Saturday Round-Up 10/29

Another week in the books, and only 26 days until Thanksgiving! Here’s a recap of what happened on A Point Earned this week:

  1. Two Interesting Hotel-Related E-Mails:  Last week, I got two very interesting e-mails about some offers and changes to some cards I currently have. Continue reading.
  2. Recap-Baltimore:  So, back in August, I surprised Nick with a trip to Baltimore as one of his birthday gifts and we scheduled it for late-October. Continue reading.
  3. Which Card for Meg:  Recently, someone I know from college reached out to me to ask which card might be the best to add to her roster as she’s moving to Seattle! Yay moves! Meg wants to maximize travel expenses, so in my opinion, there are two options for her:  Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines. Continue reading to see my recommendations.

Other interesting ephemera:

  1. FlyBe (a regional European carrier) just announced the immediate departure of their CEO, Saad Hammad. Never a good sign. Read more here.
  2. If Spirit Airlines is your go-to carrier, you may be interested in their Bank of America credit card. $15,000 miles after the first purchase and a $100 statement credit after you spend $500 in 90 days. Read more over at Doctor of Credit here.
  3. Qantas has updated their branding, only the fifth time in 90 years! Read more at Point Me to the Plane.

Which Card for Meg?

Recently, someone I know from college reached out to me to ask which card might be the best to add to her roster as she’s moving to Seattle! Yay moves!

Some background on Meg:  she has two cards already (Capital One Quicksilver and the REI Store Card) and only wants one more card. She also wants to maximize travel expenses, so in my opinion, there are two options for her:  Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines. Both airlines offer an extensive array of destinations, and because they compete on so many of them, fares tend to be cheaper. Continue reading to see my recommendations.

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Two Interesting Hotel-related E-Mails

Last week, I got two very interesting e-mails about some offers and changes to some cards I currently have. I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking.

First up, from Chase and IHG is an offer to earn additional points on large purchases over $1,000:

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Between 10/1 and 12/31, you’ll earn an additional point for every purchase that is over $1,000. You’ll earn 6 points per dollar on IHG stays; 3 points per dollar at restaurants, gas stations, and grocery stores; and 2 points per dollar on everything else. It’s not a great bonus, but if you were going to use the card to make a large purchase, now you have even more incentive to do so.


Next up, American Express and Starwood:

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Going forward, and thanks to the merger between Marriott and Starwood, your SPG card now earns 2 points per dollar on Marriott hotel stays, rather than one point per dollar. Again, not a huge increase, but if you have the SPG card and not the Marriott card, it makes sense to put your hotel purchases on the SPG card going forward.

Nothing to wild or crazy, but worth sharing!

Saturday Round-Up 10/22

Hey y’all! We’re in Baltimore this weekend for Nick’s birthday trip, so this post is happening remotely–the magic of WordPress. Here are this week’s stories:

  1. Delta Schedule Switcharoo:  Recently, I booked my tickets to go home for Christmas to visit my family. I was SO proud of myself–I found a Delta flight nonstop from Manchester, NH to LaGuardia that got me back to NYC before dinner for only $120. Score, especially during the holiday season! Alas, my great find wasn’t meant to be. Continue reading.
  2. Earn Double Points When You Shop Small with AMEX:  Last weekend, American Express announced their “Shop Small” promotion, and it’s pretty great, and applies to almost all cards in the American Express portfolio. Continue reading.
  3. Flashback – Recurring Payments:  This past February, I wrote a post on the “life-changing magic of recurring payments” as a way to inform readers that mindless purchases we all have to make are a great way to boost miles and points. Today, I wanted to take some time to recap that.  Lazy blogger, I know, but I think it’s an interesting point to highlight, especially since a lot of things we buy are set to recur and auto-pay. Continue reading.
  4. Five Books for Traveling:  I’ve noticed that people fall into two camps of packing books for travel:  it’s either one thin paperback or so many books you’re in danger of going over your bag weight limit. There is no in between. I fall in the latter category–when traveling, you generally have AGES of downtime, so you might as well bring a few good books. Continue reading.

Other things happening around the world:

  1. Earn a quick and easy 1,000 Air Canada Aeroplan Miles–great if you need a quick top up on your points or want to prevent them from expiring. Click here for quiz.
  2. A long but interesting article about the disappearance of Eastern Airlines Flight 980 from Outside Magazine. Click here to read.
  3. British Airways is set to connect London and New Orleans in the spring of 2017, the first connection of these two cities in over 25 years! Click over to OMAAT to read more about it.
  4. Not an article, per se, but I thought these photos from the Boston Globe of the Ashmont-Mattapan Trolley were pretty cool. Click here to view.

Five Books for Traveling

I’ve noticed that people fall into two camps of packing books for travel:  it’s either one thin paperback or so many books you’re in danger of going over your bag weight limit. There is no in between. I fall in the latter category–when traveling, you generally have AGES of downtime, so you might as well bring a few good books. The worst thing that could happen is running out of reading material; the horror!

With lots of travel coming up in the next few months (including leaving for Baltimore in a few hours!), I thought I’d share five books I’ve read while traveling, related to the act of travel.

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