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Ebates Double Cash Back at Select Merchants & Double In-Store Cash Back at all 54 Merchants

Good morning everyone.  Ebates is currently offering double cash back at a few merchants (full list here).  If you are not an Ebates member, sign up for a free account (thank you for using my referral link).

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Amazing Stay at DoubleTree Arctic Club Hotel in Seattle (Historic Building Built in 1917)

Good afternoon everyone.  Two weekends ago, my girlfriend and I had the pleasure to stay the beautiful and historic DoubleTree Arctic Club Hotel in Seattle, WA.  According to the hotel’s bio, the Arctic Club is a “AAA 4-Diamond Award-winning hotel in Seattle, WA. This tastefully decorated hotel in Seattle, WA offers a unique experience, echoing the post-Klondike gold rush days of the early 1900s.” According to Wikipedia, the Arctic Club was built for the Arctic Club in 1917 for the successful veterans of the Klondike Gold Rush and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.  Needless to say, this is not your average DoubleTree hotel (but they did have chocolate chip cookies on demand at the front desk).  I spoke with the front desk agents a few times during my stay and they were very helpful and friendly.  As we were checking out, the front desk agent told me that the hotel would most likely transition into a Conrad Hotel in the near future.  In this post, I will share my experience staying in the hotel.  I hope you enjoy the hotel review.

DoubleTree Arctic Club hotel front desk. Image source: http://doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/washington/the-arctic-club-seattle-a-doubletree-by-hilton-hotel-SEAACDT/index.html

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PSA: Transferred Hilton Points Post Instantly, But Cannot Be Redeemed Immediately

Good morning everyone, happy Friday.  A few days ago, I wanted to use my Hilton Honors Points to book a 2 night stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Diego Downtown.  The price was 39,000 Hilton Honors Points per night, for a total of 78,000 Hilton Honors Points needed.  The only problem was that I was a little short on Hilton Honors Points… I only had 73,000 Hilton Honors Points and needed 5,000 more Hilton Honors Points to book the entire award without paying the cash co-pay.

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Mysterious $25 Cash BONUS OFFER Posted to My US Bank Cash Plus Credit Card

Good evening everyone.  A few days ago, my US Bank Cash Plus Credit Card statement closed and as I was looking through my statement, I noticed a $25 cash bonus listed in the rewards section.  Similar to finding money in your back pocket, I was immediately excited.  Where did this $25 come from?  Why was it given to me?  I tried to rack my brain, but couldn’t remember.

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Chase Freedom Q3 Restaurant Spending (Blueprint vs. Ultimate Rewards Dashboard)

Good morning everyone, happy Wednesday.  We are almost halfway through Q3 (July 1 – September 30), so I thought it would be fun to check how my Chase Freedom Credit Card Q3 restaurant spending was going.  Like the old disturbing saying goes, “There’s more than one way to skin a cat.”  The same is also true with Chase.  I will show you how to calculate your Q3 restaurant spending using the Chase Blueprint tool and the Chase Ultimate Rewards Dashboard.  Both have pros and cons, but taken together, they provide a very detailed answer to these questions: “How much have I spent at restaurants this quarter and how much more do I need to spend to maximize this bonus category?”  Let’s start with Chase Blueprint.  Log into your Chase online account, scroll down to your Chase Freedom Credit Card and click the Go to BLUEPRINT link.

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