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by Hilary Stockton on 2/24/2015

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2/24/2015
  This Bangkok Airways Review from Siem Reap to Bangkok is part of a trip report including Asiana First Class, Thai First Class, and luxury resorts and dining in northern Thailand. For the previous articles, please see: SWISS Lounge JFK Terminal 4 Review...
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1/5/2015
The Capital One Venture Rewards Card isn't worth it for me, as an avid luxury traveler. I've never had it, and never will. I value being able to turn our miles and points into international first class and business class...
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1/4/2015
  Buy $400 in Visa Gift Cards from Staples with 5X points using your Ink Plus, and get a $20 Visa gift card via Staples' easy rebates, via Dan. Here are the details: Buy at least $300 in Visa gift...
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12/21/2014
  Save extra on 5X gift cards at Staples with Visa SavingsEdge with 1% bonus cash back on $200 or more transactions via Dan. We usually end up buying at least $200 in gift cards with our Ink Bold or Ink...
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12/9/2014
  The 2015 Chase Freedom Calendar 5X Categories have been announced (well, at least some of them) and they're better than last year--slightly. I am very happy to see grocery stores return as a Q1 category after a 2 year hiatus, since...
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12/2/2014
  A 60K Citi Gold AAdvantage bonus offer is being targeted to some AAdvantage members. This is better than past 50K Citi Gold AAdvantage targeted offers, as well as the current public offer of 25,000 AA miles after $750 in purchases...
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11/18/2014
$15 Free Amazon Spend is an AMEX offer for some targeted American Express accounts. I logged in to check my account for my $30 Charles Tyrwhitt statement credit and noticed the Amazon offer. Here are the details: Get a one-time...
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11/17/2014
  A 20,000 Chase Freedom Signup Bonus Offer and Q1 2015 5X Categories have been announced. See Best Travel Credit Cards for the link, at the end of the post. The usual signup bonus is just 10,000 points (or $100), so...
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11/1/2014
UGG is 8X in the AAdvantage eShopping Mall, and the Ultimate Rewards Mall November 2014 Deals are now out. Unfortunately, as we get closer to the holidays, there often seem to be lower shopping portal bonuses. Let's hope thatsome bonuses...
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10/25/2014
  Is the AMEX EveryDay Preferred Credit Card Worth It, or are there better travel rewards credit cards for everyday spend? TravelSort reader Matthew comments on the Best Travel Credit Cards page: “Now that the Amex EveryDay Preferred has been...
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10/13/2014
  A Virgin America JFK - LAX - FLL economy one way is currently $122, enabling you to just fly NYC to Los Angeles for $122, thanks to hidden city ticketing, via Dan and this Flyertalk thread. Now, this will...
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10/3/2014
  Nordstrom is 10X today in the MileagePlus Shopping Mall, and Ultimate Rewards October 2014 deals are also out, so I figured I'd compile a list of some of the best offers. The Nordstrom 10X deal is today only via...
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9/25/2014
  AMEX Small Business Saturday will be November 29, 2014, and will offer up to $30 in reimbursements per registered American Express card. That's the good news, since last year, AMEX Small Business Saturday credits were limited to a paltry...
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9/23/2014
Is there worse award availability with US Airways Dividend Miles than with AAdvantage miles and Avios?  Count me as one of those who's looking forward to their US Airways miles to become AAdvantage miles. Do I continue to apply for...
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9/17/2014
  Bangkok Airways awards can be booked using SPG points transferred to JAL miles, and through December 31, 2014, there is a JAL Discount Mileage Promotion for Bangkok Airways available, via Amol. Usually my recommendations for intra-Asia flights are: British...
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9/10/2014
  Bye bye Amazon Payments for credit card minimum spend and cashing out gift cards. I just received the annual notice email from Amazon Payments, which says that person to person payments will cease as of October 13, 2014, emphasis...
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9/6/2014
  London to NYC is under $400 roundtrip in Virgin Atlantic economy if you act fast. There are other ex-London deals such as London to LAX for $453 roundtrip. Note that this does NOT work when departing the U.S., so...
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9/2/2014
  Singapore KrisFlyer Spree is Honoring the LifeLock and Network Solutions Shopping Deals! When Singapore Airlines' KrisFlyer Spree Shopping Portal Offered Some Great Deals, such as LifeLock for 17,077 KrisFlyer miles and a Network Solutions Premium Domain Name for 23,077...
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8/30/2014
  A 50K Citi Gold AAdvantage bonus offer is being targeted to some AAdvantage members. This is better than the current public offer of 25,000 AA miles after $750 in purchases within 3 months. Watch your snail mail, since just...
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8/15/2014
  How do you redeem Barclay Arrival miles for travel? While I covered this briefly in Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard: Top 10 Tips to Maximize Rewards from the 40,000 Bonus I still get questions on how it works. I...
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  This Bangkok Airways Review from Siem Reap to Bangkok is part of a trip report including Asiana First Class, Thai First Class, and luxury resorts and dining in northern Thailand. For the previous articles, please see: SWISS Lounge JFK Terminal 4 Review...