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by Hilary Stockton on 12/2/2016
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12/2/2016
  Earn 5X almost everywhere, via no fee AMEX Gift Cards from Walgreens and CVS purchased with your Chase Freedom, which earns 5X on drugstore purchases in Q4 2016. The CVS offer I mentioned before Thanksgiving (see 5X on No...
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11/29/2016
  JetBlue is offering 20% off Flights today and tomorrow only, in celebration of its inaugural flight from NYC to Havana, Cuba. Here are the details: Travel December 7, 2016 to February 15, 2017, except for blackout dates December 16-January...
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11/21/2016
  Earn 5X Points on No Fee AMEX Gift Cards at CVS with the Chase Freedom, with thanks to TravelSort reader Jim, who alerted me to this offer. The Chase Freedom earns 5X on Drug Stores this quarter, Q4 2016,...
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11/14/2016
  A Staples.com AMEX Offer of spend $100, get $20 back as statement credit is targeted to some AMEX accounts. It's not quite as good as a previous deal of $25 back on $100 spend, which expired November 11, but...
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10/17/2016
  You can earn 40 AAdvantage miles per dollar at Magazines.com, using the American AAdvantage eShopping Portal. While there have been better deals in the past, of 60X and 50X, 40X isn't bad if you just need to top off...
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10/16/2016
  AMEX is offering 2X points at small businesses through the end of 2016, after you enroll your card. Best of all, the offer applies to SPG AMEX cards, as well as AMEX Membership Rewards cards such as the AMEX...
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10/10/2016
  Amazon Fresh can be a new 5X opportunity for grocery shopping, to increase the Ultimate Rewards points you earn from natural spend. 5X on Amazon spend is a significant part of how we earn Ultimate Rewards points via spend...
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9/26/2016
  Will 10X at Amazon with the Chase Freedom return for Q4 2016? Per a Reddit poster's Chase banker, it will, although so far this is still a rumor: "I was in a branch talking with my [Chase] banker...and I...
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9/17/2016
  Activate your Chase Freedom 5X for Q4, 2016 for the following categories: Drug Stores (including CVS, Walgreens, Duane Reade, Long's Drugs, Rite Aid) Wholesale Clubs (including Costco, BJ's, Sam's Club, Texas Jasmine) Department Stores (Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale's Nordstrom, Macy's,...
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8/8/2016
  AMEX Small Business Saturday will return on November 26, 2016 (the Saturday after Thanksgiving) but we don't yet know if there will be AMEX targeted offers for statement credit. Previously, 2010-2012, there was $25 statement credit for $25 in small...
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8/2/2016
  JetBlue is offering 25% Off TrueBlue Awards booked by August 4 for travel September 7 - November 16, although exceptions apply. Here are the details: 25% off JetBlue TrueBlue award travel September 7 - November 16, 2016 Valid for...
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7/6/2016
  Well, I bit the bullet and got my first ever Delta AMEX card, the 50K Gold Delta SkyMiles AMEX with $100 statement credit for a Delta purchase. Today is the last day of the offer, and as with other...
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6/25/2016
  JetBlue is Matching Your Virgin America Elevate Points Balance if You Book and Fly 1 JetBlue Flight by August 31, 2016. This could be a great promotion if you already have Virgin America Elevate points and need to fly somewhere...
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5/18/2016
  This Review of Air New Zealand Premium Economy on the 777-300 from Auckland to Nadi, Fiji, is from a New Zealand trip report. For all our posts on New Zealand luxury lodges and dining, please see our posts tagged New Zealand. In contrast...
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4/10/2016
  There's no Citi ThankYou Premier bonus public offer and Citi has made it harder to earn signup bonuses again. TravelSort reader Susan writes "I wanted to apply for the 40K Citi ThankYou Premier card on your Best Travel Credit...
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3/21/2016
  Costco Will Accept Visa Cards as of June 20, 2016. While we've known for awhile that Costco will switch from AMEX to Visa, since Citi negotiated an exclusive card agreement with Costco. The stock market punished AMEX, whose stock...
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3/15/2016
  Time to Activate Chase Freedom 5X for Grocery Stores and Wholesale Clubs, for April to June 2016 spend. As a reminder, up to $1500 in grocery store and wholesale club spend during A2 2016 will earn the 5X bonus,...
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2/29/2016
Update: per Zach, the new Chase Freedom Unlimited is in ADDITION to the current Chase Freedom and will not replace it, and both cards will continue to be able to transfer points to Ultimate Rewards partners, if you have a...
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1/31/2016
Expiring Deals include British Airways 4500 Avios Awards, AMEX's Jet.com Offer, and NYC Restaurant Week. Here are the details: 1. British Airways 4500 Avios Awards: Last Day to Book is Monday, February 1, 2016 As I wrote in British Airways...
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12/15/2015
  The 2016 Chase Freedom 5X Calendar has been announced, at least the primary categories for Q1-Q3 2016, with more bonus categories to be filled in. Here's the rundown, along with my own take and strategy. Keep in mind this...
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  Will 10X at Amazon with the Chase Freedom return for Q4 2016? Per a Reddit poster's Chase banker, it will, although so far this is still a rumor: "I was in a branch talking with my [Chase] banker...and I...
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10/10/2016
  Amazon Fresh can be a new 5X opportunity for grocery shopping, to increase the Ultimate Rewards points you earn from natural spend. 5X on Amazon spend is a significant part of how we earn Ultimate Rewards points via spend...
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9/17/2016
  Activate your Chase Freedom 5X for Q4, 2016 for the following categories: Drug Stores (including CVS, Walgreens, Duane Reade, Long's Drugs, Rite Aid) Wholesale Clubs (including Costco, BJ's, Sam's Club, Texas Jasmine) Department Stores (Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale's Nordstrom, Macy's,...
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11/14/2016
  A Staples.com AMEX Offer of spend $100, get $20 back as statement credit is targeted to some AMEX accounts. It's not quite as good as a previous deal of $25 back on $100 spend, which expired November 11, but...
Square_2x_spg_points_and_amex_membership_rewards_points_at_small_businesses
10/16/2016
  AMEX is offering 2X points at small businesses through the end of 2016, after you enroll your card. Best of all, the offer applies to SPG AMEX cards, as well as AMEX Membership Rewards cards such as the AMEX...
Square_5x_on_no_fee_amex_gift_cards_at_cvs_with_chase_freedom
11/21/2016
  Earn 5X Points on No Fee AMEX Gift Cards at CVS with the Chase Freedom, with thanks to TravelSort reader Jim, who alerted me to this offer. The Chase Freedom earns 5X on Drug Stores this quarter, Q4 2016,...
Square_40x_aa_miles_per_dollar_for_magazines_via_aadvantage_eshopping_mall
10/17/2016
  You can earn 40 AAdvantage miles per dollar at Magazines.com, using the American AAdvantage eShopping Portal. While there have been better deals in the past, of 60X and 50X, 40X isn't bad if you just need to top off...
Square_5x_almost_everywhere-no_fee_amex_gift_cards_and_chase_freedom
12/2/2016
  Earn 5X almost everywhere, via no fee AMEX Gift Cards from Walgreens and CVS purchased with your Chase Freedom, which earns 5X on drugstore purchases in Q4 2016. The CVS offer I mentioned before Thanksgiving (see 5X on No...
Square_jetblue_20_percent_off_deal_and_getaway_ideas
11/29/2016
  JetBlue is offering 20% off Flights today and tomorrow only, in celebration of its inaugural flight from NYC to Havana, Cuba. Here are the details: Travel December 7, 2016 to February 15, 2017, except for blackout dates December 16-January...
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