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Starwood To Offer Free In-Room Internet To All SPG Members; A Roundup Of Current Starwood Elite Status Benefits And How To Earn Status

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014, 10:52 am

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Effective 02/02/15 all SPG members will receive free WiFi in their Starwood hotel rooms.

Non-elite members will get standard level internet access for free, while SPG Gold and Platinum members will get premium level internet access for free.  Delta and Emirates elites will also get premium level internet access for free via Crossover rewards.

Only stays booked via SPG.com will qualify for free internet access.

Currently Fairmont and IHG give all members free in-room internet access and Marriott will as well as of 01/15/15.

So what are the benefits of each Starwood elite status level?

1. Starwood Preferred (base) members get free standard internet. Anyone can signup free on SPG.com

2. Starwood Preferred Plus status is an unpublished elite status level that is given for free to anyone with a Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express. It’s also offered to AAA and AARP members.

Preferred Plus members get 4pm confirmed late checkout and room upgrades when available.

3. Starwood Gold status is given for free if you have Platinum Card® from American Express or if you spend $30,000 in a calendar year on the Starwood AMEX or if you spend 25 paid or award nights or have 10 stays in Starwood hotels in a calendar year. You can get lifetime gold status by accumulating 5 years of Starwood elite status and 250 nights in Starwood hotels.  Some people have been able to get free Gold status for a year by calling up and telling a rep that they want to start staying in more Starwood hotels, but YMMV on that one.

Gold members get free premium level internet access, a 250 Starpoint amenity on paid and award stays, 4pm confirmed late checkout, and room upgrades when available. They also get 3 Starpoints per dollar spent on paid stays and 1 Starpoint per dollar spent on Delta flights.

4. Starwood Platinum requires 50 paid or award nights or 25 stays in Starwood hotels in a calendar year. Having the Starwood credit card gives you 5 nights and 2 stays towards meeting that and having 2 Starwood credit cards gives you 10 nights and 4 stays towards meeting that. You can get lifetime Platinum status by accumulating 10 years of Starwood Platinum elite status and 500 nights in Starwood hotels.

Platinum members get free premium level internet access, a 500 Starpoint amenity on paid and award stays, 4pm confirmed late checkout, and suite upgrades when available. They also get 3 Starpoints per dollar spent on paid stays, 1 Starpoint per dollar spent on Delta flights, and Priority Check-in, Priority Boarding, Unlimited Complimentary Upgrades, and first checked bag free when flying Delta.

Platinums who stay 50 nights also get 10 confirmed suite upgrade awards. Platinums who stay 75 nights get 4 Starpoints per dollar spent on paid stays and the ability to stay for a full 24 hours in a hotel room regardless of when they checkin.

HT: chucksterace, via DDF

Update Your SPG.com Stay Preferences And Get 500 Free Starpoints

Sunday, November 30th, 2014, 2:02 pm

Update: Today is the final day to register for this promotion!  Once registered you’ll have until 12/15 to update your stay preferences.

I updated my preferences on 11/10 and the points posted for my birthday on 11/26.

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Originally posted on 11/10:

Register for Starwood’s latest promotion (double or triple points on paid stays) here and you’ll also be registered for 500 free Starpoints just for updating your stay preferences.

After registering, just click here to update any of your stay preferences.

Starwood points officially expire after 12 months of inactivity, though it’s actually only enforced after 18 months. So 500 points will extend the validity of your account for 18 months.  Though Starwood is one of the best about reactivating expired points when you ask nicely (British Airways is surprisingly nice as well).

HT: Marco Polo, via DDF

Trip Notes Hodgepodge: United Upgrade Quirks, Infant Travel Drama, Farewell CLE D, Wrigley SPG Suite, And Chicago BBQ Competition

Sunday, June 8th, 2014, 6:38 pm

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I flew to Kansas City once and to Chicago twice in the past 3 weeks, here are some of my trip notes:

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SPG Spin To Win Game

Friday, September 13th, 2013, 10:25 am

SPG Spin To Win Game

This has been around for a couple weeks but I never got around to posting it.

You can play daily through 10/10.

I’ve played many times and have yet to win a thing but DDF members have reported winning 500 Starpoints, 1,000 Starpoints, 5,000 Starpoints, and even a free night at any (excluding category 7) Starwood hotel. One DDF member notes that he has successfully employed the multiple browser method to get even more daily spins but that’s more effort than it’s worth considering my luck so far.

By playing you’ll also be entered to win 250K Starpoints (which can transferred into 312.5K airline miles) though that will come with a tax bill of course as it’s worth more than $600.

Post a comment if you get anything!

HT: Feivish, via DDF

Starwood Advertises Just How Bad A Deal SPG Flights Is

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012, 9:42 pm

Back in 2008 Starwood made a big deal about the introduction of SPG Flights.  I panned it as a poor value.

Apparently not everyone got the memo though.  SPG is bragging how someone spent a whopping 870,000 Starwood points to fly from Los Angeles to Rome in business class.

With that many Starpoints he could have transferred them into nearly 1.1 million airline miles on dozens of different airlines.  A business class ticket to Europe using Flying Blue starts at 50,000 miles, using USAirways miles starts at 60,000 miles, or using AAdvantage miles is 100,000 miles.  A first class ticket to Europe using AAdvantage miles is 125,000 miles.  Or a round-the-world first class award on American or any OneWorld partners that allows for 16 flights runs between 180K-330K miles. Heck you can fly to Dubai in an A380 suite on Emirates with your own shower onboard for 217,500 miles, so he could have booked 5 such tickets with 870K Starpoints.

Or you can get even better deals at Starwood hotels.  It’s very easy to get a value of 2.5 cents per Starpoint with hotel redemptions, in fact you can even get a value of 10 times that.

Instead someone burned it all on 2 business class tickets.  What a shame.

HT: Chaikel, via DDF

SPG Hot Shows: Use Your Starpoints For Premium Seats To Hot Concerts!

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009, 12:00 am

Update: Round 2 starts at 11am eastern today (07/08)! You must be a Starwood AMEX cardholder or a Starwood Platinum member to book tickets!

Originally posted on 06/29:

Related: Starwood AMEX Linky

www.spg.com/hotshows

Offer Details Linky

Redeem 5,000 or 10,000 Starpoints for a pair of premium concert seats.

The sale starts at noon 11am eastern.

Why do I get the feeling that ebay is going to see a whole bunch of new concert listings later today?

SPG You Choose Promo!

Thursday, September 18th, 2008, 1:14 am

Starwood Consumer AMEX

Starwood Business AMEX

www.spg.com/youchoose

-Starwood’s Q4 promo is now up and there are a lot of options to choose from,but you can only pick one!
-Registration is required by 11/15. Valid for stays in any Starwood hotel between 10/01/08-12/31/08
-Important: All rewards are retroactive except the double stays toward elite status. So you can wait until 11/15 to decide which reward suits you best before registering and being locked to your decision as long as you dont want to go for the elite status reward.

Available rewards:
-Double stay credits towards Starwood Elite status. (No limit)
-Double Starpoints on all stays. (No limit)
-Every 2 stays=2,000 bonus Starpoints. (Limit 10,000 bonus Starpoints)
-Every 2 stays=$25 Amazon GC. (Limit $125 in free Amazon GC’s)
-Every 4 nights=2,000 bonus Starpoints. (Limit 10,000 bonus Starpoints)
-Every 4 nights=$25 Amazon GC. (Limit $125 in free Amazon GC’s)
-Every 4 stays=free weekend night. (Limit 2 free weekend nights at up to a Category 5 hotel)
-Every 6 stays=9,000 bonus Starpoints. (Limit 36,000 bonus Starpoints)
-Every 8 nights=free weekend night. (Limit 2 free weekend nights at up to a Category 5 hotel)
-Every 10 stays=25,000 bonus Starpoints. (Limit 100,000 bonus Starpoints)
-Every 12 nights=9,000 bonus Starpoints. (Limit 36,000 bonus Starpoints)
-Every 20 nights=25,000 bonus Starpoints. (Limit 100,000 bonus Starpoints)

Curious to see what other people are picking? Just click on the question mark by each reward to find out what percentage of people picked that promo!

Get 250 Starpoints For Telling Starwood What You Think Of SPG Flights!

Thursday, September 4th, 2008, 12:37 am

Survey Linky

SPG Flights: Yawwwwn…

Thursday, September 4th, 2008, 12:23 am

www.spgflights.com

So the big news this week is that Starwood has added a 7th primary method of using Starpoints: SPG flights.

The problem is that Starpoints are already so valuable due to the other 6 methods that SPG flights is simply unattractive.

The premise of SPG flights is that you can search for any flight directly from spgflights.com and book it with Starpoints. Starwood then pays the airline for the flight and therefore you will earn miles for the flight.

Sample award prices:

Ticket Price Starpoints
up to $150 10,000
$150-$215 15,000
$215-$280 20,000
$280-$345 25,000
$345-$410 30,000
$410-$475 35,000
$475-$540 40,000
$540-$605 45,000
$605-$670 50,000
$670-$735 55,000
$735-$800 60,000
$800-$865 65,000
$865-$930 70,000
$930-$995 75,000
$995-$1060 80,000
Higher prices (examples)
$2,880-$3,140 235,000
$4,960-$5,220 395,000
$9,900-$10,160 775,000



Fatal flaw? SPG flights values starpoints between 1.2-1.5 cents.
Using the other primary Starpoint redemption methods (Unrestricted Hotel Stays, Restricted Cash And Points Hotel Stays, Hotel Room Upgrades, Nights and Flights, 5th Night Free, and of course transferring Starpoints into miles on dozens of airlines with a with an unbeatable 25%-250% bonus) you should be able to do far better than that.

Launching Friday: A Revamped SPG.com!

Thursday, July 19th, 2007, 1:37 am

Starwood is revamping their website, and if all goes well it will go live on Friday!

I have confirmed that the new website will integrate the new Cash & Points option!

Trip Notes Brazil Part 2: Flying “Private” To Sao Paulo With Miles

Sunday, February 7th, 2016, 2:05 pm

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-Continued from Trip Notes Brazil Part 1: 10 Years Of Travel And Deal Blogging And A Return To Where It All Began (11/23/14)

-This trip occurred in October 2014, better late than never, right? I recently posted that Brazil was waiving their $160 Visa fee for Americans that arrive between June 1-September 18, so that was the impetus to continue writing these trip notes. However it’s worth noting that pregnant women and women that are currently trying to become pregnant should postpone travel to most of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean according to the CDC.

I thought I’d never return to Brazil after my 2007 incident, but in the end I loved the language, I loved the people, and we decided to make a family trip of it.

A 10 year anniversary trip to my old stomping grounds. I owe a lot to Brazil. It took incredible divine providence to wind up there and it led me to what I do today for a living, and ultimately it led me to find my wife, but that’s a long story for another time.

Brazilian carrier TAM used to be notoriously stingy with premium class awards. But early in 2014 they started opening their entire first class cabin for award travel. TAM only had 4 seats in the first class, but you were able to use miles for all of them. Then they announced that first class would be eliminated altogether and I knew it was time for a trip. After all, when would be the next chance I’d have to redeem miles to have an entire cabin just just for my family?

So I burned 500,000 USAirways miles for 4 round-trip first class awards on TAM and booked up the entire first class cabin in both directions for myself, my wife Mimi, my son Rafi, and daughter Talia.

 

Our private first class cabin from Miami-Sao Paulo:

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American Express Gold And Platinum Card End Of The Year Housekeeping; Apply Now For A Triple-Dip!

Sunday, January 31st, 2016, 4:45 pm

Update: Today is the last day to use the online form to change the airline for the airline fee credit on the Gold and Platinum cards. The registration links can be found below. After today you can still contact AMEX to change the airline if you need to.

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Originally posted on 12/15/15:

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-Every calendar year you can get up to $200 in airline fee refunds with The Platinum Card® from American Express and with The Business Platinum Card.  You can register for the airline of your choice on the Platinum cards here.

-Every calendar year you can get up to $100 in airline fee refunds with the American Express Premier Rewards Gold CardYou can register for the airline of your choice on the PRG card here.

Officially these are intended to be used for bag fees, seat upgrades, and lounge passes/memberships. However they also work for items like $100 American Airlines gift cards, $100 United gift registry contributions, gift cards purchased for stores like Amazon, Gap, or Nordstrom via United’s MileagePlusX app, and more via DDF. Just be sure to register first via the links above!

2 weeks left: If you have a Premier Rewards Gold or Platinum card don’t forget to make your airline fee purchase in 2015 and again in 2016.

Triple dip if you apply now: You can apply for any of the cards above and get 3 fee refunds in your first cardmembership year.  You would be able to get credit in December 2015 as well as in January 2016 and January 2017 before you would have to pay a 2nd annual fee. The Gold card’s $195 annual fee is waived for the first year and you can get $300 in fee refunds. The Platinum cards have a $450 annual fee that isn’t waived, but there’s $600 in potential fee refunds to cover that.

Is Gold or Platinum worth it?

The signup bonuses and the triple-dip opportunity are sweet, but so are the other benefits.

The Gold and Platinum cards have no foreign transaction fees.

Gold bonus categories:

The Premier Rewards Gold card is the better card for spending. It offers double points at restaurants, gas, and groceries in the US and it offers triple points on airfare.

Lost Item Protection+$10,000 purchase protection: Both the Premier Rewards Gold card and the Platinum cards now offer lost item protection!

If you buy something on your Platinum or Premier Rewards Gold card up to $10,000 and lose it within 90 days of purchase it will be fully covered.  No other cards that I’m aware of offer lost item protection.  Many cards offer stolen item protection, but that requires a police report to be filed and often it has a cap of just $1,000.

These cards also cover damaged and stolen items of up to $10,000 each as opposed to $1,000 on most other cards.

Is the Gold card worth $195/year?

Thanks to generous spending benefits and the $100 annual fee credit there’s a very compelling case to carry it.

Platinum card only benefits:

-Centurion lounge access:

American Express has operated Centurion lounges in Argentina, Brazil, India, and Mexico for some time.  Now they are expanding in the US market with lounges operating in Dallas, Las Vegas, LaGuardia, Miami, San Francisco, Seattle, and more to come. Chicago, Houston, and Los Angeles are in the works.

Originally the US lounges were designed for free access only for Centurion cardholders, you know them as those black cards that cost a ridiculous $2,500 per year with a $7,500 initiation fee that used to give elite status on airline like Continental and USAirways but no longer do.

But once the Platinum card started losing airline lounges they opened it up to Platinum cardholders for free as well. You can bring your spouse and kids into the lounge for free. Or you can bring in any 2 other people with you for free.

The lounges offer varying amenities like premium drinks, showers, and massages.  And as they are staffed by AMEX you can even get help with account issues and access the lounge even if you forget your Platinum card.

Arriving passengers in LGA can even get free Uber rides anywhere in NYC for a limited time only.

-Priority Pass membership.

There are over 600 lounges worldwide that accept Priority Pass and you can access all of them for free.

For example:

-In Newark you can access the Art & Lounge.  That’s the same lounge that El Al provides for their business and first class passengers. It has offers kosher food and Israeli art.

-In Tel Aviv you can access the Dan lounge.

See the Priority Pass site for their complete list of lounges.

You don’t get any free guests, but secondary Platinum cardholders can get their own free Priority pass membership.

Priority Pass gives access to the full network of “The Club” with 7 domestic lounges and growing.

Airspace lounges:

Currently there are Airspace lounges in Baltimore, Cleveland, JFK (JetBlue terminal), and San Diego.

These are modern lounges with free premium coffee, bottles water, and self service soft drinks.  Additionally you and every guest also gets a gift card valid towards purchasing premium alcohol, local craft beers, cocktails, and meals.

You can access these even with an inactive Platinum card until the card expires 5 years from the date of issue.

Delta SkyClub:

You can access Delta lounges for free with a Platinum card when flying on Delta.  You don’t get any free guests, but secondary Platinum cardholders can access Delta lounged for free as well.

The Delta SkyClub in JFK even sells kosher meals if you need one!

You can access Delta lounge with an inactive Platinum card until the card expires 5 years from the date of issue.

Secondary cardholder lounge benefits:

You can add 3 additional users onto a personal Platinum card for $175 ($58.33 per additional cardholder per year).  Secondary users do get full lounge access so they will have access to Delta and Priority Pass lounges for themselves and they will be able to guest others into Airspace and Centurion lounges.

Annual fee:

The annual fee on the Platinum card is a doozie, $450.  But it’s not as painful as it sounds.

As with annual fees from most banks, they are refundable if cancelled within 60 days.  It is also pro-rated if cancelled after 60 days and you have another American Express card (i.e. if you have the card for 3 months and then cancel you would get a $337.50 refund), and it is pro-rated if you downgrade the card even if you have no other American Express card.

Global Entry/Pre-Check Fee Refund

It costs $85 to apply for a 5 year TSA Pre-Check membership which makes flying pleasant again. Shorter lines, no need to remove your shoes, belt, jacket, or hat. You can keep your laptop and freedom baggie with liquids in your carry-on. And you go through a good old fashioned metal detector instead of assuming the position in a nude-o-scope.  If you charge it on your Platinum card the fee will be refunded.

It costs $100 to apply for a 5 year Global Entry membership which lets you bypass the customs line. If you have Global Entry you also get TSA Pre-Check, which allows you to avoid the nude-o-scope machines and lets you leave your shoes on and laptop in your bag. If you charge it on your Platinum card the fee will be refunded.

Additional cardholders qualify for a Pre-Check or Global Entry fee refund as well.

My whole family has Global Entry and it sure makes traveling a whole lot easier!

Starwood Gold Elite Status:

Platinum cardholders get SPG Gold elite status for free.  That gets you free premium Wi-Fi and a 250 point rebate every time you stay at a Starwood hotel-even if you are on an award stay!

It also gets you 50% bonus points on paid stays, and room upgrades and 4pm late checkout on all stays.

Hilton Gold Elite Status:

Platinum cardholders get Hilton Gold elite status for free.  That gets you upgrades, bonus points, 5th night free on awards, late checkout, breakfast, and bottled water.

Free breakfast doesn’t usually do much for me, but we had the pleasure of staying at the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem earlier this year where we were treated to a fantastic daily breakfast, which is free for Hilton Gold and Diamond members. There is a mind-boggling quantity of awesome kosher food there, from dozens of daily hot dishes to hard cheeses, fresh fruits and pastries to fresh squeezed juices, as well as on-demand dishes like french toast, pancakes, waffles, and eggs. Unlimited wine, hot or cold chocolate drinks, and espresso drinks are included as well!

Car Rental Perks:

A 4 hour late return fee-free grace period at Hertz and fee-waived Gold Plus membership and National Executive guarantee upgrades and faster free award rentals.

The card also comes with free checked baggage insurance and it has no foreign exchange fees.  And of course it comes with all of the amazing purchase protections that other American Express cards have as well.

GoGo WiFi:

The Business Platinum card comes with 10 annual in-flight GoGo WiFi passes.

Unlimited worldwide Boingo WiFi:

The Platinum cards come with free unlimited Boingo Wi-Fi worldwide, perfect for avoiding confiscatory rates at airports when traveling.  Search from over 1 million hot-spots here.

Enroll for free Boingo access here.

So, is it all worthwhile? It’s not for spending.

I value Starpoints earned from the on the Starwood Consumer AMEX and the Starwood Business AMEX more than Membership Rewards points.

Credit cards like The Amex EveryDay Preferred Credit Card from American Express and The Amex EveryDay Credit Card from American Express earn more points per dollar than the Platinum card.  The American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card is a charge card like the Platinum card but earns more points on airfare, gas, and groceries than the Platinum card.

The Blue for Business® Credit Card from American Express OPEN earns a 30% annual point dividend and had no annual fee, though it needs one of the aforementioned cards ot transfer points into miles.

But the Platinum cards do continue to have very unique benefits. I’ve laid most of them out for you and you’ll just have to decide for yourself if its worth it based on your own situation :D

Asiana: JFK Or Chicago To Hong Kong For $549 Round-Trip

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016, 11:48 am

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Earn 3 points per dollar on airfare with the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card or the AMEX Business Gold Rewards Card.

Bookable on Orbitz. Orbitz tickets are refundable until 11pm ET tomorrow.

This fare is bookable departing JFK on most dates in March and April and returning from HKG on most dates in March, April, and May. Available dates from Chicago are more limited.

Asiana flights connect in Seoul. Connections range from 2 hours to 18 hours.

