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Join Alaska Mileage Plan And Earn 5,000 Bonus Miles After Your First Flight

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Earlier in the year, Alaska offered 10,000 bonus miles to anyone who had both an Alaska Mileage Plan and Virgin America Elevate account, and then linked them. While Virgin America Elevate won’t cease to exist until early 2018, they already want as many people as possible to link their accounts.

Well, for those of you who aren’t members of Alaska Mileage Plan, they have a pretty great new member bonus at the moment. You can earn 5,000 bonus Mileage Plan miles if you enroll using this link between March 23 and April 30, 2017, and complete an Alaska or Virgin America flight by September 30, 2017.

To qualify, the member must book a ticket eligible for earning Mileage Plan miles, and must credit it to their Mileage Plan account. You can receive the bonus a maximum of one time, and it’s not valid with any other Mileage Plan enrollment bonus.

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Which Limited Time Hilton Honors Amex Bonus Is Best?

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Yesterday American Express unveiled two fantastic, “best ever” sign-up bonuses on their co-branded Hilton cards.

The Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express is offering 80,000 Hilton Honors bonus points after spending $2,000 in purchases within the first three months, and has no annual fee.

Meanwhile the Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express is offering 100,000 Hilton Honors bonus points after spending $3,000 in purchases within the first three months. You also get a free weekend night valid at any Hilton Honors hotel on your first cardmember anniversary. The card has a $75 annual fee.

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Great Deal: $1,300 Roundtrip Business Class From New York To Paris

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La Compagnie is the all business class transatlantic airline that started flying in mid-2014. They operate flights between Newark and Paris using Boeing 757 aircraft. I reviewed La Compagnie back when they first launched operations a few years ago. They also briefly flew between New York and London, though ended up canceling that route.

While La Compagnie doesn’t have the best business class product, I have to give them credit for offering exceptionally good value. They consistently have more attractive business class fares than what’s offered by any other airline in the market.

But it gets even better than that. La Compagnie has just announced a fare sale for travel this summer, which they’re calling the “French Summer Offer.”

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3 Opportunities To Buy Points With Big Bonuses

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While I’ve written about these deals individually, I think it’s worth posting a reminder that three loyalty programs are offering a pretty compelling bonus on purchased points at the moment. In no particular order:

At the moment Alaska is offering up to a 40% bonus on purchased miles. The bonus is tiered, and the bonus you receive is based on how many miles you buy, as follows:

— Buy 10,000 – 19,000 miles = 20% bonus
— Buy 20,000 – 39,000 miles = 30% bonus
— Buy 40,000 – 60,000 miles = 40% bonus

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Don’t Forget About This Great Cashback Card With A 50K Point Sign-Up Bonus

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Since last September, there has been a 50,000 point sign-up bonus on the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®. This is the highest ever bonus we’ve seen on the card, and is 25% higher than the bonus was previously.

It’s my understanding that the bonus was originally only supposed to be around for a few months, though it looks like it has stuck around for a lot longer, as it’s still going strong six months later. So I figured I’d post a reminder about the bonus for anyone planning on applying for credit cards soon, since it has been months since I’ve written about it.

The Barclaycard Arrival Plus is one of the all around most compelling cashback cards out there. It’s offering a sign-up bonus of 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 90 days. On top of that, the card’s $89 annual fee is waived the first year.

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Should You Buy Hilton Honors Points With A 100% Bonus?

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Through May 3, 2017, Hilton Honors is offering up to a 100% bonus on purchased points. This bonus kicks in as long as you purchase at least 5,000 points in one transaction. While Hilton has offered a 100% bonus on purchased points in the past, 5,000 points is one of the lowest thresholds we’ve seen for the full bonus to kick in, which is great.

The cost to purchase points with Hilton is ordinarily one cent per point (including tax), so with the 100% bonus you’re able to pick up Honors points for 0.5 cents each.

You can purchase a maximum of 80,000 Hoonors points before any bonuses per account per calendar year, meaning you can max out the promotion by buying a total of 160,000 points (including the bonus) for $800.

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Limited Time: Earn Double Plastiq Referral Credits

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I’ve been using Plastiq for quite a while to occasionally pay bills with a credit card that I otherwise could not. I’ve used them to pay our mortgage, insurance, electric bill, and property taxes, all bills that I used to grumble about not being able to earn miles and points for.

