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35k Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Offer – Best We Have Seen

Posted By PointStrategist on Credit Cards - The Starwood Preferred Guest Amex is currently offered with the best signing bonus we have seen, 35,000 points for $3,000 of spending in three months. The SPG card historically has been regarded as a staple in the industry, offering great conversions with solid redemption options.  Unlike many other branded hotel cards, the airline benefit is actually quite attractive.  For each 20,000 points you transfer to an airline partner, Starwood adds 5,000 extra points. Rewards 5 points per dollar at participating SPG hotels. 2 Starpoints for which you may be eligible as a Card Member in addition to t

How to Match Rental Car Elite Status

Posted By PointStrategist on Credit Cards - Matching elite status at competing rental car companies is easier than you think and can yield some great benefits (upgrades, lower rates, higher point earn rates, etc).  All you need is proof of membership at a competitor and you’re on your way! Proof of membership typically accepted. Monthly Statement Copy of Welcome Letter Membership Card Typically award status is granted for a trial period of one year but varies by carrier To start a status match, just click on the corresponding link below and follow the instructions. Avis: Matched st

How to Get 100k Citi Prestige Sign Up Bonus

Posted By PointStrategist on Credit Cards - I spend hundred of hours each year scouring the internet looking for extraordinary sign up bonuses.  One of the best ways (and a huge time saver) is by card matching with the individual credit card issuers. This is how I received my 100k sign up bonus for the Citi Prestige card: As with any strategy, maintain a strong credit profile. Card match with Citi Credit Cards: Although my initial matches did not show anything special, two months later I received a targeted offer with a 100,000 sign up bonus of the Citi Pres

Fly American’s A321T Fully Flat Business Class for $99 and First Class for Just $128

Posted By ViewFromTheWing on Credit Cards - American is again flying its premium-configured Airbus A321Ts between New York JFK and Boston. Most days you'll see 3 of 4 flights between the two airports through May 4 operated by this plane. It has fully flat business class and 1-1 seating first class. It's the most luxurious, high-end narrow body aircraft and the best narrowbody plane flying domestically in the U.S. Business class seats are being sold as economy. Anyone booking this flight can reserve business class seats for free even though 'Main Cabin Extra' economy seats are charged. Fully flat business class seats are coded as

Hey NYC… Get 5x Points or 5% Cash Back on Transportation

Posted By PointStrategist on Credit Cards - New York City, cash in on a great opportunity to earn 5x points or 5% cash back on transportation with the Chase Freedom card.  Just follow the steps below. Activate the benefit with Chase: Use your card on the following transportation expenses between January 1 and March 31 Examples: MTA New York City Transit NYC Yellow Cab Uber Local commuter ferry tickets and many more That’s it! This benefit is not exclusive to just NYC, but is valid for transportation costs across the US.  For a full list of eligibile charges goto: https://creditcards.

Best Credit Card Offer of December

Posted By PointStrategist on Credit Cards - There are a wide array of credit card offers going into year end.  The one that we particularly like is the Chase Sapphire Preferred with a 50,000 point sign-up bonus.  We value this bonus at $625-$1500. Why we like it: Great sign up bonus for this card 10,000 more introductory points than the standard offering. This card is a staple and one of the few we hold year after year due to its solid earning categories. 2x points at restaurants and all travel Excellent conversion options Transfer at a 1 to 1 ratio to a variety of partners (great way to get maximum value for your points) British Airwa

2016 American Airlines AAdvantage Award Chart Changes

Posted By PointStrategist on In the News - There are quite a few changes coming to the Americans Airlines AAdvantage program on March 22, 2016.  In this article, we’re going to focus on the American Airlines AAdvantage award chart. The good: American has added a short haul reward (less than 500 miles). Redemptions in the Main Cabin and Business/First will be 40% less. US domestic flight conversions remain unchanged. Flights to the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America will be 14%-17% lower (in two cabin aircraft). The Bad: In a three cabin aircraft, First Class seats cost 41% additional miles on average than in 2015. Trips to C

4 Bad Transfer Partners for American Express Membership Rewards

Posted By FrugalTravelGuy on Credit Cards - I’ve covered some of the best transfer partners with American Express Membership Rewards, and while it is important to know how to get the best value from your points, it’s equally important to know which programs to avoid, and why. The transfer partners mentioned below aren’t indicators of them being a sub-par airline or hotel […]