Earn up to 5x Points per Dollar on Flights Via Hotels.com?

I’ve written previously about online travel agency Hotels.com and the potential for maximizing rewards by booking rooms there via the Ultimate Rewards shopping portal. However, only recently I discovered that Hotels.com offers flights in addition to hotels, and according to a TPG reader’s report on Twitter, those flights are equally eligible to earn portal bonuses. I’m cautiously optimistic that…

Online Travel Agency Loyalty Programs – the Basics

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…

Hotels.com and Sapphire Preferred UR Portal = Power Combo

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)….

Maximize Monday: Online Travel Agency (OTA) Loyalty Programs

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…

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

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…

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

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…

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

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…

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

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…

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

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…