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Tag: frequent flyer miles

Oct 13

Why Expedia (And Other OTAs) Is Not Your Friend

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It’s always a bummer when I have almost completed a post and then have to put it on hold as new information becomes available. But hey, the world of travel is busy. Don’t Book Your Hotel through An Online Travel Agent (OTA) OTAs such as Expedia are an excellent source to search for hotels. One …

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Oct 07

American Express Business Platinum Ups Its Game (And Bonus)

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American Express seems to be feeling some pressure from the Chase Sapphire Reserve card, which recently launched with a huge sign-up bonus. A few days ago, they announced that you would earn five Membership Rewards per dollar spent on travel with your American Express Platinum card. Now, the company has introduced a 100,000 point sign-up …

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Oct 06

You Can Earn Delta SkyMiles for Referring Your Friends to Amex

This is kind of nice. If you have a Delta American Express card, you can get miles for referring a friend. The normal bonus is 5,000 miles but, if you do so by February 1, Delta will double it to 10,000. You can get a maximum of 55,000 miles per year through referrals, so you …

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Oct 04

Hilton Goes from “Double Up” to “Triple Up”


Hilton has taken its fourth quarter promotion from good to great, allowing you to earn triple points, instead of merely double points, simply by downloading the app and booking through the mobile technology. Triple Up It’s easy. Book and complete any stay on the Hilton HHonors app and you will earn triple points, not the …

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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?”

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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 13

Fun Stuff from around The Travel Industry

  Let’s take a look at some of the interesting news from around the travel industry… New Hotel Policy: BYOS (Bring Your Own Sheets) Eww. Inside Edition is not my traditional news source, but a recent video from the company was, well, gross. At a Residence Inn in New York City (They didn’t name which …

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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 08

Two Fun Hotel Contests

The World Series with Starwood Contest #1: Win a trip to the first game of the 2016 World Series. Either enter at the contest site or by staying in a Sheraton hotel between now and October 4. One entry per night, with a couple of entries per night at selected properties. You’ll receive 100,000 points, …

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Sep 07

JetBlue’s Rewards Program Won’t Last (in Its Current Form)

I have a love/hate relationship with JetBlue. I love the service. I hate the website. I love the credit card bonuses, but can’t stand some of the things that Barclays does. Thinking about JetBlue reminds me of this bit from The Simpsons: So what now? It’s Just Too Good This post was actually supposed to …

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