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3/26/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses Join the Alaska Airlines miles program before April 30, 2017, and complete your first flight with them by September 30, 2017, to earn 5,000 bonus miles. Award travel starts at 5,000 miles, so that might be enough for the one-way award ticket you want.
The Alaska Airlines miles program is one of my favorites. It has a large number of partners and an inventory of award flights different than those of those partners. All award tickets are one way, and each allows a stopover. This means you could do two stopovers and two open jaws on one round trip. For example, I did a one way from San Francisco to Glacier Bay, Alaska, then a return trip with a 15 day stopover in Juneau, where I took an excellent UnCruise through the bays, sounds, and fjords of Southeast Alaska, seeing glaciers, spectacular mountains, and wild wilderness where whales, Dall's porpoises, Mountain goats, bears (species brown and black), seals and sea lions, salmon, bald eagles, cute sea otters, and an abundance of creatures under rocks when the tide is out. (Have you ever kissed a Slug? No, not the human kind. Probably should be no more than a once in a lifetime experience, for both types.) This was the best of all the organized travels I have experienced.

To read my write-up of the trip, and to receive a discount for any UnCruise adventure, click on Places Gary Has Visited in the left menu, then on Alaska.

3/25/2017 Credit Cards The bonus for the Marriott personal credit card was increased to 100,000 points. It charges an $85 annual fee, not waved the first year. If you recently accepted the 80K offer, call or use secure email to ask to be changed to the 100K one. Be prepared to give them the URL of the latter.

The wording on the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® now says that the 50,000 points bonus can now be used for a $500 bonus on travel purchases. Same points, so I guess they changed the conversion ratio. The $89 annual fee is still waived the first year. Sorry, I haven't been following this card very carefully.

3/24/2017 Credit Cards The Hilton American Express credit card offer was increased to 80,000 points through May 31,2017. The 75K Visa card is still available. You may read about Hilton cards here.
3/23/2017 Buying Stuff American Airlines shopping bonus - 1,500 miles when you make at least 3 individual qualifying purchases of $50 dollars or more through its shopping portal during the Bonus Period. Through April 14, 2017.
3/22/2017 Credit Cards American Express offers 10,000 Membership Rewards Points for enrolling your charge card in its Extended Payment Option, a feature that gives you the flexibility to carry a balance with interest or pay in full each month. You do not actually have to use that option (which, of course, you shouldn't, only enroll in it. This may be a targeted offer, and it applies only to charge cards, the kind that requires that you pay your balance in full each month. Click here and sign in to see the offer. If there is no link on that offer, call the number on the back of your card or 1-866-280-4438 and ask if your are eligible. You may need to use offer code CF2O:0008. (I think that first round thing is the letter oh, not zero.) The offer ends May 13, 2017. You can see my list of Amex charge cards here. Probably there are many others.
3/19/2017 Finance Sad loss: For many years we have been receiving 50,000 American, United, or Delta miles per year for opening or adding funds to Fidelity brokerage accounts. It appears this opportunity will end March 31 of this year. All deadlines listed on the offers have been changed to this date from much later dates that were different from each other. True, Fidelity does have a habit of extending deadlines at the last minute, but they have never before shortened a deadline, let alone to the same date. So I suggest that you do it now if you can. It is a very easy 50K. You need not fund the account with cash to get the deal. A transfer of assets from another brokerage also works. Transfer is easy. Fidelity will do it for you after you fill out and sign their form.
3/16/2017 Credit Cards Click here and log in to see if you are eligible for a 60,000 miles + $50 Delta Airlines credit card offer. You may read about the other offers here.
3/15/2017 Other Programs I Like The SunPower Affiliate Solar Program reduced its Hawaiian Airlines miles offer to 50,000. 40,000 miles will get you a round trip between the mainland and the islands. Nice bonus to sunny Hawaii for when the sun is not shining on your solar system.
3/15/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses Register your United Airlines credit card by March 31, 2017, to earn 100 miles for yourself plus 100 award miles to the American Red Cross for every $1,000 you spend between March 15 and April 15, 2017. There are some excellent 50K offers for United's credit cards. (Via DansDeals)
3/10/2017 Finance Quicken Loans offers 25,000 Hawaiian Airlines miles when you close a new purchase or refinance loan. Compare to other miles loan offers.
3/10/2017 Buying stuff American Airlines shopping bonus - up to 1,000 miles through March 17, 2017. Usually other airlines will compete with this type of offer within a few days, and usually Mommy Points will tell us about it. Patience...
3/10/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses Register for double Amtrak points for travel between March 20 and May 20, 2017.

1,000 miles for enrolling in Vietnam Airlines' Lotus Miles program. I have an email that promises this, but no link to the offer. But it worked for me, though it took a few days for the miles to post. I join all airline programs that offer miles for doing so, as I never know when those miles might be useful - perhaps with a merger with another airline, for example.

Points with a Crew says that you will receive 500 miles when you enter the promo code JOINKF2017 when you join the Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer program online. I enrolled today. The miles did not immediately post. We shall see.

