Category Archives: Hotels + Points

TWG Update: Credit Card & Buy Miles/Points Pages

Good morning everyone, I hope you had a great Mother’s Day Weekend.  I wanted to give a quick thank you to TWG readers who attended my OC Travel Hackers Meetup on Saturday and to all the TWG readers who left comments about how wonderful their mom is on my Amazon Gift Card Giveaway post (I will pick winners later today).  Let’s keep the thank yous coming.

This post is about credit card affiliate links, credit card referral links, and buy miles/points affiliate links.  I know there are some readers that hate using affiliate links and supporting bloggers by using those links.  That makes me sad.  Blogging is lots of fun, but it definitely requires work and lots of time.  Advertising revenue is nice, but credit card affiliate links is where the big money is.  I am a big proponent of credit card sign up bonuses and supporting my favorite travel bloggers, and credit card affiliate links are the perfect combination.  I hate talking about credit card affiliate links because I don’t want to sound greedy.  With all that said, I recently switched credit card affiliate networks (actually, they decided I was not producing enough sales and removed me from the program), so now I am with a new (smaller) credit card affiliate network.  I recently redesigned my credit card page and wanted to let my readers know (click the Credit Card link in the top navigation).

At the top of the page, I have a list of credit card affiliate categories.  Sorry, I don’t have direct links to credit card offers, but click on the credit card category that best matches which credit card you are interested in.  This credit card affiliate network is smaller and newer than the previous network, so the website might not have every credit card you are interested in.  As the network continues to grow, they will increase the number of credit cards they offer.  If you do apply for a credit card through one of the category links, I really appreciate your support!

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Are You Spending Too Much Time in Hotels?

Good morning, everyone. Thought I’d start the day by asking you a question. But first some backstory.  A few days ago, a friend asked me if I’d heard about something happening in the news and I replied, “Yup, I saw something about it in a hotel elevator news feed the other day.” Seemed like a “normal” reply and then a few hours later I realized what I had replied. Yikes. Hotel elevators were becoming my news source. Now that’s a scary thought. I’ll admit to being on the road a lot these past few months. I’ve been traveling a ton and well, I do have a tendency to glance up at those screens. Mostly I’m looking for the weather, but one can’t help but take in the other news as well. I shook my head and laughed after remembering this conversation and then I wondered if anyone else has an answer to the question… How would YOU know you’re spending too much time in hotels??

Reminder: OC Travel Hackers Meetup Saturday, May 12 @ 12pm at In-N-Out (Tustin District)

Good afternoon everyone, happy Friday.  I just wanted to remind everyone that I will be flying down to Orange County this weekend for Mother’s Day, so I decided to do a travel hackers meetup on Saturday afternoon.  If you are free tomorrow, I would love to meet you and talk travel, miles, points, MS, and blogging.

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

In-N-Out Tustin District Map

There is no need to RSVP to the OC travel hackers meetup, just show up at 12pm and be ready to talk talk travel.  I hope to see some of you there.  Have a great day everyone.

My Barclays Credit Card Targeted / Spending Offers for May 2018 [Letters Now Attached]

Updated 10:20am PT on 5/15: I received letters from Barclays with the complete terms for all 3 targeted spending offers.


Good morning everyone, happy Friday.  A few days ago, I called Barclays to request a downgrade from my Barclays Arrival Plus Credit Card to the no annual fee Barclays Arrival Credit Card.  After the downgrade was completed, I asked the rep (I believe he was a customer relationship manager, or some similar title) if there were any targeted / spending offers available.  To my surprise, there was an offer.  To say I don’t put much spend on my Barclays credit cards would be an understatement – all 4 of my credit cards have $0 balances and haven’t had charges on them for a few months.

The rep said that my new Barclays Arrival Credit Card had the following offer: earn a $50 statement credit after spending $1,000 each month for the next 3 months.  Since that was the only offer available, I accepted the offer, even though I have no intention on spending $3,000+ over 3 months to get a $50 statement credit ($50 / $3,000 = 1.67% bonus).  I then asked if he could check my 3 other Barclays credit cards and see if there were any offers available.  Who knows, if you don’t ask, they will never proactively tell you about your offers.

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35% Off SPG Points – Maybe for the Last Time?

Starwood Preferred Guest is back with their offer to buy SPG points for a 35% discount now through May 31, 2018. Recently, I told you about some of the new benefits that will come to those of us who hold SPG cards now that Marriott’s plans for the SPG program start in August. And one thing I think we’ve all learned from the blending of the programs is to maximize our opportunities before they disappear. Though for now the programs do remain independent, buying SPG Starpoints could be one of those fading opportunities.

But there is still time to enjoy a 35% savings on Starpoints right now! Over the years I’ve been a buyer of Starpoints and have always, whether using them for hotels or transferring them to airlines to book award flights, gotten greater value out of the points than the cost to purchase them. If you are looking to make some Starwood reservations and need to top off your account, or if you have a paid stay coming up, check out this opportunity to purchase Starpoints at 35% off.

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