email address); otherwise you won’t be able to log in.

Take advantage of some of April’s top credit card offers. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Reminder: Top Credit Cards for April 2015

My list of top card offers for April is out, including several great new offers from Citi. See the list below, or check out this post for more details..

1. Chase Sapphire Preferred
2. Ink Plus Business Card from Chase
3. Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve
4. Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite MasterCard and CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum Select World MasterCard
5. Discover it Miles
6. Platinum Card from American Express
7. United MileagePlus Explorer Business Card
8. IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card
9. Citi Prestige
10. Citi ThankYou Premier

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Attend the FTU Advanced seminars to become a travel master. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

FTU Advanced Returns in August and September

Frequent Traveler University Advanced returns in Washington D.C. August 21-23, 2015 and in Dallas, TX September 25-27, 2015. FTU Advanced features a small-group setting, allowing experts to go far beyond the basics, and Q&A sessions with each speaker give all participants an opportunity to discuss complex issues and address difficult questions related to points, miles, and award travel in general. Register soon online to reserve your spot.

Relax in the new independent Aspire lounge at LHR from Priority Pass & Swissport. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.
Relax in the new independent Aspire lounge at LHR from Priority Pass & Swissport. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Priority Pass and Swissport Launch Aspire Lounge at London Heathrow (LHR) 

Priority Pass has partnered with Swissport to launch a shared use airport lounge at LHR Terminal 5. The lounge will be named Aspire, the Lounge and Spa at LHR T5, and opens to the public this summer. The lounge will be located near Gate 18, and will be the first in Terminal 5 open to all travelers. Opening date and pricing information is still unknown at this point.

California residents can get a $50 discount code for joining Mileage Plan
California residents can get a $50 discount code for joining Mileage Plan.

Alaska Mileage Plan Offers $50 Discount to New Members in California

You can get a $50 discount on a flight to Mexico or Hawaii if you are a California resident and sign up for the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan program. First, join the program, then wait for your Mileage Plan welcome email (it could take up to 48 hours). Redeem the $50 discount by using the Save Now link in the email. The offer is valid for new member sign-ups now until July 24, 2015.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

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  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Named Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2016
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
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