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Re-link Hyatt to MGM Gold now

Back in late February, many readers may have matched their MGM Gold status to Hyatt Explorist status. MGM status runs through September 30th, so your Gold status likely dropped to Sapphire this week. If you have Hyatt Explorist or higher status, you can now match to MGM M Life Gold, which will be valid through September 30, 2019 — which will likely give you a chance to stay on the status merry-go-round by hopping back on with…

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Tip: Search Delta round trip for international deals

In a recent week in review around the web, I highlighted a post from The Lazy Traveler’s Handbook about Delta award flights that seemed important enough to warranty a separate quick tip here: if you’re looking for international awards on Delta, search round trip for better deals (sometimes). While I generally look for award flights one-way to get a sense of availability in a particular direction, Delta’s dynamic pricing can mean that a round trip is sometimes…

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Sears might fold: spend your rewards sooner rather than never

It has been reported by multiple news outlets that Sears will likely declare bankruptcy, possibly as soon as this week. We don’t yet know exactly what that will mean for gift cards and Shop Your Way points, but it certainly won’t mean rainbows and sunshine. I’d suggest spending what you have rather than waiting because it is possible that the days are numbered on points and gift cards. When Toys R Us went under, gift cards…

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Arrival Premier is dead at 6 months

As was reported by View from the Wing, Barclays has completely pulled the Arrival Premier World Elite Mastercard for new applications. The card apparently never caught on and Barclays decided to cut their losses. I’m not surprised to hear that the card wasn’t a massive success (I’d be more surprised that someone at Barclays expected it would be), but I am surprised to see them quit just 6 months after launch (and 3 months after adding…

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Current Gold cardholders (prior to 10/4) keep 2X Gas and $195 into 2019

As we reported earlier, the card formerly known as Premier Rewards Gold now has a new name and new benefits: The card has been renamed to “American Express Gold Card“ New benefits: 4X at US Restaurants 4x at US Supermarkets on up to $25K per calendar year in purchases (then 1x) 3x flights booked directly with airlines or on Amextravel.com (unchanged benefit) No more 2X gas at US gas stations $120 dining credit: $10 per month credit…

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Toys R Us might be reborn…will they carry Gift of College?

Earlier, we reported about how Gift of College cards are available in some Barnes & Noble stores, but lamented the fact that they are only be available in $200 denominations. Toys R Us used to be the popular outlet to buy these cards as they carried the $500 increments and didn’t appear to have any cap as to how many you could buy. It was reported in the news today that Toys R Us might…

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Gift of College cards at Barnes & Noble, but not a deal

It has been reported in other places today that Gift of College gift cards are currently available in some Barnes & Noble stores. While that might sound like exciting news on the surface, Barnes & Noble only intends to carry the $200 denominations, which are not a good deal in most scenarios. A reader made us aware of this update on the Gift of College site early last month (H/T: Reader Seth). We then reached out to…

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Discover Deals being discontinued

Reader John reached out this afternoon to let us know that when he logged into his Discover account and went to Discover Deals today, he saw a message that Discover is retiring the program as of 10/31/18.  John shared the following screen shot announcing the end of Discover Deals: As you can see in the image above, Discover indicates that pending rewards will be added to your account as usual, but the program will end on…

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Hilton Improves Best Rate Guarantee Policy, Claims Can Now Be Pre-Approved

Canopy By Hilton Washington DC The Wharf

Hilton has announced some changes to their Best Rate Guarantee (which they now call Price Match Guarantee) and at first glance, the changes appear to be improvements. Here’s a list of changes notified by HonorsRepresentative on FlyerTalk: If you find a lower qualified price for the same accommodation and terms at any point before your reservation is made, or up to 24 hours after making your reservation through one of the official Hilton booking channels, you…

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