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DATE LOCATION ITEM
5/12/2021 Credit Cards Chase Cards: Earn 5x On Purchases During May – August, Up to $1,500 Spend (Southwest, United, Marriott, Hyatt, IHG, Avios Cards, Disney, AARP, Starbucks, Amazon)
5/10/2021 Credit Cards The Choice Hotels credit card offer added an extra 25,000 points for spending an extra $1,000, giving a total of 75,000 points for spending $2,000. It has no annual fee.
5/8/2021 Buying Stuff American Airlines shopping portal bonus through May 14, 2021: Spend $50, earn 500 bonus miles; spend $300, earn 1,000 bonus miles.

Compare to what the competition offers. Also, compare to the offers from the cash back portals.

5/7/2021 Credit Cards The 125,000 bonus points offer for the IHG personal card added a free night.
5/6/2021 Credit Cards The standard offer on Hilton's website for its free personal credit card seems to be 80,000 points. I show you how to get 130,000 or possibly 150,000 points. You are welcome.
5/5/2021 Credit Cards The bonus for the jetBlue Plus credit card was increased to 60,000 points.
5/3/2021 Credit Cards I updated the Intercontinental Hotels Group credit card offers. The bonus points for the premier card were reduced to 125,000 points, with an annual fee of $89. But there is a no annual fee offer for a card with a 75,000 points bonus. This makes the card a keeper, as using it keeps your points from expiring.
IHG is my favorite hotel chain. Their credit card offers are usually excellent,and their properties are most everywhere in the world. How about my free 5 nights stay in expensive Paris? The brands include Holiday Inn Express (free breakfast), Holiday Inn, Candlewood Suites, InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts (best view ever from my riverside room in Budapest), and several others.

I updated my description of the 50K or 100K British Airways credit card offer.

  • British Airways is a member of the OneWorld alliance. This means you can get to a very large number of places in the world by using Avios for flights on partner airlines.
  • Short haul trips on British Air and its partners cost as little as 7,500 points. This is a super deal for domestic trips on American or Alaska Airlines, for example. I have used them for short trips in Europe and South America (like Buenos Aires to not to be missed Iguasu Falls).
  • Although British Airways charges very high fees for award tickets on its own metal, it does not charge those fees on several of its partners. This makes its Avios (points) especially useful for non-trans Atlantic flights on American Airlines (great for the Caribbean and for Central and South America), and for Alaska Airlines tickets, for example. They can also get you trans Atlantic trips on Air Berlin with no fuel charges and Aer Lingus with very low fuel surcharges. And if you have an Iberia Avios account that's been open for 90 days and has some activity in it, you can move British Airways Avios over to Iberia, and use points in the Iberia account to redeem for Iberia flights without fuel surcharges.
Alaska Airlines is now member of the oneworld alliance. This means you can get to a very large number of places in the world by using its miles for flights on partner airlines. And you can credit flight miles on those partner miles to Alaska Airlines.

The Frontier Airlines credit card offer has improved. Still 50,000 miles, but the spend requirement was lowered to $500, and the annual fee is now waived the first year.

5/3/2021 Buying Stuff United Airlines shopping portal bonus: Spend $40, earn 140 140 bonus miles; spend $100, earn 540 bonus miles; spend $300, earn 1040 bonus miles.

Alaska Airlines shopping portal bonus through May 12, 2021: 500 bonus miles when you spend $50, 1000 bonus miles when you spend $300.

If you prefer miles or points from another airline shopping portal, I would wait a day to see what the competition offers. Also, compare to the offers from the cash back portals.

