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Managing Points and Miles

Delta torpedoes SkyMiles value for partner awards

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Earlier this week, Thrifty Traveler reported that Delta torpedoed the value of SkyMiles for partner award flights on a wide range of partners. This includes flights both to Europe and Asia and in some cases...

Planning for a miles & points afterlife

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Don't worry, there's no bad news coming in this post. Rather, a presentation at the recent Chicago Seminars made me realize that if something ever happened to me, my family likely wouldn't have any...

Marriott extends free night certificates to August 2021

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Today Marriott has announced an extension to free night certificates and travel package certificates as follows: Effective December 11, 2020, members who currently have a Free Night Award (FNA) that had an original expiration...

Great value for non-travel rewards (want stuff?)

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A couple of years ago a friend asked me which credit card she should get. She was interested in earning rewards, but not for travel.  She wanted to use her rewards to treat herself...

[Update] Join Nick & Stephen at the Chicago Seminars this Saturday, 10/17

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Update: For those registered, there will be a bonus event tonight, Friday 10/16 at 6-9 Central. Speed networking, 3 rounds, attend 1, attend all 3 - up to you. Check the email you used...

Redeem Ultimate Rewards for Apple products at up to 1.5c per point

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Looking for a new set of Airpods or Chase today unveiled a new benefit on their Ultimate Rewards cards whereby cardholders can redeem Ultimate Rewards points toward the purchase of Apple products at a...

25% rebate on Radisson Rewards stays; 15% back on gift card redemptions

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Radisson Rewards announced a promo today offering 25% of your points back on award stays booked from October 12 - 25, 2020 for stays through December 20, 2020. Also, you can get 15% of your points...

Hyatt cash or points? Or Points+Cash? Use the Frequent Miler tool

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I've updated our Hyatt Points or Cash tool to include a section for modeling Points+Cash rates.  Now you can use the tool to figure out which is best between booking a stay entirely with...

(EXPIRED) Great deal: Convert Alaska wallet funds to miles at 1c per mile

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Update: Miles to Memories confirmed with Alaska Airlines that anyone with a wallet balance of $50 or more will receive this offer. Frequent Flyer Bonuses reports that some Alaska Mileage Plan members have been targeted...

Etihad transfer bonuses: up to 30% bonus

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Etihad Guest is offering transfer bonuses when you convert points from hotel programs and transferable currencies, with bonuses ranging from 20-30% depending on the partner from which you convert. This probably doesn't make sense...

Capital One offering miles for referrals (10K or 20K per referral up to 50K...

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The Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card and Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card are now offering Capital One "miles" for referring new customers. Interestingly, the bonuses are not necessarily standard: while my wife's account...

Chase “Pay Yourself Back” extended thru April 2021 & more cards added!

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Chase has extended this awesome "Pay Yourself Back" feature through April 2021!  Additionally, they've added this feature to the Ink Business Preferred (but only for certain business spend and charities), and to the Freedom...

Miles, credits, and certs orphaned by COVID-19 (on my mind)

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Yesterday I cancelled the last of my pre-pandemic travel bookings.  I had used Cathay Pacific miles to book a January 2021 flight: Japan Airlines first class to Sydney.  Maybe Cathay would have refunded my...

Chase Ultimate Rewards Complete Guide 2020

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Chase Ultimate Rewards is a transferable points program available through a number of Chase cards.  In my comparison of transferable points programs, Chase Ultimate Rewards came out ahead of Amex Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou...

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