Good morning everyone. This is a hotel hack that I have used a few times to various degrees of success. It is definitely in the “gray area” of travel hacking (read Frequent Miler’s Blogging the Line post), but all’s fair in love, war, and award redemptions, right? I don’t want to state any specific hotel chains or specific hotels that have worked for me, but this should technically be possible everywhere, but your mileage may vary (YMMV). For this hotel hack, let me paint you a picture…
You are in the middle of planning your trip, the award flights are booked, the discounted rental car is booked, your activities are all planned out, but the hotel you have your eye on is not available on points. Bummer! Not to worry, there may be a way to book the hotel on points for the night you want.
Good morning everyone, I hope you had a great weekend. 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). For today’s post, I will review my US Bank Radisson Rewards Business Credit Card (no longer available to new cardholders) which just charged me the $60 annual fee. The only reason I keep this credit card year after year is the 40,000 anniversary Radisson Rewards Points. I am basically buying 40,000 Radisson Rewards Points for $60, which is 0.15 cents per point (CPP). I probably value Radisson Rewards Points at 0.4-0.5 CPP, so I have no problem paying the annual fee every year.
Even though I planned on keeping this credit card, I called US Bank to ask if there were any retention offers available. After reviewing my account, the rep first said she could cut my interest rate in half. I politely declined that offer and said last year I was offered Radisson Rewards Points to keep the credit card open – was that offer still available? The rep said yes, but it was only for 2,500 Radisson Rewards Points. I told her that was better than nothing and accepted the offer. The rep said I should see the 2,500 Radisson Rewards Points on my next statement.
Updated 11:20am PT on 7/22:I added the latest Alaska Airlines buy miles promo to the end of this post.
Good afternoon everyone. I was working on my Buy Miles & Points Page and found 10 offers ending in the next 2 months. 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 is a quick summary of the 10 buy miles/points promos ending in July and August:
Radisson Hotels – Buy Radisson Rewards Points with up to a 50% Bonus! (Offer expires July 28, 2019)
Avianca Airlines – Buy Avianca Airlines LifeMiles with a 145% Bonus! (Offer expires July 31, 2019)
JetBlue – Buy JetBlue TrueBlue Points with up to a 40% Discount! (Offer expires July 31, 2019)
American Airlines – Buy American Airlines AAdvantage Miles with a 10% Discount + up to 100,000 Bonus Miles! (Offer expires August 2, 2019)
Spirit Airlines – Buy Spirit Airlines Free Spirit Miles with up to a 40% Bonus! (Offer expires August 9, 2019)
Air France / KLM – Buy Air France / KLM Flying Blue Miles with a 50% Bonus! (Offer expires August 11, 2019)
Southwest Airlines – Buy Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Points with up to a 40% Discount! (Offer expires August 14, 2019)
Choice Hotels – Buy Choice Hotels Rewards Points with a 25% Discount! (Offer expires August 22, 2019)
IHG Hotels – Buy IHG Rewards Club Points with a 100% Bonus! (Offer expires August 23, 2019)
Alaska Airlines – Buy Alaska Airlines with up to a 50% Bonus! (Offer expires August 30, 2019)
Good afternoon everyone. Last month, I was reading an article by Nick at Frequent Miler called Almost #Bonvoyed: a cautionary tale on free night certs. In that post, Nick shared that after cancelling a Marriott stay booked with a free night certificate, the free night certificate did not automatically redeposit into his Marriott account. He had to track down the cancelled reservation and call Marriott to get the free night certificate redeposited into his Marriott account. Bonvoy! Toward the end of the article, Nick stated, “You shouldn’t need a spreadsheet to track the history of your Marriott free night certs — but the reality is that you do need to stay organized with them.”
That’s when the idea hit me, I should create a spreadsheet to track my Marriott category 1-5 free night certificates… as well as my Hilton free weekend night certificates, Hyatt category 1-4 free night certificates, IHG 40k free night certificates, and Radisson Rewards anniversary points. Here is my Hotel Free Night Certificate Tracker, maybe it will help you stay organized too.
The only reason I am using my (dusty) US Bank Radisson Rewards Credit Cards is because I received a targeted spending offer from US Bank / Radisson Rewards in early May. Doctor of Credit has more details, but the bonus is simple: spend $500 in May, June, and July to earn 20,000 bonus Radisson Rewards points. That was a pretty simple targeted spending promotion, so I brought both of my US Bank Radisson Rewards Credit Cards with me to Tahiti and used them a few times. Unfortunately, I forgot that US Bank / Radisson Rewards charges foreign transaction fees on international purchases, so I racked up a few FOREX fees on my trip :(