Is The Chase Hyatt Visa Changing?

One of my all-time favorite hotel credit cards is the Chase Hyatt Visa. It gives a great bonus – 2 free nights at any Hyatt – after spending only $1,000 in 3 months. Plus, it gives mid-tier elite status (Platinum) and an anniversary night each year upon renewing (and paying the annual fee of $75). Personally, I have always been able to get a lot more than $75 value out of the annual night that I use. In fact, just the last couple that my wife and I have burned have been at a hotel that was over $240 per night! Want To Know What Great Hotels Will Soon Be Available For The Annual Free Night?  Chase Hyatt Visa  - Application Link – Chase Hyatt Visa – 2 Free Nights The Chase Hyatt Visa has been a pretty stable card for a while. It has had a few changes but nothing overly dramatic – it used to be one purchase for the bonus, it used to charge the annual fee up... ...

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And The Winner (and results) of the Must-Read Bloggers Giveaway Is…

This past weekend, I ran one final giveaway of 2014 and put out a question as to what blogs entrants thought were their must-read blogs. I follow and read a lot of blogs and always am looking for other blogs that can help to expand my knowledge and interests. I am happy to say that none of the blogs mentioned were blogs I was unfamiliar with! It means I do follow some pretty good blogs. Again, one of my favorites is Rapid Travel Chai. If you don’t already read his blog, I urge you to give it a read as you will see some excellent, original content over there. Of course, many of the blogs you all mentioned are on my favorites as well, but I just wanted to remind you about Stefan. Here is the breakdown in how the 37 entrants went with their must-read blogs: One Mile At A Time – 12 counts Travel Codex – 5 counts Travel Is Free- 5 counts Running with Miles – 4 counts (aww! ) Mommy... ...

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Another Card With A $200 Bonus Offer

The Chase Freedom offer of $200 after spending $500 was only a limited-time offer and has since dropped to the normal $100 bonus. While most of the readers here signed up for that card to be able to have them converted to Ultimate Reward points (when in an account with a Chase Sapphire Preferred or a Chase Ink Plus/Bold), the point was – it was still a free $200 for a moment of your time! Sony Credit Card – $200 Bonus Offer This is another card with a $200 bonus offer and it does come around from time-t0-time as well. This credit card offer requires you to spend only $500 as well to get a $200 statement credit. To break it down to the pure profit of it – if you were to purchase something like an Apple iPad Air 2 (the base model costs $499) and a pack of gum (assuming no tax), that iPad Air 2 will end up costing you only $299. That is a great deal! Plus,... ...

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Sunday Summary: New IHG Promo, 40% Avios Bonus, Hotel Credit Card Bonuses, (Almost) Free Boston Marathon Travel, and More!

Welcome back to the Sunday Summary! Catch up on the posts from the week. Earn Big Points With the New IHG 2015 Promo Another promo from IHG has been released and it has some decent offerings – depending on how you were targeted. My offer was perfect for my travel patterns and my reward needs. Check out how to sign-up. Get 40% More Avios When Transferring Amex Membership Rewards Now through the end of January, you can transfer your Membership Reward points to Avios with a sizable bonus – 40%! That means that short-haul flights on American Airlines and US Airways will now ring in at only 7,000 Membership Reward points - roundtrip! And The Winners of the iPad Mini Retina, 15,000 Hyatt Points, and GoGo Passes Are… This post gave a recap on the winners of the final and biggest giveaway of the Mega Giveaway week here. Again, it was a lot of fun and I appreciate all the interaction! Great Deal: 18X United Miles (for cardholders) + 20% Off... ...

