Quick Post: Earn $30 Per EBates Referral (Up to $90) – Targeted

Not exactly points and miles related but I know many of you use shopping portals so here is an opportunity to earn a quick $90 if you are lucky enough to be targeted (or $75 for non-targeted users). Right now, certain Ebates users are being offered $30 for each friend you refer to Ebates (your […]

Not exactly points and miles related but I know many of you use shopping portals so here is an opportunity to earn a quick $90 if you are lucky enough to be targeted (or $75 for non-targeted users). Right now, certain Ebates users are being offered $30 for each friend you refer to Ebates (your friend will receive $10 for signing up) if they make a $25 purchase within one year of registering. Even if you are not targeted, you can earn $25 per referral up to $75 – check your Ebates account for your own personal referral link.

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In the event you are not a member of Ebates, here is my referral link. Feel free to leave your referral links in the comments.

Even if you are not points and miles obsessed, you should always use a shopping portal before doing online shopping to earn extra cashback on purchases you are going to make anyway. In my experience, Ebates consistently has good rates (though not always the best so shop around using cashbackmonitor.com) and tracks accurately. Hopefully a few of you also got this increased offer – check your emails!

Filed under: Promotions Tagged: Ebates $30 Per Referral

How I’m Earning 8 Miles/Points Per Dollar Spent at Amazon on ALL Purchases

The big news from yesterday was all JetBlue TrueBlue members can now earn 3 TrueBlue points per dollar spent at Amazon when using a special, unique link in your TrueBlue profile or when shopping on Amazon while inflight on JetBlue using their Fly-Fi Wifi network. There appears to be no end date listed for this […]

The big news from yesterday was all JetBlue TrueBlue members can now earn 3 TrueBlue points per dollar spent at Amazon when using a special, unique link in your TrueBlue profile or when shopping on Amazon while inflight on JetBlue using their Fly-Fi Wifi network. There appears to be no end date listed for this promotion nor any cap on the amount of points to be earned. The best part about this promotion is that is covers most Amazon purchases and in my personal Amazon shopping, it covers 100% of my purchases.

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Direct Link to Bookmark to Access This Promotion.

Here are the excluded categories of which none seem to be of any major consequence.

  • Any product or service sold on a site linked to from the Amazon Site (e.g., a product or service listed through our “Product Ads” program or sold on a site linked to from a banner ad, sponsored link, or other link displayed on the Amazon Site)
  • Any wireless service plan offered through the Amazon Site and not sold or fulfilled by us
  • Any product, including games and other applications, sold through the Amazon Appstore for Android
  • Any product sold on fresh.amazon.com
  • Restaurant takeout
  • Any alcoholic beverage product
  • Any digital Kindle product purchased as a subscription (e.g., Kindle newspaper subscriptions, magazine subscriptions, blog subscriptions, etc.)
  • Any free trial subscription

This is a pretty big deal as this promotion has very few restrictions on what is not eligible, unlike many of the shopping portals out there. For example, TopCashBack (yes, this is my referral link in which we both earn $10) only offers cashback on Jewelry, Patio Lawn & Garden, Watches, Clothing, Amazon Home Services and Amazon Prime (though at a much higher percentage from 8.5% to 10% – so if shopping in those categories, use TopCashBack or other shopping portals). But now for those everyday purchases of soap and toilet paper, you can earn 3 additional points without having to worry about category restrictions.

Anyway going back to the title of this post, with the promotion I can now earn 8 miles/points per dollar spent on my Amazon purchases. Currently, I use my Chase Ink Bold business card to buy Amazon gift cards at Staples to take advantage of the 5x bonus category at Office Supply stores.  I’ve been doing this for years so I’ve always earned 5 Chase UR points per dollar spent at Amazon though at the trade off of price protection and extended warranties offered through my credit cards.  Now factoring in 3 TrueBlue points per dollar spent, I’m up to 8 total miles/points earned for every dollar spent at Amazon.

For others trying to replicate this, even if you don’t have access to a Chase Ink card due to not having a business or you are subject to the 5/24 rule, the Discover It cards offer 5% back this quarter at Amazon while historically the Chase Freedom has as well though not in this past calendar year. Another option would be the Amex Blue Cash Everyday card which offers 10% back on Amazon purchases though only for the 6 months of card membership. Using a fair value of 1.4 cents per TrueBlue point, your potential return on Amazon purchases could be 14.2% for the first 6 months of Amex Blue Cash Everyday card membership. Not too shabby!

