Amex Biz Platinum – $10K Spend for 100K Points Phone Trick

The current (Average) Offer for the American Express Platinum Card is spend $10K, get 50,000 Points, and another 25,000 points when you spend another $10 Grand in THREE Months.  Even with Manufactured Spending this would be tricky, but for some folks, there's an alternative.   I called 1-800-971-6736 and said my real business (ProEDI) had gotten an offer of $10K ...
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SPG Card – Points Worth Considering

When you mention 'SPG Points' -  A lot of people will look at you like a dog who's just been shown a card trick. However, their valuable hotel currency shouldn't be overlooked.  The Starwood Preferred Guest Card (SPG)  is an Amex branded card with arguably the best ‘Points per Stay’ values.  its usually a 25K bonus, and twice a year it hits 30,000 points.  Similar to Hyatt, ...
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An Easy Way to Top Off & Earn More Marriott Points

You might find yourself in a situation like me, where you have 2,800 seemingly worthless Marriott Points.  You perhaps did $2,800 worth of spending on the ol' Marriott Card you recently canceled to get those.... But you can't redeem them for nights, magazines, OR anything fun.  Sure you can transfer them to SPG (at 3:1)  BUT, they only allow you to transfer in 1,000 point incre...
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Chase Sapphire Reserve – The Best Card Ever

This August Chase tried to blow past their competition by offering the undisputed 'Best Card Ever'  - The Chase Sapphire Reserve.         Normally when someone asks 'which is the best card for me?' I tell them it depends on their travel goals... but in this case, its a no brainer.  You get $600 worth of travel credit*, a TSA PreCheck Credit, AND 100,0...
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Direct Links for Airline Rewards Programs

A quick and dirty resource for finding Award Availability in the most popular airlines: American Airlines All Nippon Airlines - Very Convoluted United Airlines SouthWest   Award Room Availability for Hotels Coming Soon Hyatt award chart - Hyatt shows you the price, and has a check box for ' Show World of Hyatt Points & Awards  ' for easy access to ...
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Using Vanilla Gift Cards & Money Orders to Meet Minimum Spends

In 2016, a lot of the old fashioned 'easy' methods for MS are no longer viable.  However, there is still one tried and true method that only involves a little more work.  This option involves using your new CC to buy Visa Gift Cards, and then using the VGCs to buy Money Orders, which themselves can be used as fungible cash or deposited back into your account. The process is ...
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Useful Traveling Resources – Air and Hotel Redemption Guides

Links to Rewards Maps, Planning Tools, Points Calculators So you've got points and want to spend them.  OR you want to play a trip and get the best value from the cards you'll be signing up for.  Here's a great place to find how many points it takes to reserve a flight or hotel in various programs. We'll get Hotels out of the way first. For Hotels, Award-O-Matic.com has the ...
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Puerto Rico Winter Escape – Paid for with Points

El Yunque
Puerto Rico Trip for Two We chose to visit Puerto Rico in March to escape the seemingly incessant Cleveland Winter.  Originally, the 51st state wouldnt even be on my radar... but thanks to the SouthWest Companion Pass and their dozen 'Caribbean area' destinations, we thought we'd explore a new Rainforest / Tropical area, since we liked Costa Rica so much. To 'Finance' this tr...
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Comparing Hotel Points – New Orleans [Hyatt, Hilton, & IHG]

French Quarter Hyatt
One of the hardest parts of determining which card to get, is the burden of figuring out 'which card gives you the most bang for your buck?'  specifically when 'paying' with points.  This matter is further complicated because each Hotel Line has 1-5 different types of Hotels, and 1-9 different 'Point Redemption Levels.'  Its hard to do a 'tit for tat' comparison unless you have...
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Last Minute Deals and Other Churning News

Sometimes an Offer 'Too Good to Be True' Might not be around for too long.  If that's the case you have to strike while the iron is hot.  Here you can find a list of Last Minute Opportunities and Current Deals that may be Expiring Soon , as well as news relevant to 'Churning.' March 2017 - Highest Ever SPG Bonuses for Both Cards!   35,000 Personal & Business versions ...
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