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News You Can Use – $25 Off Any Hotel, New Flying Blue Promo Awards, No Visa Requirement to Visit Brazil, & More

News You Can Use – $25 Off Any Hotel, New Flying Blue Promo Awards, No Visa Requirement to Visit Brazil, & More

Million Mile SecretsNews You Can Use – $25 Off Any Hotel, New Flying Blue Promo Awards, No Visa Requirement to Visit Brazil, & MoreMillion Mile Secrets Team

1.   $25 Off $100+ Hotel Booking

The holidays may be over, but American Express always seems to have fun stocking stuffer gifts for us!

I checked my AMEX Offers in my online account and found a great deal for $25 off when you spend $100 at any hotel, motel, or bed & breakfast.  This is targeted to certain cardholders, so good luck!

News You Can Use 25 Off Any Hotel New Flying Blue Promo Awards No Visa Requirement To Visit Brazil More
Check Your American Express Account for a Targeted Offer of $25 Off a $100+ Hotel Booking. Use It Anywhere That Accepts AMEX, Such as the Park Hyatt Sydney Where I Took My Mom for Her 60th Birthday

One Mile at a Time received a similar offer for $50 off a $250+ booking.  Be sure to read the fine print for all the details, such as that you must pay directly (no 3rd-party sites like Orbitz) for your room by March 31, 2016.

Here’s how to register for this and other AMEX Offers.  I always open multiple browser tabs to try to add each offer to each of my AMEX cards.

2.   25% Off Coach Award Flights to Europe From Houston

The new Flying Blue Promo Awards are out.  Sometimes these are really great deals!  This is NOT 1 of those times. 🙂  However…folks in the Houston area can do well.

That’s because when you book by January 31, 2016, for travel through April 30, 2016, you’ll only pay 18,750 Flying Blue miles each way in coach to Europe, the Middle East, and Near Asia.

Be sure to check the math before you book because there are taxes & fees.

To take advantage of this deal, use Flying Blue miles.  American Express Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou points, and Starwood points all transfer to Flying Blue at a 1:1 ratio.  Remember, you get 5,000 bonus airline miles when you transfer 20,000 Starwood points.

Here’s how the Flying Blue Promo Awards work.

3.   No Visa Fee to Visit Brazil This Summer

Skip the usual $160 fee US passport holders must pay to visit Brazil.  The Points Guy reports that from June 1, 2016, to September 18, 2016, folks can stay up to 90 days without a visa.  Visitors from Australia, Canada, and Japan will also be able to enter free of charge.

4.   Eligible Allegiant Travelers Now Get TSA PreCheck

TSA PreCheck is a terrific way to save time getting through security at the airport.  But only certain airports and airlines participate in the program.

Now, eligible travelers can get faster TSA PreCheck screening when they fly Allegiant.

Note:   TSA PreCheck no longer offers expedited screening to random passengers who are members of a participating airline’s frequent flyer program.

To qualify, you must be a:

Check out my post on ways to get your TSA PreCheck and Global Entry application fees refunded!

Let me know if you’re headed to Brazil for the 2016 Summer Olympics.  Or where you’ll be cashing in your hotel discount from American Express!


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This is great news!!! We were sending our passports away this very week for visas. We've got tickets for 17 Olympic events, and working on more. Taking advantage of Airbnb and the Brazilian hospitality!