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11/18/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses Residents of California can earn 5,000 Alaska Airlines miles by joining its MileagePlan program between November 15 and December 31, 2017 and completing a qualifying Alaska or Virgin America one-way flight between the enrollment date and June 30, 2018. Details.
11/18/2017 Buying Stuff Alaska Airlines now offers miles for some in-store purchases. Click here for details. I have previously mentioned United's similar program. The lists of stores for both programs are quite limited, but I would expect them to grow over time.
11/17/2017 Credit cards If American Express calls you about the Platinum, listen for 25,000 points.
11/17/2017 Other Programs I Like Swagbucks offers $25 Amazon.comm gift cards for 2,200 SBs. The usual price for a $25 gift card or $25 sent to PayPal is 2,500 SB's.
Swagbucks offers very easy ways to earn small amounts of money. It is also a shopping portal, which some folks seem to like. You may read about the program here.
11/16/2017 ?? Enjoy.

Frontier Airlines $20 sale. Ends tomorrow.

11/15/2017 Credit cards After you receive the American Express Business Gold card, you can earn 15K points by referring others though January 17, 2018. The link will appear after you log into your card. If you have other Amex cards, log into them to see if you can do a referral. And yes, my spouse can refer you to the 50k offer for this card if you can't find one of the 75K offers. Just ask.
  • I can still refer you to a 15,000 points offer for the American Express Everyday card offer. The standard offer is 10k. Just ask. I need your first name and your e-mail address. This card is quite valuable if you have Amex Memebership Rewards points, since it has no annual fee and keeps your points alive for as long as you have the card. (I would put a charge or two on it every year, though, just to keep them happy.)
The Capital One Spark for Business Visa credit card now has an offer of $1,000 for for spending $10,000 on purchases within 3 months. The standard offer is $500 cash bonus for spending $4,500 within the first 3 months. The card offers 2% cash back on every purchase. The $59 annual fee is waived the first year.
11/14/2017 Credit cards The $95 annual fee for the United Airlines personal credit card is now waived for the first year. 40K bonus. The business card still waives that fee and has a 50K bonus. You may read about both here.
11/14/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses Redeem as few as 11,000 SkyMiles by for round-trip flights seated in the economy class cabin on Delta Air Lines for travel within the 48 contiguous United States. Book by December 9, 2017, and travel between November 28 through December 16, 2017.
11/13/2017 Credit cards Chase added Iberia and Aer Lingus to its list of airline transfer partners for Ultimate Rewards. The list now includes Ultimate Rewards points can be transferred to United or Korean Airlines or Singapore Airlines or British Airways or Iberia or Aer Lingus or Air France KLM’s Flying Blue miles or Southwest Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, or Hyatt, Intercontinental Hotels Group (Priority Club), Ritz-Carlton, or Marriott hotel points.

Ultimate Rewards points transfer 1,000:1,000 to lots of airlines, including United and British Airways, and to lots of hotel points. They are earned via excellent mega-bonus credit cards. You may read about this here.

11/12/2017 Buying Stuff Earn 1,000 United Airlines miles for a $1 two month trial subscription to the Wall Street Journal. Must stay subscribed for 45 days. Then you can cancel before the regular subscription kicks in after 2 months. You can subscribe to either the paper or the online version. Valid through Nov 16, 2017.
  • I am having difficulty getting the system to accept any of my credit card numbers. Please tell me when this gets fixed. Thanks.
11/12/2017 Credit cards How long it takes for Membership Rewards Points to transfer. These points can be earned from a large number of American Express credit cards, some with mega-bonuses for signing up, and transfer to a large number of airlines and hotels. You may read about all of this here.
11/12/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses 1,000 free Marriott points. Answer is 11 #RewardsPoints. Tweet it by 8pm EST today.

For folks who have way too many Delta miles.

11/11/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses Register to earn up to 50,000 American Airlines miles for completing specific qualifying activities with each participating partner by December 31, 2017. The partners and required participation are listed on the offer page.
11/11/2017 Credit Cards A few days ago I was able to get a special 100,000 Ultimate Rewards offer for the excellent Chase Ink Business Preferred card. The standard offer is 80K points. I simply went into my local Chase Bank office and spoke with the business card rep. She verified that the offer existed and took my email address, which she gave to the regional Business Banking Relationship Manager. He sent me an application. I returned it to my local office to be forwarded to him. After about a week I was approved.
  • If this doesn't work for you, the 80K offer is still very good. You may read about this card and all of its goodies and access the offer here. It offers 3X points on travel, shipping purchases, Internet, cable and phone services, and on advertising purchases made with social media sites and search engines, and lots of other good stuff.

The Chase Sapphire Preferred card is still my favorite personal card. It has an 50,000 Ultimate Rewards points offer and lots of goodies, including 2x points for dining and travel (even locally, and even my MacDonald's, and for my local bridge toll charges.) It might be possible to get a 65,000 points offer at your local Chase branch. And it might be possible to get this card even if you are in excess of Chase's 5/24 rule. You may read about all of this and apply for the card here.

