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IHG Rewards Club Announces 2017 Spring Bonus Promotion

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Well, spring hotel promotion season is now in full swing, as we’ve learned about the promotions being offered by Club Carlson, Hilton Honors, and World of Hyatt. IHG Rewards Club has just opened registration for their latest promotion. Like their past several promotions, this one also has customized offers, so different members will be targeted for different offers.

IHG’s newest promotion is valid for stays between April 16 and May 15, 2017, and is valid for IHG Rewards Club members with accounts registered in the Americas. Furthermore, those with the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card are eligible to earn 5,000 additional bonus points through this offer. You can visit this link to see your offer and register.

My version of the offer is for 8,000 bonus points (3,000 points, plus 5,000 points for using the IHG Card) after staying two nights during the promotion period. Here’s how it’s described:

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Club Carlson Is Offering Triple Points On Hotel Stays This Spring


Club Carlson has just announced their spring promotion for 2017, which offers triple points all nights of the week, plus 5,000 bonus points for stays on certain days of the week. The promotion is valid for stays between April 3 and June 30, 2017.

Through this promotion:

— You earn an additional 40 points per dollar spent on all stays, though you’re capped at earning a total of 100,000 bonus points during the promotion period
— If you stay a Sunday and Monday night you earn 5,000 bonus points (in Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Libya, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, Saturday and Sunday nights are eligible for this part of the promotion) — you can earn up to 10,000 bonus points through this portion of the promotion, and no more than 100,000 points through the promotion as a whole

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Preview Now Available For 2017 Daily Getaways Packages


Daily Getaways is a promotion sponsored by the U.S. Travel Association, which has been offered the past several years as a way of encouraging U.S. tourism. The promotion has consisted of all kinds of travel packages, including offers on car rentals, hotel stays, loyalty program points, and theme park admission. Here’s an example of some of the 2016 travel packages.

About a month ago we learned that Daily Getaways will be returning in 2017 — the packages will go live starting next Monday, April 10, 2017.

Well, Daily Getaways has now released previews for their first two weeks of 2017 packages, and we should soon learn about the packages for the other three weeks.

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You Can Now Earn 5x Points At Grocery Stores And Drugstores


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 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.

For the first quarter (up until yesterday), Chase was offering 5x points on gas stations and local commuter transportation purchases.

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Air France FlyingBlue’s April 2017 Promo Awards

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One of the best uses of Air France/KLM FlyingBlue miles is booking their Promo Awards.

FlyingBlue publishes these every month, and they offer 20-50% off select award tickets on Air France and KLM metal.

Back in the day Promo Awards would consistently be for 50% off and would have a good number of options in business class, though unfortunately they’ve devalued the promotion somewhat since then, and the discounts are now pretty consistently for 25% off. That’s still good, just not as good.

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American AAdvantage Is Offering Bonus Miles For Flights To Asia


American has just announced a promotion offering bonus miles for travel to Asia, which is very similar to a promotion they offered last fall. It’s better than nothing, but also certainly not lucrative enough to switch any business to American.

Through this promotion you can earn up to 30,000 bonus miles after two roundtrip flights, depending on your fare class. Here are the basic details:

— Registration is required between March 30 and May 31, 2017, using promotion code ASM17
— Valid for flights booked and taken between March 30 and May 31, 2017
— Valid for nonstop travel to Beijing, Hong Kong, Osaka, Shanghai, Tokyo Haneda, and Tokyo Narita, on American marketed flights operated by either American or Japan Airlines

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Big New 60K Point Sign-Up Bonus On The Amex Platinum Card


The Platinum Card® from American Express is being relaunched today with several changes, and one of those is a big new sign-up bonus.

The Amex Platinum Card is now offering a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Membership Rewards points after making $5,000 in purchases within the first three months.

That bonus is 50% bigger than the previous bonus, which offered 40,000 points upon completing minimum spend. This is the new standard sign-up bonus, which is great to see.

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Delta Promo: 1,000 Bonus Miles For Each New Partner Activity


Delta has a fun promotion offering 1,000 bonus miles for each new SkyMiles partner you earn miles with between March 24 and June 30, 2017. Those dates are based on the reported activity date by the partner.

By “new partner” they don’t actually mean that you’ve never used that partner before, but rather that you didn’t have any activity with that specific partner between March 24, 2016, and March 23, 2017.

Registration is required, and all SkyMiles members outside the APAC region should be eligible for the offer. It can take up to 60 days from the transaction for eligible bonus miles to post.

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INSANE DEAL: $770 Roundtrip Business Class Tickets From Bangkok To Toronto


While this won’t be useful to everyone, this is an insanely good deal that I can’t not share. Per this FlyerTalk thread, Ethiopian has published some crazy low business class fares from Bangkok to Toronto. You can fly roundtrip refundable business class for $770 (select “Cloud 9 Deluxe” rather than “Cloud 9 Restricted,” since it’s only marginally more but gives you a lot more flexibility).

This is bookable directly on Ethiopian’s website, which is the best place to search, since not all availability shows up on Google Flights.

The total roundtrip fare is 26470THB.

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World Of Hyatt Promotion: Earn Double Points Through June 30, 2017


Last October we first learned about World of Hyatt, which replaced Hyatt Gold Passport as Hyatt’s loyalty program. The program kicked in as of March 1, 2017, and has gotten a mixed response.

Well, the first World of Hyatt promotion has just been announced, which is called “Double Points for Being You.”

Through this promotion, World of Hyatt members can earn double base points for all stays between April 1 and June 30, 2017, starting with the second stay. Here’s what Jeff Zidell, SVP of World of Hyatt had to say about the promotion:

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Great Deal: Iberia Is Offering 25% Off Award Redemptions

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Iberia Plus is celebrating their 25th anniversary, and they have a great promotion as a result. While we’ve seen some targeted Iberia Avios promotions in the past that offer discounts for select routes, this is the most widely available promotion I’ve seen from them yet.

Iberia is offering 25% off award tickets that are booked by April 11, 2017. There are a few further restrictions:

— Valid for travel through June 15, 2017, or for travel between October 1 and December 15, 2017
— Valid for travel exclusively on Iberia flights, though in all classes of service
— Only valid for travel on off-peak dates

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A Great Hotel Credit Card Has An Even Better Sign-Up Bonus


The Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card is offering the biggest sign-up bonus I ever recall seeing on this card, allowing you to earn up to 107,500 points upon completing minimum spend and adding an authorized user.

Under this new offer on the Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card, you can earn:

— 100,000 Marriott Rewards bonus points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening
— 7,500 bonus points when you add your first authorized user and they make a purchase within three months

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10 Best Credit Card Offers For March


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


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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