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Last Chance Deals: Fee-Free VGCs, Alaska Airlines Shopping Portal Bonus & Promos For Marriott & IHG

Last Chance Deals 01.11.20

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. There are only four deals ending this week, with the Staples fee-free $200 Visa gift card deal actually starting today. You have another few days to take advantage of the two-tiered bonus through the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan shopping portal, while the most recent Marriott and IHG promos are also ending…

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Another awesome retention offer, Avios for the win, awards to book now and more

More Points & Miles

In  this weekend’s Frequent Miler week in review around the web, read about the true costs of a Kenyan Safari, getting an awesome retention offer for the second time, an MS shut down story, and more. Read on for this week’s recap: Here’s What My Kenya Safari Cost (Every Dollar I Spent) I’m including this post from sightDOING because I included a post about planning this safari a couple of weeks ago in week in…

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Lighting $100 on fire w/ CSR, Marriott’s midnight magic trick, and more

There’s been a lot of talk this week about Greg’s worst prediction ever the soon-to-be increased annual fee on the Chase Sapphire Reserve. Is it a deal-breaker? In Frequent Miler on the Air this week, I ironically argue that the increase is not a deal-breaker. I like the benefits being added — at least for now. Also see us discuss our disgust with Marriott’s latest sneaky play, which ultra-premium card we’d keep if we could only…

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Pay taxes via credit card 2020 edition

My guess is that you don’t like paying taxes.  I don’t blame you.  Fortunately, there is a silver lining.  Paying taxes via credit card can be quite rewarding. The key is to earn credit card rewards that more than offset tax payment fees. For example, if you’ve signed up recently for a card that requires large spend to get a big welcome bonus, paying taxes via credit card can be the solution. Here’s everything you…

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On my mind: The Platinum Age of Sponsored Perks

It’s official.  We’ve entered the golden age of credit card sponsored perks.  Maybe “platinum” age would be a better term given that Amex was an early adopter of this approach with their Platinum cards.  That said, I think that Capital One may have been first when they partnered with Uber in 2016.  Later they partnered with Hotels.com to offer 10X rewards for certain cards.  Both promotions are in the past.  Capital One may have been…

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Is the $550 Sapphire Reserve worth keeping? Here’s how to decide.

As we’ve previously reported, Chase is adding new features to their Sapphire Reserve card and raising the annual fee.  The annual fee will increase from $450 to $550 on the following schedule: January 12th 2020: $550 for new cardholders April 2020: $550 for existing cardholders (this change won’t affect you until your next annual fee is due). Given these changes, Is the card worth keeping when your next annual fee comes due? Nick is already…

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Like a thief in the night: watch out for Marriott’s latest naughtiness

Hacked Hyatt Gift Card

Earlier this week, we had a report in our Frequent Miler Insiders Facebook group about a Marriott mishap that I initially couldn’t believe. A screen shot and a couple of comments later, I found myself scouring data points and finding an alarming number of reports of Marriott changing reservations in the middle of the night or sometimes even in the middle of a stay to charge more points. The more I read about it, the more…

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[Update: Confirmed] Chase to increase Sapphire Reserve annual fee to $550

Update: Chase has confirmed these changes as reported by The Points Guy. See the “new benefits” section below for full details. Doctor of Credit is reporting that the Chase Sapphire Reserve card’s annual fee will increase from $450 to $550 on the following schedule: January 12th 2020: $550 for new cardholders April 2020: $550 for existing cardholders (presumably this change won’t affect you until your next annual fee is due). We haven’t heard anything official…

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Southwest Airlines Companion Pass 2020 Complete Guide

The Southwest Companion pass has undoubtedly long been the most valuable companion ticket benefit of any airline program and it continues to be so in 2020. The key value lies in the fact that this benefit is repeatable an unlimited number of times and it is not subject to availability of any special fare class. As long as there is a seat available for sale on the plane, a Southwest Companion pass holder can add…

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