Most of us like to use our miles and points for travel, but did you know there are ways to redeem them for unique experiences?
I’ve written about using Chase Ultimate Rewards points for activities and experiences. While you won’t get the most value from your points, if you don’t want to redeem for travel, this could be a good way to use them.
And there are other sites where you can use miles and points for some very interesting adventures (some of which you could never buy outright). Some charge a flat rate, while others put experiences up for auction and the highest bidder wins.
Have a Million Hilton Points to Burn? You Could Be a Formula 1 Driver for a Day!
If you’re searching for the perfect gift for folks who have everything, you might find what you’re looking for using miles and points!
You’ll usually get a better deal by redeeming miles and points for travel. But if you have a lot of points that are about to expire, or can’t think of any other use for them, this could be an alternative for you.
1. OfficeMax $20 off $300 in Visa or MasterCard Gift Cards
Via Frequent Miler, when you buy $300 in Visa or MasterCard gift cards you’ll save $20. This is a terrific deal! That’s because most gift cards charge a ~$7 activation fee, but with the $20 off you cancel out most of these fees.
Save $20 When You Buy $300 or More in Visa and MasterCard Gift Cards at OfficeMax
Buying gift cards with a credit card and then loading your AMEX Bluebird, AMEX Serve, or Evolve account is a great way to meet minimum spending requirements! And it’s even better when you don’t have to pay high gift card activation fees!
You can get this deal 2X per household or business.
2. US Airways Card – $25 Statement Credit for Paperless Statements
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The 20,000 point sign-up bonus (double the usual offer) for the Chase Freedom will end on December 17, 2014.
Chase Freedom is 1 of my favorite no annual fee cards because of the 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards point categories.
And because you can transfer your points to partner airlines and hotels when you have the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Ink Plus, or Ink Bold.
The Chase Freedom Is Great for Earning 5X Points on Rotating Categories Each Quarter
But should you rush to apply now?
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Welcome to the next installment of our interview series where folks share their thoughts about Big Travel with Small Money!
Miles & Points Interview: Two to Travel & Tango
Patrick and Laura write Two to Travel & Tango to give travel tips and inspire readers to travel.
And they’re giving away a 2-night stay at a boutique hotel in Manhattan!
Patrick and His Wife Laura
Some folks focus their credit card spending on earning miles and points, but others prefer cash back. I like both!
There are a lot of cash back credit cards
, but 1 of the best is the Chase Ink Cash.
You’ll get $200 or 20,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points after you spend $3,000 in the 1st 3 months. And there’s NO annual fee.
Plus, you’ll earn 5% cash back (or 5 points per $1 you spend) at office supply stores and on cellphone, landline, internet, and cable TV expenses (up to $25,000 total each year). And 2% cash back (2 points per $1 you spend) at restaurants and gas stations, also up to $25,000 in purchases per year.
Some Prefer Miles and Points, but for Many Folks, Cash IS King!
I’ll explain why this card is 1 of the best cash back cards for business! And how it’s flexible enough to get you miles and points too!
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