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Amex OPEN Savings: Membership Rewards, Discounts, and More

August 6, 2014

It’s been a little over a year since I last wrote about the Amex OPEN Savings program, so I thought it would be useful to give an update on the current partners and benefits involved. Amex OPEN Savings is a benefit of Amex business credit cards and a good reason to consider getting one, because you can earn […]

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Rental Cars For Family Travel

July 18, 2014

Today, TPG Contributor Jason Steele looks at strategies for renting cars that can fit the whole family without breaking the budget. When I travel by myself, I have a simple formula for choosing which size rental car to reserve: I pick the smallest and least expensive car available. Rental car agencies rarely stock sub-compact cars, […]

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Maximizing Points and Miles on Summer Road Trips

July 14, 2014

Summer is in full swing, and that means Americans are on the move. According to surveys by both Orbitz and Trip Advisor, nearly 90% of Americans plan to take a summer vacation this year, hardly surprising given the Arctic conditions that had a death grip on much of the country this winter. Over 40% traveled […]

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Enterprise Rolls Out New Enhancements to Its Loyalty Program

July 8, 2014

Driven by a highly competitive rental car market, Enterprise Rent-A-Car recently announced some sexy new enhancements to its Enterprise Plus loyalty program, including points earning/redemptions in Europe, the option of receiving an e-receipt following a rental, and status match opportunities. First launched in 2012, the Enterprise Plus program earns its members one point per qualifying dollar spent on Enterprise rentals, and free rental […]

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Making Family Travel Easier with Car Seats & Strollers

July 4, 2014

For those of you whose adventures come with infants and toddlers in tow, today TPG Contributor Jason Steele advises on how to minimize the hassle of traveling with a car seat or stroller. My wife and I find that the rewards of family travel exceed the challenges, but there really is little upside to towing child car seats and […]

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Hertz Promo: Double Bonus Points on Weekly Rentals This Summer

June 6, 2014

Hertz Gold Plus Rewards members generally earn one point for every qualifying dollar spent on Hertz rentals, but now through August 22, 2014, they can earn double Gold Plus Rewards bonus points on weekly rentals of a mid-size or larger vehicle, using promotional code (PC) 199172. Rental cars may be picked up at airport locations in the U.S., Canada or […]

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Is the Amex Centurion Card Worth The $2,500 Annual Fee?

May 22, 2014

With all the recent changes to the American Express Platinum Card, including the loss of American Admirals Club and US Airways Club access in March, and restrictions on Delta SkyClub access to the cardholder only (no guests) starting May 1, premium Amex cardholders might be looking for a new product. Some of you may even be considering Amex’s highly-touted […]

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Daily Getaway May 20: Hertz Gold Plus Reward Points

May 20, 2014

American Express and the US Travel Association (a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting US travel) have partnered to offer discounts and deals with various travel brands and loyalty programs during the next month, including hotel packages, points/miles purchase promos, rental car discounts and more. These deals are called the Daily Getaways. Each day we’ll hash out the details […]

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American Express Daily Getaway Roundup Week 1: May 19-23, 2014

May 13, 2014

The US Travel Association (a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting US travel) and American Express have partnered in order to offer various discounts and deals with travel brands and loyalty programs including hotel packages, points/miles purchase promos, rental car deals and more during the next five weeks. The last time we saw these deals was […]

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Saturday Recap: 10,000 Club Carlson Gold Bonus Points, Double Miles For ANA, Amex Virgin America 30% Transfer Bonus & More

April 26, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: Earn 10,000 Bonus Club Carlson Gold Points For Stays At Radisson Hotels In Canada: You could earn 10,000 bonus Gold Points for the Club Carlson loyalty program on weekend stays of two or more nights at Radisson hotels throughout Canada with their “Reward Your […]

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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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Ways To Save On Rental Cars

October 9, 2013

Award travelers quickly pick up ways to save money on airlines and hotels, but rental cars are the next greatest expense. Therefore,  TPG contributor Jason Steele has made it his mission to find every possible way to cut these costs. One way is through points and miles, see Earning the Most Miles and Points on Car […]

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Make Your Hertz Award Bookings Before October 1 Devaluation

September 27, 2013

Hertz is planning to increase their award redemption requirements for reservations made on or after October 1, 2013 by 10-15% in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and U.S.V.I. However, awards booked prior to that date at the current rates will be honored, so if you have any Gold Plus Rewards Points you were planning […]