Orbitz will typically only display shorter connections, but if you would like a longer connection in order to take a fascinating DMZ tour in Seoul you can just select Asiana as your preferred carrier and Orbitz will display more connecting options:

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The very highly rated Park Hyatt Seoul is just 20K Chase/Hyatt points or 10K+$125 per night.

Hong Kong is home to several great kosher restaurants and shuls. Mul Hayam restaurant, located next to the Kehilat Zion shul in the Kowloon section of Hong Kong, is excellent. The JCC located on Hong Kong Island has very good dairy and meat restaurants as well as an awesome Sunday night all you can eat buffet, just don’t forget to bring your passport to get in! Chabad of Lantau also offers meals with delivery options.

We spent a Shabbos with Chabad of Hong Kong Island where the food was excellent and the atmosphere is awesome. People have rave reviews about Shabbos at Kehilat Zion as well.

After Shabbos we moved the W in Kowloon, which is one of my favorite SPG hotels in the world. We got an amazing upgrade and there’s a very cool rooftop infinity pool and hot tub. Plus the bellhop picked up our bags from our room and checked them straight home to Cleveland without us ever having to touch them thanks to the airport express station located in the W’s basement.

There are lots of other great hotels where you can spend your points at as well.

Most hotels even give you a free cell phone to use while in Hong Kong.

Americans do not need a visa to travel to Seoul, Hong Kong, or to take the ferry from Hong Kong to nearby Macau.

HT: leeboy, via DDF

Trip Notes: A Quick Weekend Trip To Miami-December 2015

Sunday, January 17th, 2016, 11:00 pm

This post has been updated with reviews and prices for each dish where available.

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Related posts:
-Find dozens of trip notes like this one by clicking on the “Trip Notes” tab on top of the DansDeals banner at the top of this site.
Trip Notes: Miami. A Trip Of Firsts (2011)
Trip Notes: Miami 2012.
Trip Notes: Miami 2014.
-Winter Break 2015 Trip Notes Part 1: Miami
-Trip Notes: Miami Kosher Food Scene Heats Up, Silvercar, And AMEX Centurion Lounge Report (2015)
-Follow my travels on Instagram @DansDeals
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OK, so this is getting a bit repetitive, I know. I’d rather be writing another trip report on a place like Palau rather than Miami, trust me.

But I’ve gotten dozens of emails from folks asking for Miami trip notes for their Yeshiva Week trips when NYC invades South Florida and reservations at kosher restaurants become essential.

You can find trip notes here, and in the related links at the top of this post you’ll find links to 5 Miami reports along dozens of kosher restaurant reviews and great activities that we’ve done like Vizcaya, boat rentals, Lion Country Safari, the Everglades, amphibious ducky tours, and more. So before you ask why I didn’t review XYZ restaurant or activity, read through those trip reports first.

And here goes yet another Miami trip report.

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Last Day To Status Match To Hilton; What Airline, Hotel, And Car Statuses Have You Matched?

Monday, January 11th, 2016, 12:17 pm

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Hilton doesn’t normally match status that you hold at competing hotel chains, but until today they will via this form.

If you do have airline or hotel status, then status matching is a nice way to maintain status in another program. SPG Platinum is easy to achieve with the help of Starwood Consumer AMEX and the Starwood Business AMEX and I matched that to Hilton Diamond and Hyatt Diamond. One DDFer got SPG Platinum without any stays after I pointed the way for him to do it via the elite nights awarded by the SPG cards.

StatusMatcher.com is a good resource for recent reports on successful matches. Many programs only offer a challenge rather than an outright match so you have to actually make a certain amount of stays or flights to get status. United will offer you this challenge depending on your status in another program.

I first wrote about the AA Challenge a decade ago (!) and you can still call AA to join that even if you don’t have any status. Alas AA Gold and Platinum status aren’t worth very much these days and it costs $120 (plus you’ll need to fly 7.5K elite qualifying miles within 90 days) to join the Gold challenge and $200 (plus you’ll need to fly 12.5K elite qualifying miles) to join the Platinum challenge. But if you have some flights booked anyway it can make sense to take the challenge. For example if you got in on the incredible London deal and have much better luck than I did, you’d have 10,355 EQMs for a flight from JFK, 11,859 from Chicago, or 16,367 from Los Angeles. (Then again there are times when they do outright match, so it’s worth asking when you call.)

But some programs, like Alaska and AirBerlin, will match you outright without needing to pay or fly. Mid-tier status on a program like AirBerlin is more valuable than mid-tier status on a program like American as American won’t give lounge access to its own mid-tier elites on domestic itineraries, but they will to mid-tier elites of partner airlines like AirBerlin.

Cards like The Platinum Card and the The Business Platinum Card offer free Gold status in Hilton and Starwood without any match required.

In the past there have been opportunities to get status instantly and use it to match to another airline or to get car rental status instantly and match that as well. So it’s always worth looking for the next opportunity to get status the easy way.

Then you have programs like El Al. They won’t match American status, but will be happy to match Continental or USAirways status…

What have you been successful at matching? Hit the comments!

Roundup Of New Targeted And Non-Targeted AMEX Offers

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015, 5:00 pm

Update: Several offers are expiring on 12/31, take advantage of them now before it’s too late!

If you already registered for the Airbnb offer or BestBuy offer, you’ll need to use those by 12/31 as well.

Originally posted on 12/01:

While none of the primary or secondary cards in my name had the targeted $15 off $35 WalMart offer described below, lots of my secondary cards registered for their own logins had the offer. Always be sure to check all of your cards and logins for offers. And be sure to register all of your secondary cards for online access so that you don’t miss out on valuable offers!

And don’t forget to take advantage of offers that are no longer available if you saved them to your cards in the past.

Those include $15 off $60 at Amazon, $50 off $100 at Airbnb, $20 off $199 at Best Buy, $10 off $20 at Uber, $10 off $60 at Whole Foods, and more!

1. AMEX Twitter (non-targeted) offers:

Signup for Twitter and you can save money with AMEX.

All you have to do is sync your American Express card with your twitter account to save money at rotating stores.

Then tweet the codes listed below to enroll, so for example just write #AmexUCT and then click tweet. Then wait a minute and you should have a message in your notifications bar that you have successfully enrolled along with the offer terms.

In the image below you can see where to write the tweet and where to check for the confirmation.

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You can register all of your primary and secondary AMEX cards on Twitter, it just entails either: Unsyncing and resyncing cards via this link or making a Twitter account for each card. If you do unsync and resync multiple cards on the same Twitter account you must change the tweet slightly each time like:
#AmexUCT
#AmexUCT 1
#AmexUCT 2
And so on.

When resyncing there is no need to fill out your billing address, just fill out the first half of the form with your name, email, and your credit card number. You can skip the optional fields asking for your billing address, card expiration, and the 4 digit code. You can use the same email address for all of your cards.

Forgot which card you registered? Just unsync and resync.

You can even bulk tweet for all of your cards with multiple Twitter accounts via TweetDeck.

Offers valid once per card:

-Tweet #AmexBliss, get $20 back on $75+ on BlissWorld.com through 12/21. Terms.

-Tweet #AmexDD, get $5 back on $10+ on DunkinDonuts.com or in-store through 12/31. Terms.

-Tweet #AmexSA, get $10 back on $50+ on SportsAuthority.com or in-store through 12/31. Terms.

-Tweet #AmexEmbassy, get $50 back on $250+ on Embassy Suites through 12/21. Terms.

-Tweet #AmexColeHaan get $50 back on a total of $200+ from Cole Haan through 12/31. Terms.

-Tweet #AmexToysRUs, get $5 back on $25+ at ToysRUs.com & BabiesRUs.com through 12/31. Terms.

-Tweet #AmexCartersOKB, get $5 back on a total of $25+ on purchases from Carters.com or OshKosh.com through 12/31. Terms.

-Tweet #AmexNewegg, get $25 back on a total of $200+ on purchases from Newegg.com through 12/31. Terms.

-Tweet #AmexDiapers, get $10 back on $50+ on purchases from Quidsi Brand stores like Diapers.com through 12/31. Terms.

-Tweet #AmexSurLaTable, get $10 back on $50+ on SurLaTable.com through 12/31. Terms.

-Tweet #AmexSamsonite, get $30 back on $150+ on Samsonite.com through 12/31. Terms.

-Tweet #AmexTHEOUTNET, get $50 back on $250+ on TheOutnet.com through 12/31. Terms.

-Tweet #AmexUCT, get $30 back on $150+ on purchases from UndercoverTourist.com through 12/31. Terms.
Note: Get $30 off already discounted Disney, Universal, Legoland, and SeaWorld tickets with this offer. Purchase each ticket on a separate card to save even more!

-Tweet #AmexJCP, get $10 back on $50+ on JCPenney.com or in-store through 12/31. Terms.

-Tweet #AmexHampton, get $35 back on $175+ on Hampton by Hilton through 01/18. Terms.

-Tweet #AmexBoxed get $15 back on $75+ at Boxed.com through 01/31. Terms. Plus save an additional $10 off with code: 539U3

-Tweet #AmexJetsetter, get $20 back on $100+ on Jetsetter.com through 01/31. Terms.

Find more Twitter offers here.

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2. Online account targeted offers:

There are a several offers that don’t have a working Twitter code.  Offers in your account will vary by card, so check all of your cards.

You can use this link to access the old AMEX Offers interface, which some people find easier to save multiple offers with the multi-tab method.

To see if you have this offer in your account just login to your AMEX account, click on any of your cards to go the activity page, click on “AMEX Offers For You,” and save the offer to your account.

If you also have multiple cards with the offer don’t rush to save the offer to your account!  Open up the Offers page for each card in a separate tab in the same browser.  Then go between the tabs to save the offer to each of your targeted cards.  Otherwise once you save the offer to one card it disappears from your other cards.

Always check all primary and secondary card offers, as secondary cards will often have offers that the primary card does not. You can add secondary cards in your own name to your primary login or you can create a new login for other secondary cards.

Note that you only have to worry about an offer disappearing from other cards when they are registered to the same account. Saving an offer won’t affect cards that have their own login.

If you mess up and don’t save the offer to a card you can always remove a card from one login and make a dedicated login for it to register it. Alternatively you can remove the card that has an offer saved to it and the offer will reappear for the rest of the cards registered to that account. Once you properly save the offer to all cards on that account you can re-register the deleted card back to the same account.

Sample targeted offers:

-You may find some of the Twitter offers in your AMEX account.

-$30 off $100 at Belle Tire through 12/15

-$8 off $40 at CoffeeBean.com through 12/21.

-$10 off $50 at JellyBelly through 12/21.

-$20 off $120 at Macys.com or in-store through 12/27.

-$30 off $150 at Bloomingdales.com or in-store through 12/30.

-$15 off $35 at Walmart.com through 12/31.

-$100 off $450 at SaksFifthAvenue.com or in-store through 12/31

-$60 off $400 at HomeDepot.com or in-store through 12/31

-$10 off $30 at Exxon Mobil through 12/31

-$20 off $75 at ShopRite online or in store through 12/31. Valid 3 times!

-$25 off $45 on Sams Club memberships in store through 12/31.

-$25 off $100 at Amtrak.com through 12/31

-$50 off $250 At Sheraton.com through 12/31.

-$10 off $50 at PCRush.com through 12/31.

-$15 off $50 at 1800Flowers.com through 12/31.

-$20 off $50 at AdvanceAutoParts.com through 12/31

If you are targeted for $20 off $50 at Advance Auto Parts you can also stack that with codes like:

Use the following code for 30% off $50: TRT30

Use the following code for $25 off $75: A124

Use the following code for $30 off $80: RAF51112

Use the following code for $40 off $100: TRT41

-$40 off $100 at Fancy.com through 12/31

-$10 off $30 At Regal Entertainment through 12/31

-$20 off $75 at Backcountry.com through 01/01

-$50 off $250 at Ashford.com through 01/07

-Spend $75 on a AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular or Verizon cell phone bill and get $10 back, valid twice through 1/31/16.

-Spend $50 on a cable or satellite bill in CA, IL, NJ, or NY and get $10 back, valid twice through 1/31/16.

-$200 off $1,000 at Ferragamo.com and in-store through 01/24.

-10% rebate (up to $10) at Shutterfly.com through 01/24.

-$25 off $125 at EddieBauer.com through 01/31.

-$15 off $75 at Century 21 through 01/31.

-$250 off $1,000 at Delta.com through 01/31.

-$10 off $50 at eBags.com through 02/04.

-10% rebate (up to $15) at OrientalTrading.com through 01/24.

-$20 off $200 at Enterprise.com through 02/29

-$10 off $10 at Hulu.com

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3. Registration forms:

-Register primary and secondary cards here for $25 off $200 from Newegg.com through 12/31.

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Don’t want to miss out on AMEX Offers?

Consumer cards include:

Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express (25K Starpoints for spending $3K in 3 months, free Boingo worldwide hotspot access, free premium wifi in SPG hotels, 25% point bonus for transfers to airlines in 20K increments. $95 annual fee waived for first year. No fee for additional cardholders.)

The Amex EveryDay Credit Card from American Express (10K AMEX MR points for spending $1,000 in 3 months.  20% point bonus for making 20 transactions per month for an effective 2.4 points per dollar on groceries and Uber and 1.2 points per dollar elsewhere. No annual fee. No fee for additional cardholders.)

The Amex EveryDay Preferred Credit Card from American Express (15K AMEX MR points for spending $1,000 in 3 months.  50% point bonus for making 30 transactions per month for an effective 4.5 points per dollar on groceries, 3 points per dollar on gas and Uber and 1.5 points per dollar elsewhere. $95 annual fee. No fee for additional cardholders.)

Hilton HHonors Card from American Express (40K points for spending $750 in 3 months. Silver status. 3-7 points per dollar spent. AXON discounted 4 night award stays at category 5-10 Hilton properties. No annual fee. No fee for additional cardholders.)

Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express (25K AMEX MR points for spending $2,000 in 3 months. 3 points per dollar on airfare and 2 points per dollar on restaurants, US gas stations, US supermarkets, and Uber. $100 annual airline fee credit. No foreign transaction fees. $195 annual fee waived for first year. 5 free additional cardholders are free, 6+ additional cards cost $35/year each.)

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express (30K Delta miles for spending $1,000 in 3 months. $50 cash back for making a purchase with Delta within 3 months. No foreign exchange fees. $95 annual fee waived for first year. No fee for additional cardholders.)

Platinum Card® from American Express (40K AMEX MR points for spending $3,000 in 3 months. Free Starwood gold elite status for discounted paid and award stays. Free Centurion lounge access, Delta lounge access, Airspace lounge access, and Priority Club lounge access. $200 cash back in airline fee refunds per calendar year ($400 cash back in refunds during first cardmembership year). Free TSA PreCheck or Global Entry membership.  Free insurance for any items bought on credit card and lost within 90 days. No foreign exchange fees. $450 annual fee. 3 additional cardholders for a flat $175 fee ($58.33/year each) which includes full lounge access and free TSA PreCheck or Global Entry membership.)

Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express ($100 cash back for spending $1,000 in 3 months. 3% cash back on groceries, 2% cash back on gas and department stores, no annual fee. No fee for additional cardholders.)

Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express ($150 cash back for spending $1,000 in 3 months. 6% cash back on groceries, 3% cash back on gas and department stores, $75 annual fee. No fee for additional cardholders.)

Plenti Credit Card from Amex (5K points for spending $250 in 3 months, no annual fee.  No fee for additional cardholders.)

Business cards:

Business card signup bonuses can be earned if you haven’t had the card within the past 12 months. All business cards give automatic OPEN Savings rebates on top of points.

Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express (25K Starpoints for spending $5K in 3 months, free Sheraton lounge access, free Boingo worldwide hotspot access, free premium wifi in SPG hotels, 25% point bonus for transfers to airlines in 20K increments. $95 annual fee waived for first year. No fee for additional cardholders.)

Blue for Business® Credit Card from American Express (Limited time offer: 10K MR points for spending $1 and another 10K MR points for spending $5K in 6 months. 30% bonus on all points earned annually. You must have a Everyday, Green, Gold, or Platinum card to transfer these points to airlines or hotels. No annual fee. No fee for additional cardholders.)

The Enhanced Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN (25K AMEX MR points for spending $5,000 in 3 months. 3 points per dollar in your choice of one of the following categories and 2 points in the other categories: Airfare, advertising, gas stations, shipping, or hardware+software+cloud computing. 2 points per dollar on Uber. $175 annual fee waived for first year.)

The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN (40K AMEX MR points for spending $3,000 in 3 months. 10 free annual Gogo in-flight internet passes. Free Starwood gold elite status for discounted paid and award stays. Free Centurion lounge access, Delta lounge access, Airspace lounge access, and Priority Club lounge access. $200 cash back in airline fee refunds per calendar year ($400 cash back in refunds during first cardmembership year). Free TSA PreCheck or Global Entry membership.  Free insurance for any items bought on credit card and lost within 90 days. No foreign exchange fees. $450 annual fee.)

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express(30K Delta miles for spending $1,000 in 3 months. $50 cash back for making a purchase with Delta within 3 months. No foreign exchange fees. $95 annual fee waived for first year. No fee for additional cardholders.)

SimplyCash® Business Card from American Express ($250 signup bonus for spending $5,000 in 3 months. 5% cash back at office supply stores and telecom. 3% cash back on your choice of Airfare, Hotels, Car rentals, gas stations, restaurants, advertising, or shipping. No annual fee.)

Business Green Rewards Card from American Express OPEN (5K AMEX MR points for spending $1 in 3 months. $95 annual fee waived for first year.)

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10%-14.5% Off Hyatt Gift Cards

Thursday, December 24th, 2015, 8:15 pm

Update: This offer expires tonight!

Originally posted on 11/23:

10%-14.5% Off Hyatt Gift Cards

Save 10% with code: GPGIFT15

You can get an additional 5% automatic rebate at Hyatt (including Hyatt gift cards) by using an AMEX Business credit card. This benefit ends 12/31/15, but you can lock in savings on future stays now by buying gift cards.

For example $1,000 in gift cards would be $900 with the 10% off code and you’d get back another $45 on your AMEX statement (on top of points earned for the purchase of course) for an effective 14.5% off.

There’s no limit to how many gift cards you can buy for 10% off, but the AMEX rebate is limited to $10,000 in spending in 2015 at Hyatt ($11,111 in Hyatt gift cards purchased at 10% off equals $9,999.90) for a maximum $500 rebate.

HT: Emkay, via DDF

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AMEX Business cards:

Business card signup bonuses can be earned if you haven’t had the card within the past 12 months. All business cards give automatic OPEN Savings rebates on top of points.

Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express (25K Starpoints for spending $5K in 3 months, free Sheraton lounge access, free Boingo worldwide hotspot access, free premium wifi in SPG hotels, 25% point bonus for transfers to airlines in 20K increments. $95 annual fee waived for first year. No fee for additional cardholders.)

Blue for Business® Credit Card from American Express (Limited time offer: 10K MR points for spending $1 and another 10K MR points for spending $5K in 6 months. 30% bonus on top of all points earned annually for an effective 1.3 points per dollar spent. You must have a Everyday, Green, Gold, or Platinum card to transfer these points to airlines or hotels. No annual fee. No fee for additional cardholders.)

The Enhanced Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN (25K AMEX MR points for spending $5,000 in 3 months. 3 points per dollar in your choice of one of the following categories and 2 points in the other categories: Airfare, advertising, gas stations, shipping, or hardware+software+cloud computing. 2 points per dollar on Uber. $175 annual fee waived for first year.)

The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN (40K AMEX MR points for spending $3,000 in 3 months. 10 free annual Gogo in-flight internet passes. Free Starwood gold elite status for discounted paid and award stays. Free Centurion lounge access, Delta lounge access, Airspace lounge access, and Priority Club lounge access. $200 cash back in airline fee refunds per calendar year ($400 cash back in refunds during first cardmembership year). Free TSA PreCheck or Global Entry membership.  Free insurance for any items bought on credit card and lost within 90 days. No foreign exchange fees. $450 annual fee.)

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express(30K Delta miles for spending $1,000 in 3 months. $50 cash back for making a purchase with Delta within 3 months. No foreign exchange fees. $95 annual fee waived for first year. No fee for additional cardholders.)

SimplyCash® Business Card from American Express ($250 signup bonus for spending $5,000 in 3 months. 5% cash back at office supply stores and telecom. 3% cash back on your choice of Airfare, Hotels, Car rentals, gas stations, restaurants, advertising, or shipping. No annual fee.)

Business Green Rewards Card from American Express OPEN (5K AMEX MR points for spending $1 in 3 months. $95 annual fee waived for first year.)

