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I Just Bought 264,000 LifeMiles

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Through today, Avianca’s LifeMiles program is offering a special bonus on purchased miles. For readers of OMAAT, that bonus is up to 140%, which is an opportunity to acquire LifeMiles for as little as 1.375 cents each. The real out of pocket is even lower than that, given that buying LifeMiles typically qualifies as an airfare purchase, and therefore you can earn 3-5x points on some credit cards for your purchase.

The LifeMiles program isn’t perfect. There are certainly some downsides to the program, but I still find it to be one of the most practical programs for booking last minute premium cabin awards.

For example, last year I redeemed a few hundred thousand LifeMiles, including for travel in ANA first class, Lufthansa first class, etc. At a cost of 1.375 cents per mile, it’s tough to go wrong.

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Last Day For Two Great Citi American Card Sign-Up Bonuses

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Since early December, Citi has officially increased the sign-up bonuses on the American AAdvantage co-brand credit cards. I’m told that the increased offers will be pulled tomorrow, so if you’re interested you’ll want to apply within the next 24 hours. As a reminder, here’s what you need to know about these offers:

Between these two cards you can earn up to 100,000 AAdvantage bonus miles, which is pretty great. The details are as follows:

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Great Promotion For New JetBlue TrueBlue Members

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JetBlue’s TrueBlue program has a nice promotion at the moment for new members. Those who aren’t yet members of the TrueBlue program can earn 5,000 bonus points if they register, book, and fly by April 16, 2017.

Enrollment and registration is required prior to booking, and either a one-way or roundtrip flight will qualify for this promotion. Bonus points should be posted to your account within 4-6 weeks of the end of the promotion.

Personally I value TrueBlue points at ~1.4 cents each, which means I value those 5,000 points at ~$70. In many cases that’s more than the cost of a one-way ticket, meaning the value of the points you earn can exceed the cost of the ticket. TrueBlue is a revenue based program, meaning the number of points required for a ticket is directly correlated to how much it would cost in cash.

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Last Chance: Register To Buy LifeMiles With A 140% Bonus

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As I first wrote about a week ago, Avianca’s LifeMiles program is offering a special bonus on purchased miles for readers of OMAAT. This bonus offers up to 15% more bonus miles than what LifeMiles is offering publicly. If you max out this promotion, this is potentially an opportunity to buy LifeMiles for ~1.375 cents each, which is an exceptional value.

Depending on which credit card you use to buy miles, it gets even better than that. The Platinum Card® from American Express offers 5x points on airfare, and anecdotally buying LifeMiles qualifies as airfare for the purposes of the card. I value those points at ~1.7 cents each, meaning you’re getting a return on spend of ~8.5%. If you’re going to instead view that value as a discount, that means you’re really paying ~1.25 cents per mile.

If you’re even considering taking advantage of this offer, today (Monday, February 27, 2017) is the last day to register. To register for the promotion, visit this page and enter your LifeMiles number.

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10 Best Credit Card Offers For February

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Every month I make a post with what I consider to be the best credit card sign-up bonuses of the month.

While there are several excellent long standing credit card offers, the specifics of the best offers are constantly changing (be it the annual fee, minimum spend requirement, or even amount of the sign-up bonus).

If you read my blog on a daily basis then by all means skip this post, but for me it’s a useful, “current” place to refer people who ask about which cards they should sign-up for, a question I get on a daily basis.

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10% Cashback At Restaurants With New Amex Sign-Up Bonuses

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Amex has just announced increased sign-up bonuses on the Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express and Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express, which are two of their best personal cashback credit cards. These increased bonuses are valid through May 3, 2017, with the following details:

Blue Cash Everyday Card — no annual fee
— $100 cashback after you spend $1,000 in purchases within the first three months
— Up to $200 cashback when you apply by May 3, 2017, by getting 10% back at U.S. restaurants within the first six months

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Earn Miles (Or Make Money) For Rent & Mortgage Payments

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Plastiq is a good way to pay bills with a credit card that you otherwise couldn’t. This lets you earn miles and points while paying your rent, mortgage, insurance, electric bill, property taxes, or a variety of other bills for which the provider doesn’t accept credit cards.

