Middle Age Miles News & Notes 1/21/20 – Amex Offer for Staples; last call airline shopping portal bonuses; hotel points promos from ALL, iPrefer & Millennium

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After yesterday’s long News & Notes article, we had a few more things we wanted to catch up on today, mostly of the hotel promotion variety – but first, we’ll start with a new and potentially valuable Amex Offer that…

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Middle Age Miles News & Notes 1/20/20 – RC Visa; Hyatt-SLH promo; Chase Offer Hyatt House; Radisson Rewards; AA awards; Southwest; Marriott cards; Kimpton; new DFW & PHX lounges

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We’re chock-full of Middle Age Miles News & Notes on MLK Day after a long flight from DFW to Seattle. But first, a quick moment in honor of Dr. King and his contributions to America and our civil rights movement.…

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Locked by AA – My Data Point with Details & Thoughts

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Introduction I’ve been thinking about this article and how to frame it for some time. It’s been one of the most controversial and anger-filled topics that I’ve seen on points-and-miles blogs and forums in my years of following closely. Ultimately,…

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Middle Age Miles News & Notes 1/13/20 – Staples VGC deal; AS, AA, UA portal bonuses; Marriott issues & deals; Ticket Club

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New week, new Middle Age Miles News & Notes column – several interesting things to cover today: 1 – Visa Gift Card deal underway at Staples From now through Saturday, January 18, purchase a $200 Visa gift card (VGC) in-store…

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Strategy Ideas in Light of the Chase Sapphire Reserve Changes

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Introduction Without a doubt, the biggest news in the credit card and points-and-miles world this week has been Chase’s announcement of an increased annual fee for the Chase Sapphire Reserve (CSR) card, along with the addition of some ancillary benefits…

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Middle Age Miles News & Notes 1/10/20 – MGM; AA Vacations; Best Western; Hilton; Alaska; LifeMiles; Hyatt-AA

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No doubt, the biggest news in the credit card/points-and-miles world this week has been the impending changes coming to the Chase Sapphire Reserve (CSR) card. We’ve been digesting that news and thinking through the CSR value proposition and strategies in…

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Great Deals on Travel GCs at BJs.com Today – Delta, Southwest, Uber, Hotels.com

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BJ’s Wholesale Club (bjs.com) has a terrific sale on some travel gift cards at the moment. We don’t see an expiration date on these deals, so we highly suggest that you jump on them today if you’re interested. Here are…

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Another Year, Another Awesome Retention Offer on the Citi AT&T Access More Card

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Executive Summary I’m a little sheepish about writing this post. It feels braggy, when in fact I’m just walking around lucky. For the third straight year, I’ve received an awesome retention offer on my Citi AT&T Access More card –…

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All-Time High 75k Sign-Up Bonuses on Chase Southwest Personal Cards – Through Referral Only (Link Provided Here) – Use Toward Companion Pass!

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Executive Summary This week, Chase and Southwest have introduced all-time high sign-up bonus offers on the three Chase Southwest co-branded personal credit cards. If you’re eligible to get a Chase Southwest card, you can earn a sign-up bonus of up…

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Hilton Honors “Points Unlimited” Promo Is Underway

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Summary of the Promotion From January 6 through May 3, 2020, you can earn bonus points on stays at Hilton-family properties, as follows: 2,000 bonus points for every stay (including your first stay); plus 10,000 bonus points for every 10…

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Recalibrating Our Baseline Values for Points & Miles

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Introduction When you are earning points and miles and considering possible redemptions, it is critically important to have a general understanding of the value of those points and miles.  All points and miles are not created equal! Thus, back in September 2018…

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New Alaska Mileage Plan eShopping Portal Bonus – Our Analysis and How We’re Playing It

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The Alaska Portal Bonus Offer This morning, Alaska Mileage Plan eShopping came out with a new bonus offer for spending through its portal. The bonus offer consists of 2 tiers: Spend $150+ and earn 500 bonus AS miles Spend $300+…

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Happy New Year! Time to Re-Match Caesars to Wyndham Diamond, and Here’s How

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Introduction Happy New Year and New Decade to all Middle Age Miles readers! We wanted to start the year off right, with a reminder about one of the most fun and most-viewed topics from Middle Age Miles over the past…

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Points.com Has Returned to Top Cashback – Stack with Current Hotel Points Purchase Promotions!

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Introduction and Background A few weeks ago in one of our News & Notes articles, we noted that Points.com was no longer available through the Top Cashback (TCB) shopping portal. This eliminated what we thought was the best portal option…

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Airline Shopping Portal Bonuses Until 12/22 – Our Analysis and How We’re Playing Them

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Introduction Earlier this week, American, Alaska and United eShopping came out with “Last Minute Bonus” offers for holiday spending through their portals. Each of the bonus offers runs through Sunday, December 22, so you have a few days left to…

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