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Easy 1500 United Miles when you join MyPoints

Mypoints.com will let you earn a maximum of 1500 United miles. You can earn a easy 500 United Miles for simply enrolling in the MyPoints program. You will need a United MileagePlus account so if you do not have one go to United.com and register to get a frequent flyer number. Also earn additional 1000 United Miles by shopping with any Mypoints partners such as Ebay, Groupon, Walmart and many more. According to the terms and conditions –

Earn an additional 1,000 MileagePlus bonus award miles when you make one or more qualifying purchase(s) totaling $25 in your first 30 days of membership”

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MyPoints.com promotion

I registered yesterday and my 500 miles posted this morning surprisingly in less than 24 hours. 1500 miles may not sound that of a big deal but it may help cap off a future award ticket (Domestic starts at 12,500 miles one-way) or  help you keep your United Mileage account active as  miles  expire if there has been no activity in the past 18 months.

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Easy 500 miles just for signing up.

You can sign up for MyPoints.com and earn 1500 miles by following this link – MyPoints.comDo not forget to shop for $25 from qualified stores via MyPoints.com to get the bonus 1000 miles.

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Where would you like to Travel for FREE?

Who does not like to Travel for Free and I can show you step-by-step of how to make it happen.

Go to my Facebook page here and vote on your favorite destination from the list I have on the Facebook page. I will write a step-by-step approach on how you can use credit card sign-up bonuses and other strategies to reach the winning destination on the poll for almost FREE!! Polling ends 8/8/2015. Visit my Facebook page here to Vote – LINK

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How about enjoy Desert Safari in Dubai?

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Go visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris

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Beautiful Sydney on my bucket list

London

Majestic London

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Stay 25 Free nights at Hotels worldwide using sign-up bonus from two cards!!

Introduction

By utilizing a couple of awesome limited time increased sign-up bonus offers from Citi and Chase you can score almost 25 FREE nights at Hilton and Marriott hotels worldwide. I will show you exactly how it can be done.

The Free Night Scoop

  • Chase Marriott Premier Rewards Card – Chase has increased the sign-up bonus on the Marriott Rewards card  to 80,000 points after spending $3,000 in 3 months. This is the highest point offer I’ve ever seen on the Marriott Rewards Premier card. This card does charge you annual fees of $85 and is not waived for the first year.

Here is the fine print of the offer –

Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card Application
  • Limited Time! Earn 80,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening
  • Enjoy 1 Free Night Stay at a Category 1-5 location every year after your account anniversary date!
  • For every $1 spent, earn 5 points at 3,800 Marriott locations, 2 points on airline ticket purchases directly with airlines, at car rental agencies & restaurants and 1 point everywhere else
  • The fastest way to earn Marriott Rewards points towards free nights
  • No limit to how many points you can earn
  • Pay no foreign transaction fees and enjoy wider acceptance when you travel with your embedded chip card and you make purchases at chip-enabled card readers
  • All for an $85 Annual Fee
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Marriott Category and 5th night Free

You can book Marriott Category 1 hotel for 7,500 reward points or 6,000 PointSavers rewards.  The 75,000 points you earn from sign-up bonus can be used for staying 10 nights at a category 1 Marriott Hotel worldwide and if you are able to books rooms using the 6,000 PointSavers rewards that will be even more nights. But remember, Marriott has this awesome offer – when you redeem 4 award nights , your fifth night is free!!! To top it there are no blackout dates. With the 5th night free promotion you can maximize the redemption value and get most from this card. You can find all the category 1 Hotels that Marriott offers here – Link

There are more than 200 category 1 Marriott Hotels worldwide including several in Mexico, Caribbean and Europe

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Fairfield Inn, Los Cabos, Mexico is a Category 1 Hotel and looks very good!!

You could visit Los Cabos, Mexico and stay at the Fairfield Inn that has excellent reviews on TripAdvisor

Courtyard Marriott Banglore

Courtyard Marriott Bengaluru (Banagalore, India)

You could also visit India and stay at The Fairfield by Marriott in the vibrant city of Bengaluru (Bangalore). The list of category  hotel is quite extensive and I feel the increased sign-up bonus from the Chase Marriott Premier card can really help you save big money!!!

The card also offers  1 Free Night Stay at a Category 1-5 location every year after your account anniversary date that very well justifies the annual fees of $85. You could stay at the beautiful Marriott in Costa Rica, San Jose using your card anniversary free night certificate!!

