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Saturday Recap: Double American Miles, Hyatt Endless Possibilities, Starwood Caesars Partnership and More

January 11, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week. Earn double American miles to Latin America: To promote its new flights to Latin America, American Airlines is offering double miles on the following routes: Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Bogota, Colombia (BOG) Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Roatan, Honduras (RTB) Miami (MIA) and […]

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Thursday Giveaway: Two Free Radisson Nights

January 9, 2014

With the craziness of the holiday season behind us, we’re getting back to our Thursday Giveaways and are kicking off the season with the chance to win one of two Free Room Night Voucher for Radisson Hotels and Resorts. These vouchers are each valid for one free night in a standard room, double occupancy at […]

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Thursday Giveaway: Club Carlson $500 Gift Card and Concierge Status Twitter and Instagram Giveaway

December 12, 2013

This week, the good folks over at Club Carlson have given me another set of two $500 gift cards and two of their highest-tier Concierge level status valid through February 2015 to give away to lucky readers. As a reminder, Concierge status gets you get the following perks: -Complimentary room upgrades -Elite Rollover Nights – […]

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Saturday Recap: 35% Savings at Starwood, Free 2-Day Shipping for Amex Cardholders, 20% Off United Awards to Europe and More

November 9, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: American Express Partners With ShopRunner For Free 2-Day Shipping: American Express cardmembers can now take advantage of 2 days of free shipping with over 80 online stores with a complimentary ShopRunner membership (valued at $79). You must first go to www.shoprunner.com/americanexpress and […]

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Hotel Review: Radisson Blu Hotel Madrid Prado Business Class Room

October 22, 2013

After staying at properties in Reykjavik, Copenhagen, and Paris, I decided to check out one of Club Carlson’s properties in Madrid – the Radisson Blu Prado – during my recent trip to the city. I was there on a rather expensive week where room rates were north of $400 a night, but thanks to last year’s Radisson Big Night […]

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Saturday Recap: Starwood Preferred Guest Amex 30,000 Point Sign-Up Bonus, Enter To Win This Week’s Thursday Giveaway, Marriott Megabonus Promotion, Earn Up To 50% Bonus on Purchased Alitalia Miles, Win A Dream Trip Around The World With Radisson Blu

August 10, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: **The limited time 30,000 sign-up bonus for the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express cards is now over.** Starwood Preferred Guest Amex 30,000-Point Sign-Up Bonus: It’s that time of year again – the 30,000-point sign-up bonus offers on both the personal and business versions of […]

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The Winner of the Thursday Giveaway of 2 Free Radisson Nights Is…

July 29, 2013

For last week’s Thursday Giveaway, I decided to give away two free night vouchers good at any North American Radisson or Radisson Blu property to be used before December 31, 2014. To enter, you had to tweet me @ThePointsGuy with the hashtag #TPGFreeHotel and tell me which North American Radisson or Radisson Blu property or […]

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Thursday Giveaway: 2 Free Nights at Radisson

July 25, 2013

Time for another Thursday Giveaway contest! This week, I’m giving away two vouchers for one free night each good at any Radisson or Radisson Blu in North America from now through December 31, 2014.   How To Enter You can enter my contest by tweeting me @ThePointsGuy with the hashtag #TPGFreeHotel and telling me which […]

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Maximize Monday: Airline and Hotel Elite Status Matches and Challenges

July 22, 2013

On the heels of some legacy airlines revamping their elite status programs to include a revenue-based element, with United Adding Premier Qualifying Dollars and Delta Adding Medallion Qualifying Dollars, I wanted to give readers an update of all the ways to status challenge and status match so that they can take advantage of elite status before having to […]

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What Should I Do In Iceland For 5 Days in July?

July 9, 2013

Although I’ve been enjoying summer so far on the east coast hanging out with family and friends, barbecuing, spending some time out on the water and generally just taking advantage of the gorgeous weather we’ve been having – when I sit still for too long, the travel bug starts to bite me. I have a […]

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Maximize Monday: Transferring Hotel Points to Airline Miles

July 8, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. A lot of readers sent in questions regarding Club Carlson’s recent unannounced devaluation of its option to convert Gold Points into airline miles with its various partners, so for today’s Maximize Monday post, I thought I’d […]

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Top 10: Club Carlson Credit Card Half-Price Award Redemptions

July 2, 2013

In my last round of credit card applications (well my last app-o-rama rather than my recent applications) I got the The Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa personal card, which not only has a nice sign-up bonus, but also a bunch of great perks. Although the sign-up bonus of 85,000 points sounds like a big number, […]

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What’s Better – 6 Hilton HHonors Points Or 5 Club Carlson Points Per Dollar?

