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Retail stores aren’t the only ones vying for your business this holiday season. Airline, hotel and credit card programs are all offering tons of bonuses and discounts. Just like with retail “deals”, sometimes it’s hard to know if it’s really a good deal or just an offer to suck you in! (more…)
It’s getting close to the end of the year, and it’s a great time to go over your mileage and credit card accounts. You want to make sure you have reached your minimum spending requirements and to make sure you have been credited all points due to you. You’ll also want to make sure you don’t have any award points expiring. There are ways to keep points from expiring so make sure you check out the facts so you don’t lose them!
As usual, The Points Guy has pored over all of the current bonus offers and compiled a list of the best cards for October. The list usually doesn’t change much from month to month, but it’s always good to know when one of the cards offers a bigger bonus or adds more perks!
The best cards this month are:
For more details on each card, read more.
It might seem like a good idea to share your rewards credit card with your spouse or other family member. After all, two can spend more quickly than one, thus earning more points more quickly, right? Not always! When you factor in the sign-up bonus, it makes more sense for each family member to get his or her own card. With bonuses of 40,000 to 80,000 points or more, it would take a lot of time and spending to accumulate that many points on one card. However, keep in mind that each card has a minimum spend before you can actually get the bonus points. So if your monthly expenses won’t get you to the minimum spend by yourself, you would definitely want to consider adding an authorized user.
Thinking of making a trip to Vienna, Austria this summer? You may never have a better opportunity than this! For an exclusive time, United Airlines is offering MileagePlus members the ability to earn double miles on nonstop direct flights from New York/Newark (EWR) and Vienna, Austria (VIE). Hurry because the offer ends September 30th. To learn more about this exciting offer, check out this article from frequentflier.com or read up on the terms and conditions to make sure you qualify, here.
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With so many different types of travel rewards programs today, it can be tempting to choose just one for simplicity’s sake. However, this may not be the best strategy. According to this article from The Points Guy, diversifying your rewards program portfolio, just like you would your investments, is a great way to maximize the flexibility of your points.
The Points Guy received a question about the value of collecting hotel points instead of airline miles in the wake of many airlines devaluing their rewards. His answer states that instead of focusing solely on one or the other, travelers should instead enroll in programs with points that are transferrable between hotels and airlines. This way, members can choose to redeem their points for flights or lodging, whichever would be most valuable to them at any given time. Having flexibility with rewards programs also allows members to avoid being hurt by point devaluations from either airlines or hotels.
There are many credit cards that allow points to be transferred between hotel and airline partners, including:
Find out which flyer miles and credit card points strategy is best for you and contact us today!
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NerdWallet.com does a great job consolidating all the airline credit card offers this year. We especially like the table at the bottom of the post. We agree with them that the Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard is one of the best in the market today. Let us know if you ever have points you want to sell.
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