Summary:

If you shop often at Amazon and buy many of your household goods from them (guilty), then this is an easy way to get an extra 3 points per spent dollar spent ON TOP of existing credit card rewards (in my case 5 Chase UR points per dollar spent). As mentioned above, shopping portals only offer a limited range of categories to earn cashback but with this promotion, you can basically buy almost anything on Amazon & earn an extra 3 TrueBlue points per dollar spent.

I’m loving this promotion as I was going to make these “everyday” purchases anyway and now I can earn an extra several thousand points a year on my Amazon purchases just for clicking my unique link before I shop. With the amount I spend at Amazon yearly, there is no doubt I’ll earn a free flight (even if it is just a one way) with this promo so its well worth the few extra mouse clicks before shopping at Amazon. Kudos to JetBlue and Amazon for this exciting new promotion!

Filed under: JetBlue Tagged: JetBlue TrueBlue Amazon Points Promotion

Deal Alert: 100k Signup Bonus American Express Platinum Card + Increased Bonuses on Other Amex Cards

One of the big offers that I know a lot of my readers (looking at you Justin) are interested in is back and it is the 100,000 point signup bonus on the American Express card. I don’t know if this offer will last long so if you’ve never had a personal Platinum card before, I’d […]

One of the big offers that I know a lot of my readers (looking at you Justin) are interested in is back and it is the 100,000 point signup bonus on the American Express card. I don’t know if this offer will last long so if you’ve never had a personal Platinum card before, I’d strongly consider jumping on this offer soon just in case.

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Here is the direct link to the landing page of this offer. You might have to use incoginto/private browseing mode to get this offer to appear. I’ve discussed this card & offer before but the 100,000 points (worth ~$1,500), $200 airline credit (yes gift cards work for some airlines), lounge access, Global Entry credit, hotel elite status at Starwood, Marriot and Hilton more than offset the $450 annual fee for the first year.

One IMPORTANT Note: DO NOT put any manufactured spend on this card or you risk Amex freezing your account which they have been known to do. Also do not close the card right after you get the points – keep it open until the 10th/11th month or so if you don’t plan to keep it longterm.

On top of this offer, there are increased offers on many other Amex cards. Here are some of the offers though I’d recommend reading this Reddit thread on all of the increased offers.

Thanks Amex for the early Thanksgiving gift!

H/T Doctor of Credit & Reddit

Filed under: American Express, Uncategorized Tagged: 100k Platinum Card Offer

Datapoint: The New Chase Ink Preferred Business Card is Subject to the 5/24 Rule

This is probably not a surprise to most of you reading this but I can now confirm that the new Chase Ink Preferred business card is subject to the 5/24 rule as I got my denial letter in the mail yesterday. For a bit of background, the Chase Ink Preferred is a new business card […]

This is probably not a surprise to most of you reading this but I can now confirm that the new Chase Ink Preferred business card is subject to the 5/24 rule as I got my denial letter in the mail yesterday.

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For a bit of background, the Chase Ink Preferred is a new business card from Chase that technically isn’t available to the public yet. It will have a 80,000 point signup bonus though it does not offer 5x categories. Interestingly, just as it happened with the Sapphire Reserve before it officially launched, last week two rouge links were found (and posted to this Reddit thread) that allowed you to apply for the card. The big unknown was whether this card would be subject to Chase’s 5/24 rule even though the prevalent thought was it would be, based on other Ink products being subject to this rule.

That said, this was potentially a big development as folks who applied for the Sapphire Reserve via those leaked links before it was officially launched were able to bypass the 5/24 rule and get the 100k signup bonus. There was hope that these links for the Ink Preferred would follow those some guidelines and give folks like myself who are way over 5/24, a chance to get the card. In this case, the landing page showed no mention of the signup bonus but I felt confident (along with others) that Chase would match the bonus so I wasn’t worried about that. Instead, I gambled that the chance of this link working to bypass the 5/24 rule and earn 80k Chase UR points was worth the cost of a hard pull.

