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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10% off Southwest, Lowe’s, Hotels.com and more at eBay

eBay has a number of gift cards on sale today with discounts that can be handy — whether for flights and hotels or projects around the house. Here are some links to discounted gift cards: $150 Southwest Airlines eGift card for $135 $150 Lowe’s eGift card for $135 $200 Staples eGift card + $20 eBay eGift Card for $200 $100 Hotels.com (physical) gift card for $90 More gift card deals As we’re heading into a big…

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Better than expected: Earn 5x & get loyalty credit w/ FHR prepaid bookings

Amex recently rolled out an enhancement for Fine Hotels & Resorts, a program open to Amex Platinum holders that guarantees some excellent benefits when booking luxury hotels. The key change is that if you book online and prepay for your stay, you can earn 5x Membership Rewards points. When we reported on this development, my strong expectation was that prepaid bookings would not earn hotel loyalty points, elite credit, or qualify for elite benefits. I was wrong. It…

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More 5x: $10 off $300 in Visa Gift Cards at Office Max / Office Depot [Starts 11/18/18]

Starting this Sunday, 11/18/18, Office Max / Office Depot will offer an instant $10 off $300 or more in Visa Gift Cards through 11/24/18 (or while supplies last). The Deal Purchase $300 or more in Visa Gift Cards at Office Max / Office Depot and save $10 instantly from 11/18/18 through 11/24/18 Direct link to weekly ad (on page 26 of next week’s ad – not the Black Friday ad) Key Terms In-store only One offer per transaction (YMMV on multiple…

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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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