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Last Chance: Earn 100,000 Delta Skymiles With 2 Limited-Time Card Offers

Today is the final day for the limited-time increase of the Delta Skymiles Gold cards from American Express. Both the personal and business versions are at 50,000 miles after spending only $1,000 in 3 months AND a $50 statement credit. Plus, the annual fee is waived for the first year. American Express has limited the sign-up bonuses on personal cards to once-in-a-lifetime, so if you have had the Delta Amex card before, you will not be eligible for the bonus this time. However, if you have not had the bonus on the business card in the last 12 months, you will be eligible to receive the bonus on the business card. There are a lot of changes coming to the Skymiles program in 2015, but since you can use Skymiles at 1 cent per mile to pay for airfare directly on Delta, this offer is worth at least $500! For that kind of a bonus, I would definitely apply for this! This offer is due to expire today, 12/21!  American Express Delta Gold Card... ...

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Great Deal: Amazon Kindle $29 After $30 Visa Gift Card

During the Mega Giveaway week, I gave away quite a few of these Kindles. They are the latest base model with a touchscreen. Some of the prize recipients have remarked how much they liked the model. Well, now they are available for cheaper than ever! Thanks to a discount and promo at Staples, you can get it for the sale price of $59 plus get a $30 Visa gift card as well. The $30 Visa card is basically like cash and can be used anywhere you would use Visa. To make the deal even sweeter, you can go through a shopping portal (like Ultimate Rewards that pays 2 extra UR points per dollar) and a Chase Ink Plus or Chase Ink Bold to get 5x Ultimate Reward points (because it is from Staples, an office supply store). With the value of Ultimate Reward points, it is like getting another $7 or so in redemption value. With the value of the points and the gift card, it ends up like you are... ...

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Great Deal: Off-Contract AT&T Windows Smartphone $20

Even with people taking great care of their electronics, it is always a possibility that something could happen to that expensive smartphone that was subsidized by renewing a contract. Once, my cell phone (years ago) fell out of my pocket into a puddle – just 1 week before I was eligible for a new phone and hours before a business trip. Fortunately, they let me upgrade at the subsidized price, but that does not happen much anymore. - Nokia Lumia 520 AT&T Amazon Purchase Link If you have AT&T and need a brand new smartphone or need a phone that you can pop unto your account when selling an old phone, losing the phone, etc, you will not get a better phone deal than this. It is the Nokia Lumia 520 GoPhone and is on sale today from Amazon for only $19.99 – no contract! This is a fully-featured smartphone that utilizes the Windows Phone software. You can use this as a stand-alone GPS unit, a MP3 player, or even a... ...

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Great Deal: 20% Off Garmin Running Watches – Including the New 920XT and Vivosmart!

As you all know, Garmin makes my all-time favorite running watches. They are simple to use but (the pricier ones) they also give an incredible amount of information. I have used almost every Garmin running watch since the Garmin Forerunner 201 – and they have come a long way!   Great Deal: 20% Off Garmin Running Watches Now through December 24 (or while supplies last), you can get 20% off any off Garmin running watches from Sport Chalet. To get the 20%, you will need to be enrolled in their free program (which the coupon codes does automatically). The code is REWARDS which you will enter at checkout. This discount even works on the newly released Garmin 920XT models. I finally got mine and it is an amazing watch! I will have a post next week about my initial impressions with the watch. This is definitely the cheapest price on that model (the next cheapest prices are for 10% off with a Road Runner Sports VIP membership or at Clever Training using DC Rainmaker’s... ...

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TripIt Pro Giveaway – And One Of My Favorite Blogs

Here is one last giveaway for 2014. I have one more TripIt Pro code ($49 value) and want to give it away to one lucky winner this weekend. The giveaway will run from now until 7PM tomorrow (Sunday, December 21). Everyone gets one entry. For your comment, I would like to hear what one (or two) of your must-read blogs are. I follow a lot of blogs and I would love to hear what some of yours are so I could add them to my list. One of My Favorite Blogs I will start – one of my favorite blogs to read and follow is the one written by my friend, Stefan – Rapid Travel Chai. I love his travel philosophy as it is very similar to what I like to do when visiting a location, except he has visited many more countries than I have and some very interesting ones! He recently did a presentation on Extreme International Travel at the Frequent Traveler University seminar and he uploaded his slides from one... ...

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