What's New?

I will attempt to list all new additions and changes on this web site here for at least the last three months or so. (But no guarantee that I won't forget to list a few.) So go ahead and use your miles to take that three month trip around the world. You can catch up when you return. (Well, at least some of the offers will still be around.)

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7/3/2020 Credit Cards Intercontinental Hotels (IHG) offer: On June 30, 2020, a reader told me he found an offer of 75K points + $250 statement credit by going way into a booking, or dummy booking at ihg.com. Waived annual fee first year. Read about IHG cards here.
IHG is my favorite hotel chain. Lots of properties world wide, my favorite being the Holiday Inn Express brand (free breakfast!). I have stayed in many expensive properties for points only. How about 5 days in Paris for free?
7/2/2020 Finance Reminder: Tax payment are finally due July 15. You can actually make a small profit by paying your federal taxes online (2019 taxes and 2020 estimates) using a 2% cash back credit card. You pay a fee of less than the 2%, and you get the use of your money for a month or two. Details. You could also use a miles or points earning card to generate the minimum spend requirement required for a big bonus.
7/2/2020 Registration and Other Bonuses Delta Airlines miles awards sale for domestic flights. Be sure to search for flights of interest to you, even if they aren't on the list.
  • I have discovered that opening a link to a Delta Airlines award sale page in a private window often can produce a different list of cities than when simply using the link in a regular window, perhaps because they know where I live. If doing neither works for you, then simply try for a award ticket on cities that interest you when you know award tickets are on sale.
7/1/2020 Credit Cards The Cathay Pacific 40K miles offer for its credit card for U.S. residents was extended. Cathay Pacific is member of oneworld, a world wide alliance of 13 airlines. American Airlines is one of these. And Alaska Airlines is a partner of Cathay Pacific. So the 40K miles should be enough for one or two domestic flights. Not bad for the $95 annual fee.
6/29/2020 Credit Cards American Express small business offer: Enroll by 7/26/20. Get a $5 statement credit by using your enrolled Card to make a single purchase of $10+ at a US business location on the Shop Small Map (or Online Directory) by 9/20/20. Limit of 10 statement credits (total of $50). Terms apply.
  • Update: Post #6 on this Flyertalk thread says "DO NOT depend on the results when you do a location search, always try to use the merchant name that you are accustomed to seeing on your card statements. I find many merchants this way that don't show as dots on the region search map." Subsequent posts confirm this.
  • You must actually enroll your card to get the bonus. Log into your account. The offer should appear with your card. Click on highlighted word "enroll".
  • Should work for any Amex card, but for only one. See my list of the ones I like here. Also see the Amex cards from Delta Airlines or Marriott Bonvoy Business Card Hilton Hotels, and some Amex cash back cards of interest. Some offer good enrollment and purchase bonuses and other useful goodies.
  • My local grocery is on the list. Search the map via zip code to find out which businesses will work for you.
  • You should also get whatever else the card offers for the purchase.
6/28/2020 ?? Want to visit somewhere really, really remote? Try this.
6/28/2020 Other Programs I Like I updated the section on dining. All of the Rewards Network (iDine) bonus offers that were to expire this month were extended. Some were improved for bonuses for extra dines. All now state that if you created your account between February 15, 2020 and June 30, 2020, you now have 90 days to complete your dine to get the bonus. All of the rest still expire at the end of this month. I expect this to change.
Everyone who might dine at a restaurant (including take-out) should register for one or more airline or hotel chain dining programs. The restaurants' participation in these programs are never advertised or mentioned by the restaurants. So you can deliberately seek these restaurants via the programs website, or you can just be surprised when you use the registered credit card at one of them, even if you don't know it participates.
6/25/2020 Finance You can now earn an extra 5,000 American Airlines miles for using my referral link to open a Bask Bank account and then meeting certain conditions. Once you have opened an account(hopefully you already have, receiving a mega bonus for doing so), you can then refer friends (spouse?) for more miles. You may read about all of this here, including all of the mega regular and bonus miles offered by Bask Bank.
6/22/2020 Buying Stuff Receive 500 bonus Alaska Airlines miles for spending $200 at its shopping portal through July 1, 2020. Compare to other airline shopping portals and to cash back portals. And if you wait a few days, other airlines might choose to compete.
