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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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DATE LOCATION ITEM
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.
2/10/2021 Buying Stuff As anticipated, both United andAmerican Airlines are competing with the Alaska Airlines shopping bonus. Same offer - Spend $150, earn 500 miles, but they last 2 days longer to February 19.

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.

2/9/2021 ?? This email from a reader made my day. Wow!
Hi Gary-

I haven’t been to your website in a few years, but I visited today and it got me to thinking how the last 10 years of my journey which all started on your website when I started searching for ways to get more miles. I honestly just want to say thank you, as a few hours on your website changed my life and my whole families.

Long story short, I did a website search to burning through millions of miles per year, currently sitting on about 17 million, I have traveled the world with my family usually first and business class, my 13 year old son as been to 35 countries already, and it led me into a search for manufactured spending opportunities that turned a successful amazon business that now does about 3.5 million a year in sales and nets us millions of extra miles per year.

Didn’t want this to be long, but wanted to say thank you and let you know you made a huge difference in a families life.

Paul

2/9/2021 Credit Cards Southwest Airlines now offer personal credit cards with a free Companion Pass good through February 28, 2022, plus 30,000 points. And contrary to what the boggers who earn a commission have been telling us, as of today the 50K + 30K offers are still available. Details.

The Hawaiian Airlines credit card offers increased to 60,000 miles. The business card is still 60K + 10K. You should be able to get both.

  • 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.
The Jet Blue business card offers 10,000 points when a purchase is made on an employee card in the first 90 days in addition to the 50,000 points for getting the card. Details on the JetBlue cards.
2/8/2021 Credit Cards Up to 70,000 miles for acquiring the United Airlines personal credit card.
2/8/2021 Buying Stuff Alaska Airlines shopping portal bonus through February 17, 2021. Spend $150, earn 500 miles.

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.

2/3/2021 ?? One Dollar Fares On Megabus are Available Now Through September 7 2021 — But Hurry
2/3/2021 Credit Cards Spirit Airlines has a much improved offer for its credit card.
  • 40,000 bonus points plus a $100 Companion Flight Voucher after making at least $1,000 in purchases within the first 90 days of account opening
  • 3 points per $1 spent on eligible Spirit purchases
  • 2 points per $1 spent on eligible dining and grocery store purchases
  • 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual fee is $79, waived the first year.
2/2/2021 Credit Cards Incredibly easy 5,000 bonus points for Hyatt cardmembers. In addition to the ploy mentioned, I find merchants very cooperative in allowing me to split a charge into multiple charges on one or more credit cards. 5,000 Hyatt points could get you a free night stay at one of Hyatt's lesser properties.
1/31/2021 Registration and Other Bonuses 100 Spirit Airlines points for attending a free virtual concert by Brett Young Thursday, February 4, at 8:00 pm EST on YouTube.
1/30/2021 Credit Cards I updated the info on the Hyatt credit card. It now has a 30K bonus, plus 2X points on purchases normally earning 1X, up to $15,000.
1/28/2021 Credit Cards The Hilton American Express Cards now 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.
1/28/2021 Registration and Other Bonuses Earn up to 5,000 bonus Alaska Airlines miles when you join Mileage Plan™. Join and register by February 5, 2021. Fly before May 31, 2021.
The Alaska Airlines miles program is one of my very favorites. All miles award tickets are one way, meaning you don't have to return from or to the same airport you used going. And the program has a large number of partners which can get you to most anywhere in the world on Alaska Air miles
1/27/2021 Finance I confirm that the extra 0.20% promised for referring someone to the Marcus Goldman Sacks account mentioned below works. My rate went up to 0.80% today, the promised 2 business days after the referral. Please tell me if you use my referral link to get an extra 0.20% when you open an account using that link. (Then do the AARP thing to get another 0.10%. You can do this after you open an account.) Thanks.

And Oh: There is a way to make the account POD (payable on death). And it is easy to link other accounts to this one for ACH transfers. I don't know if there is a limit on how many, but I have successfully done two. And if the transfer is done via Marcus's website, the funds are deposited and earn interest immediately upon ordering the transfer, giving an extra day of interest over other similar bank accounts, which credit the money when it arrives a day after ordering the transfer.

This is fun.

