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Bet You Didn’t Know: Sears Shutdown, RadPad Issues, and Southwest Standby

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By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   Normally the “Bet You Didn’t Know” series is focused on tips and tricks rather than news, but there have been several recent items of interest that I’ve seen only lightly covered across the blogosphere, or in some cases not at all. And since these are important tidbits that points and miles collectors should know about, we’re going to switch it up a bit this week. Call it a “Breaking News”…

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Strange, but true: New Southwest points are worth more BEFORE you get the Companion Pass

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Argument Overview In this post, I argue the following: The redemption value of Southwest Rapid Rewards points, relative to cash, is the same with or without the Companion Pass.  This point hinges on the fact that the Companion Pass allows you to add a companion for free regardless of whether you pay with points or cash. When working towards a Companion Pass, it can be worth “paying” more for qualifying points than you should pay…

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Six ways to secure a Southwest Companion Pass without flying

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If you want to be free to fly around the country (and slightly beyond), with a friend, the best deal around is the Southwest Companion Pass.  The deal is simple: earn 110,000 Southwest points in one calendar year and you’ll get a Companion Pass valid for the rest of that year and all of the next year.  While the Companion Pass is valid, it can be used an unlimited number of times.  Simply book a…

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Is it time to convert Discover Cash Back to miles?

1-800-Flowers Extreme Stacking

If you have a stash of Discover Cash Back, but you’d rather have Southwest Rapid Rewards points or JetBlue TrueBlue points, then now may be the time to convert Discover Cash Back to miles. This opportunity is contingent upon two overlapping deals: Redeem Discover Cash for 1800Flowers gift certificates. $20 in Discover Cash Back gives you a $30 gift certificate. (this is an ongoing offer) Earn 1750 JetBlue or Southwest points per order at 1800Flowers…

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1750 Southwest points per order at 1-800-Flowers. Buy miles for 1.3 cents each.

Offer valid through 2/15/2016 1-800-Flowers is currently offering 1750 Southwest Rapid Rewards points per order for orders of $29.99 or more.  Bonus points will not count toward A-List, A-List Preferred or Companion Pass Qualification (if you want to earn points that count towards the Companion Pass, use code RR22 to get 1,000 points per order). To get this deal, use code RR82 when checking out. This deal does stack with: 1800Flowers gift cards with the…

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The Rube Goldberg approach to buying miles and delivering flowers [Update: ShopRunner not stacking with promos]

Rube Goldberg buying miles and delivering flowers

UPDATE 1:20 PM ET, 1/28/16: It turns out that ShopRunner free deliver does not stack with mile-earning promo codes.  I’m sorry for this mix up!  I will publish an updated post shortly. UPDATE 2;30 PM ET, 1/28/16: I’ve updated this post to indicate which deals require investing in Celebrations Passport ($29.99 per year). I can’t help myself.  Every now and then a bunch of deals come together in a wonderful, but ridiculously complicated way.  And,…

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Arches, Bryce, Grand Canyon, Zion, and more via trains, planes, and automobiles

National Park Tour: Hoover Dam

Here it is. Our fantastic trip west to visit four national parks and the Hoover Dam… Amtrak Wolverine to Chicago Nine of us (across two families) began our trip west in business class on Amtrak’s Wolverine line, from Ann Arbor to Chicago.  The four and a half hour trip was pleasant and uneventful. Business class is slightly roomier than coach and includes complementary newspapers and a free non alcoholic drink per person. In Chicago, our…

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How to convert Discover Cashback into airline miles

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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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Kmart 12X Southwest points. 24X double dip possible.

Through September 16, the Southwest Rapid Rewards Shopping portal is offering 12 points per dollar for shopping at Kmart. On September 1, I ran a number of experiments to see if purchasing gift cards at Sears and Kmart still resulted in portal points despite the portal terms stating otherwise.  I reported the experiments here.  It took two weeks to get results, but now I see points pending for all of my purchases except one.  I…

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