6/18/2020 Registration and Other Bonuses 50% of your miles back after you travel on an Air Canada™ domestic flight reward. Travel within Canada, and even between Canada and the USA. Offer valid on new bookings only, made between June 17 and July 1, 2020, for travel from July 1 to October 15, 2020.
  • Air Canada is a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards.
  • Let's hope that this and the Delta offer leads the industry. Stay tuned.
6/18/2020 Click for Miles, Money, and Good Causes Swagbucks money maker: Help protect yourself from identity theft and download the LifeLock app to manage fraud alerts from the palm of your hand. Install, register for a LifeLock plan, and click "GO TO ACCOUNT" to earn 8,000 SB, worth at least $80 (more if you wait for a sale price of 2,200 SBsfor a $25 Amazon gift certificate or 2,175 SBs for a Visa gift certificate) Enter "LifeLock" in the Swagbucks search engine. SB will appear as Pending for 32 days . Available on iOS only. Free trials are not eligible for SB. The use of promo codes and/or cancelling your subscription before 40 days may void your eligibility to earn SB - so you might have to pay the $9.98 twice before cancelling. Must be a new user of LifeLock app and a new Lifelock customer to earn SB. You may read about and sign up for Swagbucks here. It is a very easy way to earn a bit of money.
6/17/2020 Registration and Other Bonuses I have discovered that opening a link to a Delta Airlines award sale page in a private window often can produce a different list of cities than when simply using the link in a regular window, perhaps because they know where I live. If doing neither works for you, then simply try for a award ticket on cities that interest you when you know award tickets are on sale.
6/17/2020 Buying Stuff The shopping portal Rakuten (formerly eBates) now offers $10 cash or 3,000 American Express Rewards points for joining and making at least $25 in purchases within the first 90 days. Click here for details. And be sure to compare to airline shopping portals and to other cash back portals before using this portal for regular purchases.
6/15/2020 ?? Ryan of Miles to Memories tells us why he no longer tells friend and family about his miles and points travel hobby. I have similar feelings.
6/15/2020 Registration and Other Bonuses Delta Airlines miles awards sale for domestic flights. Be sure to search for flights of interest to you, even if they aren't on the list.
6/13/2020 Click for Miles, Money, and Good Causes Swagbucks is offering 5500 SBs for opening a Current checking account. Install, open the app, create a personal checking account, & connect a payroll direct deposit of $200 or more. Those 5500 SBs are worth at least $55. Enter "current" in the Swagbucks search engine. You may read about and sign up for Swagbucks here. It is a very easy way to earn a bit of money.
6/11/2020 Click for Miles, Money, and Good Causes Swagbucks is offering 2500 SBs for opening an Aspiration free checking account with a minimum of $10. Those 2500 SBs are worth at least $25. Enter "aspiration bank" in the Swagbucks search engine. You may read about and sign up for Swagbucks here. It is a very easy way to earn a bit of money.
6/11/2020 Buying Stuff Receive 500 or 1,000 bonus United Airlines miles for spending $125 or $300 at its shopping portal through June 24, 2020. Compare to other airline shopping portals and to cash back portals. And if you wait a few days, other airlines might choose to compete.
6/11/2020 Finance Alaska airlines offers 30,000 miles plus a $200 credit for making purchases of $2,000 or more within the first 90 days of opening your credit card account. Compare to other offers of more miles, but less cash.
6/7/2020 Finance Bask Bank has increased its bonuses of American Airlines miles for larger balances deposited within 60 days of account opening. Ends June 30, 2020. Bask Bank still offers 5,000 miles for maintaininf a minimum daily account balance of $5,000 for ninety (90) consecutive days out of the first one hundred and twenty (120) days following the initial account opening. and 1 mile/$1 deposited and held for a year. But they pay the miles monthly. So after I received my initial bonuses, I reduced my balance to $20 ($12 will probably do). So now I receive at least a mile a month, thus automatically keeping my AA account active (at least until Bask figures this out).
6/7/2020 Buying Stuff Receive 500 bonus American Airlines miles for spending $200 at its shopping portal through June 15, 2020. Compare to other airline shopping portals and to cash back portals. And if you wait a few days, other airlines might choose to compete.
6/1/2020 Credit Cards Several bloggers who earn commissions from sales of credit cards indicated that the Citibank American Airlines Business Credit Card offer would have ended yesterday. Well, it didn't. It is still on Citi's website. Probably not paying commissions for it anymore, though...
6/1/2020 Registration and Other Bonuses Register to earn double miles for American Airlines flights for new tickets booked by June 30 and travel by September 30, 2020.