3/8/2017 Click for Miles, Money, or Good Causes MyPoints is running a promotion where you find the Shamrock, click on it, then see if you get some points. The location of that Shamrock is posted daily on this Flyertalk thread. MyPoints is a very easy place to earn points towards United Airlines miles or gift cards for a choice from a very large number of merchants. Just opt to receive emails and click on them - usually 5 points/click. Also, you can answer the one click Daily Poll for a point/day, do surveys, and use its shopping portal, among many other ways to earn points. You can read more about the program here.
3/5/2017 Credit Cards I updated the link to the 50,000 miles Lufthansa credit card offer. The 35K offer with a lesser spend requirement is also still available.
3/3/2017 Buying Stuff eharmony is offering 130 British Airways Avios/$1 spent until May 3,2017. So even if your spouse won't let you actually use the service, purchasing a 1 year subscription for $241.40 gets you 32,682 Avios. That would get you a lot of short haul flight on American and other partners, as well as on British Air. They start at 7,500 Avios.
3/3/2017 Credit Cards The American Airlines 50K offes for its personal and business credit cards usually have the language saying that American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles are not available if you have had any Citi® / AAdvantage® card (other than a CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® card) opened or closed in the past 24 months. Here are links to the personal and businss cards that do not have this language:
Personal card
Business card
There are still offer pages available for the 50K bonuses with the restricting language, but they are starting to disappear. If you want this offer, don't delay.
3/3/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses JetBlue has flash sales, sometimes lasting only a few hours. They are listed here, but best to follow @JetBlueCheeps.

JetBlue lists its points promotions here. Here are some of interest I found today:

  • Register for double JetBlue base flight points on all flights Book by March 23, 2017 and fly by April 30, 2017.
  • Register for triple JetBlue points for flights to Cuba. Book by March 18, 2017, for travel through March 18, 2017.
  • Register for triple JetBlue points for flights between Long Beach, CA (LGB) and San Francisco (SFO), Oakland (OAK), Reno (RNO), Las Vegas (LAS) or San Jose, CA. Book and fly by May 22, 2017.
  • Register for bonus JetBlue points for flights between Boston and Atlanta. Purchase by June 30, 2017; Fly March 30 – June 30, 2017.
3/3/2017 Finance Lending Club offers 1 American Airlines mile per $1 borrowed, up to 20,000 miles. They say "Rates from 5.99% to 35.89%* APR. Best APR is available to borrowers with excellent credit." Not sure if you can borrow for a very short period of time to get the miles. This thread in flyertalk discusses the offer. Note that there may be an up front fee for taking out the loan, making the miles expensive. But if you need the loan and they give you a good rate... Compare to the Best Egg offers for 50,000 JetBlue points or 50,000 Hawaiian Airlines miles.
3/3/2017 Click for Miles, Money, or Good Causes Use this link to join Swagbucks by March 31, 2017, to earn 300 Swsgbucks immediatly, plus 200 more if you spend $25 or more through Shop & Earn this month. I described this program last month. The 300 SBs are worthwhile. The 200 are worth $2, returning 8% on your purchase.
3/1/2017 All Yes, the server hosting this website was down for a day. They just fixed it. Whew!
3/1/2017 Credit Cards Update on the American Airlines 50,000 miles credit card offers: All but one of my links to these offers for both the personal and the business card still work. But the fact that one of them (for the business card) reverted to a 30K offer indicates to me that Citi might indeed be in the process of eliminating them. Do do it now if you are going to do it at all.
2/28/2017 Buying Stuff TopCashBack offers some interesting discounts for travel. Click on Travel in the green stripe near the top of their home page. Here are some of my favorites:
Marriott - up to 7% cash back
Hotels.com - up to 9% cash back
IGH - 8% cash back
Hilton - up to 12% cash back
Travelocity - up to 7% cash back
Europcar - 10% cash back
Accor Hotels - 6% cash back
Booking.com - 5% cash back (I use this one frequently)
In addition, the website often lists discounts for each business.

I highly recommend that before you buy anything relating to travel (or anything else, for that matter), you look at TopCashBack and/or other cash back shopping portals to find very good discounts. These portals are quite easy to use. Once you sign up for an account with them, just sign in, then enter the name of the business from which you want to make a purchase. The sites then take you directly to that business's website and you shop there normally. The cash back portal records your purchase and credits your account with the discount. After you meet a minimum threshold (usually very small, like $10 or so), they send you the money.

2/28/2017 Credit Cards Bloggers are saying that today is the last day for both the personal and the business versions of the American Airlines credit cards 50,000 miles bonus offers. I have links to lots of different offer pages for these offers, none of which mention this deadline. So I suspect that the offers will no longer be commissionable to bloggers, but will still be available to us. We shall see.
2/27/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses Join the JetBlue TrueBlue points program, then book a flight and travel by April 16, 2017, to earn 5,000 TrueBlue points. Via frequentflyer bonuses.

Register for bonus JetBlue points for flights between Boston and Atlanta. Purchase 2/24 – 6/30/17; Fly 3/30 –6/30/17.

2/25/2017 Credit Cards Correction: The link to an American Airlines 50K offer for its credit card that does not have the language saying that American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles are not available if you have had any Citi® / AAdvantage® card (other than a CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® card) opened or closed in the past 24 months is probably for its business card, not its personal card. The details of the application indicate that its wants info for your business, but the title of the card does not say business.
2/24/2017 Credit Cards The Blue for Business Credit Card from American Express now has an improved 25,000 points offer. There is no annual fee. There is an 30% annual bonus on the points you earn for purchases. You would probably want to first get The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN, with a 50K or 75K bonus. Its annual fee is waived the first year. Also consider the Starwood card for actually spending.

