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Miles and Points Recap: Sam’s Club Deal, Free Miles, My “Priority Pass” Brain Freeze, Marriott/SPG Merger Update and More!

1)  You can get $5 Sam’s Club bonus gift card (works in Walmart too) when you purchase $100/$200 MasterCard gift card online A low-hanging fruit for those who have Sam’s Club membership and Chase Freedom. The latter earns 5 points per dollar on warehouse purchases through the end of the year. Remember, you can combine points with those earned through Chase Sapphire Reserve, Ink Plus or Chase Sapphire Preferred. Best of all, you don’t have to go to the physical store.

2) I know several of my readers have applied for Barclaycard Arrival Plus just before the offer was increased to 50,000 points. While Barclays doesn’t generally do matches, there are many reports of success. According to this post on DoC,  quite a few readers were able to do it by asking to speak to a supervisor. It definitely doesn’t hurt to try and personally, I would call few times if necessary.

3) This one falls into “duh” category. So, I got approved for Chase Sapphire Reserve and kept waiting for my Priority Pass membership card to arrive. It wasn’t coming! Turns out you actually have to activate this benefit first by going to your “Ultimate Rewards” profile and clicking on “Use points” and then “Card benefits”:


You’ll see this once your Priority Pass membership is activated (for realz):


Apparently, it may take a few weeks to receive the card itself. While you are on that page, might as well check out all the other benefits. There is so much to keep track of in this hobby, sometimes my head starts spinning.

I also found out something interesting. Apparently, CSR has an unpublished benefit where you can get reimbursement for up to two Priority Pass visits every 12 months. So, if you are waiting for you card to arrive and have flights coming up in a few days, you may be in luck. Read details here

4) Easy and free  1,000 Air Canada Aeroplan miles and 1,000 Virgin America Elevate points. Might as well grab them, you never know when these free miles may come in handy.

5) According to Dannythedealguru, Amazon Prime membership may get discounted to $68 today

6) Chase Ink Cash Bonus is increased to 30K points. Reportedly, it’s subject to Chase 5/24 rule.

7) Chase Disney Visa benefits are changing for Disney Cruise Line. H/T to Scott at Disney Cruise Line Blog. Once upon a time, Disney Visa customers got a $50 onboard credit with no restrictions for paying in full with the Chase Disney Visa. Later, the credit was restricted to beverages only. Starting in 2017, the beverage credit is going away and is being replaced with discounts on photos, merchandise, Castaway Cay package and spa services.

I think this change is actually good news for most miles and points churners because you no longer have to pay the entire cost of your Disney Cruise with your Chase Disney Visa to get these new benefits. You just need to have your Chase Disney Visa on file for onboard charges, and your room key will display that you are eligible for these benefits. If you are not already a Chase Disney Visa cardholder, I would not apply for the card just for these new benefits (see this post for more info on cards for a Disney trip).

8) That was fast! You can now link your Marriott and SPG accounts, and transfer points between them. The ratio: 1 SPG point=3 Marriott points, which isn’t too bad. See all the details here

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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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2 thoughts on “Miles and Points Recap: Sam’s Club Deal, Free Miles, My “Priority Pass” Brain Freeze, Marriott/SPG Merger Update and More!

    • @Stephanie It appears that you can transfer SPG points to Marriott at 3:1 rate, and vice versa (1:3). I haven’t had a chance to link my accounts yet, but you can give it a shot and see if the system will allow you to do it. You can just try doing it with few points.

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