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5 Unique Travel Holiday Gift Ideas Using Frequent Flyer Miles and Points

December 20, 2011

There are a million gift ideas out there to get your loved one this holiday season and I’ve even highlighted some of my favorites in my Travelers Gift Guide. However, often the best gifts aren’t those you can buy in stores, but ones that are unique and come from the heart. Being an expert in […]

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Last Minute Online Shopping Bonuses

December 19, 2011

I’m a huge procrastinator, so I always end up buying my gifts last minute. This year I’m trying to be a bit more prudent because I’m trying to do 100% of my shopping online. Not only to avoid disastrous in-store shopping experiences, but to maximize the points I earn. When you go into a store […]

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UPDATE: Holiday Travel Gift Guide

December 9, 2011

I just wanted to let everyone know that I’ve updated the Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers (which you can also find at the tab on the top right side of the site) with new suggestions from TPG readers, as well as a few gifts I’ve been searching out myself over the past couple weeks since […]

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$100 Travelocity Hotel Giftcard for $50 at Gilt City (Plus 1,500 United Miles)

December 5, 2011

Last week I wrote about a great deal where you can make a purchase at Gilt Groupe and get 1,500 United/Continental miles and 5 miles per dollar spent. If you were holding out to buy something you might actually use, then you might want to check out their current offer of a $100 Travelocity Hotel gift certificate […]

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Free Money and Gifts with Amex Gift Chain

December 2, 2011

Amex is running a great new promotion called the Gift Chain, where all you need to do is register your card and then shop online at select retailers and you’ll receive special gifts for purchases $25+ between now and December 21, 2011 (or until supplies last).  I have two Amex charge cards (Premier Rewards Gold and […]

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$20 Amex Statement Credit With Vente-Privee

December 2, 2011

Discounted merchandise websites are all the rage these days and the loyalty programs are getting in on promoting the top sites. Earlier this week we saw Gilt and Continental/United team up to offer 1,500 miles for a first purchase from the discount site (and 5 miles per dollar on all purchases) and now American Express […]

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25,000 Delta Miles for $500 SkyMall Purchase

December 2, 2011

UPDATE: DEAL IS DEAD The Delta SkyMall isn’t the finest online retailer, but they are offering a whopping 25,000 SkyMile bonus when you spend $500. This is a great bonus – especially if you can knock out any holiday shopping or buy merchandise that you can sell resell easily. Even conservatively valued, Skymiles are worth […]

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Reminder: Earn Miles and Points for Cyber Monday Shopping

November 28, 2011

Just a quick reminder on this Cyber Monday that there are tons of great points-earning opportunities as you do your holiday shopping. Credit Card Programs Chase Ultimate Rewards Shopping: 12 points per dollar at Groupon, 10 points per dollar on Apple and Kohl’s purchases. American Express Bonus Points Mall: 6x points on Target and Bloomingdale’s […]

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TPG Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers Now Live!

November 25, 2011

If you look at the top of the screen, you’ll see a new menu item for “Travel Gift Guide.” Right now there are 22 items – ranging from 99 cents to $159,000, and all of them are either items I use, TPG reader recommendations, or ridiculous pipe dream fantasies of mine (Hello, Necker Island!). I’ll […]

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Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers: I Need Your Suggestions

November 24, 2011

Tomorrow I’ll be launching a Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers which I’ll be updating until the end of the year. The theme of the guide will be by travelers for travelers. I have my go-to items, but I want your ideas as well. Whether it’s something you can’t travel without or something you’ve got your […]

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Maximize Online Shopping With EVReward.com

November 23, 2011

If you read my beginners guide, you’ll know that being smart about online purchases can gain you lots of points and miles. On Monday I highlighted many upcoming mileage mall bonuses, like 10 Chase Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent at Apple on November 28th. However, with so many mileage malls and cashback sites, it […]

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Maximize Your Points and Miles This Holiday Shopping Season

November 21, 2011

One of the easiest ways to rack up a ton of points is by shopping online. Airline and credit card shopping portals make it very easy – all you have to do is click their simple link to your retailers website and they’ll automatically kick you back a certain number of points (usually based on […]

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W Bed Store on Rue La La Today

