Finally, we have a new exciting offer — the Citi Prestige card!  If you can use many of the perks offered, its probably worth it for you!

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Top 5 Credit Cards for Travel Rewards - Billboard

 

The TOP 5 Credit Cards

1) Citi Prestige – $1350 AA Credit (50,000 Thank You Points) after $3k spend in 3 months

Links to Apply: [LIMITED TIME OFFER]

  • Direct Link (non affiliate)
  • Affiliate Link – (click “Points Rewards Credit Cards”, click “show more results” at the bottom, click Citi Prestige Card) – it’s an extra step, thank you if you use this link!

 

Annual Fee: $450 (see below and my detailed post see why its worth it)

Why you should get it:

Citi bumped up the bonus to 50,000 points (from 30,000).  Here are the main benefits: Read the rest of this entry »

Amex Delta 50k

Follow this trick to get the 50,000 bonus offer instead of the current 30k offer.

Getting both the personal and business cards will net you a total of 100,000 Delta points. Many people, including myself, are quick to criticize Delta Skymiles Skypesos because the awards are usually way more expensive and difficult to redeem, but they can be extremely valuable if you want to go to Australia (which I am trying to book). Lucky explains in his post that you can now book Virgin Australia flights with Delta miles:“Virgin Australia Awards Using Delta SkyMiles Are Back”.  For example, Delta charges 80,000 miles one way in business class to Australia with very low fees.

Should you get it?  It depends. The highest bonus was 70k + $100 (in 2012) and this 50k offer does come around from time to time.  It’s clearly better than 30k but it may not be for everyone.  Its a quick and easy way to earn some miles. Do you have plans to fly to Australia?  Or NYC-Park City or NYC-Seattle? I applied just to get some extra Delta miles and because I am planning to go to Australia.

Sometimes a Delta flight is the only way to go.  For example, I wanted to fly from NYC to Seattle and while I would expect to pay 25,000 United or AA miles, the only direct award flight available was a coach seat on Delta for 40,000 miles. Since I was going only for a long weekend, I really wanted a direct flight. In another case, some friends were going to NYC to Park City and the only direct flight again was on Delta.  Surprisingly, the seats were only 30k miles but I didn’t have enough Delta miles. After 6 people booked the price shot up to 45k miles. In most cases, I expect to never find the lowest award price for Delta.

 

THE TRICK
  1. Go to https://www.deltaamexcard.com/
  2. Enter your Skymiles number and last name.  Click Login. [See image 1 below]
  3. The screen will refresh and it will look like nothing happened.
  4. Click http://www.deltaamexcard.com/offer/flight-active-50k-50-sc-may-em/
  5. The application will appear.  On the right side you should see the 50k offer. [See image 2 below]
  6. Complete the application quickly so it does not time out.  Submit and wait for the decision.
  7. You might see “You are not authorized to view this page”.  If so, click here https://www262.americanexpress.com/eaol/welcome.do, enter your social security # and home zip code. The decision will appear on this page [see image 3 below].

 

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I was recently interviewed by Daraius from MillionMileSecrets.com.

Daraius (you may recognize him by his bowtie) is a miles and points expert and he blogs to help people travel the world for free.  His blog has been featured in well known media such as CNN, The New York Times, MoneyBusiness Insider, and others.  Maybe one day…

Check out the interview: “Pick a Place, Then Figure Out How to Get There…for FREE!”
MillionMileSecrets Interview

My recent interview @ millionmilesecrets.com

 

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 VIA EXPANDS $5 SERVICE AREA TO 14th STREET, OFFERS $1k DRIVER BONUS

Via (ridewithvia.com), a ridesharing service in New York City, offers $5 rides from 14th street all the way up to 110th street (previous as low as 32nd St).  See my previous post about Via here. This expanded coverage area ads a large area for new yorkers though I’m looking forward to when they expand further downtown.

They are also offering up to a $1,000 bonus for new TLC licensed drivers.  See below for more details.

 

$10 SIGN UP BONUS
  1. Download the free app: Apple’s App Store Apple Appstore Badge or Google Play
  2. When you are signing up, enter promotion code AJ7K6  – if you miss the option, you can add it later:  just click MENU –> PROMO CODES.  We will both get $10 credit if you use my referral code. Many thanks if you use my code!
  3. Request your first ride.

 

$1,000 DRIVER SIGN UP BONUS

Via is offering a bonus up to $1000 for TLC licensed drivers in New York City. Here is a list of acceptable vehicles – they are very specific.  For example, they only accept particular vehicles 2010 or later, specific colors (black, dark grey or dark blue) and leather seats are required.

