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Finally targeted for a good IHG Accelerate promo

While most banks, airlines, and hotel programs have been cracking down on “gaming”, IHG has taken the opposite approach.  They’ve regularly run promotions that are like games.  They target different customers with different challenges in order to earn bonus points. The problem for me has been that most of my offers in the past have been terrible.  With the latest IHG Q3 Accelerate promo, though, I like what I see! To register for this promo…

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35,000 bonus points: Planning my first mattress run in years…

I haven’t done a mattress run in years, but I’m planning one now.  A mattress run is where you book and check in to a hotel just for the points and/or to earn status.  About 5 years ago, when Club Carlson offered 50,000 points for a one night Radisson stay my wife, son, and I each checked into cheap Radisson hotels just for the points.  We checked in, visited the room out of curiosity, and…

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Bet You Didn’t Know: Two Quirks in the Hyatt Changeover That Might Be Mattress Run Worthy

By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   Yesterday’s reveal of the new “World of Hyatt” elite status program lit up the points and miles community, with tons of speculation about winners and losers. I’m sure Greg the Frequent Miler will have some thoughts on it going forward, especially about whether it’s worth pursing the new top-tier Hyatt status. As for myself, it’s safe to say most folks have no problem choosing which category to put me in. And it has nothing to do with my…

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SPG: Two free nights (cat 1-5) after two stays!

SPG two free nights:

Every now and then I learn something cool about the miles & points hobby from my son.  For example, I previously reported a way to get targeted for Amex business card offers based on my son’s experience in setting up a website domain.  Now, I learned that new SPG members can get targeted for a really nice offer… On October 2nd, I enrolled my son in the Starwood Preferred Guest program.  I don’t even remember…

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