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Miles and Points Recap: Daily Getaways, Discounted IHG Properties in Caribbean, Mortgage Considerations and More!

A quick recap of worthy miles and points news items for a middle-class family. To my new readers, these usually don’t fall into a “breaking” category, but more of a reminder. I recommend you follow me on Twitter or check my Twitter feed on the right side of the blog. Usually, I make sure to send out breaking news stories to my followers as soon as they hit the web.

1) Quick advice for next week of Daily Getaways. First, here are the deals:

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Alamo deal could be worth it for some. You get a $50 certificate for $25. Keep in mind, you can’t use any other discount codes, and rental isn’t valid at all locations. Check “T and C” here In spite of restrictions, it could definitely come in handy under the right circumstances. Obviously, do your research ahead of time and compare the rates to those you can get via Citi and Chase shopping portals.

Hyatt points will go within seconds, so it’s very unlikely you’ll be able to snag one of those packages. Still, doesn’t hurt to try, and getting Gold Passport points for a little over  a cent each is a very good deal, especially for Cat.1 and 2 properties. Personally, I won’t even bother trying, plus, I don’t have an immediate use for that currency. The deal isn’t hot enough (for me) to buy speculatively.

Other deals are very YMMV, so check them out and see for yourself. As always, I recommend you sign up for email alerts from Daily Getaways because I won’t be posting any more reminders  next week.

2) Book from April 15th to May 2nd and receive 50% off Reward Nights at select resorts in Latin America and the Caribbean. Valid for stays from April 29th to June 12th, 2016. This is definitely worth considering, and you don’t even have to take kids out of school if you go in June. Hurricane risk is very low in the early summer, so I wouldn’t worry about that part. All-inclusive resort in Jamaica is participating, and you can stay there for only 17,500 IHG points per night. But read my detailed trip report first to see if this is your cup of tea. (hat tip to VFTW)

3) A good post on Miles to Memories on mortgage considerations and this hobby This is a very important topic that IMO doesn’t get enough coverage.

4) Membership Rewards program has added Etihad as a transfer partner. Points transfer 1:1. This is good news, especially for those who like to fly American Airlines. As of now, you can still redeem Etihad currency on American-operated flights for only 40,000 miles roundtrip to South America and Europe in the off-season. See this chart for more information.

You may want to also read this post on Milevalue  on how you can redeem Etihad miles on Amercian flights. Keep in mind, many on Flyertalk report that they had difficulty  finding a competent agent to help them, but it could be worth a shot. For those of my readers who have family in South America, this new transfer option presents a golden opportunity.

MR points can be earned on everyday spending via cards like Amex Everyday Preferred (one of the best keeper cards). You can also check CardMatch tool for special offers on various American Express products. Etihad is also a partner of SPG and Citi Thank You program. (hat tip to Dannythedealguru)

5) Check your Amex profile for an offer from Staples ($25 off $100 purchase). Details on DoC

6) My reader Erik was kind enough to share a special savings code on Hyatt Regency Clearwater, Fl.  I’m not sure if it’s a one-time use, but here is the message from him:

“This morning, I found a letter that we received at check-in for a special rate at Hyatt Clearwater through the end of the year (although May 27-Aug 20, Labor Day weekend, and Christmas are blacked out). I checked some dates and the rates appear to be the same as my company’s rate and also include breakfast for two. I entered special offer code CLWBB on and a rate of $161 popped up for the standard King room in September. Totally YMMV, but may be useful to some people.”

This property runs at 20,000 Gold Passport points per night and gets decent reviews.

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Author: Leana

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.

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