Earn Extra Points When Staying at This Hotel Chain

Hotel promotions are a great way to increase your point balances and they don’t require you to pay with a certain credit card (or any credit card) to take advantage of them. Hotel programs are already the most generous about rewarding points, with several chains rewarding up to 10 points per dollar spent for their base members. If you’re lucky enough to be staying at a hotel during one of these promotions, your balances can start to pile up quickly.

Starting on August 1st, you can earn double or triple points for stays at Holiday Inn Express hotels – here’s how to sign up.

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How To Get the Most Reward Points When Buying Amusement Park Tickets

It’s well into summer vacation season and that may mean it’s time to make a trip to your local amusement or water park, or it may be the time of year you pack up the family and head to Walt Disney World for the week. Finding discounts for some places can be easy, such as saving on admission for Six Flags parks by bringing a Coke can (They’ve been doing this promotion since I was a kid). Finding discounts for the Disney parks can be much more difficult and here are some hints of where to look (and where not to).

Wherever you decide to go, you can also maximize the points you earn for the tickets by paying with the right credit card. Here’s how:

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JetBlue is Offering to Match Your Status From Another Airline AND Is Offering Everyone a Challenge to Earn/Extend Their Membership

I’ve said before how I like not being loyal to any one airline. It allows me to pick out the best price for the flight that best fits my schedule on an airline I’m willing to fly on. That being said, if you happen to fly enough to have status on an airline, another airline will occasionally match that status to give you incentive to leave your preferred airline and give them a try.

Case in point, here’s an email I just received from JetBlue the other day:
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How You Can Earn Airline Miles By Driving

If you’re flying to a vacation destination, one of your first stop after the bathroom and baggage claim might be the rental car counter. I hope you used the tips I listed in in this article and got a good price on that car. But what you might not have known is that you can also earn airline miles for most car rentals. Here’s how…  Continue reading “How You Can Earn Airline Miles By Driving”

Act Now If You Want Two Free Nights at a Swanky Hyatt Hotel

NOTE: The offer for two free nights is no longer available. Clicking on the link will take you to the current public offer.

News started to filter out this week that Chase was going to change the sign up bonus for the Hyatt Credit Card. The current offer is:

Earn 2 free nights at any Hyatt hotel or resort worldwide after you spend $2,000 on purchases with the Hyatt Credit Card in the first 3 months from account opening.

Before applying, remember the following disclaimer:

This product is not available to either (i) current cardmembers of this credit card, or (ii) previous cardmembers of this credit card who received a new cardmember bonus for this credit card within the last 24 months.

This sign up bonus is extremely valuable because it’s good at any Hyatt. You can read posts online of how people have stayed at the Park Hyatt in Sydney (it overlooks the Sydney Opera House), or the Park Hyatt Tokyo (it was featured in the film “Lost in Translation”) or the mega-Instagrammable Park Hyatt Maldives. You know, that place with those bungalows that stretch out into the never-ending blue sea.

If you were dreaming of a trip like that, you need to act NOW!!!!

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Don’t let your miles expire (like I did)

I’m pretty obsessive about keeping track of my account balances. Ok, I’m very obsessive about it [edit by Sharon: Yes. Yes, he is 😉]. I’ve written about how I use the website AwardWallet to keep all of our accounts in line. If you haven’t signed up yet, here’s a referral link that I’d appreciate if you use (full disclosure: I may get a bonus if you sign up with my referral link). One of the best functions of the website is they’ll send you an email alert when you have accounts that are about to go inactive. That is, except for when they don’t send an alert because they don’t know the account details – but that’s not their fault. For example,

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