Category Archives: Promotions + Deals

Hyatt Quietly Killed their Try the World Gift Boxes (& I’m Missing My Last 2 Boxes)

I’m frustrated and at my wits’ end with Hyatt’s Try The World gift box of the month program. Their logo is “Connecting you to the people, places, and experiences at the heart of your world,” but all this program has connected me to is frustration and confusion! As a consumer, travel blogger, and Hyatt Globalist who will again qualify as a Globalist, all I can say is, “Hyatt, you have failed big time, and I’m in the mood to vent!”

Here’s the rest of the story. You’ll recall that Grant and I thought it would be fun to sign up for the Try The World gift box program and review the boxes for our readers. So we did. The first box, which highlighted France, was received in the middle of July and I reviewed it here. I actually gave it a pretty favorable review and was looking forward to the next box, which would either highlight India or Turkey. And I waited and waited and no box ever came…

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$10 Statement Credits Posted from US Bank ApplePay Promo

Good morning everyone, I have another short post to share this morning.  When I woke up, I had received this email from US Bank.  I received a $10 statement credit on one of my US Bank credit cards that I was not expecting.  I logged into my US Bank online account to check to see what the statement credit was related to.  Long story short, the statement credit is because of a US Bank promotion that I wrote about at the end of May: Earn a $10 Statement Credit for using US Bank Credit Card with ApplePay (May 23 – June 30).

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Wells Fargo Go Far Rewards Program Changes (Effective October 7)

Good morning everyone.  Yesterday, I received a letter from Wells Fargo about upcoming changes to the Wells Fargo Go Far Rewards Program, effective October 7.  The letter was dated on September 11, so Wells Fargo gave us less than a month notice about the upcoming changes.  The changes do not appear too drastic, but I am not a heavy Wells Fargo Go Far Rewards customer, so these changes do not affect me.  Here is the full letter with a few important parts in red, underlined (Taylor Swift reference: “I’ve got a list of names and yours is in red, underlined / I check it once, then I check it twice, oh!”).

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OC Travel Meetup Saturday, September 23 @ 12pm at Tustin District In-N-Out

Good afternoon everyone.  I am visiting my parents this weekend in Orange County, so I decided to do a miles and points meetup on Saturday afternoon.  If you are free this Saturday, I would love to meet you and talk travel, miles and points, MS, and blogging.

  • Where: 2895 Park Ave, Tustin, CA 92782 (Google Maps)
  • When: Saturday, September 23 @ 12-2PM

In-N-Out Tustin District Map

There is no need to RSVP to the OC Meetup, just show up at 12pm and be ready to talk talk travel.  I will do a reminder post later this week.  I hope to see some of you there!

Sunday Read: New York Times and the Equifax Security Breach

Many of us have been amazed at how badly Equifax handled the security breach. Do you know that Equifax made more than $1 million dollars in political donations last year to “prevent” tighter regulations on data security? They are located in Georgia, where the state law does not specify how soon a company must notify the consumers in case of a security breach. One question that keeps getting asked is, “Why can Equifax be so irresponsible?” This New York Times article, if you haven’t already seen it, gives us the best answer I’ve seen. It’s because Equifax considers that we consumers are their products, not customers.