5/1/2021 Credit Cards The standard offers for the Delta Airlines personal credit card reverted to 40,000 miles. But I provide links to offers than might get you 75K or 70K miles. Hurry, they will probably disappear soon. You are welcome.
4/30/2021 Credit Cards The Hawaiian Airlines personal credit card offer has increased to 70,000 miles.
I see this program as promising. In terms of miles, getting to Hawaii is cheap,especially from the west coast (for example, its award chart say you can get from the west coast to Hawaii for as little as 17,500 miles), and inter-island flights cost only 7,500 miles. With its partners it seems to be expanding into the far east. For example, its partner award chart says that you can get from North America to Japan on JAL for 45,000 miles, or round trip to Korea for 100,000 miles. It has a pretty good 60,000 miles credit card offer.
4/28/2021 Registration and Other Bonuses Amtrak Sale Fares: 50% off with a Maximum $50 per Segment. For sale: April 28–May 5, 2021. For travel: June 2–November 13, 2021.
4/27/2021 Credit Cards I fixed the link to the 60K American Airlines miles AAdvantage® AviatorTM Red World Elite MasterCard from Barclay Bank offer. The up to 75K business card offer is still available.
4/23/2021 Credit Cards The bonus for obtaining the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card was increased to 100,000 points for spending $3,000 on the card within 3 months. Also, the 100,000 points bonus for the business card is still available. You should be able to get both. Since free nights start at 5,000 points, the cards are well worth the annual fees if you can find a Marriott property where you are going.
4/22/2021 Registration and Other Bonuses Residents of the Seattle area can join Skymiles by June 30, 2021, and receive a limited-time $50 eCredit. Plus, they can even claim the miles they have earned on any flights they have taken with Delta in the past 9 months at delta.com/mileagecredit.
4/20/2021 Registration and Other Bonuses I reader told me he just received 4,000 miles for playing I have been playing the the American Airlines game. I have been playing this game since it started, because it is easy. I have won 400 miles, 40 miles, and some discounts on rental cars. Note: You can shortcut waiting for the globe to spin by clicking on the appropriate link.

Frontier Airlines is giving away $250 vouchers to the first 750 people with the surname of Green or Greene who sign up here.

4/19/2021 Buying Stuff Alaska Airlines shopping portal bonus. Click here to see your mystery bonus. I was offered 500 Alaska Airines miles for spending $100 by April 23, 2021.
4/17/2021 Registration and Other Bonuses I have been playing the American Airlines game daily through May 3, 2021, because it is easy. I have won 400 miles, 40 miles, and some discounts on rental cars. Note: You can shortcut waiting for the globe to spin by clicking on the appropriate link.
4/16/2021 Credit Cards The Southwest Airlines credit card offers have changed - one a bit better and one a bit worse. Check them out here.

The Cathay Pacific 40K offer for its credit card was extended.

4/15/2021 Buying Stuff 500 miles bonus for spending at least $125 at the American Airlines shopping portal by April 17, 2021.
4/14/2021 Registration and Other Bonuses Now through April 30, 2021, get double the miles when you redeem your Wyndham Rewards points for MileagePlus miles. If you don't think you will be using the points for award lodging, might as well get some use out of them.
4/12/2021 Buying Stuff Click here to see your bonus for buying something at the United Airlines shopping portal. I was offered 500 miles for spending $65.
4/12/2021 ?? As of today, Hawaiian Airlines miles never expire. I see this program as promising. In terms of miles, getting to Hawaii is cheap,especially from the west coast (for example, its award chart say you can get from the west coast to Hawaii for as little as 17,500 miles), and inter-island flights cost only 7,500 miles. With its partners it seems to be expanding into the far east. For example, its partner award chart says that you can get from North America to Japan on JAL for 45,000 miles, or round trip to Korea for 100,000 miles. It has a pretty good 60,000 miles credit card offer.
4/11/2021 Credit Cards The excellent Chase Sapphire Preferred Visa credit card is now offering an 80,000 bonus points bonus after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening plus up to $50 in statement credits towards grocery store purchases. US Credit Card says the same offer is available in your branch office with the $95 annual fee waived the first year.
4/10/2021 Finance All of the major tax preparation software companies are listed with Swagbucks, with good rebates in the form of SBs. Enter Taxes in the search box. You may read about the Swagbucks program here. It is a very easy way to earn a bit of money, and a pretty good shopping portal.
4/10/2021 Click for Miles, Money, and Good Causes Swagbucks: The box for entering Swag Codes has been hidden away. Move your cursor onto the number of SBs you have, in the upper right corner. Then click on Redeem Swag Code to see the box.
You may read about the Swagbucks program here. It is a very easy way to earn a bit of money, and a pretty good shopping portal.
4/6/2021 Credit Cards The Chase Ink business cards increased their bonus offers. The two free ones offer 75,000 Ultmate Rewards points. The one with an annual fee offers 100,000 points. The Ink Business Cash Credit Card offers some nice bonuses for certain types of spending. Ultimate Rewards Points transfer 1,000:1,000 to many airlines and hotels, including United Airlines.
4/6/2021 Registration and Other Bonuses Play a game through May 3, 2021, to get gifts from American Airlines. Note: You can shortcut waiting for the globe to spin by clicking on the appropriate link.
4/3/2021 Credit Cards Chase Cards: Earn 5x On Purchases During April – June, Up to $1,500 Spend. To be eligible for this bonus offer, you must activate by 06/30/21 11:59 p.m. E.T.