Roundup Of 9 Canon DSLR Camera Bundles With Printers And Accessories From $349 Shipped After Rebate

Sunday, December 20th, 2015, 10:04 am

-All of the following qualify for this $350 Mail In Rebate (You can call the number on the AMEX card, reject the terms of the rebate card, and get a check instead). This is a new rebate for December purchases. You can use this rebate even if you have taken advantage of it for purchases made before November 29. Limit 1 December rebate per household.

All of the following cameras are packaged with:
-Canon Pro-100 Printer
-Canon Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13×19″, 50 Sheets
-Lexar 32GB Class 10
-Lowepro Nova Sport 7L AW Shoulder Bag

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-Canon EOS Rebel T5 DSLR Camera With 18-55mm Lens: $349.99 after rebate from Adorama

Price comparison: The T5 with the wide angle lens is $399 from Amazon, the qualifying printer is $368.99, the qualifying photo paper is $36.99, the SD card is $18.95, and the Lowepro Nova Sport 7L AW Shoulder Bag is $34.95. The total would be $858.88-$350=$508.88 after rebate from Amazon.
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-Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera With 18-55mm Wide Angle and 75-300mm Telephoto Lenses: $399 after rebate from Adorama

Price comparison: The SL1 with the wide angle and telephoto lens is $549 from Amazon, the qualifying printer is $368.99, the qualifying photo paper is $36.99, the SD card is $18.95, and the Lowepro Nova Sport 7L AW Shoulder Bag is $34.95. The total would be $1,008.88-$350=$658.88 after rebate from Amazon.

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-Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera With 18-55mm Lens: $399.99 after rebate from Adorama

Price comparison: The T5i with the wide angle lens is $649 from Amazon, the qualifying printer is $368.99, the qualifying photo paper is $36.99, the SD card is $18.95, and the Lowepro Nova Sport 7L AW Shoulder Bag is $34.95. The total would be $1,108.88-$350=$758.88 after rebate from Amazon.

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-Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera With 18-135mm Lens: $499.99 after rebate from Adorama

Price comparison: The T5i with the 18-135mm lens is $849 from Amazon, the qualifying printer is $368.99, the qualifying photo paper is $36.99, the SD card is $18.95, and the Lowepro Nova Sport 7L AW Shoulder Bag is $34.95. The total would be $1,308.88-$350=$958.88 after rebate from Amazon 

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-Canon EOS Rebel T6i DSLR Camera With 18-55mm Lens: $649 after rebate from Adorama

Price comparison: The T6i with the wide angle lens is $749 from Amazon, the qualifying printer is $368.99, the qualifying photo paper is $36.99, the SD card is $18.95, and the Lowepro Nova Sport 7L AW Shoulder Bag is $34.95. The total would be $1,208.88-$350=$858.88 after rebate from Amazon 

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-Canon EOS Rebel T6i DSLR Camera With 18-135mm Lens: $749.99 after rebate from Adorama

Price comparison: The T6i with the 18-135mm lens is $949 from Amazon, the qualifying printer is $368.99, the qualifying photo paper is $36.99, the SD card is $18.95, and the Lowepro Nova Sport 7L AW Shoulder Bag is $34.95. The total would be $1,408.88-$350=$1,058.88 after rebate from Amazon 

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-Canon EOS Rebel 70D DSLR Camera With 18-55mm Lens: $899 after rebate from Adorama

Price comparison: The 70D with 18-55 wide angle lens is $999 from Amazon, the qualifying printer is $368.99, the qualifying photo paper is $36.99, the SD card is $18.95, and the Lowepro Nova Sport 7L AW Shoulder Bag is $34.95. The total would be $1,458.88-$350=$1,108.88 after rebate from Amazon 

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-Canon EOS Rebel 70D DSLR Camera With 18-135mm Lens: $949 after rebate from Adorama

Price comparison: The 70D with 18-135 lens is $1,199 from Amazon, the qualifying printer is $368.99, the qualifying photo paper is $36.99, the SD card is $18.95, and the Lowepro Nova Sport 7L AW Shoulder Bag is $34.95. The total would be $1,658.88-$350=$1,308.88 after rebate from Amazon 

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-Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera Body: $1,049 after rebate from Adorama

Price comparison: The 7D Body is $1,399 from Amazon, the qualifying printer is $368.99, the qualifying photo paper is $36.99, the SD card is $18.95, and the Lowepro Nova Sport 7L AW Shoulder Bag is $34.95. The total would be $1,858.88-$350=$1,508.88 after rebate from Amazon

Will You Transfer Chase Points To Amtrak Before 12/08?

Sunday, December 6th, 2015, 3:15 pm

Update: Monday, 12/07, will be the final day that Chase points can be transferred into Amtrak points.

Originally posted on 10/14:

Amtrak is moving their co-branded credit card business from Chase to Bank of America and the last day to transfer Chase points to Amtrak will be 12/07.

It’s not something that I’ve taken advantage of, but some people will definitely mourn the loss of the transfer option.

If you are going to transfer points, it’s worth bearing in mind that the entire program will shift from a flat-rate zone program to a revenue based award program effective for redemptions made on 01/24. You can however book 2016 travel before 01/24 using the current zone based award chart.

The new program will value points made for redemptions at a surprisingly high value of about 2.56 cents per point on Acela trains and 2.9 cents per point on other trains. However the new program excludes saver fares from point redemption, and that muddles the true value of some redemptions.

At any rate, here is a link to the current zone based award chart and here is a link to the zones under the current program. Cities like Atlanta and Denver that straddle a zone can be used in either zone for lower rates.

-Currently you can use 1,500 points in coach or 2,000 points in business class for routes like Chicago-Detroit, Los Angeles-San Diego, Chicago-Milwaukee, Chicago-S. Louis, Portland, OR-Vancouver, BC, and Kansas City-S. Louis.

A ticket from Portland, OR-Vancouver, BC on 10/25 is $97 in coach or $151 in business class. Under the new program coach will go up from 1,500 points to 3,347 points and business will go from 2,000 points to 5,210 points.

-A ticket from Boston-Washington DC on 10/25 is currently 8,000 points/$305 in Acela business class or 12,000 points/$441 in Acela first class. Under the new program business will go up to 11,895 points and first will go up to 17,199 points.

-A private bedroom for 2 people with a private shower on the Silver Meteor route from NYC-Miami on 10/25 is currently 25,000 points or $1,469. Under the new program this would cost 50,681 points.

Meals for all passengers on the Silver Meteor route, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, are included. You can even request complimentary kosher meals! Bedrooms have climate control, fresh towels and linens, bottled water, etc. Need more space? Redeem for 2 bedrooms and 2 adjoining bedrooms can be opened up into a suite. Learn more about Amtrak Bedrooms here.

You can even combine 2 bedrooms to make a bedroom suite with 2 bathrooms and 2 showers in it.

You can always use your miles to fly back home once the train nostalgia has worn off 😉

-A private bedroom for 2 people with a private shower with all meals included from NYC-Denver on 10/25 is currently 40,000 points or $2,530. Under the new program this would cost 87,285 points.

-A private bedroom for 2 people with a private shower with all meals included from NYC-Los Angeles on 10/25 is currently 60,000 points or $3,116. Under the new program this would cost 107.502 points.

Some routes do get cheaper though.

-A ticket from NYC-Washington DC on 10/25 is currently 8,000 points/$160 in Acela business class or 12,000 points/$281 in Acela first class. Under the new program business will go down to 6,240 points and first will go up to 10,959 points.

-A ticket from NYC-Washington DC on 10/25 is currently 4,000 points/$88 in northeast regional coach or 6,500 points/$133 in northeast regional business class. Under the new program coach will go down to 3,036 points and business will go up to 4,589 points.

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Points can be transferred from Starwood (which can be earned on the Starwood Consumer AMEX and the Starwood Business AMEX) even after 12/07 at a 1:1 ratio.

Will you be transferring Chase points to Amtrak? Have a grand train ride planned? Hit the comments and let us know!

AMEX Shop Small In November FAQs: Here’s What You Need To Know About The 2015 “SBS” Offer

Saturday, November 28th, 2015, 6:25 pm

Update, 11/28: Tonight is the final night to finish your Shop Small in November spending!

Update, 11/09: I completed all of my Shop Small In November purchases on my targeted cards on Friday. The charges posted early Sunday and the credits all posted last night!

DDF members are still reporting that targeting continues to expand. If you haven’t seen the offer in the past be sure to keep checking daily and keep trying the links below to see if your cards have been targeted yet.

Originally posted on 11/01:

Q: What is Shop Small In November and who is paying for it?
A: From 2010-2014 AMEX ran a promotion on the Saturday after Black Friday for free spending at small businesses. On 09/30/15 they announced that they would not be running that promotion in 2015.

However on 11/01/15 Shop Small In November offers began to appear on targeted AMEX accounts.

On personal accounts the offer is a $10 credit for spending $10 in one purchase at small businesses anytime between 11/01-11/28.

On business accounts the offer is a $20 credit for spending $100 in one purchase at small businesses anytime between 11/01-11/28.

The promotion is paid for by American Express and other corporate sponsors. Merchants get paid the full amount for purchases.

Q: How long does the refund take?
A: Officially the credits won’t post until 90 days from 11/28. Based on past experience though the credit posts within a few days from the time of purchase. Sometimes it falls in between the cracks and the refund can take up to the official timeframe.

Q: How do I tell if I’m targeted for this years offer.
A: Please read this post carefully for the full details on how to check if you are eligible for Shop Small In November.

Q: Is there any way to take advantage of the offer if I’m not targeted?
A: DDF reports indicate that cards opened recently don’t seem to be targeted for this offer.

-If you have any primary or secondary AMEX business cards that were not targeted for $20 off a $100 purchase at any small business from now through 11/28 you can try clicking on this link to register them.

-If you have any primary AMEX consumer cards that were not targeted for $10 off a $10 purchase at any small business from now through 11/28 you can try clicking on this link to register them.

For those links to work, the card will have to either be the only card on the login or be the default card shown at login. You can change which card is the default card by clicking on “My Cards” in the right sidebar after logging into the AMEX site and clicking on the star to the left of any card.

Or you can remove a card via this link to enroll the card under its own login.

Note that you must use the multi-tab method to enroll multiple cards in one login. If you’ve already enrolled cards in one login you’ll have to remove the previously enrolled card to enroll other cards in that login. Or you can remove the unenrolled cards and create a new login for them.

I have a login with several additional user business cards that didn’t have an offer for Shop Small In November.

However after clicking the business link above the offer showed up by the default card. I left that tab open without saving the offer and opened a new tab and changed the default card on the login. Then I clicked on the link again, logged in again, and the offer appeared by the new default card. I rinsed and repeated until I had a tab open for the offer on all of the cards on that login and then went quickly between the tabs and successfully saved the offer to all of the secondary business cards on that login.

Q: Why are none of my cards or only some of my cards targeted?
A: It’s impossible to know the exact reasons for which cards have been targeted, and reports are that more cards are still being added to the offer.

There have been a few reports of cards only having the offer in the old interface or in the new interface, though I can’t personally confirm that.

It’s possible that those people simply didn’t see the offer in the other interface or that the offer was added to their cards in the interim between checking the different interfaces.

Still it’s definitely a good idea to login and check under both interfaces.

On DDF there have been mixed reports of people being targeted on all, none, or some of their cards, so it’s hard to tell what the targeting is based on. One DDF user reports that he has accounts registered in different cities and all of his cards had it except for 3 cards registered in zip code 08701.

Q: How do I register all of my targeted accounts for this offer and what can I do if the offer disappears from a targeted card?
A: If you have multiple cards with the offer don’t rush to save the offer to your account!  Open up the Offers page for each card in a separate tab in the same browser and scroll down the the offer. Then go between the tabs to save the offer to each of your targeted cards. Otherwise once you save the offer to one card it disappears from your other cards.

Note that you only have to worry about an offer disappearing from other cards when they are registered to the same account.

Registering for an offer won’t affect cards that have their own login, there’s no need to open multiple tabs for accounts that aren’t registered with the same login..

If you have multiple cards in the same login and forget to register with multiple tabs you can make the offer appear again by removing the card that you didn’t save the offer to from that login and making a new login for that card

Q: Can I use primary and secondary cards from the same account?
A: You can check if they are targeted as well by adding secondary cards in your own name to your primary account or by making a new account login for a secondary card.

So far I’ve only seen reports of secondary users on business cards having the offer, so please post if a secondary user on your consumer card has the offer.

Q: Will registration fill up?
A: AMEX offers do fill up and the offer will disappear once it’s full, so it’s best to register before that happens.

Q: Can I make purchases online?
A: No.

Q: Do I need to swipe the card or can it be keyed in?
A: It can be keyed in or swiped.

Q: How do I know which businesses qualify?
A: The easiest way to know is if a business is on the small business map.

However just because a business isn’t on the map doesn’t mean it won’t work. As long as the business isn’t part of a major chain or processing mega sums of money it will still work. I’ve used it at stores not on the map in the past without issue, but realize there’s no guarantee.

Q: Will spending at businesses outside of the USA qualify?
A: No

Q: Are any small businesses officially excluded?
A: “Transactions with political campaigns or political action committees as well as purchases at gas or service stations do not qualify for the statement credit, regardless of whether they appear on the Shop Small Map.”

Q: Will charities qualify?
A: If they’re on the map, sure.
If they’re not on the map, they will probably work anyway, but there’s no guarantee.

Q: Will I get an immediate email confirmation after swiping my card?
A: Technically you should. If you do then you’re good to go.
However very often AMEX doesn’t send out a confirmation, so don’t sweat it if you don’t get a confirmation email.

Have a question not on this list? Hit the comments, but be sure you’ve read through these FAQs first!

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American Express is a DansDeals.com advertiser.

Don’t want to miss out on AMEX Offers?

Consumer cards include:

Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express (25K Starpoints for spending $3K in 3 months, free Boingo worldwide hotspot access, free premium wifi in SPG hotels, 25% point bonus for transfers to airlines in 20K increments. $95 annual fee waived for first year. No fee for additional cardholders.)

The Amex EveryDay Credit Card from American Express (10K AMEX MR points for spending $1,000 in 3 months.  20% point bonus for making 20 transactions per month for an effective 2.4 points per dollar on groceries and Uber and 1.2 points per dollar elsewhere. No annual fee. No fee for additional cardholders.)

The Amex EveryDay Preferred Credit Card from American Express (15K AMEX MR points for spending $1,000 in 3 months.  50% point bonus for making 30 transactions per month for an effective 4.5 points per dollar on groceries, 3 points per dollar on gas and Uber and 1.5 points per dollar elsewhere. $95 annual fee. No fee for additional cardholders.)

Hilton HHonors Card from American Express (40K points for spending $750 in 3 months. Silver status. 3-7 points per dollar spent. AXON discounted 4 night award stays at category 5-10 Hilton properties. No annual fee. No fee for additional cardholders.)

American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card (25K AMEX MR points for spending $2,000 in 3 months. 3 points per dollar on airfare and 2 points per dollar on restaurants, US gas stations, US supermarkets, and Uber. $100 annual airline fee credit. No foreign transaction fees. $195 annual fee waived for first year. 5 free additional cardholders are free, 6+ additional cards cost $35/year each.)

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express (30K Delta miles for spending $1,000 in 3 months. $50 cash back for making a purchase with Delta within 3 months. No foreign exchange fees. $95 annual fee waived for first year. No fee for additional cardholders.)

Platinum Card® from American Express (40K AMEX MR points for spending $3,000 in 3 months. Free Starwood gold elite status for discounted paid and award stays. Free Centurion lounge access, Delta lounge access, Airspace lounge access, and Priority Club lounge access. $200 cash back in airline fee refunds per calendar year ($400 cash back in refunds during first cardmembership year). Free TSA PreCheck or Global Entry membership.  Free insurance for any items bought on credit card and lost within 90 days. No foreign exchange fees. $450 annual fee. 3 additional cardholders for a flat $175 fee ($58.33/year each) which includes full lounge access and free TSA PreCheck or Global Entry membership.)

Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express ($100 cash back for spending $1,000 in 3 months. 3% cash back on groceries, 2% cash back on gas and department stores, no annual fee. No fee for additional cardholders.)

Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express ($150 cash back for spending $1,000 in 3 months. 6% cash back on groceries, 3% cash back on gas and department stores, $75 annual fee. No fee for additional cardholders.)

Plenti Credit Card from Amex (5K points for spending $250 in 3 months, no annual fee.  No fee for additional cardholders.)

Business cards:

Business card signup bonuses can be earned if you haven’t had the card within the past 12 months. All business cards give automatic OPEN Savings rebates on top of points.

Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express (25K Starpoints for spending $5K in 3 months, free Sheraton lounge access, free Boingo worldwide hotspot access, free premium wifi in SPG hotels, 25% point bonus for transfers to airlines in 20K increments. $95 annual fee waived for first year. No fee for additional cardholders.)

Blue for Business® Credit Card from American Express (Limited time offer: 10K MR points for spending $1 and another 10K MR points for spending $5K in 6 months. 30% bonus on all points earned annually. You must have a Everyday, Green, Gold, or Platinum card to transfer these points to airlines or hotels. No annual fee. No fee for additional cardholders.)

The Enhanced Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN (25K AMEX MR points for spending $5,000 in 3 months. 3 points per dollar in your choice of one of the following categories and 2 points in the other categories: Airfare, advertising, gas stations, shipping, or hardware+software+cloud computing. 2 points per dollar on Uber. $175 annual fee waived for first year.)

The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN (40K AMEX MR points for spending $3,000 in 3 months. 10 free annual Gogo in-flight internet passes. Free Starwood gold elite status for discounted paid and award stays. Free Centurion lounge access, Delta lounge access, Airspace lounge access, and Priority Club lounge access. $200 cash back in airline fee refunds per calendar year ($400 cash back in refunds during first cardmembership year). Free TSA PreCheck or Global Entry membership.  Free insurance for any items bought on credit card and lost within 90 days. No foreign exchange fees. $450 annual fee.)

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express(30K Delta miles for spending $1,000 in 3 months. $50 cash back for making a purchase with Delta within 3 months. No foreign exchange fees. $95 annual fee waived for first year. No fee for additional cardholders.)

SimplyCash® Business Card from American Express ($250 signup bonus for spending $5,000 in 3 months. 5% cash back at office supply stores and telecom. 3% cash back on your choice of Airfare, Hotels, Car rentals, gas stations, restaurants, advertising, or shipping. No annual fee.)

Business Green Rewards Card from American Express OPEN (5K AMEX MR points for spending $1 in 3 months. $95 annual fee waived for first year.)

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Roundup Of 13 Canon DSLR Camera Bundles With Printers And Accessories From $379 Shipped After Rebate

Thursday, November 26th, 2015, 4:38 pm

-All of the following qualify for this $350 Mail In Rebate (You can call the number on the AMEX card, reject the terms of the rebate card, and get a check instead). This is a new rebate for November purchases. You can use this rebate even if you have taken advantage of it before November. Limit 1 November rebate per household.

All of the following cameras are packaged with:
-Canon Pro-100 Printer
-Canon Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13×19″, 50 Sheets
-Lexar 32GB Class 10
-Canon 100-ES camera bag.
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-Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera With 18-55mm Wide Angle and 75-300mm Telephoto Lenses: $379 after rebate from Adorama

Price comparison: The SL1 with the wide angle and telephoto lens is $499 from Amazon, the qualifying printer is $330.99, the qualifying photo paper is $45.11, the SD card is $18.95, and the Canon 100-ES bag is $17.95. The total would be $912-$350=$562 after rebate from Amazon.

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-Canon EOS Rebel T5 DSLR Camera With 18-55mm Lens: $379 after rebate from Adorama

Price comparison: The T5 with the wide angle lens is $399 from Amazon, the qualifying printer is $330.99, the qualifying photo paper is $45.11, the SD card is $18.95, and the Canon 100-ES bag is $17.95. The total would be $812-$350=$462 after rebate from Amazon.

