Travis is my first new contributor to the blog, who will be posting a couple of times per week. The idea behind adding guest contributors is to add different perspectives to the blog. Travis has a unique approach towards travel, given that he travels almost exclusively with his wife and young children, which is in stark contrast to my travels, which are usually alone.
While you may have another two weeks to finish your taxes, you have just over 24 hours to either register for or take advantage of these miles and points opportunities.
Hyatt Promotion Registration
Hyatt has a very rewarding promotion running whereby they are refunding 20% of the points you spend on awards if you have the Hyatt Visa credit card. This applies to points used to book rooms, suites, and even cash & points redemptions for stays through July 31, 2015. You can learn more about the promotion from Ben’s post.
The key is that you have to register for this promotion by March 31, 2015. I sort of thought that just having the credit card was enough and almost forgot to register until this past weekend. Whoops. Hopefully the award stays I already had will qualify for the rebate.
Chase Freedom 5x Q1 Bonus
We’re almost 25% of the way through 2015 which means this is your last chance to earn 5x points in the Q1 Chase Freedom bonus categories — grocery stores, movie theaters, and Starbucks. The bonus is limited to the first $1500 of spend in those categories, so if you haven’t already hit the cap, I suggest buying some grocery store gift cards such that you can time-shift your spend.
When I went shopping over the weekend, I noticed that Albertson’s was conveniently running a promotion where if you bought $100 in select gift cards (iTunes, Google Play, AMC and Regal Theaters, pre-paid Visa and pre-paid Mastercard) you get $10 back on a future purchase. In the case of the pre-paid cards, the $10 bonus would at least cover the fees. Stacking this deal with the 5X category bonus could work out nicely.
How many points have you saved from the Hyatt promo? Did you hit the $1500 Freedom cap yet?