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Online Travel Agency Loyalty Programs – the Basics

July 17, 2014

Lately, there have been quite a few changes in the world of online travel agencies (OTAs), including the launch of Expedia + Rewards, a new credit card from Orbitz, and the end of Chase Ultimate Rewards’ online shopping portal bonuses at a number of sites like Travelocity and Priceline. With all that in mind, I thought […]

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Hotels.com and Sapphire Preferred UR Portal = Power Combo

July 15, 2014

Update:  As of July 20, 2014, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card no longer offers the 7% annual points dividend. View the current sign up offer here. In my opinion, hotel loyalty programs have lost some luster over the past couple of years, with promotions getting weaker and most programs devaluing- sometimes significantly (ah, hem Hilton). […]

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Earn 7X Points Per $1 and 10% Back With Hotels.com and Chase Sapphire Preferred

November 25, 2013

When it comes to booking hotel stays, you have a lot of choices in how you maximize your points and miles – from choosing the best site for the lowest prices, to paying with a credit card that earns you bonus points on hotel bookings like the Ink Bold or Ink Plus, to elite status […]

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Maximize Monday: Online Travel Agency (OTA) Loyalty Programs

October 28, 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. In light of the launch last week of Orbitz’s new loyalty program, Orbitz Rewards, I wanted to take […]

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Saturday Recap: Chase Southwest 50,000 Point Sign-up Bonuses Ends Tuesday, Up to 100% Bonus on Purchased US Airways Miles, American Airlines Flights Camera Action 3 Promotion, 100% Bonus When Buying Avianca Taca LifeMiles

August 3, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Chase Southwest 50,000 Point Sign-up Bonuses Ends Tuesday: The limited-time 50,000 point sign-up bonus for all four Southwest Visa cards will be ending this Tuesday, August 6, 2013. To get the 50,000 points you need to spend $2,000 in the first 3 months of opening […]

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Maximize Monday: Triple Dipping With Hotels.com, Sapphire Preferred and the Ultimate Rewards Shopping Portal

July 29, 2013

When it comes to booking hotel stays, you have a lot of choices in how you maximize your points and miles – from choosing the best site for the lowest prices, to elite status considerations, to points bonuses and promos. The sticking point is that most hotel loyalty programs require you to book direct (or […]

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Saturday Recap: National Travel Insurance Survey Results, Earn Up To 10,000 AAdvantage Miles on Flights to China, Save 13% When Booking with Hotels.com, Best Western Launches Summer Promotion, Aeroplan Around the World Contest

June 29, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: National Travel Insurance Survey Results: As a recap from earlier this week, the results came in from the survey that I commissioned Princeton Survey Research Associates International to conduct, to find out whether or not people think it’s worth it to purchase travel […]

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Saturday Recap: 50% Bonus on Purchased Priority Club Points, Earn 1,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles with Aloft, Element or Four Points, Triple Points and Double Elite Nights with Shangri-La, Free Virgin Atlantic Silver Status

June 15, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Plan Your Dream Australian Adventure with American Airlines: American Airlines has teamed up with Qantas to give away an Australian Dream Vacation. To be eligible, you must first like them on Facebook. The sweepstakes is open now through June 24, 2013. The grand prize […]

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Saturday Recap: Earn Double Points with Priority Club, 35% Transfer Bonus From Amex to British Airways, Bonus Points for American Airlines Business ExtrAA Members, 500 Free Lufthansa Miles & More Miles, Save 10% When Booking with Hotels.com

June 1, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: 35% Transfer Bonus From Amex to British Airways Ends Friday: As a recap, American Express Membership Rewards is offering a 35% transfer bonus from Membership Rewards to British Airways Avios through Friday, June 7, 2013. While not quite as generous as recent transfer bonuses of 40% and even 50%, it […]

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Sunday Reader Question: Which Is Better – Hotel Points or Free Nights From Hotels.com?

June 17, 2012

TPG reader Gregory asks a simple but very interesting question when it comes to getting the most value out of your hotel stays: “What is better/more valuable: to get 10% off virtually every booking at hotels.com (aka “free 11th night”) or collect points through hotel chain loyalty programs?” What Gregory’s question really boils down to […]

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Double Hotels.com Credits for New Members

June 28, 2011

Hotels.com has a pretty simple loyalty program – you get one free night for every 10 paid nights. The free night can have the maximum value of the average daily rate of your 10 paid stays. In essence, you are getting a 10% rebate. While I usually don’t book through hotels.com, because you don’t get […]

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Hotels.com Free Night and Elite Status

June 4, 2011

I’ve never booked a hotel stay through Hotels.com, but I have several family members who swear by it and who have earned free nights through their Welcome Rewards program. However, my name is The Points Guy, so I just can’t imagine booking through sites that could possibly invalidate my point earning. I can usually find […]

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