Miles to Memories found a link to the American Airlines 50K offer for its personal credit card that does not have the language saying that American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles are not available if you have had any Citi® / AAdvantage® card (other than a CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® card) opened or closed in the past 24 months.

Correction: The details of the application indicate that its wants info for your business, but the title of the card does not say business.

A usually reliable blogger says that those 50K American Airlines offers will be gone March 1. It is not clear if they will be gone for everyone or just for bloggers earning commissions on them. We shall see.

Doctor of Credit says that the bonus for the Chase Ink Cash® Business Card will be $500 for applications in Chase branch offices only starting March 12, 2017, at least for some customers. The current bonus is $300.

Doctor of Credit says the sign-up bonus for the Chase INK Preferred card will be increasing to 100,000 Ultimate Rewards points March 12, 2017, but for in-branch applications only.

2/24/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses Register, then take 2 separate qualifying trips to earn enough points to redeem for a free night at over 1,500 Choice Hotels.

Register for 650 bonus points from the American Airlines BusinessExtra program between February 23 and March 31, 2017. Company must complete a minimum of one qualifying flight within 30 days of registering for the promotion. Business owners - consider joining one or more of the programs for businesses to receive extra goodies for flying and staying at hotels.

2/21/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses I fixed the links and details for the airline and hotel dining programs. Sorry about that.
2/19/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses The Delta Airlines, Spirit Airlines, IHG, and Hilton bonuses for first time dines through Rewards Network (iDine) were extended. The American Airlines Rewards Network bonus was increased to 2,000 miles for three dines. The Southwest Airlines Rewards Network 1,000 points bonus now requires three dines. Everyone who might possibly dine at a restaurant should register for one or more airline or hotel dining programs. Free miles are free miles. There are advertised only on the Rewards Network website. You won't see any mention of them at the restaurants. So go register and be surprised.
2/18/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses Be sure to tell Intercontinental Hotels your birthday. Today I received an email from them giving me 1,000 points for this.
2/17/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses Save 5,000 United Miles on round trips awards to Mexico if you want to travel from April 29, 2017 – May 26, 2017.
2/17/2017 Credit Cards DIRECTV offers 5,000 Hawaiian Airlines miles for subscribing for its service. But its offer of 30,000 United Airlines miles is still available, and that of 25,000 Airlines miles is still online and may still be available. See my section on Satelite TV offers for details of and cautions for all of these.
2/16/2017 Credit Cards The Starwood personal and business cards added An extra 10,000 bonus Starpoints® after you make an additional $2,000 in purchases within the first 6 months to its standard 25,000 points offers, for a total of 35,000 points each. Offer ends April 5, 2017. The Starwood cards are among my favorites for earning miles for actual spending, as every 20,000 points convert to 25,000 miles on a large selection of airlines.
2/15/2017 Credit Cards This offer for the United Airlines credit card gives the 50K miles, but does not waive the annual fee the first year and does not offer the $50 statement credit. It is being touted by bloggers because it earns them a commission. First try all of the other methods I list. You are welcome.

Bloggers are now touting the 50K Southwest Airlines Plus card offer, I suspect because it has become commissionable. I have listed it for a quite awhile. Same for the American Airlines 50K offer.

2/14/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses Delta flash sale: Awards between Los Angeles and many cities within the 48 states starting at 5,000 miles each way. You need to book by February 15, 2017, for travel from April 19 through May 24, 2017.
2/14/2017 Credit Cards There is a new offer for the no annual fee Hilton Visa credit card with a 75,000 points after $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. This competes with the American Express card offer with the same bonus. You should be able to get both. Read about the Hilton cards here.
2/13/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses Ethiopian Airlines offers 3,000 miles for joining its miles program by February 15. After that, 1,000 miles. Remember the international date line - do this now. Ethiopean is a member of the Star Alliance. I always accept all offers for joining any airline program. I never know when this might be useful. For example, the program might merge with another, as did Virgin America with Alaska, giving me some valuable Alaska miles. (Via milenerd)
2/13/2017 ?? AirAsia Is Selling $99 One-Way Flights Between Honolulu & Asia.
2/13/2017 Credit Cards

The Pentagon Federal Credit Union offers a 2% cash back for all purchases Visa credit card. There is no annual fee. Doctor of Credit provides a good description of it. Compare to the USAA 2.5% cash back card, if you can get it, and to the other 2% cash back cards from Fidelity and Citibank.

Cathay Pacific offers a new credit card for U.S. residents. View from the Wing does a nice analysis of this offer, pointing out that it could be a good choice for those who frequently travel in foreign countries.