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-Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera With 18-55mm Lens: $399 after rebate from Adorama

Price comparison: The T5i with the wide angle lens is $599 from Amazon, the qualifying printer is $330.99, the qualifying photo paper is $45.11, the SD card is $18.95, and the Canon 100-ES bag is $17.95. The total would be $1,012-$350=$662 after rebate from Amazon 

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-Canon EOS Rebel T6i DSLR Camera With 18-55mm Lens: $599 after rebate from Adorama

Price comparison: The T6i with the wide angle lens is $749 from Amazon, the qualifying printer is $330.99, the qualifying photo paper is $45.11, the SD card is $18.95, and the Canon 100-ES bag is $17.95. The total would be $1,162-$350=$812 after rebate from Amazon 

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-Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera With 18-135mm Lens: $649 after rebate from Adorama

Price comparison: The T5i with the 18-135mm lens is $799 from Amazon, the qualifying printer is $330.99, the qualifying photo paper is $45.11, the SD card is $18.95, and the Canon 100-ES bag is $17.95. The total would be $1,212-$350=$862 after rebate from Amazon 

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-Canon EOS Rebel 70D DSLR Camera Body: $699 after rebate from Adorama

Price comparison: The 70D Body is $899 from Amazon, the qualifying printer is $330.99, the qualifying photo paper is $45.11, the SD card is $18.95, and the Canon 100-ES bag is $17.95. The total would be $1,312-$350=$962 after rebate from Amazon.

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-Canon EOS Rebel 70D DSLR Camera With 18-55mm Lens: $849 after rebate from Adorama

Price comparison: The 70D with 18-55 wide angle lens is $999 from Amazon, the qualifying printer is $330.99, the qualifying photo paper is $45.11, the SD card is $18.95, and the Canon 100-ES bag is $17.95. The total would be $1,412-$350=$1,062 after rebate from Amazon.

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-Canon EOS Rebel T6i DSLR Camera With 18-135mm Lens: $749 after rebate from Adorama

Price comparison: The T6i with the wide angle lens is $949 from Amazon, the qualifying printer is $330.99, the qualifying photo paper is $45.11, the SD card is $18.95, and the Canon 100-ES bag is $17.95. The total would be $1,362-$350=$1,012 after rebate from Amazon.

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-Canon EOS Rebel 70D DSLR Camera With 18-135mm Lens: $949 after rebate from Adorama

Price comparison: The 70D with 18-135 lens is $1,199 from Amazon, the qualifying printer is $330.99, the qualifying photo paper is $45.11, the SD card is $18.95, and the Canon 100-ES bag is $17.95. The total would be $1,612-$350=$1,262 after rebate from Amazon.

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-Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera Bod: $1,129 after rebate from Adorama

Price comparison: The 7D Body is $1,299 from Amazon, the qualifying printer is $330.99, the qualifying photo paper is $45.11, the SD card is $18.95, and the Canon 100-ES bag is $17.95. The total would be $1,712-$350=$1,362 after rebate from Amazon 

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-Canon EOS 6D Full Frame DSLR Camera Body: $1,149 after rebate from Adorama

Price comparison: The 6D Body is $1,399 from Amazon, the qualifying printer is $330.99, the qualifying photo paper is $45.11, the SD card is $18.95, and the Canon 100-ES bag is $17.95. The total would be $1,812-$350=$1,462 after rebate from Amazon.

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-Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera With 18-135mm Lens: $1,449 after rebate from Adorama

Price comparison: The 7D with 18-135 lens is $1,649 from Amazon, the qualifying printer is $330.99, the qualifying photo paper is $45.11, the SD card is $18.95, and the Canon 100-ES bag is $17.95. The total would be $2,062-$350=$1,712 after rebate from Amazon.

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-Canon EOS 6D Full Frame DSLR Camera With 24-105mm Lens: $1,549 after rebate from Adorama

Price comparison: The 6D with 24-105 lens is $1,799 from Amazon, the qualifying printer is $330.99, the qualifying photo paper is $45.11, the SD card is $18.95, and the Canon 100-ES bag is $17.95. The total would be $2,212-$350=$1,862 after rebate from Amazon.

Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera With 2 Lenses, Pro Printer, Photo Paper, Camera Bag, And 32GB SD Card For $398.98 Shipped From Adorama After Rebate, Plus Get $37.45 Adorama Credit

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015, 9:40 am

Update: Back in stock!

Update: Sold out!

Canon EOS Rebel SL1 (Black) DSLR Camera With 2 Lenses, Pro Printer, Photo Paper, Camera Bag, And 32GB SD Card For $398.98 Shipped From Adorama After Rebate

Canon EOS Rebel SL1 (White) DSLR Camera With 2 Lenses, Pro Printer, Photo Paper, And Camera Bag, And 32GB SD Card For $398.98 Shipped From Adorama After Rebate

The SL1 has outstanding 4.8 star reviews on Amazon.

$350 Mail In Rebate Linky (You can call the number on the AMEX card, reject the terms of the rebate card, and get a check instead). This is a new rebate for November purchases. You can use this rebate even if you have taken advantage of it before November. Limit 1 November rebate per household.

Price comparison: The SL1 with the wide angle and telephoto lens is $499 from Amazon, the qualifying printer is $330.99, and the qualifying photo paper is $45.11. The total from Amazon would be $875.10-$350=$525.10.

Adorama also includes a Canon bag, a Lexar 32GB SD Card, and Corel software in their package for just $398.98 shipped after the rebate.

Adorama will also give you a $37.45 store credit. You will get email confirmation of your credit and 40 days after shipment you will get a promo code for the credit that is valid for 6 months. If you return the camera the promo code won’t be issued.

Sales tax is only charged for shipments to NJ or NY.

HT: Centro, via DDF

Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera With 2 Lenses, PRO Printer, Photo Paper, 16GB Memory Card, Extra Battery Pack, And Bag For Just $349 Shipped From Amazon After Rebate

Monday, November 23rd, 2015, 9:47 am

Update 2: Sold out!

Update: Don’t forget that you can drop the price on this to as low as $174.25 by paying with Amazon gift cards that were purchased with an AMEX for 25% off!

The price is $699 from Amazon before the rebate. With 25% off it’s $524.25. After the $350 rebate it’s $174.25!

Or earn 6,999-7,689 points buy purchasing this on your Chase Freedom card!

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Originally posted on 11/22:

Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera With 2 Lenses, PRO Printer, Photo Paper, 16GB Memory Card, Extra Battery Pack, And Bag For Just $349 Shipped From Amazon After Rebate

$350 Mail In Rebate Linky (You can call the number on the AMEX card, reject the terms of the rebate card, and get a check instead). This is a new rebate for November purchases. You can use this rebate even if you have taken advantage of it before November. Limit 1 November rebate per household.

This bundle includes::
-Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR with 18-55mm STM + 75-300mm Lenses + Camera Bag are $499
-Canon PIXMA Pro-100 Printer is $330.45 (with 4.4 star ratings)
-16GB memory card is $9.99 (with 4.8 star ratings)
-2 battery pack with charger is $28.99 (with 4.5 star ratings)
-Canon Photo Paper Plus is $36.99 (with 4.8 star ratings)

The total cost for these items individually would be $905.42 minus the $350 rebate is $555.42, but with this deal it is just $349!

HT: Shlomo.

Roundup Of Targeted And Non-Targeted AMEX Offers

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015, 8:39 am

Post updated with new offers!

Originally posted on 10/04:

American Express is a DansDeals.com advertiser.

1. AMEX Twitter (non-targeted) offers:

Signup for Twitter and you can save money with AMEX.

All you have to do is sync your American Express card with your twitter account to save money at rotating stores.

Then tweet the codes listed below to enroll, so for example just write #AmexUCT and then click tweet. Then wait a minute and you should have a message in your notifications bar that you have successfully enrolled along with the offer terms.

In the image below you can see where to write the tweet and where to check for the confirmation.

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You can register all of your primary and secondary AMEX cards on Twitter, it just entails either: Unsyncing and resyncing cards via this link or making a Twitter account for each card. If you do unsync and resync multiple cards on the same Twitter account you must change the tweet slightly each time like:
#AmexUCT
#AmexUCT 1
#AmexUCT 2
And so on.

When resyncing there is no need to fill out your billing address, just fill out the first half of the form with your name, email, and your credit card number. You can skip the optional fields asking for your billing address, card expiration, and the 4 digit code. You can use the same email address for all of your cards.

Forgot which card you registered? Just unsync and resync.

You can even bulk tweet for all of your cards with multiple Twitter accounts via TweetDeck.

Offers valid once per card:

-Tweet #AmexRenaissance, get $40 back on $200+ on purchases from Renaissance.com through 11/30. Terms.

-Tweet #AmexPetco, get $5 back on $10 + on purchases from Petco.com or in-store through 12/09. Terms. Offer full!

-Tweet #AmexBliss, get $20 back on $75+ on BlissWorld.com through 12/21. Terms.

-Tweet #AmexEmbassy, get $50 back on $250+ on Embassy Suites through 12/21. Terms.

-Tweet #AmexBestBuy, get $20 back on a total of $199+ on purchases from BestBuy.com or in-store through 12/31. Terms. Offer full!

-Tweet #AmexAirbnb get $50 back on $100+ from Airbnb.com through 12/31. Terms.

-Tweet #AmexColeHaan get $50 back on a total of $200+ from Cole Haan through 12/31. Terms.

-Tweet #AmexUber get $10 back on a single purchase of $20+ from Uber through 12/31. Terms.

-Tweet #AmexToysRUs, get $5 back on $25+ at ToysRUs.com & BabiesRUs.com through 12/31. Terms.

-Tweet #AmexCartersOKB, get $5 back on a total of $25+ on purchases from Carters.com or OshKosh.com through 12/31. Terms.

-Tweet #AmexNewegg, get $25 back on a total of $200+ on purchases from Newegg.com through 12/31. Terms.

-Tweet #AmexDiapers, get $10 back on $50+ on purchases from Quidsi Brand stores like Diapers.com through 12/31. Terms.

-Tweet #AmexSurLaTable, get $10 back on $50+ on SurLaTable.com through 12/31. Terms.

-Tweet #AmexSamsonite, get $30 back on $150+ on Samsonite.com through 12/31. Terms.

-Tweet #AmexTHEOUTNET, get $50 back on $250+ on TheOutnet.com through 12/31. Terms.

-Tweet #AmexUCT, get $30 back on $150+ on purchases from UndercoverTourist.com through 12/31. Terms.
Note: Get $30 off already discounted Disney, Universal, Legoland, and SeaWorld tickets with this offer. Purchase each ticket on a separate card to save even more!

-Tweet #AmexJCP, get $10 back on $50+ on JCPenney.com or in-store through 12/31. Terms.

-Tweet #AmexHampton, get $35 back on $175+ on Hampton by Hilton through 01/18. Terms.

-Tweet #AmexBoxed get $15 back on $75+ at Boxed.com through 01/31. Terms. Plus save an additional $10 off with code: 539U3

-Tweet #AmexJetsetter, get $20 back on $100+ on Jetsetter.com through 01/31. Terms.

-Tweet #AmexWFM, get $10 back on $60+ single purchase from Whole Foods in-store only through 01/31. Terms. Offer full!

Find more Twitter offers here.

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2. Online account offers:

There are a several offers that don’t have a working Twitter code.  Offers in your account will vary by card, so check all of your cards.

You can use this link to access the old AMEX Offers interface, which some people find easier to save multiple offers with the multi-tab method.

To see if you have this offer in your account just login to your AMEX account, click on any of your cards to go the activity page, click on “AMEX Offers For You,” and save the offer to your account.

If you also have multiple cards with the offer don’t rush to save the offer to your account!  Open up the Offers page for each card in a separate tab in the same browser.  Then go between the tabs to save the offer to each of your targeted cards.  Otherwise once you save the offer to one card it disappears from your other cards.

Always check all primary and secondary card offers, as secondary cards will often have offers that the primary card does not. You can add secondary cards in your own name to your primary login or you can create a new login for other secondary cards.

Note that you only have to worry about an offer disappearing from other cards when they are registered to the same account. Saving an offer won’t affect cards that have their own login.

If you mess up and don’t save the offer to a card you can always remove a card from one login and make a dedicated login for it to register it. Alternatively you can remove the card that has an offer saved to it and the offer will reappear for the rest of the cards registered to that account. Once you properly save the offer to all cards on that account you can re-register the deleted card back to the same account.

Sample targeted offers:

-You may find some of the Twitter offers in your AMEX account.

-$100 off $500 on Emirates.com through 11/18

-$15 off $75 on Telecharge.com through 11/18
Save on Broadway shows and more!

-$30 off $150 on LastCall by Neiman Marcus through 11/22

-$50 off $250 on ScoopNYC through 11/22

-$30 off $100 at Belle Tire through 12/15

-$8 off $40 at CoffeeBean.com through 12/21.

-$10 off $50 at JellyBelly through 12/21.

-$20 off $75 at ShopRite online or in store through 12/31. Valid 3 times!

-$15 off $60 at Amazon.com through 12/31.

-$25 off $45 on Sams Club memberships in store through 12/31.

-$25 off $100 at Amtrak.com through 12/31

-$50 off $250 At Sheraton.com through 12/31.

-$10 off $50 at PCRush.com through 12/31.

-$15 off $50 at 1800Flowers.com through 12/31.

-$20 off $50 at AdvanceAutoParts.com through 12/31

If you are targeted for $20 off $50 at Advance Auto Parts you can also stack that with codes like:

Use the following code for 30% off $50: TRT30

Use the following code for $25 off $75: A124

Use the following code for $30 off $80: RAF51112

Use the following code for $40 off $100: TRT41

-$40 off $100 at Fancy.com through 12/31

-$10 off $30 At Regal Entertainment through 12/31

-Spend $75 on a AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular or Verizon cell phone bill and get $10 back, valid twice through 1/31/16.

-Spend $50 on a cable or satellite bill in CA, IL, NJ, or NY and get $10 back, valid twice through 1/31/16.

-$10 off $50 at eBags.com through 02/04.

-$20 off $200 at Enterprise.com through 02/29

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3. Registration forms:

-Register primary and secondary cards here for $25 off $200 from Newegg.com.

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4. Shop Small In November.

-Save $20 off $100 at all small businesses on primary and secondary business cards through 11/28.

-Save $10 off $10 at all small businesses on primary consumer cards through 11/28.

-See this post to check which of your cards are targeted.

Click on the links in this post to try to add the offers to your non-targeted cards.

-Read the FAQs on the promotion in this post.

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American Express is a DansDeals.com advertiser.

Don’t want to miss out on AMEX Offers?

Consumer cards include:

Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express (25K Starpoints for spending $3K in 3 months, free Boingo worldwide hotspot access, free premium wifi in SPG hotels, 25% point bonus for transfers to airlines in 20K increments. $95 annual fee waived for first year. No fee for additional cardholders.)

The Amex EveryDay Credit Card from American Express (10K AMEX MR points for spending $1,000 in 3 months.  20% point bonus for making 20 transactions per month for an effective 2.4 points per dollar on groceries and Uber and 1.2 points per dollar elsewhere. No annual fee. No fee for additional cardholders.)

The Amex EveryDay Preferred Credit Card from American Express (15K AMEX MR points for spending $1,000 in 3 months.  50% point bonus for making 30 transactions per month for an effective 4.5 points per dollar on groceries, 3 points per dollar on gas and Uber and 1.5 points per dollar elsewhere. $95 annual fee. No fee for additional cardholders.)

Hilton HHonors Card from American Express (40K points for spending $750 in 3 months. Silver status. 3-7 points per dollar spent. AXON discounted 4 night award stays at category 5-10 Hilton properties. No annual fee. No fee for additional cardholders.)

Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express (25K AMEX MR points for spending $2,000 in 3 months. 3 points per dollar on airfare and 2 points per dollar on restaurants, US gas stations, US supermarkets, and Uber. $100 annual airline fee credit. No foreign transaction fees. $195 annual fee waived for first year. 5 free additional cardholders are free, 6+ additional cards cost $35/year each.)

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express (30K Delta miles for spending $1,000 in 3 months. $50 cash back for making a purchase with Delta within 3 months. No foreign exchange fees. $95 annual fee waived for first year. No fee for additional cardholders.)

Platinum Card® from American Express (40K AMEX MR points for spending $3,000 in 3 months. Free Starwood gold elite status for discounted paid and award stays. Free Centurion lounge access, Delta lounge access, Airspace lounge access, and Priority Club lounge access. $200 cash back in airline fee refunds per calendar year ($400 cash back in refunds during first cardmembership year). Free TSA PreCheck or Global Entry membership.  Free insurance for any items bought on credit card and lost within 90 days. No foreign exchange fees. $450 annual fee. 3 additional cardholders for a flat $175 fee ($58.33/year each) which includes full lounge access and free TSA PreCheck or Global Entry membership.)

Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express ($100 cash back for spending $1,000 in 3 months. 3% cash back on groceries, 2% cash back on gas and department stores, no annual fee. No fee for additional cardholders.)

Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express ($150 cash back for spending $1,000 in 3 months. 6% cash back on groceries, 3% cash back on gas and department stores, $75 annual fee. No fee for additional cardholders.)

Plenti Credit Card from Amex (5K points for spending $250 in 3 months, no annual fee.  No fee for additional cardholders.)

Business cards:

Business card signup bonuses can be earned if you haven’t had the card within the past 12 months. All business cards give automatic OPEN Savings rebates on top of points.

Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express (25K Starpoints for spending $5K in 3 months, free Sheraton lounge access, free Boingo worldwide hotspot access, free premium wifi in SPG hotels, 25% point bonus for transfers to airlines in 20K increments. $95 annual fee waived for first year. No fee for additional cardholders.)

Blue for Business® Credit Card from American Express (Limited time offer: 10K MR points for spending $1 and another 10K MR points for spending $5K in 6 months. 30% bonus on all points earned annually. You must have a Everyday, Green, Gold, or Platinum card to transfer these points to airlines or hotels. No annual fee. No fee for additional cardholders.)

The Enhanced Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN (25K AMEX MR points for spending $5,000 in 3 months. 3 points per dollar in your choice of one of the following categories and 2 points in the other categories: Airfare, advertising, gas stations, shipping, or hardware+software+cloud computing. 2 points per dollar on Uber. $175 annual fee waived for first year.)

The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN (40K AMEX MR points for spending $3,000 in 3 months. 10 free annual Gogo in-flight internet passes. Free Starwood gold elite status for discounted paid and award stays. Free Centurion lounge access, Delta lounge access, Airspace lounge access, and Priority Club lounge access. $200 cash back in airline fee refunds per calendar year ($400 cash back in refunds during first cardmembership year). Free TSA PreCheck or Global Entry membership.  Free insurance for any items bought on credit card and lost within 90 days. No foreign exchange fees. $450 annual fee.)

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express(30K Delta miles for spending $1,000 in 3 months. $50 cash back for making a purchase with Delta within 3 months. No foreign exchange fees. $95 annual fee waived for first year. No fee for additional cardholders.)

SimplyCash® Business Card from American Express ($250 signup bonus for spending $5,000 in 3 months. 5% cash back at office supply stores and telecom. 3% cash back on your choice of Airfare, Hotels, Car rentals, gas stations, restaurants, advertising, or shipping. No annual fee.)

Business Green Rewards Card from American Express OPEN (5K AMEX MR points for spending $1 in 3 months. $95 annual fee waived for first year.)

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Marriott To Buy Starwood

Monday, November 16th, 2015, 8:59 am

Update: In somewhat promising news, Marriott claims they will preserve the best aspects of both programs and that a big factor to buy Starwood was for their loyalty program. Then again, Continental and United said before they would keep the best of both airlines and that we would like the changes that were coming, before devastating loyal members of both programs.

File this in the “time will tell” category. Mergers rarely work out well for consumers, so I’m not holding my breath. But I am hoping.

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In potentially devastating news for point junkies, Marriott has agreed to buy Starwood for $12.2 billion.

Apparently they beat out potential offers from suitors like Hyatt, IHG, and the Chinese government.

Pending government approval, the deal will close mid-2016.

With Marriott being the acquirer and the far larger program, it seems very likely that Marriott Rewards will be the surviving loyalty program

Starwood points are between 2-3 times as valuable as Marriott points and also transfer into airline miles at far higher ratios.

Starwood top-tier elite status is far more valuable than Marriott elite status and is much easier to attain.

I suppose that it’s possible that Marriott keeps the Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty program as a separate entity from Marriott Rewards, but it seems unlikely. The benefits of that would be not decimating the value in the SPG program and possibly being able to keep revenue streams from both AMEX and Chase. I’d be overjoyed, but I wouldn’t bet on that happening.

The likely route is that Marriott swallows Starwood and stops offering the Starwood AMEX. So this may be terrible news for AMEX as well. I’m almost surprised AMEX doesn’t jump into the fray and make an offer for Starwood just not to lose the huge co-brand Starwood business 😀

If Marriott announces plans to forcibly convert Starpoints into Marriott points at an equal ratio, that’s the day I cash in my chips and transfer out several million Starpoints into airline miles. There’s no way I’ll just sit back and be devalued while hoping there will be new value added to the Marriott program unless they explicitly say there will be.