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Costa Rica Marriott, San Jose a great way to redeem your free Anniversary night

  • Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature card – Citi has also increased the sign-up bonus on the HHonors Visa Signature card to 75,000 Hilton points. The typical offer on this card is 40,000 points and Citi did roll out another offer for 65,000 points few months ago which is when I signed up for the card so definitely this is one of the best offer on this card with NO ANNUAL FEES. 

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Here is a summary of the card benefits –

  • Limited Time: Earn 75,000 Hilton HHonors™ Bonus Points after making $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 6 HHonors Bonus Points for each $1 spent at any participating hotel within the Hilton Portfolio.
  • Earn 3 HHonors Bonus Points for each $1 spent on purchases at supermarkets, drugstores and gas stations.
  • Earn 2 HHonors Bonus Points for each $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • Enjoy the benefits of HHonors Silver status as long as you are a cardmember
  • No annual fee.

You may notice this no-annual fee card will automatically give you silver status (better chance for upgrade, some freebies and extra HHonors points). Also, no annual fees card are great as you don’t have to worry about cancelling the card when the annual fees is due that can help you establish long term relationship with the bank which is a key in this game!!!

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Hilton 5th night promotion for Silver, Gold and Diamond members

Hilton offers free 5th night for Silver, Gold and Diamond member and by holding this card you automatically qualify for this promotion as you earn silver status. You can read more about the free night promo here – Link

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Hilton award chart

You can book category 1 Hilton Hotels for just 5,000 HHonors points. The  75,000 bonus points  equates to 15 nights at Category 1 Hilton Hotel worldwide. Here is a link to all the hotels in this category – LINKThere are almost 50 hotels to choose from. You should try to use the 5th night free promotion to gain most from this deal.

Hilton Pyramid Gold Resort

Hilton Pyramids Golf Resort, Cairo, Egypt

Hilton Pyramids Golf Resort in Egypt looks like a great property that you can redeem for only 5000 points. You may also consider visiting Turkey and stay at the Hiltom Garden Inn, Trabzon, Turkey for only 5,000 points

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Hilton Garden Inn Trabzon, Turkey

Conclusion

By combining the sign up bonuses from the Chase Marriott Premier rewards card (80,000 points) and the Citi Hilton Hhonors Visa Signature card (75,000 points) you can score more than 25 nights at Category 1 Marriott and Hilton hotels (combine). Also, both the hotel chains offer 5th night free promotion that can help you travel around the world paying pennies!!!!! With most hotels costing an average of $100 I value combined sign-up bonuses from the two cards worth at least $2500 and this is a fantastic deal. The Marriott card has an annual fees of $85 which is not waived and the Citi Hilton card has no annual fees. The Marriott card also offer free stay at any Category 1-5 hotel as an anniversary bonus which may justify paying the annual fees.

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How to Get Free Hotel Breakfast, Upgrades, and More with Visa Signature

I always feel my hotel stay is incomplete without having a nice scrumptious breakfast. Since We’ve been staying at some top hotels around the world (while paying pennies).If you read this site you probably already know that top tier hotel elite status can get you things like upgrades, free breakfast, late-check out, and more.  However, unless you travel quite a bit per year, or are able to put large amounts of spending on some co-branded hotel credit cards, the upper tier hotel elite status levels that get you those really good perks are probably out of reach for most of us.

Yummy Breakfast at Premier Inn Abu Dhabi during our recent stay

However, you can still get free breakfast, upgrades, late check-out, and other VIP goodies just by booking a stay at a participating “Luxury Hotel Collection” hotel via a program that Visa Signature offers.  Before you close the page thinking “free stuff” this will cost extra, or that families have no business in “luxury” hotels, hear me out because you might be surprised.

If your card bears this symbol enjoy some of these great benefits

How Do You Access the Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection?

All you have to do to access The Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection is have a Visa Signature credit card.  There are tons of them, and if you have some rewards credit cards, the chances are good that you already have one in your wallet.

Some of the most popular cards on the market are part of this family of premium cards, including the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Sapphire, British Airways Visa, the Hyatt card, the Marriott Rewards Premier and Marriott Rewards cards, the Southwest Plus card, Bank of America’s Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines cards, Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card, Citi Hilton HHonors and Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve, US Bank FlexPerks, Citi AAdvantage Visa Signature, and many more.

