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Saturday Recap: Delta Announces New Routes, US Airways Extends Status Through March 2014, Register For Starwood Bonus Promotion, Earn Bonus Points For Opening An Air India Flying Returns Account And More

December 21, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Delta Announces Route Expansion Between Seattle and San Jose: Starting on May 20, 2014, Delta will be adding new daily nonstop flights to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport from San Jose International Airport and Juneau International Airport. They will also add a flight from Ted […]

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Marriott Megabonus February – April 2014: Earn Up To 2 Free Nights

December 19, 2013

Marriott has released the details of its next quarterly promotion – once again called the Megabonus – where you can earn up to two free nights at Category 1-4 hotels, and registration is now live. To earn up to two free nights: Register by March 31, 2014 Stay between February 1 and April 30, 2014 […]

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Top 10 New Year’s Eve Destinations That Have Points Availability

December 3, 2013

Thanksgiving is already over and Christmas and New Year’s Eve will be upon us before you know it, if you haven’t booked a spot already – then it is definitely time to start thinking about where you are going to ring in 2014. For today’s Top 10, I am going to cover some great hotels […]

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Cyber Monday Sale: Save 30% on Hotel Rooms At Over 350 Marriott Hotels

November 29, 2013

In my Giveaway post this week, where two lucky readers can win $500 Marriott gift cards, I mentioned that Marriott would be coming out with a great deal for December 2nd, Cyber Monday, and today we received the full details of their sale: “30% off of room rates at over 350 participating Marriott hotels across […]

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals! 40% Off Starwood, $1 Hotels.com Deals, 50% Off Marriott, $99 Hotel Tonight Rooms and More

November 29, 2013

While Black Friday is traditionally all about getting to the shops as early as possible and standing in line for hours to get grab the best deals, it also offers some great online shopping opportunities (no, you don’t have to wait till Cyber Monday!) that you can take advantage of from the comfort of your […]

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Marriott Gift Card Giveaway To Gear Up For Cyber Monday Sale And The Winner of 25K Skywards Miles

November 27, 2013

Last week I received word from a contact at Marriott that there will be a great deal coming out on Cyber Monday that will include discounted rates at over 350 participating Marriott hotels. While I don’t have the full details just yet, check back on Friday to see exactly what this sale entails. Since most […]

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United Premier Silver Status Extended to May 31, 2015 For United-Marriott RewardsPlus Members

November 16, 2013

Back in July, United and Marriott announced they were launching a new partnership called RewardsPlus in the vein of Starwood and Delta’s Crossover Rewards that provides reciprocal benefits to elites of the airline and hotel chain. To participate, you can register at either the Marriott Registration Page or United Registration page. Among other benefits, RewardsPlus offers Marriott Rewards Platinum Elite […]

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How Do I Transfer My 50K Marriott Rewards Points To My Chase Ultimate Rewards?

November 3, 2013

TPG reader AJ tweeted me @thepointsguy to ask: “How do I transfer my Marriott Rewards points (50K) to my Chase Ultimate Rewards?” As you all have probably guessed, AJ is a bit of a newbie to points and miles, and the simple answer is: you can’t. With all the credit card transferable points programs out […]

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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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Maximize Monday: Which Hotels Are Healthiest

September 30, 2013

I’ll be honest, traveling totally messes up my fitness and dietary regimen. I don’t mind going to my local gym when I’m at home, but getting me into a hotel gym is a challenge and I’m always more apt to eat unhealthy food while traveling. I’m sure I’m not alone, so for today’s Maximize Monday […]

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New Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Visa Offer – 40,000 Points and $100 Statement Credit

September 25, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Marriott Premier Rewards Visa is no longer available. View the current offer here.   Offer expired: October 16, 2013 Chase released a new sign-up bonus on its Marriott Rewards Premier Visa today. The bonus used to be 50,000 points when you spent $1,000 within 3 months, but now the bonus […]

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Up to $200 Worth of Southwest Points For Buying Marriott GiftCards