Ultimate Rewards points transfer 1,000:1,000 to lots of airlines, including United and British Airways, and to lots of hotel points. You may read about this here.

Barclay Bank now offers a business version of its Aviator card, in addition to its 60K personal card offer - 40,000 American Airlines miles when you make your first purchase in the first 90 days and pay the $95 annual fee. No minimum spend requirement. Note that you should be able to get both of the Barclays cards and both of the Citibank American airlines cards, for a huge total of mega-bonuses.

11/10/2017 Credit Cards The 60K Delta Airlines credit card offers seemed to be reduced to 30K yesterday. However, today there is a 60K offer available for the personal card. It expires in January.
11/10/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses Register to receive 15% of your points back when you book a Jet Blue award flight. Book by November 14, 2017, and fly by February 14, 2018.
11/8/2017 Credit Cards JetBlue has a 60,000 points offer for its $95 annual fee JetBlue Plus Mastercard®. The 15K offer with no annual fee is still available. Details for both here.
11/7/2017 Credit Cards The Intercontinental Hotels Group credit card is my favorite hotel card. They have Holiday Inn's and other brand properties most everywhere in the world.
  • The 80,000 points offer is back. You can get it now without doing anything special.
  • There may be better offers available if you do something special to find them.
  • All offers provide valuable Platinum status for as long as you hold the card.
  • All offers waive the $49 annual fee the first year, and paying that fee after the first year gets you a free one night stay. Such a deal, especially in Europe.
  • You may read about all of this IHG credit card here.
Update on my advice on the Hilton Cards: Doctor of Credit says that Citi is offering 5,000 points for keeping the card. So be sure to ask about this before canceling. I was not offered anything today, so I plan to wait awhile to cancel to see if something comes up later.

I fixed the link to the 2% cash back PenFed Power Cash Rewards Visa Credit Card. It offers 2% cash back and a $150 bonus for a $1,500 spend requirement. This card would be of interest to anyone who is in or has been honorably discharged from U.S. military service.

11/6/2017 Other Programs I Like Swagbucks has a local dining program. Many restaurants are listed for my location. Many of those are also listed on Rewards Network (iDine). I wonder if we can register one card for both programs. Or perhaps Rewards Network is running the Swagbucks program. Most of my restaurants offer 7% back. Some list 10%, and some 6%. This is paid in Swagbucks, normally worth 1 cent each, but sometimes more if you spend them right. (Amazon gift cards come to mind.) 100 SBs are offered for linking your first credit card.
Swagbucks offers very easy ways to earn small amounts of money. It is also a shopping portal, which some folks seem to like. You may read about the program here.
11/6/2017 Buying Stuff Alaska Airlines and Delta Airlines shopping portal bonuses: 500 or 1,000 miles through November 19 of this year. Compare to the bonuses of other airline shopping portals.

The American Airlines holiday shopping bonus was extended to November 19.

United Airlines offers bonus miles for in-store purchases by linking a Visa or Amex card and using it to shop in-store. Doctor of Credit explains how it works.

Marriott has a shopping app and toolbar. View from the Wing explains.

11/6/2017 ?? How to Book Hidden Award Flights With Delta Miles
11/6/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses 30% bonus for transferring hotel points to Air Canada Aeroplan miles through December 11, 2017. But read all that View from the Wing says about this before doing it.
11/5/2017 Credit Cards Hilton credit cards: If you have the Hilton Citibank card, no doubt you received the notice that it will be converted to the Hilton American Express card (with no bonus for doing so). If you have never had the latter, don't let them do that. Instead, apply now for the Amex card with a mega bonus (currently 80,000 points), then cancel the Citi card.
Note: If you have Hilton points, you do want to have a Hilton card next year, if only to keep your account open with an occasional purchase. Hilton points disappear after one year of inactivity.
11/5/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses 1,000 free and easy Marriott points for answering this question on twitter here by 8pm Eastern time tonight. Answer is 15 minutes #RewardsPoints
11/4/2017 Credit Cards The 60,000 miles Delta personal and business credit card offers are scheduled to end November 8, 2017.

Looking for a free loan? The Chase Slate credit card offers 0% interest for balance transfers and purchases for 15 months and no balance transfer fee for the first 60 days. So put that large charge on a miles earning or cash back card, then transfer the balance to this one. Doctor of Credit describes the offer here. He says that the lowest approved FICO score is 622, so this might also be a good option for people rebuilding their credit reputation.

11/4/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses Southwest "100 Million Points Up For Grabs" Promotion and Sweepstakes for California residents.

IHG Business Rewards super bonus for booking meetings, events or accommodation on behalf of others between September 1st and November 30th 2017, for events consumed by February 28, 2018.

10,000 United PerksPlus Points (Worth 5,000 Miles) For Business Customers.