What Family Friendly/Points Friendly Hotels are in the Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection?

There are over 900 hotels all around the world, but a few that jump out at me as being good fits for families or points junkies are:

Park Hyatt Washington DC, Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, Hyatt Key West, Hyatt Olive 8, Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa, Hyatt Regency Aruba, Hyatt Regency Maui, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, Hyatt Regency Indian Wells, Grand Hyatt Kauai, Andaz 5th Avenue, Andaz Papagayo, Andaz Maui, Andaz Amsterdam, Andaz Napa, Intercontinental Bali, Westin St. John, Westin Dublin, Westin Maui, St. Regis Monarch Beach, St. Regis Houston, St. Regis Princeville, St. Regis Rome, St. Regis Bahia Beach, St. Regis Punta Mita, Liberty Hotel Boston, Aria, Vdara, W South Beach, W Atlanta Downtown, W Vieques Island, and tons more.

Another one one my bucket list : Hyatt Regency Aruba is in the Visa Signature Hotel collection

You can search by price, location, brand, interest, setting, etc.

How expensive are hotels in the Luxury Hotel Collection?

The rates for hotels in the Luxury Hotel Collection should be the same as the lowest rate you can find via the hotel directly or other similar sites, albeit without the use of discount codes or other reduced rates due to AAA, AARP, etc.  In fact, they have a “Best Rate Guarantee” in case you do find a lower rate elsewhere within 24 hours of booking.

Some of the hotels in the collection are very expensive for my tastes, but others are much more reasonable per night.  Of course these are not going to be your super cheap budget motel properties, but there are many that have reasonable prices, with some in the $100 – $200 per night range.

I’ve seen the Westin Lake Las Vegas go for around $100 per night or less.  A random search of dates at the Hyatt Regency Maui turned up nights starting at $259/night.  That isn’t cheap, but when you consider that it would cost 20,000 Hyatt points per night to stay there, you may decide the cash rate makes sense for some nights – especially given the perks you will get via the Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection program.

The Fullerton Hotel Singapore part of Visa Signature Luxury program

What perks do you get from booking with the Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection program?

This is the good part because you get all these perks just by booking via the Luxury Hotel Collection program without having to pay extra or have any sort of elite status – all you need is a Visa Signature card.  The perks include:

  • Best available rate guarantee
  • Complimentary continental breakfast daily
  • $25 food and beverage voucher
  • Automatic room upgrade upon arrival, if available
  • Free in-room internet, when available
  • 3PM late check-out, upon request
  • VIP guest status

How the hotels deliver on the continental breakfast for two daily will vary, but in my experience if you don’t want an actual continental breakfast, many will offer that monetary equivalent toward another breakfast item.  Since hotel breakfasts usually aren’t cheap, this can easily be a $50+ value per day of your stay for two people.

Additional Savings and Discounts:

On top of the perks, you can sometimes get additional savings or additional perks at certain properties.  When you are on the website go to the “Special Offers” section to see if any of the offers work for your travel plans.  A few examples of the ones I saw on the website are:

  • 3rd or 4th night free
  • 25% off publicly available rates
  • $100 dining credit + 10% off with two night stay
  • $125 hotel credit with two night stay

If you aren’t familiar with the program, or haven’t used it in a while, I highly recommend you poke around on The Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection website to see if some of the hotels and benefits offered might work for one of your upcoming vacations.  Remember that you will still earn your points/elite status credits when you book via the Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection, so those of us that love hotel points can essentially double up and earning points and getting extra perks!

Have you utilized the Visa Signature perks on a hotel stay?  Where did you go, and how was the stay?

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Free $30 in Uber Rides

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Have you ever waited out in the rain for a cab that never shows up?

With Uber you can order your ride from your phone.  A map pops up and you can watch the driver’s progress toward your location.  And now you can get $30 off your 1st ride in the US with Uber!

Uber is available in 54 countries and in most major US cities.  They’re also continuously adding new locations.

So while you might not live where Uber currently operates, you may soon be traveling somewhere that does

Link:  $30 Credit for Uber

Uber is a new alternative to taxis.  Just download the app to your smartphone and order your ride right from the app.  You can even get a fare quote and estimated pickup time.

Uber has several different levels of service, which includes (depending upon your location):

  • UberX
  • UberTaxi
  • UberBlack
  • UberSUV
  • UberLux

I like Uber because payment is handled through your phone.  You don’t have to worry about tips, change, or a broken credit card machine.  Also, if you are traveling with a friend the app has a nice fare splitting feature.

