Category Archives: Shopping

Starts Today: Register for New 5X Categories Next Quarter

It’s time to get ready for next quarter’s rotating category bonuses with the Chase Freedom.

From April 1, 2017, to June 30, 2017, you can earn 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards points (5% cash back) when you use your Chase Freedom card at grocery and drug stores on up to $1,500 in combined spending.

If you spend the $1,500 maximum in bonus categories, you’ll earn 7,500 Chase Ultimate Rewards points ($75)

But you don’t get this bonus automatically!  Today is the first day you can register for next quarter’s bonus.  So remember to activate your card by June 14, 2017.

Emily and I don’t earn a commission for the Chase Freedom, but we’ll always share the best deals with our readers!

Chase Freedom Bonus Categories

You Can Register for This Quarter’s Bonus Categories Starting Today!

I’ll show you how to get the most out of this bonus!

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Earn Bonus Starwood Points for Broadway Show Tickets, Redeem for Unforgettable Experiences

Did you know you can earn lots of Starwood points by booking your show tickets through Audience Rewards?  In some cases, you can earn up to ~18 points per $1!

And you can use the Starwood points you’ve earned for award stays at Starwood hotels, flights on ~30 airline partners, Cash & Points, and Nights & Flights.  And for once-in-a-lifetime experiences with a Starwood program called SPG Moments.

Earn Bonus Starwood Points For Broadway Show Tickets Redeem For Unforgettable Experiences

Earn Lots of Starwood Points by Booking Show Tickets, and Redeem Them for Unforgettable Experiences You Can’t Buy Elsewhere

I’ll show you how to earn more Starwood points with Audience Rewards, and get some great bargains with SPG Moments.

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1,000 American Airlines Miles for Shopping! Plus 4X Miles at Apple (Today Only)

Here’s a nice deal for folks who collect American Airlines miles and like to shop online.

Via Frequent Miler, you’ll earn 1,000 bonus American Airlines miles when you spend $350+ through the American Airlines shopping portal through March 17, 2017.  Or spend $150+ and earn 300 bonus American Airlines miles.

This is in addition to the miles you’d normally earn by shopping through the portal.  And today only, they’ve increased the earning rate to 4X American Airlines miles on Apple purchases.

So this could be a terrific double dip if you’ve had your eye on a new computer, iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch!

1000 American Airlines Miles For Shopping Plus 4X Miles At Apple Today Only

Shop Through the American Airlines Shopping Portal by March 17, 2017, and Earn Lots of Bonus Miles

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Uh-Oh: Complications With & eHarmony British Airways Avios Points Deal

A few days ago I told you about a cheap way to buy British Airways Avios points by signing-up for a or eHarmony account.

But now, via One Mile at a Time, lots of folks are having complications with this method!

Uh Oh Complications With Match Com EHarmony British Airways Avios Points Deal

It’s Complicated – and eHarmony Are Backing out on Their Promise

I’ll tell you what we know so far!

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Improved Offers for These 3 AMEX Cards!

If you collect AMEX Membership Rewards points or like cash back, you’ll be interested in these increased AMEX offers!

For a limited time, you’ll earn up to 25,000 AMEX Membership Rewards points when you sign-up for The Blue for Business® Credit Card from American Express and meet tiered minimum spending requirements.

And when you sign-up for the Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express or Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express by May 3, 2017, you’ll earn 10% cash back at US restaurants the first 6 months you are a cardmember, up to $200 back.  That’s on top of the sign-up bonuses you’ll receive after meeting minimum spending requirements!

Improved Offers For These 3 AMEX Cards

You’ll Earn 10% Cash Back at Restaurants the First 6 Months You’re an AMEX Blue Cash Everyday Or AMEX Blue Cash Preferred Cardmember

I’ll tell you what you need to know about these new offers, so you can decide if they are worth it for you!

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Anticipate Your Next Destination’s Expenses With Numbeo

When you’re traveling to a different country (or even a different city!) it’s easy to be blindsided by steep prices!

That’s why it’s helpful to look at a cost of living calculator, rather than just the currency conversion rate when you travel.  Things like restaurant and transportation prices vary depending on the place you’re visiting.  That’s where Numbeo comes in!

Cost Of Living Calculator

Use a Cost of Living Calculator to Research Prices for Restaurants, Groceries, and Transportation at Your Destination, So You’ll Know What to Expect When You Arrive

I’ll show you how to use Numbeo.  And tell you why it can be helpful when planning your next trip!

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“Traveling Makes You a Conscious, Contributing Member of Our Society”

Welcome to the next installment of our interview series where folks share their thoughts about Big Travel with Small Money!

Miles & Points Interview:  Not Your Average Gal

Caroline writes Not Your Average Gal about travel, health and occasional soapbox moments.  Check her out on Facebook, Instagram, TwitterPinterest, or Snap her[email protected].

Not Your Average Gal

Our Wedding Ceremony – Old Wardour Castle, Whiltshire, England

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

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I Found My New Best Friend Traveling to London: Part 9 – Mall, Museum, and Buckingham Palace

Emily:   I love to travel, and my mom does, too!

When I was growing up in Ohio, we could only afford road trips to local amusement parks.  But collecting miles and points has opened up a whole new world of travel neither of us thought possible!

She and I decided to go to London and Paris for a mother-daughter getaway.  We flew Business Class and stayed in 5-star hotels.  I paid for this trip for a fraction of the retail cost by using airline miles and hotel points.

I’ve never traveled so long with my mom before, and at the end of the trip, I felt like I had a new best friend!  Without the miles & points hobby, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to experience the joy of traveling with my mom.

I Found My New Best Friend Traveling To London Part 9 Mall Museum And Buckingham Palace

Red Telephone Boxes Are as British as the Union Jack or a Cup of Tea

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How to Earn 8,000+ Southwest Points Buying Flowers This Valentine’s Day

Lyn blogs about Southwest at Go To Travel Gal and offers a free guide on how to quickly earn the Southwest Companion Pass.  She’s found a great deal that allows you to earn a bunch of Southwest point.  And I asked her to share with you.

Lyn:   Want more Southwest points?  Who doesn’t?!  

Southwest currently has a rare deal – that’s a bit hidden – where you can earn up to 8,750 Southwest bonus points good for free travel on the airline when you buy flowers through

Southwest Valentines Day Promotion 2017

The Southwest Valentine’s Day Promotion Lets You Earn up to 8750 Bonus Southwest Points

Here are the details!
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“Taking an Around-the-World Trip Bolstered My Confidence in Areas of My Life Beyond Travel”

Welcome to the next installment of our interview series where folks share their thoughts about Big Travel with Small Money!

Miles & Points Interview:  Jetsetter’s Homestead

Jennifer writes Jetsetter’s Homestead to share how she maximizes her vacation by planning extracurricular trips.

You can follow her in Instagram or Twitter.

Jetsetters Homestead

As I Travel More, I Seek out Unusual Experiences. This Was Shot at the Top of the Borobudur Temple in Indonesia 2 Years Ago on a Private Overnight Tour That Included a Pre-Dawn Hike to Watch the Sun Rise at This UNESCO World Heritage Site

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

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