Does a hotel booking trigger the Boxed offer?

This morning, Greg wrote about the Top 5 Category 5 Marriotts in the world, where you take advantage of a 7-night Marriott Travel package or a Category 1-5 free night from the credit card or MegaBonus promotions. Last night, I made a hotel booking of my own in an attempt to take advantage of an entirely different offer… We recently reported on several versions of an Amex Offer out for Boxed.com: Spend $150 and get…

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New 50K signup offer worth $500 in travel

Capital One has increased the signup bonus on the Capital One Venture Rewards card to 50,000 Capital One miles after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months — enough for $500 worth of travel expenses. That beats the previous signup bonus by 10,000 points and matches the best offer we’ve seen on this card over the past couple of years. Capital One Venture Rewards Card The Offer Earn 50,000 miles after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months…

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Top 5 Cat 5 Marriotts in the World

Marriott provides many opportunities to earn free category 1-5 nights.  Their credit cards each offer a free cat 1-5 night per year.  They frequently run “Megabonus” promotions in which two stays results in 1 free cat 1-5 night (make sure to register!).  And, the best value Marriott Travel Package results in a certificate for up to 7 nights in a category 1-5 hotel (see: 12 things you need to know about Marriott Travel Packages). Marriott…

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I used Amtrak points….for a train

This morning, Greg wrote a post called, “Loyalty alchemy. Turn Amtrak coal into United gold, and more…“. In it, he explains how you can take advantage of some interesting transfer opportunities to turn Amtrak and Choice hotel points into United miles. There is some interesting value to be had for sure — see his post for more on that. I loved Greg’s analysis, and some readers even commented on their plans to take advantage of…

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United to send out digital / downloadable club passes

One of the benefits of the Chase United MileagePlus Explorer Card is 2 annual United Club passes. Those paper passes have always been mailed around your anniversary date. However, as has been reported elsewhere, Chase has started sending out mailers indicating that beginning in November, passes will be sent digitally. Here’s the letter I received today: As you can see, the letter indicates that the club passes will be automatically added to my MileagePlus account…

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Easy win: $20 VGC + $150 Best Buy Gift card for $150 at Simon Mall

Simon Malls are offering a great deal this week: Buy $150 or more in Best Buy Gift Cards and get a bonus $20 Visa Gift Card. The advertisement says October 16-29, but it wouldn’t be surprising if this ends much sooner. The Deal Buy $150 in Best Buy Gift Cards between October 16-29 and get a bonus $20 Visa Simon Gift Card. Quick Thoughts I can’t get the link to the terms to open (it gives me an error page…

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Buy Avios for ~1.46 cents or less

Loyalty Lobby reports a sale on Avios through a French website that might be a good deal depending on your use of the points (and how easily you could otherwise manufacture points). Packages are available that work out to 1.46 cents each or less, which isn’t a rate at which I’d buy Avios just to hold them, but they could be more valuable than the purchase price in the right scenario. The Deal Buy Avios at…

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Loyalty alchemy. Turn Amtrak coal into United gold, and more…

One of the things that has long fascinated me about points and miles is the fact that great opportunities are sometimes opened up by the ability to convert points from one program to another.  When Marriott bought Starwood and made it possible to convert SPG points to Marriott at a 1 to 3 ratio, I totally geeked out about the many possibilities this raised.  For examples, see: Marriott SPG Complete Guide to Sweet Opportunities Marriott…

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Fairmont free night certificates are posting

Earlier this year, the Chase Fairmont Visa Signature card was discontinued (See: Bye bye Fairmont card. I hardly knew ya). Greg wrote about how to maximize value with credit card spend before this card was converted to the Chase Sapphire Preferred (See: Rocking Fairmont credit card free nights and elite benefits). Part of that strategy involved spending $12K to earn an additional free night certificate. Recently, several readers have posted questions inquiring as to the…

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