Good news

There are quite a few minor news items that, for a change, are all good news for points & miles collectors…

Marriott announcement

Marriott enhances rewards program a wee bit

Marriott has announced a few new benefits for their members:

  • Experiences Marketplace: A number of programs allow you to use points for “experiences”. Marriott has joined the club.
  • Elite concierge service: Yawn. No word yet on who will get this benefit.
  • Guaranteed late checkout: About time.

One Mile at a Time points out that the late checkout is guaranteed, but they remain elusive about how late.  Whether this proves to be a useful benefit depends upon how individual properties interpret the clause that says “which could be as late as 4pm”.

Amex adds Etihad as a Membership Rewards transfer partner

View from the Wing has the scoop here.  Etihad was already a transfer partner of SPG and Citi ThankYou Rewards.  Now, with the addition of Amex Membership Rewards, Etihad joins a small group of promiscuous airline programs that are available through 3 or more of the big transferable points programs (Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest).

Now, the following programs are available from 3 out of the 4 transferable points programs:

  • Air France
  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Etihad Airways

And two airline programs are available through all 4 transferable points programs:

  • Singapore Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic

You can find full details of what transfers to where in my Transfer Partner Master List.

Citi Improves Card Benefits

If you are a Citibank cardholder, you’ve probably received emails titled “Important information about your card’s protection benefits.”  Most credit cards offer some forms of travel and purchase protections.  Citi already had pretty good benefits, but now in many cases they’re even better.  Most notably, the benefits are now more broadly applied: More people are protected, purchases made with ThankYou points are more often protected, and purchases made partially with your credit card are protected (up to the amount charged to the card).  Doctor of Credit has a good overview here.

Amex is back with awesome Amex Offers

OK, one awesome offer isn’t enough to get too excited about, but it is a great one. Hopefully you were targeted.  And, hopefully this is a sign of more to come.  Read more here: Targeted Amex Offer – $25 off $100+ at

Amex Offers Staples 1800Flowers

1800Flowers stackable offers are back

Stack a bunch of deals to buy miles cheaply.  Notably:

  • Enroll in the Amex Offer: Spend $50, get $15
  • Use promo code RR94 to get 1750 Southwest points per order ($29.95 and up).  Hat tip: Reddit.
  • TopCashBack is offering 20% cash back.

Full details of how to stack these deals can be found here: 1800Flowers Extreme Stacking promo codes, portals, gift cards, and more.

Amex Offers Staples 1800Flowers

Caution: The last time Southwest offered 1750 points per order, some people (but not all) were denied points when they applied a gift card along with the 1750 point per order code.  The weird thing about that is that there are no terms excluding the use of gift cards, so I don’t know why that happened.

Name / LinkOfferFrequent Miler Notes
TopCashBackBonus rates vary. In general you and I will get either $5 or $10 after your first purchase of $20 or more through the portalDespite many problems several years ago, my experience with TopCashBack has been very solid.

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Promiscuous is good!

Nicole Harris
Nicole Harris

Used a gift card with the RR94 code with no issues. Did have overage, so a portion was put on a credit card, but still worked fine.


Yup, I used a gift card and was denited the SW points on the last 1-800 flowers promotion.
I hate Cartera’s customer service. They don’t listen to you or really investigate. They just told me sorry the merchant ‘coded’ my order not to get the points so there was nothing they could do.


I wonder if 1800flowers ship to Hawaii?


[…] Using a gift card on the purchase should be eligible for the 1750 Southwest promo, but, last time, some people were denied when doing so. […]


Hopefully Chase gets added to the Etihad partnership. It would be nice to see all 4 programs have access to them.