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Travel Loyalty Program

A Couple’s Journey to Get a VAT Refund From the EU

By | October 13, 2016| Travel Credit Cards, Travel Loyalty Program, Travel Loyalty Programs Article | No Comments

Tourists traveling to Europe continuously leave millions of dollars on the table in eligible Value Added Tax, or VAT, refunds, which can be 15-25% back on purchases depending on the country and nature of the purchase. That’s a decent amount of savings, and shouldn’t be left with your vacation memories in Europe.

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How to Keep your Sapphire Preferred Ultimate Rewards Points Without Paying the Annual Fee

By | October 12, 2016| Airline Cards, Cash Back Credit Card, Credit Cards, Reward Credit Card, Rewards Credit Cards Article, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Loyalty Program | No Comments

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.

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2 Sweepstakes: Southwest Airlines #WannaGetAway Win a Trip to a Private Island

By | September 22, 2016| Airline Cards, Everyday Loyalty Program, Reward Credit Card, Rewards Credit Cards Article, Savvy Approved Product, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Loyalty Program | No Comments

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.

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DC to NYC for $49 on Amtrak Takes a Big Bite Out of a Big Apple Getaway

By | September 2, 2016| Reward Credit Card, Savvy Approved Product, Savvy Approved Products Article, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards Article, Travel Loyalty Program | No Comments

Amtrak tickets for it’s Northeast Corridor can be very pricey, and can make a trip to New York City extremely pricey – until now. To save the most when booking Amtrak we suggest taking the Northeast Regional Saver and start your booking at least two weeks in advance. There are many options to travel on Northeast Regional trains to enjoy a $49 fare.

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What Are the 5 Best Airline Credit Cards?

By | June 25, 2016| Airline Cards, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards Article, Travel Loyalty Program | No Comments

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.

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JetBlue Offers Free Flights to the Families of Orlando Victims

By | June 13, 2016| Travel Loyalty Program, Travel Loyalty Programs Article | No Comments

In the wake of the Orlando nightclub massacre, JetBlue is offering free flights on its available flights to and from Orlando to immediate family members and domestic partners of the victims. “This weekend’s events are felt by all of our 19,000 crewmembers, many of whom live in, work from and travel through Orlando. We want to do our part to help the victims of this tragedy, as well as support the Orlando community through this difficult time.”

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Top Father’s Day Gift Comes With Earning Up To 20X AAdvantage Miles

By | May 31, 2016| Airline Cards, Credit Cards, Everyday Loyalty Program, Everyday Loyalty Programs Article, Reward Credit Card, Rewards Credit Cards Article, Savvy Approved Product, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Loyalty Program | No Comments

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.

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Shop For Mother’s Day and Earn Up to 15X Rapid Rewards Points With Southwest

By | April 22, 2016| Everyday Loyalty Program, Reward Credit Card, Rewards Credit Cards Article, Savvy Approved Product, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Loyalty Program | No Comments

This Mother’s Day, we believe that shopping through Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards portal, filled with hundreds of partner deals, is the best way to buy mom a great gift, save money, while taking the quickest route to free travel.

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Combine the New Chase Freedom Unlimited Card with Chase Sapphire Preferred and Turn Dollars Into Sensible Travel Rewards

By | April 13, 2016| Airline Cards, Cash Back Credit Card, Credit Cards, Reward Credit Card, Rewards Credit Cards Article, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Loyalty Program | 3 Comments

If you’re looking for the best way to save money on travel, look into combining the new Chase Freedom Unlimited Card with the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card for a winning combination.

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Give Your SPG Points a Boost Now That Starwood Hotels is Moving Into Cuba

By | April 8, 2016| Reward Credit Card, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards Article, Travel Loyalty Program | No Comments

Starwood Hotels & Resorts recently announced it has signed three hotel deals in Cuba, marking the first U.S.-based hospitality company to enter the Cuban market in nearly 60 years. It’s a great reason for participants in the Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty program to start packing their bags!

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Enjoy the Cherry Blossoms and Starwood Preferred Guest Savings in DC!

By | March 25, 2016| Reward Credit Card, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards Article, Travel Loyalty Program | No Comments

Nothing says spring like the blooming of the cherry blossoms in the nation’s capital. Whether you decide to take a midweek getaway, or want to spend a weekend – there is lots to see and do. You can maximize your savings by being a Starwood Preferred Guest and taking advantage of all this robust rewards program and DC have to offer.

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Fare Alert! Direct Flights to San Juan Starting at $246 RT and Bags Fly Free!

By | March 24, 2016| Airline Cards, Hotel Cards, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards Article, Travel Loyalty Program | No Comments

Take advantage of these super low fares to San Juan on Southwest Airlines. Fares start as low as $123 one way from Baltimore/Washington (BWI) to San Juan, PR (SJU) and you can leave as early as April 6. For a limited time you can earn 75,000 Hilton HHonors Bonus Points.

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Fare Alert! Flights to Nassau, Bahamas from $251 Round-Trip on American Airlines

By | February 8, 2016| Loyalty, Reward Credit Card, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards Article, Travel Loyalty Program | No Comments

Spring break is rapidly approaching and there’s nothing better than planning a late winter beach vacation to Nassau, Bahamas or better yet, Atlantis on Paradise Island. American Airlines is currently offering incredible deals on flights from Baltimore (BWI) to Nassau, Bahamas airport (NAS).

