Happy Wednesday 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.
USA TODAY has been running their 10Best Readers’ Choice awards since 2013. Categories run the gamut from cruise ships to romantic dining spots to holiday lights to gifts for road trippers and in 2016, they added categories that reflect airports. We got wind that voting for the airport categories are going on right now, so we wanted to give you a little more info, in case you’d like to vote for your favorites.
One of the unwritten rules of travel hacking is never to leave points or miles on the table. At the minimum, you should earn points for your spending but if you can double or triple dip your spending by stacking offers, you need to do that every time. Not doing so means you didn’t earn miles that you were entitled and that’s just not right.
How is it that I know of a way to earn points with many of my purchases at stores and restaurants but just don’t bother? Because the program (or the phone app associated with it) is just so difficult to work with.
I’m always looking for ways to maximize the number of miles and points I can earn with every purchase I make. Besides using a credit card with the best multiple for that category, I’ll look to see if I can get extra miles by starting out at a shopping portal (For more information about shopping portals, check out our article on how to find out which one is best for each purchase).
Last week, I was excited when I saw several posts and received an email advertising a limited time offer for bonus points for purchases from the Apple Store.
There were several things about this offer that immediately made me happy:
- The usual payout bonus is 1 mile per dollar, so this was a great deal.
- The offer was good for the newly released Apple iPhone and iPad products, which are often excluded from shopping portal bonuses.
- There was an offer of 500 bonus points for purchases over $200.
The only drawback was that this offer was only available through the United MileagePlus shopping portal. While I have no plans to fly with United ever again, there are still uses for MileagePlus points. I logged into the MileagePlus shopping website and clicked through to the Apple Store.
The Thanksgiving weekend sales have already begun and we haven’t even made it to Black Friday, not to mention Cyber Monday yet. I’m sure plenty of you are going to be shopping online over the next few days so I just wanted to remind you to make sure you’re earning the maximum amount of points, miles or cash back on those purchases.
If you don’t know what a shopping portal is or how they work, I’d suggest taking a look at this post I wrote on the subject. Continue reading “The One Thing You Need To Do Before Purchasing Anything Online This Weekend”