In the end, I obviously lost out but for me, it was still worth the gamble as frankly, one hard pull doesn’t matter much to me at this point and the potential reward was almost $1,500 worth of points depending how you value them. Just remember, “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take” — Wayne Gretzky — Michael Scott.

 

Filed under: Chase Tagged: Chase Ink Preferred 5/24 Rule

A Fellow Blogger Just Spent One Million SPG Points to Throw Out the First Pitch at Game 7 of the World Series Tonight 

File this under one of the most amazing/ unique use of points but DansDeals just posted he won an SPG auction to throw out the first pitch tonight at…Game 7… of the World Series. Ya know arguably one of the biggest sporting events in recent memory with the Cubs looking to break a 108 year curse […]

File this under one of the most amazing/ unique use of points but DansDeals just posted he won an SPG auction to throw out the first pitch tonight at…Game 7… of the World Series. Ya know arguably one of the biggest sporting events in recent memory with the Cubs looking to break a 108 year curse and the Indians looking to win for the first time in 68 years! 


If we assume a 2.5 cent value per point, Dan “spent” ~ $26,500 worth of points to enjoy this once in a lifetime experience. I don’t normally advocate the use of points for non-travel but I have to admit this is pretty freaking cool – I’m definitely a bit jealous. I’m sure he will remember this for  the rest of his life. Congrats Dan!

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You Can Now Transfer Citigold ThankYou Points…But Only to Sears

I discovered an interesting point (pun intended) while figuring out the best way to redeem my wife’s 51k ThankYou points from her Citigold account as I’m looking to close the account soon. As you may remember, it was a huge mess earlier this year fighting for my wife’s 50k ThankYou points for opening a Citibank Citigold Account […]

I discovered an interesting point (pun intended) while figuring out the best way to redeem my wife’s 51k ThankYou points from her Citigold account as I’m looking to close the account soon. As you may remember, it was a huge mess earlier this year fighting for my wife’s 50k ThankYou points for opening a Citibank Citigold Account that involved several rounds of messages, phone calls and finally a CFPB complaint. While I succeeded in having the points awarded to my wife’s account, I haven’t had a chance to use them for anything yet until I began looking to redeem them for a flight to St. Lucia next year for a wedding.

Historically, only Citi ThankYou points linked to a Citi Premier or Prestige could be transferred to airlines or hotels. However, with the news that JetBlue is now a transfer partner and no annual fee cards like the Preferred could transfer ThankYou points to JetBlue, I wondered if Citigold ThankYou points could be transferred as well. Alas, the answer is no but I did determine that Citigold ThankYou points are transferable into Sears Shop Your Way points.

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I did a little digging into the terms & conditions and sure enough, only a ThankYou Rewards account is required to transfer points to Sears (the language is different for airline/hotel transfers).

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The transfer ratio is 1 ThankYou point to 12 Sears Shop Your Way (SYW) points but before you get all excited, that is a value of just 1.2 cents in value per ThankYou point and you are stuck shopping for all the “fine” merchandise at Sears. Unless you an extreme Sears shopper, a reseller who understands the SYW program or looking to top off your SYW account if you are close to some free merchandise, I can’t recommend this transfer option. That said, I still think it’s a positive sign Citibank is adding new partners and hopefully they continue to improve the ThankYou points program.

Filed under: Citibank Tagged: Citibank Thank You Rewards Transfer to Sears Shop Your Way, How to Transfer Citigold Thank You Points

How to Absolutely Waste 21,000 SPG Starpoints…

…by burning them for a 30 minute chat. Here are some better uses for 21,000 Starpoints (which is valued at $567 per TPG’s own calculations of 2.7 cents a points). And yes that value is too high.  Transfer 60,000 points to Marriott and book a category 4 Ritz Carlton (or two nights a low level […]

…by burning them for a 30 minute chat.

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Here are some better uses for 21,000 Starpoints (which is valued at $567 per TPG’s own calculations of 2.7 cents a points). And yes that value is too high. 

