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News You Can Use – AMEX Card Doubles Bonus for Some, $20 Off MasterCard Gift Cards, $40 Off Renaissance Hotels, & More!

News You Can Use – AMEX Card Doubles Bonus for Some, $20 Off MasterCard Gift Cards, $40 Off Renaissance Hotels, & More!

Million Mile SecretsNews You Can Use – AMEX Card Doubles Bonus for Some, $20 Off MasterCard Gift Cards, $40 Off Renaissance Hotels, & More!Million Mile Secrets Team

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Update:   One or more card offers in this post are no longer available.  Check our Hot Deals for the latest offers. 

1.   Higher Sign-Up Bonus on AMEX EveryDay Preferred (Targeted)

Via Slick Deals, there’s a new offer for the AMEX EveryDay Preferred card.  Some folks have been targeted to earn 30,000 AMEX Membership Rewards points after spending $2,000 on purchases within the 1st 3 months of account opening.

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If You’re Targeted, Earn Double the Usual Sign-Up Bonus on the AMEX EveryDay Preferred Card!

This is double the usual offer!  Find out more details on this thread.

2.   Get a $20 Rebate on $300+ Worth of MasterCard Gift Cards at Staples

Link:   MasterCard Gift Cards at Staples

Link:   AMEX SimplyCash

Via Slick Deals, get a $20 Staples Easy Rebate when you spend $300+ on MasterCard gift cards in-store at Staples.

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Receive a $20 Rebate When You Purchase $300+ in MasterCard Gift Cards. The Rebate Helps to Cover the Activation Fees!

I wish we got a $20 statement credit, but still, this is easy free money to spend at Staples!  I haven’t eaten meat for over a month now, but that doesn’t mean I have to give up hoarding $20 worth of candy at Staples! 🙂

Remember you can use these PIN-enabled MasterCard gift cards to load AMEX Serve and AMEX Bluebird.  Then use 1 of those to pay bills (such as rent) that you can’t ordinarily pay by credit card.

The rebate can cover the activation fees!

Read about how to redeem Staples Easy Rebates.

Remember, AMEX SimplyCash earns 5% cash back at US office supply stores.

3.   Save $40 on $200+ at Renaissance Hotels

Link:   AMEX Renaissance Hotels Offer

Via Deals We Like, get a $40 statement credit when you spend $200+ at Renaissance Hotels, which is part of Marriott, when you pay with a synced AMEX card through November 30, 2015.

If you’re new to AMEX Offers, here’s how to add these discounts to your AMEX cards.  And if you have more than 1 AMEX card, check to see if you were targeted multiple times!

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Save $40 on a $200+ Stay at a Renaissance Hotel, Like the Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel

This is great way to save money if you have a stay planned at a Renaissance Hotel, like the Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel in California.

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Access This Offer on the AMEX Website, or tweet “#AmexRenaissance” to Add It to Your Card

Log into your AMEX account to find the offer, or tweet “#AmexRenaissance” to sync the offer via Twitter.

Terms and Conditions

  • Enrollment is limited, so add it to your card soon if you think you’ll use it
  • Reservations must be made online, through the Marriott phone app, or by phone
  • Offer is valid only at Renaissance Hotels in the US and US territories
  • Excludes gift card purchases

4.   Redeem 25% Fewer Miles for Flights on Air France or KLM to Europe

Link:   Flying Blue Promo Awards

You can now book the new Flying Blue promo awards!

Folks with AMEX Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou points, and Starwood points can take advantage of this deal.  Because you can transfer these points to Flying Blue!

This month, fly to Europe with a 25% mileage discount with Air France and KLM.

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See If the New Flying Blue Promo Awards Fit With Your Plans to Visit Europe

You can fly between:

  • Houston and Europe in coach for 18,750 Flying Blue miles each way
  • Montreal and Europe in Business Class for 46,875 Flying Blue miles each way
  • Vancouver and Europe in Business Class for 46,875 Flying Blue miles each way

These promotions are sometimes discounted as much as 50% off, but even at 25% off, 18,750 Flying Blue miles to Europe can be a great deal!

Keep in mind, Flying Blue adds fuel surcharges, which can add ~$200 to ~$300 to the price of your award ticket.  That said, you can fly to parts of the Middle East, Israel, and Russia for the same price because Flying Blue considers those places to be parts of Europe.

Let me know if you use any of today’s deals!

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  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
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  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel.
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Can we load Bluebird with MasterCard GC? I thought it’s dead and only visa is working now for Bluebird. Anyone confirm this for me I would really appreciate.