Citi adds Virgin Atlantic as transfer partner

In July 2014, Citibank added the ability to transfer ThankYou points to various airline programs, as long as you have a premium ThankYou card such as the Premier or Prestige.  Today, they added a new transfer partner: Virgin Atlantic. Overall, Virgin Atlantic miles aren’t the most valuable in the world, but there are a few really good uses for them.  One good option is to use the miles to book flights to the United Kingdom. …

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It’s not too late – Deals still alive as of 1/18/2015

Each week we publish a number of fantastic deals on the blog and in Quick Deals. Most deals don’t last long, but some hang around for awhile. In an effort to keep you up to date, we have gone back through each of the deals posted over the last couple of months to let you know which ones are still active. Here are the deals still alive as of January 18, 2015. Through January 18…

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A faster way to add money to your PayPal account

PayPal register reload

As reported by Doctor of Credit, it appears that PayPal will be replacing reload cards (MyCash cards and MoneyPaks) with a new “load at register” approach.  Before this change it is/was possible to buy PayPal reload cards (either in the form of PayPal My Cash cards or Greendot MoneyPaks) at a store and then reload your PayPal account online using those cards.  Sometimes it has been possible to earn credit card rewards by buying those…

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Bet You Didn’t Know: Maximizing Marriott’s 5th Night Free on longer stays

marriott 5th night free

By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   Not a day goes by when I don’t think to myself, “man, it would be really cool if…” followed by some sort of very basic and totally logical innovation. You know, something along the lines of “man, it would be really cool if Delta’s newly fixed online award redemption system was actually fixed and not just a little less broken than it used to be.” This happens to me…

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30,000 miles to nowhere. Party in the sky, and the solution to the traitorous laptop

Background: Until recently, there was a one time opportunity to get top tier American Airlines AAdvantage elite status (Executive Platinum) by enrolling in and completing the US Airways Preferred Status Trial.  For fun, I decided to go for it and I know that many readers did too.  Now we just have to fly 30,000 miles on US Airways or American Airlines flights!  Follow along through this series of posts, or on Twitter search for hashtag…

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$100 free for DIRECTV customers!

Remember the Amazing Amex deal — $150 free for AT&T customers?  If you have an Amex business card and were targeted for this offer, you still have until April 15th 2015 to get your free money.  And, if you weren’t targeted, here’s another option… The above offer is very similar to the AT&T offer except that with this one you have to browse to enroll.amexnetwork.com/US/en/DirecTVOPEN/ to register your Amex business card.  This is great because…

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Are Delta’s upgrade certificates as good as they sound?

Late in 2013, I posted “Why Delta’s great new Choice Benefits irk me.”  Delta had just announced that they would be introducing regional and global upgrade certificates as choice benefits for high level elites.  Here is a summary of the new benefits: Regional Upgrade certificates: Platinum Medallions have a Choice Benefit of 4 Regional Upgrade certificates that can be applied on any paid flight that qualifies for free Medallion upgrades.  Certificates may be used only…

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Top 6 REDbird solutions

REDbird (technically, the Target Prepaid REDcard) is an amazing product from Target and American Express.  You can load money to REDbird at Target, for free, with a debit card or credit card (and earn points).  Use it to pay at Target and you’ll receive an automatic 5% discount.  Use it to buy things online at Target.com and you’ll get not only the 5% discount, but free shipping as well.  Withdraw money at Allpoint ATMs, or…

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A new way to increase rewards beyond 5X

The Chase Ink family of business cards offer 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar for purchases made at office supply stores.  Those who shop often at office supply stores obviously will do well with these cards.  Those who shop elsewhere can do well too by using their Chase Ink card to buy gift cards at office supply stores.  An easy double dip looks like this: Go through online rewards portal to Staples.com Buy merchant gift…

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