Last minute checklist for the Marriott SPG transition

It’s coming soon… In August, Marriott, SPG, and Ritz will combine their separate rewards programs into a single unified program. We don’t yet know when exactly in August this will happen, but if there are things you want to get done before the programs merge, now is the time. Take a look at the following checklist items to decide which you should do before it’s too late: Table of Contents Buy points at a discount…

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Amazon Gift Card rebate w/ Avis car rentals

Avis and Amazon have announced an interesting partnership today, offering 10-20% back on Avis rentals at participating locations in the US in the form of an Amazon Gift Card when you link your Amazon and Avis accounts. You’ll earn 10% back if you book through Avis and 20% back if you book through Alexa. The Deal Get 10-20% back on Avis rentals in the form of an Amazon Gift Card when you link your account and rent with Avis Direct…

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New Southwest Priority card: Better than the Premier?

Chase is out today with a new credit card: the Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Priority Credit Card. It isn’t everything I’d hoped for in a rumored premium card, but with a $149 annual fee it isn’t as expensive as I’d expected, either. Since it will cost $50 more per year than the Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier card, many readers will wonder: is it worth the extra fifty bucks? In short, I’d say the answer is “absolutely”…

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Seeking value, finding adventure for 15K Wyndham points per night

We just returned from a two week vacation in Germany and the United Kingdom, which was capped at the end with a 3 night stay at the Newton Manor House in Swanage Dorset England (pictured above).  We traveled with a total of 9 people for most of the trip, but a few others joined us in Swanage to fill the 8 bedroom, 9 bath “cottage”. We paid only 15,000 points per night for this incredible…

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3x bonus Avios on purchases $1K+ w/ British Airways Visa [Targeted]

Chase has sent out emails to at least some British Airways Visa Signature cardholders with what is likely a targeted promotion to earn an extra 3x on purchases of $1,000 or more, up to 9,000 bonus Avios. A single purchase of $3,000 would max out this promotion. Earning a total of 4x is a pretty sweet deal if you can make any large purchases during the promo window. The Deal Some users are reporting a targeted email from Chase to…

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Get a cheap Sam’s Club membership to use the Amex Offers up

If you don’t yet have a Sam’s Club membership, but you have the the Amex Offers for either $10 back on $30 or $15 back on $50 that you’d like to be able to use at Samsclub.com, check out this deal from Groupon that offers a pretty break-even deal on membership. The Deal Buy a Sam’s Club membership from Groupon for $35 and get: 1-year membership $10 eGift Card valid online or in-club $15 eGift Card for purchases on…

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Priority Pass losing Alaska lounges at Seattle Tacoma

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Priority Pass announced today that the Alaska Airlines lounges at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport are leaving the program. This means that effective September 1st, 2018, Priority Pass holders will no longer be able to access the Alaska lounges at SEA airport. It’s disappointing to lose lounges, but it was probably more disappointing for members to get turned away every day as I’ve read has long been the case at SEA. I did manage to slip into one of the Seattle…

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Hyatt launches new “FIND” experiences (Earn 10x or use points)

Hyatt has today announced the launch of a new program called FIND, which is essentially an “experiences” add-on similar to SPG / Marriott Moments and similar offerings from Hilton and IHG. Interestingly, these experiences will give you the choice to earn 10x points (better than the 5x base earning rate on a paid Hyatt stay) or use Hyatt points at a value of about 1.4 cents per point. While that’s not amazing, some of the experiences look pretty…

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Easy Hyatt Globalist status: Move to Tulsa for a month

With the recent launch of the new World of Hyatt Credit Card, it’s finally become possible to manufacture top-tier Hyatt Globalist status through spend. By stacking a couple of current promotions, it gets even “easier”. I put that in quotations on purpose — this post is definitely more theoretical than practical. Still, with some spend and a month in Tulsa, you could get yourself Hyatt Globalist status. Spend your way to status In my review of the new…

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