11/4/2017 ?? Autumn 2017 IHG Rewards Club Europe Flash Sale: Rates as Low as €39 or £39 Per Night. Lots of Holiday Inn Express properties, and other brands.
11/2/2017 Credit Cards The standard offer for the American Express EveryDay cardis 10,000 Membership Rewards points for a $1,000 spend requirement. I can refer you to a 15,000 points offer. Just ask. I need your first name and your e-mail address.
  • I use this no annual fee card to keep my Membership Rewards points alive. I will keep it as long as it is free.
  • My main source of these points is mega bonuses from a large number of American Express cards. The transfer 1,000:1,000 to a large choice of airline miles. You may read about all of this here.

Hawaiian Airlines now has a 50,000 miles credit card offer with a $3,000 spend requirement. Doctor of credit told us how to get the same offer for a $1,000 spend requirement. This offer may still be available. And there is still a 35,000 miles offer for a $1,000 miles spend requirement. You may read about all of this here.

  • The $89 annual fee is not waived the first year, but 40,000 miles gets you a round trip ticket to Hawaii from various place in North America. Also note that Hawaiian is expanding to flight to Asia and Australia. I believe that your card gets you discounted award travel. I believe that this is 2,500 miles off each way, but I can no longer find the specifics of this. Call Hawaiian Airlines to ask before counting on this. Also note Hawaiian's expanding list of partner airlines, useful for flights from the US and for flights to Asia and Australia.

Uber Visa Card.

  • 10,000 bonus points, redeemable for $100 in Uber credits, statement credits or gift cards after spending $500 on net purchases on your Uber Visa Card within the first ninety (90) days from the account open date.
  • 4% back/4 points for every $1.00 spent on net purchases made through UberEATS and at restaurants. Probably you could double dip at a Rewards Network (iDine) restaurant.
  • 3% back/3 points for every $1.00 spent on net purchases on airfare, hotels and vacation home rentals (including travel agencies and home share exchanges).
  • 2% back/2 points for every $1.00 spent on eligible digital net purchases which includes purchases that occur online or in a mobile device but not utilities or contracted services.
  • 2% back/2 points on video and music streaming services and Uber.
  • 1% back/1 point for every $1.00 spent on net purchases everywhere else.
  • up to $600 in supplemental insurance coverage against theft of, damage to or involuntary and accidental parting of your cell phone not otherwise covered by another insurance policy when you make your total monthly cell phone bill payment with your Uber Visa Card.
  • I am somewhat confused by this: Points can be redeemed for Uber credits directly in the Uber app. Points can also be redeemed for cash back or gift cards. All redemptions are at a 1% value.
  • No annual fee.
  • No foreign transaction fee.

25% bonus on American Express Membership Rewards points transfers to JetBlue this month.

10/31/2017 Credit Cards The USAA 2.5% cash back credit card availability was extended to AL, AR, AZ, CO, GA, ID, IN, KS, LA, MI, MT, NM, NY, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX and WA. It will become available in additional states at a later date. Eligibility is quite limited.

How to choose and use cash back credit cards.

  • The best card for purchase of gasoline is the no annual fee PenFed VISA Platinum Gas/Cash Rewards Card. It gives a statement credit of 5%. Anyone can join this credit union, one way or another. I carry the card solely for gasoline purchases.
  • There are many cards offering 2% cash back for for all purchases, some with up front bonuses. Go to my Cash Back Cards section, click on the page you get, then do a word search on "2%". Also see the Citi® Double Cash Mastercard, which gives 1% cash back on all purchases, plus another 1% if you pay off your balance in full each month.
  • There are some cards that give up to 5% cash back in certain categories (travel restaurants, office supply stores, etc). These might be worth carrying if you make a lot of purchases in these categories. You can find many of the best of these in my Cash Back Cards section.
  • All of these cards can get you a double or triple dip on shopping portals and Rewards Network (iDine) restaurants. Some examples:
    • Use a cash back card to make purchases at the airlines portals I just listed that offer bonuses for holiday spending. Get the cash back plus the normal miles for the purchase, plus the bonus miles for the holiday spending.
    • Use the cash back card for purchases via cash back portals. I recently made a Walmart online purchase via my favorite cash back portal, TopCashBack. I received 7% cash back from the portal, plus 2% from my credit card. 9% is not at all bad.Amazon is sometimes listed on Giving Assistant and other cash back portals, usually for specific categories. Recently I saw 6% for these. And shopping Amazon through AmazonSmile gives 1/2% to your choice of charities from a very large list. (Mine is my local humane society.) Use your cash back card for all of these. Please read my info on shopping at Amazon.
    • Use the cash back at a Rewards Network (iDine) restaurant. Get the miles from Rewards Network plus cash back from the card.
10/31/2017 Buying Stuff Holiday Bonuses for buying stuff at airline shopping portals
  • American Airlines October 30 - November 10, 2017. 500 miles for qualifying purchases of at least $150; 2,000 miles for qualifying purchases of at least $600; 4,000 miles for qualifying purchases of $1,200 or more.
  • United Airlines October 30 - November 19, 2017. 500 miles for qualifying purchases of at least $150; 2,500 miles for qualifying purchases of at least $750; 5,000 miles for qualifying purchases of $1,500 or more.
  • Southwest Airlines October 30 - November 20, 2017. 500 bonus points for qualifying purchases of at least $150 - $499.99; 1,000 bonus points for qualifying purchases of at least $500 - $999.99; 3,000 bonus points for qualifying purchases of $1,000 or more.
10/30/2017 Finance Mileage-Earning Rate Doubled for Investing Through Lending Club, Possible Big Miles Opportunity. 1 United Airlines miles/$1 invested. This is a very interesting program. Please read all of the article to which I link, and all of my comments on it there.
10/29/2017 Credit Cards The excellent 35K Starwood Business card offer is scheduled to end November 1.
10/28/2017 ?? United Awards to Book Before Wednesday’s Devaluation
10/28/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses I like this: Bike here, fly there: Earn Alaska Airlines miles when you ride Ford GoBike in the San Francisco Bay Area. I am unable to find out what you actually have to do to get them to give you the miles. There must be a way to register for this. If you know how, please tell me. Thanks