2/12/2017 Other Programs I Like I added Head for Points to my list of Blogs I like section. It tracks frequent flyer deals in the UK.
2/12/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses 25% Iberia Avios discount for some Iberia flights to and from Madrid booked by Feburary 14 and flown by June 14, 2017. Fuel charges are minimal. US departures and destination include Miami, New York, Boston, and Chicago. Not sure what happens if you travel beyond Madrid. Remember that if you have an Iberia Avios account that has been open 90 days and has earned at least 1 point, you can transfer British Airways Avios over to Iberia Avios. View from the Wing reminds us to be sure to "check award availability before transferring points" - "while Iberia does offer generous award space for 2 passengers between the US and Madrid that’s often only in the month following schedule open and pickings won’t be super generous". (Via the UK website Head for Points)
2/11/2017 Credit Cards I updated the link to the 75,000 points no annual fee Hilton American Express credit card.
2/9/2017 Buying Stuff TopCashBack offers 8% cash back on Intercontinenal Hotel Group reservations. TopCashBack very often provides the best cash back for your online purchases. I list all of my favorite cash back portals here.
2/9/2017 Other Programs I Like Earn 350 Hawaiian Airlines Miles by joining Opinions Take Flight and completing your first survey. You will then be awarded HawaiianMiles for each additional survey you complete. Also see my list of other ways to earn miles from surveys.
2/9/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses Book with the Hilton Honors app and get 500 more Points for each completed stay through December 31, 2017. Combine with other Bonus Points offers this year to earn even more. So it appears to me that this should combine with the previously mentioned 2,000 points bonus and the other more specific bonuses I list.

Amtrak riders might be interested in this offer. But do your own math for the rides you take.

Some Starwood properties will change categories on March 7, 2017, - some for the better, some for the worst. Since most reservations can be cancelled, you can make even speculative reservations now for those properties that will become more expensive later.

This summer: Flat bed business space west coast <> Dublin for only 46k British Air Avios.

2/8/2017 Credit Cards If you are displeased by the actions of our government against travel and civil liberty and are looking for a way to meet a spend requirement for a credit card bonus, please consider a donation to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). There are two ways to do this, one of which is tax deductible. That tax deductible donation (to the ACLU Foundation) mainly supports the original work of the organization - suing in court on behalf of civil liberties. I love the fact that the government with which I disagree is paying for a big chunk of my opposition to it. What a great country we live in!
2/7/2017 Credit Cards Doctor of Credit reports a rumor that he considers pretty firm that the Chase Ink Preferred sign-up bonus will be increasing to 100,000 Ultimate Rewards points sometime in the next five months.
2/7/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses FrequentMiler suggests that the current Southwest Airlines sale gives us a chance to check your current reservations, as we can sometimes re-book the same flights for less money/fewer points if they have decreased in price.
2/6/2017 ?? I like this Turkish Airlines Superbowl ad.
2/6/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses 35% bonus British Airways Avios when you convert selected Hotel Loyalty Points into Avios 6 February 2017 - 8 March 2017. Participating hotel partners are:
Carlson Hotels
Hilton Hotels
Hyatt Hotels & Resorts
Intercontinental Hotel Group
Note that this offer appears on the Great Britain British Airways website. I see no mention of any restriction on your location in the T&Cs.

Double or triple La Quita points for your stays at select U.S. properties with check-in February 6, 2017 to March 2, 2017.

2/6/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses I have an email that says that TopCashBack will give you $5 after you spend $10 by February 27, 2017, via its shopping portal. TopCashBack very often provides the best cash back for your online purchases. I list all of my favorite cash back portals here.
2/5/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses Register to earn an extra 5 miles/$1 on your Delta or Virgin Australia flight through May 31, 2017, between Los Angeles and Sydney, Brisbane, and on new Melbourne flights starting April 4, 2017.
2/4/2017 Credit Cards Doctor of Credit tells us that we might be able to get the 60k offer for the Intercontinental Hotels Group credit card, then get an extra 20k by secure messaging to Chase. He also tells us of an offer for the 60K card plus 2K just for applying. (But I think the 60K plus $50 statememt credit offer is better.)

Special Offer for the American Express SimplyCash®Plus Business Credit Card You can find the standard offer here on the American Express website. If you don't see the offer, clear cache and cookies and/or open the page in a private or InPrivate window. But last I looked the Special Offer included

  • A $200 statement credit after you spend $5,000 in qualifying purchases on your Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.
  • Plus, earn an additional $200 statement credit after you spend an additional $10,000 or more in qualifying purchases on your Card within the first year of Card Membership.
  • 5% at U.S. office supply stores and on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers
  • 3% on the category of your choice
  • 1% on other purchases
  • 5% and 3% apply to purchases up to $50,000 per rebate year then 1% thereafter. Cash back earned is automatically credited to your statement.
  • No annual membership fee.
2/4/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses Download the Club Carlson mobile app - you'll earn 1,000 Bonus Gold Points when you use the app to book and complete your first stay. (Via frequent flyer bonuses)
2/3/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses All Year - 4+ Transatlantic Flat Bed Seats per Flight
30,000 miles one way in economy from the USA to Europe
70,000 miles one way in Business from the USA to Europe

Ethiad Airways is offering 500 miles for joining its miles program, by using this link, which embeds promo code EYGCARDS. You can find the offer on Ethiad's front page. This came from a post on View from the Wing, which explains why this program is valuable. I always accept all offers for joining any airline program. I never know when this might be useful. For example, the program might merge with another, as did Virgin America with Alaska, giving me some valuable Alaska miles.

