United at Magazines.com – Earn 40 Miles Per Dollar with Alaska

500 Mile Bonus for you

If you do the spending through  United Airlines and their portal or American Airlines and their portal you can earn even more with this bonus of 500 miles when you spend $200 or more. Through one of those portals would earn 8,500 miles – or you could it at as letting you buy those miles at 2.3 cents each. That isn’t a great deal but it is sure pretty nice to be able to buy lower 10,000 miles at that price &  getting magazines.

40 Miles Per Dollar

Earnings available for magazines.com:

Terms & Conditions apply:

1.Not eligible on select Magazine Titles:

  •         The National Enquirer
  •         Star
  •         Soap Opera Digest
  •         Shape
  •         OK! Magazine
  •         National Examiner
  •         Natural Health
  •         Muscle & Fitness
  •         Men’s Fitness
  •         Martha Stewart Weddings
  •         Martha Stewart Living
  •         Globe
  •         Fit Pregnancy
  •         Flex
  •         Fitness
  •         FamilyFun
  •         Family Circle
  •         Every Day with Rachael Ray
  •         Wood
  •         Traditional Home
  •         Successful Farming
  •         Siempre Mujer
  •         Parents
  •         Midwest Living
  •         EatingWell
  •         Diabetic Living
  •         Do-It-Yourself
  •         Better Homes & Gardens
  •         American Patchwork & Quilting

2.Purchases discount codes that are not found on this site or made with coupon are not eligible.

3.Orders cancelled within 90 days are not eligible.

4.Automatically renewed subscriptions are not eligible.

5.Gift certificates, gift cards or any other similar cash equivalents are not eligible.

Donate or Give

Buy magazines to donate to your school/library/hospital. They would likely be happy to receive them & you will get 45 miles per dollar.

Buy magazines as gifts for you or your friends/parents and so on.

Summary:

Portal bonus does come around a couple of times a year & always a good way to buy miles for less than retail without having to buy up to a certain tier like mileage sales require. At the same tieme, you can donate items, get more gifts or even get a nice magazine for yourself.

Canadian SPG Credit Card – Chase Marriott Cardholders

American Express Canada is offering an exclusive Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card to existing Chase Marriott Rewards credit card customers. And  the co-branded, Chase Marriott credit card, grandfathered are being terminated on March 15, 2018.

Chase offered a few parting tokens of appreciation, for example:

  • Receive a free night (awarded after March 15, 2018). It means that even if you did not have the credit card for a full year, you will still receive the free night.
  • No annual fees will be charged to existing accounts as of January 1, 2018. It means that even if you were due to pay the annual fee in 2018, you will essentially have the fee waived.

The newest offer is is an exclusive 25,000 sign up bonus for the American Express Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card if you apply before April 18, 2018. 

75,000 Marriott points is that you can convert your Starpoints at a 1:3 ratio, so 25,000 Starpoints can be converted into 75,000 Marriott points.

The 2 Starpoints per dollar spent at Marriott Rewards & SPG participating hotels promotion has been extended through to July 31, 2018.

If you missed out on the 25,000 offer last year, you have another chance now.

 

 

Delta Premium Economy – Flight to Beijing from $647 Round Trip

Delta Premium Economy tickets to Beijing from $647 round trip, and low prices found from many cities.

Flight to Beijing in Premium Economy from $647,the domestic frequently being in First Class.

There are some examples fare – you can search on Google Flights.

Flight Orland to Beijing from $647

Flight Baltimore to Beijing from $718

Flight Raleigh to Durham to Beijing from $738

 

Flight San Diego to Beijing from $653

About the Deal:

It might be possible to get an additional fare discount using the International Airline Program from American Express that’s available on certain cards.

Costing More Points from 2 Hyatt Hotels

Every year there are a ton of hotels changing categories (some going down a category while more go up a category). Fortunately this year, only 2 hotels are changing categories.

About the 2 categories affected include:

  1. Hyatt House Washington DC / The Wharf – a category 2 and moving to a category 3
  2. Hyatt Place Knoxville/ Downtown –  a category 1 and moving to a category 2

In the past, Hyatt members would have a few weeks to make reservations at properties that were going up a category to lock in the lower points rate. In this situation, we are being told that this is in affect today starting at 9pm CT. So you have half a day to find out about this change and make the reservation. Book now, you can get the lower rate. But any changes to the reservation made after this date will be booked at the higher rate.

According to 6 things to learn Lisbon

Last year, love affair was with sLOVEnia. This year, it’s early in the year, seems destined to be with Portugal & in particular, Lisbon. Portugal works for me on levels.

The geography, people, food, culture & general vibe of the place made me perfectly. I know for many travelers, Portugal is likely to be a been-there-done-that destination. As far as I am concerned, it was my first time to visit & if I had been-there-and done-that before, I for sure would have gone back again. Without gushing too much about how wonderful Lisbon is, I want to give you 6 things for what to do and see that won’t likely end up on any lists you’ll get online.

