The fastest way to Big Travel with Small Money is credit card sign-up bonuses. And I love when it’s possible to get a bonus for the 2nd time!
Via FlyerTalk, you can get the Chase IHG Rewards sign-up bonus again if you’ve had it in the past. Even if it’s been less than the usual 24 months Chase makes you wait since you last got the bonus.
That’s because there’s an exception to the rule that I’ll explain!
80,000 IHG Points Could Get You Free Nights at Intercontinental Hotels, Holiday Inn Hotels, and More
The standard sign-up bonus for this card is 60,000 points after you spend $1,000 in the 1st 3 months. But there’s a better offer for 80,000 points in the Wiki on this FlyerTalk thread.
Emily and I don’t earn a commission from this card, but we’ll always share the best offers with our readers!
Is this card worth getting again? I think so!
I wrote about the 1-800-Flowers Southwest point promotion, and how you could get 1,500 Southwest points for every order of ~$30 or more.
While the promotion has expired, it usually returns a few times a year.
I placed several orders to see how long it took for the bonus points to post to my account. Then, I decided to take the experiment a step further to try to get a Companion Pass before the end of 2014.
Similar to Frequent Miler, Emily and I worked with a local charity to help feed the hungry. We ordered sweets, cookies, and pies to distribute to the homeless in Austin over the Thanksgiving Holidays.
Help Those Less Fortunate Over the Holidays AND Earn the Southwest Companion Pass
This deal takes some effort and coordination, but I think it’s worth it!
I’ve written that the easiest way to earn the Southwest Companion Pass is by applying for 2 Chase Southwest credit cards with the 50,000 point sign-up bonus.
But did you know there could be another way to earn the Companion Pass by ordering flowers and gifts from 1-800-Flowers?
1-800-Flowers ran a promotion where you could earn 1,500 bonus Southwest points per order of ~$30 or more. If you made 74 orders, you’d get the 110,000 points needed to earn the Companion Pass – assuming the points count!
You Could Earn 1,500 Southwest Points per Order at 1-800-Flowers, but Will They Count Towards the Companion Pass?
I decided to run some experiments to see if this is a good way to earn the Companion Pass! The promotion has since expired, but I’ll tell you what happened for the next time they have this deal!
Frequent Miler also ran similar experiments so check out his posts on this as well!
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.
You can get a 40% bonus when you transfer American Express Membership Rewards points to British Airways Avios until January 31, 2015.
These bonuses don’t happen very often. It’s been over a year since American Express has had a British Airways transfer bonus.
This is a very good deal! Especially for folks who use their British Airways Avios points for award tickets on partners, such as short-haul, domestic flights on American Airlines, US Airways, or Alaska Airlines.
British Airways Avios Are Best Used on Partner Airlines!
You’ll get 1,400 Avios points for every 1,000 AMEX Membership Rewards points you transfer.
And with this bonus, you could get a domestic round-trip, coach class ticket for just 7,000 points. I’ll show you how!