25K, 35K, and 50K Marriott hotel opportunities before and after March 5 2019

We’ve previously reported that Marriott’s annual category changes have been announced and will take effect on March 5, 2019 (Marriott’s Annual Devaluation: 120 Fewer Properties For Credit Card Nights).  Every year, Marriott adjusts the point prices of many of their hotels by changing the category to which they’re assigned.  For example, category 5 hotels cost 35K points per night, standard.  So, to reprice a hotel upward, Marriott changes the category from 5 to 6 and…

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Hong Kong for ~$350 RT from many US cities

There are currently some phenomenal fares available on Air Canada for round trip economy class travel to Hong Kong that includes seat selection and a checked bag, with flights from the West Coast from $341 and from the East Coast from $354 and cities in the middle of the country (like Chicago or Houston) for twenty or thirty bucks more. Those are terrific fares. I’ve flown Air Canada round trip from New York to Hong Kong in…

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Stack Dell / Saks credits w/ 14% back today

Ebates is offering 14% cash back today at many retailers. Two that may be of particular interest are Sak’s Fifth Avenue and Dell since those offers could potentially stack with popular card benefits offering credits at those stores and with an Amex Offer (for Dell). The Deal Get 14% cash back today at many stores via Ebates (including Dell and Sak’s Fifth Ave) Direct link to sign up for Ebates if you’re new (if you’re new, you’ll get $10 back after…

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4x fuel points + $5 off w/ Happy Lady at Kroger

Kroger is offering digital coupons good for $5 off your grocery purchase with the purchase of a $50+ Happy Lady gift card and also for 4x fuel points on eligible gift cards (including Happy cards and several others) through 2/19/19. I loaded both coupons last night via the Kroger app, though I’m not sure I’ll get a chance to take advantage before this promo is over. The Deal Kroger and its many affiliates are offering two digital coupons: $5…

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New Capital One business credit monitoring tool

Capital One has launched a new tool for businesses to monitor their business credit. The tool looks like it works similar to existing free consumer tools, but provides a glance at the business side of your credit. To my knowledge, this tool is the first of its kind to give access on the business side, and it is open to all US business owners (not just Capital One customers). As with other free tools, the…

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Phantom Menace: An award search time suck

Yesterday, I ran into what momentarily felt like a cool discovery: the British Airways website was showing saver-level availability on an American Airlines flight I wanted to book despite the fact that American showed no saver space available. Unfortunately, it turned out to be phantom space — award seats that appear to be available online but aren’t actually available to book in real life. At least, they were phantomish (more detail below). The key takeaway was…

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18-25% off award stays at some IHG hotels in NYC

IHG is offering a discount on award stays at some of its New York City properties, ranging from 18% to 25% off the number of points required for a free night at those properties. This one is valid for stays booked and completed by April 30th. It doesn’t result in amazing deals, but might work out to be decent enough if cash rates are high during your dates. The Deal Discount on award stays at the following IHG properties…

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Get An Almost Free Valentine’s Day Lunch With This Chase Pay Offer

Chase Pay Valentine's Day

Chase Pay is back with another discount when you order a meal through the app. This one is only valid tomorrow (Valentine’s Day), but unlike some of the recent discounts, it can be used all day rather than at a set time. This means you should be able to get an almost free lunch on February 14, or a good discount on dinner. The Deal Use the Chase Pay app on February 14, 2019 to…

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Amex Vendor Pay. The ultimate path to free credit card rewards? (hint: no)

If you have an Amex business card, you’ve probably received an email from Amex with the headline: “Introducing a new Card benefit to make paying bills easier.” And, if you’re into points and miles, you may have taken particular note that they’re advertising the ability to use your Amex card to pay suppliers with no fee.  And, they explicitly state that you earn rewards when you do so. Have we just found the ultimate no-fee…

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