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10,000 Hilton Points For Adding An Additional User On Your American Express Credit Card

Earn a bonus 10,000 points for just adding an authorized user on your Hilton HHonors credit card from American Express. (This offer is obviously only available to current account holders of the HHonors Hilton American Express card.)

Direct Link 

10k points

Details of the Offer

  • You must add a cardholder using the above link
  • Valid until July 20th, 2016
  • Allow 6-8 weeks for your bonus points to post
  • Additional cardholders must be at least 15 years of age Officially. But you can make up a date of birth and social and still get the cards. Use your own judgment. We do not recommend playing games or trying to game the system.

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort Hotel, Phoenix, AZ – Pool Area

You are now one step close to staying at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort Hotel, Phoenix, AZ – Pool Area (above picture) for free. As alays we love staying in hotels and vacationing for free. 10k free HHonors points is a sure good way to start the week.

If you don’t have a Hilton Credit card yet, what are you waiting for? Click on the link below to see many of the current available offers. Some special offers are the:

Chase United 75k +$50
American Express PRG 65K (incognito)
Bank Of American Alaska Air 30k

All Credit Cards 

American Express Credit Cards

Chase Freedom Is Better Then The Chase Sapphire

2,500 Bonus UR Points Chase Freedom and Sapphire Credit Cards: Adding An Authorized User

Chase Freedom Credit Card: Why We Love It

And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter to be entered into our $50 Giveaway!

In Summary

Get 10,000 bonus Hilton Points for adding an Authorized User

HT: S & S Worldwide

 

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IHG PointBreak List Is Out Valid Now Thru January 31, 2016!

IHG PointBreakers are from the cheapest hotel rooms in the world. We are not talking about a motel 6. Some of these hotels are really nice, and cost a pretty penny for a nights stay. IHG brand hotels include the following sub properties Candlewood SuitesCrowne PlazaHoliday InnHoliday Inn ExpressHotel IndigoIntercontinental Hotels & Resorts, and Staybridge Suites hotels.

Crown Plaza in Orlando Florida – I have stayed here!

Book IHG rooms here LINK

IHG PointBreaker List LINK

Rooms cost 5,000 points, that it equivalent to $35. That is almost free! The room rates are usually 10,000 – 50,000 points so you are getting a really good discount.

How to earn IHG points?

If you don’t have IHG points then there are a few ways to get those 5,000 points into your account.

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  1. Apply for the IHG credit card. The card has  a 60k signup bonus. It used to have a 80k offer, you can try to SM for the better offer. According to this post there still is a 80k Link.
  2. Transfer points from your Chase Ultimate Rewards account.
  3. Buy IHG miles for $.07 by fooling the system.
  • Book a night using cash and points ($70 and 5,000 points)
  • Make sure it is a refundable booking
  • Refund it and you will get 10,000 points instead of the $70

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Current properties Available

United States

ALABAMA
CANDLEWOOD SUITES BIRMINGHAM – HOOVER
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES GREENVILLE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES MOBILE WEST – I-65
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES SELMA

ARIZONA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES GLOBE
HOLIDAY INN NORTH PHOENIX

ARKANSAS
CANDLEWOOD SUITES JONESBORO
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES BATESVILLE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES CLARKSVILLE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES PINE BLUFF

CALIFORNIA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES BARSTOW-OUTLET CENTER
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES LOMA LINDA- SAN
BERNARDINO S

HOLIDAY INN SAN CLEMENTE (CAMP PENDLETON)
HOLIDAY INN VICTORVILLE

COLORADO
HOLIDAY INN DENVER-PARKER-E470/PARKER RD
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES DENVER SOUTH – CASTLE ROCK
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES PUEBLO NORTH

CONNECTICUT
CROWNE PLAZA SOUTHBURY
HOLIDAY INN DANBURY-BETHEL @ I-84
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES PLAINFIELD

DELAWARE
HOLIDAY INN DOVER-DOWNTOWN

FLORIDA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES BROOKSVILLE-I-75
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES LANTANA
HOLIDAY INN ORLANDO EAST – UCF AREA

GEORGIA
CANDLEWOOD SUITES MACON
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES ALPHARETTA – WINDWARD PARKWAY
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES COLUMBUS AT NORTHLAKE
HOLIDAY INN HOTEL & SUITES DALTON