1/23/2021 Finance The Marcus by Goldman Sacks deal I mentioned below is even better: A reader writes:
Just want to let you know the Marcus offers can be combined, I did this:
  1. Using your referral link to open a new savings (Thank you!)
  2. Using the AARP link to enroll in the AARP offer after opening the new account.
  3. Using the $100 bonus for $10,000 new deposit offer link (Got it from Dr. of Credit website) to enroll in this offer
  4. I received email confirmations that I activated the above three offers, and my account shows the APY is 0.8% now.
Here are the $100 bonus details: Get $100 when you deposit $10,000 or more in new funds into a new or existing Online Savings Account within 10 days of enrollment, and maintain those funds plus your current balance for 90 days. Must enroll by 2/12/2021. See full offer details.

Note that after you open the account you can do referrals. Both the referrer and the person referred earn that extra 0.20% for 3 months. That's a 40% increase in income over the base rate of 0.50% If you are already receiving a Referral Bonus, the next Referral Bonus you earn will begin on the day after your current Referral Bonus expires. Only one Referral Bonus will be applied to your OSAs at any given time. You can earn a maximum of 5 Referral Bonuses in each calendar year. Please tell me about your experience with this offer. Thanks.

Yes, at these low interest rates these offers will not make us rich. But it's easy, and in my mind, a higher rate is better than a lower rate.

1/23/2021 Other Programs I Like I updated the dining section. No significant changes. All first time bonuses now available through the end of the month.

Everyone who might dine out (including take-out) should enroll in one or more airline or hotel dining programs. The specific participating restaurants can be found only on the program websites. They do not have signs on door advertising this. So sign up an be surprised, or actually seek out the bonuses.

1/22/2021 Credit Cards I can refer you to a no annual fee 100,000 points Hilton HHonors personal card. Click here in a private window. This should get you at least one night in a Hilton property. I find these properties most useful for recovering from jet lag the first night, before moving on to more charming and/or less expensive places.
1/20/2021 Finance Interesting financial ploy: AARP members can earn a rate on a Marcus by Goldman Sacks account that is 0.10% higher that the stated APY on marcus.com for 24 months. That stated rate is currently 0.5%, giving 0.6%, a 20% increase, to those accepting the AARP offer. This is an FDIC insured account
  1. If you are not currently a member of AARP, join via Swagbucks to earn 1500 SBs. Enter AARP in the Swagbucks search box. Those SBs are worth at least $15. You may read about the Swagbucks program here.
  2. Then open an account at marcus.com/aarp-rate-bonus.
  3. If you are not an AARP member, you can still get a Marcus account with an additional 0.20% Annual Percentage Yield (APY) on your Online Savings Accounts for 3 months by using my referral link. Then you can do referrals. Both the referrer and the person referred earn that extra 0.20% for 3 months. If you are already receiving a Referral Bonus, the next Referral Bonus you earn will begin on the day after your current Referral Bonus expires. Only one Referral Bonus will be applied to your OSAs at any given time.
The Marcus account works the same as other bank money market accounts. You can access it via ACH transfers. Interestingly, if you initiate the transfer from Marcus, you start to earn interest on the day you initiate the transfer, giving an extra day's interest. The current regular 0.50% Marcus rate is equal to or better that those of most of the other good online money market accounts like those of Ally Bank, CIT Bank, PNC Bank, and SallieMay Bank. I would expect this to last, even as rates go higher.

Please tell me about your experience with this offer. Thanks.

I find AARP to be super valuable for travel and many, many other discounts.

1/15/2021 Click for Miles, Money, and Good Causes Possibly very good Swagbucks offer. Enter Home Chef in your Swagbucks search box. Home Chef is a weekly meal delivery service featuring chef-prepared recipes, fresh ingredients & step-by-step instructions delivered straight to your door. Earn 3,500 SB when you subscribe.* Plus, by clicking on the offer the $90 off code, PRODEGEJAN, will automatically be applied to your order! That's $30 off your first box, $30 off your second box, and then $15 off your third and fourth boxes.

Please tell me about your experience with this offer, especially about the economics of it.

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 1.4 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.

01/14/2021 Buying Stuff Alaska Airlines shopping portal bonus through January 22, 2021. Spend $300, earn 1,000 miles. Spend $150, earn 500 miles.

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.

01/14/2021 Registration and Other Bonuses Register to receive 2,000 bonus IHG Rewards Club points with every stay of a minimum of two consecutive nights at participating hotel and resort properties at a qualifying rate whose total spend exceeds $30.00 per night between Wednesday, January 20, 2021 and Wednesday, March 31, 2021.
01/11/2021 Buying Stuff United Airlines shopping portal bonus and American Airlines shopping portal bonus through January 19, 2021. Spend $300, earn 1,000 miles. Spend $150, earn 500 miles.

