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5 ways to get CLEAR for less

CLEAR is a service that uses your eyes or fingerprints to confirm your identity.  This is used at many airport and some stadiums to help you speed through security checks.  CLEAR isn’t yet available at all airports in the US, but thanks to partnerships with Delta and United, CLEAR is rapidly expanding. At supported airports, CLEAR makes it possible to skip the sometimes very long ID check lines (just before security).  Instead, of waiting to…

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Manufacturing Delta elite status in 2020 and beyond

Reconsidering my Delta elite future For many years now, I’ve manufactured high level Delta elite status for myself and my wife using techniques to increase credit card spend and get most of it back.  For simplicity, we often refer to these techniques as “manufactured spending” but in reality many techniques are simply ways to pay big bills (taxes, rent, etc.) with a credit card for as small of a fee as possible. There are significant…

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[Now Cat 5 30K-40K] A 25K Kauai Hawaii Marriott worth booking today for a later stay

Hawaii continues to be one of my favorite destinations in the world.  And Kauai, in particular, is my favorite island.  It’s simply drop-dead gorgeous everywhere you look. Now, here’s a tip from a reader that will especially appeal to those with 25K Marriott free night certificates or category 1-4 travel package certificates. There is a 25K per night property in Kauai that is awful at the moment, but may be great (or at least pretty…

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(EXPIRED) Double Radisson points & elite credit (earn 40x or more)

Radisson Rewards is offering double points and doube elite credit with its latest promotion, “Earn double, enjoy more”. With this promotion, credit card holders may earn as many as 55 points per dollar on paid stays. The Deal Earn double points and double nights / stays when you register and book by September 26th, 2019 for travel from September 26–December 29, 2019. Direct link to this promotion Key Details Members must register for the Promotion and book September 16, 2019…

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(EXPIRED) IHG: Earn 10k Points With Ambassador Status + 3k-6k Bonus Points When Staying At InterContinental Properties

InterContinental Ambassador Promotions

IHG Rewards Club has launched a couple of new promotions aimed at people staying at InterContinental properties. The first might tilt the math in favor of paying for Ambassador status, while the second will reward you with 3,000 or 6,000 bonus points for each InterContinental stay before the end of November. The Deals & Key Terms Enroll in IHG Rewards Club’s Ambassador status and earn 10,000 bonus points. Ambassador Enrollment and stay bonus points may…

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Twenty 500-mile upgrades & fast track to AA status via targeted offer

American Airlines Planes

A reader sent us a tip yesterday that he and and his wife both received offers to fast track to American Airlines AAdvantage Platinum status that sounded pretty interesting as the offer included twenty 500-mile upgrades form the outset just for registering. Here is the text of the email — note that I’m adding strikeout text where I think it belongs since the text as copied by reader Mark didn’t include it: You’ve been exclusively selected to…

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National One Two Free Preregistration emails being sent

Update: Registration for this is now live. Those who preregistered should have been automatically registered yesterday and the promo landing page is now live for those who were not preregistered — see the landing page here. H/T: Miles to Memories National Emerald Club, the loyalty scheme of National Rental Car, is sending out a targeted one-click email link to preregister for this fall’s One Two Free promotion. The email doesn’t say exactly when the new One Two…

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Negative Hilton status match changes: No instant Diamond, more nights required

Hilton has today announced changes to its status match program. Unfortunately, the news is not good: effective today, Hilton no longer offers a direct match to Diamond but instead requires you to match to temporary Gold and then meet a minimum number of nights to keep Gold or upgrade to Diamond. While that makes sense from a loyalty perspective, it’s a bummer for those who planned a future match, especially those who had their sights set…

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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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