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Check your email for $25 in Free Amazon Appstore credit

I received an email this morning from Amazon stating I have $25 to spend in Amazon Appstore. This may be useful for some who are not into downloading apps from not so legal websites.


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Let me know if you received a similar email and any recommendations on apps I should purchase?

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$25 Amazon Gift Card Winner , 30,000 Points Starwood offer is back and how to use them wisely

  1. Thanks to everyone who left a comment to win the $25 Amazon Gift card. There were lot of wonderful comments and seriously I learned a thing or two about my awesome readers. The winner of this giveaway is HS who left the following comment –

” My dream destination city is Amsterdam, I admire the canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades.”

Congratulations HS!! You will receive your Amazon gift card via email shortly and please dont be disappointed if you did not win there are more exciting giveaways coming up  as I come closer to the official launch of my new website

2. The 30,000 Starwood points  personal and small business cards are back for a limited time. The usual bonus on these cards is 25,000 points. You would have to spend $3000 in purchases on the personal card within 3 months and $5000 in purchases on the business within 3 months of getting approved. I used the sign-up bonus of 30,000 points to stay  in a suite at Le Meredien Barcelona for three nights giving us a value of $1500 from just one card which is awesome!!! SPG points are extremely valuable as they are difficult to earn and there are some fantastic properties around the world you can use these points for a free stay.

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Warm welcome to our Suite at Le Meridien Barcelona

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The room has awesome view of Las Ramblas

Why are SPG points so valuable?

Starwood points are so useful for transfer purposes that it’s easy to forget they can also be quite valuable for hotel award stays. There are four main reasons why Starwood points used for hotels can rival the value of airline transfers:

  • Fifth night free. When you book four consecutive award nights, Starwood lets you stay the fifth night for free. This can increase the value of your points by 25%.
  • No blackout dates or capacity controls on standard room awards. Unlike most airline awards, Starwood will let you redeem your points for any available standard room. That said, some hotels maintain a large quantity of rooms that they label “superior” in order to circumvent this rule.
  • Reasonable award chart for mid-range hotels. Award nights start at just 2,000 points per night for a Category 1 property (though there aren’t many of those). Hotels in Categories 2-4 are easy to find, and cost just 4,000, 7,000, and 10,000 points per night, respectively. Competing hotel chains often price award nights at similar properties much higher.
  • Few taxes and fees. Booking an international award flight can involve hundreds of dollars of taxes and fees, and even more expensive fuel surcharges. On the other hand, governments typically impose hotel taxes based on the rate paid, so an award night is often truly free. With Starwood, the exceptions include properties classified as “resorts”, which add a resort fee to award bookings, as well as any location where an occupancy tax is collected based on the number of persons in a room.

What can you do with 30,000 SPG Points?

Below is the Starwood Award chart with various award tier Hotels. There are hotels from Category 1-7.


Starwood Award Chart

Another interesting option that only Starwoods offers is a Nights & Flights package.

With Nights & Flights, you’re booking a hotel and transferring to an airline at the same time.

But here’s the cherry:  the miles don’t have to be used in conjunction with your hotel stays.

Once the points are transferred to your airline account (whether it be AA, USAirways, etc.) you can use the miles anytime!

Basically, you’re getting great value by booking a hotel and transferring to an airline at the same time, even though they don’t have to be used together!

By doing this, you’ll save some serious points.

The Nights & Flights option is available for either Category 3 or Category 4 hotels (which I think are the best value anyway).

They include:

  • Category 3:  50,000 airline miles + 5 nights at a Category 3 for 60K SPG points
  • Category 4:  50,000 airline miles + 5 nights at a Category 4 for 70k SPG points

If you didn’t use Night & Flights, you’d normally pay:

  • Category 3:  40k SPG points for 50k airline miles (because of the 25% transfer bonus) + 28k for 5 nights = 68k SPG points
  • Category 4:  40k SPG points for 50k airline miles (because of the 25% transfer bonus) + 40k for 5 nights = 80k SPG points

That means that you are saving 8k SPG points for the Category 3 option and 10k SPG points for the Category 4 option!

To book a Nights & Flights award, you’ll need to call in, since these can’t be booked online.

So if you are sure that you want to make a transfer and have to book a hotel stay with SPG, you might as well combine them and save yourself points!

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Sheraton Calrsbad Resort and Spa by the ocean for just 12,000 SPG Points 


Swan Dolphin Orlando – Stay at a hotel on Disney for just 10,000 points a night and enjoy all the perks

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Blog Giveaway – $25 Amazon Gift card

It’s giveaway time to celebrate the countdown for the launch of my new blog MilesManiac  later this August. I have some amazing blog readers and this time I’d like to do a $25 Amazon Gift card giveaway. Here is how you can enter –

  1. Like my Facebook page – MilesManiac
  2. Leave a comment at the bottom of this article blog or my facebook page  sharing your dream destination city and what is so special about this city.

I will accept all entries until 11:59 pm (PST) August 9th and announce the winner on August 11th. Good luck!!!