2/3/2017 Buying Stuff I added the latest 5,000 Alaska Airlines miles offer from Vinessee Wine Clubs. Compare to all the other wine club offers I list.
2/3/2017 Click for Miles, Money, or Good Causes Join Swagbucks and earn 300 total SB before 3/1/17 to get both you and me a 300 SB bonus. Swagbucks provides very easily earned "Bucks" for searches, entering special SwagCodes, doing a daily one question survey (often fun), shopping, referring others, interacting on Swagbuck's Facebook page, commenting on Swagbucks's blog, using its Visa credit card (could be of value to you - read my write-up on it), and other stuff. Bucks can be redeemed for a very large selection of gift cards and other goodies. My favorites are the Amazon gift cards and the Pay Pal credits. Each converts the Swagbucks for 1 cent per Swagbuck. Some of the Amazon and Pay Pal offers are now on sale.
2/2/2017 Buying Stuff TopCashback has some very good discounts on tax preparation software. I plan to use the 20% one for H&R Block. Compare to what you get from other cash back or airline shopping portals.
2/2/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses Register to earn 2,000 Points per night when you stay at Hilton properties between February 1 and April 30, 2017.
1/31/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses Rewards Canada tells us to check our Air Canada Aeroplan accounts when we log in for a banner that states you can get 500 Aeroplan miles for adding your email. We have until March 31, 2017 to do this.
1/31/2017 Buying Stuff American Airlines shopping bonus: 500 miles for spending $125 or 1,000 miles for spending $500 at American's shopping portal. Valid today through February 13, 2017. Cumulative.
1/30/2017 Buying Stuff United Airlines shopping bonus: 500 miles for spending $125 or 1,000 miles for spending $500 at United's shopping portal. Valid today through February 14, 2017. Cumulative. I would expect to see competing offers from other airines soon, so wait if you can.
1/30/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses The new IGH Hotels Points Break list is out. Stay for 5,000 points at your choice from a list of a large number of properties worldwide. Most are properties from Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express. Valid for booking through January 31, 2017, but hurry these go fast. Remember that most reservations can be cancelled a day before the arrival, so you can do a speculative reservation after you review the cancellation policy for that property.

Register for 5,000 Hilton HHonors™ Bonus Points when you stay at least two nights at participating Waldorf Astoria or Conrad hotels & resorts through December 31, 2017.

1/29/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses Earn 1,000 Intercontinental Hotels Elite qualifying bonus points for each night on your next trip at select properties.

Starwood Resorts offer: Escape to Hawaii and French Polynesia and get every fifth night free, along with 35% off room rates, spa services, dining and rental cars from AVIS in Hawaii. Plus earn double Starpoints® for travel through June 30, 2017.

1/29/2017 Finance A Complete Guide To Paying Your Federal Taxes With A Credit Card, Updated For 2017.

Best Egg as added Hawaiian Airlines to its bonus offers for personal loans. Up to 50,000 JetBlue points or 50,000 Hawaiian Airlines miles for getting a personal loan from Best Egg.

  • Years ago, people were getting mega-miles for taking out loans on their homes, then immediately paying them off. I don't know how this might work here. I leave it to you to ask the questions and do the math.
1/29/2017 Buying Stuff Trick to Earn Miles Using “Pick Up in Store”. Usually if you order something online through an airline or cash back shopping portal, you pay shipping charges. But many stores will give you the miles or cash bonus and not charge you for shipping if you ship to your local store.
1/29/2017 Credit Cards Military Folks Save $450 Fee With AMEX Business Platinum & Other Cards.
1/25/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses Marriott offers up to 3,000 points per night at select U.S. properties through March 5, 2017. (Via Frequent Flyer Italia)
1/24/2017 Credit Cards Korean Air has added a statement credit of up to $150 to its credit card offers, dependent on the card you receive. Still not very many bonus miles.
1/23/2017 All Ted Talk - Rick Steves: The Value of Travel. I get a bit tired of listening to Rick Steves. But this is really, really good. Please take the 21 minutes to watch it. And I hope some of the bloggers who follow me pick this up and promote it to their readers.
1/22/2017 Credit Cards The link I provided on 12/31/17 to an offer of 50K miles for the American Airlines personal credit card with the 24 month exclusion language not present is dead. But Doctor of Credit found a new one.
1/21/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses Register to earn up to 20,000 American Airines miles each for up to 2 round trips between the U.S., Canada or Mexico and Europe on American or British Airways, Iberia or Finnair metal. Register and fly by March 31, 2017, with promotion code NAS17.

Book and travel within Japan on Japan Airines using an AAdvantage® Reduced Mileage Award and redeem 20% less miles. Valid January 30 - April 30, 2017.

