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“Must have” Chase cards

The other day I was working on a post detailing a first year credit card signup strategy for someone new to the points & miles game.  I didn’t finish the post because I got bogged down with the question of which Chase cards to recommend. As a result, I decided that the topic of “must-have” Chase cards required a post of its own.  This is that post. Chase has quite a few excellent cards, but…

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Last Chance Deals: Portal bonuses, 15% off Hotels, 4x fuel points & more

Last Chance Deals

Welcome to our weekly list of what’s ending this week as well as a collection of some other deals that are due to end soon. This week, several airlines are offering shopping bonuses for back-to-school shopping season. While most end next Sunday, remember that the Alaska shopping portal bonus ends today. Also ending this week is a fuel point promo that’s good on Visa and Mastercard Gift Cards at Kroger and a chance to score 15% off on…

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Messing up MS, Maui wow-y, getting the most dough back, and more

This week in review around the web brings us a post of cautionary tales with which many MSers are all too familiar, how to stretch your dough and stack some extra cheddar, ways to put the new all-time-high Amtrak offer to use, and more. Read on for this weekend’s recap. Which Pizza Loyalty Program Reigns Supreme? In case you missed it, Richard Kerr is now back at The Points Guy and he’s already thinking outside…

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Hacking the IHG offer, stacking sweet spots, flying up front for fewer miles than in back and more

Is that new IHG offer worth a 5/24 slot? Is it worth forgoing award stays for a year just to accumulate a ton of IHG points? Those questions answered, plus how to fly to Asia in biz class w/ a stopover in Hawaii for not many miles and how Capital One could take the CSR down in our weekly FM on the Air broadcast below. For those who would rather listen during the morning commute…

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Simon’s effect on my Marriott 50-night choice benefit

I’m a big fan of hotel elite status. Part of the reason I’ve enjoyed it for years has been that it has been relatively effortless to come by meaningful status thanks to credit card benefits. I’ve enjoyed statuses like Hilton Gold, Hilton Diamond, IHG Platinum, IHG Spire Elite, SPG Gold, Marriott Gold, and Marriott Platinum either thanks to direct credit card benefits or as a result of spending on a credit card. I did once…

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Complete guide to Avios: British Airways, Iberia, and Aer Lingus

I find that US residents are often skittish about foreign frequent flyer programs.  Many don’t realize that foreign programs are often the best options for booking domestic flights.  “Avios” is the name of the point currency shared by multiple foreign airline frequent flyer programs: British Airways, Iberia, and Aer Lingus.  Points earned in any of those three programs (or transferred from transferable points programs) can be moved to the other programs.  For example, if you…

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Booking Turkish online: my bumbling experiments

Over the weekend, Ian Snyder at Miles to Memories posted some great news about Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles: some domestic United Airlines flights can be booked online for just 7,500 miles each way (including to places like Hawaii and Alaska). While we broke the story on that sweet spot last month, we initially thought that booking had to be done via email. We later posted that bookings could be made via phone, which has been true…

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Cap One to take on Sapphire Reserve?

In a move that should surprise absolutely no one, it appears that Capital One is preparing to release an ultra-premium travel rewards card next year to take on Chase’s Sapphire Reserve.  Caroline Lupini shares this info on Travel with Grant’s blog. Caroline says that the card should be released in the second quarter of 2020, and that she has it on “good authority” from a source that the card will have the following features: 10X…

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Last Chance Deals: Easy 5x at Staples, 10% back at Kroger, Choice bonus

Visa Gift Card

Welcome to our weekly list of what’s ending this week as well as a collection of some other deals that are due to end soon. This week, Staples is bringing back its fee-free Visa Gift Card promotion. Don’t forget to hit up your Staples early as they do sell out of $200 cards in some markets. An even better opportunity is if you’re targeted for 10% back at Kroger, which would (potentially) stack with the current fuel points…

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