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Upgrading Marriott Travel Packages

A couple of readers have recently reported problems with trying to upgrade their Marriott Travel Packages.  This is a quick post just to affirm that it can still be done.  I just did it.  And, as expected, upgrading or downgrading has the benefit of extending the expiration date of the certificate. If you’d like background on Marriott Travel Packages, please see: 12 things you need to know about Marriott Travel Packages. Starting from Category 1-5…

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Great Value Transferring Ultimate Rewards

Introducing a new resource page: Chase Transfer Partners. This page lists all of the options for transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards points to airline and hotel loyalty programs. The page is divided into sections: Best Transfer Partners, Other Transfer Partners, and Indirect Transfer Partners. The Best Transfer Partners list includes a brief summary of why I consider each transfer to be worthwhile. The Other Transfer Partners list includes an explanation of why I don’t recommend these…

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New reasons to attend FTU MSP, and $20 off

I always enjoy attending and speaking at FTU (Frequent Traveler University), but I’m particularly excited about the next one: FTU Advanced Minneapolis (June 9 – 11 2017).  This one will be different, in a number of positive ways… Why this FTU is different from all other FTUs This is the first FTU ever where the schedule has been organized by Stefan Krasowski AKA Rapid Travel Chai.  Stefan is a great guy with an unbelievable wealth…

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Great hotel point value near LAX, and a magic mirror

The other day I stumbled upon a terrific hotel point value near LAX airport. I needed a one night stay and was looking for a good deal. I checked paid and point prices for nearly every chain. Then I found the new Cambria Hotel & Suites which was available for only 10,000 points per night. That was a surprise. Lesser brands in the area were charging more. Cambria is an upper-end brand of the mostly…

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Flower rewards made simple. Just answer 1 question…

Get 30 miles per dollar for Mother’s Day!  Earn 1750 points per dollar!  25% cash back for flowers! …. You’ve seen the ads.  If you know a little bit about flower shopping then you know that these “deals” aren’t really deals at all.  If you know a bit more, then you know that it is possible to turn these bad deals into great deals.  And, if you know even more, you know that the details…

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Buying gift cards with the Altitude Reserve

The new US Bank Altitude Reserve Card has the distinction of being the first card ever to offer a standard category bonus for mobile wallet payments.  Specifically, the card offers 3 points per dollar for mobile wallet payments (Apple Pay, Android Pay, Samsung Pay, and Microsoft Wallet) and travel purchases.  Many readers undoubtedly wonder if they can use mobile wallet payments to as a way of earning points cheaply.  I’ve previously warned people away from…

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10,000+ American Airlines miles with 4 partner offers [Targeted?]

American Airlines is out with a nice offer to earn up to 10,000 bonus AAdvantage miles by spending with partners. The Deal Earn up to 10,000 bonus miles depending on your transactions with partners Transact with 2 partners, earn 2,000 bonus miles Transact with 3 partners, earn 5,000 bonus miles Transact with all 4 partners, earn 10,000 bonus miles Partner offers Earn up to 30 miles per dollar with 1800-Flowers Earn miles with AAdvantage eShopping…

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$0 activation fee Visa / MC Gift Card at Kroger: earn rewards + 2x fuel points

Kroger has a great promotion going through tomorrow that enables you to earn free credit card rewards and fuel points. The Deal No activation fee on $100 Visa and Mastercard gift cards Gift cards earn 2x fuel points Key terms Find the coupon here (choose the “Gift Card” category on the left to filter the coupons) Limit 1 coupon per household Ends 5/6/17 Excludes variable load cards and denominations less than $100 Quick Thoughts This is…

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FlexPerks kills 3X charity for 2018 and beyond

FlexPerks

In my recent post “The next best credit card perks that will be taken away,” I predicted the demise of the 3X charity category bonus on the US Banks FlexPerk Visa card.  Reader Kumar then pointed out that 3X charity was already scheduled drop to 2X at the end of this year.  He wrote: US Bank already announced the reduction in Charity category: 3X FlexPoints per net $1 spent for charitable donations until 12/31/17, therafter…

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