About Stephen Pepper

Stephen Pepper is on a 5 year, 50 state road trip with his wife Shae and their dog Truffles. Finding opportunities to earn miles and points is one of the ways they can afford to do this, so he'll try to help you do the same for your own travels.

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Huge Devaluation – Marriott Announces 2018 Category Changes

JW Marriott Washington DC

Following on from SPG’s 2018 category changes, Marriott have announced theirs and it’s a shocker. More than four times as many properties are moving up a category than are moving down. You can find the full list of changes here, but be warned – it’s not pretty. 1,082 properties are moving up a category while only 247 properties are moving down. There is a silver lining of sorts in that there are no properties moving…

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SPG Announces 2018 Category Changes: 145 Increases, 131 Decreases

The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

SPG have announced their category changes for 2018 and it’s a mixed bag, with 145 properties moving up one or more categories and 131 properties moving down. Lucky reported that there’s a net decrease, but going through the list myself it looks like there are more properties moving up categories than there are going down. The vast majority of hotels are only increasing or decreasing by one category, although there are half a dozen that…

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Earn 10,000 IHG Points For A Kimpton Stay (Targeted)


IHG have sent out a targeted email to some of its members offering 10,000 IHG Rewards Club points when staying at a Kimpton. The Deal Receive 10,000 IHG Rewards Club points with your next Kimpton stay from now until April 30, 2018. Key Terms Must be an IHG Rewards Club member and must register your member number in advance to participate in this Offer. (n.b. Despite these terms, there’s no registration link in the email from…

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Wyndham Timeshare Presentation Survival Guide. Get Your “No” Face On.

Practicing our 'No' faces (I call mine Angry Blue Steel)

Your dog’s so cute. What breed is she? And thus begins the tale of how we ended up at a Wyndham timeshare presentation. My wife (Shae) and I were visiting Myrtle Beach for a few days and decided to check out Broadway At The Beach with our dog one morning. While walking along, a woman at the Information Center called out to us and asked that question about Truffles. We’re used to people asking about…

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Several New 2X Membership Rewards Amex Offers

2X Membership Rewards Amex Offers

Check your American Express accounts that earn Membership Rewards as there are some new 2X Membership Rewards Amex Offers now available. The Deal Get one additional Membership Rewards point for each dollar you spend at Staples, Lowe’s and/or Dell.com. Key Terms Staples Available in-store or online at Staples.com Expires 3/31/2018 Lowe’s Available online only at Lowes.com Expires 12/31/2018 Dell.com Available online only at Dell.com Expires 3/31/2018 Quick Thoughts I have the Lowe’s and Dell.com Amex…

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(EXPIRED) T-Mobile Tuesdays: $15 Off $25 + Free Shipping

T-Mobile Tuesdays 1-800 Flowers offer

There’s a limited time 1-800 Flowers offer on the T-Mobile Tuesdays app offering $15 off when spending $25+, plus you get free shipping. This deal can be stacked with some other deals – here’s how: The Deal Claim your code in the T-Mobile Tuesdays app to get $15 off when spending $25+. You’ll also get free shipping / no service charge. Key Terms Claim in app by February 7, 2018 at 4:59am ET and redeem…

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Last Chance Deals: Chase Pay 10% / 10X Bonuses, 5X Membership Rewards & More


Welcome to our weekly list of what’s ending this week as well as a collection of some other deals that are due to end soon. In case you missed the changes a couple of weeks ago, we’re now publishing a list of deals due to end in the coming week, as well as those due to end by the end of the month. Both these and all other deals due to expire in a month or…

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Kroger 4X Fuel Points On Dining & Entertainment Gift Cards

Kroger 4x fuel points dining entertainment

There’s a new Kroger 4X fuel points digital coupon you can load to your account for dining and entertainment gift card purchases. This can be stacked with some other offers – here’s how. The Deal Load the digital coupon to your account and earn 4X fuel points when buying a participating dining and entertainment category gift card. Key Terms Expires February 14, 2018 Quick Thoughts It’s a shame that 4X fuel points are restricted to…

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Hyatt Credit Card: Spend $300, Get $30 At Grocery & Drug Stores

Hyatt $30 back

World of Hyatt are sending out emails to Chase Hyatt credit cardholders offering a $30 statement credit when spending $300 at grocery and drug stores. The Deal Spend $300 on in-store purchases at grocery stores or drug stores in the U.S. by February 28, 2018 and get a $30 statement credit. Key Terms This offer is only valid for Hyatt Credit Cardmembers in good standing who receive this offer and register for it by 2/28/2018.…

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