IDAHO
CANDLEWOOD SUITES BOISE-MERIDIAN

ILLINOIS
CANDLEWOOD SUITES PEORIA AT GRAND PRAIRIE
CROWNE PLAZA SPRINGFIELD
HOLIDAY INN CHICAGO O’HARE AREA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES DANVILLE

INDIANA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES BEDFORD
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS CINCINNATI-LAWRENCEBURG
HOLIDAY INN INDIANAPOLIS AIRPORT
HOTEL INDIGO COLUMBUS ARCHITECTURAL CENTER

IOWA
CANDLEWOOD SUITES WATERLOO- CEDAR FALLS
HOLIDAY INN CORALVILLE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES DAVENPORT

KANSAS
CANDLEWOOD SUITES OLATHE
CROWNE PLAZA KANSAS CITY – OVERLAND PARK
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES LANSING-LEAVENWORTH
HOLIDAY INN SALINA

KENTUCKY
CANDLEWOOD SUITES FORT CAMPBELL – OAK GROVE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES FRANKFORT
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES SHELBYVILLE
HOLIDAY INN LOUISVILLE EAST – HURSTBOURNE

LOUISIANA
CANDLEWOOD SUITES CUT OFF
CANDLEWOOD SUITES NEW IBERIA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES AMITE
HOLIDAY INN SHREVEPORT DOWNTOWN

MARYLAND
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS WASHINGTON DC N-SILVER SPRING

MASSACHUSETTS
CROWNE PLAZA PITTSFIELD-BERKSHIRES
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS PROVIDENCE-NORTH ATTLEBORO
HOLIDAY INN TAUNTON-FOXBORO AREA

MICHIGAN
CROWNE PLAZA GRAND RAPIDS – AIRPORT
HOLIDAY INN DETROIT LIVONIA CONFERENCE CTR
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES BENTON HARBOR
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS FLINT-CAMPUS AREA

MINNESOTA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES ALBERT LEA – I-35
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES MINNEAPOLIS-MINNETONKA
STAYBRIDGE SUITES EAGAN ARPT SOUTH – MALL AREA

MISSISSIPPI
CANDLEWOOD SUITES OLIVE BRANCH (MEMPHIS AREA)
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES BYRAM
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES LUCEDALE

MISSOURI
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES NEVADA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES SPRINGFIELD

MONTANA
HOLIDAY INN HELENA

NEBRASKA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES BELLEVUE (OMAHA AREA)
HOLIDAY INN LINCOLN SOUTHWEST

NEVADA
STAYBRIDGE SUITES RENO

NEW HAMPSHIRE
HOLIDAY INN HOTEL & SUITES NASHUA

NEW JERSEY
CROWNE PLAZA EDISON
HOLIDAY INN BUDD LAKE – ROCKAWAY AREA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES MT. HOLLY-NJ TNPK EXIT 5
HOLIDAY INN SOMERSET-BRIDGEWATER

NEW MEXICO
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES GRANTS – MILAN
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS ALBUQUERQUE N – BERNALILLO

NEW YORK
CANDLEWOOD SUITES WATERTOWN-FORT DRUM
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES JAMESTOWN
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES WEST COXSACKIE
HOLIDAY INN ONEONTA-COOPERSTOWN AREA

NORTH CAROLINA
CANDLEWOOD SUITES JACKSONVILLE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS WILKESBORO
HOLIDAY INN GREENVILLE

NORTH DAKOTA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS FARGO SW – I-94 45TH ST

OHIO
CANDLEWOOD SUITES COLUMBUS – GROVE CITY
CROWNE PLAZA CLEVELAND AIRPORT
HOLIDAY INN AKRON-WEST
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS HOCKING HILLS-LOGAN

OKLAHOMA
CANDLEWOOD SUITES ARDMORE
CANDLEWOOD SUITES OKLAHOMA CITY-MOORE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES CLINTON
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES LAWTON-FORT SILL

OREGON
HOLIDAY INN RESORT THE LODGE AT EAGLE CREST
HOLIDAY INN RESORT THE LODGE AT RUNNING Y RANCH

PENNSYLVANIA
CROWNE PLAZA PHILADELPHIA-BUCKS COUNTY
HOLIDAY INN ALLENTOWN CENTER CITY
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS PITTSBURGH-CRANBERRY

