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The Fine Print: No Justice In Small Claims Court

The following is not legal advice. Contact Alexander Bachuwa, a New York attorney, at BachuwaLaw.com if you have an inquiry.  When I first started writing The Fine Print series, I received comment after comment about the advantages of small claims court over arbitration. I pushed back and argued that consumer arbitration provides aggrieved claimants with a better chance of receiving relief. After beating Citi in one arbitration case, settling another, and fighting the likes of…

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$100 back on $500 at Ritz-Carlton with new Amex Offer

  There is a new Amex Offer out for $100 back on $500 or more at Ritz-Carlton. While the terms state that you must book directly through Ritz-Calrton, my experience with this exact same offer last year was that it did stack with Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts — I received the $100 back from this offer as well as a $100 resort credit and free breakfast for two, making this a pretty solid deal if used together…

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Free night anywhere with 2 stays

Wyndham Rewards has a new terrific promotion whereby you can earn enough points for a free night at any property in the world for just 2 paid stays with Masterpass. Note that you don’t have to pay with a Mastercard, just with Masterpass, the digital wallet. The Deal Get 7,500 points per stay for paying with Masterpass (up to 2 stays maximum) Direct link to promotion page Key Details Stays must be completed by October 31, 2017 (meaning you must check…

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Have I been missing out on Spirit’s Big Front Seat?

Welcome to this week’s Frequent Miler week in review around the web, where we catch you up on some of the interesting reads we’ve found around the ‘net this week. From a month on vacation to Spirit’s Big Front Seat, here are some interesting reads from around the ‘net: A Month Excursion to Costa Rica – How I used timeshares, hotel points, frequent flyer miles and credit cards to create a luxury affordable trip! When…

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Amazing: Business Class to Australia under $600 RT!

On the heels of this morning’s terrific airfare sale for British Airways business class, Secret Flying is reporting an absolutely amazing airfare available: business class round trip from Vancouver to Sydney, Australia for under $600. I’m seeing a number of dates that look available on Google flights, but the only ones I’ve found bookable so far are the ones being listed by Secret Flying. Note that I do see these flights available via Amex Travel,…

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Wow: Business Class to Europe + 28K miles or more for $1410 RT

As reported by First Class Flyer, there is a fantastic airfare sale on a number of airlines between Washington DC and Greece and between Chicago and Sofia, Bulgaria – though there may be other departure and arrival points available. I think by far the most exciting prospect is that you can fly on British Airways for as low as $1410 round trip and earn a lot of Alaska Miles (elites may earn more than 40K).   That’s a rare price indeed…

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Deal or no deal? A closer look to crunch the numbers

Deal or no deal? This week, everybody wanted to play. Virgin Atlantic said, “So you want to book Delta awards online? Deal!” – until turning around the next day to shout  “No deal!” after all. Thankfully, they weren’t the only show in town — from wine to credit card sign ups, we ran the numbers and declared where to find the deals. Read on for the Frequent Miler week in review. Options for Rocking the…

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Starwood Transfers: Best, Rest, and the Secret Weapon

Amex Transfer Partners

Yesterday I added a new resource page to this site: SPG Transfer Partners. This new page has several (hopefully) useful sections: Tips This section has suggestions for when to transfer points, who’s accounts you can transfer to, and more. I expect this section will grow over time in response to reader questions and suggestions. The Secret Weapon: Marriott and Beyond This section briefly discusses the value in transferring SPG points at a 1 to 3…

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My type of MS: Stacking and Reselling Neiman Marcus

This afternoon, we posted a Quick Deal for a gift card event at Neiman Marcus. That deal stuck out to me because my style of Manufactured Spending has long been reselling, and I’ve generated a lot of miles & cash back through reselling things I bought from Neiman Marcus. Today’s event is best maximized with cash back, but this event is common and I have often taken advantage of these gift card events to pad…

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