Good afternoon everyone, I hope your weekend is off to a great start. A few weeks ago, Doctor of Credit wrote a post about an AT&T cash back deal through Bank of America. The deal was simple, make 2 AT&T purchases of $15 or more between April 22 and July 20 and get a $50 cash back statement credit. $15 x 2 = $30 – $50 cash back = $20 money maker. But I have AT&T, so I would have had to pay the bill anyway, so this was more like a $45 money make since I normally pay for AT&T with my Chase Ink Plus Business Credit Card. Anyway, it was an easy decision and I made 2 payments to AT&T: $15.01 and $15.02. Those purchases posted to my Bank of America credit card on April 24. Fast forward to May 7 (~14 days later) and I got the $50 cash back statement credit.
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??
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
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.
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.
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.