Travel Rewards Credit Cards

August 2016 archive

Aug 31

Citibank Tightens Restrictions on Credit Card Bonuses

Credit card companies are in somewhat of a bind when it comes to credit card bonuses. On the one hand, they want people to apply for and use their cards. That’s how they make money. On the other hand, they are dealing with an increasing number of customers who are applying for the cards simply …

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Aug 30

Sharing Is Caring (And Could Be Worth 250,000 Miles)

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As part of its new “World’s Greatest Flyers” campaign, American Airlines is offering you a chance to pick up 250,000 miles in its “Flying Kind” contest. The Rules American is offering you a chance to share your best travel tip and win 250,000 miles in its Flying Kind contest. Just enter your best idea, fill …

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Aug 29

And Now, for Something Completely Different…

Everybody has their own idea of fun. For me, it’s being locked in a large bookstore for about a week, with nobody to bother me. So when we went to London this summer, our first stop was Foyles, with its 30 miles of books and 100+ year-old history. Sadly, I only got about an hour …

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Aug 28

Quick Points on Southwest Airlines

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While much of my typing is dedicated to the big network carriers, there’s a strong case to be made for building up points on the discount carriers, such as Southwest and JetBlue. At one time, these programs were considered inferior but, as they get better and the legacy airlines’ programs become more about dollars spent …

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Aug 26

Hilton Double Points Promotion, September 1 – December 31

See? Was that so hard? One thing that I’ve liked about Hilton’s recent promotions: They’re customer-friendly and easy to understand For the last four months of the year, Hilton is once again doing its double points bonus. Unless I am remembering incorrectly, they have now run this promotion for twelve consecutive months. The Details Fortunately, there’s …

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Aug 25

A Unique Airline Status Match Offer

Note: Even if you haven’t heard of WestJet, please read this post. Given the rate at which they are launching inexpensive international flights, you’ll want to know a bit more about them. WestJet Status Match Today’s “winner of the day” is WestJet, the second-largest Canadian carrier. First, they get props because the basic tier of their …

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Aug 24

Chase Sapphire Reserve: Up to $1,500 Sign-Up Bonus

I wasn’t going to bother writing about this card, mostly because I have written too much about credit cards recently, but I got enough questions about it that it seemed worthwhile. And, let’s face it, being able to say “up to $1,500” sounds kind of cool. Chase Sapphire Reserve The card in question is the Chase …

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Aug 23

Two New Promos: JetBlue and Starwood

Part of the fun of this game is finding all of the promos that are out there. Today, I saw two new ones, including one that doesn’t require any stays, flights or dollars spent on your part. JetBlue “Go All Over” Before we get started, I’d like to remind my readers of one thing: I …

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Aug 22

20% (Or More) Rebate on Every Purchased JetBlue Flight

Every once in a while, I see an offer from a hotel, airline or credit card company that is too good to last. I wrote an article about it for InsideFlyer here, mentioning a few that would get shut down. Shortly after writing about the excessive Citi Prestige perks, for instance, they announced a serious …

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Aug 20

InterContinental (IHG) Back with Accelerate Promotion

A few times per year, IHG, owner of InterContinental, Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza (among others) offers some version of its Accelerate promotion. The program is unique for each customer and gives you a list of “tasks” to complete. The more you complete, the more points you get. If you complete a certain number, you …

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