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9-13; A minor mystery solved; and why I paid foreign transaction fees in London…...

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Star MegaDO 6 took place May 9-13. It was an opportunity for aviation geeks to get together and geek out about all things aviation related.  The “Star” part of the title indicates that this...

This may be the single best current signup offer

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25,000 points after $3,000 spend in 3 months.  That doesn’t sound like a great offer.  Credit card issuers routinely offer 40,000 points or more with similar spend requirements.  But, this one is special… This offer,...

Prestige 4th night free on AAA rate?

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Yep, another post about the Citi Prestige 4th Night Free benefit…  Other recent posts include: Using the Citi Prestige 4th night free benefit Prestige 4th night free benefit, take 2 Overall, my experience has been that the...

Club Carlson’s 30,000 point bonus may be easier to get than expected

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As a reminder, Club Carlson is dumping the Bonus Award Nights feature of their credit cards as of June 1, 2015.  Shortly after I reported this change, Club Carlson sent emails to cardholders titled...
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Prestige 4th night free benefit, take 2

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The last time I wrote about the Citi Prestige card’s 4th night free benefit, my review was lukewarm.  I complained a bit about the cumbersome booking process and the fact that booking through Citi...

420,000 miles closer to Necker Island

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Today I applied for four identical Virgin Atlantic credit cards.  The cards are advertised as if they have a 90,000 mile signup bonus, but I think that’s misleading.  15,000 of the 90,000 miles are...
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Tying loose ends: Prestige 4th night, 5X everywhere, retrieving points, Necker Island

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Today I have a grab bag of follow-ups from previous posts… Citi Prestige 4th Night Fee Hotel Benefit One nice perk of the Citi Prestige card is the ability to book a four night...

IHG adds new top tier membership level, but hasn’t yet figured out its name

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IHG has just put out a news release about their loyalty program.  We can sum up what we know so far in a few bullets: Beginning July 2015, there will be a new...

Yes, you can cancel your Club Carlson card after booking Bonus Award Nights

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Quick background: Club Carlson recently announced that Bonus Award Nights, the best feature of their co-branded credit cards, would no longer be available as of June 1 2015.  Instead, they are offering: A one-time...

How to maximize Club Carlson point earnings: 30,000 points plus 92 points per dollar

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Club Carlson is currently offering a couple of overlapping promotions which make it lucrative to book Club Carlson stays despite the fact that they have announced a huge devaluation to their credit card benefits. ...

Club Carlson offering triple points between April and June

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Via Head for Points, Club Carlson is offering triple points for eligible stays between now and June 28th 2015! Key details Stay must occur between now and June 28th 2015 Points,...

Top 7 ways to milk the Club Carlson card before and after June 1

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Last Friday I reported that Club Carlson credit cards will be losing their most valuable benefit: Bonus Award Nights as of June 1 2015.  Club Carlson is replacing this benefit with a free night...
Club Carlson Bonus Award Nights

Club Carlson Visa dumping Bonus Award Nights

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Until now, the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature card and its business card twin, the Club Carlson Business Rewards Visa, offered incredible value for two night award stays.  The cards offer a feature...
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Bet You Didn’t Know: The (only) two useful features of Google Hotels

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By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate...  Some people probably think I'm a shill for Google, considering how often I write about Google Flights (see "Bet You Didn't Know: The Magic of Google Flights" and "Bet You...

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