November 17, 2011

I’m a big fan of W Bed home furnishings. I personally own a feather bed, duvet, sheets and even the grey bath robe (hey it pays to be a work-at-home blogger sometimes!) The W store frequently runs sales, but today they are on one of my favorite online discounters RueLaLa.com. It’s an invite only site, […]

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US Airways Grand Slam 2011 Master Guide

October 19, 2011

Update: Instead of creating new posts about this promotion, I wanted to keep all of the information on this master post so we can look back on it next year. I’m on track to hit my 36 hits, 100,000 miles and the total cash outlay is going to be steep, but a lot of the […]

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Meeting Credit Card Spend: Free Shipping, No Service Fees and 1.6% Cashback on Gift Cards

October 13, 2011

I’m asked all the time, “How am I supposed to hit the spend requirements on my credit card?” There are a lot of ways to generate credit card spend for every day activities, but most of the big spend items like paying rent and taxes come with fees that can negate the value of the […]

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Discounted Tumi Luggage on Ruelala.com

October 11, 2011

I’m a big fan of Tumi luggage, but I’m not a fan of paying full price for it. I always get my Tumi goods deeply discounted and even though it’s still not cheap, I don’t mind paying for quality. In fact, I’ve had my trusty T-tech rollerboard for almost 4 years. She’s showing some signs […]

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Update on the Stamps.com Chase Ultimate Rewards 2,500 Point Bonus

September 23, 2011

Like many of you, I got the “oh we messed up” email from Stamps.com today stating that Chase should have never been offering incentives for new Stamps.com members via the Ultimate Rewards Mall. I’m not sure what really happened, but I am hopeful that Chase does the right thing and honors the points. After all […]

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Update on Verizon Shopping Mall Mistakes

September 20, 2011

Last month there were two major shopping mall mishaps: First the American Airlines AAdvantage shopping site advertised a Verizon headset that would score 83,871 which Gary at View from the Wing covered. Then there was the Delta Skymiles Shopping chargers for 2,300 Delta miles. Not so bad for a $5 purchase. Well, both of them ended up […]

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25,000 Delta Miles for $500 SkyMall Purchase

September 16, 2011

The Delta SkyMall is offering a whopping 25,000 bonus SkyMiles for any $500 purchase by this Sunday September 18, 2011. Make sure you log-in and make your purchase from this link. Also, beware – if you were logged into the US Airways SkyMall for Grand Slam, that will default, so clear cookies or use a […]

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4,500 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points With Pitney Bowes

September 14, 2011

Coming off the heels of the 2,500 point stamps.com Ultimate Rewards freebie (which seems to be dead now), I noticed that Pitney Bowes is offering 4,500 points when you get one of their mailing machines. Just log into your Ultimaterewards.com account and search for Pitney in the top right. When I clicked through, I thought they’d […]

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2,500 Free Chase Ultimate Rewards Points With Stamps.com

September 6, 2011

Mike from the Hustle Blog recently Tweeted me about an easy way to get 2,500 free Chase Ultimate Rewards points via stamps.com. Basically, you need to have an Ultimate Rewards card, like Sapphire Preferred , Freedom or Ink Bold (Business) and then log-in to the Ultimate Rewards site, in the top right search box just enter […]

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150 Free Delta Miles for Quick Bose Survey

August 29, 2011

Bose is giving away 150 Skymiles for simply watching a minute long video on their QC15 headphones and answering a single survey question (the correct answer is: All of the above). They did the same for American in January – here’s hoping they run it with a lot more airlines! As an aside, I own the Bose QC15 […]

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Thousands of Free Miles for Free Sittercity Sign-Up

August 15, 2011

Update: Deal is dead! Fresh off the trail of several other mileage mall bonuses comes an easy one that I also do not think is a mistake. Sittercity is a Craigslist-ish type site that allows people searching for child and pet care (and housekeepers) to find suitable help. I had never heard of it, but apparently […]

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2,300 Delta Miles for $5 Verizon Charger

August 14, 2011

Update: Deal is dead! Shopping malls are lucrative business for the airlines. They don’t run these sites, but instead sell miles to these third party companies who then offer special amounts to incentivize frequent-flyer mile obsessed people to shop through their portals. Every time you click through their portal, they get a certain kickback from […]

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