The Intercontinental Hotels PointsBreaks offer for stays until January 31, 2018, goes live Monday, October 30. Rewards Canada posts what they say as the full list of 100 properties you can book for stays through January 31, 2018, for only 5,000 points per night. They even tell you how to get a room for ~C$32 (~US$25) per night via buying points through a special offer. There are lots of Holiday Inn and Crown Plaza properties listed, as well as a few others. Do not delay. Each property has a limit on how many of these they offer.

10/25/2017 Credit Cards Apparently the Virgin Atlantic 70K - 90K credit card offer is back. Some of the bloggers posted the link to it from an e-mail they received. I have not yet received that e-mail. I am unable to find this on the websites of Virgin Atlantic or Bank of America, but it does look legit. Take a screen shot of the page, and copy the link I provide (not the URL you get).
10/23/2017 ?? How to Find Cheap Military Flights and Baggage Discounts
10/23/2017 Other Programs I Like The Alaska, Delta, Southwest, American Airlines and Hilton HHonors - Rewards Network (iDine) sign-up bonuses were extended. The IHG program was extended, but was changed for the worse. The Spirit Airlines program was extended.
I suggest that everyone who might dine out enroll one or more credit cards with a Rewards Network program for miles or hotel points. You may read about all of them here.
10/22/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses Quick 1,000 Marriott Rewards points. Answer this question on twitter by 8pm EDT tonight. Answer is Pennsylvania.

30% bonus for converting your Marriott Rewards® points to AAdvantage® miles October 21 – December 5, 2017. However, if you have some Starwood Starpoints, consider instead converting your Marriot points to Starpoints, then converting your Starpoints to AA miles with a 25% bonus (every 20,000 Starpoints gets you 25,000 miles). Do the math to see what is best for you.

10/19/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses Register now and stay at IHG® hotels using your Mastercard® from November 1 to February 1, 2018, and get a Mastercard® Reward Card up to $100. (At least one stay must be for two or more nights). Then, earn 4,000 IHG® Rewards Club bonus points when you stay two more nights using your Mastercard.
10/19/2017 Credit Cards Super offers for Californians only for all three Southwest Airlines credit cards: Get the coveted Companion Pass for up to almost 2 years (if you time it right) for only one purchase on the cards. Plus get the 40,000 or 60,000 points for minimum spends on each. Ends November 30, 2017.
10/18/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses Best Western: Redeem 10,000 Points For Any Hotel In North America between November 1, 2017 and January 31, 2018, and 2x Points for stays through November 30, 2017. Register.
10/18/2017 Telephone Long gone are the days when we could earn mega miles for switching our long distance land line telephone service between the big 3 carriers. In fact our taking advantage of the the companies' exuberance in competing for our business may have contributed to the demise of MCI. However, miles are available for wireless service. The offers have changed. Read about them here.
10/17/2017 Credit Cards At least one blogger says that the 35K Starwood credit card offers end tomorrow. The page to which I link for the personal card does not mention this. The page to which I link for the business card says the offer ends November 1 of this year. So I suspect the poor blogger is just losing his commissionable links to the offers.
10/16/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses Register using code ASF17 to earn bonus American Airlines miles for American marketed flights (operated by either American or Japan Airlines) to Asia October 16, 2017 - March 15, 2018. Offer applies only to AAdvantage® members who receive an email from American. So just try to register to see if you qualify.
10/16/2017 Credit Cards Chase In Branch Offers: Chase Freedom 30k, Chase Sapphire Reserve & Preferred 60k.