I mean it’s possible that Marriott offers 2 points for every Starpoint, but I wouldn’t bet on that either.

Overall I see this as very ominous news. The only silver lining is that at least both Hyatt and Starwood’s programs won’t be destroyed like what was possible in a worst-case scenario when they were rumored to be merging.

HT: chuchem, via DDF

United Island Hopper Trip Notes Part 4: Tokyo, Japan And Back Home In ANA First Class

Sunday, November 8th, 2015, 2:28 pm

-Find dozens of trip notes like this one by clicking on the “Trip Notes” tab on top of the DansDeals banner at the top of this site.

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These trip notes are continued from:
United Island Hopper Trip Notes Part 1: Honolulu
United Island Hopper Trip Notes Part 2: It’s Time To Hop!
United Island Hopper Trip Notes Part 3: Koror, Palau
Please read those installments first for background information!

 

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AMEX Cards Not Targeted For Shop Small In November? Try These Links!

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015, 1:00 pm

Read these articles first:
Small Business Saturday Is Now Shop Small In November; Check To See Which Of Your Cards Are Targeted!
AMEX Shop Small In November FAQs: Here’s What You Need To Know About The 2015 “SBS” Offer

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If you have any primary or secondary AMEX business cards that were not targeted for $20 off a $100 purchase at any small business from now through 11/28 you can try clicking on this link to register them.

If you have any primary AMEX consumer cards that were not targeted for $10 off a $10 purchase at any small business from now through 11/28 you can try clicking on this link to register them.

For the link to work, the card will have to either be the only card on the login or be the default card shown at login. You can change which card is the default card by clicking on “My Cards” in the right sidebar after logging into the AMEX site and clicking on the star to the left of any card.

Or you can remove a card via this link to enroll the card under its own login.

Note that you must use the multi-tab method to enroll multiple cards in one login. If you’ve already enrolled cards in one login you’ll have to remove the previously enrolled card to enroll other cards in that login. Or you can remove the unenrolled cards and create a new login for them.

I have a login with several additional user business cards that didn’t have an offer for Shop Small In November.

However after clicking the business link above the offer showed up by the default card. I left that tab open without saving the offer and opened a new tab and changed the default card on the login. Then I clicked on the link again, logged in again, and the offer appeared by the new default card. I rinsed and repeated until I had a tab open for the offer on all of the cards on that login and then went quickly between the tabs and successfully saved the offer to all of the secondary business cards on that login.

After that I went to enroll cards on other logins that didn’t appear to have the offer. The link didn’t work for all of them, but it did work for most.

The $10 off $10 consumer offer is free money, though unfortunately there have been no reports of that working on secondary cards this year. The $20 off $100 business offer isn’t free money, but getting 20% off gift cards for my local grocery and pizza stores is nothing to sneeze at! Others have had success using the offers for private school tuition, charity, etc.

Post if the links work for you and where you’ll be shopping small in November!

HT: yanks10952 and Yingerman, via DDF

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Don’t want to miss out on AMEX Offers?

Consumer cards include:

Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express (25K Starpoints for spending $3K in 3 months, free Boingo worldwide hotspot access, free premium wifi in SPG hotels, 25% point bonus for transfers to airlines in 20K increments. $95 annual fee waived for first year. No fee for additional cardholders.)

The Amex EveryDay Credit Card from American Express (10K AMEX MR points for spending $1,000 in 3 months.  20% point bonus for making 20 transactions per month for an effective 2.4 points per dollar on groceries and Uber and 1.2 points per dollar elsewhere. No annual fee. No fee for additional cardholders.)

The Amex EveryDay Preferred Credit Card from American Express (15K AMEX MR points for spending $1,000 in 3 months.  50% point bonus for making 30 transactions per month for an effective 4.5 points per dollar on groceries, 3 points per dollar on gas and Uber and 1.5 points per dollar elsewhere. $95 annual fee. No fee for additional cardholders.)

Hilton HHonors Card from American Express (40K points for spending $750 in 3 months. Silver status. 3-7 points per dollar spent. AXON discounted 4 night award stays at category 5-10 Hilton properties. No annual fee. No fee for additional cardholders.)

American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card (25K AMEX MR points for spending $2,000 in 3 months. 3 points per dollar on airfare and 2 points per dollar on restaurants, US gas stations, US supermarkets, and Uber. $100 annual airline fee credit. No foreign transaction fees. $195 annual fee waived for first year. 5 free additional cardholders are free, 6+ additional cards cost $35/year each.)

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express (30K Delta miles for spending $1,000 in 3 months. $50 cash back for making a purchase with Delta within 3 months. No foreign exchange fees. $95 annual fee waived for first year. No fee for additional cardholders.)

Platinum Card® from American Express (40K AMEX MR points for spending $3,000 in 3 months. Free Starwood gold elite status for discounted paid and award stays. Free Centurion lounge access, Delta lounge access, Airspace lounge access, and Priority Club lounge access. $200 cash back in airline fee refunds per calendar year ($400 cash back in refunds during first cardmembership year). Free TSA PreCheck or Global Entry membership.  Free insurance for any items bought on credit card and lost within 90 days. No foreign exchange fees. $450 annual fee. 3 additional cardholders for a flat $175 fee ($58.33/year each) which includes full lounge access and free TSA PreCheck or Global Entry membership.)

Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express ($100 cash back for spending $1,000 in 3 months. 3% cash back on groceries, 2% cash back on gas and department stores, no annual fee. No fee for additional cardholders.)

Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express ($150 cash back for spending $1,000 in 3 months. 6% cash back on groceries, 3% cash back on gas and department stores, $75 annual fee. No fee for additional cardholders.)

The Plenti® Credit Card from Amex (5K points for spending $250 in 3 months, no annual fee.  No fee for additional cardholders.)

Business cards:

Business card signup bonuses can be earned if you haven’t had the card within the past 12 months. All business cards give automatic OPEN Savings rebates on top of points.

Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express (25K Starpoints for spending $5K in 3 months, free Sheraton lounge access, free Boingo worldwide hotspot access, free premium wifi in SPG hotels, 25% point bonus for transfers to airlines in 20K increments. $95 annual fee waived for first year. No fee for additional cardholders.)

Blue for Business® Credit Card from American Express (Limited time offer: 10K MR points for spending $1 and another 10K MR points for spending $5K in 6 months. 30% bonus on all points earned annually. You must have a Everyday, Green, Gold, or Platinum card to transfer these points to airlines or hotels. No annual fee. No fee for additional cardholders.)

The Enhanced Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN (25K AMEX MR points for spending $5,000 in 3 months. 3 points per dollar in your choice of one of the following categories and 2 points in the other categories: Airfare, advertising, gas stations, shipping, or hardware+software+cloud computing. 2 points per dollar on Uber. $175 annual fee waived for first year.)

The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN (40K AMEX MR points for spending $3,000 in 3 months. 10 free annual Gogo in-flight internet passes. Free Starwood gold elite status for discounted paid and award stays. Free Centurion lounge access, Delta lounge access, Airspace lounge access, and Priority Club lounge access. $200 cash back in airline fee refunds per calendar year ($400 cash back in refunds during first cardmembership year). Free TSA PreCheck or Global Entry membership.  Free insurance for any items bought on credit card and lost within 90 days. No foreign exchange fees. $450 annual fee.)

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express(30K Delta miles for spending $1,000 in 3 months. $50 cash back for making a purchase with Delta within 3 months. No foreign exchange fees. $95 annual fee waived for first year. No fee for additional cardholders.)

SimplyCash® Business Card from American Express ($250 signup bonus for spending $5,000 in 3 months. 5% cash back at office supply stores and telecom. 3% cash back on your choice of Airfare, Hotels, Car rentals, gas stations, restaurants, advertising, or shipping. No annual fee.)

Business Green Rewards Card from American Express OPEN (5K AMEX MR points for spending $1 in 3 months. $95 annual fee waived for first year.)

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Small Business Saturday Is Now Shop Small In November; Check To See Which Of Your Cards Are Targeted!

Sunday, November 1st, 2015, 12:34 pm

In September AMEX announced that there would be no statement credit for Small Business Saturday this year.

Today AMEX has rolled out targeted AMEX offers for Shop Small In November as follows:

-Select consumer cards have been targeted with $10 off $10 in a single purchase at any small business from now through 11/28.

-Select business cards have been targeted with $20 off $100 in a single purchase at any small business from now through 11/28.

You can search for small businesses on the map, but almost any small business that doesn’t belong to a major chain should qualify.

I logged into my AMEX account using the far superior old interface and all of my primary consumer and business cards had the offer.

I logged into my wife’s account and she was also targeted on all of her primary consumer and business cards.

The secondary cards attached to my primary account weren’t targeted, though many secondary business accounts that had their own login were targeted.

There are some reports of cards only having the offer in the old interface or in the new interface, though I can’t personally confirm that. It’s possible that those people simply didn’t see the offer in the other interface.

On DDF there have been mixed reports of people being targeted on all, none, or some of their cards, so it’s hard to tell what the targeting is based on.

All of my cards have been used in past years, so it’s definitely not only targeting cards that weren’t used for SBS in the past.

One user reports that he has accounts registered in different cities and all of his cards had it except for 3 cards registered in zip code 08701.

Another user reports that cards are still being targeted for this offer, so it may still be rolling out.

If you also have multiple cards with the offer don’t rush to save the offer to your account!  Open up the Offers page for each card in a separate tab in the same browser and scroll down the the offer. Then go between the tabs to save the offer to each of your targeted cards. Otherwise once you save the offer to one card it disappears from your other cards.

Note that you only have to worry about an offer disappearing from other cards when they are registered to the same account. Registering for an offer won’t affect cards that have their own login and you can always remove a card from one login and make a dedicated login for it.

To find the offers, just login to your AMEX account here, click on a card, and scroll down to AMEX Offers For You. Then click on see more offers:

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On consumer cards the offer looks like this:

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We have the offer on all of our primary consumer Premier Gold, Platinum, Delta Gold, Delta Platinum, Everyday Preferred, Starwood Business, Platinum Business, Business Gold, and Delta business cards.

I haven’t gone through all of our secondary cards, but it appears that the offer is only showing up on secondary business cards, not on secondary consumer cards.

Post your experience on your primary and secondary cards!

Stay tuned for an FAQ post.

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Don’t want to miss out on AMEX Offers?

Consumer cards include:

Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express (25K Starpoints for spending $3K in 3 months, free Boingo worldwide hotspot access, free premium wifi in SPG hotels, 25% point bonus for transfers to airlines in 20K increments. $95 annual fee waived for first year. No fee for additional cardholders.)

The Amex EveryDay Credit Card from American Express (10K AMEX MR points for spending $1,000 in 3 months.  20% point bonus for making 20 transactions per month for an effective 2.4 points per dollar on groceries and Uber and 1.2 points per dollar elsewhere. No annual fee. No fee for additional cardholders.)

The Amex EveryDay Preferred Credit Card from American Express (15K AMEX MR points for spending $1,000 in 3 months.  50% point bonus for making 30 transactions per month for an effective 4.5 points per dollar on groceries, 3 points per dollar on gas and Uber and 1.5 points per dollar elsewhere. $95 annual fee. No fee for additional cardholders.)

Hilton HHonors Card from American Express (40K points for spending $750 in 3 months. Silver status. 3-7 points per dollar spent. AXON discounted 4 night award stays at category 5-10 Hilton properties. No annual fee. No fee for additional cardholders.)

American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card (25K AMEX MR points for spending $2,000 in 3 months. 3 points per dollar on airfare and 2 points per dollar on restaurants, US gas stations, US supermarkets, and Uber. $100 annual airline fee credit. No foreign transaction fees. $195 annual fee waived for first year. 5 free additional cardholders are free, 6+ additional cards cost $35/year each.)

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express (30K Delta miles for spending $1,000 in 3 months. $50 cash back for making a purchase with Delta within 3 months. No foreign exchange fees. $95 annual fee waived for first year. No fee for additional cardholders.)

Platinum Card® from American Express (40K AMEX MR points for spending $3,000 in 3 months. Free Starwood gold elite status for discounted paid and award stays. Free Centurion lounge access, Delta lounge access, Airspace lounge access, and Priority Club lounge access. $200 cash back in airline fee refunds per calendar year ($400 cash back in refunds during first cardmembership year). Free TSA PreCheck or Global Entry membership.  Free insurance for any items bought on credit card and lost within 90 days. No foreign exchange fees. $450 annual fee. 3 additional cardholders for a flat $175 fee ($58.33/year each) which includes full lounge access and free TSA PreCheck or Global Entry membership.)

Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express ($100 cash back for spending $1,000 in 3 months. 3% cash back on groceries, 2% cash back on gas and department stores, no annual fee. No fee for additional cardholders.)

Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express ($150 cash back for spending $1,000 in 3 months. 6% cash back on groceries, 3% cash back on gas and department stores, $75 annual fee. No fee for additional cardholders.)

Plenti Credit Card from Amex (5K points for spending $250 in 3 months, no annual fee.  No fee for additional cardholders.)

Business cards:

Business card signup bonuses can be earned if you haven’t had the card within the past 12 months. All business cards give automatic OPEN Savings rebates on top of points.

Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express (25K Starpoints for spending $5K in 3 months, free Sheraton lounge access, free Boingo worldwide hotspot access, free premium wifi in SPG hotels, 25% point bonus for transfers to airlines in 20K increments. $95 annual fee waived for first year. No fee for additional cardholders.)

Blue for Business® Credit Card from American Express (Limited time offer: 10K MR points for spending $1 and another 10K MR points for spending $5K in 6 months. 30% bonus on all points earned annually. You must have a Everyday, Green, Gold, or Platinum card to transfer these points to airlines or hotels. No annual fee. No fee for additional cardholders.)

The Enhanced Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN (25K AMEX MR points for spending $5,000 in 3 months. 3 points per dollar in your choice of one of the following categories and 2 points in the other categories: Airfare, advertising, gas stations, shipping, or hardware+software+cloud computing. 2 points per dollar on Uber. $175 annual fee waived for first year.)

The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN (40K AMEX MR points for spending $3,000 in 3 months. 10 free annual Gogo in-flight internet passes. Free Starwood gold elite status for discounted paid and award stays. Free Centurion lounge access, Delta lounge access, Airspace lounge access, and Priority Club lounge access. $200 cash back in airline fee refunds per calendar year ($400 cash back in refunds during first cardmembership year). Free TSA PreCheck or Global Entry membership.  Free insurance for any items bought on credit card and lost within 90 days. No foreign exchange fees. $450 annual fee.)

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express(30K Delta miles for spending $1,000 in 3 months. $50 cash back for making a purchase with Delta within 3 months. No foreign exchange fees. $95 annual fee waived for first year. No fee for additional cardholders.)

SimplyCash® Business Card from American Express ($250 signup bonus for spending $5,000 in 3 months. 5% cash back at office supply stores and telecom. 3% cash back on your choice of Airfare, Hotels, Car rentals, gas stations, restaurants, advertising, or shipping. No annual fee.)

Business Green Rewards Card from American Express OPEN (5K AMEX MR points for spending $1 in 3 months. $95 annual fee waived for first year.)

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Extend The Life Of Your Starpoints With 150 Free Starpoints

Friday, October 9th, 2015, 12:26 pm

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An official Starwood rep writes that you can earn 150 Starpoints by just filling out 3 security questions via this link.

This promotion is valid through 10/31 and the points will post by the end of November.

It’s only valid for Starwood accounts that were opened before today.

While earning 150 points today I noticed that the 200 free Starpoints from this promotion have already posted to my account, so if you haven’t done that yet take a look at that post as well.

HT: benjie1305 via DDF and Gary.

New Elite Status For AMEX Platinum Cardholders

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015, 5:48 pm

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The Platinum Card® from American Express and the The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN both offer free Starwood Gold elite status. SPG Gold status gets you late checkout, more points per dollar spent at SPG hotels, and a 250 point amenity on stays, even when redeeming points. Starwood elites can also register here to earn Starpoints on Delta flights on top of the regular Delta miles in addition to other benefits while Delta elites can get benefits at SPG hotels.

To get that gold status you need to actually pick up the phone and call 800-525-3355 and select option 3.

AMEX is now adding free Hilton Gold status as a benefit of both cards and you can enroll online here. You can also enroll additional cardholders for Hilton Gold status, but that needs to be done over the phone.

Hilton Gold status gets you upgrades, bonus points, 5th night free on awards, late checkout, breakfast, and bottled water.

Free breakfast doesn’t usually do much for me, but we had the pleasure of staying at the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem earlier this year where we were treated to a fantastic daily breakfast, which is free for Hilton Gold and Diamond members. There is a mind-boggling quantity of awesome kosher food there, from dozens of daily hot dishes to hard cheeses, fresh fruits and pastries to fresh squeezed juices, as well as on-demand dishes like french toast, pancakes, waffles, and eggs. Unlimited wine, hot or cold chocolate drinks, and espresso drinks are included as well!

 

With a breakfast like this you may not even be hungry for dinner…

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Many, many more pictures when I get around to writing the trip report 😉

 

Hilton and Starwood gold status alone don’t justify the hefty $450 annual fee, but there are lots of other benefits aside from those.

The cards have 40K signup bonuses and every calendar year you can get up to $200 in airline fee refunds. That system had been down from the end of August through the end of September, but now it is working once again.

Officially these are intended to be used for bag fees, seat upgrades, and lounge passes/memberships. However they also work for items like $100 American Airlines gift cards, $100 United gift registry contributions, gift cards purchased for stores like Amazon via MileagePlusX and more via DDF.

If you get a Platinum card now you’ll get $400 of refunds in your first cardmembership year, $200 in 2015 and $200 in 2016.

-Centurion lounge access:

American Express has operated Centurion lounges in Argentina, Brazil, India, and Mexico for some time.  Now they are expanding in the US market with lounges operating in Dallas, Las Vegas, LaGuardia, Miami, San Francisco, Seattle, and more to come. Houston will have a lounge in the first half of 2016.

Originally the US lounges were designed for free access only for Centurion cardholders, you know them as those black cards that cost a ridiculous $2,500 per year with a $7,500 initiation fee that used to give elite status on airline like Continental and USAirways but no longer do.

But once the Platinum card started losing airline lounges they opened it up to Platinum cardholders for free as well. You can bring your spouse and kids into the lounge for free. Or you can bring in any 2 other people with you for free.

The lounges offer varying amenities like premium drinks, showers, and massages.  And as they are staffed by AMEX you can even get help with account issues and access the lounge even if you forget your Platinum card.

-Priority Pass membership.

There are over 600 lounges worldwide that accept Priority Pass and you can access all of them for free.

For example:

-In Newark you can access the Art & Lounge.  That’s the same lounge that El Al provides for their business and first class passengers. It has offers kosher food and Israeli art.

-In Tel Aviv you can access the Dan lounge.

See the Priority Pass site for their complete list of lounges.

You don’t get any free guests, but secondary Platinum cardholders can get their own free Priority pass membership.

Priority Pass gives access to the full network of “The Club” with 7 domestic lounges and growing.

Airspace lounges:

Currently there are Airspace lounges in Baltimore, Cleveland, JFK (JetBlue terminal), and San Diego.

These are modern lounges with free premium coffee, bottles water, and self service soft drinks.  Additionally you and every guest also gets a gift card valid towards purchasing premium alcohol, local craft beers, cocktails, and meals.

You can access these even with an inactive Platinum card until the card expires 5 years from the date of issue.

Delta SkyClub:

You can access Delta lounges for free with a Platinum card when flying on Delta.  You don’t get any free guests, but secondary Platinum cardholders can access Delta lounged for free as well.

The Delta SkyClub in JFK even sells kosher meals if you need one!

You can access Delta lounge with an inactive Platinum card until the card expires 5 years from the date of issue.

Secondary cardholders:

You can add 3 additional users onto a personal Platinum card for $175 ($58.33 per additional cardholder per year).  Secondary users do get full lounge access so they will have access to Delta and Priority Pass lounges for themselves and they will be able to guest others into Airspace and Centurion lounges.

Annual fee:

The annual fee on this card is a doozie, $450.  But it’s not as painful as it sounds.

As with annual fees from most banks, they are refundable if cancelled within 60 days.  It is also pro-rated if cancelled after 60 days and you have another American Express card (i.e. if you have the card for 3 months and then cancel you would get a $337.50 refund), and it is pro-rated if you downgrade the card even if you have no other American Express card.