1/19/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses Register for bonus Rewards points by February 12, 2017, book you stays by then, and then stay at Accor Hotels properties before April 9, 2017. (Via LoyaltyLobby)
1/19/2017 Buying stuff The American Airlines miles offer for Vinnesse's Wine Club enrollment was extended to the middle of March. But caution: In one place the offer says shipping included, but a footnote and the terms and conditions say that a $25 delivery charge plus any applicable taxes and surcharges will be added. Surcharges? Be sure the price is right before you agree to pay it. Compare to all wine club offers I list.
1/18/2017 Credit Cards The standard offer for the United Airlines credit cards are 30,000 miles for the personal card and 50,000 miles for the business card. But try these links and then log in to see if you are targeted for 50K + a $50 statement credit for the same. I was, even though they didn't tell me about it.
Personal card
Business card
Both offer still say that he new Cardmember bonus offer is not available to either (i) current Cardmembers of this credit card, or (ii) previous Cardmembers of this credit card who received a new Cardmember bonus for this business credit card within the last 24 months.
1/17/2017 Credit Cards View from the Wing discusses ways to bypass Chase's 5/24 rule for obtaining its credit cards.
1/15/2017 Credit Cards The $100 bonus for obtaining the Fidelity 2% cash back card was extended to June 2017. I use this card for all purchases except when I am working on a spend requirement for bonus miles. Also, I get 50,000 miles per year (United, American, or Delta) for adding assets to my Fidelity investment account. (Easy)
1/16/2017 Finance FrequentMiler has an excellent article on how to profitably earn miles or cash for paying your taxes. I would add the Fidelity 2% cash back card and the Citi® Double Cash Card card for cards that give you a profit when you pay your taxes with them.
1/16/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses Act Quickly: Free-ish JetBlue Packages!
1/15/2017 Credit Cards Frequent discussions of the Marriott/Starwood programs by bloggers and others cause me to occasionally take another look at the programs. Today I notice that the Marriott credit card offers for both the personal and the business cards give 80,000 Marriott points/card for a annual fee of $85 each. You should be able to get both. Those 80,000 points will get you 35,000 United Airlines miles, at a very cheap 0.24 cent/mile. Miles from other airlines cost a bit more, and might be a better deal by converting the Marriott points to Starpoints,, then Starpoints to miles. The United Airlines and Chase cards offering Ultimate Rewards points are better deals for United miles, and the dedicated cards for other airlines are probably better deals for their miles, but after getting these, consider the Marriott card for even more miles. And, oh yes, the Marriott cards offer a free one night stay at its properties, too.
1/14/2017 Credit Cards The 50,000 Delta Airlines miles offer for its personal credit card is back. Standard offer is 30K. So now you should be able to get both the 50K personal and the 50K business cards - a free 100K miles is not bad. But note for earning Delta miles for actual spending after you to the spends for the bonuses, the Starwood cards are better, as 20K Starwood points transfer to 25K Delta miles (and those of many other airlines).
1/12/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses The triple Avios offer I mentioned before for your first 8 segments on British Air flights before 31 March 2017 also applies to American Airlines, Finnair and Iberia flights, but only on flights between Europe and North America and where the flight has a BA prefix flight number. Also applies to all domestic and regional BA (operated by Comair) flights within southern Africa. Be sure you tell the airline that you want British Airways Avios credits for your flight. Registration required.
1/12/2017 Credit Cards I added the Ink Cash® Business Card and the Chase Ink Business PreferredSM credit card to my list of favorite cards. The former offers the best way to fund your Amazon.com account by buying its gift cards at office supply store, yielding a 5% discount.
1/12/2017 Buying Stuff Special offer: 500 bonus American Airlines miles for spending $200 at its shopping portal through January 18, 2017.
1/12/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses Hilton expanded its triple United Airlines miles offer for stays in Latin America, Caribbean and Canada to 12 airlines. Registration required.

Air India charges only 5,000 miles for short haul flights on United Airlines and others within the Star Alliance. Since about the only way Americans can get Air India miles is via flight miles on Star Alliance metal, this would take very careful planning before doing this. But it might be useful for some who take lots of short haul flights and earn lots of Star Alliance fight miles. Frequentflyer bonuses provides the details.

I called the Hilton HHonors phone number 1-800-548-8690 to find out when my Diamond status ends. I acquired it by one of the free status match offers I told you about before, and apparently extended it via another. So I will be having a nice stay at a Hilton in Europe this fall. After I received the offer, I was offered 500 Hilton HHonors points to listen to a spiel about one of its new properties. It was easy, didn't take much time, and kind of fun, as I got to play with the spieler a bit, as he was offering stays in Orlando and Las Vegas, neither of which interest me. If one of the offers does interest you, do not immediately accept it. When I didn't, it got much better. I was also offered discounts for Hilton stays which I did not accept, as I would never actually pay money for this. Have fun.

1/11/2017 Click for Miles, Money, and Good Causes In the Good Causes section of my Click for Miles, Money, and Good Causes page, I list a large number of causes and useful projects, wherein we click on a cause and someone else gives it money. It takes me 3 minutes a day to click on the 26 causes I care to support. Easy, and it makes me feel good. Please try this. Together we could do some actual good.
1/11/2017 Buying Stuff Mr. Rebates is offering 10% cash back for Intercontinental Hotels Group stays. Best I have seen.
1/11/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses Delta flash sale: Take off for Mexico for as little as 22,000 Delta Airlines miles round-trip when you book by 11:59pm EST January 11, 2017 and travel from January 9 through March 15, 2017.

Booking Virgin America awards using Alaska miles can be a much better deal than booking with Virgin’s own Elevate points. If this will work for you, then if you need to you can first transfer your Virgin points to Alaska miles (1 Virgin point gets you 1.3 Alaska miles), then use the miles for your flight. But don't do this until you are sure the flight is available and that it is best to book via the miles, as you can't move the miles back to Virgin.

