Qantas – Double Status Credits For Flights

Qantas Double Status Credits For Flights for flights booked between February 1 – 5, 2018 & flown February 12 – January 20, 2019.

The offer is valid if booked via travel agent or OTA. Valid for marketed domestic and international flights & all Qantas operated.

Draw a conclusion:

Good way to get people to book & pay their flights in advance.

Terms & Conditions apply:

Must be a Qantas Frequent Flyer member to earn Qantas Points. A joining fee may apply. Membership & Qantas Points are subject to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program terms and conditions.

1.This offer is valid when you register & make a new eligible flight booking from 12.01am (AEDT) 1 February 2018 to 11.59pm (AEDT) 5 February 2018 and travel from 12 February 2018 to 20 January 2019.

2.Status Credits will not be earned on some fare types and booking classes including Classic Flight Rewards.

3.An eligible flight for the purpose of this promotion means any Domestic or International Qantas operated flight with a QF flight number on your ticket where Status Credits are normally earned.

4.Bonus Status Credits earned from this offer do not count towards Loyalty Bonus or Platinum One Loyalty Bonus earn requirements.

5.Flights can be booked via the Qantas website, a travel agent or Qantas Contact Centres. Fees may apply. Qantas Frequent Flyer membership number must be recorded at the time of registration and booking to earn Status Credits.

6.Each passenger can book multiple new bookings and be eligible for the offer. Status Credits may take up to six weeks after completion of travel to be credited to your Qantas Frequent Flyer account. Flights are subject to availability and any applicable fare conditions.

7.This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer by Qantas.

8.Only one Double Status Credits offer can be used per individual qualifying segment of your itinerary.

9.If you qualify for multiple bonus offers, the offer first registered for will be applied to each individual qualifying segment.

10.If you change or cancel your initial qualifying booking and/or travel is completed outside the promotional period, this bonus offer will not apply.

 

Hyatt Credit Cardmembers – $30 Off orders $300 at Grocery Stores

A good news for Hyatt Credit Cardmembers: you can receive a $30 statement credit for spending $300 or more at grocery stores / drug stores in the U.S. by February 28, 2018.

 

Terms & Conditions apply:

Only applies to Qualifying Transactions made with your Hyatt Credit Card during the promotional period (2/1/2018 – 2/28/2018) in the amount of $300 or more in total at grocery stores/drug stores in the US.

Drug Store Purchases: In the drug stores category specialize in selling prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines, supplements & various health-related items. These merchants may also sell cosmetics, toiletries, greeting cards, and various household items such as cleaning supplies and packaged foods and drinks. Please note that some merchants that sell a wide variety of goods including these items, which may contain an onsite pharmacy, for example warehouse clubs, discount stores, or grocery stores are not included in this category.

To qualify, transactions must be identified as qualifying transactions on Visa’s proprietary network (VisaNet).  Drug store & Grocery merchants must submit the transactions under the appropriate merchant code for the transaction to be identified as a qualifying purchase for the purposes of this offer. “Qualifying Transactions” are purchases of goods and services made by you or any authorized user on your account, do not include balance transfers, cash advances, cash-like charges such as travelers checks, money orders, and foreign currency, any checks that access your overdraft advances, interest, account, unauthorized or fraudulent charges, or fees of any kind, including an annual fee, if applicable. Chargeback/returns will not be tracked for this offer.

Grocery Store Purchases: In the grocery stores category include supermarkets, merchants that offer a full-service grocery line of merchandise including a deli & bakery as well as smaller grocery stores. Please note that some merchants that sell grocery items are not included in this category; for instance, larger stores that sell a wide variety of goods and groceries, like discount stores, warehouse clubs & some smaller merchants like drugstores, merchants that specialize in only a few grocery items. In addition, please note that purchases made at gas stations from merchants who also operate grocery stores are not included in this category. In addition, delivery service merchants will not be included in this category unless the merchant has set up such purchases to be classified in the grocery stores category.

IHG’s Pointsbreak Released

The number of points required to redeem for a free hotel night. Hotels that required 30,000 or 40,000 points per night can be redeemed for 5,000 points per night if they are listed in the promotion.

IHG Rewards decided to include hotels nights, not only for 5,000 points per night, but also a reduction to 10,000 or 15,000 points per night. Initially, I thought that some hotels are going up to 70,000 per night. So if we saw hotels for 40,000 – 60,000 per night be reduced to 10,000 or 15,000 points per night.

Hotels in the province of Alberta:

SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA

ALBERTA, CANADA

 

Review – Brazil Beautiful Grand Hyatt Rio de Hotel

Grand Hyatt Rio de Hotel:

Grand Hyatt is beautiful hotel. The staff couldn’t be nicer and more accommodating. Balcony offered stunning views of both the Atlantic Ocean and Marapendi Lagoon. 753 sq foot suite is gorgeous. Everything was comfortably & right livable.

The coffee machine, mini-bar & refrigerator.

The bedroom is a separate room from the living room. Off of the bedroom is the dressing room/closet as well as the bathroom. Before the bed is another sliding glass door to the balcony.

