Announcing The Running Round The World With Miles Event!

I am really excited to announce this pretty intense event/adventure! I have had it in my mind for a few months now and really started putting it together a couple of months ago. I think this will really be a helpful trip for all the readers on many levels. Here is what this event is all about! Running Round the World With Miles What Is It? Running Round the World With Miles is an event that is fusing traveling with miles and running marathon distances (26.2 miles per run). The entire trip has been booked using only miles and points for travel and will involve running a marathon distance on each of 6 continents in 4 1/2 days! That is a total of six marathons distances on six continents! This event is an adventure that I have put together and will be running. I am the only person who will run the whole event but am already assembling a list of people who have expressed interest in running portions of this event with... ...

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Some Hyatt Nights Not Posting With Points+Cash

I am a big fan of Hyatt’s Points+Cash redemption method. It gives a fixed rate of points and cash for all hotels based on category rankings, so it is not dependent on what the hotel would actually cost with cash if booked that way. Hyatt Points+Cash Nights Not Posting One of my favorite things about the Points+Cash plan is that it counts as an eligible rate for the purpose of promotions and elite qualifying nights/stays. This is a great way to take advantage of promos at a good rate, plus, it is possible to actually earn back quite a few of the points used for those rates with promos (in addition to the Diamond amenity of points). The problem is that some hotels apparently do not post those nights (that were booked using Points+Cash) as qualifying stays for the purpose of amenity/bonus points and elite nights. I have had this problem consistently with one hotel and others have mentioned problems at other hotels. When you book a Points+Cash booking, it... ...

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Miles And Points Sprint: New Addition Here, Big Moneymaking Amex Offer, $1,000 Business Class Tickets, Lounge Changes, and More

Here is a quick Miles and Points Sprint to bring readers up to date from things of the last day or so. New Addition Here The reason I had no post yesterday and that this roundup has quite a bit of material is that I missed most of the activity in the miles and points world yesterday. But, it was for a very good reason – we were in the hospital having a baby (rather, we were in the hospital while my wife was having the baby!)! Everything went very well and we were able to welcome our 4th child into the world yesterday afternoon. I know this doesn’t have anything to do with miles and points but it is obviously something we are really excited about and I couldn’t help but share news like that here! Our little guy is named Timothy and we were actually able to come home today. The other kids were thrilled to welcome him back home! Big Moneymaking Amex Offer An Amex Offer that appeared... ...

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Deal Roundup: Amazon Deals, GoPro HERO4, Amex Offer+Discount

Good morning! Here are some pretty nice deals to start your day. With the spring weather here/coming and summer on its way, it is never too soon to think about getting more active and hopefully, some of these will help you with that! Deal Roundup: Amazon Deals, GoPro HERO4, Amex Offer+Discount Amazon Deals – Garmin Vivofit - Garmin Vivofit Amazon Link Today, Amazon has as one of their Deals of the Day, the Garmin Vivofit. The Vivofit was Garmin’s entrance into the activity tracking world and many people found it quite useful. To see a wonderful write-up on this device and to help you decide if it is for you, check out DC Rainmaker’s review on it – here. Other retailers have this activity monitor listed for $89-99 so it is a good deal to be able to get this at today’s price with Amazon – $59.99. They have 6 colors available – black, slate, blue, purple, red, and teal. These are brand new items and carry Amazon’s regular return policy... ...

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Will The Next Wyndham Card Come With 3 Free Nights?

A couple of weeks ago, Wyndham hotels made a change that was actually pretty good. They went from a typical category-based award chart for their hotels to a flat, 15,000 point award for all of their hotels. This was great news for all Wyndham guests that want to stay at the higher category hotels, though not so great for all of those in the lower tiers. The New Wyndham Award Chart - New Wyndham Rewards Program Award programs love to complicate things for users all while explaining that it is better this way. Just look at the new award programs for both earning and redeeming with Delta – not simple or good! But, Wyndham is truly simplifying the program by moving from a multi-tiered award chart to a single award redemption – 15,000 points. They will have an option for what they are calling Go Fast awards that will allow you to mix 3,000 points and some cash for stays as well (though not all locations will participate). Here is what their... ...

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Free Money! $20 Back On $20 Spend At Amazon [Amex Offer]

Amex released a new Amex Offer today that is a no-brainer for anyone that has the offer – $20 back on $20 spent at Amazon! This is easy spend since you can buy just about anything at Amazon, including gift cards, so this $20 is a fantastic deal! I have it on most of my cards (with the exception of my Platinum and my business SPG card) as well as on my wife’s cards. Amex Offer Of $20 Back On $20 Spend At Amazon Update: Apparently, this offer is fairly targeted so this offer may not be in your account. Go and do this right now – this likely will not last long! Accessing the Amex Offer Log in to your American Express account and click on any of the cards you have in the account. Scroll down to the Offers portion and you should see the following offer waiting for you! Here are the details: Must be used by June 6, 2015 (though it says the offer expires June 14) Must be used... ...

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Earn 1,300 Alaska Airline Miles For $8.75

I know – 1,300 miles is not a huge amount. Not only that, it is basically buying miles and who likes to do that? But, because Ultimate Reward points and Membership Reward points do not transfer to Alaska Airlines (SPG’s Starpoints do transfer) and because the sign-up bonus on their credit cards is only 25,000 miles, picking up Alaska miles is always a good idea. The cost for these miles works out to .67 cents per mile. That is a really good deal for “buying” miles, even though it is a small amount of miles. - Alaska Airlines Shopping Portal This deal involves getting a NY Times Digital subscription through the Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan shopping portal. The portal is paying out 1,300 miles for getting a subscription which costs $5 for 12 weeks. The terms of the payout indicate that they will reverse the miles if you cancel your subscription before 90 days, so you will need to use one additional week at $3.75. So, for the total cost... ...

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Using The Hyatt 20% Rebate To Requalify For Diamond For Less

With Hyatt dumping the open enrollment for Diamond status last year (at least in its previous form of gifting Diamond status to the recipient during the challenge period), there may be many Diamonds from the challenge period who are looking to retain the status for the next program year. As a previous Platinum member and now Diamond, I certainly do have a better experience at Hyatt hotels as a result of my Diamond status, not to mention the fantastic breakfast that comes complimentary for Diamonds. Qualifying For Hyatt Diamond Status If you travel for business, you undoubtedly have little trouble maintaining Diamond status. Diamond status requires you have 25 stays or 50 nights at Hyatt hotels or MLife hotels in a calendar year (using eligible rates which does not include award stays but does include Points+Cash stays). If you do not travel a lot for business (or even personal) but may be within a few stays of Diamond status, there may be some good reasons to try to bridge that... ...

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Deal Roundup: Amex Offer Combo, Kindle, and Memory

Good morning and welcome to today’s Deal Roundup! There were a few deals that I felt may be helpful to you so here is a roundup of the ones that I have seen so far. Deal Roundup: Amex Offer Combo, Kindle, and Memory Amex Offer Combo: Legal Zoom The first deal for today is one that popped up in Amex Offers this morning. This one has made its appearance before and can be very helpful for those wishing to start their own small business or any other type of legal documents. It is for $20 back on $100 purchase or more at LegalZoom.com. I have used them before and they work very well with providing you what you need at a reasonable price. This can be combined with portal bonus offers as well. Granted, there are not too many available with LegalZoom, but one that is available is Alaska’s Mileage Plan shopping portal. It pays out 5 miles per dollar on purchases at LegalZoom. If you were to purchase something right at the... ...

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