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Last Chance: Buy Starpoints For 30% Off

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Since early March, Starwood has been offering up to a 30% bonus on the purchase of points. This promotion ends today, April 30, 2017, so if you’ve been holding off, this is your last chance to take advantage of this opportunity.

The bonus is tiered based on how many points you buy in a single transaction, as follows:

— Buy 5,000 – 9,500 Starpoints and save 10%
— Buy 10,000 – 14,500 Starpoints and save 15%
— Buy 15,000 – 19,500 Starpoints and save 20%
— Buy 20,000 – 30,000 Starpoints and save 30%

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Plastiq Says We’ll Love The Changes To Their Referral Program — Are They Right?

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Plastiq is the service that lets you pay bills with a credit card that you otherwise couldn’t. I’ve been using it on and off almost since they launched and have become quite a fan. I’ve used them to pay our mortgage, insurance, electric bill, and property taxes, at one point or another.

There are fees involved, so you really need to crunch your own numbers and decide if it’s a good deal for you. But if you need to meet the minimum spend on a credit card to earn a mega bonus, or can take advantage of one of their various promotions, it really can make sense.

Plastiq also has a nice referral program, which they recently made changes to. But don’t worry, they assured us we’d love the changes. Because we’ve never heard that before.

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Convert Hotel Points Into American Miles And Earn A 25% Bonus

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Between April 28 and June 15, 2017, American is offering a 25% bonus when you convert hotel points into AAdvantage miles.

The bonus can be used for multiple hotel partners, and bonus miles should post to your AAdvantage account within seven business days of when the initial conversion posted to your account. There’s no registration required, so you should be eligible for the bonus as long as you convert points during the promotion period.

The following hotel partners are eligible for this bonus:

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How To Get Value Out Of Today’s Sale On Choice Privileges Points

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Daily Getaways is back this year, which is a five week promotion intended to promote US tourism. It offers opportunities to purchase discounted hotel points and travel packages.

Daily Getaways packages go on sale at 1PM ET every weekday, and the more popular packages sell out very quickly, so you’ll want to be fast, if interested.

Today at 1PM ET you’ll have the opportunity to purchase Choice Privileges points at a discount. Like many of the Daily Getaways offers this is pretty niche, but some will find it worthwhile.

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Full Details Of IHG’s Spring 2017 Accelerate Promotion

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For the most couple of years, most of IHG’s global hotel promotions have been customized. Everyone gets some type of offer, but different members get targeted for different versions of the offer. The logic is that hotel loyal programs want to generate incremental business, so they’d rather try to get you to increase the business you’d otherwise give them, rather than just reward you for stays you’d make anyway.

The past several such promotions have been called “Accelerate,” and IHG is now back with their latest version of the offer. IHG has just announced the details of their latest Accelerate offer, valid for stays between May 15 and August 31, 2017.

You can now go to this page to see your IHG Accelerate offer, and register for it. Do note that some people are getting error messages when following the link, as it seems like they haven’t yet loaded the promotion for everyone. If that’s the case for you, try to access the page in an incognito browser, or otherwise change the “us” in the URL to “gb,” as that seems to do the trick. Otherwise log into your IHG account through the above link, and then you should eventually see the offer.

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Hilton Is Offering Up To Triple Points With Their Next Global Promotion

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Hilton has been doing a fantastic job lately with constantly offering promotions to members. Between February 1 and April 30, 2017, Hilton is offering their “2K Every Day” promotion, through which you can earn 2,000 bonus points per night for all stays. I appreciate just how “no strings attached” the promotion is, as it’s valid for stays at all brands starting with the first stay, and there’s no limit to how many bonus points you can earn.

Well, Hilton has just shared with me the details of their next promotion, which I think a lot of people will like. Between May 1 and August 31, 2017, Hilton will be offering their “Go More Get More” promotion. Through this promotion, Honors members can earn double points on all eligible stays, while Diamond members will earn triple points on all eligible stays.

Hilton has also shared that:

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Today Only: Buy Discounted Avis Car Rentals & Status

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Daily Getaways is back this year, which is a five week promotion intended to promote US tourism. It offers opportunities to purchase discounted hotel points and travel packages.

I’ve shared my initial thoughts on the packages for sale, including the offers for weeks one and two. Daily Getaways packages go on sale at 1PM ET every weekday, and the more popular packages sell out very quickly, so you’ll want to be fast, if interested.

Today at 1PM ET you’ll have the opportunity to purchase discounted Avis rentals and status. Like many of the Daily Getaways offers this is pretty niche, but some will find it worthwhile.

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Alaska Is Offering A Flash Sale On The Purchase Of Miles

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Alaska frequently offers bonuses on purchased miles, typically as high as 40%. Alaska has just announced their latest such promotion, which is more of a flash sale, and it’s different than the ones they’ve offered in the past.