AmaZing Business Credit Card $500 Or $1,000 Sign Up Bonus - CA, TX & NV Only.

10/16/2017 Click for Miles, Money, and Good Causes For years I have been listing websites that allow you to just click to generate a donation to a good cause. Care to Click was one of my favorites. But then both Norton Antivirus and Malwarebytes blocked malware from this site. I notified them and offered to send them screen shots. I have been ignored, and the problem persists. So I deleted my listing of the site from my website. Sad. It seemed to be a very good program.

MyPoints is running a program called Find the Pumpkin. Find it, click on it, maybe get some points. This flyertalk thread should tell you the location of the pumpkin. Today's is in Walgreens. Just enter same in the search field and click. I got 5 points.

MyPoints is a very easy way to earn free United Airlines miles or gift cards from a large selection by simply clicking on stuff. You may read about it and join the program here.
10/15/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses 1,000 very easy Marriott points for answering the trivia question on tweet by 8pm Eastern time today. The answer is Canton, Ohio.
10/14/2017 Buying Stuff TopCashBack is my favorite cash back shopping portal. Make a purchase between October 13th, 2017 00:00 PT and October 15th, 2017 23:59 PT and get an extra $3.00 bonus cash back when you spend $10 or more. First join. Offer details. Furthermore, if you join via my link and spend $5 by 2 am PST October 16, 2017, you get an extra $5.
10/13/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses Register, then receive a 30% bonus of United Airlines award miles up to 25,000 miles when you convert hotel points from any of its partner hotels by November 30, 2017.
10/12/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses Register, then Fly with British Airways before 31 December 2017 to collect double Avios on every British Airways flight, including services with a BA flight number on our partner airlines American Airlines, Finnair and Iberia.
10/10/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses Delta Airlines flash award sale to (and presumably from) New York for as low as 11,000 miles. Book by 11:59pm ET October 12, 2017, and travel from November 1 through December 14, 2017.

30% bonus on points transfers to from American Express Membership Rewards to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club through November 30, 2017. One Mile at a Time discusses the value of Virgin Atlanatic points.

10/9/2017 Credit Cards Apparently the official 80K offer for the IHG credit card has reverted to 60K. But Million Miles Secrets suggests that you can still get it, plus a $50 credit, by doing a dummy booking on IHG's website.
10/8/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses Act Fast. Easy 1,000 Free Marriott Points. Ends 8pm Eastern Time today.

500 bonus Iberia Avios when you join IHG Rewards Club by December 31, 2017. Also fast track to Gold Elite status: stay only 3 night. (But it's easier to get that status by getting the IHG Mastercard.) (Via Head for Points, a UK centric website)

10/7/2017 All Does Travel Promote Real Understanding? How?
This is a very good article by Gary Leff, author of View from the Wing. It somewhat explains why I spend so much of my time maintaining this website. It is my retirement project. I offer the information in the belief that travel is the key to intercultural understanding, and thus perhaps to world peace. All I ask is that you be nice to the people you meet from cultures different than your own. Be aware that those cultures work, or they wouldn't exist. Finding out how and why they work, even if they are very different from your own, is one of the most interesting and rewarding aspects of travel.
10/7/2017 Buying Stuff I updated the link to the Vinessee Wine Club - Hawaiian Airlines 5,000 miles offer. Compare to other wine offers in my wine programs section.
10/7/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses Register by October 31, 2017, to earn double Alaska Airlines flight miles for flying on Qantas metal from the US, flying to Australia, between November 1, 2017, and May 31, 2018.
Earlier this year I found it impossible to tell Qantas online to credit miles for domestic flights to Alaska. There was a place to do this, but it wouldn't "take". Also, phone reps were unable to do this. But for one of the flights, the Qantas help desk inside the airport was able to do it. For others, I had to go online to get my miles after I returned home.

Note that the form requires your 13 digit e-ticket number, which is sometimes hard to find. This is not your 6 digit reservation code.

That e-ticket number should always be acquired and saved before leaving on any flight on any airline. Also, the one letter code for the class of service you have should be acquired and saved, as it is sometimes required before miles credit is given. This one can be even harder to find. But it is well worth your time to call the airline to get both things if necessary.

10/7/2017 Credit Cards The 60K Southwest Airlines credit card offers for its two personal cards are now gone. Best I can find is 40K. The business card offer is still 60K.

The British Airways credit card has changed slightly. Still 50K for a $3,000 spend, and still and additional 25K for spendint $10k more. But the final 25K offer is gone.

Quickly Use Your Chase Sapphire to Earn 1,500 Bonus Points. Note that JohnnyJet does not provide a link to the offer. But harmless if you use these payment methods anyway.