I’ve been using the Plastiq service on and off for the past year or so and have had a really good experience overall. There are fees involved, of course, so you need to make a conscious decision as to whether to use Plastiq based on your own personal value of the miles and points you’ll be earning.

That said, Plastiq has an offer out now that could make the decision to pay your rent or mortgage a little easier depending on your situation.

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Amazing Deal: $8.62 Off $50+ Purchase At Amazon Today

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I’m sure I’m not the only one who uses Amazon to buy just about everything. So a discount on Amazon is about the same as free money to me.

Well, today only Amazon is offering a discount of $8.62 off an order of $50 or more when using promotion code BIGTHANKS at checkout. Apparently this promotion is intended to celebrate their 86.27 score in a reputation ranking poll, which is an 18 year high.

This is an opportunity to get a ~17% discount on a $50 purchase today, which I’d consider to be pretty darn good, given that you can buy just about anything on Amazon.

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Last Chance For A Great Increased Sign-Up Bonus

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For a couple of months now The Blue for Business® Credit Card from American Express has offered an excellent increased sign-up bonus. This is actually a card that wasn’t ever on my radar, though I recently uncovered just how rewarding it is, and applied for it myself.

Anyway, the card’s increased sign-up bonus expires tomorrow, February 22, 2017. So if you haven’t yet applied for this card, you really should consider doing so.

Why? First of all, the card offers a sign-up bonus of up to an incremental 64,600 Membership Rewards points. That comes in the following form:

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Special LifeMiles Promo For OMAAT Readers: Buy Miles With A 140% Bonus

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As I first wrote about last week, Avianca’s LifeMiles program is offering a 125-135% bonus on purchased miles. This is a fantastic opportunity to pick up miles that can be redeemed for first & business class tickets on Star Alliance airlines.

I’m happy to share that LifeMiles is offering a special increased bonus on purchased LifeMiles for readers of OMAAT. Readers can receive an additional bonus when buying LifeMiles over the next week, meaning you can earn up to a 140% bonus on purchased miles.

Here’s what the bonus chart looks like for OMAAT readers who register:

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New 40% Bonus On Alaska Mileage Plan Miles

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Through April 6, 2017, Alaska Mileage Plan is offering up to a 40% bonus on purchased miles.

Sometimes Alaska offers several mystery targeted offers, where different accounts are targeted for different bonuses. This promo seems to be the same for everyone, and the more miles you purchase the higher your bonus percentage.

• 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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Great Deal: Cheap Singapore Airlines Business Class Tickets To Asia & Europe

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Singapore Airlines is known for having one of the best business class products in the world. However, they also generally have fairly expensive fares, given how good their product is.

Well, at the moment Singapore Airlines has an incredible business class fare sale, valid for travel originating in the U.S. Through this fare sale you can book roundtrip business class tickets for just under $2,000 roundtrip.

The basic details are as follows:

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Up To 110k Bonus Points For Referring Friends To The SPG Amex!

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Yesterday I wrote about the increased sign-up bonuses on the Starwood American Express, which is the biggest bonus we’ve ever seen on the card. The details of the offer are as follows:

• For the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express, earn 25,000 Starpoints after spending $3,000 within three months, plus an additional 10,000 Starpoints after spending another $2,000 within six months; $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95
• For the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express, earn 25,000 Starpoints after spending $5,000 within three months, plus an additional 10,000 Starpoints after spending another $3,000 within six months; $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95

The standard sign-up bonus offers up to 25,000 bonus Starpoints, while historically they’ve had a promotion once a year offering up to 30,000 bonus Starpoints. So this is a further 5,000 Starpoints above the best offer we previously ever saw.

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Starwood Luxury Privileges: Latest Updates As Of Feb 2017

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Back when I became a full time travel advisor, I wrote about one of Starwood’s best kept secrets — the Luxury Privileges program. For a quick recap, you can read in detail about the program and how it works here.

Since first writing about the program in June 2016, new hotels have opened and the perks and free night promotions for the program have changed, so I want to post an updated list of the participating hotels and their amenities available through the program as of February 17, 2017. You can also always find an updated list published by Starwood here.

It’s important to note that the Luxury Privileges rate is its own independent rate and while generally the same or close to the flexible rate, it is not always the same. The Luxury Privileges rate must also be booked by an affiliated travel advisor and cannot be booked directly by guests.

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