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1. Fly New York to Barbados for ~$295 Round-Trip
Travel through January 2016, with blackout dates around the holidays. There’s a 14-day advance booking requirement.
I found flights by searching on Google Flights.
You can get to New York by using your points! British Airways Avios points are great for short-haul flights. Because it only costs 4,500 British Airways Avios points 1-way in coach for flights less than 650 miles, and 7,500 British Airways Avios points for flights under 1,150 miles.
Or if you have the Southwest Companion Pass, you could fly to New York, and bring a companion with you for almost free on both paid and award tickets.
Be sure to pay with the right card to earn bonus points! The Chase Sapphire Preferred card earns 2X Chase Ultimate Rewards points per $1 spent on travel. And the Citi Prestige and the Citi ThankYou Premier cards both earn 3X Citi ThankYou points on travel.
And if you pay with the Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express, you’ll earn 2X Delta miles per $1 spent on Delta flights!
2. US Bank Offering Free Nights at Club Carlson Hotels to Cardholders
US Bank recently downgraded the perks on the US Bank Club Carlson Premier Rewards Card, so this is an excellent deal for customers who still have the card because you can use the certificate at any Club Carlson hotel, like the Radisson Blu Es. Hotel in Rome.
Remember you also get 40,000 Club Carlson points each year when you renew your card, which is enough points for 1 free night at a category 4 Club Carlson hotel!
3. Earn an Easy 200 Starwood Points
Earn 200 Starwood points when you opt-in to receive emails from Starwood.
This is a simple way to prevent your Starwood points from expiring if you don’t have any Starwood stays coming up. Starwood points expire after 1 year if there’s no activity in your account.
If you’ve already registered to receive emails from Starwood, there’s a trick to still earn the bonus points. Simply sign-in to your account with this link. Then, unsubscribe from emails and log-out.
Log-in again with this link and you’ll have the option to sign-up for emails again and receive the bonus points.
The points will hit your account within 2 to 4 weeks, and you must sign-up before November 30, 2015.
And if you have a Starwood stay coming up, there’s a “Pay Your Birth Year” promotion going on right now, too.
4. Get 500 IHG Points for Adding a Card to Your Account
IHG points expire after 1 year with no activity in your account, unless you have IHG elite status. So this is an easy way to reset your account activity or pick up some extra points!
The Chase IHG Rewards Club Select Card comes with automatic IHG Platinum elite status, and you get a free night at ANY IHG hotel each year when you renew your card, like the InterContinental Thalasso Bora Bora. That more than makes up for the $49 annual fee, which is waived the 1st year.
Let me know which of these deals today is your favorite, and if you booked a trip to Barbados!
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