Tag Archives: Cash Back

Missing Capital One Money Market $200 Sign Up Bonus? Just Ask for it!

Good afternoon everyone.  A few months ago, I signed up for a Capital One 360 Money Market account with a $200 sign up bonus (thanks Doctor of Credit).  The promo seemed simple enough, sign up for a money market account, using promo code SAVE200, and then deposit $10,000 before December 31, 2017.  I even received the following email on November 27 confirming the details from DOC.  I thought it was going to be smooth sailing, but after waiting 2+ months since the December 31, 2017 deadline, I got antsy and went in search of my $200 bonus…

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Denver / Front Range Travel Hackers March Madness Mania Meetup on Thursday, March 15

If you happen to be in the Denver/Front Range area of Colorado this week, please join us for an informal Meetup at The Village Tavern in Broomfield, Colorado, where you can share a brew, some food, and talk miles and points with like-minded people. People will be on hand that you can discuss points and miles topics from airline/hotel elite status strategies, credit card bonuses, airline award strategies, MS, etc.

  • Where: Village Tavern, 1 W Flatiron Crossing Dr, Broomfield, CO 80021 (Google Maps)
  • When: Thursday, March 15th from 6:30pm-9pm

You can RSVP on our Meetup page, Facebook page, or just feel free to show up. Hope to see you there!

PSA: Follow up on Missing AMEX Offer Statement Credits (Especially MGM Offer)

Good morning everyone, I hope you had a great weekend.  A few months ago, my girlfriend and I went to Lost Wages Las Vegas and stayed at the beautiful Bellagio hotel.  We even upgraded to a fountain view room with amazing views of the Bellagio fountains.  I booked this specific hotel because Bellagio is part of MGM, and there was an AMEX Offer for $50 off $250 at MGM properties.  That AMEX Offer expired on January 8, but there are similar MGM AMEX Offers currently running (see the 2 AMEX Offers at the bottom of this post).  Long story short, I paid for the stay before the AMEX Offer expired, but the $50 statement credit never posted.  After waiting for more than 2 months, I called AMEX and they were able to manually add the $50 statement credit to my account.  Here is the MGM AMEX Offer that I was enrolled in:

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My Virgin America / Hawaiian Airlines Award Ticket Disaster

Good morning everyone.  Last week, I wrote this post: PSA: Check Existing Reservations for “Silent” Schedule Changes.  In that post, I talked about checking existing reservations to confirm flight times.  Sometimes, airlines make schedule changes, sometimes airlines will email you to tell you about the schedule changes, and sometimes airlines silently make schedule changes and do not inform passengers.  I, unfortunately, found myself in the last category recently with an intra island Hawaiian Airlines flight.

My girlfriend and I had a flight that was originally scheduled to depart at 1:03pm, but the new flight time was 2:41pm.  If we had booked a paid ticket, we could have easily called Hawaiian Airlines, explained that we needed to be on an earlier flight, and switched to the 12:31pm flight.  Unfortunately, I booked the flight with 3,000 Virgin America miles + $5.60 in taxes/fees per person.  But the really unfortunate thing is that since Alaska Airlines and Virgin America merged, Virgin America and Hawaiian Airlines are no longer partners, so they cannot book new award flights or modify existing reservation.

Long story short, Virgin America is no longer a partner of Hawaiian Airlines, so they cannot modify an existing Hawaiian Airlines reservation.  Likewise, since the tickets were booked through Virgin America, Hawaiian Airlines was not able to make any changes to the reservation.  I would call one airline, explain the situation, and they would tell me to call the other airline.  I bounced back an forth a few times, growing more and more frustrated.  I ended up spending 3-4 hours on the phone with various agents from Hawaiian Airlines, Virgin America, and Alaska Airlines before I finally received a refund of my miles.  In this post, I will share the information I learned and the steps I took to fix this situation.

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Backblaze Promo: 3 Months Free (Offer Expires March 15)

Backblaze is at it again! While backup solutions like Carbonite are raising their prices, Backblaze stays committed to UNLIMITED cloud backup for their customers. From time to time when Backblaze runs a special promo, I will let you know. It’s true, I’ll receive a benefit if you sign up and use my link, but way more important than that, is YOUR piece of mind knowing you have a great cloud-based backup solution. I use Backblaze and recommend it to everyone I can. Please take a look at this article and you’ll see why I recommend this company. If you didn’t get a chance to try Backblaze last time I wrote about it, now would be a great time to give to a try!