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About Grant

Grant is an expert in frequent flyer miles, hotel loyalty points, credit card rewards, and cash back deals. He also has a pretty cool travel blog. Find him on Twitter @travelwithgrant.

December Buy Miles/Points Promos: Avianca (125%), AA (120K), BA (50%), Hilton (100%), UA (85%), AS (50%), Choice (20%) & IHG (80%)

Good afternoon everyone.  I was working on my Buy Miles & Points Page and found a few new offers.  Always check the math to make sure that buying miles & points makes sense for you.  Do not buy miles & points speculatively unless you have a use in mind.  With that said, here are the 8 promos that are ending in December. First up, Avianca Airlines is running a 125% bonus, depending on the number of Avianca LifeMiles you purchase.  Offer ends on December 12.

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Ebates Green Monday Promo: Up to 3x Cash Back at 600+ Stores

Good evening everyone.  The Ebates Cash Back Shopping Assistant just alerted me that Ebates is running their Green Monday promo where you can get up to 3x cash back at 600+ stores.  Green Monday is usually the first or second Monday after Cyber Monday.  You can see the whole list of stores here.  Don’t forget to check Cash Back Monitor to compare cash back rates from several online shopping portals.  If you are not an Ebates member, sign up for a free account (my referral link – thank you) and receive a $10 bonus after your first $25 purchase.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.  Have a great evening everyone!

Sign Up for Trim’s Debt Payoff Program & Get $10 Bonus (Expires 1/31/2019)

Good afternoon everyone.  2 months ago, I wrote Trim Saves Money on Monthly Cable / Phone / TV / Internet Bills (Negotiates Discounts on your Behalf) and last month I wrote Trim Launches Debt Payoff Service (Negotiates Lower Credit Card APRs, Creates Payoff Plan & Provides Personal Coaching).  I just received an email from Trim regarding a promo they are currently running for their Debt Payoff Program.  If you sign up for a Trim account and enroll in their Debt Payoff Program, you can get a $10 bonus when you send the code “PAYOFF” to your Debt Payoff coach.  The promotion runs now through January 31, 2019.

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Listen to Travel with Grant on Today’s NowBoarding Podcast! [Plus Feedback from my Parents]

Updated at 7:30pm PT on 12/4: I updated the post, provided links to some of the topics I mentioned in the podcast, and added feedback from my parents after they listened to the podcast…


Good evening everyone.  A few days ago, I wrote My Latest Obsession: Listening to BoardingArea Bloggers on NowBoarding Podcast.  After that post went live, I reached out to Ed from Pizza in Motion and we made plans for my NowBoarding podcast.  Fast forward to today and my podcast is now live and you can listen to it here.  The recording is 26 minutes long.  Here are some of the topics I mentioned on the podcast:

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I Just Froze My 3 Credit Reports: Here’s Why & What I Learned

Good morning everyone.  Yesterday, I read this article from Krebs on Security regarding the recent Starwood / Marriott data breach.  In the article, there was a very powerful section that talked about 2 realities that all Americans need to come to grips with in regards to privacy, data security, and our powerlessness when it comes to securing our data.  Here are the 2 realities from the article:

Reality #1: Bad guys already have access to personal data points that you may believe should be secret but which nevertheless aren’t, including your credit card information, Social Security number, mother’s maiden name, date of birth, address, previous addresses, phone number, and yes — even your credit file.

Reality #2: Any data point you share with a company will in all likelihood eventually be hacked, lost, leaked, stolen or sold — usually through no fault of your own. And if you’re an American, it means (at least for the time being) your recourse to do anything about that when it does happen is limited or nil.

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