WOW Air – One Way Flights To Europe From $69

Link Your Uber and SPG Accounts to Earn Bonus Starpoints

Register to earn 500 American Airlines miles per night at certain Hilton properties, per say at others. December 15 - March 27, 2017. (Via frequentflyer bonuses)

Earn up to 1,000 Bonus Airline Miles for stays at Marriott Hotels in Europe until Mar 26, 2017. Be sure to set your airline earning preference in your Marriott Rewards account prior to completing your stay(s). Details and booking. (Via frequentflyer bonuses)

1/10/2017 Finance 1,000 Southwest Airlines points for filing your federal return online with TurboTax. Filing must be made between Tuesday, January 3, 2017 and Tuesday, April 18, 2017 after clicking through this offer on Rapid Rewards Shopping® and logging in to be eligible. Read the terms and conditions to understand which TurboTax programs are eligible.
1/10/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses All current Alaska Mileage Plan members who had an active Virgin America Elevate account as of December 5, 2016 either has or will eventually receive 10,000 bonus Alaska miles as a welcome to Alaska's program. I received mine on January 8, but they are having some problems getting it done for everyone. Patience, or contact Alaska about this if you get impatient. Virgin America Elevate members who did not have an Alaska account before the merger presumably have been or will soon be assigned an Alaska account number. When you activate your Alaska account, you can chose between those 10,000 Alaska miles or a $100 discount code.

You can now change Virgin America points to Alaska Airlines miles (but you can't later undo the change). Every 1 Virgin point gets you 1.3 Alaska miles. I did this today for all the points I received for freebies I told you about in the past. Painless.

Virgin America flights are now bookable on Alaska (using Alaska miles).

1/10/2017 Credit Cards Here is an offer for the Southwest Airlines Business Credit Card for 60,000 points for spending $3,000 on it in three months. Note that this plus one of the 50K personal cards gets you the coveted Companion Pass. (Via Doctor of Credit)

Once you have a Southwest Airlines Plus or Premier card, wait awhile and then refer friends to it. You'll get 5,000 bonus points for each friend who gets the card. 50,000 points is the most you can earn for all Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier referrals per year. Here are the links:


Yesterday I spend some time at my local Chase office. I discovered that they have an 80,000 Ultimate Rewards points only in branch office offer for the for the Chase INK Business Preferred card. It is the same as the one online, except the annual fee for it is waived for the first year. You could call your branch to see if they have the offer, but you must apply in branch to get them. The offer is excellent offer if only for the bonus. But the bonus points for spending in certain categories, some of them everyday (like travel and cable and phone services), makes them some of the best cards available for earning point for those types of spending. Ultimate Rewwads Points are convertable 1,000:1,000 to United and several other airlines, and to some hotel chains. Read about the Ultimate Rewards program and its cards here.

The reason I visited the branch was to find out if the ploy of adding my income to my Chase profile page generated any in-branch pre-approved credit card offers that waived the 5/24 rule. It did. I snagged the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, even though I am way over 5 credit cards in the last 24 months.

1/9/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses Register to earn 5,000 - 100,000 Club Carlson Gold Points for paid stays January 9 - March 31, 2017. Carlson Hotels includes Radisson and others.
1/7/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses Intercontinental Hotels Group changed the location of its PointBreaks page to here. It lists opportunities to book award nights for only 5,000 points per night. Usually these are incredible deals. Always check this page before booking an award night.
IHG is my favorite hotel chain awards program. Holiday Inns and the like are most everywhere. The IHG credit card is my favorite hotel card.
1/7/2017 Credit Cards The best publicly available offer for the Hilton American Express card is 50,000 points. However, you might be able to access an offer for 75,000 Hilton HHonors points after spending $1,000 on purchases on your card in your first 3 months of Card Membership by getting a referral to it here, or perhaps by simply clicking here. The 60K offer for the Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card is still available. The standard offer for this is 40K. You are welcome.
135,000 Hilton points will get you several nights in a Hilton property. I find these nice for recovering from jet lag at my arrival city. After that I prefer B&B's and small family owned hotels. When I was younger, I preferred hostels. See my Gary's Cheap Travel Hints > Cheap Lodging page for out of date but still quite useful info on how to find these. Link in the menu to the left.
1/4/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses Delta Airlines award sale: U.S. and Canada Awards starting at just 5,000 miles one way (plus taxes and fees) when you book by January 13, 2017, and travel from January 24 through July 31, 2017. Apparently this includes Hawaii.
1/3/2017 Registration and Other Bonuses Register for triple Avios for your first 8 segments on British Air flights before 31 March 2017.

Alaska Airlines now offers short-haul awards: Tickets covering a distance of under 700 miles cost 5,000 miles, Tickets covering a distance of 701-1,400 miles cost 7,500 miles, Tickets covering a distance of 1,401-2,100 miles cost 10,000 miles. This is a super deal, especially since they allow layovers.

Registration for bonus American Airlines miles for flights between the U.S. and Australia or New Zealand on American or partner Qantas was extended to the end of this month. I highly recommend travel to New Zealand.

Register for bonus Starpoints for stays at Starwood properties on your first three stays January 16 - April 15, 2017.

The Hilton double points offer for paid stays was extended to the end of the month. Registration required.

The Triple United Airlines Miles offer for Hilton stays at its participating hotels in Latin America, Caribbean and Canada was extended to March 31, 2017. Registration required.

Register by March 15, 2017, for Marriott's MegaBonus to get extra points for paid stays made between January 16 and April 15, 2017.

Download La Quinta's app for 100 points. Ends February 28, 2017.

Register for double Choice Hotels points for stays between December 15, 2016 and February 9,2017.

