Buying Membership Rewards at Saks Fifth Avenue

While you might not think of credit card points as something you “buy,” there is certainly a value to them, and if you can find a good deal, you should go for it!  The trouble is sometimes in finding the deal. In this case, it all began with an AmEx…

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Mattress Running at the Holiday Inn Express Brockton

No, I didn’t check in to a 5 star resort, and I didn’t sip champagne from a room service flute.  I did, however, get 6,566 IHG points (worth somewhere around $45.96) on a $130.19 stay.  Still not impressed? That’s ok, I don’t blame you. But there is more to the story….

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Monthly Points Update June 2017

June! Can’t believe we’re half way through the year.  It’s flown by…even though I (sadly) haven’t done that much flying.  Luckily, the summer has a lot of travel coming up:  Austin this month, Denver/South Dakota the next, and Nashville in August.  Meanwhile, I’ve been socking away points and waiting for…

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Transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards to Southwest Rapid Rewards

We’re working on one final hurrah for the Companion Pass – I’m going to snag a few vacation days, and we’ll plan 4 or 5 days in Havana, Cuba sometime around the end of the year!  Obviously, I couldn’t just let the Companion Pass sit there and collect dust.  My…

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Flexible Points for the Win!

I keep meaning to diversify my points. I have a whole pile of American Airlines miles (thanks Citi), plenty of American Express Membership Rewards, United MileagePlus miles, and a smattering of points with Alaska and Virgin America (soon to be combined anyway).  I had a healthy balance of Southwest Rapid Rewards,…

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Investing with Rewards

Hey everyone! You know what I find really interesting? All the stats on this blog, any blog, really.  Come to think of it, I guess I just like statistics!  (Hey, anyone that tells you travel hacking doesn’t attract folks with a geek side…is lying.) It’s not a big blog over…

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Points Update December 2016

Hey everyone! Remember that Keeping Score page I created a while back? I totally understand if you don’t remember.  I realized the page wasn’t entirely useful in its current state.  You see, I update it every month.  That’s great for me, I get to see how far I’ve come.  But…

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Earning Virgin America Miles with AirBnB

I love new partnerships between companies I use! And although this one isn’t new, it’s great.  AirBnB is a fantastic option for lodging while you’re travelling.  Usually the cost comes in low, and it offers a bit more local flair to your journey.  We’ve used AirBnB in Peru, and then…

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First Impressions: Barclaycard Arrival+ World Mastercard

Application Process The Barclaycard Arrival+ application process was the same as any other online credit card application.  I was approved instantly upon completion of the application for a $5,000 credit line.  Not bad I thought, but definitely not as high as a few other cards I’ve had.

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