Altitude Reserve flight search better than expected but far from perfect

The new US Bank Altitude Reserve card offers very good first year value thanks to its 50K signup bonus and $325 in travel credits (the card currently shows up in the #20 spot on our Top 10+ Credit Card Offers page)  The best use of the card’s points, in my opinion, is to redeem them for flights at a value of 1.5 cents per point. The problem is that you have to book your flights…

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Chase mobile wallet promotions: get a statement credit for grocery store purchases

As reported earlier this week at Doctor of Credit, there are several offers out from Chase to earn a statement credits after making 5 purchases at grocery stores with a mobile wallet. The offers are available on the Chase Freedom card (appears targeted), the Chase Ritz-Carlton Rewards card, and the Chase Marriott Rewards Card (personal version). They are as follows: Chase Freedom card The offer Get a $15 statement credit when you pay 5 times at…

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70K/60K Delta SkyMiles bonuses for businesses, too [Unavailable]

Earlier today, we posted a quick deal with increased offers on the Amex Delta Gold SkyMiles and Amex Delta Platinum SkyMiles credit cards. When posting that Quick Deal and updating our Best Offers page, I missed the fact that these increased offers also apply to the business version of each card. Details below (and see the previous Quick Deal for the personal card offers). Note the key difference with the business cards being that the Platinum Delta…

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Huge new Delta SkyMiles offers [Unavailable]

There are great new public offers out on both the Amex Gold Delta SkyMiles  and the Amex Platinum Delta SkyMiles credit cards — whereby you can earn 60,000 Delta SkyMiles (Gold Delta SkyMiles) or 70,000 Delta SkyMiles + 10K MQMs (Platinum Delta SkyMiles). You can additionally get a statement credit on either card for spending money at Delta in your first few months. The offers follow. Update #2: These offers are currently unavailable through Frequent Miler. Update: These…

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More Samsung LoopPay: Verizon Samsung Galaxy S6 for $149 (YMMV)

While we don’t usually post hard-to-find clearance deals, we did post one a few weeks ago that had the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 down to $199 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge at $399 at many stores. It appears that Walmart is continuing to clearance out some of the older Samsung phones: a user on Slickdeals reported finding the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S6 bundled with a Samsung Level Box Mini Bluetooth speaker for $149. The Galaxy S6 will…

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Amex Platinum for Less (2017 edition)

Amex Platinum for Less

The Amex Platinum card comes with a slew of useful benefits such as lounge access (Centurion Lounge, Delta SkyClub, Priority Pass Select lounges, etc.); elite status with Starwood (and, therefore, Marriott too), Hilton, National Car Rental; free unlimited Boingo Wifi; annual $200 in airline fee reimbursements; Global Entry fee reimbursements; and more.  You can find a nearly complete checklist here: Amex Platinum Checklist. You get all of that, and more, for “only” $550 per year.…

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Business Class: British Airways Companion Sale – good prices + a ton of Alaska miles

    British Airways has launched a Club World Business Class Companion Sale, offering some very good prices between North America and London when traveling as a couple with prices from $2,043 round trip per person based on 2 adults traveling to and from a number of cities. The prices below are what’s advertised — but in searches, I found some prices even lower than advertised. You can go directly to the sale page here. This sale is…

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Will Emirates honor the Maldives mistake fare?

Last night, we posted an incredible mistake fare from the Maldives to New York for just $101 one-way or $142 round trip. You could fly with stopovers for a bit more or to many European destinations for about $65. The catch was whether or not Emirates would honor this incredible fare. At the time, we urged readers to wait before making any additional bookings as this seemed unlikely to be honored. This morning, a reader…

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Family mileage running for Star Alliance Gold

In the post “Hunt for Star Alliance Gold” I described why I wanted Star Alliance Gold status (lounge access!), and I told the story about a crazy Rube Goldberg-ish approach to status matching that I attempted. The match to Taj to Shargri-La to Singapore status approach ultimately failed, but a reader named Geo left a very interesting comment: If you travel often with your family, look into crediting to Egyptair Plus, apparently you can pool…

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