How I am flying to Chicago for just $11 and 5800 points!

This is another post in the How I am Series of articles that show you the nuts and bolts of how I play the free travel game.Chicago Bean Link

They say luck is when preparation meets opportunity and I am a very lucky guy.  When I saw that my friend and Incorrect Records label boss Anthony Attalla was spinning at a birthday party at Spybar in Chicago in May, I was on the lookout for a deal on award tickets.  I just scored round trip airfare for just $11 and 5800 Southwest points which is a steal! I’m going to do this one a bit differently and break this deal down backwards. Continue reading

Make an extra 2250 AA miles by shopping online!

If you don’t know about the magic of shopping portals and how they can make you tons of miles then check out our article on How to Use Shopping Portals for Mega Miles.

American Airlines Shopping just announced a bonus from now until April 29 for up to 2250 bonus miles on top of your normal shopping earnings.AA Shopping Bonus 2250The first level is 250 miles for $125 spend, and it goes up to 2250 miles for $700 in spending.  The spending thresholds are cumulative which means you can spend the amounts at different merchants throughout the month and still get the bonus.  This represents an extra 2X or 3X on your spending which is great for stuff that you would shop for anyways.

An example:

You buy $300 worth of clothes at Macy’s which is currently paying 6 miles / $1 spent.  You will not only get the 1800 normal miles ($300 * 6) but will also get the 1000 bonus miles for a total of 2800 AA miles on only $300 in spending.  And this of course is on top of whatever miles or points you get for using your credit card such as the 1 Ultimate Rewards point you get for every dollar you spend with the Chase Sapphire Preferred card.

Shopping online is one of the best ways to turbocharge your miles earning and one that should be part of everyone’s strategy.

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US Airways American Airlines Merger March 28, 2015

American Airlines sent out an email this morning stating that existing US Airways Dividend Rewards accounts will be merged into the AAdvantage program on March 28.  We previously showed you how to make sure your American and US Airways accounts were linked together which will make sure that the miles get put into the right account. If you have done that you are all set!

Anything else I should do before this happens?

I have been telling everyone that opening a US Airways MasterCard before the merger finalizes is a great idea.  USAirFirst off, the offer is a great one, 50K miles after the first purchase!  Second, this card is eventually going away and is being transitioned into a new American Airlines card.  By getting the US Airways card now, you are still eligible to get the new card too when it is released (along with any bonus that it offers) Third, you can get both the 50K US Airways bonus, the 50K American Platinum Visa bonus (both are part of our Easy Quarter Million program) and once they combine the programs you will have a cool 100K miles all in one account which is enough to go anywhere in the world!

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Make 4000 Miles in Minutes with Staples

Staples has one offer running this week (through Saturday) and another next week (Starting this Sunday) that you can combine to earn 4000 Miles in Minutes and make $12 too!  You would have to fly from New York to Rome to get this many miles but with this method you can get them in just 15 minutes without leaving your home town!  If you read our article on the Secret to Savings on Southwest, you know that this is enough miles to fly you round trip from Florida to Texas!  Or you could use 5000 miles to book a night at this amazing property in Tibet with the latest round of Pointbreaks!

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It’s First Friday! 3X Points on Restaurants and Bars for Chase Sapphire Preferred cards.

First Friday is one of those things I have been wanting to write about but kept missing.  Well today I will check it off my list.  People who follow this blog know that I love my Chase Sapphire Preferred card.  The 2X miles on Travel and Restaurant expenses really adds up for me since that is so much of what I spend.ChaseSapphirePreferred

Well today they are giving you an extra bonus point on the Restaurant category (which normally includes bars and clubs too) for a total of 3 points for ever dollar!  So go out to happy hour if needed and offer to pick up the check!  Or do the old “I’ll put it all on my credit card and take the cash” trick.  That way you can get triple miles on the total amount of the bill that will help you get closer to your next free trip!

You don’t have to do anything special, the bonus is applied automatically today so enjoy the extra points!

While you are at it, why not double dip at one of the locations where you can get Miles For Meals for an extra 5 miles per dollar spent!

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Uber Users! Get Free SPG Hotel Points for Every Ride!

Starwood Preferred Guest is one of my favorite hotel chains due to the beautiful properties and especially the great value I am able to get on point redemptions. I regularly get 4 cents or more per point on my hotel redemptions which is incredible so I am always after as many SPG points as I can get.

I have been a big fan of Uber and Lyft since they entered the Miami market.  In you haven’t signed up yet, you should!  And if you use the links in the previous sentence then we will both get an extra free ride since I am referring you. :) Both services are cheaper and more comfortable than risking your life in a dirty taxi (especially Uber.)

When I saw that Uber had announced a partnership with SPG I was thrilled!Uber SPG

The base level is 1 Starpoint per dollar spent on Uber, but you can get bonus points during days where you have an SPG stay (including the check in and check out dates).  The bonus amounts vary with your status level with SPG.

Uber SPG 3I love all of these partnerships that the various hotels and airlines have come up with because it means extra points which are always welcome.

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