Register all your American Express credit and charge cards today, spend $10 on each one this Saturday November 30 at a small business, and receive a $10 statement credit on each card.
This is the easiest win-win-win promotion of the year. We get $10 statement credits for participating, small businesses get more business, and American Express gets great advertising.
How do you register for Small Business Saturday and its $10 statement credits? How have I used my statement credits in the past?
Update: I’ve booked myself Seoul to Frankfurt to Munich to Toronto to Los Angeles one way for 70k miles. The long legs are in Asiana First Class and Lufthansa First Class. I can check out the First Class Terminal in Frankfurt from whenever I get to the airport until 10 AM. I wish it were longer, but I am excited to have a chance to get inside.
As for the trip, I am thinking of getting to Asia on the Island Hopper plus Avios and trying to see North Korea.
Lufthansa First Class award space is currently bookable with United miles from April 2014 through October 2014. This is huge news because normally Lufthansa First Class award space is only bookable with partner miles 15 days before departure. I expect this glitch to be corrected within a few hours, but I expect all tickets booked to be honored.
Lufthansa is widely considered to have one of the nicest First Class products in the world, and they are one of the three carriers I want to fly as soon as possible!
One of the main reasons I want to fly Lufthansa First Class is to enjoy access to the First Class Terminal in Frankfurt. Booking today would give access to the First Class Terminal if you book the right routing.
Interior of First Class Terminal
If you have any desire to use this award space, book now. You will be able to cancel for up to 24 hours with no penalty. You’ll get all your miles and taxes back. But I don’t expect this deal to last 24 hours.
More info on the routes with the available space, the products that fly those routes, and how to maximize the deal after the jump!
Yesterday I got an email with the subject line “Earn 3X American Airlines AAdvantage® Miles | Enroll in one click!”
By clicking the button inside the email, I enrolled myself for 3 American Airlines miles per dollar at department stores, restaurants, gas stations, and grocery stores through 12/31/13 on purchases made with my Citi AAdvantage card. There is a limit of 2,500 bonus miles ($1,250 in spending) on the promotion.
Clicking “Enroll with one click >” did just what it should have, taking me to this message.
Everyone should check your email for a similar email, and enroll with one click if you can.
But should you take advantage of the offer? Or are there more valuable cards on which to spend even after this bonus? What is the best current offer on the Citi AA card?
JetBlue has announced a 5x points promo on flights booked by Tuesday.
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I am a lodging cheapskate. My ideal trip length is four weeks, so hotel bills would add up quickly. Right now I haven’t been in the US since February, so I’ve had to come up with creative ways to sleep cheaply.
But just because I’m a cheapskate doesn’t mean I don’t want to stay at fancy hotels sometimes too. I’m jealous that Rookie Alli has two nights at any Hilton worldwide. I have my own two free nights at Hyatts worldwide that I’ll be sure to use somewhere way outside my price range.
There is a third way, though, between the extremes of free ultra-luxury and cheap adequate accommodation: under-categorized hotels are a fantastic value play.
Free nights at hotels cost a certain number of points that are decided by which category a hotel places the hotel into. For instance, a Category 1 Hilton costs 5,000 points for a free night. A Category 10 Hilton costs up to 95,000 points for a free night.
The number of points needed generally tracks the quality, location, and price of the hotel, but some hotels are under-categorized and represent fantastic value with points.
Last night I stayed in one such hotel, the DoubleTree Kuala Lumpur, which is a Hilton Category 2 property that costs only 10k Hilton points per night.
Continue for my review with photos of the DoubleTree Kuala Lumpur and a rundown of all the freebies I got. What hotel award charts might have sweet spots? What are the best value free nights you’ve gotten?
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The US Airways Premier World MasterCard is offering me 5 miles per dollar at grocery stores, drug stores, and electronic stores for the next three months via a targeted email. Check your inbox for the same or a similar offer.
What offer did I get?
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Update: I got 2 x 36k in the first few seconds. I’m refreshing to try to get 40k, 32k, and 20k packages, which are all in others’ carts.
Get huge discounts on all Southwest flights, up to 35% off, with three simple steps today only by taking advantage of a Daily Getaway sale and a favorable points conversion rate.
Today is the fourth day of the third week of five weeks of discounted travel packages sponsored by the US Travel Association and American Express called Daily Getaways.
Every weekday at 1 PM ET, a discounted travel package or packages will go on sale and will usually sell out in a few minutes. Some of the offers will be awesome; some will be duds. Today’s deal is incredible if you know what to do.
Today’s deal is to buy Choice Privileges points in quantities of 20k, 32k, 36k, and 40k points for big discounts. These points can be converted to Southwest Rapid Rewards at a favorable rate.
How can you get up to 35% off all Southwest flights today? Continue reading
Rocketmiles is a hotel booking site where you earn thousands of bonus airline miles for booking hotel stays at the prevailing rate online. You can earn:
- American Airlines AAdvantage Miles
- Delta SkyMiles
- Hawaiian Miles
- United MileagePlus Miles
- US Airways Dividend Miles
- and, starting today, Virgin America Elevate Points
Everyone knows hotels booking sites get big commissions for being the middle man, and Rocketmiles passes part of that commission back to us in the form of thousands of miles.
To celebrate adding Virgin America as the site’s sixth airline partner, today launches a four-week promotion from Rocketmiles: earn 3,000 extra Virgin America Elevate points in addition to the Elevate points you would ordinarily earn from booking your first stay through Rocketmiles. Earn 5,000 bonus Virgin America Elevate points if you have Virgin America status!
Plus if you use this referral link, you and I also earn 1,000 bonus miles upon check out from your first booking!
The combined 4,000 bonus points from booking your first stay today is worth about $80 to me!
12k Virgin America points is enough for one way to Hawaii and 20k is enough for one way in Virgin Atlantic Upper Class, so the points here are substantial!
How can you earn thousands of bonus Virgin America points by booking a hotel stay today? Why do you want Virgin America points?
Update: Several–if not all–of these offers have expired. For the current best offers for free travel, see Best Credit Cards Offers.
When signing up for a credit card, I think there are four factors to consider:
- What is the value of the sign up bonus?
- What is value of putting my pattern of spending on the card? (category bonuses and the value of the base point earned)
- What are the benefits of holding the card? (lounge access, free checked bags, discounted awards, etc)
- When is the deal disappearing?
All things equal, you should apply for a card with a limited time sign up bonus over one that is stable. You can get the stable card next time.
What are the top nine credit card offers that are about to disappear? When are they disappearing? And how much worse will the upcoming offers be?