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Buy Miles/Points Promos Ending Soon: Choice (50%), American (100K), Radisson (50%), Virgin Atlantic (40%) & IHG (80%)

Good afternoon everyone.  I was working on my Buy Miles & Points Page and found a few offers ending soon.  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 5 buy miles/points promos ending soon.  First up, Choice Hotels is offering up to a 50% bonus, depending on the number of Choice Hotels Privileges Points you purchase.  This offer expires today – April 22. Extended, expires on April 29.

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Keep, Cancel or Convert? American Express Hilton Aspire Credit Card ($450 Annual Fee)

Good morning everyone.  As part of my “Keep, Cancel or Convert?” series, I like to evaluate and reevaluate credit cards to make sure they still deserve a spot in my wallet (or credit card drawer).  In today’s post, I will share my thoughts regarding my American Express Hilton Aspire Credit Card.  I was reviewing my recent credit card statement and spotted a reference to the annual fee (it was very subtle and is probably overlooked by most people).  I decided to check out page 4…

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Keep, Cancel or Convert? Chase Sapphire Preferred Credit Card ($95 Annual Fee)

Good afternoon everyone.  As part of my “Keep, Cancel or Convert?” series, I like to evaluate and reevaluate credit cards to make sure they still deserve a spot in my wallet (or my fiance’s wallet, in this case).  Last year, my fiance was approved for the Chase Sapphire Preferred Credit Card and she used it heavily when she first got the credit card (to meet the $4,000 minimum spending requirement), but that credit card hasn’t gotten much use lately.  This is mainly because I have the Chase Sapphire Reserve Credit Card that offers 3x on travel and dining vs. the Chase Sapphire Preferred’s 2x on travel and dining.  And since my March App-O-Rama, I have been using my American Express Gold Card since that credit card offers 4x on dining.  Long story short, my fiance’s Chase Sapphire Preferred was not worth the $95 annual fee.  This is hard to believe since the Chase Sapphire Preferred was one of the best travel rewards credit cards just a few years ago.  We decided the best thing to do would be to convert her Chase Sapphire Preferred Credit Card into a Chase Freedom Credit Card, since we did not have a Chase Freedom between the two of us and the 5% rotating cash back categories would be easy to use.

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Frequent Traveler University (FTU) Signature Chicago June 1-2 ($30 Off with Code EASTER)

Updated 11am PT on 4/11/19: The new promo code EASTER will save you $30 on your FTU ticket, but you must purchase by 4/22/19.


Good morning everyone.  I had a great time at the last Frequent Traveler University (FTU) in Seattle and I am happy to announce that the next travel conference has been announced for Chicago on June 1-2 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare Chicago.  You can learn more about the event and purchase tickets hereUse promo code EARLYBIRD by April 10 to get $35 off your FTU ticket.  If you are one of the first 75 people to book your ticket, you also have access to a free pizza dinner at Barnaby’s on Friday evening (May 31).  I love going to travel conferences, listening to speakers, meeting blog readers, and catching up with good friends, but sadly, I am busy that weekend.  My fiance is a teacher and that is the first weekend of her summer vacation, so we are heading to Tahiti and Moorea for a few days of fun in the sun.

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PSA: Make Sure to Convert / Upgrade to US Bank Radisson Rewards Premier Visa Signature Credit Card

Good morning everyone.  A few years ago, Club Carlson / Radisson Rewards credit cards were awesome because you could redeem points and get your last night free.  If you booked a 2 night stay, you got 50% off the total price.  Well, it was too good to last, so Club Carlson / Radisson Rewards got rid of that benefit.  A lot of people burned all their points and closed their credit cards, but I decided to keep my Club Carlson / Radisson Rewards credit cards.  To make thing confusing, there are 4 US Bank issued Radisson Rewards credit cards (3 personal and 1 business).

For the longest time, I had the US Bank Radisson Rewards Premier Visa Signature Credit Card ($75 annual fee) and the US Bank Radisson Rewards Business Visa Credit Card ($60 annual fee).  Both of these credit cards offer 40,000 anniversary bonus points every year, just for paying the annual fees.  For $135 in annual fees, I could get 80,000 Radisson Rewards points every year.  Since I wanted more cheap Radisson Rewards points, I decided to apply for the US Bank Radisson Rewards Visa Signature Credit Card ($50 annual fee) and then upgrade to the US Bank Radisson Rewards Premier Visa Signature Credit Card ($75 annual fee) in the future.  As luck would have it, I wasn’t approved for the US Bank Radisson Rewards Visa Signature Credit Card ($50 annual fee), but instead, I was approved for the US Bank Radisson Rewards Visa Credit Card (no annual fee).

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