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10am check-in for IHG Spire Elites

Last week, IHG sent out an email to Spire Elite members advising them of a new benefit of the program: 10am early check-in based on availability. That’s a nice benefit to have if it works out, though it seems that this is going to be up to the hotel’s discretion — which isn’t much of a change in reality. This new benefit is included in the chart of elite benefits at IHG’s website: And here is…

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Stacking for a great price on cookware at Macy’s

If you’re looking for a new set of stainless steel pots and pans, Macy’s has a nice deal today that can be stacked with an increased payout of 8 miles per dollar from the Alaska Airlines shopping portal. Additionally, there is a portal bonus that would yield another 500 miles after you spend $150 or more through the portal. Theoretically, that means you would need to find a cheap filler (more on that below). You can also combo this…

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Paypal bought the Tio bill pay service and shut them down

In July, PayPal announced that they had completed the purchase of the bill payment service Tio (formerly ChargeSmart).  Now, via Business Wire, it was reported that PayPal suspended Tio’s operations to protect Tio’s customers.  They wrote: This suspension of services is a result of PayPal’s discovery of security vulnerabilities on the TIO platform and issues with TIO’s data security program that do not adhere to PayPal’s information security standards. TIO is not integrated into PayPal’s…

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Singapore devalues some, adds online partner booking

Singapore Airlines has announced that as of December 7th, partner awards will be bookable online. That’s exciting news as it means you will no longer need to call in to Singapore Airlines for partner awards. However, along with that news comes a devaluation on a number of partner awards without much notice. Thankfully, most of the changes aren’t massive — and Singapore KrisFlyer miles are pretty easy to come by since they are transfer partners…

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10x at Staples this morning to be honored for those who got in

This morning, we published a post about big increased payouts at some popular retailers through the United MileagePlus shopping portal. The star of the show was Staples offering 10 United MileagePlus miles per dollar. Unfortunately, it was very short lived. Shortly thereafter, people began reporting that the rate had dropped to 2 or 3 miles per dollar (depending on whether or not they held a Mileage Plus credit card).  Wondering if there had been a mistake, we reached out…

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Now direct transfers from Ultimate Rewards to Iberia and Aer Lingus

Over the weekend, Chase added the ability to transfer directly from Ultimate Rewards to two more valuable partners, Iberia Plus and Aer Lingus AerClub. While transfers have always been possible to make indirectly (See: Bet You Didn’t Know: 3 Methods To Transfer Avios Between Iberia and British Airways), that has been kind of a pain and required some setup. It will be nice to be able to avoid those hoops and transfer directly from now on. As…

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Citi adds Avianca Life Miles as Thank You transfer partner

Avianca’s LifeMiles program is a popular option for booking Star Alliance flights because they have no fuel surcharges, decent award rates, and they often sell miles cheaply. They are about to increase in popularity as Avianca Life Miles has now been added as the latest Citi Thank You transfer partner. As seen in the picture above, Citi Thank You points transfer to Avianca Life Miles at a 1:1 ration in blocks of 1,000 miles. This is…

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No more Discover double up on referrals

Discover has sent an email to some card holders advising of an unfortunate change in its referral program: beginning on January 1, 2018, the $50 bonus for referring a friend or opening a new account will be paid as a statement credit rather than as part of your cashback bonus. Furthermore, you’ll be limited to earning $500 a year from referrals. Here’s the full email:     Unfortunately, that means the referral/new account bonus will no longer double at the…

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[Expired] Increased Delta bonuses end tomorrow

As a reminder, the increased offers on the Delta SkyMiles credit cards are set to expire tomorrow. These increased offers are as good as it typically gets on each of these cards. If you’re considering one of them, this is a reminder that time on these offers is running out. Delta of course no longer publishes an award chart, but 70,000 miles should be enough for one-way saver-level business class between North America and Europe on Delta…

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