Million Mile Secrets posts an extensive list of many domestic Delta Airlines routes offering seriously discounted award tickets, but no link to the sale is listed. The only active link I have to sale prices offers lesser discounts. Worth a look at both if you want to travel domestically.

5/28/2020 Click for Miles, Money,and Good Causes Swagbucks offers 4,000 SBs for joining the Sierra Club. Minimum donation is $15. The 4K SBs are worth at least $40. And you would be joining an organization dear to my heart. For may years I led backing and day hike trips for the club, and was very active in the administration of one of its activities sections in the San Francisco Bay Area. Swagbucks provides a very easy way to earn a few dollars just for clicking and doing normal online searches. It is also a pretty good shopping portal. Please use my referral link to join Swagbucks. This helps me at no cost to you. You may read about the program here.

Swagbucks are worth at least 1 cent each - more if you wait for sale prices on gift cards on Amazon (usually 2200 SB for a $25 card), Visa, Pay Pal, et al. If you get one gift card at a sale price, wait a month for sale prices to appear again.

5/25/2020 Credit Cards The standard offer for the normal personal Delta American Express Gold Card is 35,000 miles. But offers of up to 75K are available. One of them has no lifetime language. I list what I know about.
5/23/2020 Click for Miles, Money, and Good Causes If, like me, you are stuck at home, you could spend a few minutes a day helping research on Alzheimer's disease. It's interesting and fun:
  • Stall Catchers is an online game that anyone can play. By analyzing blood vessels in a live mouse brain, you can help speed up ground-breaking Alzheimer's research at Cornell University. Stall catchers recruits an army of people to find blockages in blood vessels of the brains of mice with induced Alzheimer's disease. Such clogged vessels are found in human victims of the disease. First step in understanding this is to study same in mice. Since there are zillions of blood vessels in one brain, it would take forever for scientists to find those which are clogged. So they crowd source this, asking us to find them. Explanation and training is provided, and it is fun and interesting to help. I would start with the short videos at the fifth button from the top on the right, and then on the bottom button. It doesn't take much time to get good at it. The study is run by Cornell University. I found it via partner Cal Berkeley, my alma mater.
5/22/2020 Credit Cards Barclays American Airlines Cards: Earn 3x On All Spend. Apparently targeted, but possibly broadly. Registration required. Limit 2,500 bonus miles ($1,250).
5/20/2020 Registration and Other Bonuses Thrifty Traveler says they found unadvertised domestic Delta miles award tickets for as low as 8,000 miles round trip. The best advertised ones I can find show only a slight discount from normal. Be sure to enter your preferred cities in your search to see what is actually offered.
5/20/2020 Credit Cards The United Airlines personal card has reduced its bonus to 40,000 miles. However, its United Club Infinite Card, now waives its high fee for the first year and gives lots of goodies, including free lounge access, first and second checked bags fee, up to $100 as a statement credit for Global Entry or TSA Precheck every 4 years, and increased miles for certain types of spending. Alas, it no longer offers bonus miles for a successful application.

This CNN article says "starting May 18, all American Express U.S. personal card members can get a complimentary 1-year premium membership to Calm, a sleep and meditation app. The premium membership normally costs $69.99 per year. After the first year is over, card members can get a second year at 50% off with an automatic renewal."

5/19/2020 Credit Cards I fixed the link to the excellent 100,000 points Chase Ink Business Preferred Credit Card offer.
5/18/2020 Click for Miles, Money,and Good Causes Since we are stuck at home with not much to do, we might as well make a bit of easy money doing not much of anything. Here are some of those opportunities from Swagbucks. First log into your Swagbucks account.
  • 500 Swagbucks for getting an auto insurance quote from Savvy. Enter "Savvy Insurance" in the search box.
  • 1,200 Swagbucks for joining AARP. $12/year (normally $16). Plus a free gift. Enter "AARP" in the search box. This organization has saved me a lot of money. You need not be retired to join. The organization is designed for those of us over 50 years of age.
  • Once you have joined AARP, get 65 Swagbucks for signing up for AARP Rewards. Enter "AARP" in the search box.
  • 3,000 Swagbucks for opening a Varo checking account and funding it with at least $25. Enter "Varo" in the search box. I haven't looked at this very carefully. Be sure to understand how you get your money.
  • 300 SBfrom Liberty Mutual. I think all you have to do is get a quote, but I am not sure. Enter "Liberty Mutual" in the search box.
Swagbucks provides a very easy way to earn a few dollars just for clicking and doing normal online searches. It is also a pretty good shopping portal. Please use my referral link to join Swagbucks. This helps me at no cost to you. You may read about the program here.

Swagbucks are worth at least 1 cent each - more if you wait for sale prices on gift cards on Amazon (usually 2200 SB for a $25 card), Visa, Pay Pal, et al. If you get one gift card at a sale price, wait a month for sale prices to appear again.

