Tag Archives: Promotions

SPG & Hilton are Currently Running Point Promotions (Both Offers Expire Tomorrow)

Whether or not you buy hotel points when promotions are running, it’s good to know about your options. We all like to travel more, for less! Topping up accounts for an upcoming stay can serve us well when we can get more value from the cost of the stays than we spend on buying those points. I use up my SPG points and Hyatt points way faster than I drink my flat whites, so I keep a list of hotel point promos handy to see if they’ll work for me. Currently, two of the four major hotel chains are running their buy points promotions. Depending on your travel plans, these might be worth checking out.

Starwood Offer: Expires March 16, 2018

I find I can never have enough SPG points. They are extra valuable because when you transfer them to airlines rather than use them for hotel stays, for every 20,000 points transferred, you get an extra 5,000 points. That’s an inexpensive way to buy airline miles. Many people, given their allegiance to Marriott, use these points for Marriott stays as well. They transfer to Marriott in a 1:3 ratio. That’s another good value for these points. Starwood is currently running a 35% off promotion so you can buy the maximum amount of points for $682. And don’t forget, you can gift Starwood points as well. The 35% offer seems to be their standard offer. Starwood has a yearly purchase limit of 30,000 points per account. The offer runs through March 16, 2018.

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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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