Robes & fit flops as a room safe in the closet. Changing/closet area is large & easily fit both of suitcases. 

Bathroom was large with double sinks, a separate tub and shower & a separate WC. The Lavender toiletries by Granado that I bought some to bring home. Behind the sink is a bathtub (which I somehow forgot to take a photo).

It seems it is out of a storybook. From one side of the suite you can see the Ocean. 

The pool

The Sunset

Across the street from the Ocean

Camp Hyatt

Granado store on the lower level of the hotel. The reason for “designer” toiletries & stocked up on the soaps.Separate posts has Spa, the Grand Club & Fitness Center

It is far from downtown Rio. Within the Barra area, it needs to have a free shuttle bus at least to locations like malls , restaurants & metro station.

Credit Cards for Hotel Rewards:

 

Visit Orlando & get the chance to win a trip for four to Orlando Florida

Visit Orlando & get a chance to win a trip for four to Orlando Florida

A Trip for 4 to Orlando, Florida

The prize includes hotel stay, airfare, a rental car and passes to visit some of the best them parks in the area.

The Prize includes:

  1. 5 day card rental from Alamo
  2. 4 nights stay at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
  3. 8 single-day, one-park admissions to Walt Universal Orlando Resort, Disney World Resort or SeaWorld Orlando
  4. Roundtrip flights

About the rules:

  • Travel must be completed within 12 months of grand prize winner confirmation
  • At least 21 years of age at the time of entry.
  • Open to legal United States residents who are physically located and residing in the 50 United States and D.C. and legal residents of Canada, excluding Quebec
  • A limit of one entry per person per day

Sweepstakes end on March 11, 2018.

 

9 things to learn about Points & Miles

1.Get a better credit card offer

When you’re presented a nice looking credit card offer in the mail, or through a blog, or by a flight attendant, chances are pretty good that there’s a better signup offer out there somewhere.  Take care the offers through email, mail and even by the steps of booking a flight or hotel.

2.Capital One Miles are not airline miles

Capital One advertises that Venture Rewards Card earns 2 miles per dollar everywhere.  But it’s important to konw that Capital One “miles” are not airline miles.  It means they are different.  True airline miles can be extremely valuable or nearly worthless, depending upon how you use them. Capital One miles have a fixed value: one cent per mile.  Each “mile” can be redeemed for one cent towards offsetting travel expenses charged to your card.  It makes the “2 miles per dollar everywhere” Venture Rewards card equivalent to 2% cash back cards in terms of the value of rewards earned, except that the Capital One rewards are limited to just travel.  Unlike most 2% cash back cards, the Capital One card has some travel protection benefits & no foreign transaction fees.

Other bank cards that earn points as miles.  For example, Barclaycard’s Arrival Plus & The Discover It Miles card, but in this case the Discover It Miles points can be exchanged one for one for cash.

3.Get from airline miles depends how you use them

Most airline loyalty programs only loosely tie the cost for airline awards to the price of paid tickets.  Many have zone based award charts in which they offer flights from one region to another for a fixed number of miles.  Ofen the charts are broken down into variations on “saver” vs. “standard” award pricing.  When people talk about trying to find award space, they usually mean that they’re looking for those few “saver” awards that are made available on many flights.  For instance, many airlines charge 25,000 miles round-trip for flights within the continental US.  That’s “saver” award pricing.  If the flight you need is very expensive, then a 25,000 mile award can offer great value.  Such as, if your flight would have cost $1,000 (maybe it was a last minute flight, for example), those 25,000 miles offer 4 cents per mile value.  On the other hand, if you use 25,000 miles to book a flight that would have cost $125, then you get just half a cent per mile value.

4.Is the best way to earn miles and points?

When airline miles were first invented the only way to earn them was to fly.  That’s no longer remotely close to true.  Today, the single best way to earn miles and points quickly is through credit card signup bonuses.  Beyond credit card signup bonuses, miles and points can be earned through online shopping portals, countless miscellaneous promotions and credit card spend.

5.Comparing loyalty program points just like comparing dimes to dollars

If a Hyatt charges 25,000 points & a Hilton hotel charges 50,000 points per night, which is the better deal?  The answer isn’t as obvious at it seems.  All else being equal, I’d much rather pay 50,000 Hilton points than 25,000 Hyatt points. Hyatt points are usually worth almost 4 times as much as Hilton points (1.75 cents per point vs. 0.45 cents per point at the time of this writing).  So, 25,000 Hyatt points can be expected to be worth far more than 50,000 Hilton points.  It doesn’t make Hyatt points good and Hilton points bad.  It’s simply important to understand that they run on different scales.

6. Have the opportunity to earn points for free, just make it

Many people fly, stay in hotels, and rent cars without joining the loyalty programs associated with travel providers. It’s a mistake.  Even if you don’t think you’ll have use for a particular brand’s rewards program, you may be surprised.  Take a minute to sign up.  Then add the your new account to Award Wallet to keep track of your points.