The spend requirement on the free version of the Capital One Venture card was reduced to $500. The bonus is still 20,000 miles. The 100,000 miles offer is still available.

4/2/2021 Credit Cards Chase Cards: Earn 5x On Purchases During April – June, Up to $1,500 Spend
4/2/2021 Financial 500 United Airlines miles or 1,000 Southwest Airlines points for using TurboTax. It appears that you must use their online system. I prefer to keep my tax info on my computer, where it is more private.

1,000 American Airlines miles for using H&R Block's Tax Software.

4/1/2021 Registration and Other Programs Join the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards program between April 1 and May 31, 2021, book, and fly two round trips or 4 one-ways from April 1-May 31, 2021 to earn 5,000 bonus points.
3/31/2021 Credit Cards A reader told me that you can earn up to 75,000 Bonus Ultimate Rewards Points per year - that's 15,000 Bonus Points when a friend you refer gets approved. You may read about this excellent Chase Sapphire Preferred Visa credit card, now offering an 80,000 bonus points bonus after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. US Credit Card says the same offer is available in your branch office with the annual fee waived the first year. This card is my favorite personal card for travel expenses, as it gives double points for such things as airline tickets, cruises, hotels, and dining (even locally, and even MacDonald's). It even gives 2X points for local and other toll charges. Plus it offers lots of other goodies. Points transfer 1,000:1,000 to many airlines and hotels, including United.
    Update: That reader now says "The signup bonus is 65,000 if referred. The referrer gets 15,000. I called my Chase branch and the AF is waived the first year, too. You do get 80,000 via the public link per DofC: https://www.doctorofcredit.com/chase-sapphire-preferred-80000-public-online-signup-bonus-50-grocery-credit-begins-march-21/"

Some bloggers are touting the lower bonus with much higher fee Chase Reserve card, probably because they earn a good commission on it. I see no reason to get this card, as you can't get both the Reserve and the Sapphire card. You are welcome.

3/31/2021 Click for Miles, Money, and Good Causes Some Swagbucks offers of interest:
  • Current Bank, 10,000 swagbucks - worth at least $100. Enter Current in the search box.
  • BBVA online checking account, 5,000 SB, worth at least $50. No monthly fees. Deposit only $25. Enter BBVA in the search box.
  • Sierra Club. $15 minimum donation required to earn 5,000 SB and 500 SB for each subsequent monthly donation, up to 6,500 SB, worth at least $65. Enter Sierra Club in the search box.

Swagbucks provides "Bucks" for searches, entering special SwagCodes (I tell you how to easily find them), doing a daily one question survey (often fun), shopping, referring others, interacting on Swagbuck's Facebook page, commenting on Swagbucks's blog, and other stuff. Bucks can be redeemed for a very large selection of gift cards and other goodies. I value one buck at 1.3 cents each when I wait for the monthly sale of Amazon or Visa gift cards. Very easy small amount of money. Read my write-up on the program here.

3/31/2021 Other Programs I Like Xoom Energy offers 5,000 AAdvantage® miles after 2 months as a XOOM Energy customer and 2 miles for every $1 on the supply portion of your natural gas bill. Available to qualifying customers in California, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Virginia. Compare to the many other energy programs offering miles or points. And be very careful of these. Sometimes the higher cost of the energy makes the miles not cost effective. But other times the energy cost gives you a lower cost.
3/26/2021 Other Programs I Like Guest Opinion Rewards offers Hilton HHonors points for surveys. There is a 10,000 points bonus for joining and completing your first survey.
There are lots of survey opportunities to earn mile or points. All offer good bonuses for the first survey. After that, the amount of time to find and complete a survey is quite onerous. But some give you 5 points or miles for trying to qualify for a survey and failing. This can be a good way to keep your miles or points alive.
3/26/2021 Buying Stuff American Airlines shopping portal Flash Bonus: Earn 500 bonus miles when you spend $100+ through March 28, 2021.

