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Now live: Spirit goes revenue-based, makes elite status easier with new Free Spirit program

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UPDATE 1/21/201: Spirit's new Free Spirit loyalty program is now live. Details can be found on Spirit's website here.  We will soon follow up with analyses of the program and its new credit cards,...

Bank account bonus goals for 2021

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Last year, I put a renewed focus on bank account bonuses. In my case, that was both a function of spending more time at home than I had in the past decade and also...

The perfect Hyatt mattress run

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The perfect mattress run isn't a mattress run at all.  A mattress run is where you book a hotel stay solely to earn elite status and/or hotel points even though you have no plans...

Searching for value in Hyatt Night In awards

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The other day, a reader commented on our "Year of the mattress run" podcast episode / week in review post to say: Naturally, this made me ask myself, "What is Hyatt's Night In promotion?", which...

Marriott mattress running: Valuable elite status for nearly 2 years

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Marriott is offering several overlapping promotions which, when taken together, can make mattress running worthwhile.  A mattress run involves checking into a hotel for the purpose of earning elite status or other rewards even...
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Last Chance Deals: Shopping Portal Bonuses, Radisson Award Sale, IHG Chase Offer & More

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Welcome to our weekly list of what’s ending this week as well as a collection of some other deals that are due to end soon. There are deals ending almost every day this week. There's a...

The year of the mattress run: Hyatt or Marriott? (and more)

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Mattress running has been on everyone's mind lately. While Hyatt has previously dominated that type of talk, this week Marriott made us bring them to top of mind. Earning 2021 Marriott Bonvoy Elite status...

Pay taxes via credit card 2021 edition [2020 Q4 estimated taxes due 1/15]

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Reminder that estimated taxes for 2020 Q4 are due 1/15/21. You might not like paying taxes, but when you pay taxes via credit card can be quite rewarding. The key is to earn credit card...

Saving stacks without stacking: My experience buying a Best Buy open box laptop

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Last week, I wrote a post titled, "A day in the life of a serial stacker". The gist of the post is that I've been looking to buy a new laptop (out of necessity...

Best uses for Virgin Atlantic points (Sweet Spot Spotlight)

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Virgin Atlantic points are super easy to get.  For example, you can sign up for the Virgin Atlantic credit card (which currently has a 65K welcome bonus) and then average more than 2 cents...
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The year of the mattress run: top-tier status in 6 programs in 48 nights

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In a bizarre state of irony, 2021 is shaping up to be the year of the mattress run. Hyatt kicked things off with their ludicrously easy path to top-tier Hyatt Globalist status. Really, they kicked...

How to book Delta flights with Virgin Atlantic miles (2021 Edition)

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This post has been updated for 2021.  Now that Virgin Atlantic has rolled out new award pricing for Delta flights, new sweet spot awards are available for Delta economy flights, but most long distance...

Marriott’s elite benefits guarantee is back

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During the pandemic, Marriott had previously suspended their elite benefit guarantees, but as of today (January 11, 2021), the guarantees are back!  Here is the message from Marriott: We are reinstating the elite guarantee compensation...

Marriott launches easy elite status for 2021 and cheaper saver awards

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Marriott has announced a huge boost for members interested in qualifying/re-qualifying for elite status this year. They have also reduced redemption rates at many properties for reservations through September 30, 2021 booked between January 11,...

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