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Convert 80,000 Marriott points into 100,000 Alaska miles (1.3% guaranteed)

convert Marriott points to Alaska miles

In case there was any doubt, let me be clear from the start: 99% of this post is wishful thinking… Given that Chase is currently offering 80,000 point signup bonuses for both their personal and business Marriott cards, and in light of the news that SPG points are now transferable to Virgin America, I thought it would be fun to play “what if…” Step 1: Convert 80,000 Marriott Rewards to 40,000 Starpoints Now that Marriott’s…

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How to play the Alaska / Virgin America deal

Alaska Virgin America

It’s official.  Alaska Airlines is buying Virgin America.  And, the question on my mind, of course, is how can we make the most of this? Virgin America points are arguably worth roughly two times Alaska’s Mileage Plan miles.  How do I get that number?  Look at my Transfer Partner Master List.  There you’ll see that the transferable points programs that transfer to Alaska Mileage Plan (SPG and Diner’s Club) do so 1 to 1, whereas…

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Top 7 shortcuts to earning Alaska Mileage Plan miles

Alaska Mileage Plan

Following many airline program devaluations and rule changes, Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan miles may be the most valuable airline miles remaining.  Here are a few reasons that Alaska miles kick butt: Ability to book flights on partner airlines including domestic carriers American Airlines and Delta as well as a number of great foreign airlines including Air France, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, and Qantas Reasonable award prices, even for first class international travel No fuel surcharges on…

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How to convert Discover Cashback into airline miles

convert Discover Cashback into airline miles

Soon, I have no doubt, many readers will be flush with Discover Cashback (see: The NEW Deal of the Year: Preparing for Discover Apple Pay and $2,000).  That’s great, but some readers prefer earning miles.  And, I’m not talking about Discover Miles.  Those are essentially pennies.  I’m talking about airline miles that can be used to towards flights, ideally at outsized value. I’ve already explained how to get massive amounts of Discover Cashback.  Here’s how…

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AA and Alaska portal offers: Home Depot, Crate & Barrel, Eddie Bauer, Sears, Sephora, more…

The American Airlines AAdvantage eShopping Portal and Alaska Airlines MileagePlan Shopping Portal are offering increased bonus miles at a number of stores.  Offers that stood out to me are listed below. AAdavantage eShopping Portal Athleta 6X Crate & Barrel 6X Eddie Bauer 6X Golfsmith 9X Home Depot 5X Kate Spade 9X Macy’s 7X   Alaska MileagePlan Shopping JC Penney 9X 20X Sears 5X Sephora 10X Notes You do not need to pay with an…

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SkyClub dry cleaning, Singapore miles, credit card offers, and Alaska’s same day change policy

A cool device at the LaGuardia SkyClub I visited the Delta SkyClub at the LaGuardia airport on my last visit to New York, and found an interesting device there, called a “Swash”: As far as I can tell, it seems to be like a mini automated dry cleaner.  Put some clothes in, add a little Keurig-like Swash Pod cup, and then 10 minutes later your clothes are like new.  Or, at least, that seems to…

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Alaska Airlines debit card: the end is nigh

Yesterday, Hack My Trip reported a rumor that Bank of America would stop issuing the Alaska Airlines debit card as of Sunday, November 10th.  When I read Scott’s post, I was glad that I had ordered my card a few days ago.  Then, today, the card came in the mail (yay!), but it included this “important program update“: Effective 5/31/14, the Alaska Airlines debit card program from Bank of America will end. You are not…

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