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News You Can Use – ~20,000 miles for $200, 1,000 Free Flex Points, 25,000 Club Carlson Points for 2+ Night Stay, 65,000 Points Hyatt Promotion

News You Can Use – ~20,000 miles for $200, 1,000 Free Flex Points, 25,000 Club Carlson Points for 2+ Night Stay, 65,000 Points Hyatt Promotion

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1.   ~20,000 Miles for $200.   Travel By Points  explains how you can take advantage of Wyndham’s promotion between August 6 and October 6, 2012 to get up to 48,000 Wyndham hotel points or 19,200 airline miles.

Wyndham will usually charge your credit if you don’t physically check-in, but will also give you points for the stay (unlike other hotels).  In my experience, you may need to call the Wyndham service center to sometimes get the points posted to your account.

So you can book 3 separate stays at a cheap Wyndham hotel, just for the points.  Of course, you’re better off if you actually need to use the hotel.  And as Jimmy points out, IF the US Air Grand Slam returns, you may be able to earn credit for the US Air Grand Slam as well as get the bonus miles.

Deals we Like points out that this is a cheap way to top-off your account for Southwest points towards the Companion Pass status.

2.   1,000 Free Flex Points.  In a Cents writes about a way to get 1,000 free Flex Points if you have a card which earns US Bank Flex Points.

3.   25,000 Club Carlson Points.  Miles Abound writes that you can earn 25,000 bonus Club Carlson points for a 2-night stay at any Country Inn and Suites.  I don’t have any upcoming hotel reservations, but 25,000 extra points is always good for a stay which you already have planned.

4.   65,000 Bonus Hyatt Points.  Hyatt’s “Imagine the Possibilities Promotion” is open for registration up to October 31, 2012.  You can earn up to 65,000 bonus Hyatt points depending on how many nights you stay.  You earn a 20% bonus if you have the Chase Hyatt credit card and you earn 3 Hyatt points per $1 spent at Hyatt with the credit card.  It also comes with a category 1 to 4 free night certificate every year, which is usually well worth the $75 annual fee.

 

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Thanks for the Priceline tip. Got in at Avis for $160 all in for the week.

Maybe I should look at booking a downtown location and taking MARTA in. But I’ve never been to ATL (other than the airport, obviously) so I was reluctant to do that.

Matt, I think it really depends on the city you are in and whether its an airport location or not. Its been my experience that rentals at large airports are usually pretty expensive.

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@Matt MSP – Are the cheaper brands outside the airport? I like Costco travel for cheap rentals and Priceline’s name your own price.

@Jimmy @TravelByPoints – Thanks for the tips!

@Daraius, thank you for the mention!

@Matt MSP, try Hertz AAA Web CDP 1805452, and coupon code 172454 ($50 off weekly). Good luck!

Off topic, but any idea why the main rental car brands are so spendy? I’m looking to book a car in Atlanta for Saturday (tomorrow) to Saturday. I normally use Hertz for work, and have status with them and National and Avis from Amex Plat. But they’re all in the $300+ range for the week, whereas Sixt and Advantage are about $200. Is the extra $100 just the cost of things like collecting points and possibly cashing in on promos for AAdvantage miles? Or is the Sixt price just that much of a steal? Or am I missing a way to get a cheap rate from Hertz/Avis/National? Thanks!