RHODE ISLAND
HOLIDAY INN SOUTH KINGSTOWN (NEWPORT AREA)

SOUTH CAROLINA
CANDLEWOOD SUITES CHARLESTON-ASHLEY PHOSPHATE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS ANDERSON-I-85 (EXIT 27-HWY 81)

SOUTH DAKOTA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES BROOKINGS
HOLIDAY INN RAPID CITY-RUSHMORE PLAZA

TENNESSEE
CROWNE PLAZA MEMPHIS EAST
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES KNOXVILLE WEST – OAK RIDGE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS DANDRIDGE
HOLIDAY INN JOHNSON CITY

TEXAS
CANDLEWOOD SUITES HARLINGEN
CANDLEWOOD SUITES PORT ARTHUR/NEDERLAND
CANDLEWOOD SUITES TEXARKANA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES CUERO
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES EASTLAND
HOLIDAY INN HOUSTON SW – SUGAR LAND AREA
STAYBRIDGE SUITES PLANO – RICHARDSON AREA

UTAH
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES PRICE

VERMONT
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS SPRINGFIELD

VIRGINIA
CANDLEWOOD SUITES COLONIAL HEIGHTS-FT LEE
CROWNE PLAZA HAMPTON-MARINA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS ORANGE
HOLIDAY INN MANASSAS – BATTLEFIELD

WASHINGTON
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES RICHLAND
HOLIDAY INN SPOKANE AIRPORT

WEST VIRGINIA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES NEW MARTINSVILLE

WISCONSIN
CROWNE PLAZA MILWAUKEE AIRPORT
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES SUPERIOR
HOLIDAY INN HOTEL & SUITES LA CROSSE – DOWNTOWN

  • There is also a handful of non US properties

View them all here

PointBreak from IHG is the easiest way to snag a cheap getaway. With rooms rates only 5,000 points a night it is extremely affordable. Rooms are grabbed pretty quickly so you would want to book fast.

Some IHG properties

Holiday Inn Resort Goa

Holiday Inn Resort Orlando-Lake Buena Vista – Orlando, FL

Holiday Inn Resort Daytona Beach: Daytona Beach Hotels

IHG also added this clause:

Due to the limited availability, each member may only book two PointBreaks® Reward Nights reservations per hotel during the special offer time period. Offer and participating hotels are subject to change at any time, valid for booking through May 31, 2015. All other Reward Night terms and conditions apply. To view participating properties, simply click one of the regions below.

And look at this one!

Please note that Reward Nights booked through PointBreaks® may not be sold or used for commercial gains. Doing so is a program violation and may result in the freezing of your account, the forfeiture of all point transfers, rewards, vouchers, or merchandise issued pursuant to point redemption's and any accrued points or miles in your account, as well as cancellation of the account and your future participation in the Program.

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In Summary:

The new Pointbreak list is out, rooms can be booked for as low as 5,000 points.

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American AAdvantage And US Airways Dividend Miles To Merge In April 2015

AA and US merger is coming soon! Your US Airways and American AAdvantage accounts will all be converted into AA miles. If you want to book tickets using your US Airways, now is the time. Bloggers speculate that US Airways miles are more valuable and there will be a downgrade in value once the merger is complete. One reason this may be is the 5,000 point discount if you are  a card holder of a US Airways credit card.

The US AIrways and American Airlines  is approaching

The Dividend Miles e-statement which Dividend Miles sent out to members, seems to say the AAdvantage and Dividend Miles will merge in April 2015:

Next month, we’ll reach the next milestone on our path to integration by bringing Dividend Miles into the American Airlines AAdvantage® program. We’ll transfer your mileage balance and elite-qualifying activity into your new (or existing) AAdvantage account.

That pretty much sums it up. To link your accounts login to American or US AIrways and there will be a pop up asking you to link your accounts.

And here is the step by step guide of the merger:

Becoming one airline – a step-by-step overview

OneProgress…

Here are some of our major accomplishments since December 2013:

TwoPreparing to integrate

Request to match your Dividend Miles account with your AAdvantage account (if you have both).

ThreeElite membership year begins

On March 1, 2015, your elite status will be determined based on your elite-qualifying activity in each program individually.

FourFrequent flyer programs combine

In the second quarter of 2015, we’ll integrate our Dividend Miles program into the AAdvantage program with three elite levels.