10/5/2017 Student Programs Alaska Airlines is offering 5,000 bonus miles to students of the University of Washington. Then earn a 3.5-3.9 GPA and get 2018 MVP® status, or earn a 4.0 to get MVP® Gold. Register by October 31, 2017.
10/5/2017 ?? As Low as $585 or 60,000 SkyMiles Round Trip During Delta Air Lines Asia Sale. The sale ends Tuesday, October 10, 2017. Fly between Sunday, November 5, 2017 and Saturday, March 10, 2018.
10/5/2017 Credit Cards I list 60,000 miles offers for both the personal and the business versions of the American Airlines credit cards. The standard offers are 30K. You should be able to get both. You are welcome.

The Starwood Business credit card now offers 25,000 points for spending $6,000 in 3 months (an increase of $3K), plus an additional 10,000 points for spending an additional $4K in 6 months. The annual fee is still waived the first year. Starpoints transfer to a large number of airlines 1:1 (alas, except United), plus a 5,000 points bonus for every 20,000 points transferred.

Despite what the bloggers have been telling us, all three of the 60K Southwest Airlines credit card offers are still online.

The 100K offer for the Hilton Surpass card is still available. The offer page that said it would end yesterday is down, but I found the application page still up, meaning you can still get the card. I would save a screen shot of that page, just in case you need to show it to Amex. You may read about all of the Hilton offers here.

10/4/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses Register, then stay twice between August 31 and November 11, 2017, to receive a minimum of 5,000 and maximum of 8,000 Choice Hotels points, depending on the number of base points earned from the two separate qualifying stays. Best I can tell, these include the points you would earn anyway.

Up to 10,000 bonus Marriott points for stays in Hawaii September 20 - December 13, 2017. Must book by December 1, 2017. Use Promotional Code M12.

Up to 10,000 bonus Marriott points for stays in the Caribbean October 18 - December 21, 2017. Must book by October 15, 2017. Use Promotional Code M11.

Marriott Southern California bonus. Use promotional code MRP. From October 12, 2017 - January 2, 2018, stay 2 nights or more with this member exclusive offer at more than 40 locations:

  • 1,000 Marriott Rewards bonus points per stay, 7 days a week
  • 10% off best available rates on Thursday-Sunday nights (Friday or Saturday required)
  • Deluxe accommodations in a king, queen or double guest room or suites
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary breakfast daily at participating Residence Inn®, SpringHill Suites®, TownePlace Suites®, Fairfield Inn & Suites®
I give up. LoyaltyLobby lists a very large number of promotions from the major hotel chains, way too many for me to bother with. If you are traveling, I leave it to you to find a useful promo.
10/4/2017 Credit Cards The 100K offer for the Hilton Surpass card is scheduled to end today. It has a $75 annual fee. Bloggers are making a big deal of the apparent ending today of a 75K free card offer they have been touting. Presumably that is the one for which they have been earning commissions, without bothering to tell you about the 80K offer I have been listing for quite awhile. The offer for that card listed on Hilton's website is 50K.That offer ends December 31. You may read about all of the Hilton offers here.
10/2/2017 Buying Stuff United Airlines shopping portal bonus: 500 miles for qualifying purchases of at least $150; 1,500 miles for qualifying purchases of at least $350 or more. Today through October 13, 2017.
10/2/2017 Credit Cards I list a 15K offer for the no annual fee American Express Everyday card, and a 20K offer for the EveryDay Preferred Credit Card. The former is a good way to permanently keep your Membership Rewards points alive. The regular offers are for 10K and 15K, respectively.
10/1/2017 Buying Stuff TopCashBack is my favorite cash back shopping portal. It now will match competitors cash back TopCashBack is my favorite cash back shopping portal. It now will match competitors cash back rebates subject to a few simple terms and conditions. Cash Back rates will be matched when offered by the following Cash Back websites; Befrugal, Ebates, Extrabux, Fat Wallet, Mr Rebates and shopathome.

Laithwait's Wine offers British Airways Avios and 3 bonus bottles on 12 wines. Compare to other wine offers, including others from Latiwait's, in my wine programs section.

10/1/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses Watch a short video, then answer two questions, to receiver 100 Air Canada miles.

Register for MegaBonus by November 30, 2017, to receive a free night after two paid stays through January 15, 2018. You may have to use a private window to see this offer.

10/1/2017 Credit Cards Yep. The excellent 50K - 100K British Airways credit card is still avialable.
9/30/2017 All I have returned from a wonderful trip to Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary - Prague to Budepest. Some of it was on my own, but most of it was via a tour from my favorite tour company, Overseas Adventure Travel. This was my 12th trip with them. The company always has outstanding guides for a group usually limited to 16 people. In addition to showing us the usual sites, it strives to give us an excellent understanding of the history and culture of the places visited, and always subdivides the groups into smaller ones to visit local people either via home visits and via "a day in the life" visit. On this tour we visited a small family owned horse farm and a woman living in one of the old Communist era appartments. These were the highlights of an already outstanding trip. The company tailors its trips for folks over 50 years old who are curious and in shape. Most of us on this trip were in our 60s and 70s. The adventure parts of these trips are pretty soft and mostly cerebral. Their standard of physical fitness:
Not appropriate for travelers using wheelchairs, walkers, or other mobility aids. You must be able to walk 3 miles unassisted and participate in 6-8 hours of physical activities each day.Sometimes they warn you about walking over cobblestones and other uneven pavement. You may always opt out of anything you consider scary or too difficult.
You will always receive a discount if you mention my name, Gary Steiger. The usual discount is $100, but through October 6 of this year you can receive a $200 discount by also mentioning the code SEPT 300 for any January-June 2018 O.A.T. adventure or Grand Circle River Cruise.