September 6, 2013

Once again Southwest has teamed up with Marriott to offer Rapid Rewards members up to 12,000 bonus points for purchasing Marriott GiftCards through Southwest through September 26, 2013. Here’s how it breaks down (max purchase of $1,000): $100 = 1,200 Rapid Rewards Points $250 = 3,000 Rapid Rewards Points $500 = 6,000 Rapid Rewards Points […]

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Reminder: Register for United Marriott RewardsPlus Partnership

August 21, 2013

Back in July, United and Marriott announced they were launching a new partnership called RewardsPlus in the vein of Starwood and Delta’s Crossover Rewards that provides reciprocal benefits to elites of the airline and hotel chain. To participate, you can register at either the Marriott Registration Page or United Registration page. Elite Benefits RewardsPlus offers Marriott Rewards Platinum Elite and […]

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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

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express have expired. View the current offers here –personal, business. Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: 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 […]

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New Marriott Megabonus Promotion – Stay 2 Stays Earn 1 Night Free (September 15-January 15)

August 7, 2013

Marriott announced their next Megabonus promotion which will run from September 15, 2013-January 15, 2014 and awards one free night (up to two max) at a Category 1-5 property for every two stays, which you can redeem for up to a year after it’s issued. You can register for the promotion here. Some people will get […]

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Last Chance..Promotions Expiring Today from American, US Airways, Delta, Starwood, Marriott and Jetsetter

July 31, 2013

Just a friendly last minute reminder for the procrastinators out there (myself included) that the following deals expire today. 1) Targeted 100% US Airways Buy Miles Bonus: 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. My […]

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Saturday Recap: Enter To Win This Week’s Thursday Giveaway, United and Marriott Launch RewardsPlus, Discover IHG Promotion, Free Langham Voyager Status, 1,500 Bonus Points With Hyatt in NYC

July 20, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Enter To Win This Week’s Thursday Giveaway: As a reminder from earlier this week, I haven’t yet selected my Delta Platinum Choice Benefit for this year yet, so I thought I would give it away to one of my readers this week. One lucky […]

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United and Marriott Team Up to Launch RewardsPlus Partnership

July 15, 2013

Following in the footsteps of the Crossover Rewards partnership between Delta and Starwood, United just launched a similar program called RewardsPlus which will provide reciprocal benefits with Marriott. To participate, you can register at either the Marriott Registration Page or United Registration page. RewardsPlus will offer Marriott Rewards Platinum Elite and Platinum Premier Elite will receive complimentary MileagePlus Premier Silver status. […]

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Maximizing Miles and Points With Timeshares

July 15, 2013

Timeshares can often be a topic of scorn, humor or even horror – especially if aggressive sales people constantly hound you with sales calls. However, they can not only open up a new world of affordable vacation options and earn you valuable points and miles at the same time. Marriott Vacation Club Along with their […]

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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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Should I Charge My Marriott Stay On My Marriott Visa Or Citi AAdvantage Card?

June 23, 2013

Update: The current offer for the Marriott Rewards Premier Visa is 50,000 points with $1,000 spend in the first 3 months. TPG Twitter follower Adam has a question about American Airlines’ new partnership with Marriott where you can now earn AAdvantage miles on Marriott stays: “@thepointsguy so is it better to charge a Marriott stay with the […]

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Top 10: Ways To Maximize Each Ultimate Rewards Transfer Partner

June 18, 2013

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Chase Ink credit cards has expired. View the current offers here – Ink Plus, Ink Bold, Ink Cash.   Since Chase launched lucrative limited-time sign-up bonus offers on all four Chase Ink cards for this week only until June 22, I’ve had a lot of readers writing in […]

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Marriott Adds American As Newest Airline Earning Partner + 500 Mile Summer Promo

June 17, 2013

Following in the footsteps of other cross-promotional partnerships like Delta/Starwood’s Crossover Rewards (sort of), this morning, American Airlines and Marriott announced a partnership where members of American’s AAdvantage program and Marriott Rewards can earn miles on their hotel stays, joining the roster Marriott’s other airline partners. Unlike the Delta/SPG Crossover program where elite members of […]

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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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