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Saturday Recap: Up To 2,500 Bonus Miles At AAdvantage, 3,000 United Miles With Rocketmiles, Save 25% On Virgin America Flights And Help Rescue Dogs, And More

November 16, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Earn Up To 2,500 Bonus American Airlines Miles Shopping At The AAdvantage Portal: The American Airlines shopping portal is giving you extra incentive to be generous with your holiday shopping this year with the opportunity to earn up to 2,500 bonus miles […]

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Hilton HHonors Amex Surpass Cardmembers Receive Automatic Hilton HHonors Gold Status

November 12, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. With all of the devaluation stories going around, I’m happy to be writing about a new perk/benefit that […]

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Are the Maldives Worth It? Short Answer: Absolutely Yes

November 10, 2013

If you’ve been following me on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, you probably know by now that I’m currently in the Maldives at the Conrad on Rangali Island. I’m staying on pre-devaluation Hilton points and also two free nights from the sign-up bonus on the Citi Hilton Reserve card. Bottom line: Yes, this place is far […]

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Hilton HHonors Offers Elites Expedited 2015 Requalification

November 8, 2013

Fast on the heels of Hilton’s announcement Monday that it would be discontinuing its Points + Variable Miles double dipping earning option, the program sent out emails to targeted elites who have already requalified for their current status in 2013 for the 2014 year the opportunity of a “Status Jumpstart” where all their future stays […]

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Another Hilton Devaluation – HHonors Discontinues Points and Fixed Miles Earning Option

November 4, 2013

I’m convinced that Hilton is actively pursuing the title of least consumer-friendly hotel program thanks to the fact that it has devalued its HHonors points program further by announcing that it is discontinuing the ability to earn Points + Fixed Miles as a double dip option as of January 6, 2014. Here is the letter […]

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Instant Hilton HHonors Gold Status For American Express Platinum Cardholders

November 4, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. A new promotional benefit is being offered to cardholders of the American Express Platinum card, the Business Platinum […]

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Which Is The Best Miami Hotel Suite To Book With Points For A Bachelorette Party?

October 27, 2013

TPG reader Eli emailed me about how to book some suites while planning her sister’s bachelorette weekend in Miami: “I’ve got a great task on my hands – to plan the ultimate bachelorette party for my younger sister. She is thinking Miami and I totally thought of you! What hotel do you recommend we could […]

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American Express Transfer Bonuses To British Airways and Virgin Atlantic – Maximizing Partner Redemptions

October 16, 2013

With the launch on Monday of transfer bonuses from American Express to both British Airways (20%) and Virgin Atlantic (30%), I wanted to talk about options other than the ones I discussed yesterday for redeeming on the airlines themselves to ways in which you can get value by redeeming their miles on partners. This is […]

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Saturday Recap: US Airways 100% Share Miles Bonus Ends Tuesday, Registration Now Open for Hilton’s 4th Quarter Promotion, Save with Starwood in North and Latin America

October 12, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: US Airways 100% Share Miles Bonus Ends Tuesday: Last week, US Airways launched their 100% share miles bonus that runs now through Tuesday, October 15, 2013. Through the promo, Members may receive a maximum of ​ ​50,000 bonus miles during the offer period, but […]

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Hotel Credit Cards That Offer Free Nights Every Year

October 1, 2013

A big trend with hotel credit cards is to offer free nights annual- whether it be after hitting a certain spend threshold or simply for renewing the card. These annual free nights can easily justify holding onto the card, even if you don’t spend on it since most hotel cards don’t offer the best bonus […]

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Earn 250 Delta Medallion Qualifying Miles on Hilton Stays Now Through December

October 1, 2013

Hilton and Delta just launched a promotion like one they had last year offering 250 Medallion Qualifying Miles per stay of two nights or more between now and December 13, 2013, up to a maximum of 10,000 MQM’s when you select Delta as your Hilton HHonors Double Dip partner. These MQMs are in addition to the 10 Hilton points […]

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Saturday Recap: Earn Bonus American AAdvantage Miles on Latin America Routes, Free Uber Rides in Chicago This Weekend, Earn Bonus Delta SkyMiles for Donating to United Way