If you prefer miles or points from another airline shopping portal, I would wait a day to see what the competition offers. Also, compare to the offers from the cash back portals.

3/23/2021 Credit Cards The excellent Chase Sapphire Preferred Visa credit card now offers an 80,000 bonus points bonus after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. US Credit Card says the same offer is available in your branch office with the annual fee waived the first year. This card is my favorite personal card for travel expenses, as it gives double points for such things as airline tickets, cruises, hotels, and dining (even locally, and even MacDonald's). It even gives 2X points for local and other toll charges. Plus it offers lots of other goodies. Points transfer 1,000:1,000 to many airlines and hotels, including United.

Some bloggers are touting the lower bonus with much higher fee Chase Reserve card, probably because they earn a good commission on it. I see no reason to get this card, as you can't get both the Reserve and the Sapphire card. You are welcome.

3/23/2021 ?? View from the Wing says that Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards is offering 20% off the points required for all flight redemptions booked by March 25 for travel through April 30, 2021 using promo code SAVENOW.
3/18/2021 Credit Cards The Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express card has a much improved offer of 100,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. It still offers up to 150 back in statement credits on eligible purchases made on your new Card within the first 3 months of Card Membership. I am not certain how to interpret this. Are they refunding the first $150 in purchases, giving a net cash profit of $25 over the annual fee? Plus the 100K points? If so, not bad.

Marriott also has two personal card offers, one for 30K points with no annual fee, and one for 75K points with an annual fee of $95.

See them all here.

3/15/2021 Credit Cards Doctor of Credit says that by doing a booking you will find a sign up bonus of 70,000 miles after $2,000 in spend within the first three months plus 20,000 bonus miles after charging this flight’s taxes & fees to your new card. He suspects that "any Delta flight will trigger the offer, but you never know with American Express". Compare to the 70,000 miles after $2,000 in spend within the first three months offer, plu $200 statement credit after your first Delta purchase within three months of account opening, apparently also available by doing a dummy booking.
3/15/2021 ?? The Gate tells us of this deal: In celebration of Pi Day, United Airlines launched its Pi Day sale for this year — through which the cost of one way flights within the United States starts at either $31.40; or 3,140 MileagePlus miles plus taxes and fees which start at $5.60 — for travel between Sunday, March 28, 2021 and Saturday, June 5, 2021. But you must book today.
As a retired high school math teacher, I wish you a happy Pi Day. I have Pi memorized to 7 sig figs. You?
3/13/2021 Finance 1,000 American Airlines miles for using H&R Block's Tax Software.

The offer of 1,000 Southwest Airlines points for using TurboTax. Is still available. It appears that you must use their online system. I prefer to keep my tax info on my computer, where it is more private.

Compare to the offers on Swagbucks: Turobtax up to 12%, H&R Block up to 8%, E-File up to 20%, and TaxACT up to 5%. You may read about the Swagbucks program here. It is a very easy way to earn a bit of money, and a pretty good shopping portal.

3/9/2021 Other Programs I Like All of the dining program first use offers were extended. Some were greatly improved. Everyone who might dine out (even take-home) should register for an airline or hotel dining program to earn miles or points. The restaurants do not advertise their membership in the programs, not even on their front door. You find out about them on the Rewards Network websites, or (as I did) by pleasant surprise.

Rewards Network opened a new program, called Neighborhood Nosh. Through April 4, 2021, it offers a very competitive 10% cash back for dines at its restaurants. Register here

3/9/2021 Buying Stuff American Airlines shopping portal bonus through March 16, 2021. Spend $100, earn 500 miles. Spend $300, earn $1,000.

If you prefer miles or points from another airline shopping portal, I would wait a few days to see what the competition offers. Also, compare to the offers from the cash back portals.

3/8/2021 Credit Cards The United Airlines Gateway Card now offers 20,000 miles and has no annual fee. Compare to all the other United Cards. This one could provide an easy means to keep your UAL miles alive by doing an occasional spend on it.
3/5/2021 Registration and Other Bonuses Free points! These loyalty programs are offering bonuses just for signing up. Hilton, IHG, Marriott, Etihad, Qatar, TAP Portugal. The T&Cs of the IHG offer seem to say it ended in 2017, but for some reason it is still online. The Hilton bonus is not mentioned on the page linked to.
3/5/2021 ?? 4 tricks to finding cheap flights using Google Flights
3/4/2021 Credit Cards The Delta Airlines personal and business credit cards bonuses have increased to 70,000 miles. Also, the business card offers a $50 statement credit. Both waive the annual fee the first year.