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Saturday Recap: Alaska Airlines Offers 10,000 Bonus Miles For Select Routes, Discounted Award Tickets to Hawaii on American, Amtrak Double Days Fall Promotion, Win A Trip To London With Virgin Atlantic

August 31, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Alaska Airlines Offers 10,000 Bonus Miles For Select Routes: Earn up to 10,000 bonus miles from Alaska Airlines when you fly 3 roundstrips (six flights in total) on any of the routes below, or fly 2 round trips (four flights in total) […]

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National’s One Two Free Rental Promotion Returns in September

August 28, 2013

National’s One Two Free promotion will be returning on September 9, 2013. The new promotional site is up but has minimal details on if this year’s deal will change much from last year, but my guess is it will generally be similar to years past. The only information given so far is that it that […]

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Saving Behind The Wheel: Rental Car Summer Promos Roundup

July 18, 2013

Summer means road trips – and not always in your own set of wheels. So whether you are driving up the West coast in a convertible or  need a minivan big enough to transport the family between amusement parks in Orlando, saving money on car rental is a priority. With that being said, I wanted […]

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Saturday Recap: Earn Bonus Delta SkyMiles with Hertz, Triple HawaiianMiles with Starwood, Emirates and JetBlue Expand Codesharing, Southwest Double Points from Select Cities, 50% Mileage Bonus with Air Canada

May 18, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Earn Triple HawaiianMiles with Starwood in Hawaii: Hawaiian Airlines and Starwood have teamed up to offer HawaiianMiles members triple miles when staying at Starwood properties in Hawaii from now through December 20, 2013. In addition, customers can also save 30% off their […]

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Saturday Recap: Bonus Delta SkyMiles in BusinessElite, Bonus AAdvantage Miles from Hertz, Tickets Now Available for 2013 Chicago Seminars, Earn Bonus Rapid Rewards Points from Alamo

March 30, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Corporate Travelers Earn Up To 20,000 Miles To Sydney Or Tokyo-Narita: Delta launched a promotion that awards flyers with bonus miles when traveling in BusinesElite between New York (JFK) and Tokyo-Narita (NRT) or between Los Angeles (LAX) and Sydney (SYD). SkyMiles members will earn […]

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Earn Bonus Miles and Points with These Car Rental Promotions

February 22, 2013

Car rentals can be a great way to maximize the points and miles you earn. Here are some of the most lucrative car rental mileage bonuses going on at the moment to keep in mind for your next rental: Earn up to 3,000 American Airlines AAdvantage bonus miles with Budget: Now through April 30, 2013, AAdvantage […]

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Maximize Monday: Earning the Most Miles and Points on Car Rentals

January 21, 2013

TPG contributor Jason Steele looks at credit cards with category spending bonuses, travel shopping portals and at various airline and hotel partnerships as he plots out strategies to maximize points earning on car rentals. For many travelers, rental cars can be an unexpected huge expense, so it makes sense for road warriors to use a […]

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Saturday Recap: Bonus SkyMiles with Marriott, Aerolineas Argentinas Status Match, Update on Hyatt Stay Certificates, Bonus American Miles, Cheap Finnair Business Class

January 5, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Maximizing Travel Credit Cards Calendar Year Spending Threshold Bonuses: As a recap from earlier this week, I took a look at all the credit cards that offer bonuses for crossing spending thresholds, so you can think about how to allocate your spending this […]

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Maximizing Car Rental Programs for Free Rental Days

January 4, 2013

Between loyalty programs of their own, partnerships with airlines and hotels, and various promotions with pages and pages of fine print, maximizing car rental awards is a tricky business, so we asked TPG contributor Jason Steele to look at the major car rental companies and how to leverage points, miles and credit cards to get […]

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Saturday Recap: American Express British Airways Transfer Bonus, Bonus SkyMiles from Hertz, Bonus Miles with Wine Clubs, 1,000 Free United Miles, Update on Hyatt Platinum Extras

December 8, 2012

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: American Express 30% Transfer Bonus to British Airways: In case you missed the post from earlier this week, now through January 14, 2013, American Express cardmembers who transfer Amex Membership Rewards points to British Airways Avios  will receive a 30% bonus. The bonus […]

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Earn Delta MQMs with Hertz Airport Rentals Until November 30, 2012

October 15, 2012

Elite qualifying miles are generally pretty hard to get- you usually get them by flying on paid fares or by spending a lot on credit cards. Once in a while there will be an odd hotel promotion, but never have I seen a car rental promotion offering airline elite miles. Leave it to Delta to […]

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