About Nick Reyes

Nick Reyes is a (fairly) regular guy with an animalistic passion for maximizing the value of miles and money to travel the world in comfort and style. There is little in life that he loves more than finding a fantastic deal and helping you shop smarter & harder to achieve your travel dreams.

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Ebags policy: no more combining gift cards

We’ve recently written a number of Quick Deals for various items at eBags.com (see: $109 for Bose QuietComfort 25 Noise-cancelling headphones; Tumi more than half off (some bags). One of the best ways to stack for savings at eBags has long been to use Amex Offers (or more recently Chase Offers or Chase Pay promotions) to buy multiple gift cards, later combining them via chat. Unfortunately, ebags has instituted a policy to no longer allow the combining…

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Get $60 back on $300 at Hilton & Curio [Targeted]

Hilton free night certs

A new Amex Offer came out a couple of days ago that could come in handy if you have holiday travel on the horizon: Spend $300 at Hilton or Curio, get $60 back. This offer is targeted, but it seems pretty widely available. The Deal Spend $300+ at participating Hilton or Curio properties in the US & US territories, get a $60 statement credit Key Terms Only valid at Hilton Hotels & Resorts or Curio Collection properties (not valid at Hampton Inn, Doubletree,…

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Last Chance Deals: Oodles of Ultimate Rewards, money back on gifts, transfer bonuses, and more

Welcome to our weekly list of what’s ending this week as well as a collection of some of the best ongoing deals around. This week, the most notable deal ending is 10x at Walmart.com using Chase Pay. That offer is good on up to $325 in purchases per card — if you have a Freedom, a Freedom Unlimited, and a Sapphire Preferred/Reserve, you could be looking at just shy of 10K Ultimate Rewards if you were to max out…

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Using miles for gift cards, save 40% on a flight, keeping up the side hustle and more

This week around the web, a couple of personal finance-related posts caught my eye. While I haven’t ever redeemed my miles at 1c each for gift cards — does it make sense in some scenarios? I’ve argued no in the past — but maybe I’ve been persuaded. Is your approach to personal finance to enjoy life while you can — or to sock it all away now so you can enjoy more later? All that…

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Competition is great news for us; war on gaming and financial review isn’t

The biggest news of the week in the credit cards and loyalty space is undeniably the announcement of the future of the Marriott credit cards: and the news couldn’t possibly be much better for consumers. Of course, the news of new Marriott card opportunities might ring particularly musical to my ears since one of the Marriott cards in my household is currently frozen under Chase Financial Review. In other doom and gloom, the war on gaming…

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Serve One VIP to be discontinued

Switch REDbird to Serve

    Serve is a type of prepaid card that can be loaded via cash or debit card at a variety of retail locations. There are several “flavors” of Serve — you can read more about all of them here: Complete guide to the many flavors of Serve. Which is Best?. Unfortunately, reports from reddit indicate that an email has been sent out to Amex Serve ONE VIP holders advising them that the card is being discontinued.…

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A 91K IHG Accelerate offer: What did you get?

IHG is out with their first Accelerate promotion of 2018: It’s Go Time. As has been the case with Accelerate offers for quite some time, the offers are targeted, so you’ll have to log in to see your offer. See the link below. The Deal Registration is open for IHG Acclerate: It’s Go Time (offer to be completed between 1/1/18 and 4/30/18) Direct link to register and see your offer Key Terms Offers are targeted, so…

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Shop until you’re dropped: Chase Financial Review freezes account

Recently, my wife opened a couple of new Chase credit cards; among them was a Chase Marriott Rewards card. A couple of days ago, she went to make a purchase online and received an error message that the purchase could not be completed — her card was declined. With the holidays coming, she had done some recent shopping and figured this was likely due to a security alert on her account…. No email, no call…

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Easy points: 3% off Five Back Visas, stack with 1% portal rewards

Giftcardmall is offering a terrific promotion that I’m sure won’t last: 3% off Five Back Visa Gift Cards (scheduled for 12/7-12/9, but I wouldn’t bet on it lasting longer than a day). That’s a nice deal that doesn’t come around often. Unfortunately, Giftcardmall can be a hard nut to crack — like Chuck at Doctor of Credit, I can’t seem to get an order through with them. If you can, you’ll come out ahead on these cards no…

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