W Lakeshore Chicago Billing Issues

The W Lakeshore Chicago recently had a great sale on rooms starting at $67 per night.  I read reviews and it sounded like a decent hotel; not the best but not bad.  I decided I would book two weekends in February, one for my birthday and one for Presidents Day.  The rooms were a bit more … Read more

Hyatt Gold Passport Points Devaluation?

Are we in for an imminent Hyatt Gold Passport points devaluation? Yesterday I received an email offering a 40% point bonus when you purchase 10,000-55,000 points by October 25, 2016.  Unlike previous offers, this one is NOT targeted and anyone can purchase points at this rate.  Their last 40% bonus on points purchase was this summer. … Read more

Australia with Miles and Points

Australia with Miles

I had an amazing time flying around the world on Alaska miles this past February for my birthday.  The news of Alaska’s doubling the cost of some partner airline redemptions, I decided it was time to plan my next big trip while my miles still had strong value.  I like to earn and burn miles … Read more

50,000 Alaska Miles with Credit Card Sign Up

50,000 Alaska Miles with Credit Card Sign Up

Yes, you read that right.  Right now there is an offer that will net you 50,000 Alaska miles with credit card sign up.  That is twice the standard Bank of America Alaska Visa card.  Hello Amex SPG card! The American Express Starwood Preferred Guest card currently offers 35,000 SPG Points as a sign up offer … Read more

Credit Card Applications 2015

This is the year I got serious about credit card sign up bonuses.  Assuming you have good credit and a responsible spender, credit cards can be a great way to earn free travel.  Below is a list of the credit card applications I submitted in 2015. As always, I do not receive any commission or … Read more

1,000 Free Starwood Preferred Guest Points

Today I received an email with instructions on how to earn an easy 1,000 free Starwood Preferred Guest points (SPG).  I do not know if this is a targeted promotion or not, so YMMV (your mileage may vary). First, download the SPG Mobile App onto your mobile device. Next, Log In to your SPG Account on … Read more