Four New Amtrak Promotions Now Available

1/2/2017 Credit Cards The Delta Airlines American Express personal credit card offer still offers only 30,000 bonus miles. But the business card offers 50,000 bonus miles after you make $2,000 in purchases on your new Card within your first 3 months until February 1. Both offer a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months. Read about both here

Air Canada Aeroplan lists numerous American Express mileage earning credit cards for Canadians on its website. Today there are offers of 50,000 miles for both its personal and its business cards. Fees are expensive, but the more expensive ones include impressive travel and medical insurance. Also, there is 25,000 miles offer for U.S. residents for its Visa card.

1/2/2016 Buying Stuff 500 or 1,000 bonus miles for shopping at an airline portal Possible 10,000 Virgin America miles, convertible to 13,000 Alaska Airlines miles, plus 30 bottles of wine (or perhaps I should list that in reverse order) for $110, maybe less. Details from Doctor of Credit.
1/1/2017 ?? Frequent Flyer Haiku:

Distance between stars
So vast, cold, faraway--like
My departure gate.

Black is the yawning night,
Never-ending and forever...
My luggage is there.

Little, little man,
Lost in his selfish comfort,
Reclines on my lunch.

A trap without teeth,
A cell without guards, awaits
In the middle seat.

Like embracing the full moon---
Upgraded to first.
Thanksgiving day nears
Turkey and stuffing beckon
My flight is overbooked

Grow small! Stunt your legs;
Shrivel your arms. Smaller still!
Human Bonsai tree.

Like a wall of stone,
Day after day is blacked out.
Accept it; stay home.

1/1/2017 Credit Cards New Rules for Earning a Southwest Companion Pass, and a complete explanation of this excellent offer. Effective January 1, 2017 transfers from hotel and rental car programs no longer count per the Southwest Rapid Rewards terms and conditions. You can still get the Southwest Airlines personal and business credit cards for 50,000 points each. 10,000 more gets you the companion pass.
12/31/2016 Registration and Other Bonuses A short term best way to convert Starwood points to Alaska Airlines miles.
  • Starpoints convert into Alaska Mileage Plan and Virgin America points at a 1:1 ratio, with the usual 5,000 points or miles bonus for every 20,000 points transferred.
  • Virgin America points will convert into Alaska miles at a 1:1.3 ratio after January 9, 2017.
  • This means you can convert 20,000 Starpoints into 25,000 Virgin America Elevate points, and then convert those into 32,500 Alaska miles, which is a 62.5% bonus when converting Starpoints into Alaska miles.
  • Note that, as of January 6, 2017, SPG will no longer support point transfers to Virgin America, so those who want to participate in this opportunity will have to do this soon.
  • Note also that Starwood has a maximum of 79,999 Starpoints per transfer partner program within a 24-hour period, meaning that to get the full benefit of the 5,000 points bonus, transfer in 20,000 Starpoints increments, no more than 60,000 points per day. So get going if you want to to this and have lots of Starpoints.
  • Compare to transferring Starpoints to Marriott points (1:3), then converting those Marriott points to United Airlines miles. Much smaller bonus (the UAL bonus for transferring hotel points to its miles is gone), but better than the 25% bonus converting Starpoints directly to other airlines, and way better than converting them directly to United (2:1).

Lock in Your 2017 Intercontinental Hotels Award Stays Now or Pay More Later. Remember that most IHG awards can be cancelled up to very near the date of the stay, so if a better offer appears...

12/31/2016 Credit Cards This reddit post suggests that updating your income on Chase Bank's website might get you targeted offers for its credit cards. And this post from The Travel Sisters indicates that those offers may work despite being over 5/24 if you apply for them in-branch after being told they were pre-approved. Chase's 5/24 rule says that You will not be approved for a Chase card if you have opened 5 or more bank cards in the past 24 months. That's opened, not have, and that's opened by any credit card issuer, not just Chase. Doctor of Credit fully explains the rule and its possible exceptions. I am way over the 5/24 limit, so I upgraded my income to possibly get access to the excellent offers for the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, the Ink Business Preferred card, and the United Airlines personal and business cards. We shall see in a week or so.

Citibank usually says that for personal cards American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles are not available if you have had any Citi® / AAdvantage® card (other than a CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® card) opened or closed in the past 24 months, and that for business cards this card is not available if the business already has a CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World MasterCard® card. Bonus miles not available if you have had any CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® card opened or closed in the past 24 months. However this link takes you to a 50,000 miles offer for American's personal card that does not have this language. Folks on reddit are reporting success with this here and here.

Barclays has introduced the AAdvantage® AviatorTM Red World Elite MasterCard. It has a 40,000 American Airlines miles bonus after first spend (maybe 40,500 if you apply in flight) and other goodies. There is no other spend requirement, but the $95 annual fee is not waived. Since it is issued by Barclays, Citi's 24 month rule does not apply.

Chase Credit Journey Review – Free TransUnion Credit Score. This tells you exactly how many accounts have been opened in the last two years, which could be useful for determining your Chase 5/24 status. Weird: I find this way inaccurate. Shows a number for me way lower than the number I have opened.

12/31/2016 Registration and Other Bonuses Don't call the US British Airways phone number - try this instead. Useful if you can get free or very cheap international calls, such as Skype.
12/31/2016 ?? I enjoyed this: The language of the cockpit is technical, obscure, geeky – and irresistibly romantic.