Club Carlson: Extend your Stay, Earn 30K

This is another of our No Credit, No Problem series of posts that you can do with no special credit needed!

Club Carlson has announced their latest promotion and it’s pretty nice!  Now through March 31, 2015, for each 2 night eligible stay you will get 15K bonus gold points and for each 3+ night stay you will get 30K bonus gold points.  Most paid rates will count as eligible stays but some deeply discounted rates such as Friends and Family rates may not apply.Club Carson Extend Your StayYou could consider this a 7.5K per night bonus for 2 night stays and 10K per night bonus for 3 night stays which is pretty awesome since for just 9000 points you can get a free night at a property like this Radisson Blu in El Quseir, Egypt.RadissonElQuseirThese bonus points are in addition to the 20 points per dollar you get for hotel spending and 10 more points per dollar if you have the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa. Since this promotion can be earned multiple times, the optimal strategy would be to split up your stays into either 3 or 2 night reservations so you can get 60K bonus points from a 6 night stay instead of just 30K.  There is really no reason not to sign up and it just takes a few seconds to enter your email address or Club Carlson number. So click here and get to it and start enjoying bonus points!

Update on AA / US Airways Merger

It looks like the full integration of American Airlines and US Airways merger is chugging along.  When I logged into my AA account today I was shown the following message.AA US MergeOnce I put my Dividend Miles # in, it matched my accounts together and I received an email from both programs saying my accounts had been matched.

As you can see from the screenshot some time in the 2nd quarter of 2015 they will combine the miles and activity of both programs and then email you.  In the mean time you can continue to credit your miles to either American or US Airways.

Membership Rewards 40% British Airways transfer bonus!

American Express Membership rewards has announced a 40% transfer bonus to British Airways Avios through January 31, 2014! This means if you transfer 100,000 Membership Rewards points you will receive 140,000 British Airways Avios.  This is one of the best transfer bonuses for BA Avios I have seen.  I jumped on a 30% transfer bonus to BA right before I cancelled my Amex Gold card and netted a cool 122,000 Avios which I then used for my trip to Mexico and many more trips as well. If you have read our article on When to use American AAdvantage Miles vs British Airways Avios then you know how valuable BA Avios can be!  I use them all the time for domestic and Central American travel and you should too! Continue reading

Earn 50K+ IHG Points with the IHG Set Your Sights Promotion

I am a big IHG fan.  From their awesome PointBreaks rooms for only 5,000 a night to their Big Win Promotions where I earned 132,000 and 101,000 points respectively, IHG keeps giving me so many points I can’t even use them all!  I am going to complete the Into the Nights promotion as well before the end of the year and get 2 free nights at any IHG property in the world!  I have my sights on the Intercontinental Bora Bora. :)Intercontinental Bora Bora Continue reading

Get 24,000 Free Ultimate Rewards Points from OfficeMax!

Edit: This deal actually goes until December 27th so you can get 50,000 miles or more!

Edit 2: I found out today you can do 3X$200 to maximize the discount with $40 off. I have updated the review to reflect this.

I love OfficeMax!  They give me free money and miles all the time like when they gave me 1000 points a day and when they gave me 43,000 Ultimate Rewards points in just one week! This time it is 24,000 free points but it is possible to get even more!

What you need?

  1. A miles or points earning credit or debit card. Any card will work for this deal but the Ink Plus, Ink Cash or Amex Simplycash cards are ideal with their 5X points on Office Supply stores
  2. A Bluebird card (you can get for free at Walmart)
  3. A little free time to stop by OfficeMax every day and then Walmart at the end of the week.

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US Airways Bumps Bonus to 50,000!

The US Airways® Premier World MasterCard® has always been one of our favorites for people to get started and it just got even better!  They have just bumped the US Airways 50Kbonus from 40,000 miles with your first purchase to 50,000 with your first purchase.  This means you can get this card, spend $1 on gas and then earn enough for two round trip flights anywhere in the US!  You do have to pay the $89 annual fee with this offer, but I would trade $89 for two round trip flights every day of the week.

This is really as easy as it comes for bonus miles.  Apply for the card, spend $1, get 50,000 miles!

Some other ways you could use these miles are for a ticket to Hawaii (40K miles), Off Peak to Europe in the winter (30K miles) or you could save up the miles and add some to it and get Business Class to Asia via Europe for 110K miles like I did when I went to Germany and China!

How you spend the miles is up to you, but the important thing is getting them while you can!  As you may know US Airways and American Airlines have partially merged and this card will probably be going away once the merger is completed (or at least rebranded to an AA card).

Some other benefits of this card are first checked bag free on US Airways operated flights, priority boarding, and one companion certificate per year.  If this sounds like something you are interested in (and it should) then click here to apply now.

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