ICYMI: Earn 5% back at department stores, 150k welcome bonuses and more

Sep 15, 2019

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Each Sunday, we round up the top deals you might have missed on TPG this week. From flight deals to limited-time bonus offers, here’s what you need to know.

Chase Freedom Q4 bonus category announced

(Photo by Isabelle Raphael)
(Photo by Isabelle Raphael)

If the Chase Freedom (No longer open to new applicants) holds a place in your wallet, you may be excited to hear that the Q4 bonus is 5% back on department store purchases made with PayPal or Chase Pay. If you have an Ultimate Rewards earning card, you can transfer the earnings as 5x points. This bonus category is valid Oct. 1 — Dec. 30, 2019, just in time for the holiday shopping madness.

Fly to Africa in Economy from $413 and Premium Economy from $1,093 round-trip

This week we saw two deals to various cities across the continent from $413 in economy and $1,093 in premium economy.

Elevated bonuses on Amex Biz cards up to 150,000 points

Starting Sept. 12, new Amex Business Green cardholders can earn up to 150,000 bonus points after the first three months. There’s also a targeted welcome bonus on the Amex Business Platinum card for 110,000 points. The information for the Business Green Rewards Card from American Express has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Earn bonus Amtrak points when you book hotels and car rentals

If you have any upcoming hotel stays or plan to rent a car, Amtrak will reward you with up to 13,000 Guest Rewards points if you book through them. All you have to do is complete the reservation or rental by Oct. 20, 2019.

Alaska Airlines is running a 50% bonus on miles and it’s pretty awesome

Alaska Airlines Russel Wilson livery. (Image courtesy of Alaska Airlines)
Alaska Airlines Russel Wilson livery. (Image courtesy of Alaska Airlines)

Alaska Airlines is currently running a special where you’ll be rewarded with 50% more miles when you buy them. This is awesome because Alaska has some of the highest valued points on our list. Let’s just say you could fly biz class to Asia on Cathay Pacific if you take advantage of this promo the right way.

Points and cash deals on flights to the Caribbean and Mexico

Playa Los Muertos - beach and pier in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico. Aerial view.
Playa Los Muertos — beach and pier in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico. Aerial view.

This week Delta offered flights to the Caribbean and Mexico from 16,000 SkyMiles whereas JetBlue offered deals on Mint fares from $331 one-way.

Earn up to 3x points on Hyatt bookings

This fall special is valid on stays between Sept. 15 — Dec. 15, 2019. All you have to do is register before Oct. 31, 2019.

Dine with Citi and help fight child hunger

Citi has teamed up with No Kid Hungry to donate healthy meals to kids in need. All you have to do is register your eligible Citi card and then spend $5 or more dining out from now until Dec. 1 and Citi will donate $1 on your behalf. They are matching spending up to $2 million, which is enough for 20 million meals for kids.

Flights to Asia in economy from $478 and biz from $1,572 round-trip

Hainan business class (Photo by Javier Rodriguez / The Points Guy)
Hainan business class (Photo by Javier Rodriguez / The Points Guy)

This week we saw round-trip deals to Asia from various U.S. cities from as low as $478 in economy and $1,572 in biz class.

The trick to scoring $62/night hotel rooms

From now until Sept. 17, you can stay at select Choice Hotel’s for just $62 when you take advantage of their points promo.

Buy LifeMiles with up to a 145% bonus

With that bonus, you could be flying Lufthansa first class.

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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

WELCOME OFFER: 80,000 Points

TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $1,650

CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. Plus earn up to $50 in statement credits towards grocery store purchases within your first year of account opening.
  • Earn 2X points on dining including eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out and travel. Plus, earn 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,000 toward travel.
  • With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories.
  • Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on eligible orders over $12 for a minimum of one year with DashPass, DoorDash's subscription service. Activate by 12/31/21.
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
  • Get up to $60 back on an eligible Peloton Digital or All-Access Membership through 12/31/2021, and get full access to their workout library through the Peloton app, including cardio, running, strength, yoga, and more. Take classes using a phone, tablet, or TV. No fitness equipment is required.
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15.99%-22.99% Variable
Annual Fee
$95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
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