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Miles and Points Recap: Better Chase Hyatt Card Link, Boxed.com Amex Offer, Daily Getaways and More

1) There is a direct link for The Hyatt Card that is better than my affiliate offer. Click this link that comes with an extra $50 credit. If it doesn’t work, try to make a dummy reservation on Hyatt.com I’ve updated my links on Monday as soon as I found out about this direct offer. Always check their first before applying for any credit card or email me at milesforfamily@gmail.com. Obviously, I can’t guarantee that I’ll be spending every waking hour looking for better offers, but if I’m aware of one, I’ll let you know. (hat tip DoC)

2) Here is information for new week of Daily Getaways promotion:

I don’t do in-depth analysis of Daily Getaways promo because it’s very well covered on blogs already. However, I do think a short recap is appropriate. So, which deal is the best? It honestly depends on your goals.

If you plan on staying in Marriott properties in a near future, by all means, buy a gift card or two. Getting a 20% discount is a pretty good deal. I’ve bought these before and was able to use them at Fairfield Inn without any issues. Of course, YMMV

Verdict: Worth is for some.

Ditto for Hilton points packages. These could be a great deal for some, “weak sauce” for others. If you plan on staying  at a  property that goes for 5,000-10,000 points per night, paying 0.48 cents per Hilton point is probably worth it. I wouldn’t do it speculatively, however, because you may end up losing money due to devaluation. Also, keep in mind that Hilton runs sales on points on a regular basis where you would pay close to the same amount.

Verdict: Worth it for some.

Orbitz package is an interesting deal, for sure. But I expect it to sell out fairly quickly due to limited quantity (only 55 packages). Here are the terms:

Verdict: Obviously worth it if you can work it into your plans.

Also, don’t forget that Choice packages will be going on sale today at 1 PM Eastern (read my post from earlier in the week). Set an alert if you are interested, I predict they will sell out within minutes.

3) If you have a Plastiq account (my referral link, thanks if you use it!), this is a good time to refer someone:

You have to pay $500 worth of bills through Plastiq (doesn’t have to be a one-time payment) So, it’s a win-win for both parities. I am very happy with Plastiq service so far, and have no problem recommending it.

4) Check your Amex accounts for Boxed.com offer: $25 off $65 purchase. This is a very good deal, especially if you sign up via someone’s referral link that will give you $15 off $60 purchase. Here is my Boxed.com link in case you are interested. Boxed.com sells many household items, and most are priced competitively.

So, getting $40 off $80 purchase on things you need anyway is a total no-brainer. Apparently, there is a way to reduce the cost even further by using coupons. Google the latest promos on Boxed.com since those change frequently. You can also go through a shopping portal and get extra rewards.

5) This info may be of interest to some. My reader Lisa has reached out to me and mentioned that she was offered these no-fee options when downgrading her Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select Card:

Citi Double Cash
Citi AA Bronze card
Citi Costco Visa
Citi Thank You Preferred Visa
This could be a decent chance to pick up Citi Double Cash or Costco co-branded card without a hard pull on your credit. You may also want to read a post on RTC blog on why you should consider converting it to Citi Dividend card.
6) Speaking of, the offers on both personal and business versions of Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select Card have been increased to 60K miles. I’ve updated my links. Keep in mind, your previous co-branded AA card needs to have been closed for at least 24 months. ( Hat tip MtM)

 

7) A final reminder that 50% bonus on Citi/Jet Blue transfers will expire on April 30th. Due to this bonus, you will get 1,200 Jet Blue points per each 1,000 Thank You points. This is a very good deal for those who fly Jet Blue regularly. In fact, you may want to consider dumping your Citi Thank You points speculatively if you need to cancel or convert one of their premium cards, like Citi Thank You Premier and Citi Prestige.

You can often get 1.8 cents per point on Jet Blue fares, so it’s easy to see why this is a hot deal for some. Jet Blue program is similar to Southwest and if you have a co-branded Jet Blue credit card, you get 10% rebate on redemptions.

8) This is definitely YMMV kind of deal, but you may be able to pull up a 100K points offer on Amex Platinum personal version if you follow the set of instructions outlined in this DoC post. Make sure to read the comments as well.

9) My readers and I were recently talking about visiting US national parks, so when I came across this post, I just had to link to it: Planning a trip to Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks My in-laws visited Bryce Canyon 15 years ago and have been  raving about it ever since. We plan to include it on our grand tour of the West in 2018. I can’t wait!

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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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