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.

1/7/2021 Credit Cards Alaska Airlines has a new 50K offer for its personal credit card. The 40K + 25K offer is still available. So is the 40K + $200 offer for the business card. Details.
1/4/2021 Finance If you had a baby on December 31, Ally Bank will give your child $250. Ally generally offers competitive rates on its savings accounts. Currently most online money market savings accounts without onerous conditions, including Ally's, offer 0.5%. SallieMay offers 0.55%
12/26/2020 ?? Seven Avios secrets you probably don’t know. I didn't know some of them.
12/26/2020 Credit Cards If you have a large expense coming up, this could be of interest: The top no-annual-fee credit cards with a 0% intro APR. No miles, but big savings if you would otherwise borrow the money.
12/22/2020 ?? Why you should NEVER book Avios flights on Iberia via ba.com
12/22/2020 Credit Cards The PenFed Pathfinder Rewards Visa Credit Card is interesting for PenFed Honors Advantage Members (to be eligible for this you must be a military member or holder of PenFed’s Access America checking account) for its offer of 50,000 bonus points when you spend $3,000 on the card in the first 90 days. It appears that those points are worth $425. Also 4x points on all travel purchases for PenFed Honors Advantage Members, 3x Points on on all travel purchases for regular members, and 1.5x Rewards on everything else. You would be better off with a 2% cash back card for those everything else purchases. Doctor of Credit does a good job of describing this card and provides a link to it.
12/18/2020 Other Programs I Like Guest Opinion Rewards offers 1,250 Hilton HHonors points for joining and completing your first survey. There are many survey programs for airlines and hotels that offer good bonuses for first use. After that, I find them too time consuming for what they offer, unless I am disparate for a few miles or points to keep my account alive. But beware using these for that purpose: It can take up to 3 months for credit to post for some of these. Others can post overnight.
12/17/2020 Click for Miles, Money, and Good Causes Swagbucks members should click on Member Recognition in the left menu to get extra worthwhile goodies, like an extra 2 hours to grab a swagcode, or extra points for redeeming for a gift card. Very easy. Swagbucks provides "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. I value one buck at 1.4 cents each when I wait for the monthly sale of Amazon or Visa gift cards. Very easy small amount of money.
12/16/2020 Finance The Bask Bank offer was extended to June 30, 2021. 5,000 American Airlines miles for opening an account by June 30, 2021, with a minimum of $1,000 and maintaining at least that amount for 90 days. I am keeping $20 in the account, generating 2 miles/month, thus easily keeping my AA account active.
12/11/2020 Credit Cards Southwest Companion Pass Tips & Tricks – Everything You Need to Know
12/5/2020 Credit Cards Southwest Cardholders: Register To Get 500 Points Each Month You Have 1,000 Credit Card Points Earnings. Targeted. Log into your credit card account at Chase. Register if you are eligible.
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12/3/2020 Credit Cards Southwest Airlines credit cards: Both the Plus and the Premier cards increased their bonus offers to 50,000 points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening plus, an additional 30,000 points after you spend $10,000 on purchases in the first 9 months from account opening. The Perfomance Business Card still offers 70,000 points after you spend $5,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of account opening, plus, an additional 30,000 points after you spend $25,000 total on purchases within the first 6 months of account opening. The Premier Business card still offers 60,000 points.

American Express is offering a 40% bonus for Hilton through January 31 and a 30% bonus for Marriott through December 31 for transferring Membership Rewards points to hotel points. Log into your Membership Rewards account and click on Transfer Points to see the offers.

12/1/2020 Registration and Other Bonuses AAdvantage members get gifts & promotions. I got 100 miles.
11/28/2020 Registration and Other Bonuses Earn up to 5,000 bonus Alaska Airlines miles when you join Mileage Plan™. Join and register by December 31,2019. Fly before February 28, 2021.

Register and take one qualifying roundtrip on Amtrak Acela December 1, 2020 – February 10, 2021 and you’ll get one free roundtrip to use now through March 15.

11/26/2020 ?? A cringe worthy mistake: I missed out on $1,615 in travel because I forgot one simple rule. Learn this if you are applying for a Chase credit card that you have held before.

Get a free hotel stay, meal and transportation with Emirates Dubai Connect

11/26/2020 Registration and Other Bonuses Transfer your Membership Rewards® from American Express to LifeMiles and get a 15% bonus miles from November 23rd to December 15th, 2020. LifeMiles is the miles program of the South American airline Avianca. Avianca is a member of the Star Alliance.

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