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News You Can Use – Year of Free Admission to US National Parks, Easy $25 Off Virgin America Flight, New Southwest Flights, & More!

1.   Get Into US National Parks for Free for a Year

You can get into US National Parks for free for an entire year and all you need is a 4th grader!  Children under 15 get into National Parks for free any time.  But now, thanks to the President’s Every Kid in a Park initiative, 4th graders can bring their family along for free during the 2015 to 2016 school year.

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A 4th Grader Could Be Your Ticket to the Park

Families who are interested will get a free annual pass.  Details on how to get passes have not been released yet, but I’ll let you know when they are!

This is a great excuse to plan a family or school trip to incredible places like Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Mount Rushmore.  So get the word out to your friends, relatives, neighbors, and local schools!

Explore the Beauty of Places Like Arches National Park, Utah for (Almost) Free With the Southwest Companion Pass!

Explore the Beauty of Places Like Arches National Park, Utah, for Free!

Don’t Have a 4th Grader?

You can still get into US National Parks for free in 2015 on these dates:

  • April 18 to 19 (National Park Week opening weekend)
  • August 25 (National Park Service 100th anniversary!)
  • September 26 (National Public Lands day)
  • November 11 (Veterans Day)

2.   $25 Off Your Next Virgin America Flight With Visa Checkout

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Upcoming Changes to AMEX Premier Rewards Gold: New $100 Airline Credit, 2X Points at US Restaurants, & More

Changes are coming to the American Express Premier Rewards Gold card, and it’s mostly good news!

Starting June 1, 2015, you’ll get a $100 airline incidental fee credit each calendar year.  And from the same date, you’ll earn 2 American Express Membership Rewards points for every $1 you spend at US restaurants!

They’re also getting rid of foreign transaction fees, which makes this card much better for folks who travel abroad.

But there’s a bit of bad news.  The annual fee (currently waived for the 1st year) is increasing by $20, to $195.

Upcoming Changes To AMEX Premier Rewards Gold New 100 Airline Credit 2X Points At US Restaurants More

Starting June 1, 2015, You’ll Earn 2 AMEX Membership Rewards Points per $1 You Spend at US Restaurants

These changes are great news for folks who charge a lot of airline fees, travel overseas, or eat out frequently.  But is it worth the increased annual fee?

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Earn Double Hotel Points or Miles When You Stay at Hilton

You can earn double hotel points or airline miles when you stay at Hilton hotels.  To take advantage of this deal, you must stay between March 1, 2015, and May 31, 2015.

Earn Double Hotel Points Or Miles When You Stay At Hilton

Stay at Hilton and You’ll Be Seeing Double!

Find out how to get in on this deal and whether you should choose double Hilton points or double airline miles!

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Starwood Award Chart Changes: Which Hotels You Should (and Should Not!) Book Before March 10, 2015

If you haven’t booked your Starwood hotels for the year, there are some hotels you should book now.

That’s because Starwood is making changes to their award chart on March 10, 2015.

On March 10, 2015, 130 hotels will move up a category and 138 will move down a category.  All the European hotels on the list are moving down and will cost fewer points.

Starwood Award Chart Changes Which Hotels You Should And Should Not Book Before March 10, 2015

130 Starwood Hotels Will Cost More Points on March 10, 2015, Including the Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel & Casino

While that seems like a lot of hotels, there are 1,206 Starwood hotels worldwide.  Let’s look at the changes.

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New Uber-Awesome Way to Get Valuable Starwood Points for Hotels & Flights!

There’s a terrific new partnership between Starwood and Uber that can help you get points for hotels and flights!  

You can now earn up to 4 Starwood points per $1 spent( up to a maximum of $10,000) on Uber rides.

You’ll earn 1 Starwood point for every $1 spent on Uber and up to 3 bonus Starwood points when you use Uber while staying at Starwood.

New Uber Awesome Way To Get Valuable Starwood Points For Hotels Flights

Earn up to 4 Starwood Points Per $1 Spent When You Use Uber for Rides to Starwood Hotels Like the W South Beach

This is great news!  Because it’s hard to earn a lot of Starwood points if you don’t have the Starwood (personal) or (business) card.

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