50 Free Rides in New York City


10 Free Rides in Chicago and Boston (up to $25 each) for 15 days


How does it work?   Watch this youtube video

Lyft, is a new ride sharing service and competitor to Uber (which I wrote about here).  Join now to be part of their PIONEER PROGRAM and GET 10 FREE RIDES IN CHICAGO + BOSTON.  I’m trying to confirm when this ends but it should be a few weeks from now.  After that you will get 1 free ride up to $25. Pioneer credit is only valid for rides within the Chicago (link) and Boston (link) coverage area, up to $25 per ride.  They did a similar promotion when they launched in 24 other markets which I wrote about here.  I have been using Lyft many times and the drivers are super friendly!

  1. Click here to sign up for the 10 FREE RIDES to use in 15 days  (new customers only)
  2. Want to Drive?: Click here to get a $100 bonus ($500 for UBER or TLC NYC drivers) when you become a Lyft driver
  3. Download the mobile app (do it when you are in Chicago or Boston to make sure it works!)
  4. Sign up then click in the settings –> payment –> scroll to the bottom below your credit card info.  You should see “10 free rides, up to $25 each”.  If the credits don’t show up in the app on their own, go to the Payment screen and enter the code WINDYCITY25 before requesting your first Lyft!

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Upgrade to Anywhere win 200000 AA Miles


AAdvantage eShopping is giving away 200,000 AAdvantage miles to 5 lucky winners!

Link to Enter - before September 30, 2014

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Here are the Top 5 Credit Cards for Travel Rewards for September 2014

Every month when I update my Top 5 Credit Card Deals for Travel Rewards, I scour the web for the best offers.  I want my readers to come here and find the best offers without all the clutter — these are the offers my I’m signing up for myself or suggesting to friends and family.  

Earlier this year I booked my trip to the Maldives, Vietnam, Singapore (with Kuala Lumpur still to book) for 120k miles per person in Business Class.  Without miles, there is no way I could have bought these flights (which cost about $10,000 per person).  Anyone can do the same.

If none of these cards are what you’re looking for, check out the credit card offer directory and tools here.

Top 5 Credit Cards for Travel Rewards - Billboard




1) Chase Ink Plus Business Credit Card

Links to Apply:  This is only available at a Chase branch.  Here is a photo of the offer in case they still are not familiar with the offer.

Bonus: After spending $5,000 in 3 months you receive 70,000 Ultimate Reward Points (which are worth at least $1k if you redeem them for United Miles).

Annual Fee: $95 (not waived)

Why you should get it:

  • The #1 reason: Ultimate Reward Points transfer to United 1:1 – so 70,000 Ultimate Reward Points = 70,000 United Miles.  After you spend the required $5k, you will have a total of 75,000 points which is worth 3 domestic round trip tickets (worth approx $1,000+)
  • Read my more detailed post here
  • This is the highest offer I’ve ever seen for Chase Ink cards!  The usually offer is 50k points which was increased up to 60k twice in the last two years.
  • 5 points per dollar spent at office supply stores, cell phone, landline, internet and cable services


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iPhone6 Released


iPhone 6 Pre-orders should all be open for business now. Verizon jumped the gun and was open a few minutes before the official start time of 3:01am EST (12:01am PST).  Sprint is also open for pre-order.  Thank you Verizon for letting me put in my order and go back to sleep.

Apple, AT&T, and T-Mobile are all still accepting pre-orders yet.

Not sure which if you should get the iPhone 6 or the Plus?  I think the Plus is going to be really really big.  Check out this website,, which will show you the actual size of the phone on your screen and let you compare it against many other phones. Very cool.

Update: AT&T opened for pre-order at about 12:31AM PST.


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spg thats more like it Q3 Q4 2014 Promo

Starwood SPG Q3/Q4 2014 “More For You” Promotion

Starwood SPG’s Q3 / Q4 2014 Promotion is here.  Don’t run…. walk.  It’s not very exciting.  You get double or triple points and lots of hotels are excluded.  In the NYC/NJ area alone, there are 17 hotels that are not participating.


