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4 Buy Miles / Points Promos Ending Soon: Radisson Hotels Americas (100%), Southwest (40%), Marriott (50%) & Choice (30%)

Good afternoon everyone, happy Friday!  I was working on my Buy Miles & Points Page and found 4 offers that are 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 4 offers that end soon.  Up first, Radisson Hotels Americas is offering up to a 100% bonus, depending on the number of Radisson Rewards Americas Points you purchase.  This offer expires September 15.

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I’m Back from Hawaii and a Preview of Upcoming Blog Posts

Good morning everyone, I hope your week is going well.  I just returned home from a relaxing trip to Hawaii with Laura for our 2 year wedding anniversary.  We spent 4 nights on the Big Island in Kona at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa using 4 50K Free Night Certificates and then 6 nights on Kauai; 4 nights in Princeville and 2 nights in Poipu at 2 different Vacasa vacation rentals that cost 13,500 Wyndham Rewards Points per night (thanks to the 10% discount for Barclays Wyndham Rewards Earner Business Credit Card holders).

Sunset view overlooking the pool and ocean at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa

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My Retention Offer on Chase Marriott Bonvoy Premier Plus Business Credit Card

Good afternoon everyone, I hope your week is going well.  Last week, the $99 annual fee posted to my legacy / grandfathered Chase Marriott Bonvoy Premier Plus Business Credit Card (no longer available for new members).  The only reason I keep this credit card is for the 35K Marriott Free Night Certificate, which I value slightly more than $99.  I decided to call Chase to see if I was eligible for a retention offer.  I explained to the Chase rep that I wasn’t travelling much this year and asked if the annual fee could be waived.  The Chase rep said I could get a $50 statement credit or product change to the no annual fee Chase Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card.  I gladly accepted the $50 statement credit and that credit posted to my account about a week later.

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The Upside of Free Night Certificates over Hotel Points

Good evening everyone.  2 years ago, I wrote Track Hotel Free Night Certificates & Credit Card Annual Fees with my Spreadsheet.  In that post, I shared my strategy for keeping track of free night certificates.  If you have several co-branded hotel credit cards (like the Chase World of Hyatt Credit Card or Chase IHG Rewards Premier Credit Card), you need to keep track of free night certificate expiration dates so you do not forget to use them before they expire or you run out of time to use them at a good property (the hotel is not going to remind you to use your free night certificate – they want you to pay the annual fee and forget to use your free night certificates).  Here are the unused free night certificates I have, as of March 2021.  I sorted the list by the expiration date of my free night certificates, so I know which free night certificates I need to focus on first.

The inspiration for this post came from a recent Miles to Memories post called Don’t Fall Into The Free Night Certificate Fuzzy Math Trap!  In that post, Mark shared all the downsides of free night certificates, like short expiration dates, some certificates only work at certain hotel categories or on certain days, etc.  I totally agree with all of those downsides, but I had the pleasure of redeeming 2 free night certificates today and wanted to share an upside I found with free night certificates.

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Chase Saved Account Manager: Track Where your Credit Cards are Stored Online & in Mobile Wallets

Good morning everyone, happy Friday!  I just got an email from Chase and I scrolled all the way to the bottom and saw a section called “Track where your card is stored.”  I decided to look into this feature, which is called the Chase Saved Account Manager.  It is actually pretty cool and helpful to see where your credit cards are stored online or in mobile wallets (like ApplePay and Google Pay).  This could be a useful feature if your old credit card expires and you need to update the credit card information or if your credit card is lost or stolen – you will know exactly which websites and apps have your credit card number stored (from previous online or in-app purchases).  Without further ado, let’s dive into the Chase Saved Account Manager feature.

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