Global Entry/Pre-Check Fee Refund

It costs $85 to apply for a 5 year TSA Pre-Check membership which makes flying pleasant again. Shorter lines, no need to remove your shoes, belt, jacket, or hat. You can keep your laptop and freedom baggie with liquids in your carry-on. And you go through a good old fashioned metal detector instead of assuming the position in a nude-o-scope.  If you charge it on your Platinum card the fee will be refunded.

It costs $100 to apply for a 5 year Global Entry membership which lets you bypass the customs line. If you have Global Entry you also get TSA Pre-Check, which allows you to avoid the nude-o-scope machines and lets you leave your shoes on and laptop in your bag. If you charge it on your Platinum card the fee will be refunded.

Additional cardholders qualify for a Pre-Check or Global Entry fee refund as well.

My whole family has Global Entry and it sure makes traveling a whole lot easier!

Lost Item Protection:

If you buy something on your Platinum card up to $10,000 and lose it within 90 days of purchase it will be fully covered. Many cards offer stolen item protection, but that requires a police report to be filed and often it has a cap of just $1,000.

Car Rental Perks:

A 4 hour late return fee-free grace period at Hertz and fee-waived Gold Plus membership and National Executive guarantee upgrades and faster free award rentals.

The card also comes with free checked baggage insurance and it has no foreign exchange fees.  And of course it comes with all of the amazing purchase protections that other American Express cards have as well.

So, is it all worthwhile? It’s not for spending.

I value Starpoints earned from the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express more than Membership Rewards points.

Credit cards like The Amex EveryDay Preferred Credit Card from American Express and The Amex EveryDay Credit Card from American Express earn more points per dollar than the Platinum card.  The American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card is a charge card like the Platinum card but earns more points on airfare, gas, and groceries than the Platinum card.

But the Platinum card does continue to have very unique benefits just for holding the card. I’ve laid most of them out for you and you’ll just have to decide for yourself if its worth it based on your own situation.

HT: tjak, via DDF

Extend The Life Of Your Starpoints With 200 Free Starpoints

Friday, September 25th, 2015, 10:01 am

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Step 1: Login via this link and if you are subscribed to Starwood Preferred Guest E-statements you’ll need to click to unsubscribe from them and save the changes.

Step 2: Logout of your account.

Step 3: Login via this link and scroll down to subscribe to SPG E-statements and get 200 Starpoints.

“Bonus Starpoints can take up to 2 to 4 weeks to post to your account after confirmation that you have successfully subscribed.”

HT: mdrills, via DDF

It’s Back: 30,000 Starpoints Signup Bonus On Both The Starwood Consumer And Business AMEX Cards! Plus: New Benefits For Existing Cardholders!

Saturday, September 12th, 2015, 9:50 pm

Update: Offer expired!
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Originally posted on 08/11:

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-Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

-Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express

This is a limited time offer scheduled to run until 09/14.  It offers 20% more points than the standard offer and there has never been a better public offer for this card.

For the consumer card you will get 30,000 bonus Starpoints after spending $3,000 within 3 months. The consumer offer is for first time Starwood consumer cardholder’s only.

For the business card you will get 30,000 bonus Starpoints after spending $5,000 within 3 months. The business offer is available as long as you haven’t had a Starwood business card in the past 12 months.

The $95 annual fee is waived for the first year on both cards.

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Spending on the Starwood card:

The Starwood card remains a very good card for general spending. Best of all, as of 08/11 there are no longer any foreign transaction fees on the Starwood card!

While other cards have better bonus categories, the Starwood card is strong for general spending as Starpoints continue to be the most valuable mileage currency thanks to valuable hotel usage and the 25% bonus for transfers into dozens of airlines.

They also generously allow members at the same address to transfer points between their accounts for free.

The Starwood card earns 2 Starpoints per dollar at Starwood hotels, or a 4.4% rebate at a value of roughly 2.2 cents per Starpoint. It earns 1 Starpoint per dollar everywhere else, or a 2.2% rebate.  There are thousands of uses for Starpoints, some of which have been over 50 cents each for me, but I aim for a minimum value of about 2.2 cents per point and am happy when I’m able to exceed that level.

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American Express Benefits:

The card also carries American Express’ awesome top-notch protections that are light-years better than any other banks. Most other banks always look for a way to get out, but that’s not the case with American Express.
-If you need to return an item up to $300 they will gladly refund you. Most of the time you’ll be able to keep the item, but if you do need to send it back the return shipping will be free.
-You get an additional year of warranty coverage and if you have any issue in the extended warranty year they’ll pay to have it fixed or refund your entire purchase price without a hassle.
-If you need to dispute a charge there’s nobody who makes it easier or as pain-free as American Express does. It’s the best in the industry by leaps and bounds and you can do it all online.
-If your item is stolen or broken within 90 days you’ll be covered.

See this post to see just how amazing AMEX benefits can be.
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Annual fee: Making it pay for itself.

There’s no fee on the Starwood card for the first year and $95 thereafter though you can often get bonus points or account credits for keeping it open for additional years. If you cancel a card within 60 days of being charged the fee on your statement you will receive a full refund of the fee. If you cancel after 60 days you get a pro-rated refund based on how many months you had the card.

That small annual fee is nothing compared to what you can make from promotions like Small Business Saturday, AMEX Offers/Twitter offers, and other promotions that American Express runs all year long such as AMEX Express Checkout. Up to 99 additional cardholders are free on the Starwood card, and each one qualifies for their own promotion credits! 9 months later and we still haven’t spent through all of our prepaid credit at my local pizza shop or grocery stores thanks to SBS.  And it will be quite a while before we finish our collection of free diapers and wipes.

You can also always downgrade the card to a card with no annual fee.

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Spending $3K or $5K in 3 months:

With cards like Bluebird, Serve, and REDcard, it’s not hard to hit a spend threshold.

You can buy gift cards with your Starwood card and then cash out the gift cards with Bluebird, Serve, or REDcard.

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Business cards and Open Savings:

With the Starwood business card you will get Starpoints AND automatic cash back on purchases from these select retailers with Open Savings.  That means an additional 5% off at HP, Hertz, Hyatt, Barnes & Noble online, and Fedex.

In other words if you use your Starwood business card at a participating Hyatt hotel you’ll earn 1 Starpoint per dollar spend plus 5% cash back.  That’s better than the triple points that the Hyatt card awards for Hyatt spending!

Getting a business card is simple. If Joe Smith sells items on Ebay or on Amazon, or has any other side business/hobby and wants a credit card to better keep track of business expenditures he can just open a business credit card for “Joe Smith Sole Proprietorship” as the business name.
Just be sure to select “Sole Proprietorship” as the business type and just use your social security number in the Tax Identification Number field as well as in the social security number field.

A perk of business card spending is that it doesn’t count against your credit utilization. On a personal card you should pay off your spending before the statement is even printed so that you don’t cost yourself points on your credit score. On a business card that’s not necessary and the spending isn’t reported as long as you pay your bills.

It’s also worth remembering that the credit line (and utilization) of business cards are not reported on your personal credit report, thus closing them also won’t effect your score.
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Sheraton Club Lounge Access:

Effective 08/11, with the Starwood business card you will get free club lounge access when staying at Sheraton hotels.

There have been rave reviews of the Sheraton Club lounge in Tel Aviv for example.  If you have a Starwood business card you’ll get free access to it and its free food, beverages, and sweeping view of the Mediterranean Sea. A free night at the Sheraton Tel Aviv is 12K points, 6K points+$110, or 9.6K points per night on a 5 night stay.

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Premium Internet Access:

Effective 08/11 with either Starwood card you will get free premium in-room internet at Starwood hotels. All SPG guests get free internet, but cardholders will now get the faster version for free.

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Unlimited worldwide Boingo WiFi:

Effective 08/11 with either Starwood card you will get free unlimited Boingo Wi-Fi worldwide, perfect for avoiding confiscatory rates at airports when traveling.  Search from over 1 million hot-spots here.

Enroll for free Boingo access here.

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Elite Status and Crossover benefits with Delta and Uber:

Just by having a Starwood card you earn Preferred Plus status.  This status earns you the right to checkout at 4pm at Starwood hotels and get upgraded to preferred rooms.

If you spend $30,000 in a year on either Starwood card you earn Gold status.  Gold status gets you more points per dollar spent at SPG hotels and a 250 point amenity on stays, even when redeeming points.  You can also get gold status for free with no spending requirement by opening The Platinum Card® from American Express or the The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN

When you have the Starwood card you also get 5 elite qualifying nights and 2 stays for each Starwood card that you have that count towards earning Gold or Platinum status!

Starwood Gold and Platinum elites can also register here to earn Starpoints on Delta flights on top of the regular Delta miles in addition to other benefits while Delta elites can get benefits at SPG hotels.

And all members can earn bonus Starpoints for Uber rides as well after making a single SPG stay.

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Using Starpoints:

Points are deposited directly into your Starwood account, so you do not lose your points if you cancel your card like you would with American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards points, or Citibank ThankYou points.  You do need to maintain some activity in your Starwood account every 18 months to keep it active, though Starwood is very good about reactivating accounts that have been closed due to inactivity.

Award nights count towards elite status. Gold members receive 250 points back and Platinum members receive 500 points back per stay.

How can you use your points?

1. Hotel award nights with no blackouts or capacity controls. If a standard room is for sale you can use points to book it:

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2. If you book 5 consecutive hotel award nights at category 3-7 hotels then the 5th night will be free:

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For example:
-5 nights at the category 7 blinged out S. Regis Bal Harbour is 120,000 points, still that’s not a bad value when you consider that the cheapest rooms during peak season go for more than $1,000 per night.
-At the category 6 ultra-modern W Hong Kong with a 76th floor rooftop infinity pool or at the breathtaking Westin Venice would cost 80,000 points.
-5 nights at the category 5 Westin Maui, Sheraton Kauai, W Hollywood, or the highly rated Sheraton Tel Aviv will be 48,000 points.
-5 nights at the category 4 Sheraton Big Island of Hawaii or Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort will be 40,000 points.
-5 nights at the category 3 Sheraton Agoura Hills (great base for eating out at Tierra Sur, arguably the best kosher restaurant in the world) would set you back 28,000 points.
-The fantastic category 2 Le Meridien Chiang Mai Thailand would set you back just 3K points over an awesome Shabbos at the nearby Chabad House.
-A night at the category 1 Aloft S. Jose Costa Rica starts at just 2,000 points.

Click on the category links to explore other hotels that can be obtained for those rates.

 

3. Cash and points allows you stretch your points when reserving a standard room, upgraded room, or suite:

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Starwood’s cash and points chart make expensive hotel stays cheap. Take the Sheraton at my hometown Cleveland airport for example. The rate there for tonight is $219+tax=$260. Using Starpoints you can either pay 4,000 points for a value of 6.5 cents per Starpoint. With cash and points a category 2 hotel would be 2,000 points and $35 cash for a value of 11.3 cents per Starpoint! A weekend night is just 3,000 points.

4. Nights and Flights allow you to combine a 5 night hotel stay and get 50,000 miles for less than the cost of booking a 5 night stay and transferring points separately:

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In other words you can stay 5 nights at a category 4 hotel like the Sheraton Big Island of Hawaii or Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort and get 50,000 miles transferred into the airline of your choice for just 70,000 Starpoints.

When done separately that 5 night stay would cost 40,000 Starpoints and the airline transfer would cost 40,000 Starpoints.

5. SPG Moments allows you to  purchase or bid on once-in-a-lifetime experiences with Starpoints.

Throw out the first pitch at a ballgame, watch the game from a suite, etc. Starwood will even cater their suite with kosher food upon request with no additional charge! People have done that at the US Open, Cubs, Knicks, Rangers, and more games.

6. Keep your eyes peeled for promotions like this 50% off promotion where I spent 5 nights in the S. Regis Bal Harbour for just 48,000 points.

You can currently save 35% off at select resorts.

7. Of course you can transfer your Starpoints into miles with dozens of airlines at great ratios. 20,000 Starpoints becomes 25,000 miles on dozens of airlines thanks to the 25% bonus.

Airlines also often incentivize transfers, like American is doing now by offering a 50% bonus for transfers to them through 08/31.  Air Canada and United are also currently offering promotions.

Curious about the 33 Starwood transfer options and ratios? Here they are!

With so may different airlines to transfer to it’s just a matter of figuring out which one has the lowest rates to where you want to go. I’ve separated them by alliance so you can know which airlines are partners and will therefore let you book award travel on partner airlines. Of course airlines also have lots of non-alliance partners, but by definition they are partners with all airlines in the same alliance.

In parenthesis you can see if American Express Membership Rewards (MR), Chase Ultimate Rewards (UR), or Citibank Thank You (TY) points transfers to the airline as well.

OneWorld Alliance:
Air Berlin: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (No other transfers)
American: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (No other transfers)
British Airways Avios: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (MR, UR)
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (MR, TY)
JAL: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (No other transfers)
LAN: 20,000 Starpoints=37,500 kms (No other transfers)
Qatar: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (TY)

Skyteam Alliance:
AeroMexico: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (MR)
Air France/KLM Flying Blue: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (MR, TY)
Alitalia: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (MR)
China Eastern: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (No other transfers)
China Southern: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (No other transfers)
Delta: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (MR)
Korean: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (UR)
Saudia: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (No other transfers)

Star Alliance:
ANA: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (MR)
Air Canada/Aeroplan: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (MR)
Air China: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (No other transfers)
Air New Zealand: 20,000 Starpoints=385 points (No other transfers)
Asiana: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (No other transfers)
Lufthansa Miles & More: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (No other transfers)
Singapore: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (MR, TY, UR)
Thai: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (TY)
United: 20,000 Starpoints=12,500 miles (UR)

Unaligned:
Alaska (Partners with several airlines from different alliances): 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (No other transfers)
Emirates: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (MR)
Etihad: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (TY)
Gol/Varig Smiles: 20,000 Starpoints=12,500 miles (No other transfers)
Hainan: 20,000 Starpoints==25,000 miles (No other transfers)
Hawaiian: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (MR)
Jet Airways: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (No other transfers)
Virgin Atlantic: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (MR, TY, UR)
Virgin Australia: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (No other transfers)

Points can also transfer to Amtrak at a 1:1 ratio. Amtrak rides on select routes are just 1,500 points in coach or 2,000 points in business. Within the Northeast corridor a ride is 4,000 points in coach, 6,500 points in business class, 8,000 points in Acela Express business class, or 12,000 points in Acela Express first class.  A private bedroom and bathroom with kosher meals from NYC-Miami would be just 12,500 points per adult. More about these options in this post.

You can view the expiration policies for each transfer program here. Remember that points can only transfer from Starwood to an airline, they can never transfer from an airline to Starwood.

I don’t recommend using the SPG Flights or the SPG Merchandise/Gift Card programs as the value per point is way too low.

How do you normally redeem your Starpoints? Hit the comments!

Save 35% On Select Starwood Resort Award Redemptions!

Thursday, September 10th, 2015, 4:29 pm

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Earn Starpoints on the Starwood Consumer AMEX and the Starwood Business AMEX.
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Starwood is running a promotion that is discounting select ultra-premium resorts by 35%.

This promotion runs through 03/08/16.

These resorts fall above the top end of normal SPG hotels and are normally prohibitively expensive. They’re still very pricey, but it’s somewhat more reasonable with this recurring promo. This year the S. Regis Bora Bora joins the 35% off list.

Eligible SPG resorts:
Le Meridien Bora Bora. Normally 60K/night. Now 39K/night or 31,200/night if you stay for 5 nights.
W Retreat and Spa Maldives. Normally 90K/night. Now 58,500/night or 46,800/night if you stay for 5 nights.
The S. Regis Bora Bora Resort Normally 90K/night. Now 58,500K/night or 46,800/night if you stay for 5 nights.
W Retreat, Koh Samui, Thailand. Normally 40K/night. Now 26K/night or 20,800/night if you stay for 5 nights.
The Naka Island, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Phuket, Thailand. Normally 40K/night. Now 26K/night or 20,800/night if you stay for 5 nights.
Vana Belle, a Luxury Collection Resort, Koh Samui, Thailand. Normally 40K/night. Now 26K/night or 20,800/night if you stay for 5 nights.
Al Maha, Dubai, UAE. Normally 60K/night. Now 39K/night or 31,200/night if you stay for 5 nights.

You’ll need to call SPG to book these at the promo rate.

You can read more about the overwater bungalow at the absolutely incredible W Retreat Maldives in my trip report here.

Bear in mind that the discounted rates are for the base room only, you’ll have to call/email the hotel directly if you want to arrange a confirmed upgrade to an overwater bungalow in places like Bora Bora or the Maldives.

When I last checked the prices for a confirmed upgrade to an overwater bungalow with a private plunge pool the W Maldives wanted $180/night.

The Le Meridien Bora Bora wanted $220/night when I last checked the price of a confirmed upgrade to an overwater bungalow. However they also said via email that as a Platinum member if there were any overwater bungalows for sale on the day of checkin they would refund the entire confirmed upgrade fee!

HT: lucky

Getting To Israel Using Starwood Starpoints

Thursday, September 10th, 2015, 4:16 pm

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-Earn Starpoints on the Starwood Consumer AMEX and the Starwood Business AMEXYou can also use your Starpoints to stay free at the the highly rated Sheraton Tel Aviv and next year at the W Tel Aviv – Jaffa. With a Starwood business card you’ll even get free lounge access and meals at the Sheraton Tel Aviv! 
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Related post: The Ultimate Israel Mileage Award Chart
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The Starwood card is one of the best cards out there for general spending. You can use just a couple thousand points for free hotel nights or transfer points into the mileage programs of 33 different airlines with a 25% transfer bonus. If you are transferring points you may also want to consider Starwood’s Nights & Flights option where you can save 8,000 points on a mileage transfer plus a 5 night stay in a category 3 or 4 hotel.

To make a mileage transfer just login to your Starwood account at SPG.com. If you have never made an account at SPG.com you may need to set one up. Locate your SPG number on the Starwood AMEX statement where it lists how many points you earned in the past month and for the year. Then you can setup an SPG.com account. Click here to transfer Starpoints into airline miles. Note that transfers can take a few days to complete.

The rates in this post are for flights from NYC to Tel Aviv unless otherwise noted.
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Tips for finding saver award availability:

Award tickets to Israel are always tough, though that’s a function of it being an expensive route to fly compared to the distance of the flight.

1. Check availability at least daily (if not more often) as award seats can come and go quickly.

2. Be willing to connect in Europe for much better availability. Flights on low cost carriers from Europe to Israel can also be dirt cheap and it can make sense to use miles to get to Europe and then buy a flight to Israel from there.

3. If you are ready to fly on a whim airlines often open up saver awards the day of or the day before a flight. Otherwise a month in advance is a typical sweet spot.

4. Realize that not all partners will be displayed online and you need to do your own research on partner sites and/or call to find partner availability. For example AA.com won’t show Iberia flights, BA.com won’t show Aer Lingus flights, United.com won’t show Singapore flights, etc.

5. Airline search engines are only so powerful. Use free stopovers and open-jaws to your advantage. If you are flying from somewhere besides NYC just search from NYC-Tel Aviv instead of from Los Angeles to Tel Aviv. You can always piece together an award by searching for Los Angeles-NYC separately then NYC-Tel Aviv, especially if you are willing to have a long connection, change airports in NYC, or are willing to stay overnight in NYC.

Air Berlin is one of the least expensive ways to get to Tel Aviv using British Airways Avios due to lack of fuel surcharges. If you are willing to stopover for a night in Berlin, Dusseldorf, or Munich then you will greatly increase the available award space. Search for nonstops from NYC to Berlin or Dusseldorf on AA.com as described here and then for nonstops from Berlin, Dusseldorf, or Munich to Tel Aviv. Then call BA to piece them together onto one itinerary. Even with a stopover the one-way cost will still be ust 30K Avios.

6. The same goes for tickets from NYC. Search from other gateways like Toronto and Philadelphia and piece together the flights to get there afterward. For example be willing to use Avios to get to Toronto and then use United miles to fly from Toronto-Tel Aviv, etc. Consider searching from NYC to European cities and piece together an award from Europe to Israel. You may find availability from NYC to London and then from Paris to Tel Aviv but a computer would never put that open jaw ticket together. Instead you can check out London and Paris on the way to Tel Aviv. Maybe you’ll also get to check out Venice and Rome on the way home. Sometimes you can even save miles by doing that!

