A hotel hack, cheap cancellation fees, poor service, and more

This week around the web, we’ve got a nice little hotel hack to create your own award availability, the program you want to use for flexible plans in Europe, a look at how company culture affects customer service, and more. Read on for the weekend recap: Hotel Hack: Book Award Night When Only Cash Rates Available (YMMV) All I have to say about this is that it could also potentially be useful if award pricing…

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Maximizing plans, minimizing costs, a new sweet spot and more

Greg and I discuss the terrific resources he added to the site this week, a sweet spot we’re excited about, and which miles Greg would buy speculatively and why in this week’s Frequent Miler on the Air broadcast. Check it out here: FM on the Air Podcast For those who would rather listen during the morning commute or while you’re working, the audio of our weekly Facebook Live broadcast is also available for download as…

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Chase Freedom Q4 2019 Categories Announced: PayPal, Chase Pay & Department Stores

Chase Freedom Q4 2019

Chase has announced the 5% categories for Q4 2019 and it’s a good selection – PayPal, Chase Pay & department stores will all earn at the 5% rate. Those three categories aren’t being listed on the website yet (as you can see above), but One Mile at a Time is reporting that those will be the ways you can earn 5% from October 1 to December 31. That should make it pretty easy to max…

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Sam’s Club Amex Offer: Buy $45 Membership & Get $25 Back

Sam's Club Amex Offer

There’s a new Sam’s Club Amex Offer that’s offering $25 back when paying for a new $45 membership. While it’s not currently possible to stack deals to make this a profitable deal like it was in the past, you can still make it break even with a couple of other deals. The Deal Buy Sam’s Club membership and get $25 back. Direct link to offer. Key Terms Expires January 31, 2020. Offer valid only on…

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IHG: Earn 10k Points With Ambassador Status + 3k-6k Bonus Points When Staying At InterContinental Properties

InterContinental Ambassador Promotions

IHG Rewards Club has launched a couple of new promotions aimed at people staying at InterContinental properties. The first might tilt the math in favor of paying for Ambassador status, while the second will reward you with 3,000 or 6,000 bonus points for each InterContinental stay before the end of November. The Deals & Key Terms Enroll in IHG Rewards Club’s Ambassador status and earn 10,000 bonus points. Ambassador Enrollment and stay bonus points may…

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A couple’s credit card plan: 820,000 points in 15 months

Recently I published two first year credit card plans for a single person: one with and one without business cards: Beginner credit card plan — 325,000 points in 12 months (no business cards) Beginner with business credit card plan: 460,000 points in 15 months This post rounds out the series by introducing two player mode: signing up for cards as a couple.  Two is definitely better than one when it comes to credit card perks…

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(EXPIRED) Save 7% Sitewide On Raise With Promo Code FALL7 (Ends September 13)

Raise Promo Code FALL7

Raise emailed a new coupon code tonight – FALL7 – to select customers that takes 7% off all gift cards listed on its site. Although the wording of the email made it sound like it’s a targeted offer, anyone can use the promo code from now until it expires on September 13. The Deal Save 7% sitewide on Raise when using promo code FALL7. Direct link to offer. Key Terms Expires September 13, 2019 at…

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New Chase Offer: 10% back on Alaska Airlines flights [Targeted]

There is a new targeted Chase Offer out today to get 10% back on Alaska Airlines flights when you spend $50 or more (up to $31 back). That’s a mild savings, but getting ten percent off on airfare is always a welcome sight. The Deal Get 10% back on an Alaska Airlines purchase of $50 or more via a new targeted Chase Offer Key Details Expires 9/27/19 Maximum of $31 back Not valid on lounge purchases, gift card…

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How to save money on your trip to Bora-Bora

During our recent trip to Bora Bora, we met Couple A who had booked a few nights using points. Another couple (Couple B), clearly not award travelers, later told us about how they heard Couple A had used points to book this hotel. Couple B remarked, “They must have a lot of points!” Later, in our room, my wife told me that upon hearing this (and about Couple B’s extended stay at several Bora Bora…

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