I used my Chase Sapphire Preferred credit card throughout the trip. It offers 2X points for most travel expenses and does not charge the rip-off foreign transaction fee many other cards charge. It has a nice 50,000 Ultimate Rewards points bonus for acquiring the card and meeting the spend requirement. The first year annual fee is waived. Points are transferable to United and many other airlines 1,000:1,000. I particularly appreciate their sending me an email instantly after any foreign transaction, telling me the amount of the charge in U.S. dollars. (You have to sign up for this. Log into your account, then Thing you can do > Update settings and preferences > Account alerts > Protection and security.)

9/30/2017 Credit Cards Delta Airlines American Express Credit Cards
  • Both the personal and the business cards offer 50,000 Bonus Miles after you spend $2,000 in purchases with your new Card within the first 3 months† and a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months. Plus, earn an additional 10,000 bonus miles after you make an additional $1,000 in purchases within your first 6 months. Expires November 8, 2017.
  • Blue Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card. Earn 10,000 Bonus Miles after spending $500 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership. No annual fee.
Bloggers are saying that the excellent 50K - 100K British Airways credit card offer ends today. I cannot see this on the offer. It is possible that bloggers' opportunity to earn commissions on this offer will disappear, but that the offer will still be available. We shall see.

Bloggers are saying that the 60K Southwest Airlines credit card offers for both of its personal cards end October 4, 2017. Doctor of Credit says maybe tomorrow, October 1. I cannot see this on the offers. It is possible that bloggers' opportunity to earn commissions on this offer will disappear, but that the offer will still be available. We shall see. There is evidence that the business card 60K offer will survive, but this is not certain.

Points with a Crew provides an excellent article on how to use these offers to earn the coveted companion pass for 2 years if you time it right. And Million Miles Secrets tells us what to do if we already have lots of Southwest points. It appears that if the offer expires October 4, you should apply for the cards on that date, and time your last purchase to meet the $2,000 requirement to post and clear before your 3 month deadline but in 2018. This could be challenging. Purchases post a pending for a few days, then actually clear. Chase tells me that it is the clearing date that counts. So I would apply on October 4, then do that last spent on January 1, 2018, to possibly give me enough time. But then, timing it that close might blow the entire 60k points. Your risk. Good luck.

Doctor of Credit tells us how to get an extra 500 miles by using a certain code while applying for the Barclays 60,000 American Airlines miles offer for its AAdvantage® AviatorTM Red World Elite MasterCard

Doctor of Credit tells us how we might Bypass Chase 5/24 Online With “Selected For You” Offers [Now Showing United Cards]

A new, very interesting credit card for students: SelfScore Mastercard for students

  • No FICO score required.
  • No SS# required - great for foreign students
  • No annual fee
  • 1% cash back on all purchases.

BankAmericard Cash Rewards Visa Card for Students

  • $150 statement credit after $500 in purchases within 90 days of account opening
  • 1% cash back on every purchase, 2% at grocery stores and wholesale clubs and 3% on gas for the first $2,500 in combined grocery/wholesale club/gas purchases each quarter
  • 0% Introductory APR for 12 billing cycles for purchases, and for any balance transfers made in the first 60 days. Balance transfer is not recommended due to high fee.
  • No annual fee
  • 3% rip-off fee for foreign transactions.

