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Round trip business class to Europe for 100,000 points AND earn miles

business class to Europe for 100,000 points

UPDATE 9/9/2015 2:30PM: The business class fare sale mentioned below appears to be dead, but you may still find value in the general approach described here for using FlexPerks points . US Bank’s FlexPerks points are, in my opinion, great to have around as a backup redemption option.  You can get excellent value from your points, but only when flight prices happen to be near the top of each fare range in the FlexPerks award…

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The door slams shut on Amex gift card cash back, 17K Singapore miles posted, office supply 5X, and AA back with FlexPerks

Amex gift cards disappear from portals Recently, the best cash back rates for buying Amex gift cards have been through BeFrugal and TopCashBack.  Yesterday afternoon a reader alerted me that Amex gift cards had disappeared from both portals.  Then, later in the day, as I reported in this Quick Deal, BigCrumbs sent the following message to many of their customers: “American Express Gift Cards just informed us that today will be the last day to…

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Office supply 1X, Devolvolution, FlexPerks minus AA, and more

Miscellaneous thoughts and happenings… Online Office Depot and OfficeMax not posting as office supply A reliable source has informed me that all of his recent online Office Depot and OfficeMax purchases made with his Chase Ink cards have failed to receive the cards’ promised 5X office supply points.  Apparently these online orders were processed with merchant codes not categorized as office supply.  No word yet on whether Chase will retroactively award his bonus points.  If…

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Maximizing value from the U.S. Bank FlexPerks Travel Rewards Visa Card

Last week I described how I used points from my FlexPerks Travel Rewards card to buy a one-way flight from Las Vegas to Detroit.  The retail price of the flight was just over $300 in economy, or $387 in first class.  Since FlexPerks charges 20,000 points for any flight up to $400, economy and first class would have cost the same number of points.  Obviously, I chose first class. Selectively choosing first class instead of…

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The Family Mileage Run

A few days ago I took a look at my family’s Delta MQM balance for the year. MQMs are Delta’s “Medallion Qualifying Miles” (most non-Delta people refer to these as EQMs: Elite Qualifying Miles). In order to get elite status on Delta, you need 25K MQMs to reach Silver status; 50K MQMs to reach Gold, 75K to reach Platinum, and 125K to reach Diamond. Bonus miles awarded for things like hotel stays and credit card…

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Give to charity, fly free

Using a travel rewards credit card to give to your favorite charities is a great way to do good in the world and earn points and miles.  With most cards, you will earn 1 point per dollar donated.  Depending on how much you value those points, that could mean more than 2 cents value per dollar donated. I recently discovered, though, that you can do even better with the FlexPerks Travel Rewards Visa Signature credit…

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