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Tag: frequent flier miles

Sep 12

When A Great Deal Isn’t

It’s no secret that one of my core rules around accumulating miles is to use credit card sign-up bonuses to your advantage. But that doesn’t mean that every deal is equal, and what looks like the best of deals may not be. Here’s one example. Virgin Atlantic: “Earn up to 90,000 bonus miles!” Well, Maybe… I …

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Sep 01

End of Year Promotions from Marriott, Hyatt

Apparently, many of the major hotel companies are doing better than I thought they were, since they sure aren’t giving bonuses that inspire me to switch brands. Marriott MegaBonus Ouch. This one is downright lousy. Marriott’s MegaBonus is possibly the weakest one yet. The kicker for this one is that you get to choose which …

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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 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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Aug 17

Yes, The Airlines Are, In Fact, Watching You…

In case you were wondering whether the airlines know what’s going on when people attempt to game promotions… Yes. Yes They Do. But sometimes they have a little fun with it. About six weeks ago, I discussed a JetBlue promotion where the airline decided that if it couldn’t beat ’em, it would match ’em. After …

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Aug 16

Helpful Websites for The Next Level

Everybody gets by with a little help from their friends. When I’m looking to do something a little more advanced, such as determine if award seats are available on a flight or find a bank account that takes a credit card for its opening deposit, I go to an internet resource. Here are a few …

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Aug 15

Marriott Elite Status (Without A Stay)

There’s a decent chance that Marriott Rewards is going to end up being your BFF, whether you like it or not. If you are currently a Starwood Preferred Guest Customer or will simply want access to the widest network of hotels, you’ll be spending a lot of time with our Bethesda-based friends. There’s a trade-off …

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Aug 12

The Olympics of Hotel Elite Status: Part Two

A couple of days ago, I covered what I feel are the best levels to shoot for in each of the elite programs at Marriott, Starwood and Hilton. Today, I’m going to cover both Hyatt and IHG (Intercontinental and Holiday Inn, among others). The short version for these two? You’ll need the top tier to …

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Aug 11

Industry Tidbits (And Why You May Need To Rename Your Pet)

Lots of bits and pieces from around the industry today, so put aside your Pokemon Go for now. A Marriott Save The Date Card If you are a Marriott customer, you likely just got a notice about their upcoming MegaBonus promotion, starting September 1. Marriott runs this promotion a few times per year, which gives …

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