Top 4 Ways to Manufacture Marriott Platinum status

Last week, my Marriott Rewards Gold Elite membership kit arrived in the mail.  You’d think I’d be happy to see it, but not at all.  For the past six years or so I’ve had Marriott Platinum status.  I originally got the status through a challenge that required 9 stays.  Since then, I’ve bought back my status every year with 40,000 Marriott points.  But this year Marriott has stopped allowing status buy backs.  I’m stuck with…

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Will the Office Depot / Office Max promo stack? YMMV

Office Depot and Office Max are offering $10 off $100 or more on select gift cards right now. This might stack with an additional 10% back with Visa Savings Edge “Activate Offers”. While the Visa Savings Edge offer gives 10% back (this is capped at $5 per card, though you may be able to split tender over multiple cards — more on that below). The Deal $10 off on $100 or more in gift cards for the following brands: Petco Regal Red…

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Marriott Best Rate Guarantee Now Offers 5,000 Points Or 25% Off

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The Marriott Best Rate Guarantee (aka their Look No Further Guarantee) used to only offer 25% off the matching rate. They’ve now introduced an additional option – 5,000 Marriott Rewards Points. To take advantage of their Look No Further Guarantee, you have to book your accommodation directly with Marriott, either on their website, by calling their telephone reservations team or visiting one of their hotels. If you find a lower rate for the same hotel,…

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Another hit: No more Amazon GCs with Gamestop GCs

After a rough day in MS news yesterday (See: Alliant paying 0% cash back at Giftcards.com, No more 5x at MPX, and Another one down: No more 5x at Gift Card Mart), the hits just keep on coming: As reported at Miles Per Day, Gamestop has hardcoded their registers to disallow the purchase of an Amazon gift card with a Gamestop gift card. This is unfortunate as it was previously possible to buy discounted Gamestop…

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Uncapped 5% back at Whole Foods w/ Amazon Prime Rewards Visa

Starting today, Amazon Prime Members can earn 5% back at Whole Foods with their Chase Amazon Prime Rewards Visa (non-Prime members can earn 3% back with the Chase Amazon Rewards Visa). While this isn’t necessarily the best return on grocery store spend, it might be useful if you don’t have a card that earns more compelling grocery store returns — and it additionally may be attractive as there is no rewards cap. The Deal Amazon Prime members earn 5% back…

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Kimpton Amex Offer: Get $60 When Spending $300+

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The offers to stay at the Kimpton hotel brand keep on coming. There’s a new Kimpton Amex Offer available today offering a $60 statement credit when spending $300+. The Deal Get a one-time $60 statement credit by using your enrolled Card to spend $300+ on room rate and room charges, when you pay for your stay with Kimpton Hotels from 2/20/18 to 5/20/18. Key Terms Enrollment limited. Offer valid only for stays at Kimpton Hotels…

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An unexpected path to the Companion Pass…

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Let me start by saying that I really struggled with an appropriate title for this post. I know that some people will skim ahead and think, “We knew that worked! It’s not unexpected!”. I furthermore understand that most people won’t be in the position to have something work out quite the way this did for my family — though I thought some readers would find value in understanding what happened so that they could leverage…

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Hyatt extends wife’s elite status by 3 months but I’m not thrilled

Earlier today my wife received an email from Hyatt stating that they were going to extend her Explorist elite status for 3 months beyond its set expiry.  Plus, if she completes 10 nights between March 1 and May 31, they’ll extend her status again through February 2019.  I don’t think she came anywhere near re-qualifying for Explorist with her 2017 stays, so on the surface this seems like a really nice offer.  Unfortunately, it mucks…

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Earn Double Miles Through The Avios Portal Feb. 23-25

Avios Portal Double Miles

If you’re planning any online purchases, you might want to wait until February 23-25 as you’ll be able to earn double miles through the Avios portal. The Deal Earn double miles through the British Airways Avios eStore. Direct link to the Avios eStore. Key Terms Offer is running between 00:01 Friday February 23, 2018 and 23:59 Sunday February 25, 2018. Selected retailers are excluded from the double Avios offer and certain exclusions apply, see individual…

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