Category Archives: Travel Tips

Won’t Last! 4 Cities Round-Trip to Europe Starting at $485!

If you’re planning a trip to Europe, you could get an excellent deal today!

Via The Flight Deal, you can fly from Chicago to several cities in Germany for as little as ~$485 round-trip in coach on Air Berlin.  Or fly round-trip between New York and Rome, or Miami and Vienna for under ~$550.

And folks in Los Angeles can fly to London round-trip in coach on Air New Zealand for just ~$491!


Amazing Deal – Fly Between Los Angeles and London, UK, for Under $500 Round-Trip in Coach

You can search for these fares using ITA Matrix or Google Flights, and book them directly through Air Berlin or Air New Zealand.

The sale fare on Air New Zealand is valid for today only, November 30, 2015.  And the Air Berlin deals likely won’t last long, either!

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Better Card Offer! 50,000 Marriott Points & $200 Gift Card

There’s a new offer for 50,000 Marriott points and a $200 Marriott gift card when you sign-up for the Chase Marriott Premier card by January 31, 2016, and meet the minimum spending requirement.

This is a much better deal than the regular offer.  That’s because if you plan your stays carefully, you can get more Big Travel with Small Money at Marriott hotels!

50,000 Marriott Points

50,000 Marriott Points Is Enough for 2 Nights at the Renaissance Wien Hotel in Vienna…and Get $200 Toward Another Stay With the New Chase Marriott Premier Offer!

I’ll explain what’s different about this deal, and why I like it better.  And help you decide between the 2 best current offers for the card.

Emily and I don’t earn a commission on this card, but we’ll always tell you about the best deals no matter what!

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News You Can Use – 3 New AMEX Offers, $75 Off Expedia Hotels, Hilton Matching Status, & More

1.   Save Money at, Pei Wei, and Dunkin Donuts With New AMEX Offers

I love checking my American Express online accounts to find new fun discounts!  Here are 3 new offers I found interesting.


Get a $5 Statement Credit When You Spend $20+ on Asian Food at Pei Wei

  • Targeted offer for $15 off a $35+ purchase at by December 31, 2015.
  • Dunkin Donuts: $5 off a $10+ purchase by December 31, 2015.  Look in your account or tweet “#AmexDD” to add to your connected AMEX card.  (My sweet tooth is lighting up on this one.) :)  Full terms.
  • Pei Wei: $5 off a $20+ purchase by January 31, 2016.  It’s in your account or tweet “#AmexPeiWei”.  Unfortunately this offer excludes airport food courts.  Drat!  Full terms.

Folks new to AMEX Offers, be sure to read my post about how it works, how to sync your Twitter account (if you’re not adding through your AMEX account) and most importantly…how to get each offer on more than 1 AMEX card!

2.   Ends Today: $75 Off Your 1st Hotel Booking Using the Expedia App

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5 Great European Hotels to Book With Hyatt Points

Now that the sign-up bonus on the Chase Sapphire Preferred card has increased to 50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points after completing the minimum spending requirements, you can get more Big Travel with Small Money than before.

This includes award nights at top-tier Hyatt hotels in Europe in the best locations worth over ~$1,000!

I’ve always said the best use of Chase Ultimate Rewards points is to transfer them to travel partners!


Heading to Vienna?  Stay in the Luxurious Park Hyatt Vienna With Your Chase Ultimate Rewards Points or Hyatt Free Night Certificates

Of course, you still get 2 free nights at ANY Hyatt hotel when you sign-up for the Chase Hyatt card after meeting the minimum spending.

I’ll show you 5 top European hotels to experience with your Hyatt points!

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Chase Sapphire Preferred or Citi ThankYou Premier? Which Is the Better Card for You?

Now that the sign-up bonus on the Chase Sapphire Preferred has increased to 50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points after meeting minimum spending requirements, it’s a good time to look at how this card stacks up against cards with a similar bonus.

The Citi ThankYou Premier also has a 50,000 point sign-up bonus, and both cards have a lot in common.

So which card is better for you?  As always, it depends on your travel goals and how you like to use your points!


Apples or…Cupcakes? Deciding Between the Chase Sapphire Preferred and Citi ThankYou Premier Might Not Be Such an Obvious Choice! ;)

Let’s compare the cards and see how both can get you Big Travel with Small Money!

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