5/18/2020 Credit Cards Some of the Hilton cards with annual fees have increased their bonuses. For example, there is a 150K offer for the business card.
5/17/2020 Credit Cards I updated the expensive United Airlines Club card. The bonus is now 100,000 miles, and there are many bonus miles and cash offers. However the $525 annual fee makes this unattractive to all but a few travelers. You might be able to get this card with that fee waived the first year at your local Chase Bank office. A blogger says this offer expires today. This may mean only that he will no longer earn a commission on it. He does not say what the replacement card offer will be.
5/15/2020 Buying Stuff How To Force Getting Targeted For American Express / Chase / Citi / Discover / Wells Fargo Amazon Promotions
5/14/2020 Registration and Other Bonuses JetBlue TrueBlue members will earn double base points on qualifying bookings for JetBlue-operated flights booked May 14, 2020 - June 15, 2020, for travel May 14, 2020–January 1, 2021.
5/12/2020 Registration and Other Bonuses Register to receive double Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards points for flights between May 12 and August 31, 2020.
5/11/2020 Buying Stuff Register to receive up to 2020 Alaska Airlines, United Airlines, or American Airlines miles for shopping at their shopping portals through May 19, 2020. Since you are probably shopping online as much as possible, you might as well get something for it. Compare to other airline shopping portals and to cash back portals. And if you wait a few days, other airlines might choose to compete.
5/11/2020 Registration and Other Bonuses Register, then book an American Airlines flight by May 18, 2020, for future travel between July 1 – December 31, 2020 to earn 500 bonus miles after completing each eligible flight, with a maximum reward of 5,000 total bonus miles. You can see the offer by clicking on Registration details in the Book now, fly later and earn bonus miles listing.
5/5/2020 Credit Cards Crazy: Best Miles Purchase Deal Ever? Air Canada Will Sell Miles For Just 1 Cent Apiece Starting Thursday. You might have to be quick and early to get this one. I think this is a good deal for any non-domestic flights, and a super deal for anyone flying business or first class, especially internationally. Air Canada is a member of the Star Alliance, which includes United and other major airlines. So you can use Air Canada miles for flights on any of the alliance members.
5/1/2020 Credit Cards Some good bonus for specific types of spending on credit cards you may have. Amex listed first, then others below. I list many of these cards.
4/30/2020 Buying Stuff Quick & easy bonuses: 3 ways to use Cashback Monitor to always find the best shopping portal for your purchase. Also try WebFlyer Mileage Mall Search: Search by mall, merchant, or category. Powered by evreward.
4/26/2020 Other Programs I Like Take One American Airlines Flight, Get A Free Roundtrip. June 30, 2020. You may find links to all of the airline business travel programs here.
4/21/2020 All Two videos explaining some of the reasons why we do what we do: Trailer Released For New Frequent Flyer Documentary
4/16/2020 Buying Stuff United Airlines shopping portal bonus: 500 miles for spending $100 by April 20, 2020. Since you are probably shopping online as much as possible, you might as well get something for it. Compare to other airline shopping portals and to cash back portals. And if you wait a few days, other airlines might choose to compete.
4/15/2020 Buying Stuff American Airlines shopping portal bonus: 500 miles when you spend $125 by April 20, 2020. Since you are probably shopping online as much as possible, you might as well get something for it. Compare to other airline shopping portals and to cash back portals. And if you wait a few days, other airlines might choose to compete.
4/13/2020 Buying Stuff Mystery Bonus. Through April 17, 2019, click here to find your mystery bonus for shopping at the Alaska Airlines shopping portal. I got an offer of 500 miles for spending $100. Since you are probably shopping online as much as possible, might as well get something for it. Compare to other airline shopping portals and to cash back portals. And if you wait a few days, other airlines might choose to compete.
4/12/2020 Credit Cards Chase and American Express Automatically Extending Minimum Spend Period For Some Cardholders. But ask anyway, just to be sure. And ask the rep to record the answer in your records, or save it if by secure message.
4/8/2020 Credit Cards Battle of the Credit Card Concierge Services… Finding Toilet Paper Edition. Or, you could just time your showers appropriately...
4/7/2020 Other Programs I Like American Airlines Rewards Network (iDine)50,000 bonus miles sweepstakes through May 31, 2020. (Since many of us are using restaurant take-out.)
4/5/2020 Other Programs I Like The bonuses for joining the dining programs of Delta, American, Alaska, Southwest and Spirit Airlines and IGH Rewards Club, Hilton HHonors were extended. Remember that many restaurants are still selling take-out food.
Everyone who might dine out should join one or more of the dining programs. A restaurant's membership in these programs is advertised only on the Rewards Network website. You won't even see a sign on the door. So even if you don't want to bother finding iDine restaurants, go ahead and register a credit card with them anyway and be surprised.
4/4/2020 ?? Negative feelings about credit card and other miles offers are beginning to creep into blog comments. I disagree. I think we will be traveling again and should plan for this. Having miles in our accounts will be most helpful when the airline industry first starts to try to fill its planes again. I would expect to see excellent discounts for miles award travel during that time. But we need miles in our accounts to benefit from them.
4/4/2020 Credit Cards The Alaska Airlines 40K + $100 offer can still be found via a referral link found here.

I fixed the link to the 30K Asiana Airlines credit card offer.

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