7. Don’t forget to book a free domestic trailing flight anytime in the year after you arrive back to your destination. United still has free stopovers. You can fly NYC-Tel Aviv-NYC and then stopover in NYC for up to a year before continuing on to say, Anchorage, Los Angeles, or Miami for no extra miles.

8. Find award availability before transferring miles. Once they’re transferred they can’t be reversed!

9. Need help? You can post your travel dates and which miles you have in this DDF thread and ask for help. Consider offering a monetary or mileage reward to the forum member that can come up with the best award ticket to meet your needs and you may find that suggestions will come flooding in!

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Airlines that fly nonstop from North America to Israel that can be booked via Starpoints:
-Air Canada from Toronto (bookable via Star Alliance airlines)
-United from Newark (bookable via Star Alliance airlines)
-Delta from JFK (bookable via Skyteam airlines)
-American from Philadelphia (bookable via OneWorld airlines). This route ends 01/04/16.
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Star Alliance:

Nonstop flights from North America include Air Canada from Toronto and United from Newark. These flights all have lie-flat business class seating and have no first class. Air Canada flies the 787 dreamliner to Israel with one of the best business classes between North America and Israel.

Star Alliance offers the best availability for flights to Israel by leaps and bounds. Besides for the nonstop flights from North America there are many options via Europe in coach, business, and first class worth looking into including Swiss via Zurich, Lufthansa via Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, and Munich, Brussels via Brussels, Austrian via Vienna, Turkish via Istanbul, SAS via Copenhagen, Singapore via Frankfurt, Aegean via Athens, LOT via Warsaw, or a mix of carriers like United from Newark to one of dozens of European cities and a European carrier to Tel Aviv.
By utilizing free stopovers and open jaws the possibilities are endless if you take the time to research your options leg by leg.

You can search for Star Alliance award availability on sites like United.comAeroplan.com, and ANA.co.jp. You’ll need create an account and login to use Aeroplan or ANA’s award search.

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Note that Starpoint rates listed below are assuming that you maximize the 25% point bonus for transferring Starpoints in blocks of 20,000 points (which you may or may not be able to do depending on the number of passengers, so you may have leftover miles).

Rates listed below are for round-trip travel!

 

Using ANA miles, from 52,000 Starpoints.
-Miles required: 65K coach, 104K business, 195K first.
-Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 ANA miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means 52,000 Starpoints in coach, 83,200 Starpoints in business, or 156,000 Starpoints in first.
-Other transfer partners: AMEX Membership Rewards partner at a 1:1 ratio.
-Fuel surcharges: None on United awards.
-Mileage expiration: 3 years after they are earned regardless of activity.
-One-way awards: Not allowed.
-Online partner airline award booking: Yes.
-Stopovers: 1 allowed.
-Changes/Cancellation: ANA allows free date changes. Cancellation results in a 3,000 mile penalty.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None.
-Infant fees: 10% of full fare.

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Using Air Canada Aeroplan miles, from 64,000 Starpoints.
-Miles required: 80K coach, 165K business, 230K first.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 Aeroplan miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means the equivalent of 64,000 Starpoints in coach, 132,000 Starpoints in business, or 184,000 Starpoints in first.
-Other transfer partners: AMEX Membership Rewards partner at a 1:1 ratio.
-Fuel surcharges: If you fly on these carriers you will pay a fuel surcharge: Adria, Air Canada, ANA, Asiana, Austrian, LOT Polish, Lufthansa, TAP Portugal, and THAI.
If you fly on these carriers you will not pay a fuel surcharge: Aegean, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, Avianca, Brussels, COPA, Croatia, EVA, EgyptAir, Ethiopian, SAS, Singapore, South African, Swiss, Turkish, and United. Minimal fuel surcharges for LOT.
-Mileage expiration: Air Canada miles require activity every 12 months to keep them active.
-One-way awards: Allowed for half the amount of a round-trip.
-Online partner airline award booking: Yes.
-Stopovers: Air Canada generously allows for 2 free stopovers, so you can check out 2 American or European cities in addition to Tel Aviv for the same amount of miles!
-Changes/Cancellation: There is a $90 charge to change or cancel an award ticket and an effective $180 charge to cancel within 21 days of departure.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None.
-Infant fees: Flat fee of just $50 in coach, $100 in business, and $125 in first.

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Using Singapore miles, from 60,000 Starpoints.

-Miles required: 75K coach, 115K business, 150K first.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 Singapore miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means the equivalent of 60,000 Starpoints in coach, 92,000 Starpoints in business, or 120,000 Starpoints in first.
-Other transfer partners: AMEX Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Citi ThankYou partner at a 1:1 ratio.
-Fuel surcharges: None on United.
-Mileage expiration: 3 years after they are earned regardless of activity.
-One-way awards: Allowed for half the amount of a round-trip.
-Online partner airline award booking: No, phone only.
-Stopovers: 1 free stopover
-Changes/Cancellation: $20 change fee, $30 cancellation fee.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None.
-Infant fees: 10% of full fare.
With Singapore miles you can fly on Singapore from JFK to Frankfurt in business or first(suites) class and then to Tel Aviv on Lufthansa, which you can’t do with other miles.

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Miles & More Group (Adria, Austrian, Brussels, Croatia, LOT Polish, Lufthansa, and Swiss): For departures from the USA nonstop to Tel Aviv: 80K coach, 135K business. For departures from the USA to Tel Aviv via Europe: 100K coach, 185K business, 290K first. For departures from Israel to the USA nonstop or via Europe for Miles & More accounts with an Israeli address on file: 60K coach, 105K business, 170K first.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 Lufthansa miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means rates starting at 48K Starpoints in coach, 84K Starpoints in business, or 136K Starpoints in first.
-Fuel surcharges: Apply on all airlines except LOT.
-Mileage expiration: Miles expire 36 months after they are earned regardless of activity unless you have a Lufthansa credit card.
-One-way awards: Allowed for half the amount of a round-trip.
-Online partner airline award booking: No, phone only.
-Stopovers: 2 free stopovers and 2 open jaws allowed on a round-trip.
-Changes/Cancellation: There is a $60 charge to change or cancel an award ticket.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None.
-Infant fees: None except for airport departure taxes.
-Children ages 2-11: Receive a 25% discount on the mileage requirement on Miles & More flights.
-Expanded award availability on Lufthansa and Swiss business and first class.

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OneWorld:

Until 01/04/16, Oneworld has a nonstop option between North America and Israel on American from Philadelphia to Tel Aviv. Other flights to Israel include Air Berlin via Berlin, Dusseldorf, or Munich, BA via London, Finnair via Helsinki, Iberia via Madrid, Air Niki via Vienna, and Royal Jordanian via Amman. BA availability is good, but has high fuel surcharges.

You can check OneWorld availability on incomplete sites such as AA.comBA.com, and Qantas.com. You’ll need create an account and login to use BA’s or Qantas’ award search.

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Using American miles, from 64,000 Starpoints.
-Miles required: 80K coach off-peak (10/15-05/15 annually) via Europe, 90K coach on the direct flight from North America or peak via Europe, 135K business, 180K first via Europe.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 AA miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means 64,000 or 72,000 Starpoints in coach, 108,000 Starpoints in business, or 144,000 Starpoints in first.
-Fuel surcharges: Apply for flights on partners British Airways (very high) and Iberia (nominal).
-Mileage expiration: AA miles require activity every 18 months.
-One-way awards: Allowed for half the amount of a round-trip.
-Online partner airline award booking: Some partner airline awards must be booked over the phone.
-Stopovers: 2 allowed on a round-trip via Europe off peak at the same 80K rate. Stopovers via Europe during peak season add 5K miles each. See the footnotes in this post for more.
-Changes/Cancellation: AA allows free date and routing changes, but changes to the origin or destination city or cancellation costs $150 for non-elites.  If you cancel more than 1 ticket at a time the fee is just $25 after the $150 fee for the first ticket.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: $75 within 21 days for non-elites.
-Infant fees: 10% of full fare.

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Using BA Avios, from 44.8K Starpoints
-Avios required: 56K coach on British Airways off-peak, 60K coach on Air Berlin and on American, 65K coach on other carriers, 140K business on Air Berlin, 162.5K business on British Airways off-peak, 180K business on American, 221K first on British Airways off-peak, 260K first on British Airways peak
-Other transfer partners: AMEX Membership Rewards partner at a 1:1 ratio, Chase Ultimate Rewards partner at a 1:1 ratio.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 BA miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means rates starting at 44,800 Starpoints in coach, 112,000 Starpoints in business, or 176,800 Starpoints in first.
-Fuel surcharges: Apply for all Trans-Atlantic flights except on Air Berlin and Aer Lingus.
You can drastically reduce fuel surcharges for travel on Iberia via Madrid by transferring your BA Avios into Iberia Avios. You must have your Iberia account open for 3 months before you can do such a transfer.
-Mileage expiration: BA miles require activity every 36 months.
-One-way awards: Allowed for half the amount of a round-trip.
-Online partner airline award booking: Some partners, like Aer Lingus and Alaska, are bookable via the phone only.
-Stopovers: Each leg costs additional mileage, but you can stopover at any connection city for as long as you want.
-Changes/Cancellation: $55.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None
-Infant fees: Instead of cash, BA charges just 10% of the adult mileage required on international segments.
-More info in this post.

 

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Using JAL miles, from 40,000 Starpoints
-Miles required: 50K coach, 80K business, 115K first.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 JAL miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means 40,000 Starpoints in coach, 64,000 Starpoints in business, or 92,000 Starpoints in first.
-Fuel surcharges: Apply on most airlines, but not on American.
-Mileage expiration: 3 years after they are earned regardless of activity.
-One-way awards: Allowed for half the amount of a round-trip.
-Online partner airline award booking: Some partners can be booked online, others are phone-only.
-Stopovers: 2 stopovers allowed.
-Changes/Cancellation: JAL allows free date changes. Other changes or cancellation results in a $25 penalty.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None
-Infant fees: 10% of full fare.

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Using LAN kilometers, from 53.3K Starpoints
-Miles required: PHL-TLV: 100K coach/200K business, JFK-AMM-TLV: 112K coach/224K business, JFK-LHR-TLV: 154K coach/308K business/385K first.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=37,500 LAN kilometers. At a 1:1.875 ratio this means rates starting at 53.3K Starpoints in coach, 106.6K Starpoints in business, or 205.3K Starpoints in first.
-Fuel surcharges: None. LAN is the only airline with no fuel surcharges on BA awards.
-Mileage expiration: 3 years after they are earned unless you fly on a paid LAN flight.
-One-way awards: Not allowed
-Online partner airline award booking: Some partners can be booked online, others are phone-only.
-Stopovers: Each leg costs additional mileage, but you can stopover at any connection city for as long as you want.
-Changes/Cancellation: Changes are $75 or $150 within 21 days. Cancellation is $125 or $300 within 21 days.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None
-Infant fees: 10% of full fare.
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Skyteam:

Skyteam generally has the worst award availability. You can try searching some Skyteam availability on Delta.com and AirFrance.com. Options to Israel besides Delta’s nonstop JFK flight are on Czech via Prague, KLM via Amsterdam, Air France via Paris, Aeroflot via Moscow, and Alitalia via Rome.

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Using Alitalia miles, from 40,000 Starpoints.
-Miles Required: 50K coach, 80K business.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 Alitalia miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means 40K Starpoints in coach or 64K Starpoints in business.
-Other transfer partners: AMEX Membership Rewards partner at a 1:1 ratio
-Fuel surcharges: Apply on most airlines.
-Mileage expiration: All miles earned through 12/31/15 will expire on 06/30/16.
-One-way awards: Not allowed.
-Online partner airline award booking: Partner awards must be booked over the phone, book awards during business hours in Italy to reach competent reps.
-Stopovers: 1 allowed.
-Changes/Cancellation: Date changes are free, other changes incur a 5,000 mile or 55 Euro penalty. Cancellation is not allowed.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None.
-Infant fees: 10% of full fare.

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Using Delta miles, from 64,000 Starpoints.
-Miles Required: 80K-170K coach, 140K-350K business.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 Delta miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means 64,000-136,000 Starpoints in coach or 112,000-280,000 Starpoints in business.
-Other transfer partners: AMEX Membership Rewards partner at a 1:1 ratio
-Fuel surcharges: Apply on select partners but generally won’t apply to/from Israel.
-Mileage expiration: None.
-One-way awards: Allowed for half the amount of a round-trip.
-Online partner airline award booking: Some partners can be booked online, others are phone-only.
-Stopovers: Not allowed.
-Changes/Cancellation: There is a $150 charge to change or cancel an award ticket. No changes or cancellations are allowed within 3 days of the flight.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None.
-Infant fees: 10% of full fare.

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Using Flying Blue (Air France/KLM) miles, from 20,000 Starpoints
-Miles Required: 25K-37.5K coach during a promo period, 50K coach otherwise, 62.5K-93,750 business during a promo period, 125K business otherwise.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 Flying Blue miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means rates starting at 20,000 Starpoints in coach or 50,000 Starpoints in business for a promo award. For regular tickets and partner ticket 40,000 Starpoints per ticket in coach or 100,000 Starpoints per ticket in business.
-Other transfer partners: AMEX Membership Rewards and Citi ThankYou partner at a 1:1 ratio
-Fuel surcharges: Apply on all airlines except Delta.
-Mileage expiration: Flying Blue miles expire 20 months unless you credit a Skyteam flight to Flying Blue.
-One-way awards: Allowed for half the amount of a round-trip.
-Online partner airline award booking: Yes
-Stopovers: Flying Blue allows for 1 free stopover.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None.
-Infant fees: 10% of full fare.
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Summary:

Rates listed in this post are in Starpoints and are for round-trip travel and are assuming that you maximize the 25% point bonus for transferring Starpoints in blocks of 20,000 points (which you may or may not be able to do depending on the number of passengers, so you may have leftover miles)

Before you transfer, be sure to search for availability to see which transfer you should do!

Star Alliance:
-For Star Alliance travel, transfer points (from 52K) to ANA (fuel surcharges apply except on United)
-For Star Alliance travel with lap children or on select carriers, transfer points (from 64K) to Air Canada (fuel surcharges on select carriers)
-For travel on Singapore business or first class via Frankfurt, transfer points (from 60K) to Singapore (fuel surcharges apply)
-For travel on Lufthansa or Swiss business or first class via Frankfurt, transfer points (from 48K) to Lufthansa (fuel surcharges apply)
-For other business class travel transfer points (From 83.2K) to ANA (fuel surcharges apply except on United)
-For first class travel transfer points (From 120K) to Singapore (fuel surcharges apply except on United)

OneWorld:
-For OneWorld travel, transfer points (from 40K) to JAL (fuel surcharges apply except on American)
-For Air Berlin travel, transfer points (from 48K) to BA (no fuel surcharges)
-For OneWorld travel, transfer points (from 64K) to American (no fuel surcharges except on BA)
-For BA travel transfer points to LAN (from 53.3K) (no fuel surcharges)
-For business class travel transfer points (From 64K) to JAL (fuel surcharges apply except on American)

Skyteam:
-For Skyteam travel transfer points (from 40K) to Flying Blue (fuel surcharges apply except on Delta)
-For Skyteam travel on airlines besides Delta, transfer points (From 68K) to Delta (no fuel surcharges)
-For Air France/KLM travel during a promo period, transfer points (From 20K) to Flying Blue (fuel surcharges apply)
-For business class travel transfer points (From 64K) to Alitalia (fuel surcharges apply)

Can’t View Your FICO Score From AMEX? Try These 2 Simple Tricks…

Monday, August 24th, 2015, 3:29 pm

-Related posts (Read this first!): -Building Credit And Credit Card FAQs: Your Questions Answered
-My FICO Scores From All 3 Credit Bureaus, Obtained Monthly Free Of Charge Thanks To Credit Cards

-Find more posts like this by clicking on the “Credit Card Posts” tab. View AMEX consumer card offers, AMEX business card offers in the tabs above of the DansDeals banner at the top of this site.

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Most services that advertise free credit scores are only providing you with a FAKO score. That’s not something of much use as lenders don’t ever see those scores. A FAKO score can be significantly different than your FICO score, discrepancies of more than 100 points aren’t uncommon.

I’ve been tracking my Transunion FICO 8 score for free from Barclays and Discover. I had been getting my Experian FICO 8 score from AMEX. That stopped recently when my AMEX profile changed from the newer version to the older version.

I was kind of happy with that as it also took me back to the old AMEX Offers format, which is far easier to use than the new one.

However it also wiped out the option to view my FICO score.

Old version:

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DDFB user Ari R. pointed out a few days ago that if you delete the additional user’s off of your login then it will switch back to the new format and give you the FICO option back and that you can toggle back and forth as needed.

And of course, I realized that adding AU cards for AMEX Express Checkout was the culprit.

So I clicked on Account options>Remove cards from online access and deleted the AUs:

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Several DDF’ers reported that this method worked for them, but it didn’t for a few others.

What worked for some DDF’ers was to remove a primary card from their main login and give the primary card its own login.

DDF hat tip leader and poweruser Marco Polo reported that deleting AUs and making his business platinum card its own dedicated login didn’t work, but when he made a dedicated login for his consumer blue card he finally got the FICO option.

Can you view your FICO score from AMEX? Did either of these tricks work for you? What’s your FICO score? Hit the comments!

Roundup Of Limited Time Increased Credit Card Signup Bonuses From AMEX, Capital One, Chase, And Citibank

Monday, August 24th, 2015, 1:02 pm

Update: The AMEX Plum offer ends at 2:59pm today and 2 Chase offers are set to expire next Monday.

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Related: Building Credit And Credit Card FAQs: Your Questions Answered
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American Express Limited Time Offers:
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-The Starwood Preferred Guest® Consumer Credit Card from American Express

-The Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Expres.

Both cards earn Starpoints which can transfer to 33 airlines, most of which have a 20K:25K favorable transfer ratio.

Both cards have no foreign transaction fees.

Both cards offer preferred plus status with 4pm late checkout and free premium in-room WiFi at Starwood hotels.

Both cards offer free unlimited Boingo WiFi from over 1 million hotspots around the world, including many airport locations.

Both cards offer up to 99 free additional user cards, each of which qualify for promotions like Small Business Saturday, AMEX Offers/Twitter offers, and AMEX Express Checkout.

The business card offers free Sheraton club access when staying at Sheraton hotels and Open Savings.  You can earn the signup bonus again on the business card as long as you haven’t had in in the past 12 months.

The $95 annual fee is waived for the first year on both cards.

Read more in this post.

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-The SimplyCash® Business Card from American Express offers a $250 statement credit for spending $5,000 in 6 months if you apply by 09/21. It also offers 5% cash back at office supply stores and wireless phone bills. You also get 3% cash back on your choice of: Airfare, Hotels, Car rentals, gas stations, restaurants, advertising, or shipping. There is no annual fee.

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The Plum Card® from American Express OPEN offers up to 3.5% back on your first $30,000 in purchases on the Card within the first 3 months if you apply by 08/24. When you pay early you get 1.5% back with no cap. 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%.  The card normally gives 1.5% cash back, $250 annual fee waived for first year.

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Capital One Limited Time Offers:

Note that Capital One does a credit pull from all 3 credit bureaus when applying for cards, though some have had success getting a card with 1 pull by freezing the reports by 2 of the 3 credit bureaus. More info on freezing from Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.

-Capital One Spark Cash for Business offers $500 cash back for spending $4,500 in 3 months for a limited time only.  This card offers 2% cash back everywhere and there are no foreign transaction fees.  $59 annual fee is waived for the first year.

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-Capital One Quicksilver Cash Rewards Credit Card offers 21.5% cash back on all Uber rides until 04/30/16 and $100 cash back for spending $500 in 3 months. This card offers 1.5% cash back everywhere and there are no foreign transaction fees. No annual fee. More info in this post.

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Chase Limited Time Offers:

 

-Chase Marriott is offering 80K points for spending $3K in 3 months if you apply by 08/31. There is an $85 annual fee. You’ll also get a free night at a category 1-5 hotel every anniversary.

The Marriott program is split into “categories” and “tiers.”

Marriott has 9 categories of hotels that range from 7,500 to 45,000 points per night or 6,000 to 40,000 points per night when they’re on PointSavers.

Marriott also has 5 tiers of Ritz Carlton hotels that range from 30,000 to 70,000 points per night or 20,000 to 60,000 points per night when they’re on PointSavers.

When you stay 4 nights you get the 5th night free.  You can browse hotels in each of those categories and tiers via the find button on this page. While there you can look at the additional free night you receive at signup besides for the bonus points at category 1-4 hotels.