Through May 3, 2017, or “while supplies last,” Alaska Mileage Plan is offering 4,000 bonus miles when you buy 10,000 miles. This offer is only available to the first 2,500 members who take advantage of the promotion. I assume that if the website shows the 4,000 bonus miles when you make the purchase, you’re good to go.

Each member can take advantage of this promotion at most five times. If you purchase 10,000 miles you’ll receive a total of 14,000 miles at a cost of $295.63 including tax, which is a cost of ~2.11 cents per mile. That’s typically as cheap of a cost as you’ll see on the purchase of Alaska miles.

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Now Bookable: 100 IHG Hotels For Just 5,000 Points Per Night!

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IHG Rewards Club’s PointBreaks is traditionally one of the best promotions in the hotel industry. Through this promotion, select hotels are available for just 5,000 points per night. I value IHG points at ~0.5 cents each, so to me that’s the equivalent of booking a hotel stay for ~$25 per night.

Also keep in mind that if you have the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card you get a 10% refund on award redemptions, up to 100,000 points back each year. That means for the first million points you redeem each year you get a 10% discount, so you’d be paying an effective 4,500 points for each PointBreaks night.

IHG’s newest round of PointBreaks hotels is now bookable at the below links (we shared the list on Friday before it became bookable), valid for bookings and stays between April 24 and July 31, 2017. There are 100 hotels participating in this round of PointBreaks, and as of now they’re actually bookable. On the plus side, this is for travel over peak summer dates, which I imagine will interest many. Unfortunately this list is also sort of depressing, so the number of good options are very limited.

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The Cheapest Rate I’ve Ever Seen On Purchased IHG Points

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IHG Rewards Club isn’t my favorite hotel loyalty program, though I do think the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card is the most widely useful hotel credit card, given that it offers an annual free night certificate without category caps, and has among the lowest annual fees of any hotel card.

IHG frequently sells points with a 100% bonus, which is essentially an opportunity to pick them up for as little as 0.575 cents each. Even during Daily Getaways promotions the deals don’t get any better. Daily Getaways offered a promotion on the purchase of IHG points last week, and the lowest cost was ~0.6 cents per point.

However, at the moment it looks like there’s an even cheaper opportunity to pick up IHG points, for just 0.5 cents each. As I’ve written about in the past, one indirect way to buy IHG points is to make a Points + Cash booking and then refund it.

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That Was Quick — Approved For The BA Visa Card!

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A few days ago I applied for the British Airways Visa Signature® Card. At the moment the card has a nice limited time sign-up bonus offering additional Avios for reaching certain spending threshold — at most you can earn 100,000 bonus Avios after spending $20,000 within a year. Even if you don’t want to spend all the way to that threshold, there’s still a ton of value to be had — you can earn 50,000 bonus Avios after spending just $3,000 within three months.

Keep in mind that this is one of the few remaining Chase cards that isn’t subjected to the 5/24 rule, so you’re eligible for this card even if you’ve opened more than five accounts in the past 24 months. Furthermore, you’re eligible for the card as long as you don’t have the card right now, and haven’t earned the new cardmember bonus on the card in the past 24 months.

I had this card years ago back when it was first introduced, though decided to pick it up again, especially as I might find it worthwhile to try and earn the travel together certificate.

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Here Are The 100 IHG Hotels That Will Be Bookable For 5K Points On Monday

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As I posted about yesterday, IHG Rewards Club’s next PointBreaks list will be bookable starting on Monday. PointBreaks is one of IHG’s best promotions, where you can book select hotels for only 5,000 points per night. I value those points at ~0.5 cents each, so to me that’s like booking select hotels for just ~$25 per night.

As you’d expect, for the most part they’re not putting their best hotels on the list, so don’t expect to score the InterContinental Sydney or Paris through this offer. However, they do often have some decent properties on the list, with the best hotels selling out quickest. This upcoming one will probably be especially useful for some, since it covers stay over peak summer dates.

Therefore it’s always worth taking a look at the PointBreaks list before it actually becomes bookable, so that you can potentially plan your travels and book the second the list goes live in Monday.

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Great American Business Class Fares To Hong Kong

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At the moment American has some attractive business class fares for travel to Hong Kong this summer. These aren’t super low fares, or anything, though I think for the right person they have the potential to be very attractive.

American has ~2,400USD roundtrip fares between Vancouver and Hong Kong, which you can route via Los Angeles.

For about $100 more, you can fly via Dallas, on American’s longest flight.

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Today Only: Buy Loews Hotel Stays At A Discount

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Daily Getaways is back this year, which is a five week program intended to promote US tourism. It offers opportunities to purchase discounted hotel points and travel packages.

I’ve shared my initial thoughts on the packages for sale, including the offers for weeks one and two, and also the offers for weeks three through five. Daily Getaways packages go on sale at 1PM ET every weekday, and the more popular packages sell out very quickly, so you’ll want to be fast, if interested.

Today at 1PM ET you’ll have the opportunity to purchase Loews Hotels & Resorts packages at a discount.

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