An unexpected path to the Companion Pass…

Travel Companion Tickets

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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Another one down: No more 5x at Gift Card Mart

And the hits just keep on coming: We have received two reports here on the blog — from reader Max in our Laboratory and reader Sophie on the post What’s left for 5x Ink? indicating that purchases at Gift Card Mart are no longer earning 5x on Chase Ink Plus or Ink Cash cards. Previously, these purchases coded at 5x only if you checked out via PayPal, but according to Sophie this stopped coding as 5x between January…

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No more 5x at MPX

In yet another piece of bad news for points and miles enthusiasts, reports online are indicating that purchases through the United Mileage Plus X (MPX) shopping app are no longer earning 5x on the Amex Platinum card. This card offers 5x on airfare purchases made with airlines. Purchases through the MPX app have historically coded as airfare purchases for the purposes of coding at 5x with this card, but multiple reports from different sources indicate this is…

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Alliant paying 0% cash back at Giftcards.com

Miles Per Day reports that the Alliant Cashback Visa card is no longer paying 3% cash back for purchases from Giftcards.com — instead paying 0% on Giftcards.com purchases. Reports from Flyertalk indicate that a letter was sent out to those using the card for heavy gift card purchases indicating that cash back would not be paid on those purchases (as of January 30th, 2018 according to Miles Per Day). This may extend to other types of gift card purchases,…

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Stack $100 back in “found money” w/ a $600 booking (like that JetBlue Mint deal)

There’s a really nice deal out for both new and previous Upside customers: through Acorns, everyone can earn $100 back in “found money” on a $600 travel booking through Upside. New customers may even be able to stack that with the current referral promotion to get another $100 back in gift cards on that $600+ booking. Either way, you could stack at least an extra $100 back on the deal we posted a little while ago for JetBlue Mint Class (See: Book Quickly: BOS-SFO In…

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Book Quickly: BOS-SFO In Lie-Flat Beds For $797 RT / $399 OW

JetBlue Mint

JetBlue has some excellent fares in Mint available between Boston and San Francisco. These are pricing out at just $399 OW / $797 RT for nonstop transcon travel in lie-flat beds. You can find these flights directly on JetBlue, Google Flights, etc., so they should be bookable anywhere. Secret Flying has a long list of dates where you can book this deal, with availability from February all the way through to the end of October. For…

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Gift card deals: Best Buy, Cabela’s, more

There are a number of current gift card deals running that offer savings at places like Best Buy, Cabela’s, Safeway gas stations, and many popular restaurants. Click the images below for links. Best Buy: buy $150 in eGift cards, get a $15 savings code Expires: 3/3/18 Quick Thoughts: Be aware that the $15 savings code will be emailed on 3/18/18 and will only be valid from 3/18/18-3/31/18. There is a maximum of three $150 egift card purchases per customer — or…

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