FiveOne loyalty program, two airlines

For much of 2015, we’ll operate as two separate airlines with two reservation systems and two websites.

SixOne airline, everything on aa.com

Once our reservation systems are combined, you can use aa.com as your one-stop-shop. It will take a few years for us to paint all of our planes, but all our flights will be operated by American.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter to be entered into our $50 Giveaway!

In Summary:

US Airways and American Airlines Merger is underway. Book your US airways flights now before it’s too late.

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Flint Offers $3750 in Free Manufactured Spend In 30 Days

Flint is a new mobile payment app. You can download the Flint app for iPhone or Android here. Many people have experience was positive overall way it works. The bottom line is a $3750 in manufactured spending.

Flint Landing Page On The Mobile App

  • Once you set up your account and get it verified you can run 1 charge a week  for $750 by taking a picture of the credit card (SCAN) .
  • The first 5 transactions are free
  • You are limited to $750 per transaction
  • The free transactions expire after 30 days

Flint Scanner

The maximum Manufactured Spend value you can get with this method is $3,750. At 2% (Citi Double Cash) you will net $75. Keeping in mind the 1099, I will pass on this offer.

Note: Folk report that Flint will 1099 you on the swipes you make on the card. Any potential earnings may be eaten up by the losses offset by the 1099. Although you can claim them as fees, Cost of goods or a myriad of other reasons, $75 doesn’t tempt me that much.

How can you do 5 charges in 30 days?

Charge $750 on days 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29. This will allow you to maximize your rewards.

We will be passing on this deal, but a big HT: Miles remaining for pointing it out.

This is really only good if you need help to meet a spending threshold. Here is our favorite way to meet a spending threshold.

And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter to be entered into our $50 Giveaway!

In Summary

Signup for Flint for $3750 in Free Manufactured Spend.

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Million Mile Secrets Interviewed Us: Read The Interview

We were interview by Daraius Dubash in his interview series with Miles and Points blogs. Million Mile Secrets is a blog dedicated to helping people learn about Big Travel with Small Money!

Interview LINKY

Read the full interview and hit up the comments on either site. We would love to hear your feedback.

And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter to be entered into our $50 Giveaway!

In Summary

Read our interview with Million Mile Secrets.

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Chase Freedom Credit Card: Why We Love It

Chase has the best credit card offers. The Sapphire Preferred 40,000, United Explorer 55,000, Ink Bold 50,000. Today we will discuss a different card that Chase offers, the Freedom card.

Chase Freedom Card link

Pros:

-The Chase Freedom card has no annual fee. This is a great benefit, you never have to worry about getting hit by a yearly fee. Additionally a card that has no yearly fee you keep open from year to year. This adds a big boost to your credit report. As one of the factors your score depends on, is the age of your accounts.

-The Freedom card has a 5% bonus category. Every 3 months the category changes. On a typical year there is 6 months worth of 5% back in gas. The other 6 months can be in department stores, drug stores, movies, dining and we even saw 5% off at Amazon.com. This adds an amazing advantage to your everyday purchases.

-The points earned on the Freedom card are called UR (Ultimate Reward) points.‎ The UR program is one of the best earning programs out there. The points are able to be transferred to another UR accounts. It can be your other UR accounts like Sapphire, Bold or Ink Plus. You are also able to transfer to partner Airlines. British Airways, Korean Air, Southwest, United and Virgin Atlantic are the current airlines.In hotel programs there is: Marriott, IHG and Hyatt. They also have transfer availability to Amtrak. (coming soon, a full write up on the UR program). The transfer ratio 1:1. This is great, as you alwasy know exactly how many points you will have. Other cards, like the American Express PRG card has transfer partners too. But not all of them are 1:1. Take the partner airline EL AL. The transfer ratio is 1000 : 20.

-Earn bonus points. Every transaction gets a bonus 10% on the points earned! When you spend $10, you will get 11 points. 10 base points, and a bonus point for the 10% back. The bonus points add up really quick.

-Be able to shop via the UR Portal. Everyone likes cash back. That’s why when we shop online we use cash back portals like mrrebates.com, ebates.com or bigcrumbs.com. (I would signup from all 3, and use this website to check which site gives the best value. If you only want one I recommended mrrebates.com.)

By being a Chase Freedom  card member (or any other UR card) you can shop from the UR Mall, and get bonus points like 10 bonus points at Kohl’s, 3 bonus points at Macy’s and 2 bonus points at staples.