The bonus works like this: $100 if you drive 3 peak (rush) hours, plus $400 if you drive 35 peak (rush) hours over the first 2 weeks, plus $500 if you drive 60 hours a week for the first 4 weeks (4 consecutive weeks).

  1. To apply visit drivewithvia.com and click “Apply Now”.
  2. For the question “How did you hear about Via?” select JEFF200 in the dropdown to qualify for the bonus.
  3. Complete the rest of the application.

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Citi Premier 50K

Citi Premier 50K

 

Overview

Citi has gotten aggressive with pushing its credit cards.  First it was Citi Prestige $1,350 Deal and now they have upped the sign-up bonus to 50K for the Citi Premier after spending $3,000 in 3 months.  Citi cites that you can get 1.25c per Thank You (TY) point, which comes out to roughly $662 when redeeming TY pts for airfare.  In addition, here are the perks that come with the card:

  • 3x pts on travel and gas
  • 2x pts on dining and entertainment
  • 1pt per $ on all other purchases
  • $95 annual fee waived for the first year

 

How to Score $848 AA / US Air Credits (instead of $662)

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Uber $5 Flat Rides

 

$5 Flat Rides in Manhattan for 5 Days for Earth Day

Timeout announced Uber is offering $5 flat rides in Manhattan for then 5 days, a promotion for Earth Day. You’ll use UberPool which means that you might share the ride with a couple strangers going in the same direction. Either way, the ride is still $5.  This includes all of Manhattan below 125th street!

Promotion Dates: Tomorrow, April 22, at 10am through midnight on Sunday, April 26

Coverage Area:  Below 125th street in Manhattan

 

$20 NEW USER CREDIT

New users can get $20 by signing up with this link.  It’s a referral link so we will both get $20 credit – thanks in advance if you use the link!

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Sidecar Ride Credit

 

Get $10 Free Sidecar Ride Credit

Sidecar is giving new customers $10 free ride credit.  I welcome another competitor who is going to give away free rides and make sure that prices stay reasonable, though I can imagine some drivers flipping the on/off switch on their many different devices — its a bit much! I’ve been in some cars that have 4-5 devices (iPhones, Android Phones, iPads, video camera, etc).

 

WHAT IS SIDECAR?

Similar to Lyft and Uber, Sidecar is a smartphone app that connects riders with everyday drivers in their personal vehicles. Sidecar Shared Rides offers carpooling, similar to Lyft Line and Uber Pool.  They also offer a Delivery service similar to UberRush.

Sidecar is currently only in 10 cities — much smaller than Uber and Lyft, but they are backed by many heavyweights: including Union Square Ventures, Avalon Ventures,Lightspeed Venture Partners, Google Ventures and Sir Richard Branson.

 

HOW TO SIGN UP

  1. Download the Sidecar App: Apple’s App Store Apple Appstore Badge or Google Play
  2. Press the menu icon (top left corner), press Account
  3. Press “Add Promo Code”. Enter the promo code: 4FREE and click submit.
  4. Request your first ride.

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AA Platinum - American Airlines Platinum Status

If you booked the DC – Beijing Mistake Fare, you can get AA Platinum Status for $180-$200.

I typically redeem miles to fly in business or first class, so the concept of relying on status to get upgraded is a bit unfamiliar to me. Since most of my flights are award flights, I earn close to zero EQMs or EQPs in any given year. Well, this year is a bit different.  I scored one of the Beijing mistake airfares (TY Lucky) and that got me thinking about AA status.

Also, I think the Citi Prestige card will cover the cost (using the $250 annual travel credit).  More on that below.

EARN EQP (ELITE QUALIFYING POINTS) WITH MISTAKE FARES?

As Lucky notes here, despite the promo stating mistake fares would not earn bonus EQPs, multiple data points state the Beijing mistake airfare qualified for EQPs.  When it comes to earning status — the faster the better.

AA ELITE STATUS CHALLENGE

Many have been blogging about AA elite status challenges for quite some time, so I am not going to rehash what’s out there.

 

HOW IT WORKS

The short version is: Read the rest of this entry »

Tribute Portfolio

 

Through July 15, 2015, you can earn up to 10,000 Starpoints by staying at Starwood’s newest brand, Tribute.  

GaryLucky and WSJ reported the details of the new brands.  I’m glad to see them expand into independent hotels as I often visit places where there are no large chain hotels (which means I can’t use my points to stay for free). With only one Tribute Portfolio hotel, it won’t be easy to earn all 10,000 points.

LINK to register

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