“Surprise Gift” In Hotel Room, What To Do About Unfair Rental Car Fee, How To Tell If Redemption Is Good, & More!

Happy Sunday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.

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Is Chase Giving Better Rewards To Less Expensive Cards?

I use shopping portals to get miles for things I’d be buying anyway. Portals are websites that you click through to get to other websites. When shopping through a portal, you can get different types of bonuses. There are cashback portals, like Ebates, which pay you a percentage of your purchase, whereas airlines and hotels run portals that pay you back in miles or points in their respective programs. Credit cards also have shopping portals, where you can earn points in the corresponding rewards programs like Chase Ultimate Rewards.

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I love earning Ultimate Rewards points that are worth at least 1.5 cents each for things I’m buying anyway

There are dozens of these portals out there, so I like to check several of them before making any purchase online. My favorite site to check the current payout rates is Cashback Monitor. This website keeps up to date listings of the amount that each shopping portal will pay for a specific website.

Anyway, I wanted to purchase a deal I saw on Groupon. I know there are usually great deals for purchases with Groupon on varying shopping portals and was happy to see that Chase had a high payout…

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What Happened To Ebates?

Ebates was our go-to cash portal for online shopping. Sure, there were other websites that might offer 1-2% more cash back but for most of our purchases, it’s not worth it for the extra dollar or two to worry about opening up and keeping track of another cashback website.

But if you go to www.ebates.com nowadays, you’ll no longer end up on the Ebates site.

Instead, you’ll end up here.

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Delta SkyMiles Teams Up With Ticketmaster

Seemingly out of the blue, I very recently received an email from Delta informing me of their new partnership with Ticketmaster. If you purchase your tickets on Ticketmaster by going through the Delta portal, you’ll receive 1 SkyMile per dollar spent. As a special bonus to celebrate the new partnership, you’ll earn 3 SkyMiles per dollar spent until August 31, 2019.

You have to give Delta some credit. While on one hand they’ve eliminated reward charts and raised prices for awards on their own flights and on partners, they’ve also offered flash sales for award redemptions, higher sign up bonuses for their co-brand credit cards and are now offering a way to earn points that’s different from any other program. They’re at least trying to give the appearance that there’s some value to be had in the program. Your Mileage May Vary as to whether you believe that to be true or not.

To take advantage of this offer, you need to start your ticket purchases on this website:

https://www.deltaticketmaster.com/

While I had given up on SkyMiles, they always end up offering just enough to get me interested again.

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Perk For Delta AMEX Cardholders, WDW Closes Loophole, Extending Clear Membership & More

Happy Sunday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.

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