You can also transfer points into miles here. The ratios aren’t great, but if you need some Southwest points for Companion pass status that can be worthwhile.

Marriott also offers miles+nights packages.

Read more about using Marriott points in Israel in this post.

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-Chase British Airways offers 50K Avios for spending $2K in 3 months and normally has a $95 annual fee. If you apply by 08/31 the annual fee is waived for the first year.  Awards start from 4.5K Avios each way and can be cancelled for just $5.60. When used for flights it’s not difficult to get a value of 1.5 cents per point when using, making the signup bonus worth $750, though it can be lower or much higher depending on how you use the miles. There are no foreign transaction fees.

Everything you want to know about British Airways Avios in this post.

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Citi Limited Time Offers:

 

-The Citi AAdvantage Executive Mastercard is offering 75K AA miles for spending $7,500 in 3 months for a limited time only.

There’s a $450 annual fee. After meeting the spend requirement you’ll have at least 82.5K miles which is more than enough for 2 round-trip awards to Europe or a round-trip award to Israel.

You’ll get a full Admirals Club membership that you can use regardless of what airline you’re flying for free access for you and your spouse and kids or 2 guests. Membership alone is normally $500/year and this is the only card that gives a full Admirals Club membership that works for access even when you’re not flying on American (The Citi Prestige card doesn’t give access if you’re not flying American).

American has an excellent award chart with awesome one-way values from the US48/Canada like:
-12.5K to Alaska (versus 17.5K on United)
-12.5K to the Caribbean and Mexico during off-peak times (17.5K on United)
-17.5K to Hawaii during off-peak times (22.5K on United)
-20K to South America during off-peak times (30K on United)
-20K to Europe between October-May (30K on United)
-25K to Japan/Korea during off-peak times (35K on United)
-55K business class to Hong Kong (70K-80K on United)
-67.5K first class to China (80K-120K on United)

-A business class flight on Cathay Pacific from JFK to Vancouver or on AA from JFK to LAX or SFO is 25K (versus 37.5K BA Avios)
-A first class flight on Cathay Pacific from JFK to Vancouver or on AA from JFK to LAX or SFO is just 32.5K (versus 50K BA Avios)

-A first class flight on Etihad from JFK to the Maldives in your own first class apartment with a shower onboard is 90K miles.

While a flight from the US to Israel via Philadelphia is 45K miles each way you can fly to Israel via Europe for just 40K miles each way between October-May and you can stopover in Europe for as long as you want.

From Israel there are many bargains as well, a few examples include:
-25K to the Maldives in business (35K on United)
-30K to Thailand in business (60K on United)
-45K to Australia in business (60K on United)

Fuel surcharges only apply for flights on British Airways. It’s worth noting that many AAdvantage partner awards (such as on like Air Tahiti Nui, Cathay Pacific, Etihad, JAL, LAN, and TAM) can only be booked by calling American to hold or book them.

 

Yes, the card carries a whopping $450 annual fee, though it’s refundable if you close it within 37 days of that being billed.  Sometimes the fee is billed on the first statement, sometimes on the second statement.   Sometimes the first statement comes right away, sometimes it takes a month. YMMV.

There are no foreign transaction fees with the card. You ad 8 companions get a free bag when flying on American or USAirways as well as priority checkin, security, and boarding. You’ll also get 25% off in-flight food, beverages, and headsets.

If you spend $40K on the card in a calendar year you’ll get 10,000 bonus elite qualifying miles.

The card also offers free Global Entry or Pre-Check membership.

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-The Citi Hilton HHonors card normally offers 50K, but is offering 75K Hilton points for spending $2K in 3 months for a limited time only.  There’s no annual fee. You’ll also get Silver elite status for as long as you’re a cardholder. If you spend $20K/year you’ll get Gold status.

There’s no limited time offer for the Citi Hilton Reserve card, but it’s a great card as it which gives 2 free nights at any Hilton in the world (including the excellent Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem). It also gives Gold elite status for as long as you’re a cardholder, which gets you free breakfast, including the most over-the-top breakfast I’ve had in my life at the Waldorf Jerusalem.  If you spend $40K/year you’ll get top-tier Diamond status, which confirmed room upgrades and space available suite upgrade at hotels like the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem. This card has a $95 annual fee.

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-The Citi Premier card offers 50K ThankYou points for spending $3,000 in 3 months for a limited time only.  The points are transferrable to airlines/hotels or 50K points can be used for a $500 gift card or $625 of travel purchases. If you have a Prestige card the points can be worth even more.

The Premier card has very strong spend categories. It offers triple points for travel and gas and double points on dining and entertainment. The travel category on the Premier card includes airfare, car rentals, hotels, cruises, travel agencies, public transportation, boat rentals, taxis, tolls, parking, etc. Entertainment includes sporting events, amusement parks, tourist attractions, theater, concerts, movies, etc.  There are no foreign transaction fees and the $95 annual fee is waived for the first year.  More info in this post.

 

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-The Citi Prestige card offers 50K ThankYou points for spending $3,000 in 3 months for a limited time only.  The points are transferrable to airlines/hotels or 50K points can be used for a $500 gift card,  $665 of airline purchases, or $800 of travel on American or USAirways. More info in this post.

The Prestige card offers 3 points per dollar on airfare, hotels, and travel agencies, and double points on dining and entertainment.  Note that the less expensive Premier card actually has better bonus categories.

There is a $450 annual fee. However the Prestige card comes packed with awesome benefits:

1. $250 annual air travel credit. No need to pick an airline. No need to buy a gift card. Just a straight credit for up to $250 of whatever you spend from any airline including tickets, bag fees, seat fees, etc. In your first cardmembership year you can get $250 back in 2015 and $250 back in 2016, which more than covers the annual fee.

2. Free American Admirals Club lounge access for you and your family or you and 2 guests when flying American.

3. Priority Pass lounge membership with free guest access for your family or 2 guests when flying any airline. Additional Prestige cardmembers are just $50 and they also get their own Priority Club lounge membership with free guest privileges. The Priority pass membership that comes with the AMEX Platinum card doesn’t include free guests access, so that’s a nice perk of this membership. Click here to search for lounges in airports across the world.

4. Global Entry or Pre-Check reimbursement. A 5 year Global Entry membership is normally $100 but will be free when paid with the Prestige card. Skip the lines when returning to the US and get Pre-Check included as well. Pre-Check allows you to keep your shoes and jacket on, skip the nude-o-scope, and leave your laptop in the bag.  It makes traveling a whole lot easier.

5. A 4th night free on all paid hotel stays. When you make a hotel reservation of 4 or more nights just call 561-922-0158 to make the reservation and you’ll get the 4th night of the reservation rebated back to your for free. The rates will be the same as on the hotel website and the rates do qualify for hotel elite status and points. Note that the 4th night of the stay will be the rebated night. In some cases the 4th night may cost significantly more or less than the rest of the nights, so always check to see the actual rate for each night. There is no limit to how many times you can take advantage of this offer. You need to use your Prestige card, but you get triple points for hotel spending, so that’s not a bad thing.

6. 3 free rounds of golf per calendar year. You can search for courses here and make reservations here. That’s 6 free rounds of golf in your first cardmembership year.

CitiGold benefits:

Several folks who have CitiGold accounts have gotten notices that their annual fee on the Prestige account has been adjusted down from $450 to just $350. CitiGold customers also get 15% bonus points on the Prestige card. Citigold checking is free for 2 months after which point you can downgrade to a free checking account or keep $50K in it, but benefits typically stay even after your downgrade. CitiGold customers can also signup for the card in-branch with the $350 fee, but the in-branch offer requires $15,000 in spending.  If you have a CitiBusiness Preferred checking account you can get a personal CitiGold account for free.  CitiBusiness Preferred requires you to maintain $15K in the account to waive the fees.

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The advantage of having both the Premier and the Prestige cards:

When you have a Prestige card you can also redeem ThankYou points for 1.33 cents towards airfare or 1.6 cents towards airfare on American or USAirways. That means you can book $800 of free travel (and earn miles for the flights) with the 50K signup bonus if you would rather go down that route as opposed to transferring points into miles.

If you have both the Prestige and Premier cards all of your points will be able to be used at the 1.6 cents per point value towards American or USAirways airfare.  From just the signup bonuses alone that’s at least $1,600 in free travel from the points plus $500 in free travel from the Prestige airline credit in your first cardmembership year.

The cheaper Premier card actually has better bonus categories including triple points on all travel expenses and on gas, but the Prestige card makes all of your ThankYou points worth more.

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Getting more than one Citi card and repeat bonuses:

Citibank doesn’t generally allow 2BMs anymore, though some people have reported success. You can apply for one card, wait 8 days, and then apply for another Citi card. You would have to wait 60 days from the date of your first card application before you can apply for a 3rd Citi card and 60 days from the date of your second card application before you can apply for a 4th Citi card.

Most Citi card applications now require an 18 month waiting period from when you last had that exact card before you can get the signup bonus again.

Citi phone reconsideration (888-201-4523) can be tough if denied, but many people (myself included) have had great luck reconsidering via snail mail! Just write a short letter explaining why you want the card to: Mr. Ken Stork, Office of the President, PO Box 6000, Sioux Falls, SD 57117

Starwood Adds 33rd Airline Transfer Partner!

Monday, August 17th, 2015, 12:38 pm

Related:
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-Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

-Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Card from American Express
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The unique value of Starpoints is found in their versatility. Sure, they’re excellent for staying in Starwood hotels. And you can do awesome things with them like get a suite loaded with kosher food at Wrigley Field, Madison Square Garden, the US Open, etc. But they’re the only currency that transfers into airline miles at a permanent favorable ratio of 20K:25K. And you have a plethora of airlines to choose from including programs like American and Alaska that don’t participate in other major point transfer programs from AMEX, Citi, or Chase.

Today Starwood announced that Korean Airlines will be their 33rd airline transfer option. Currently Chase points transfer to Korean at a 1:1 ratio and now Starwood will as well with a 20K:25K ratio.

Korean has lots of positive things going for it:
-There are no close-in fees, no fees to change an award, and no fees to cancel an award and redeposit the miles.
-They have the best first class award availability of any foreign carrier and it’s very good. I reviewed it here.
A Korean First Class Kosmo Sleeper Class Suite between North America and Asia or between Tel Aviv and Asia is just 80,000 miles one-way, so you can fly all the way to Tel Aviv the long way in the only true international first class option the whole way from US to Tel Aviv. They serve delicious Hermolis kosher meals out of Asia and have a open self-service bar on the A380 with top-shelf drinks.
If you do stopover in Seoul (and take a tour of the DMZ) you can stay at the very highly rated Park Hyatt with your Chase points for just 20K points of 10K+$125 per night.
-They allow you to hold Korean award seats until 2 days before the flight.
-Korean miles don’t expire for 10 years.
-A round-trip flight from the US48 to Alaska on Alaska Air is just 20K miles in coach or 40K miles in first class with a free stopover.
-A round-trip flight from the US48 to Hawaii on Delta is just 25K miles in coach or 45K miles in first class with a free stopover.
-A round-trip flight from the US48 to Hawaii on Alaska or Hawaiian is just 30K miles in coach or 60K miles in first class with a free stopover if flying on Alaska.
-A round-trip flight from the US48 to Tahiti on Air France is just 60K miles in coach or 90K miles in business class.
-A round-trip flight from the Sydney to Auckland in a first class suite on an Emirates A380 with a shower spa onboard is just 75K miles.

HT: benjie1305, via DDF

How Far Will The Chase Marriott 80K Limited Time Signup Bonus Go For Hotels In Israel?

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015, 1:23 pm

Point hotels in Israel are hard to come by.

Not long ago Starwood had 13 properties that were all bargains with Starpoints. I stayed in many of them on a month-long trek across the holy land in August of 2007 spending just a couple thousand Starpoints per night to stay in Jerusalem, Haifa, Eilat, Tiberias, and the Dead Sea.  Now there’s just 1 left, the Sheraton Tel Aviv, and at 12K-16K points per night it’s not the bargain it once was. Though with the SPG business card you’ll get free access to their lounge starting next month.  The W Tel Aviv-Jaffa was slated to open fall 2015 but that has been pushed back to fall 2016.

It seems hotels don’t need to stay part of a loyalty program to fill up their rooms in Israel.

Hyatt had a Jerusalem hotel but now has nothing.

Hilton has had several hotels in Jerusalem over the years that have come and gone. The David Citadel opened as the Hilton Jerusalem in 1998 but left Hilton in 2001.  The Waldorf Astoria is an awesome addition to the scene, though it’s 64K-80K points per night. Citi has a 75K limited time offer on the Citi Hilton card plus they give 2 free nights there with the Citi Hilton Reserve card. The Reserve card even gives Gold status which earns you free breakfast, a real treat at the Waldorf.

Chase recently released a limited time offer on the Chase Marriott card for 80K bonus points for spending $3,000 in 3 months.

You also get a free night at a category 1-5 hotel every year that you renew the card, which takes the sting out of the $85 annual fee.

There are no foreign transaction fees and you earn 2 points per dollar on airfare, car rentals, and restaurants and 5 points per dollar at Marriott hotels.

The Marriott program is split into “categories” and “tiers.”

Marriott has 9 categories of hotels that range from 7,500 to 45,000 points per night or 6,000 to 40,000 points per night when they’re on PointSavers.

Marriott also has 5 tiers of Ritz Carlton hotels that range from 30,000 to 70,000 points per night or 20,000 to 60,000 points per night when they’re on PointSavers.

When you stay 4 nights you get the 5th night free.  You can browse hotels in each of those categories and tiers via the find button on this page. While there you can look at the additional free night you receive at signup besides for the bonus points at category 1-4 hotels.

You can also transfer points into miles here. The ratios aren’t great, but if you need some Southwest points for Companion pass status that can be worthwhile.

Marriott also offers miles+nights packages.

Israel has 2 Marriott hotels:
The Ritz-Carlton Herzliya is a luxury hotel that opened 7 months ago and has been getting rave reviews on TripAdvisor and on DDF. They even provide complimentary rides in the hotel’s Jaguar.

It is a Ritz-Carlton tier 3 hotel which means that it’s 50,000 points per night or 200,000 points for a 5 night stay (40,000 points per night).

A standard room for a tourist from 08/09-08/14 is $2,875 or $575 per night.  Or you can use 200,000 points, a value of 1.44 cents per point.  The 80K signup bonus would be worth over $1,125 for a redemption at that value per point.

Marriott allows free point transfers between spouses, so if 2 spouses both get a Marriott card and spend $3,000 on each they would have at least 166,000 points.  You can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Marriott, but in most cases there are better uses for Ultimate Rewards points.  After all you can buy increments of 1,000 points for $12.50 and Ultimate Rewards are worth more than that.

The Renaissance Tel Aviv Hotel is a category 7 hotel that goes for 35,000 points per night or 140,000 points for a 5 night stay (28,000 points per night.)

A standard room for a tourist from 08/09-08/14 is $1,465 or $293 per night.  Or you can use 140,000 points, a value of 1.05 cents per point. The 80K signup bonus would be worth $540 for a redemption at that value per point.

Roundup Of Changes To American Express Gold And Starwood Consumer And Business Cards

Monday, July 13th, 2015, 2:09 pm

Update: American Express has confirmed that all holders of the Premier Rewards Gold card will receive 15K bonus points for spending $30K in 2015.

That comes on top of double points on restaurants, gas, and groceries in the US and triple points on airfare.  If you can spend $30K this year that bumps up the double point categories to 2.5 points per dollar and the triple points category to 3.5 points per dollar.

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Originally posted on 06/03:

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Effective June 1st AMEX made some excellent changes to the Premier Rewards Gold Charge Card.  The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN will see a positive change on July 28th.

The Starwood Preferred Guest Consumer Card and the Starwood Preferred Guest Business Card will be refreshed on August 11th.

Here’s a recap of the details:

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The Premier Rewards Gold card’s annual fee has increased from $175/year to $195/year. The fee is waived for the first year.

But the benefits provided for that $20 increase are awesome:

1. You can register here for a $100 airline fee credit per calendar year. That means in your first cardmember year you can get $200 back with $100 in 2015 and $100 in 2016. Officially these are intended to be used for bag fees, seat upgrades, and lounge passes/memberships. However they also work for items like $100 American Airlines gift cards or $100 United gift registry contributions and more.

In my mind that effectively drops the annual fee to a far more palatable $95/year.

2. The card no longer charges a foreign transaction fee.

3. The card will now give double points at restaurants in addition to double points on gas and groceries in the US and triple points on airfare.
That’s a very nice mix of bonus spend categories and comes out top of Membership Rewards promotions like the one earlier this year that offered 40% bonus points for transfer to British Airways Avios.

4. Officially this card was supposed to stop offering a 15K point bonus for spending $30K in a calendar year, but there have been numerous reports that it’s still working in 2015.  That’s pretty sweet as it bumps the effective earn rates of the double point categories to 3x and the triple point category to 4.5x.

5. The card also continues to offer 5 additional cardholders without any additional annual fee, each of which qualify for promotions like Small Business Saturday. Last year SBS gave a $30 per card credit, so someone who had a Premier Gold card with 5 additional users was able to get $180 in free spending.

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The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN will no longer charge a foreign transaction fee effective 07/28.

The card offers triple points in one of these categories of your choice and the other 4 categories get double points:
-Airfare purchased directly from airlines
-U.S. purchases for advertising in select media
-U.S. purchases at gas stations
-U.S. purchases for shipping
-U.S. computer hardware, software, and cloud computing purchases made directly from select providers
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DDF user Maurice broke the news 2 weeks ago about upcoming Starwood changes and AMEX has now confirmed that information.

The Starwood Preferred Guest Consumer Card and the Starwood Preferred Guest Business card’s annual fees will increase from $65/year to $95/year. The fee is waived for the first year.  The spend threshold to get the signup bonus on the consumer card has dropped from $5K to $3K.

The new benefits that will take effect on 08/11 include:

1. The cards will no longer charge a foreign transaction fee.  It will finally make sense to pay for Starwood hotels overseas with your Starwood credit card :)

2. Free premium in-room internet. All SPG guests get free internet, but elites and cardholders get the faster version for free.

3. Unlimited Boingo Wi-Fi worldwide.  Search from over 1 million hot-spots here.

4. The Starwood business card will now provide free access to Sheraton Club lounges.  The business card is also eligible for Open Savings rebates on purchases from Fedex, HP, Hertz, Hyatt, and more. (1 Starpoint per dollar + 5% cash back at Hyatt makes this card better for Hyatt stays than the Hyatt card…oh the irony.)

5. Both cards continue to offer Preferred Plus status which gives complimentary 4pm checkout at SPG hotels.  If you spend $30K you’ll get Starwood gold status, though that status comes free with the Platinum Card or Business Platinum Card. Some people even get it free for asking nicely 😀

6. Both cards continue to offer up to 99 additional cardholders without any additional annual fee, each of which qualify for promotions like Small Business Saturday.  It’s not hard to make up the annual fee thanks to these promotions (you should see how many diapers I now have thanks to the recent Sam’s Club promotion 😉 )

While the Starwood card still only offers 1 point per dollar (except at Starwood hotels where you’ll earn 2 points per dollar), you do earn a 25% bonus when you transfer Starpoints into miles from dozens of airlines at a 20K:25K ratio.  Of course Starpoints can also be used at SPG hotels starting at 2K points for a free night or with other redemption options like nights & flights, cash & points, and 5th night free awards.

Earn A Systemwide Sheraton Free Weekend Night For Every 5 Paid Nights

Thursday, July 9th, 2015, 2:16 pm

Related: Roundup Of Changes To Premier Rewards Gold And Starwood Consumer And Business Cards
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Sheraton Offer Registration Linky

-Register by 09/15.
-Stay 5 paid nights at Sheraton hotels through 09/30/15 and earn a free weekend night at any Sheraton in the world.
-Paid nights must be booked on SPG.com.
-Promotion only valid at Sheraton, not at Four Points by Sheraton or any other Starwood hotel brand.
-Nights do not need to be consecutive.
-You can earn up to 3 free nights per SPG account.
-Free nights will be credited within 2-4 weeks of earning them.
-Free weekend nights are valid on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday night except in the Middle East, where it is Thursday, Friday, or Saturday.
-Free weekend nights expire 12/13/15.
-This promotion is stackable with other Starwood promotions such as Make It Count.

In other words 5 nights at an inexpensive Sheraton hotel can earn you a free night that will work in Hawaii, the Maldives, etc.

It’s definitely no Hyatt Faster Free nights that I got to take advantage of for so many years, but it’s better than nothing!

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