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.
It’s promotion time again with the Starwood Preferred Guest program. SPG is currently offering a limited-time offer that gives travelers 35% off Free Night redemptions at select resorts. This promotion is available at only 8 of Starwood’s most sought after luxury properties, and is valid through February 28, 2017. The resorts included normally start at a 40,000 point redemption per night and goes up to 90,000. Now you can take advantage of a night free for as little as 26,000 at some of the brand’s most coveted and exclusive hotels.
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.
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.
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.
We have all have witnessed the sight of the typical parent dropping their kid off at college. With a ton of pride, tears in their eyes, a little anxiety and a touch of fear, we parents leave our kids alone for the first time to blaze their own path socially, academically, and yes…financially.
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.
If you’re planning an event, do it at a Marriott for the absolute best rewards. We, at Point Savvy, are currently in the process of helping plan my sister-in-law’s Connecticut wedding by maximizing points so to offer her and her husband-to-be a variety of options for a free honeymoon that they will remember.
I have been a loyal guest at Starwood Hotels and a diehard user of Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Starpoints for over a decade. I have spent more time dragging my family from Sheraton to Four Points to every W Hotel in the continental U.S. to rack up hotel stays to achieve Platinum Status, which just happened last week for the ninth time! Needless to say, I’m excited. But you don’t need to achieve Platinum Status to take advantage of one of the best Starwood offers – their fifth night free benefit.
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.
Here at Point Savvy we talk about the aging process more than we would like to admit. But with Starwood’s Birth Year Promotion we are happy to shout how old we are from the rooftop of any 5 star hotel under the Starwood umbrella. If you’re not quite sure where your next quick getaway may be, this program may help you to narrow your search while saving you some real money on your hotel stay.
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.
Once again, Norwegian Airlines is offering great fares direct from BWI to both islands giving you a great jumpstart to a vacation when you really need starting in early November. Best of all, these fares start in November and run through March so that you can take advantage of them from Thanksgiving through Spring Break.
True, some loyalty points only get you discounted plane tickets or hotel upgrades. But Starwood’s Preferred Customer program gets you tennis superstar Andy Roddick. Today, Starwood makes available one of its most popular SPG Moments by giving members the opportunity to redeem Starpoints for once-in-a-lifetime VIP experiences at the 2016 U.S. Open, including access to media tours, courtside seats to the finals and the aforementioned Andy Roddick (via a personalized tennis lesson).
Choosing the best credit card to suit the needs of your small business requires a different approach than choosing a card for your personal use, and we’ve narrowed down the best options based on cards that give valuable rewards. The most important perks to look for when choosing a credit card for your small business are 0% APR introductory incentives, high percentage cash back earnings on consistent business purchases, and rewards incentives.
With credit card sign-up bonuses ranging from 10,000 – 100,000 points or miles, these rewards can be redeemed for hundreds of dollars. A credit card with an offer of 50,000 bonus points can be worth at a minimum of $500. Are these credit card rewards taxable?
If you are like us, you’re spending the warm weather outside grilling, cooling off by the pool, and beginning to enjoy your summer. Why not take advantage of the best credit card for your summer spending and beyond by putting more money in your pocket for the items that you buy everyday.
With the help of EVReward.com, we found that Choice Privileges, the hotel rewards program from Choice Hotels, had the best online dating offer where you could earn 51 points for every dollar spent on eHarmony.
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.
My daughter’s one request for her sweet 16 didn’t involve a catered party or a new car. What seemed a simple wish – to see the blazing hot Hamilton on Broadway – turned into an a two-day family odyssey – even for her Point Savvy parents.
American Airlines is celebrating their 35 year anniversary by giving away 350,000 miles to 35 lucky people. This sweepstakes is happening now so you have to act fast and enter your information by June 1, 2016. To enter the contest, you’ll need to provide your name, email address and AAdvantage number at the giveaway site by 11:59 p.m. CDT on June 1, 2016.
At Point Savvy, we constantly are comparing travel and reward credit cards, normally for those of us that are a bit more seasoned and credit established. With graduation season arriving, we started thinking about the new group of adults, soon to be leaving home and obtaining some independence – The College Student.
From dry cleaning to haircuts, women like us often pay more due to gender pricing. Although paying more, we are undoubtedly receiving less. So while you wait for your local representative to ban gender pricing, get a credit card that can get you more money back. The best credit cards for women will be cards that offer more cash back and rewards on those everyday necessities that are priced noticeably higher.
Finding the perfect gift for mom starts from your favorite airline or hotel portal. You can earn points or miles in double digits per dollar spent with hundreds of retail partners.