At first, Campo Pequeno is a bullfight arena that hosted the Portuguese bullfights since 1892. The building is amazing! It’s a beautiful neo-arabian building, all made of bricks, that was entirely renovated in 2006. There is a museum dedicated to the history of bullfighting. The lowest level is a shopping mall with a movie theater & restaurants. Inside a bullfight arena before, I found it very interesting to walk around. I thought turning the bottom level into a mall was actually a good use of the space. It’s fun to walk through malls when I travel & see what’s unique or different.

The second, especially in big cities, it’s always wonderful to find a garden to enjoy for some quiet time. 2 different people recommended the Calouste Gulbenkian Garden to me. I enjoyed it so much I went back twice. It is the venue where the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation & museum are located. There are many sculptures scattered throughout the park, as well as a restaurant & a cafe. There’s also an artificial pond, an open-air theater, a rose garden & water gardens.

The third, they call what we might call in the states a movie theater, a cinema. I always go to watch a movie. It’s fun to experience a movie, even if it’s not in a language I speak, with the hometown crowd. I have fun enjoying & partaking in local cinema customs. For example in Sydney, Australia, I ate an ice cream cone in the dark theater. Don’t know how the Aussies do that without getting it all over their shirts. In Keri Keri, New Zealand, we drank wine in the cinema in proper wine glasses. The cinema culture was very special in Lisbon, especially in the art cinema.

The Media film group has 2 cinemas: the Cinema Nimas & Monumental Cinema. These theaters are housed in old historic buildings. I went to the Monumental. There are 4 small cinemas, all with regular seats. Thankfully, none of reclining seat business that so many theaters in the states have adopted. The cinema actually looked such as part video store & part cinema, displaying many videos available for order. And there was no drinks or food. I don’t  mean you couldn’t bring in your own. I mean absolutely nothing to drink or eat for sale. When the last time you went to see a movie where no one was drinking or eating. It really changes the experience. They do show a few movies in English with Portuguese subtitles, so it was great to watch a Woody Allen movie in Portuguese! Give these cinemas a try if,you will enjoy these different kinds of experiences when you travel.

The forth,taking the ferry to Cacilhas, at the other side of the River Tagus, is a fun way to spend half a day. It leaves from the Lisbon waterfront, is inexpensive at only a few euros roundtrip, only takes a few minutes,it provides you with a great spot from which to see Lisbon city proper. Cacilhas is picturesque & you’ll get a whole different feel for Lisbon when you see it from across the river. There are plenty of restaurants that looked typically local and good. You can walk along the river to the elevator to arrive the famous Cristo Rei statue. After passing some abandoned, a few restaurants & old warehouses , you can go by elevator to reach the Cristo Rei statue. You’ll enjoy a sweeping view of the city & 25th of April Bridge from the top of the statue. This enormous monument was built in 1959 in thanks to God for having spared Portugal during World War II. It was inspired by the famous statue in Rio de Janeiro.

The fifth, if the Portuguese call the “theater” the cinema, what do they mean when they say they’re going to the theater? They mean a live performance. The prices for a good balcony seat were  reasonable at $32/seat. If you spend any length of time in Lisbon, you’ll recognize the Tivoli Theater. It is easily spotted because of the green dome topped off with a small bell tower. The theatre was opened in the 20s, serving as the chic ‘hotspot’ for the city’s elite. It’s been extensively refurbished since then & some say it still caters to the creme de la creme of Portuguese society. The theater is really a work of art, walk around inside & enjoy the building itself. The seats are red plush seats and with an orange decor. There are very ornate balconies all around the seating area, giving the hall a very regal feel. As far as I am concerned, it felt like an old world opera house.

Finally,  Lisbon in particular wherever I went. Besides seeking out cinema & parks when I travel, I’ll visit bookstores. The Bertrand Chiado was recognized in 2011 by the Guinness Book as the oldest bookstore in the world still in operation. It opened its doors in 1732. It’s not a huge bookstore compared to others, it does have a small cafe in the rear & a few different rooms. It’s actually a chain of bookstores, but this historic & architecturally beautiful space is a treasure and an easy must-see recommendation.

Some tips for you:

If you can help it while wandering the streets of Lisbon. It’s an amazing, hilly, cobblestoned delight of a place to explore, it seemed around every corner, there was something pretty to look at & delicious to eat.

 

Japan IHG Rewards Club – 28% off Sale

IHG Rewards Club has updated a new sale for stays at participating hotels in Japan through March 31, 2018.

Up to 28% off stays when booked by January 31.

Draw a conclusion:

If you plan to stay in Japan before the end of March & your plans are firm as these are prepaid, non-refundable and non-cancelable.

Terms & Conditions apply:

Rates with per room, per night & subject to availability. At first, you must be an IHG®Rewards Club member to qualify for the discount, which is up to 28% off Best Flexible Rate. Advance order is required. All Advance Purchase reservations are final & require full payment for the entire stay at time of booking. Tax & service charges apply. Last, bill will be presented in local currency. Full prepayment is required at time of booking, cannot be amended & non-refundable. Credit card surcharges apply. Blackout dates apply. Rates only applicable to participating hotels in Japan. Hotel policy varies in regards to the number of guests allowed per room. Please check with the hotel directly should you require further clarification. Offer is not valid to groups of 10 or more rooms & cannot be combined with any other special offer, including but not limited to InterContinental Ambassador’s complimentary weekend night certificate. At Holiday Inn, Kids 12 years & under stay for free sharing parent’s guest room in existing bedding and eat free from the all-day dining restaurant with an accompanying paying adult guest. Rates qualify for IHG® Rewards Club Points. Standard IHG® Rewards Club programme terms & conditions apply.

