1) The increased offer on Chase Freedom ends tomorrow. You get 22,500 points after spending $500 in 3 months and adding an authorized user. It is a decent card, but there are better sign-up bonuses available. Most likely, it will come back next year. The card pays me commission.
An update on my purchase on Rakuten.com with US Bank Cash Plus Visa: No bonus. The offer did register just fine, but apparently, Rakuten.com does not classify itself as department or electronics store. What? Still, I stand by my claim that US Bank Cash Plus is superior to Chase Freedom for most middle-class families in America when it comes to long-term card choices.
2) Instructions on how to book your “free” anniversary night with Hyatt, IHG and Hilton co-branded credit cards. Good for visual learners as well as beginners.
3) If you are a AAA member and live near one of their offices, you may be able to buy Visa gift cards with no fee added. Offer expires December 31st. Check your geographic area. (h/t Doctorofcredit)
4) IHG has brought a promo similar to their “Into the nights,” called “Set your sights.” It rhymes! It’s valid for stays on January 1st through April 30th. Register here It may or may not be worth it, depending on your hurdles and the amount of points you currently have in your IHG account. My offer was “weak sauce.” Let me know in the comments what offer you have gotten.
5) This is kind of a big deal. Membership Rewards program has a 40% bonus on transfers to BA Avios through January 31st. Read this post on Miles4More to decide if it’s worth doing a speculative transfer.
6) I got an email from my reader Dave that you can no longer book a suite in all-inlcusive Holiday Inn in Jamaica via points. Regular oceanview rooms that fit 4 are still available, so it’s still a pretty good deal, especially in high season.
7) Don’t forget to comment on my Friday’s post by 9 PM to enter an Amazon gift card giveaway.
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Leana is the owner and founder of Miles For Family. She enjoys beach vacations and visiting her family in Europe. Originally from Belarus, Leana resides in central Florida with her husband and two children.