Get the 30k Alaska Airlines Card Not the 40k Alaska Airlines Card

Two excellent offers are floating around right now for the Alaska Airlines credit card from Bank of America:

30k miles after first purchase
40k miles after spending $10k in the first six months (for elites only)

It might surprise you to learn that the bonus of 30,000 miles is far better than the bonus of 40,000 miles.

Why? Why do I love Alaska miles?

I was emailed the 30,000 mile offer three days ago since I am "a valued customer of both Alaska Airlines and Bank of America." I have an Alaska Airlines credit card.

Get Your Own Referral Link for the Starwood Preferred Guest Cards to Earn Up to 55k Starpoints

You can earn up to 55,000 Starpoints referring your friends to open the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express and the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express, two of my favorite cards.

I got both of the cards for myself in September because Starpoints are the single most valuable mile or point on the planet.

With my 70,000 Starpoints earned so far on the cards, I plan to do a Nights &

Third Night Free at Participating Starwood Hotels for SPG Credit Card Holders

Yesterday I received an email inviting me to book two nights and get the third night free at participating Aloft, Element, and Four Points hotels because I have a Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express.

The offer indicates that on stays at participating Aloft, Element, and Four Points hotels, I will get the third night free if I pay for two nights with my Starwood card.

Will I be taking advantage?

Should You Convert Starpoints to Avios with a 56% Bonus through October 15?

Until October 15, you can convert 20,000 Starpoints to 31,125 Avios, a 56% transfer bonus.

Ordinarily 20,000 Starpoints transfer to 25,000 Avios, the same 5,000 mile bonus you get on every 20,000 Starpoints transferred to all 1:1 airline partners. Until October 15, British Airways is giving a 25% bonus on all incoming transfers of hotel points to Avios.

Which is the Better Offer: 50k Business Gold Card or 30k SPG Business Card?

Update: 12/11/13: The 50k Business Gold Card offer is dead.

Update 9/3/13: The 30k bonus Starpoint offers on the personal and business versions of the SPG card are dead.

A Chance to “Buy” Starpoints for 1.1 Cents: Starwood Cash & Points Awards

The 25,000 Starpoint bonus for opening the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express and spending $5k on the card in the first six months is one of my absolute favorite bonus offers.

How to Get 10 Nights in Hawaii and First Class Flights for Free

This post will explain how a couple can get 10 nights for free at a top-tier hotel in Hawaii plus First Class roundtrip flights all for about $150 per person total.

Big Spenders Should Use One of These Three Cards, and They Probably Aren’t

Update 1/27/15: Some links have been removed from this post if the offer is expired.

There are only three cards big spenders should be using unless they have huge expenditures the would reap category bonuses. I'll call them cards 1, 2a, and 2b.

1. Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®

2a. United Club Card


Starwood Cash & Points Strategy

Starwood Preferred Guest's Cash & Points redemptions are some of the best values in travel.

The Million Mile Award

Worst Award Ever?

As part of Starwood's end-of-year recap of the Starwood Preferred Guest program, some annual facts and figures are given. The one that blew me away?

Someone redeemed 870,000 SPG points for a pair of business class tickets from Los Angeles to Rome.

Before I tell you how to do the same for less than a fifth of the cost, there are several amazing things about this.

Normally marketers brag about how valuable their points are.