Wells Fargo Visa® Card for students

  • 3% cash rewards on gas, grocery, drugstore for first 6 months, 1% cash rewards on virtually all other net purchases
  • 0% Intro APR for 6 months on purchases and balance transfers, after that the variable APR will be 13.24%-25.24%. Balance transfer is not recommended due to high fee.
  • 0% Intro APR for 12 months on purchases and balance transfers, after that the variable APR will be 13.24%-25.24%. Balance transfer is not recommended due to high fee.
  • No annual fee
Compare the above student cards to the previously mentioned Journey Student Rewards from Capital One.
9/6/2017 All I will be traveling through late this month, business class on miles, of course. I will not be posting during that time - vacation is vacation. My house sitter doesn't know how to do this. My cats do (they have watched me doing this for a long time), but the lazy bums refuse. So please give me to the end of the month to catch up. You can subscribe above to receive notice of when this starts to happen.
9/6/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses Register for Starwood's Explore More offer by November 30, 2017, and earn at participating SPG® hotels between September 12, 2017, and January 15, 2018:
  • 1,000 bonus Starpoints® per stay at St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Le Méridien®, Westin®, Sheraton®, Tribute Portfolio™ and Design Hotels™
  • 500 bonus Starpoints per stay at Aloft®, ElementSM and Four Points®
  • 10,000 bonus Starpoints when you stay 25 or more nights
9/6/2017 Credit Cards Intercontinental Hotels Group improved credit card offer: Doctor of Credit tells us you might get a 100,000 points offer by calling IHG, and tells us what to say when you do. The standard offer is for 80K. This is a really good offer, even for 80K. Holiday Inns, Crown Plazas, Candlewood Suites, etc., are everywhere, and the Platinum status that comes with the card is valuable.
9/5/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses Register to earn double Amtrak points from September 18, 2017 12:00:00am CST through November 18, 2017 11:59:59pm CST. Read the strange terms and conditions and draw your own conclusions. Hmm. I wonder what happens if your train leaves on November 18 and arrives on November 19. (Via The Gate)
9/5/2017 Credit Cards I list an improved offer for the JetBlue credit card - 15K instead of the standard 10K. You are welcome.
9/2/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses From September 1 through October 15, 2017, convert your Starpoints® to American Airlines AAdvantage® miles and earn up to 30% additional AAdvantage® miles from the conversions. This is in addition to the 25% bonus you get anyway from 20,000 points conversions. LoyaltyLobby tells us why we might consider convering to Marriott points instead.
9/2/2017 Finance Did Citi 1099 You for American Airlines Miles? Get Money From a Class Action Settlement.
9/2/2017 ?? Why fly when you can drive for almost free? Travel with Grant tells us about some one way car rentals for $1-$2 per day from Transfer Car. He concentrates on Canadians routes, but U.S. routes are also available. Some very beautiful routes are listed. Sometimes RVs are listed. So drive one way and use your miles to get home, or visa versa.
8/31/2017 Credit Cards The standard offers for the personal and business American Airlines credit cards have been reduced to 30,000 miles. But I list 50,000 miles offers, still with the annual fee waived the first year, but with a spend requirement. The 60K Barclays card is still available with an annual fee, but no spend requirement. You may read about all of these here.
8/30/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses Sign up to earn Double Hilton HHonors Points on every Hilton property stay from September 1 through December 31, 2017. Extra points if you have Diamond Status.
8/28/2017 ?? $69 fares from many US cities to Europe. So grab one and go already.
8/28/2017 Humor A solution for flying SWA out of Houston today.
8/28/2017 Credit Cards The bonus for the American Airlines AAdvantage® AviatorTM Red World Elite MasterCard from Barclay Bank was increased to 60,000 miles. This makes it competitive with the Citibank American Airlines cards. You should be able to get cards from both banks, netting you up to 180,000 miles from three cards. You may read about all of these here.
8/28/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses This is really good: 5 tips that will make you a United award search engine master
8/26/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses 1,000 Free IHG Rewards points for joining IHG Business Rewards Via Crown Plaza (free) for new and existing members (Holiday Inn, Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza reward program). Follow exactly the instructions on this Slick Deals post, using the 3 links provided. If you tried to do this previously using what I posted here before, sorry about that. If you actually did manage to enroll in the business rewards program, just go here to get your 1,000 points.
8/24/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses 90% Off Promo Code For Frontier Airlines Flights, Today Only

Two Days Only: Get 25% Off JetBlue Award Flights

8/22/2017 Credit Cards I just noticed that I had not mentioned in my write-ups that the Chase Sapphire Preferred and Ink Business Preferred Visa credit cards do not charge a foreign transaction fee - one more reason why these are my favorites for spending on travel. The former gives 2X and the latter gives 3X for this. Both give other bonuses for spending in other categories. The former has a 50K bonus and the latter an 80K bonus after spending a specified amount on the cards. After getting the card, you could then refer others to it for 10,000 points per successful referral, up to 50,000 points, which, of course, is why I hope you will allow me to refer you to the Sapphire card. (Thanks.) The cards generate valuable Ultimate Rewards points, which can be transferred to a large number of airlines, including United, at a 1,000:1000 ratio. You may read about all of this here.
8/21/2017 Credit Cards The 60,000 points offers for the Plus and Premier versions of the Southwest Airlines credit cards are back. The standard offers on SWA's and Chase's websites are 40k. So these, plus the Business card, make 3 60K SWA card offers. You should be able to get both a personal and a business card. The 120K points is enough to qualify for the companion pass
8/21/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses Today Only – Free Marriott Rewards Points. Members, where are you watching the #GreatAmericanEclipse? Tell us using #SolarEclipse2017 and #RewardsPoints for 50 Rewards points. pic.twitter.com/Io5FcEJEX1. More points for just connecting and following.
8/19/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses How to Save Hundreds of Dollars When Cancelling American AAdvantage Awards