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Here’s One of Point Savvy’s Favorite Hotel Rewards Cards, Starting with 4 Free Nights

By | February 4, 2016| Reward Credit Card, Savvy Approved Product, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards Article, Travel Loyalty Program | No Comments

Not every venture away from home is a full-scale vacation. Whether you’re taking a last-minute trip to the mountains with the family or driving your kids to another soccer tournament out of town, it helps to have a credit card that rewards those road trips with as many points as possible.

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Fare Alert! Flights to St. Maarten from $292 Round-Trip

By | January 21, 2016| Reward Credit Card, Travel Credit Cards Article, Travel Loyalty Program | No Comments

The first major snow storm of the season is about to hit the Northeast so here’s a great last-minute deal to help you escape the cold temperatures by planning a beach vacation to the Caribbean. American Airlines is currently offering incredible deals on flights from New York (LGA) to Philipsburg, Saint Maarten Princess Juliana airport (SXM).

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Citi/AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard – Get 1 FREE Flight

By | January 20, 2016| Airline Cards, Reward Credit Card, Savvy Approved Product, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards Article, Travel Loyalty Program | No Comments

For a limited time you can get even more from your American Airlines AAdvantage® membership with the Citi®/AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Card. Get the card and earn 50,000 bonus miles after you make $3,000 in purchases in your first 3 months. That’s 2 FREE domestic round-trip MileSAAver® awards – enough for $675 in free flights.

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Fare Alert! Baltimore to Miami from $87 Round-Trip on American Airlines

By | January 18, 2016| Reward Credit Card, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards Article, Travel Loyalty Program | No Comments

Incredible flight deals to Miami are back for travel originating in Baltimore (BWI). Round-trip fares start at just $87. I recently took advantage of a similar deal on a direct flight from Baltimore to Miami, and found it to be a better experience on American Airlines versus Southwest, even though Baltimore is a Southwest hub. If you’re looking to get out of the Baltimore/DC area, and can be a little spontaneous I highly recommend this deal.

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How Do You Reach Platinum Level in the SPG Program? By Staying at the St. Regis of Course.

By | January 18, 2016| Hotel Cards, Savvy Approved Product, Travel Credit Cards Article, Travel Loyalty Program | One Comment

One of my favorite loyalty programs is the Starwood Preferred Guest program. Over the years I have made it my mission to reach Platinum level in the SPG program no matter how much I torture my family in the process of getting there. This past December, I was in need of three stays to reach my Platinum status.

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Savvy Sum-Up of our Top Points, Discounts and Travel Stories this Week

By | January 4, 2016| Debt Consolidation, Discounts, Hotel Cards, Retail Credit Card, Savvy Approved Products Article, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Loyalty Program | One Comment

Here are a few highlights from this week’s top stories including strategies for planning you dream vacation using points, a person story of how e0c.4f5.myftpupload.com founder Barbara Jones gifted an exotic honeymoon to her cousin using points, and articles on top grocery store cards, AARP discounts, debt consolidation loans and airline loyalty programs.

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Southwest Airlines…You’ve Got Me Hooked

By | December 2, 2015| Reward Credit Card, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Loyalty Program, Travel Loyalty Programs Article | No Comments

Last week, I wrote about an experience I had with Southwest Airlines when I volunteered to be “bumped” from one of their flights, and now I’m hooked on this travel strategy.

Taking advantage of Southwest’s voluntary bump policy never occurred to me until a few weeks ago, when inclement weather conditions prompted me to consider the option. My daughter and I had a wonderful diversion, turning an otherwise harrowing flight into a lovely overnight adventure in Providence, RI.

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What’s the Best Hotel Rewards Credit Card for Free Nights? SPG Credit Card from American Express is offering 35,000 Bonus Starpoints!

By | December 2, 2015| Featured Article, Hotel Cards, Reward Credit Card, Savvy Approved Product, Travel Credit Cards Article, Travel Loyalty Program | No Comments

We’ve narrowed down a handful of our favorite hotel rewards credit cards that offer some of the best rewards, free lodging and extra perks for loyal cardholders. Hotel-branded cards can offer you great benefits, one being free nights from the start as long as you meet the necessary spend in the first few months. Frequent loyal guests will discover benefits that both lower your rates and add another dimension of luxury to the hotel experience.

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Mother and Son Stay Connected with Help of Credit Card Rewards

By | November 25, 2015| Airline Cards, Business Credit Card, Reward Credit Card, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Loyalty Program, Travel Loyalty Programs Article | No Comments

My friend was working for a corporation headquartered in Baltimore. In 2012, the company was bought by a competitor based out of Nashville. As a valued upper-level manager, she was given the choice of taking an attractive exit package or relocating to Nashville, with a promise to be promoted to Senior Vice President.

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Thank you, Southwest!

By | November 20, 2015| Airline Cards, Loyalty, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Loyalty Program, Travel Loyalty Programs Article | 4 Comments

Last weekend, I was traveling with my daughter and husband from Providence, RI to Baltimore, MD, returning from a long-overdue weekend getaway. We reached the airport in ample time, so our check-in experience was smooth sailing. My family and I have been frequent flyers on Southwest, so my confidence in this company is very high. However, the weather was tumultuous, with threatening storm conditions in Baltimore, and I wasn’t really looking forward to the trip home.

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