Marriott Platinum Premier: Into the home stretch

Prior to the August 18th Marriott Mergerpocalypse I talked myself into reaching for Platinum Premier 75-night status.  And, I’m getting close.  I see the end in sight.  I have 70 nights “on the books” and a plan for earning the last 5. The argument in favor of going for Platinum Premier 75-night status in 2018 begins with this: starting next year, holding more than one Marriott/SPG card won’t help to achieve status.  Next year, you…

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25% transfer bonus from Citi to Avianca

Citi is offering a 25% transfer bonus on transfers to Avianca LifeMiles. That could make for some fantastic values if you’re flush with ThankYou points. This one is just a short-term bonus — it expires 12/12/18. The Deal Get a 25% transfer bonus when transferring from Citi ThankYou Rewards to Avianca LifeMiles (1,000 ThankYou = 1,250 LifeMiles) Key Terms Offer is valid for transfers to Avianca LifeMiles completed by 11:59pm ET on December 12, 2018 Quick Thoughts My first thought is that…

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$100 Hotels.com for $85 at Newegg [Limit 2, can be combined]

Newegg.com is offering a $100 Hotels.com gift card for $85 with coupon code EMCEEEU25. You can buy two of these and Hotels.com gift cards can easily be combined online, so this is an easy way to save thirty bucks on a hotel stay (and possibly even better depending on how and when you use them). The Deal Get a $100 Hotels.com eGift card for $85 with coupon code EMCEEEU25 Direct link to this deal Key Terms Limit 2 per person Quick Thoughts…

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British Airways releases tons of award space (fuel surcharges vary by route)

British Airways is running a promotion where they are reporting that they’ve releasing 50,000 business class award seats available for full awards, upgrades, etc. While British Airways is known for high surcharges, some routes have higher charges than others and in some cases upgrades might make the most sense, especially since you can also earn miles. The Deal Plentiful British Airways business class space on routes around the world good for full awards or upgrades…

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Get Happy: 10% off “Happy” cards next week at Staples

The Staples weekly ad is out and next week Staples will have 10% off on all Happy Gift Cards from 11/18/18 to 11/24/18. The ad doesn’t explicitly say that it will be in-store only, but the fine print does say to see the gift card fixture for more details, so I’d expect this is going to be an in-store deal.  Further, it says one offer per transaction in the details. This could be a great deal, especially when…

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Why nobody should spend $12K to get 60K Southwest Rapid Rewards

Yesterday, the welcome offers on all three of the consumer Southwest Airlines credit cards increased to 60,000 total points. At this time of year, that’s usually a welcome sight as it has in the past given customers the easy opportunity to earn a Companion Pass good for nearly 2 years by applying for the cards now and completing the required spend on two credit cards in January. Unfortunately, things have changed. One can no longer…

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Delta One flash sale: 98K RT to Europe

Delta is running a flash sale on Delta One service between several US cities and Europe with many cities included from 98,000 SkyMiles round trip. The travel period includes both peak ski season and late spring time, so if you’re looking to travel to Europe in comfort during that window you’ll want to take a look. The Deal Fly Delta One to Europe from 98,000 SkyMiles round trip from many cities (plus taxes & fees) on select routes Direct link…

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My thoughts about the big Capital One news

Yesterday we learned that Capital One “Miles” will soon be transferable to airline miles.  This is big news because it’s finally possible to get better than one cent per mile value from those “Miles”.  We also learned that Capital One is offering huge signup bonuses for their cards, but with huge spend requirements.  For more on both of these topics, see: Wow! Capital One miles now transfer & a huge bonus. Below you’ll find my…

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Almost messing up with promo Avios (& don’t forget to use yours!)

Iberia Groupon

Several months back, Iberia ran a really crazy promotion where you could score 9,000 Avios for every flight you booked – including cheap intra-European flights like Santander to Madrid. If you got in early and maximized through a portal, you could have effectively purchased as many as 90,000 Avios for about $150. Even if you got in late, you might have paid more like $300 — still a deal for 90K miles. The expiration on…

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