Refer Your Friends and Get More Credits!

Once you sign-up for Uber you can refer your friends online or through your smartphone app.  And when they take their 1st ride, they will get a $30 discount and you will get a $30 credit!

 

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How I earned 723,000 miles and points in 2014 and where all did we travel

Where all did we travel in 2014?

I am glad to end 2014 on a very happy note . By implementing several strategies, credit card sign-up bonus and bonus miles via referral I was able to acquire more than 700,000 miles and points without flying.We used some of these miles and points to travel for almost free  to destinations like Washington D.C, Myrtle beach, Miami, NYC, Baltimore, Cancun and the highlight of this year was our 10 days Trip to Europe (Spain and France) which costed me barely  $500 (airfare+ lodging) for two people while flying business class on US Air (more details in next week posts) and staying at some top-notch five star hotels in the best of the locations. A one way-business class from North America to Europe itself  costs average $5000 per person for which I paid 50,000 miles and $15 in award fees . You could easily earn 50,000 US Airways miles by applying for the soon to be discontinued US Airways Premier World MasterCard

View from the revolving restaurant at Double Tree Crystal City we stayed in August 2014

US at The Eiffel Tower, Paris

Enjoying authentic delicacies in Madrid

Yum Yum Chocolate raspberry cake in business class of US Air travelling from Philadelphia – Madrid

Segwaying in Madrid with the Royal palace in background

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Enjoying drinking Bailey’s in US Air business class while watching Dawn of the planet of the Apes

 

Can I get one of everything please???? – Business Class US Airways

View from our beautiful suite at Le Meridien Barcelona right in the heart of La Ramblas

How I earned 723,000 miles and points in 2014?

The question you may ask – did you sign-up for like 20 credit cards? The answer is NO!!! Between my wife and I we signed up for a total of nine credit cards in 2014. As we also purchased a house I did not want a lot of hard inquiries before securing our most important investment and I also recommend you do not apply for any credit cards or loan applications at least six months leading into any home or car mortgage. Read more about it on my post on Credit 101. Here is a summary on how I earned all those miles –

Credit Card, Account or Spend Miles or Points Type Cost / Minimum Spend
Citi AA Executive Card X 2 (Expired now)

220,000

AA miles $450 account fees, $200 statement credit
United MileagePlus Explorer

55,000

United miles $1000 spend in 3 months, annual fee waived 1st year
Barclaycard Arrivalplus Mastercard x 2

88,000

Travel Credit of $880 $3000 spend in 3 months, annual fee waived 1st year
US Airways Premier World Mastercard x 2

100,000

US Airways miles After 1st purchase, no minimum
Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card American Express

35,000

AA miles $3000 spend in 4 months, annual fee waived 1st year
Chase Ink Plus business card

55,000

UR points $5,000 spend in 3 months, annual fee waived 1st year
Chase Ink Plus Refer a friend promo

50,000

UR points None. I referred five friends who all got approved
British Airways VISA Signature

50,000+70,000+Free Companion Ticket

BA Avios $3000 spend in 3 months, 50 K bonus (after 20 k spend) and companion ticket after spending total of $30,000 in one calendar year, $95 annual fees not waived

The total comes out to be 723000 miles. I would have to circle the earth many a times  if all those miles were to be earned via flying. I also earned several thousand miles and points (not accounted above)  via shopping through online portals  my personal favorites being  the Ultimate Rewards mall and BarclayBoost.

Questions?

Would you like to earn over 500,000 miles in 2015? Don’t know how to redeem the miles to get best value? How to get upgraded to a suite? I’d love to show you how you can implement several strategies to get to your dream destination for real cheap. Follow my blog or drop me a line and I’d love to answer your questions and help you plan your next trip.

Bucket List – Mystique Hotel Santorini where a room typically costs $600/night I plan on staying for almost free in 2015.

Bucket List 2015- British Airways B777-300 First Class – Retail cost $10,000 per person round trip from IAD to most places in Europe. I plan to redeem 120,000 British Airways Avios along with the free companion ticket to travel in this beauty for pennies!!

Bucket List 2015 – Andaz Maui, Hawaii yet another top class hotel where you can easily score free nights

PS – I get commission from some of the links mentioned in the post here. You don’t have to but I am grateful if you plan to  use my referral link to sign up for any of these cards

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