  • double Starpoints on eligible stays of two or more nights
  • triple Starpoints if your stay includes a Friday or Saturday night (Thursday or Friday night in the Middle East) 
  • Register here by October 31, 2014
  • Promotion Period: Stays between September 15 and December 15, 2014

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Lyft Plus Explorer

Lyft launches Lyft PLUS – adding Premium and Larger Cars


Lyft just launched their new service called Lyft Plus. With Lyft Plus, you can get a ride in a premium and/or larger car. It is live now in NJ but not yet in New York City.

Lyft’s competitor, Uber, already offers SUV service for an extra fee.  In New York City, very often I’m picked up by a larger vehicle anyway (with no extra charge), for example a new Lincoln MKT (a SUV), Suburban, Highlander, even a 2015 Yukon XL!  I’ve also been picked up in a Altima and a VW Golf.

Have a client meeting?  You don’t want to show up in a 2005 Volkswagen Golf right? Lyft Plus has you covered. There are some occasions where you want a larger or premium car: you are going out with group of friends or you want to impress a date. I’d like to buy a large mirror from Craigslist — lets see if I can use Lyft Plus instead of hiring a mover.

2005 Volkswagen Golf

Not Impressive

Lyft Range Rover




  1. Click here for a $25 Free Ride credit (new customers).
  2. Download the mobile app
  3. Sign up then click in the settings –> payment –> scroll to the bottom below your credit card info.  You should see your free ride there.  If the credit does not show up in the app, go to the Payment screen and enter the code 25FORYOU before requesting your first Lyft!
  4. Want to Drive?: Click here to get up to a $150 bonus ($500 for UBER or TLC NYC drivers) when you become a Lyft driver

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Amazon Payments Stops Giving Free Miles on October 13, 2014

Posted: 10th September 2014 by TheRewardBoss in News
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Amazon Payments Logo

the end

October 12, 2014 is the last day you can send Amazon payments to another person.  

On October 13, Amazon will be stopping their person-to-person payment program according to Dan’s Deals and View From The Wing.  The following email was posted on Dan’s Deals:

“Additionally, we have updated the terms and conditions of our User Agreement ( that apply to your use of the products and services provided by Amazon Payments. Our updated User Agreement revises certain terms (including, among other things, the elimination of person-to-person payments). Our new User Agreement will become effective on October 13, 2014, which is more than 30 days from when we first posted our updated User Agreement. By continuing to use our services after October 13, 2014, you are agreeing to be bound by the terms and conditions of our new User Agreement.”

It has been posted and discussed in many places that people were sending $1,000 payments to each other to hit the spend requirements on their latest credit card sign up bonus.  This was an easy way to earn extra miles and bonuses from credit cards.

Perhaps Amazon Payments never became popular enough to compete with Paypal. Going forward, Amazon Payments will be used to accept payments on websites.


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Top 11 Places to Sell or Trade Your iPhone

Posted: 10th September 2014 by TheRewardBoss in Other Deals
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iPhone6 Released

The iPhone 6 is here!
iPhone 6 was unveiled at Apple’s event today – you can watch it directly from Apple’s website here. What will you do with your old iPhone after you upgrade?  I plan to sell or trade mine in.

The prices for the new iPhone 6 are listed here on Apple’s website:  $199 (16gb), $299 (64gb) , or $399 (128gb). Add $100 if you want the huge iPhone 6 Plus.  Without a contract, the iPhone 6 is $649, $749, $849 respectively.  There are many trade-in programs which can help you pay for your new iPhone 6.  The time to start looking is now because the values will continue to drop now that iPhone 6 will be released soon.  If you have an Verizon iPhone 4 or 4S in like new condition, email me. I’m looking to buy one.  We can cut out the middleman and both save the trouble.


What are the options for selling / trading my iPhone?

I received an email from Amazon and they are offering a Trade In Your iPhone Program:

  • 45-day lock-in period (starting 9/9-10/10) means you can lock in the value of your phone while you get your new phone ordered, delivered, and setup
  • higher trade-in price than competitors

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