American Airlines just recently announced their Win a Sweepstakes At Sea, offering AAdvantage members the chance to win a cruise for two, plus 500,000 American Airlines AAdvantage miles or be a runner-up and get 100,000 miles. You will have to sign up for the American Airlines Cruises weekly email alerts and you’ll then be automatically entered for a chance to win.
We are especially excited about the 50% airline bonus that gives you half your points back when you use Membership Rewards points to book either a Business or First Class ticket.
A decision I have started thinking about is whether I’ll keep the Sapphire Preferred card open when the first year is up in June 2017, when I’ll have to pay an annual fee of $95 to keep the card. Point Savvy wisely suggested I look into opening another Chase card so I can keep my reward points and avoid paying an annual fee. Chase Freedom and Chase Freedom Unlimited are two card that offer cash back rewards with no annual fee.
If you’re a small business owner we think that newest benefit just added to the Business Platinum Card from American Express may make it the best business card on the market today.
The news arrived just this week when American Express announced a rather lucrative enhancement to its Platinum Card, the long-standing patriarch in this space. According to American Express spokeswoman Charlotte Fuller, Platinum Card users starting Thursday will earn 5X points for every dollar spent directly with any airline.
Consumer Reports recently published a cover story with the eye-catching headline of “Secrets To Stress-Free Flying,” which talks about everything from scoring the lowest fare and saving on baggage fees to how the air travel industry has drastically changed over the years.
We love a good promotion and Southwest is having a fun one right now that involves its social media pages. You just have to register by October 24, 2016 and then follow @Southwestair on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and share a funny story on one of the pages with the hashtags #WannaGetAway and #contest.
United Airlines’ Bug Bounty Program just awarded 15 million frequent flier miles to 19-year-old ex-hacker and Georgia Tech student Ryan Pickren. Just last year he almost went to jail for hacking into rival University of Georgia’s online calendar, and now he’s being rewarded for uncovering, what sources say, could be up to 15 severe bugs in their system.
Living near a Southwest hub BWI airport in Baltimore, we could rack up 2x miles on their affordable flights with the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card. But what we found out may surprise you. You could earn more reward miles for all airlines and hotels, with the Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite MasterCard. Here’s why.
The Chase Sapphire Reserve is the hottest luxury rewards credit card out there right now. Its leaked release mid-August has generated so much buzz and demand that issuing bank JPMorgan Chase ran out of the engraved metal cards in 10 days, sending temporary plastic cards to clamoring masses.
Historically, we at Point Savvy were big fans of the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard. The rewards were pretty rich until the bank reduced the value of each point. This in turn made it more difficult to redeem your points and turned us Point Savviers off a little. But just announced is a new sign up bonus offer that has caught our attention, and we think that it’s valuable enough to share with you.
New Member Sign-Up Bonuses are the best way to get a jump start on free travel and savings. Take a look at Point Savvy’s favorite offers for September. You may be just a few clicks away from a free flight or cash in your pocket.
The Ultimate Rewards Program from Chase is getting lots of free press these days. Thousands of people are applying for their newest addition to the Chase family of cards – The Chase Sapphire Reserve. Its 100,000 sign-up bonus can be redeemed at a rate of 1.5 cents apiece.
Are you an American AAdvantage member currently looking to switch wireless service providers? Look no further. For a limited time you can earn up to 25,000 AAdvantage Miles – that’s enough for a round-trip flight when you activate a new Sprint account with one new phone line. It’s simple to do just follow the following steps, and before you know it – you’ll be on your way to a free vacation.
Any points junkie worth his or her weight will tell you to sign up for any and all loyalty programs that cross your path. They are generally free, and it takes little time and energy to answer a few questions. So if you’re like us you have a member number for every hotel chain, airline frequent flyer program, and car rental company – but not necessarily tens of thousands of points with each. What do you do with…
The Chase Sapphire Reserve and Platinum Card from American Express are now contending for top position of the luxury card category in the U.S. Both come with high annual fees and appear to be similar. What you need to do is determine which card is worth paying the $450 annual fee. There are many less expensive choices, so let us help you narrow down which is a better choice.
Be careful the next time that you leave the country. Without a few key insights, that handbag that you bargained over in Florence could end up costing you more than you ever thought, and with every swipe of your credit card or ATM cash withdrawal your travel budget could easily get out of hand. But it doesn’t have to. We’ve identified the best ways to avoid banking fees while traveling, and have hopefully made it easier for you to travel knowing about all of those annoying fees.
I made the British Airways Visa Signature card top of wallet with plans of flying first class directly out of Baltimore (BWI) to London. When I signed up for the credit card, 100,000 Avios were enough for a first class round trip flight across the pond so I immediately started planning. What I quickly found out was that finding a first class seat from BWI became almost impossible – even a year in advance. Read how I finally flew first class.
In our opinion, the Platinum Card from American Express has firmly held the position as the exclusive travel benefits and rewards fixture for almost 3 decades. For the person that carries the card, it conveys a sense of financial accomplishment coupled with the expectations of premium service and travel savvy- until maybe now. Enter Chase Sapphire Reserve.
With limited days available to leave the office and specific openings in kids’ sports schedules, staycations and short trips are often the best option for a busy family’s vacation. Because these types of trips are more affordable than, say, a European vacation, you can pay for a big chunk, if not all, of your family’s vacation with points.
Even though everyone around us is taking a summer vacation, here at Point Savvy we are looking ahead to a winter escape – of course, one where we can snag a deal on a high-end experience.
The changes that have occurred since Frequent Flyer Miles were introduced in 1981 are endless. Long gone are the days when you could call a representative on the phone that would help you navigate the system and find you a free seat on a non-stop flight to the destination of your choice at the last minute without fees. With consumers now smarter, technology more advanced, and fuel prices higher, the airlines have made the process of free travel more difficult to achieve – unless you know how to navigate the system.
Savvy reader LeeAnn asked me for my opinion on how to choose an airline credit card. “What’s the best credit card that will get me a free vacation in the next three months?” The basic answer is what airline hub works for you. If you live close to major airport then you’re probably already signed up for a frequent flyer program that is tied to an airline that you already fly frequently.
Stop! Don’t just click on an online retail site to shop for a Father’s Day gift. Take the extra step to enter through your favorite airline or hotel rewards portal.