-Redeem your points for a variety of rewards. The easiest reward is cash back. 10,000 points turns into a $100 statement credit‎ credit. You can also request a check. The best part is you are not restricted to any specific amount. You are able to cash in 14,643 points for $146.43.

-An additional benefit is being able to choose when to get your points. Whenever you want it, you can request it. These2 things are great. Many credit cards have limits and restrictions. Then I was 18 I opened a National City Points credit card. It gave cash back on purchases. However little did I know how big a scam it was. 1) I needed to spend $10,000 before I get the full point value. 2) I was only able to get a payout when my point balance was equal to $100. Unlike the Freedom card that lets you redeem any amount, and when you want it.

-Another option for redemption of your UR points is for gift cards. Sometimes you can get a better value then cash. Take the following example. A Kohl’s $25 gift card needs only 2,250 points.

-Redeem your points by buying something that you really wanted. In the Ultimate Reward Portal you can buy merchandise. Here again, you are able to get a real great value for your points.

-Earn a total of 2% cash back on airline tickets and hotel
accommodations booked through Ultimate Rewards. Another way to redeem your point is via booking activities via the UR portal. Instead of paying $78 for an indoor skydiving experience, cash in 7,800 points.

Cons:

-You need to activate the 5% categories over here. It really is simple, and takes less then 45 seconds. However it would be nice if you didn’t have to activate.

-Another downside of the freedom card is it has a Forex (foreign exchange) fee. Now if you were a traveler, you would probably have 5 cards in your pocket that didn’t have a fee, but this card does.

-The last con is the small signup bonus. Although we have seen the bonus as high as 20,000 points, it never was or will be a 50,000 sign up. The sign up offer on the freedom card now is 10,000 UR points.

In Summary:

We love the Freedom card. It has a 10,000 point signup. The points can be combined with other UR accounts. They can also be transferred to airlines and hotels. There is a 5% rotation of categories, you need to active this benefit. Points can be redeemed for statement credits, a check, merchandise or on activities. Having a UR card giver access to the UR portal that has great bonus point options.

Do you have the freedom card? Leave a message.

Chase Freedom Card link

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Spending Threshold Stopping You From Applying For a New Credit Card? Buy Gift Cards!

Meeting  your spending threshold is the biggest factor to consider before applying for a new credit card. (Obviously this is after you are certain that your credit is good like we spoke about here.) But will you be able to meet that spending requirement of $20k on the FatPlat (100k American Express Platinum card)? If you can’t you may be tempted not to sign up for the card, and you are right. Well almost. There are plenty manufactured spend methods out there for you to help you reach  a spending threshold (and make additional money).

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Buying Gift Cards

Most people that buy gift cards think of the visa gift cards that you can buy at most stores that have an activation fee of $5.95 or so. But they justify the fees by the illicit and unethical gains from the store. For example Staples that is giving 5X on the Ink Bold credit card and you use it to buy $200 Visa Gift Cards. There is a simpler and more acceptable method on buying gift cards. Buying discounted gift cards on Raise.com.

Look at this sample card I pulled from the main page. A very common retailer, T.J. Maxx (btw read this too) offers a 17% discount on purchases.
Save 17% on TJ maxx

As you can see a $300 gift card sells for only $249, huge savings. besides for the 17% off and the credit card points that you will gain, there is also the spending threshold that you are 1 step closer too.

Now, as a full disclosure we get an affiliate commission for every gift card you buy from Raise.com using our links. Your support helps us keep on bringing you the best deals.

There are a few other places that you can buy gift cards read this run down from Doctor of Credit. Here are some of them GiftCardGranny.com who shows you the best prices and, CardPoolABC Gift Cards/Card CashGiftCards.comGift Card ZenMonster Gift Card, and Junkcard.

Other topics you may enjoy:

FACO Credit Score FICO Score: What’s The Difference?

Get Paid To Meet A Spending Threshold!

Meet The Spending Threshold: Part 2

Meeting A Spending Threshold: Part 3

Refer A Friend For US Airways® Premier World MasterCard® And Earn Up To 50,000 Bonus Points

And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter to be entered into our $50 Giveaway!

In Summary

Buying gift cards is an excellent way to meet a spending threshold. Although there are ways that gift cards are a manufactured spend, buying from Raise.com can be a bigger discount.

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