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Why I’m suddenly choosing cash over points, and why you shouldn’t

cash vs points

Several months ago, I signed up for the Bank of America Premium Rewards card.  The reason?  It is the perfect “everywhere else” card… for me… in my particular situation.  An “everywhere else” card is the card you use when you’re making a purchase that doesn’t qualify for 5X rewards with this card or 3X rewards with that card.  It is a card that offers great rewards for all spend, regardless of what you’re buying and…

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Buy Choice points 30% off (last day 9/17)

As noted in this morning’s post (see: Why it’s not worth earning (most) hotel points), Choice Privileges points are on sale for 30% off (i.e. buy points for 0.77c per point) through this evening (9/17/19) at 11:59pm only. This can be a really good deal in some instances and certainly makes it worth buying at least a small number of points to have on hand for cash & points reservations. The Deal Get 30% off on the…

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Why it’s not worth earning (most) hotel points

There are 17 hotel credit cards found on our best offers page. After completing the minimum spending requirements to earn the welcome offer, there is little reason to spend a dime on the vast majority of them. Cash back is quickly becoming a larger and larger part of my miles-and-points strategy, and not just for cash: you can earn more hotel points per dollar spent with a cash back credit card in most instances. Marriott…

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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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30% bonus when you transfer hotels to Aeroplan

Air Canada’s Aeroplan is currently offering a 30% bonus when you convert hotel points to airlines miles now through September 22, 2019. This can be a solid deal for Marriott transfers or if you have hotel points that are going to expire unused. The Deal Aeroplan is offering a 30% bonus when you convert hotel points to Aeroplan miles Direct link to this promotion Key Details Valid from 9/9/19 to 9/22/19 Does not apply to miles from Travel…

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Qantas Transfer Bonus: Earn 15-25% Extra When Transferring Credit Card Points (Targeted)

Qantas Transfer Bonus

Qantas is offering a bonus to members of its Frequent Flyer program when transferring credit card points to your account. The bonus is either 15% or 25% and depends on how many points you transfer. This offer appears to be targeted though, so you might only be eligible if you received an email about it in the last few days. The Deal Get a bonus when transferring credit card points to Qantas: Transfer up to…

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11K Economy class Minneapolis to Europe, 40k Business class Toronto to Europe [September 2019 Flying Blue Promo Rewards]

Air France

The September 2019 Flying Blue Promo Rewards are out, good for travel from October 31 to December 30, and this time Minneapolis makes the list with economy class seats discounted by 50% and business class seats from Toronto discounted by 25%. Of course, nobody knows exactly what that means since pricing is so variable, but thus far I’ve found economy class flights from under 11K one-way between Minneapolis and Europe. Business class flights from Toronto are…

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Check for United Mile Play offers

Yesterday, I flew United (on a Turkish Miles & Smiles award ticket for the first time!). Luckily, I remembered the night before that I’d need the United airlines app downloaded in order to easily watch in-flight entertainment. I say that was lucky because in addition to getting to watch at least half of a movie for the first time in a long time, I saw an interesting United “Mile Play” bonus offer good for 23,000…

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(EXPIRED) Delta flash sale to the Caribbean (from 10K round trip)

Delta is running a flash sale on flights to the Caribbean / Latin America / Mexico, with round trip flights starting at 10,000 SkyMiles. The travel period in many cases is during hurricane season and the official travel windows are quite small, so this may not appeal to everyone. On the other hand, if you book with a credit card with decent travel protections, weather may be less of a concern than getting to palm trees…

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