There are fees involved, of course, so I don’t always use Plastiq, but there are plenty of times where it can really make sense. Like if you need to meet the minimum spend requirement on a newly acquired credit card, for example. At any rate, you need to make a conscious decision and crunch your own numbers to see if it’s a good deal.

Plastiq also has a nice referral program. And for a limited time, it’s even better. But first, let’s review how it works.

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Register To Earn 5x Points At Grocery Stores And Drugstores

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The Chase Freedom is one of my favorite no annual fee credit cards, as it offers 5x points in rotating quarterly categories, for up to $1,500 of spend per quarter. Most people use this as a cashback card, meaning the 5x points really translates into 5% cashback in these categories.

The best part is that in conjunction with cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card or Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card, points earned on this card can be converted into “premium” Ultimate Rewards points, and be transferred to the Ultimate Rewards airline and hotel partners. Since I value one Ultimate Rewards point at significantly more than one cent, that’s my preferred use of those points.

Through March 31, 2017, Chase is offering 5x points on gas station and local commuter transportation purchases. However, registration for that category closed yesterday.

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Transfer Hotel Points To Aeroplan And Get A 30% Bonus

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A few times per year Aeroplan offers a bonus when you convert hotel points into miles (most recently they offered one last November, and prior to that in August). Well, Aeroplan has just announced their latest bonus, and some might find it to be valuable.

You can earn up to a 30% bonus if you convert hotel points into Aeroplan miles between March 13 and April 17, 2017.

With this promotion, Aeroplan is offering tiered bonuses on transferred points, with the percentage bonus varying based on how many points you convert, as follows:

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Delta Flash Sale: Save On Award Tickets To Europe ThIs Summer

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Delta SkyMiles has announced a great award sale for travel between the U.S. and Europe. The promotion is valid for travel in both business class and economy class, so it’s a great way to snag a discounted award ticket to Europe this summer and fall.

Through this promotion, roundtrip economy class awards start at just 50,000 miles, while roundtrip business class awards start at just 110,000 miles.

The major terms of the promotion are as follows:

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Last Chance: Register To Earn 5x Points On Uber, Lyft, Gas Stations, Etc.

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The Chase Freedom is one of my favorite no annual fee credit cards, as it offers 5x points in rotating quarterly categories, for up to $1,500 of spend per quarter. Most people use this as a cashback card, meaning the 5x points really translates into 5% cashback in these categories.

The best part is that in conjunction with cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card or Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card, points earned on this card can be converted into “premium” Ultimate Rewards points, and be transferred to the Ultimate Rewards airline and hotel partners. Since I value one Ultimate Rewards point at significantly more than one cent, that’s my preferred use of those points.

From January 1 through March 31, 2017, Chase is offering 5x points on gas stations and local commuter transportation.

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~$1,100 Roundtrip Qatar Airways Business Class Fares From Cairo To The US!

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Qatar Airways consistently has great business class fares, especially for travel to the US (unfortunately the same can’t consistently be said for tickets originating in the US, though there are exceptions).

Cheap business class fares on Qatar Airways are a great way to rack up American AAdvantage miles, and even a great way to get accelerated earning towards American’s elite qualifying dollar requirement.

The market with the most consistently excellent Qatar Airways fares is Cairo, and Qatar Airways is back with some of the best fares I’ve ever seen out of Cairo.

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Great United Business Class Fares To China — Fly Roundtrip For $1,700

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With airline loyalty programs significantly less rewarding than they were a few years back, the good news is that discounted premium cabin fares are also cheaper than they used to be. So rather than being blindly loyal to an airline and dealing with the hassle of miles, nowadays when the price is right it can often make sense to just outright purchase the business class ticket you want.

That’s why I also think it’s worth pointing out great business class fares when I come across them. The past few years we’ve seen tons of sub-$2,000 roundtrip business class fares to Asia, and at the moment we’re seeing an especially good fare on United out of Toronto.

In general we’ve been seeing great transpacific airfare out of Canada, at least when priced in USD. Given that positioning to Toronto is quite easy from the east coast and midwest, this is a great opportunity to save a ton on the cost of airfare.

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