  • Transfer 60,000 points to Marriott and book a category 4 Ritz Carlton (or two nights a low level Ritz Carlton)
  • Book several nights at lower level Marriott hotels or one night a higher level Marriott and have points leftover
  • Transfer 20k Starpoints to an airline, get 25k miles and book a roundtrip domestic flight
  • Or book a one way flight to the Caribbean or Hawaii (among other airline redemptions)
  • Book one night at a Category 6 SPG Hotels
  • Book several nights at lower level SPG hotels
  • Literally almost anything else that doesn’t involve a one-time chat with someone about points & miles and effectively paying an hourly rate of $1,134.

If you really want to chat and learn/optimize your miles situation, my consulting services are a much better value.

My thoughts on this redemption…

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Here is Yet Another Free 500 Points from Virgin America

Virgin America loves giving away free points and there is yet another offer for 500 free Elevate points if you signup for another email list – this time it is for the “Virgin Produced” Newsletter. It literally took 20 seconds to fill out the form with my name, email and Elevate number. This is a great way to […]

Virgin America loves giving away free points and there is yet another offer for 500 free Elevate points if you signup for another email list – this time it is for the “Virgin Produced” Newsletter.

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It literally took 20 seconds to fill out the form with my name, email and Elevate number. This is a great way to extend the life of your existing miles if you signup by October 26th. If you took advantage of the last two 500 free mile offers, then you would be halfway to a free Hawaiian inter-island flight all for signing up for a few emails.

As always, use a throwaway email if you don’t actually want to read these newsletters.

(H/T to View From the Wing)

Filed under: Free Miles Tagged: 500 Free Virgin America Points

Free Hilton Weekend Night Certificate for Spending $1,000 on Hilton HHonors Amex Card (Targeted)

I just received an email from American Express offering me a free weekend night certificate valid at any almost any Hilton hotel if I spend $1,000 on my Hilton HHonors American Express card by December 15th. The free weekend night is valid from 12 months of issuance so you have potentially almost all of 2017 to […]

I just received an email from American Express offering me a free weekend night certificate valid at any almost any Hilton hotel if I spend $1,000 on my Hilton HHonors American Express card by December 15th. The free weekend night is valid from 12 months of issuance so you have potentially almost all of 2017 to use it if you time the spending right. If you have the card, here is the link to try and see if you are targeted.


This is a really good offer – to put it in perspective if I spent the same $1,000 on a 2% cash back card, I would earn $20. So by shifting $1,000 of my spend to this card (which I normally don’t use), I’ll earn a free weekend night at Hilton family hotel. Forgoing $20 bucks for a free hotel night sounds good to me! If you have the offer, I highly recommend enrolling and taking advantage of it.

Here are the full terms of the offer:

Terms and Conditions

1. To qualify for the Free One Weekend Night Certificate, you must make $1,000 in purchases with your Hilton HHonors™ Card from American Express now through December 15th 2016. The Free One Weekend Night Certificate will be sent as an email from Hilton to the email address listed on your Hilton HHonors account, 6-8 weeks after you meet the spend requirement. Purchases to meet the spend requirement of this offer do NOT include fees or interest charges, balance transfers, cash advances, purchase of travelers checks, purchase or reloading of prepaid cards, or other cash equivalents. Additional Card Members on your account are not eligible for this offer. A Card Member is only eligible to earn 1 Free Night Certificate during the offer period. To receive the Free One Weekend Night Certificate, your account must not be cancelled or in default at the time of fulfillment. American Express reserves the right to modify or revoke offer at any time. If the HHonors member does not receive the Free One Weekend Night Certificate email within 6-8 weeks after the promotion period ends, the Member should check his/her HHonors account by logging into their profile or by calling 1-800-548-8690 . As a reminder, the Free One Weekend Night Certificate will be delivered in an email from Hilton. To ensure receipt of the certificate, the HHonors member should confirm the correct email address is listed under the Card Member’s HHonors Account file on their profile. The Free One Weekend Night Certificate is valid for one (1) weekend night standard accommodation, double occupancy, subject to availability, at properties in the Hilton HHonors portfolio, excluding those listed at HHonors.com/weekendcertificate. The Free One Weekend Night Certificate applies only to room rate and corresponding taxes, and does not apply to any applicable gratuities, resort fees or incidental charges. The Free One Weekend Night Certificate is valid for 12 months after the date of issuance, as noted on the certificate. You must follow all terms stated on the certificate when redeeming or the certificate may not be honoured. For complete Terms and Conditions that apply to the One Weekend Night Certificate, please refer to the Hilton HHonors Free Night Terms and Conditions. Hilton HHonors™ membership, earning of Points & Miles™ when booking direct and redemption of Points are subject to HHonors Terms and Conditions. © 2016 Hilton Worldwide.

