Hilton HHonors (AMEX) – Increased Bonuses

Please note that I will always try to post the best sign-up bonus, but you should also do your own research!

Cards:

Yesterday, u/wolfroad over on reddit posted that the bonuses for these cards was much higher than usual. Generally, the base card offers  50,000 points for spending $1,000 in 90 days and the Surpass cards offers 75,000 points after spending $3,000 in 90 days. Let’s take a look at the current offers below the jump, available until November 30th:

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Delta SkyMiles Credit Cards – Increased Bonuses

Please note that I will always try to post the best sign-up bonus, but you should also do your own research!

Cards:

  • Gold Delta SkyMiles card by American Express
  • Platinum Delta SkyMiles card by American Express
  • Delta Reserve card by American Express

Last week, the bonuses for these three cards changed for the better. Generally, the Gold and Platinum cards over 30,000-35,000 points after spending $1,000 in 90 days and the Reserve grants you 10,000 MQMs (Medallion Qualifying Miles) after making a purchase. Let’s take a look at the current offers below the jump, available until November 9th:

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Starwood Preferred Guest Card – Updated Bonus

Please note that I will always try to post the best sign-up bonus, but you should also do your own research!

Card:  Starwood Preferred Guest Card by American Express

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Normally, this card rewards you with 25,000 points for spending $3,000 in 90 days. Every year, the bonus goes to 30,000-35,000 points for about a month.

This, however, is a brand new offer:  2 free nights after you spend $3,000 in 90 days. These free nights can be used on category 1-5 SPG properties. If you’ve been holding out on getting this card, is now the time to jump on this? My answer is…maybe but mostly no, and here’s why:

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At it’s best, this bonus is worth 24,000-32,000 points and at it’s very worst, this bonus is worth only 4,000-6,000 points. Clearly, you should NOT use this bonus for a category 1 stay. The only way this bonus is a better value than the 25,000 point bonus (still available here) is if you stay at a category 5 property.

In addition, if you’re planning on staying at a category 1-3 property, the points will get you more than 2 nights:

  • Category 1:  8-12 nights
  • Category 2:  6-8 nights
  • Category 3:  3 nights

My verdict:  unless you have a two-night stay coming up in an area with a category 5 property, go with the original, 25,000 point bonus while you still can.

What Can You Do With 80,000 jetBlue Miles?

Last week, I was approved for the jetBlue Plus credit card by Barclaycard, which will earn me 30,000 points after I spend $1,000 in 90 days. Once I reach the minimum spend, I’ll have about ~82,000 points for travel on jetBlue.

The million dollar question is–what can you do with all these points? Below, I’ve laid out 5 examples of NYC-based redemptions, and the points required for them. 4 of the 5 will allow me to take Nick along with me, with points left over! So what are we waiting for? Let’s dive in!

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3 Months into 2016 – What’d We Earn?

For those of you who know me, you’ll know that I like things organized. Like, really, really organized. Like Leslie Knope organized.

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Bonus:  I, too, can be found jamming’ on my planner.

So it would probably not surprise you to learn that I meticulously track how many points Nick and I earn. It’s one of those things that lets me quantify how we’re doing in the points game and keeps tabs on my accounts (p.s. if you haven’t checked out Awardwallet, I highly suggest you do!). I dunno, I like numbers, sue me.

In any case, this is the long-winded introduction to reporting back on how many points Nick and I were able to earn in the first quarter of 2016. So far this year, we’ve earned a collective 187,156 points, from three credit card bonuses, organic spend, and shopping portals. How does that break down?

  • American Express:
  • Amtrak:
    • Sam:  2,642 points
  • Chase:
    • Sam:  2,108 points ($21.08 cash back)
    • Nick:  952 points ($9.52 cash back)
  • Delta Air Lines:
    • Sam:  139 points
  • Hilton:
  • IHG:
  • Starwood:
    • Sam:  620 points
  • United Airlines:
    • Sam:  88 points

During this quarter, we redeemed the following points:

  • Chase
    • Sam:  -3,000 points for a $30 Whole Foods gift card

We’re off to a good start! Check back next quarter to see what we earned and burned!