September 21, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Enter To Win This Week’s 100,000 Hyatt Points Thursday Giveaway: This week’s Thursday Giveaway is for 100,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points in honor of th Hyatt’s “Discover New Possibilities” fall promo. There are four methods to enter, and you can enter once per method for a total of four […]

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Saturday Recap: Discount Cathay Pacific Fares, 1,000 Bonus Hilton Points With Mobile App, National’s One Two Free Promotion

September 14, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Chase Ink Cards Switching to Visa Signature Products: Since they launched, the family of Chase Ink cards for small businesses, including the Ink Plus and Ink Bold as well as the Ink Cash and Ink Classic, have been World MasterCards, but over […]

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Hotel Review: Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik Deluxe Suite

August 24, 2013

The next stop on my Eurotrip was Dubrovnik, where I had decided to book a room at the Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik. The historic property is just a short walk from the Old Town, making the location pretty much perfect for my brief stay. The hotel has 147 guest rooms and suites. It’s a Category 8 property requiring […]

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Saturday Recap: Targeted 100% US Airways Buy Miles Bonus Ends July 31, Save 15% with Virgin America, Save an extra 10% Off NYC Hotels with Jetsetter, Earn 1,000 bonus United miles with Waldorf Astoria and Conrad, Enter to win 50,000 American AAdvantage miles

July 27, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Targeted 100% US Airways Buy Miles Bonus Ends July 31: As a recap from earlier this month, US Airways is currently offering a targeted bonus of 100% for buying or gifting miles up to 50,000 (so 100,000 with the bonus) through July 31, 2013. Miles are sold for […]

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Maximize Dining Spend: Updated List of Current Dining Rewards Programs Bonuses

July 25, 2013

Dining programs can be a great way to double-dip with miles or points. Not only can you earn the points or miles you would normally earn on a points-earning credit card like the Starwood Amex, or even the category spending bonus points on a card like the Chase Sapphire Preferred (2.14X per $1) or the Citi Forward […]

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Saturday Recap: Hilton’s Triple Your Trip Promotion, American Airlines Bonus on Purchased Miles, 600 United Miles for Joining Opinion Miles Club, Earn Bonus Elevate Points with Mandarin Oriental, 500 Free Rapid Rewards Points from Dish Network

July 13, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Registration Now Open for Hilton’s Triple Your Trip Promotion: As a recap from earlier this week, registration is now open for Hilton’s Triple Your Trip Promotion. Like last year’s promo, which was essentially the same, this one isn’t too exciting, but at least there’s […]

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Registration Now Open for Hilton’s Q3 “Triple Your Trip” Promotion

July 10, 2013

Registration is now open for Hilton’s Triple Your Trip Promotion. Like last year’s promo, which was essentially the same, this one isn’t too exciting, but at least there’s opportunity to earn triple points on weekend stays and double points on weeknight stays. Here are the details. -Valid for stays July 9 – September 30, 2013 -To […]

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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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Amex Daily Getaways Week 5: Hertz, Hilton, Hyatt, Fairmont and Vegas Deals

July 6, 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 June […]

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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: Hilton AXON Award Levels Changing Saturday – June 15

June 13, 2013

One of the pieces of fallout from March’s massive Hilton devaluation was the fact that reduced-price AXON awards for Hilton Amex cardholders (of both the Hilton Amex and Hilton Surpass cards) were going to change drastically.  Until now, these rewards remained at current levels for the old Category 5-7 properties. However, a new AXON program […]

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Earn Bonus Points and Miles with the Thanks Again Rewards Network

June 12, 2013

The Thanks Again Network is a program you can sign up for by registering a credit card which then earns you bonus points and miles for your everyday spending. The program is a combination of a shopping portal and dining network where consumers who register their credit card can earn a variety of reward options. You […]

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The Best Ways to Use Hotel Points in Las Vegas

June 6, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. When it comes to Las Vegas hotels, most of the time you can generally get some cheap deals, but with the new partnership between Hyatt and MGM announced yesterday that will open up 12 more hotels […]

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