Filed under: American Express, Hilton Tagged: Hilton Amex Free Weekend Night Offer

A Different Kind of Anniversary Trip…

Let me preface this by saying this isn’t a normal points/miles/credit card rewards post at PointsCentric. So if you do not care for a personal anecdote, you can skip the rest of this post… Today is quite a special day for my wife and I as we are celebrating our 3rd wedding anniversary and this time […]

Let me preface this by saying this isn’t a normal points/miles/credit card rewards post at PointsCentric. So if you do not care for a personal anecdote, you can skip the rest of this post…

Today is quite a special day for my wife and I as we are celebrating our 3rd wedding anniversary and this time of year always brings back amazing memories of our wedding night 3 years ago. In fact, it reminds us of our journey together as we’ve actually been together much longer  – in fact almost 4x as long (since my junior year of high school in fact). And every year around this time, we go on an extraordinary trip to celebrate, always seemingly topping the last amazing “once in a lifetime” trip. It started with our honeymoon to Moorea & Bora Bora in 2013, continued with a surprise trip in 2014 that my wife only found out our destination when we got our boarding passes at the airport and culminated with a Dubai/Maldives mega-trip last year. Of course, trips like these wouldn’t be possible without points & miles and I’ve included a quick synopsis on how we made each trip possible (I have to have some points angle in my posts).

1) 2013 Honeymoon – Moorea & Bora Bora

We used 62,500 American Airlines miles per person to fly business class JFK-LA-Tahiti and back on a combination of American Airlines / Air Tahiti Nui followed by a ferry to Moorea and a short flight to Bora Bora. For hotels, back in the day you could redeem 145,000 Hilton HHonors points for a 4 night stay at top-tier hotels using AXON awards. I redeemed 290,000 Hilton HHonors points total for 4 nights at the Hilton Moorea followed by 4 nights at the Hilton Bora Bora.

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2) 2014 First Anniversary – Bali & Thailand

We used 140,000 United miles to fly first class JFK-Seoul-Bali-Phuket-Seoul-JFK on a combination of Asiana / Thai Airways and my wife had no idea about the destinations or airlines involved. At the time it was only a 10k premium for first class over business each way so it was a no-brainer for a chance to fly Asiana first class suites and on the way home, we had the whole first class cabin to ourselves! For hotels, we were able to get great cash rates at the Conrad Bali and Le Meridien Phuket so it didn’t make sense to redeem points.

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3) 2015 Second Anniversary – Dubai & Maldives

Quite possibly our most memorable trip, I redeemed 90,000 Alaska miles per person to fly first class JFK-Dubai-Maldives on Emirates. For the return, I redeemed 90,000 American miles per person to fly first class Maldives-Abu Dhabi-JFK on Etihad. For the hotels, I used two free Hyatt anniversary nights at the Grand Hyatt Dubai and 150,000 Hyatt points for a 6 night stay at the Park Hyatt Maldives.

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Over a three year stretch, we got to experience several of the most exotic and beautiful locations on Earth that I promise would have never happened without points and miles. However as amazing as those trips were, our lives changed drastically earlier this year to the point where we knew jumping off to some exotic locale for a week wouldn’t be feasible for a while…

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Our family now feels more complete with the addition of our little Krista and we wouldn’t have it any other way. In fact, do you want to know our big “trip” this year to celebrate our anniversary? A nice 7 minute drive to a local steakhouse where we can enjoy probably our nicest meal in months before returning home and reliving the grandparents of babysitting duties.

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I’m sure there will be times we wish we could jump on a plane and vacation for a week at some crazy locale (in fact, that may have happened earlier this week when I saw my buddy fly Emirates first class to Dubai and the Maldives) but my trip planning will now focus on family friendly destinations and resorts (paid with points of course). Suffice to say, this  anniversary trip will be just a bit different than year’s past but coming home to this smiling face makes this “trip” seem the best of them all. And compared to the journey we are currently on watching Krista grow and develop daily before our eyes, I’m not sure anything could top this adventure. 

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