June 23, 2013

TPG follower Joanna tweeted this week asking if she should earn Hilton or Club Carlson points on grocery shopping: “@thepointsguy should I use my Amex Hilton HHonors Surpass or Club Carlson card for grocery shopping? I am curious if 6 Hilton HHonors points or 5 Club Carlson points per dollar makes more sense.” Personally, I […]

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Reminder: Buy Club Carlson Points For 0.35 Cents With Daily Getaways – 1PM ET Today

June 19, 2013

It’s Week 2 of Amex’s Daily Getaways special vacation package sales, and today, Wednesday, June 19, Daily Getaways will be selling packages of Club Carlson points at a significant discount of up to 50%. Here are the packages. 100,000 Club Carlson Gold Points – Redeem for a 2-Night Stay, $385 ($700 value), 71 Available, Max […]

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Club Carlson Flash Sales All Week – Buy Points For As Low As 0.4 Cents

June 18, 2013

All this week, Club Carlson will be announcing flash sales on points from their Facebook and Twitter feeds. Yesterday’s sale went live at just before 1:30PM ET and stayed live until 2:15PM ET – so if you want in, you have to act fast – and featured Club Carlson points on sale with a 75% […]

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Daily Getaways Week 2: Club Carlson, Avis, Omni Hotels, and Vegas Deals

June 8, 2013

Daily Getaways is a travel promotion sponsored by American Express and the U.S. Travel Association, a non-profit trade association with the mission of increasing travel to and within the US, where you can sometimes purchase points and miles packages for a fraction of the price they would normally cost. This year, the promotion is running from […]

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Club Carlson Summer Promo Stay 2 Nights Get 10,000 Bonus Points

May 13, 2013

Club Carlson has revealed the details of its upcoming summer promo where members can earn 10,000 bonus points for each stay of two nights or more. You must register for the promo on the registration page prior to the checkout of your first stay (so if you’re already in the middle of a stay you […]

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Hotel Points Expiration Policies Roundup

April 18, 2013

Following up on the recent national survey I commissioned from The Princeton Group and my contest about how people track their frequent flyer miles, I thought it would be a good idea to create a basic guide to the expiration policies of the major loyalty programs. In yesterday’s post I covered airline miles expiration policies […]

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Maximize Monday: Choosing the Best Site and Credit Card for Purchasing Hotel Stays

April 15, 2013

For today’s Maximize Monday post, TPG contributor Jason Steele takes a look at how to earn the most hotel points – whether it’s earning the most based on how you book to carrying the most lucrative credit cards in your wallet. Pros and Cons: Hotel Websites vs. Online Travel Agencies Booking hotel stays is another […]

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Five New Cards and 315,000 Miles/Points Later: The Results of My Latest Round of Credit Card Applications

March 21, 2013

This is the third post in a series on my most recent round of credit card applications and will focus on how to conduct a personal credit card inventory and decide which cards to keep and those to cancel. The first post covered the basics of credit and how to perform a personal check to […]

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And The Winners Of My Club Carlson Golden Giveaway Are…

March 8, 2013

On Monday I announced my Club Carlson Golden Giveaway contest where I asked readers to tell me their favorite feature of the Club Carlson Visa, besides the bonus award night benefit, for the chance to win one of two $500 Visa gift cards and Club Carlson Gold Status for a year. People submitted their entries […]

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Don’t Forget to Enter My Club Carlson Golden Giveaway – Ending Today!

March 6, 2013

If you haven’t already, don’t forget to enter my Club Carlson Golden Giveaway for the chance to win one of two $500 Visa gift cards and Club Carlson Gold status. The contest closes at 11:59pm ET tonight and I’ll be announcing winners on Friday. To enter, I want you to tell me what your favorite […]

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Enter My Club Carlson Golden Giveaway – Win $500 and Gold Status

March 4, 2013

Because of its lucrative earning structure, some great redemption values, a generous elite status system and new credit card products, I’ve been giving the Club Carlson hotel points program a close look in my Maximizing Club Carlson series, whose posts include Base Level Earning and Redemptions,  Business Program, Elite Status and  Cash + Points Redemptions. This […]

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Saturday Recap: SPG Delta Crossover Rewards, Bonus American Miles, Save on Orbitz Hotels, Paypal Discount on Qatar, Kids Fly Free to Disney on Jetblue

March 2, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Registration Now Open for SPG and Delta Crossover Rewards: Crossover Rewards is now live, so be sure to enroll by heading to either the SPG Registration Page or Delta Registration page. As a recap, Crossover Rewards provide elite members of both loyalty programs reciprocal benefits. SPG Gold and Platinum […]

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