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On my mind (Choice Privileges edition)

Choice Privileges is a an oddball rewards program. You can’t book award stays more than 100 days in advance.  And the point prices change regularly.  The point prices for the next 6 months or so is listed on each hotel’s page. Fortunately, it’s sometimes possible to stumble upon outstanding value… Most Choice member hotels are low end cheap motels.  But Choice also includes the mid-tier Cambria chain which can be quite decent.  For example, I…

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Back: Targeted 100K Platinum offer back for some

Amex Platinum for Less

Update 11/4/19: A new round of people are reporting these offers via the Card Match Tool at (H/T DoC). Update 5/27/19: People are once again reporting these offers via the Card Match Tool. Update 4/29/19: A fresh round of people are reporting being targeted. If you’re eligible, it’s probably worth a second to check the Card Match Tool at to see if you’re targeted. (H/T: Miles to Memories) Update 4/4/19: A fresh round of people are reporting being targeted.…

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20% Transfer bonus: Capital One to Flying Blue

From today (11/1/19) through November 30, 2019, Capital One is offering a 20% transfer bonus for transfers from its Capital One miles-earning cards to Air France / KLM Flying Blue. With the transfer bonus, the ratio this month is 2 Capital One “Miles” = 1.8 Flying Blue miles. When combined with Flying Blue Promo Rewards, this can make for a very good deal. The Deal From November 1, 2019 through November 30, 2019 at 11:59pm Eastern, receive a 20%…

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Amex Membership Rewards Complete Guide

In my opinion, transferable points programs are the most valuable points to accumulate.  These points can often be used at better than 1 cent per point value to book travel.  Even better, points can be strategically transferred to airline and hotel programs when valuable awards are available.  If you’re at all interested in free travel or luxury travel with points & miles, then you need to understand the basics of each of these programs. This…

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Rakuten (formerly Ebates): now change from cash back to Membership Rewards points

Rakuten is now offering users the chance to switch from earning cash back to earning Membership Rewards points. If you have an account earning cash back, you can now choose to earn Membership Rewards points instead. That’s huge for people with long-established accounts (from before Ebates added Membership Rewards earning as an option and changed the name of the site to Rakuten). If you are currently earning cash back and would like to earn Membership Rewards…

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[Dead] GO! 5K each way Los Angeles to Auckland

Update: It’s dead, Jim. Congrats to those who got in. Awesome deal. No time for full details. Go to On limited dates from January into early March, American Airlines is offering award flights between Los Angeles and Auckland, New Zealand for 5,000 miles each way under the Economy Web Specials. Book. Right. Now. H/T: Spencer Howard of Straight to the Points and Doctor of Credit Quick Deal posts are intended to alert readers to deals…

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The exact value of CNB Crystal Visa Infinite Points

Points earned with the CNB Crystal Visa Infinite card used to be great for purchasing expensive flights.  With expensive flights, it was possible to get up to 1.31 cents per point value.  Sadly, that’s no longer the case.  As pointed out by Danny the Deal Guru, 1.2 cents per point is now the best you can get.  Unfortunately, the CNB website adds an automatic booking fee (explained below), so the real maximum value is 1.16…

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(EXPIRED) Buy Turkish miles from $0.02 each

Turkish Miles & Smiles is offering up to 50% bonus miles when you buy 4,000 miles or more. Today, they extended the sale through 10/30/19. With the bonus, you can buy miles from $0.02 each, which can be a great deal for Turkish’s many sweet spot awards. The Deal Buy Turkish Miles & Smiles miles with the following bonuses based on volume: Buy 4,000 miles or more, get a 30% bonus (2.3c per mile) Buy 20,000 miles or more,…

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(EXPIRES) Hertz offering 20% off free rental day rewards (free day from 600 points)

Hertz is offering a discount on free day awards when you book between today (10/21) and Friday, 10/25/19. The discount is good for 20% off the normal award rates and is good for bookings reserved by 10/25 for pick up by 1/31/20. The Deal Use fewer points than normal to book a Hertz free rental day reward when you book from 10/21 to 10/25/19 for pick up by 1/31/20 Direct link to this promotion Key…

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