Travel Rewards Credit Cards

September 2016 archive

Sep 30

Southwest Is Back with Its 50,000 Point Credit Card Bonus

I’m wrapping up vacation and will soon be back to more frequent updates. I think. Southwest’s 50,000 Point Credit Card Bonus I’m not a frequent traveler on Southwest but, if you are, you should probably have the credit card. The sign-up bonus comes in two varieties, the 25,000 points promotion and the occasional 50,000 pointer. …

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Sep 28

Amtrak Upgrades And Sales

I don’t write a lot about Amtrak, but every once in a while, I see something interesting. So here’s something interesting. Amtrak Sale The key word here is “Select.” You’ll need to book at least 14 days in advance, and it’s only good on Saturday nights and “select” weeknight trains, but 25% is a decent …

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Sep 26

What Is A “Status Match?” Here’s An Example from United

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In the past, I’ve discussed elite status, the additional perks that you get for flying an airline for a certain number of miles each year or staying a certain number of nights at a particular hotel chain. But what if you want to switch your loyalty to a different program? It means giving up your …

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Sep 24

You Can Now Link Your Marriott And Starwood Accounts

With final approval having been granted, Marriott and Starwood have started the integration process. And now, you can link your accounts. Benefits Of Linking Linking your accounts will let you move points back and forth between the Marriott Rewards (MR) program and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG). You can also match elite status between the program. …

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Sep 22

A Word on Hotel Promos: Marriott And Hilton

One more day before I board my petri dish with wings and head back to my primary side of the globe. Something they never say about flying: It doesn’t matter what class you are sitting in. If the flight is long enough, you will pick up somebody’s germs. On that happy note… Oops, They Did …

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Sep 20

Bonus Miles And A Discount with Avis And Budget

A quick hit: Miles for Driving Miles Avis and Budget are offering some big (It’s all relative.) mileage earning opportunities for renting a car. From now until October 15, rent a car for three or more days and not only will you get a discount (up to 30% or 35%, depending on who you rent …

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Sep 17

On The Road Again…

Hi folks, I’ll be traveling for most of the next two weeks, so posts will be infrequent. Until then, I leave you with this video of a 787 doing a near-vertical takeoff. Want to subscribe? Just enter your email in the box above (and to the right) and click on the confirmation. GMailers, check …

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Sep 16

The Cruise Ships Just Keep Growing…


A few days ago, Carnival Corporation (the parent of the Carnival, Princess and Holland America brands, among others) announced an order for three new ships. Nothing unusual, except for the size of the ships: 180,000 tons, 5,200 passengers. Size Matters With the new mega-ships, the largest in the brands’ fleet, Carnival Corp is making a …

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Sep 15

What Is “Manufactured Spending?”

This is a topic that I’ve covered in the past, but it is worth repeating. There’s one overarching rule when it comes to earning points and miles: Nothing is free. Yes, you will see headlines saying things like, “How I flew First Class around the world for free!” Yes, it’s possible to do so – …

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Sep 14

Register Now for SPG More For You

SPG More For You SPG has opened registration for its fourth quarterish promotion, More For You. The bonus is will give you double base points during the week and triple on weekend stays that include a Friday or Saturday night. But be sure to check out the fine print: There is a lengthy list of …

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