Tim Steinke

My wife Erin and my first big journey together went around the world in 100 days for our honeymoon, a trip in which I had one car accident and got one speeding ticket in every country that we visited (I think that I may still have an arrest warrant in New Zealand for an unpaid ticket, but we’ll keep that between us). We currently live in one of the few corners of Washington State where you can still MS Staples Gift Cards at Safeway; we own a winery, ski after work and hike as much as our elderly knees will let us.

Marriott Bonvoys elite member soft landing policy

Many rewards programs have, or have had, "soft landing" policies for their elite members. This allows elite members who have not met the criteria for their current elite status to still retain a lower...

(EXPIRED) Rakuten: 4K / $40 referral bonus for both sides is back (ends 12/1)

Update 11/30 - This terrific referral offer from Rakuten ends tomorrow. Get those player 2's, friends and family on board! If you know someone who does not yet use shopping portal Rakuten, both you and...

Amex Business Checking: Bonus doubles to 60,000 Membership Rewards on 12/1

Update 11/30/22 - We've just found out that tomorrow, 12/1/22, the bonus for opening a new American Express Business Checking account and completing the qualifying activities will double to 60,000 MR. Update 10/31/22 - With the...

(EXPIRED) Southwest Airlines Cyber Monday Sale: 30% off paid and award flights

Southwest is running a promotion for Cyber Monday that offers 30% off both paid and award travel when using the promo code CYBER30. The code seems to work for pretty much the entire route...

IHG Cyber Monday promotion: 10,000 bonus points every two nights

IHG is in the midst of a promotion that it calls its “Biggest Member Event.” For Cyber Monday, IHG is offering 10,000 bonus points for every two nights stayed through the end of the...

American Airlines launches a fast track to status for Hyatt Elite Members

Hyatt and American Airlines have offered reciprocal benefits for elite members in one or both of the programs for several years, involving points-earning and promotions such as earning 1,000 bonus AAdvantage miles when staying...

Amazon: Get up to 50% off when redeeming 1 Chase Ultimate Rewards point (targeted)

Amazon is again targeting customers with an offer to get a discount when using at least 1 Chase Ultimate Rewards point at checkout. The best offer appears to be 50% off, up to a...

(Expired) Rakuten Cyber Monday: Earn up to 15-20X at many retailers

The Rakuten portal is offering up to 15-20% back at hundreds of retailers, or 15-20x if you use your account to earn Membership Rewards. That's a great return at many of these stores, but...

(EXPIRED) Singapore Air: Roundtrip Business Class to Europe starting at $1789 or 136K Membership...

Singapore Airlines is out with its annual Black Friday sale and there's quite an appealing (and sought-after) option: Singapore's fifth freedom route from NYC - Frankfurt in Singapore's A380 business class. Fares start at...

Amazon: Get up to 50% off when redeeming 1 Membership Rewards point (targeted)

Amazon is once again targeting some customers with an offer to get a discount when using at least 1 Membership Rewards point at checkout. The best offer appears to be 50% off up to...

New Secret Kimpton Password (Now Live)

A few times a year, Kimpton has a nifty (if somewhat awkard) secret password that gets you a special treat if you mention the password (or phrase) when checking in. The new Kimpton secret...
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Singapore Airlines Amex Offer: Spend $1,500, get $300 Back (Targeted)

A new Amex Offer appeared today for Singapore Airlines, offering a $300 statement credit when spending $1,500 or more on airfare. This is targeted and offers a good way to get back up to...

Hyatt Sale: up to 20% off paid stays worldwide with promo code UNLOCK

Hyatt has a sale on paid stays at some hotels called "Unlock the Possibilities." The promotion offers offers up to 20% off room rates at participating hotels by using the code UNLOCK. I'm often...

(EXPIRED) Avianca LifeMiles on sale with 170% Bonus (1.22 cents each)

Avianca has another bonus available on LifeMiles purchases, this time it's 170%.  That brings the cost per mile down to 1.22 cents, right below our reasonable redemption value of 1.3 cents.  At that price,...

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