Other terms and conditions apply.

25,000 Points Winback for Hilton Honors

Valid for registration through January 10, 2019 & eligible stay must be consumed within 90 days of registering for it.

Draw a conclusion:

Hilton Honors had similar offers for the last few years & some were able to register while most were not.

Terms & Conditions apply:

Only valid for recipients of the email invitation and is not transferable & one-time use only. Members who register for the Hilton Honors 25 Promotion between December 26, 2017 and January 10, 2019 and then stay 4 nights within 90 days of registration will earn 25,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points. A ‘stay’ is defined as the total number of consecutive nights spent at the same hotel, whether or not a guest checks out and checks back in again. You must provide your Hilton Honors account number at the time of booking. Please allow 6 to 8 weeks from completion of your 4th night stay for Bonus Points to appear in your account. Offer is not valid for groups & cannot be combined with other select offers.

 

SPG Americas Suite Temptation – 3,000 Bonus Starpoints for you

Starwood Preferred Guest  has Suite Temptation promotion for those that prefer to book suites outright through December 31, 2018.

3,000 bonus Starpoints for Suite Temptation rate plan bookings at participating hotels in the Americas.

Draw a Conclusion:

Promotions are available at the Best Available Rate. Booking make sense if discounted ones are not available or someone else is reimbursing for the stay.

Terms & conditions apply:

  • Void where prohibited by law
  • Starwood reserves the right to discontinue this offer at any time.
  • Not responsible for omissions or typographical errors
  • Not to be combined with other special offers or promotions
  • Offers not applicable to groups
  • Rates are per room, per night, based on single/double occupancy and availability at time of reservation and do not include additional per room, per night charges that may be imposed or state/local taxes.
  • A limited number of rooms may be available at these rates. Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.
  • Offers may be restricted to arrivals on certain dates depending on the property
  • An eligible stay is defined as one or more consecutive nights paying a qualifying rate in the same hotel regardless of the number of check-in or check-outs that occur.
  • Multiple rooms charged to the same member during the same stay will only count as one stay.
  • Starpoints earned on other eligible charges will not be bonused.
  • 3,000 Starpoints per stay will be credited to the member’s account within 4-6 weeks of the stay posting to the member’s Starwood Preferred Guest account.
  • Offers are valid for stays booked and completed by December 31, 2018 for rate plan SUITE1PT
  • 3,000 Starpoints will be awarded per paid eligible stay on rate code SUITE1PT & will be awarded for room revenue only.

Hilton Honors Meeting Planner Triple Points Southeast Asia

Hilton Honors has updated a new promotion for Meeting Planners that arrange events with or without accommodation component at Southeast Asia hotels.

Meeting Planners can earn triple points for these events that are signed and paid between December 18 – March 31, 2018 & completed by December 31.

Summary:

Hilton Honors is not alone offering bonus points for Meeting Planners/Event Organizers as most of the hotels do this to drive more business.

 Terms & conditions apply:

Offer is subject to availability at participating properties within the Hilton portfolio of brands across Southeast Asia. Offer is valid for new residential & non-residential event bookings, to be completed by 31 December 2018 & customers must sign a Conference and Events Agreement with the hotel. The Event must be contracted & its deposit paid on or before 31 March 2018. Including identification of the Event Planner must be fully described in the Agreement.

Hilton Honors Event Planner Bonus Points

“Triple Hilton Honors Points” means the Event Planner will receive a bonus equal to twice the number of Base Points earned for the event per eligible for $1 spent. Only the Event Planner identified is eligible to earn Points & Miles and the Event Bonus. Earning of Points and Miles will only be awarded as specified in the contract and all other Event Bonus Program terms and conditions. Hilton Honors Event Bonus is awarded at the discretion of the hotel. Event Bonus may not be awarded on all events. Event Bonus Points are awarded after completion, checkout of the group & final bill settlement. Bonus Points do not count toward elite tier qualification. To receive Hilton Honors Event Planner Bonus Points, the Event Planner must fully complete and submit the Meeting Planner Bonus Acknowledgement Form, which requires the Event Planner’s name and details about the Event. The Event Planner identified in the Meeting Planner Bonus Acknowledgement Form is the only person entitled to receive the Event Planner Bonus Points. Points will be deposited into Event Planner’s Hilton Honors account 6-8 weeks after completion of and full payment for event & verification of entitlement to points. All other Event Bonus Program Conditions apply.

The offer is not applicable to existing reservations or bookings and cannot be combined with any other promotions, offers and/or special discounts. Mention the “SEA Hilton Honors Event Bonus Triple Points Promotion ” package at the time of enquiry and Event Planner must be a Hilton Honors member to earn Event Planner Bonus Points.