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$25 Amazon Gift Card giveaway

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Free $10 on $10 for Amazon Prime members with new Subscribe and Save , $200 cash back on Chase Freedom Card

1. $10 on $10 at Amazon

If you are an Amazon Prime member and have never used the subscribe and save service than you are eligible to receive $10 off your first order of $10 or more. Follow the steps and enroll as the offer ends July 4th 2015 11:59 PST. I have saved hundreds of dollars using coupons available on Amazon and combined them with subscribe and save to enjoy additional 15% each month I have five or more subscriptions. Plus I really hate buying bulk items like toilet paper etc from stores and carry them home, Free Shipping with Amazon is just superb!!!

1. Choose any Subscribe & Save product.

2. On the product page, add the item to your cart by clicking ‘Review Subscription’.

3. Enter promo code TRYSNS10 in the “Gift Cards & Promotional Codes” box. You will then see “Prime Savings” in your Order Summary.

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See terms and conditions below. Exclusive to paid Prime members.

Terms and Conditions Offer ends at 11:59p.m. Pacific time on July 4, 2015.

  • Use promo code TRYSNS10 at checkout for a $10 promotional credit off any qualifying product. This is a limited time offer.
  • Offer only applies to products sold and shipped by Offer does not apply to digital content. Offer applies to Subscribe & Save orders of qualifying items only. Offer good while supplies last.
  • The maximum benefit you may receive from this offer is $10. This offer is available to customers with no previous Subscribe & Save order history.
  • This offer is available to paid Prime members only. Items must be purchased in a single order and shipped at the same speed to a single address. Amazon reserves the right to modify or cancel the offer at any time. Offer is non-transferable and may not be resold.
  • If any of the products related to this offer are returned, your refund will equal the amount you paid for the product, subject to applicable refund policies. If you violate any of these terms, the offer will be invalid.
  • Promotional codes (including those placed directly in accounts) may not be redeemed for Amazon Gift Cards.

2. $200 cash back (points) on Chase Freedom Card


Chase is bank with an increased sign-up bonus on of the more popular Freedom Card and is the highest you will ever see on this card (normally $100)


For a limited time, Chase has increased the sign-up bonus on the no annual fee Chase Freedom®. The sign-up bonus is marketed as follows:

  • For a limited time, earn a $200 Bonus after you spend $500 on purchases in your first three months from account opening
  • Earn a $25 Bonus after you add your first authorized user and make a purchase within this same three month period

What makes Chase Freedom great is the cash back in rotating categories every quarter. Below is a snapshot for cashback for 2015.

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The Chase Freedom offers 5% cash back (five points) per dollar spent on rotating quarterly categories, which can translate into a huge return. When you register your card each quarter you then earn 5x points for the first $1,500 spent in those category. This quarter you can maximize your returns by using cards at restaurants.

This card has no-annual fees so its a great way to keep a card and not worry about canceling and also establish good credit. If you have been thinking to apply for the Chase Freedom card than now is the time.


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$1500 + Cashback by signing up for two credit cards, $20 Amazon gift card using Western Union


1.  $1500 cashback by signing up for two Business Credit cards

The Plum Card® from American Express OPEN is offering 1.5% discount on the portion of your eligible purchases that you pay within 10 days of your statement closing date, as long as you pay the minimum payment due. Plus, get an additional $200 statement credit for every $10,000 you spend on the Card, up to $600 back. That can be an extra 2%. So the bottomline is , after spending $30,000 in three months which may be ridiculous for a lot of folks you would earn approximately $1050 back in statement credits. If you need ideas on how to spend $30,000 in three months shoot me an email and dI will share with you some tips and tricks to get minimum spending done. There is no annual fees for the first year and the annual fees for second year is $250.


Also, the Capital One is offering $500 cash back on its Capital One Spark Cash for Business after you spend $4500 in three months. This should be an easy-peasy for most folks. The typical sign-up bonus on this card is $200 so it is a good time to sign-up and take advantage of this offer. This card also has 2% cash back everyday on all purchases with no unlimited cashback. There is no  annual fees the first year  and second year fees is $59. Also, there is no foreign transaction fees.


How to Qualify for Business Credit cards?

Some of the business cards banks issue requires you to have an EIN (Employee Identification number).

You may easily qualify for business even if you are selling things on ebay, Amazon etc or are just starting of a new business . You may speak with a qualified CPA to discuss further.

Apply for an EIN by following these steps and it’s totally free

  1. Go to the IRS EIN page and scroll down to the bottom and click the link that says “APPLY ONLINE NOW.” You will find the EIN number application.
  2. Click the “Begin Application” button to apply for EIN number
  3. Answer about 10-15 quick questions
  4. That’s it! You just got a free EIN number.

After you submit your application you will get a PDF document with your EIN and save it where you can retrieve it easily. You would have to call IRS and retrieve the EIN if you ever misplace it. You can also apply for EIN over the phone at (800) 829-4933 from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm.

2.  $20 Amazon Gift Card by signing up for Western Union and sending $50.

If you sign up for Western Union via my referral link and send or transfer $50 to anyone then WU will credit you with a $20 Amazon gift card within 2-4 weeks. Once you sign-up you are also able to refer others and earn $20 per referral up to $100. You would pay a $5 fee by sending money using your bank account so you would earn a net profit of $15 after receiving you Amazon gift card values at $15. You can easily send money to friends and family and take advantage of this offer. Remember, this offer is only good for new accounts.

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