7.Opening many credit card accounts doesn’t hurt the credit score

A common myth is that having multiple credit card accounts open will hurt your credit score.  As a matter of fact , the opposite is true.  People always find that their score increases as they open more accounts.  The reason is that a significant portion of your score is your credit utilization ratio.  The less you spend as a percentage of the credit you have available, the better your score.  Therefore, when you open new accounts, you’re normally given more credit to work with and your score improves (unless your spending has increased too).  Obviouly, even though your credit score is unlikely to be hurt, there can be negative outcomes to opening lots of credit cards: acquiring a mortgage can be harder, car insurance rates may go up (weird, but true in a few cases),  & getting approved for certain new credit cards may become more difficult.  Of course, if you don’t pay your credit bills on time every month, your score will come down.

8.Transferable points programs

Chase, Citibank, and Amex offer their own rewards programs:  Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou Rewards and Amex Membership Rewards.  Along with SPG (Starwood Preferred Guest) are the best programs for accumulating points.  All four offer the ability to convert points to various airline mileage programs one to one (or better than one to one with SPG).  Transferable points give you many options for redeeming points towards great value, they help protect you from devaluations, and they can often be used for decent value by using points to book travel directly when there are no good transfer options.

9.Points & Miles regularly devalue

Hotel & Airline loyalty programs regularly change their award schemes in ways that make their points less valuable than before.  It can happen in many different ways:

  • Hotel & Airline programs move towards revenue based award schemes where they tie the price of an award to the paid price for a flight or hotel night.  It can be both bad and good: On the plus side, the least value you can get from your points generally goes up, on the negative side, the top value you can get from your points goes down.
  • Hotels chains sometimes add new higher level (more expensive) items to their award charts
  • Airlines often increase the cost of saver level awards
  • Airlines sometimes make saver level awards harder to get on the most valuable routes
  • Hotel chains often move hotels to higher categories in order to charge more points for those hotels

 

 

 

Offers from Visa SavingsEdge

Enroll your Visa business cards to get statement credits for spend with select merchants:

About Activate Offers

“Activate Offers” are special offers which need to be activated before they’ll work.  It is similar to Amex Offers & Chase Offers.  The difference is that you only have to activate an offer once for it to apply to all of your registered business cards.  That’s a nice difference from Amex where it takes some trickery to apply one offer to multiple cards & Chase Offers where you need to create separate log-ins for each card.

Office Depot & Vistaprint

The Office Depot offer would be incredibly exciting (10% back online or in-store), except for a little clause: “max earn $5”.  You can apparently get $5 with every Visa business card you register since the fine print says “Max reward earn $5 for each enrolled card.”

Whatever to say, if you have enough Visa business cards, $5 back on $50 spend & the usual rewards earned by your credit card is pretty good.  The best option is to pay with an Ink Plus or Ink Cash Visa to earn 5X rewards.  I could bring a small stack of cards to Office Depot to buy $50 in Amazon gift cards with each one (simply split the purchase for a larger gift card).  I will take 10% off Amazon gift cards any day. Throw in 5X rewards from Ink cards (including employee cards).

 

Chase Starbucks Credit Card

Rumors about an imminent release of the Chase Starbucks credit card. Starbucks had announced their plans to release a pre-paid card issued by Chase early 2017, but seemed to have later changed their mind to focus on a credit card instead. The Starbucks credit card was originally slated to be released late 2017, but was obviously pushed back; it is now rumored to be released in February 2018.

Some netizen on Doctor of Credit noticed a video posted to Vimeo.

The video details some of benefits and reward structure of the Chase Starbucks credit card & the same user had uploaded multiple cuts to it.

The reward structure of the card:

  • 8 “Barista Picks” curated for cardmembers throughout the year
  • 1 star per $4 spent outside of Starbucks
  • Over 3 stars per $1 spent at Starbucks

125 stars will give you a free item at Starbucks, which can be a food item, a free drink or a bottled beverage. With this reward proposition, you need to spend $500 outside of Starbucks to get a free item. This is a terrible incentive for customers to use the Chase Starbucks card outside Starbucks. A 2% cash back card suan as the Citi DoubleCash would get you $10 in cash back for spending $500, whereas most items at Starbucks are single digits in dollar amount.

At the same time, if you use the card exclusively at Starbucks, you can  spend “as little” as $41.67 at Starbucks to earn the same number of stars with the credit card. The “as little” means still unclear what kind of purchases would earn you the maximum of 3 stars per $1 spend. If you redeem your stars for a ~$6 free item, it is basically the equivalent of about a 5% cash back. You can  earn 2 stars for every $1 spent on food, coffee, drinks, merchandise at registered Starbucks card or according to the app. Using the Chase Starbucks card would get you an additional star, making a total of 3 stars for $1.

At last, I don’t know what a “Barista Pick” would be. This could mean anything from 8 certificates for free drinks to use within the year, or perhaps access to “secret menu” item. I can see Starbucks using this to promote new drinks, or even giving card members exclusive access to earlier in the year.