Award sweet spots hiding in plain sight, Happy Marriott Merger Day and more

Happy Marriott Merger Day! It’s finally here. In this Frequent Miler week in review, we look at everything you should have done to maximize the merger for your own benefit. Now, sit back and see how we all did. Also follow along and pick up a couple of great award chart sweet spots, a way to stack the Prestige for massive hotel savings and more. Read on for our weekly recap. Here’s Marriott’s timeline for August…

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New $350 back on $3K offer on BOA Business Advantage Cash Rewards Mastercard

Bank of America has increased the offer on the Business Advantage Cash Rewards Mastercard — you can now get $350 cash back after making $3,000 in net purchases in the first 90 days (versus the previous offer of $200 back after $500 in purchases in sixty days). While the new offer requires a lot more spend, the extra $150 back on an additional $2500 in spend over the standard offer gives you an extra 6% back on…

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$15 statement credit for adding an AU on Wyndham Visa [Targeted]

Barclays has sent out what I imagine is a targeted email offer to earn a $15 statement credit after adding an authorized user on a Wyndham Rewards Visa account. In my case, I’m betting I have received this offer as the annual fee is due to post on this account soon. It wouldn’t be surprising if this kind of offer may also be available on other cards around renewal time as Barclays often sends out offers to…

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Round trip biz class to Europe for 80K Korean miles; and a trick for avoiding fuel surcharges

Business class awards to Europe

In this article I show you exactly how to find and book the cheapest business class awards to Europe and without the usual fuel-surcharges. Despite what you might expect, the real secret to finding cheap business class awards to Europe is actually all about how y…

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Virgin Atlantic transfers to IHG no longer count towards status

IHG status credit card bonus

Transfers of points from one loyalty hotel or airline loyalty program to another are usually a bad deal — indeed what makes SPG points or Marriott Travel Packages standout values is the fact that they are the exception rather than the rule. One further oddball exception to the rule — and one that was a very niche play — was the ability to move points from Virgin Atlantic to IHG. What made this deal palatable…

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Rocketmiles live with MR – and it’s pretty good

We recently reported that Rocketmiles would soon be offering the ability to earn American Express Membership Rewards points with hotel bookings. That feature is now live — and I am impressed with my first couple of searches. There are good deals to be had. The Deal Earn 500-10,000 Membership Rewards points per night for hotel bookings through Rocketmiles Direct link Key Terms Number of miles will vary by location and rates Rocketmiles bookings typically do not qualify for elite benefits…

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20% back at Sam’s Club via Dosh [Targeted]

Dosh has sent out an email for what I assume is a targeted promotion to earn 20% cash back at Sam’s Club through Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 up to a max of $15 cash back. That’s an awesome offer whether you’re just doing some regular shopping or you’re able to stack it with savings on things like discounted gift cards. The Deal Get 20% back at Sam’s Club – up to $15 cash back – on purchases through 11:59pm PT on August 22nd,…

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Betting again on top value Marriott travel packages. Analysis of the “no upgrades/downgrades” rule.

As Nick reported a few hours ago, Starwood Lurker IV, via Flyertalk, revealed new information about Marriott Travel Packages: Travel packages set to expire during the booking blackout period (you can not book unattached old Travel Packages certificates between August 18-September 18) can be extended upon request Members will still be able to cancel unused 7-night certificates and get points back at a reduced amount. After 8/18, certificates cannot be upgraded or downgraded, regardless of…

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[Dead] Wow: Business class for $561 RT, Los Angeles to Shanghai on A350 w/ Hong Kong Airlines

For those based on the west coast looking to visit China, there are some incredible fares available right now on Hong Kong Airlines: From $561 round trip in business class from Los Angeles to Shanghai, including A350 service between LA and Hong Kong. It’s even available during Chinese New Year. While Hong Kong Airlines does not belong to an alliance and thus will not be useful for earning miles, their A350 looks like a very comfortable way to get…

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