Citi is poised to rock our wallets again

This has been a whirlwind year for Citi credit cards.  In January, the Citi Prestige card became the card in my wallet for all restaurant and airfare spend when they introduced new 5X awards in those categories (see: Prestige rocks my wallet for 2019).  The main downsides were that Citi increased the card’s annual fee and nerfed the Prestige card’s 4th Night Free benefit.  But, for me, 5X for dining (which I do a lot…

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Tip: Check Marriott reservations for decreases

Marriott Bonvoy introduced peak and off-peak pricing over the weekend (and we published a post earlier about how you could leverage the current sale on points with off-peak Cat 1 pricing to pick up cheap elite-qualifying nights and a post about using your 50K certificates to book Category 7 hotels at off-peak times). Doctor of Credit posted a good tip earlier today: you should check your reservations for any hotels that have dropped in price.…

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Double Radisson points & elite credit (earn 40x or more)

Radisson Rewards is offering double points and doube elite credit with its latest promotion, “Earn double, enjoy more”. With this promotion, credit card holders may earn as many as 55 points per dollar on paid stays. The Deal Earn double points and double nights / stays when you register and book by September 26th, 2019 for travel from September 26–December 29, 2019. Direct link to this promotion Key Details Members must register for the Promotion and book September 16, 2019…

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Centurion Lounge 3 hour policy doesn’t apply to layovers

In March 2019, Amex added new restrictions for Platinum cardholders accessing Centurion Lounges: You can no longer access the lounge upon arrival at the airport.  Lounge access is only for departing passengers. You can’t access the lounge more than 3 hours before your flight. The restriction against arriving passengers is unquestionably a bummer.  I’ve been known to time my flights into LaGuardia airport so that I can arrive and have lunch at the Centurion Lounge. …

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30% off Aegean award tickets

Aegean Miles & Bonus is offering 30% off on award tickets booked by 9/30/19 for travel on Aegean and Olympic Air between 10/1/19 and 2/28/20. The Deal Aegean Miles & Bonus is offering 30% off on miles redemption on Aegean and Olympic Air flights for bookings made by 9/30/19 for travel  from 10/1/19 until 2/28/19 Direct link to this promotion Key Terms The offer is valid for award tickets, for all one way and return flights operated…

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Stay 2 nights, earn 1 free at Best Western in the US, Canada, or Caribbean

Best Western is offering a free night certificate for your next stay when you register for its latest promotion and complete 2 qualifying nights between September 16, 2019 and November 17, 2019. Note that qualifying nights must be completed at properties in the US, Canada, and the Caribbean and your free night certificate must be redeemed within the same region. The free night certificate expires quickly, but this could still be a decent opportunity if you…

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Marriott Bonvoy: Book Cat 7 Off-Peak with 50K Certs

Here’s a sliver of a silver lining for Bonvoy fans… Now that Marriott has implemented their Peak and Off-Peak award pricing, those with 50K free night certificates can book Category 7 hotels when they are priced at off-peak rates.  Previously, 50K certs could only be used for Category 6 hotels and below.  The bad news, of course, is that when Category 6 hotels are Peak priced, we won’t be able to use our 50K certificates…

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20x Alaska or United at eBags

Both the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan shopping portal and the United Airlines Mileage Plus shopping portal are offering 20 miles per dollar at Ebags.com. American is offering 18x and Delta 12x. To me, Alaska is the standout value here since Alaska miles are so valuable. If you’re thinking about an eBags purchase, this payout might tip the scales. The Deal Several airlines are offering increased payouts on eBags purchases, including 20x from Alaska or United Direct link to…

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Buy Marriott points for 0.875cpp (Cat 1 nights from $35)

Marriott is currently offering 30% off on purchased points through October 18th when you buy 2,000 or more points. That drops the price to $8.75 per 1,000 points — or 0.875cpp. That can be a really good deal and can be a cheap way to shorten your path to elite status since you could potentially snag Cat 1 nights from $35 per night for 5-night stays. The Deal Marriott is offering 30% off on purchased points through…

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