End of the Year Account Auditing

posted by November 5, 2015

2015It’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!

  • Check your elite-qualifying mile (and dollar) progress
  • Check your elite-qualifying night and stay progress
  • Do an audit of your accounts to make sure you received the points and miles you earned
  • Plan your spending to meet the sign-up bonus on the Southwest Credit Card in early January
  • Meet minimum spending to earn calendar-year threshold bonuses
  • Consider purchasing miles if you have excess cash to spend
  • Consider utilizing a status match

You can get more information from The Points Guy in this article and other articles on his website.

 

 

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Top Ten Rewards Credit Cards for October

posted by October 8, 2015

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:

  • Ink Plus Business Card from Chase
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred
  • British Airways Visa
  • Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard
  • Citi Prestige
  • Platinum Card from American Express
  • Citi ThankYou Premier
  • Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier
  • Citi Hilton Honors Reserve
  • Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa

For more details on each card, read more.

 

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Sharing a Rewards Credit Card vs. Having Individual Cards

posted by October 1, 2015

sharing milesIt 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.

For details on the pros and cons of sharing a card or getting your own, check out this article from The Points Guy.

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Who Wouldn’t Want 5 Points or 5% Back for Every Dollar Spent?

posted by August 25, 2014

Get 5% back on every purchase!Get the most “bang for your buck”!

 

Tired of only earning 1 or 2 points or percent back on purchases? Different cards return a number of dissimilarly-valued rewards based on what and where you’re buying, card limits, rewards program, minimum spend, to name a few variants.
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Link A Corporate Card to Your Amex Membership Rewards

posted by August 11, 2014

American Express Corporate CardWhat could be better than getting miles and points for free?

 

Believe it or not, there are a variety of corporate American Express cards that allow you, barring your company’s internal travel policies, to link your corporate Amex Card to your personal Membership Rewards card(s) for only $95 a year.
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Dining Rewards Programs – Simply Sign Up and Earn Bonus Miles!

posted by June 9, 2014

Looking for a little extra cash this summer?

Beach in Paradise

Check out these amazing Rewards Programs and their sign-up bonuses and start earning extra miles at participating restaurants and bars across the globe!

A few highlights:

  • United: from 500 to 3,000 Free MileagePlus Miles for dining at 5 restaurants (no minimum!)
  • US Airways: 2,000 Miles when you sign up and spend $30 at a participating restaurant or bar, then review it within 30 days
  • American: 2,000 AAdvantage bonus points after spending $30 at a participating location, reviewing it, and then opt-in to receive mail notifications
  • Delta: 2,000 SkyMiles after enrolling in the dining program by the end of the year and then completing the requirements above (same as American)
  • Hilton: 1,000 HHonors just for signing up for Hilton HHonors Dining, plus an additional 8 Bonus Points for every dollar spent at your favorite bar, restaurant or even club!

 

Don’t hesitate, many programs have deadlines for when you need to sign up by, check them out today!

 

Photo source: Blairrewards via Flickr, CC 2.0

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Advanced Strategies for Earning Rewards Points

posted by May 30, 2014

Advanced Earning StrategiesThere are many well-known ways to earn airline rewards points, like using your credit card at certain restaurants, staying at particular hotels, and shopping at specific online websites, but if you’ve outgrown these basic strategies, it may be time for you to look into more advanced earning methods.

One example of an expert technique offered by The Frugal Travel Guy is to purchase a gift card at a retailer offering a high or bonus amount of reward points and then to use the gift card to buy whatever item you actually want to buy at a different retailer. He explains that instead of just paying for a coffee at Starbucks with his credit card, he would go to Staples and buy a Starbucks gift card with his Ink Bold card before heading over to Starbucks to use the gift card on the coffee. This way, he wound up earning 5 points per dollar instead of the 1 that he would’ve earned had he just paid with his credit card at Starbucks.

If you have the time to develop and execute advanced strategies like this one, then you have the ability to earn many times more reward points than you currently are. If you would like to get a jump start on earning extra by buying reward points or if you have unused points that you’d like to sell, contact us today!

Photo Source: 401(K)2012 via Flickr, CC 2.0

 

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