My Elite Status Plans For 2015 – And How You Can Get Status As Well

The end of the year is upon us and many travelers are flying their last trips (or cramming them in) before the end of the year to finish up their status for the year. Once the new year begins, travelers will already be hitting the roads or the hotels yet again to start the qualification for status for 2016. Getting elite status with an airline, hotel, or rental car company can take some thought so that you properly credit your trips to the program that is going to give you the best bang for your miles and points. Here is where I am at now and what I am looking for with status in 2015. My Elite Status Outlook For 2015 With the changes coming to both Delta and United in their mileage earning, many travelers are certainly thinking about jumping ship and moving on to another program that may reward their travels a bit more substantially (or, in some case, a lot more!). For my part, I am dropping status... ...

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EXPIRED: Chase Freedom $200 Bonus Offer Drops Tomorrow

To see the latest, updated offer on this card and others, please visit this page. When it comes to miles and points, we are all mostly into the game to try to rack up as many miles and points as possible to create greatly reduced travels. For most of us, we would never think of using flexible points for cash statements or gift cards – horror! Yet, this particular card, the Chase Freedom, is actually marketed as a cash back card – and it is a good one – but with the potential for points as well! Chase Freedom $200 Bonus Offer Drops Tomorrow – Application Link – Chase Freedom $200 Bonus After Spending $500 In 3 Months Minimum $200 Value The Chase Freedom, though it is marketed as a cash back card, earns points that can be converted into full Ultimate Reward points by simply having a Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Ink Plus, or Chase Ink Bold as well. By having one of those cards, this $200 bonus offer... ...

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Are All Hotel Credit Card Bonuses Equal?

In the miles and points world, there is a line where there is a good understanding of what they get you. That is with miles. When we hear miles, we know that is generally understood that you can fly domestically for 25,000 miles on the low end (there are some exceptions like JetBlue, Southwest, and Avios). The legacy domestic airlines are also pretty standardized when it comes to the various zones around the world for award travel. But, when it comes to points, all hotel points are truly not created equal. It is really all over the board about what a point will get you and what the value is. Since there is not a standardized award chart for hotel points and programs, are all hotel credit card bonuses equal? Are All Hotel Credit Card Bonuses Equal? In this post, we will look at and breakdown the points and credit cards for these hotel chains: Club Carlson, Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, Marriott, and SPG. There are other offers, such as the current high offer of 140,000... ...

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Great Credit Card: 80,000 IHG Points And $50 Statement Credit

The IHG credit card has long had a split personality. There was one offer that was the “official” offer (it has a landing page with an explanation of the offer) and offered 60,000 IHG points and the “unofficial” offer (no landing page, right to an application page with no mention of the offer) that offered 80,000 IHG points. Now, that barrier has come down and the 80,000 IHG offer has received an official landing page and offers a $50 statement credit!  EDIT: A reader pointed out that when you click the Apply button, it says the offer is not available and redirects to the 60K offer. This link was just added to the wiki recently so it may be possible that it is not meant to be live yet. I will leave this post up as the link may come online shortly. My apologies for the confusion. I saw the link at the Flyertalk wiki and had not thought to click through to apply at this time. I will edit the post when... ...

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Almost $1 Billion In Bag Fees In 3 Months – And How To NOT Pay Them!

The last quarter’s reports came out from the domestic airlines and it showed that the airlines brought in a staggering $960 million in baggage fees. That is a lot of money from a lot of people! While some articles tried to point out that that amount did not even cover the fuel costs, it really was not intended to cover the entire fuel cost of the airplane. It was to bring the airlines more money and it certainly has done that. To read more about this report and the fees, read this article from CNN. $1 Billion In Bag Fees – How To Not Pay Them! Hopefully, you were not part of the group that paid the fees that added up to that huge number! Because it is very much avoidable to not pay fees when checking baggage domestically. Fly Airlines With Free Bags The first method that jumps out is to fly Southwest. They have proudly remained as the airline that gives you the two free checked bags and they continue to push that message.... ...

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Miles and Points Sprint: Free GoGo, IHG and Kimpton, 100K Delta Miles, and More

There have been quite a few bits of news that have rolled out in the last few days in the world of travel, miles, and points. Here is a quick rundown on some of the noteworthy points. Free GoGo WiFi In-Flight Sessions For American Express Business Platinum Holders Shortly, American Express Business Platinum cardmembers will be able to use their card to access 10 GoGo sessions per year. Session fees run all the way up to $16 each, so this new perk could be worth as much as $160. That will go a long way towards hacking into the annual fee of $450! – Read more – Doctor of Credit IHG Acquires Kimpton Hotels For $430 Million The Kimpton hotel chain is a very unique program for frequent stayers as they have a very generous program. Kimpton hotels are very nice and comfortable for guests. I have only stayed at a couple of Kimptons but they were great stays. Well, they are about to become part of the Intercontinental Hotel Group... ...

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Great Deal: 18X United Miles (for cardholders) and Lowest Price On Rosetta Stone

It’s back again and at an even lower price! This is a great chance to get a wonderful language program at a great price and with some serious miles all at the same time. If you would like to be somewhat familiar with a language of a country you will spend some time in or be visiting a couple or more times, this is a great way to do it! 18X United Miles And Lowest Price On Rosetta Stone The 18X United mile offer through the shopping portal is only available to shoppers who hold the United credit card. Otherwise, the earning is at 12x United miles. If you would like a United card, you can apply here. Today only, you can earn 18 United miles per dollar when shopping through the united mileageplus shopping portal. This is the highest portal payout I have seen on Rosetta Stone and it is also the lowest prices I have seen on the Rosetta Stone programs. Normally, the absolute cheapest prices are not available through shopping... ...

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Great Deal: 18X United Miles (for cardholders) + 20% Off + $10 Back On $50 At eBags

If you have the right components for this deal, you can really maximize your cost savings and mileage earnings! Great Deal: 18X United Miles (for cardholders) + 20% Off + $10 Back On $50 Like many eBag deals, there are a few different components to making this be a really great cost saver. To make this work for maximum savings and points, you will need three things: Hold a United credit card (you don’t need to use it, just have it to get the extra miles per dollar) An American Express card with the eBags offer saved to it The 20% off code SURPRISE Let’s put it all together to see what we can get. United Shopping Portal First of all, this deal is really possible thanks to the earnings possible through the United MileagePlus shopping portal. If you hold a United credit card, you will receive the offer to get 18 UA miles per dollar spent at eBags. If you do not have a United card, you will receive 12 United miles –... ...

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And The Winners of the iPad Mini Retina, 15,000 Hyatt Points, and GoGo Passes Are…

This ends the weeklong Mega Giveaway here at Running with Miles. I greatly appreciate everyone who took the time to read and comment. I had really looked forward to this week and being able to giveaway all of these prizes. Trust me, we will do this again next year and it will be even bigger! Plus, we will continue to have other giveaways throughout the year as we did this year. Congrats to all of the winners! I hope you enjoy your prizes and make good use of them. I want to thank BoardingArea for the GoGo passes and Hyatt for the 15,000 Gold Passport points. And with that, here are the randomly selected winners of the biggest giveaway we have ever had here! I will be in touch with each of you shortly with winner #1 getting first pick, winner #2 the second pick, and winner #3 getting what remains. Winner #1 Winner #2 Winner #3 I will be in touch with each of you. Thanks to everyone. You all are great readers... ...

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