The Hilton HHonors American Express Cards still offer very profitable bonuses:

  • The free personal card offers 100K Hilton points plus $100
  • The $95 Surpass card offers 150K points plus $150, plus extra bonus points for certain purchases.
  • The $95 Business card offers 150K points plus $150, plus extra bonus points for certain purchases.
I see no reason to not get the ones with the profitable cash bonuses. The cash is nice, and the points should get you several nights stays an Hilton properties. I find those properties very nice for recovery of jet lag that first and second nights after a long flight. (After that I usually prefer small family owned properties.) And those points could save you a lot of money in expensive cities.
3/3/2021 ?? 10 mistakes to avoid when redeeming frequent flyer miles
3/1/2021 Registration and Other Bonuses Sign up for Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan™ and get a flight within California.
Just be one of the first 25,000 California residents to sign up by March 3, 2021, and its all yours. Get a flight for almost anywhere within California, on us. All you have to do is pay the taxes and fees — from $15 each way. It's the kind of deal worth dancing about.

This is valid for the first 25,000 California residents who sign-up for the Mileage Plan program, or through March 3, 2021, whichever comes first.

Those who successfully enroll will receive a discount code valid for a flight to anywhere Alaska Airlines flies within California for just the cost of taxes and fees, which start at $15 one-way; this is valid one-way or roundtrip. This is the only reason I know of for booking an Alaska Airlines ticket roundtrip.

Eligible members will receive an email on March 5, 2021, with instructions on how to book, as the flight will need to be booked by March 7, 2021.

Travel will need to take place between March 29 and May 26, 2021, and only travel on Mondays through Thursdays qualifies.

If you need to change your flight you’ll forfeit the discount code.

2/26/2021 Credit Cards The offer for the United Airlines personal credit card has changed:
  • 40,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open
  • 25,000 more bonus miles after you spend $10,000 on purchases
  • 2X miles for purchases at United, restaurants, and hotels.
  • Check your first bag for free.
  • Priority boarding privileges and visit the United Club with two one-time-use passes every year
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Earn double miles on tickets purchased from United, at restaurants, and at hotel accommodations, and 1 mile per $1 on all other purchases.
  • 25% back on United inflight purchases
  • Up to $100 Global Entry or TSA PreCheck™ fee credit
  • Your miles don't expire as long as your credit card account is open, with no limit to the number of miles you can earn.
  • The annual fee $95 is waived the first year.
The 75K business card offer is still available.
2/23/2021 Credit Cards Delta Flash Sale: Hawaii From 5,000 Miles & Mexico From 2,500 Miles. Flights should be available through April.
2/18/2021 Credit Cards The offer for the Marriott Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card was changed. The points offer was reduced to 75,000, but they added a $150 credit for eligible purchases for the first three months. If this means they are fully refunding those purchases, it results in a $25 profit over the annual fee, plus the bonus points. Not sure. Also, they reduced the spend requirement to get all this to $3,000 in three months.

The Hawaiian Airlines credit card offer now waives the annual fee the first year. It still gets you a 60,000 miles bonus. Update 2/20/2021: The $99 annual fee is no longer waived.

  • Hawaiian's award chart says that 20,000 miles gets you a ticket to Hawaii from North America West Coast, 25,000 from the Midwest and 30,000 from the East Coast. Also note that Hawaiian is expanding to flights to Asia, New Zealand and Australia, and to Pago Pago and Papeete. Interisland flights go for as low as 7,500 miles. Flights can be had from Hawaii to/from Japan, Korea, Australia, and New Zealand. 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.
2/15/2021 Registration and Other Bonuses Amtrak Buy One Get One Free sale. Book by tomorrow for travel between February 22 and August 27, 2021.
2/13/2021 Finance Earn 12,750 Amex Membership Rewards points (or $127.50) after opening a checking account and depositing just $1. To earn this bonus, you’ll have to click through the Rakuten shopping portal and open a checking account with Betterment. Million Mile Secrets gives us the details.

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