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The best 4th Night Free finds

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Last week I challenged readers to beat my best 4th Night finds.  The idea was to find hotels and dates in which the 4th night of a stay was astronomically more expensive than the...
merchant gift cards, best options

Crazy 4th Night Free deals, and the $100 e-gift card challenge

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The Citi Prestige card’s 4th Night Free hotel benefit always struck me as kind of crazy.  When you use this benefit to book a four night stay, you get reimbursed for the entire price...
SPG Platinum challenge

Is it time to do the SPG Platinum challenge?

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In addition to collecting large quantities of points & miles, I enjoy finding shortcuts for obtaining and keeping elite status.  Over the course of the past three years, or so, I’ve used shortcuts to...

You DON’T have to pay with your Prestige card for 4th Night Free (but...

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UPDATE 6/15/2016: Recent evidence suggests that people do, at least sometimes, check to make sure that charges are placed on your Prestige card before credits are awarded.  I recommend always paying for 4th Night...

You DO have to pay with your Prestige card for 4th Night Free. Here’s...

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UPDATE 6/26/2015 3PM EST: Please see my new results here: You DON’T have to pay with your Prestige card for 4th Night Free. Among its many other perks, the Citi Prestige card has an interesting...

100% bonus on purchased IHG points. Is it worth it?

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Through June 30th, 2015, IHG is offering a 100% bonus on purchased points. You can purchase up to 60,000 points, which will result in 120,000 points after the 100% bonus.  Is it worth it? IHG...
Club lounges and free breakfasts

Amex business cards increasingly trump personal cards

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The latest changes to the American Express SPG cards (as reported here, by Doctor of Credit) have me thinking about the way Amex handles the differences between their personal and business cards.  Most of...
One day in Beijing

One day in Beijing. Fewer words, more photos

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When I booked my flight to Beijing, many thought I was crazy.  My flight was scheduled to arrive in Beijing Wednesday evening and returning home Friday morning.  In other words I was flying to...

My failed (but profitable) Prestige 4th Night Free experiment, and an accidental redo

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One of the Citi Prestige card’s many perks is its 4th Night Free hotel benefit.  Cardholders can book a four night (or longer) stay through the Citi Prestige Concierge, and about four weeks after...
SPG vs

SPG vs. Amex, Chase, and Citi transferable points programs. Which is best?

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In a recent post, I compared each of the major credit card transferable points programs: Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Citi ThankYou Rewards.  There I found that each program has certain areas...

Citi Prestige 4th Night Free benefit does not allow government (or conference) rates

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This morning I posted the good news that the Citi Prestige card’s 4th Night Free benefit now allows booking AAA, AARP, and military rates.  Several people asked me about government rates.  I had already...
Citi Prestige 4th Night Free

Citi Prestige 4th Night Free benefit now offers AAA, AARP and military rates

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The Citi Prestige card somehow keeps getting better.  I bet that many get scared off by its advertised $450 annual fee, but I believe that the card is suited to just about every frequent...
Half way to Necker Island

Half way to Necker Island

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Late last week, a 150,000 point offer for the American Express Business Platinum card was published on a number of blogs, including Frequent Miler’s Quick Deals.  This was intended to be a targeted offer,...
hyatt diamond

Bet You Didn’t Know: Two tricks for chasing Hyatt Diamond status (and 1 that...

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By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate...  Hyatt Diamond is one of the better, if not the best, hotel chain elite status available. Just the 4 annual confirmed suite upgrades alone (or as I call them, "sweet"...

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