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Chase Ink Plus 70,000 Point Signup Bonus + 10,000 Points Referral Bonus

Yesterday Chase released some awesome news concerning their Ink Plus credit card.  They've scrapped the already great signup bonus of 50,000 points and replaced it with an amazing signup bonus of 70,000 points!  (This is the same offer that has previously been available only in Chase branches).

Chase Ink Plus 70,000 Point Application Link

Back in March 2014, I held the March Madness of Credit Cards tournament.  The Chase Ink Plus was, and still is, my #1 credit card on the market today.  The ability to earn points on a monthly basis is second to none.

In order to qualify for this bonus, you must spend $5,000 within 3 months!  This 70,000 point signup bonus is only available until October 10, 2014.  So if you're considering pulling the trigger on an application, do so quickly!

Bonus Categories

Transfer points to United Airlines

Transfer points to United Airlines

  • 5x points - cell phone bills, internet, cable, and office supply stores
  • 2x points - hotel accommodations purchased through the hotel websites and gas stations
  • 1x points - everywhere else

Considering paying $100 in Cable/Internet per month and $100 in a cell phone bill.  That's $200/month that is subject to 5x points.  At that rate, with two monthly bills alone, you'll earn 12,000 points annually.

Other Features

  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 points transfer to the following frequent travel programs
    • Amtrak Guest Rewards
    • British Airways Executive Club
    • Hyatt Gold Passport
    • IHG Rewards Club
    • Korean Air SKYPASS
    • Marriott Rewards
    • Ritz-Carlton Rewards
    • Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
    • Southwest Rapid Rewards
    • United MileagePlus
  • $95 annual fee
  • Trip Cancellation/Trip Interruption Insurance
  • Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver
  • Purchase Protection

Can I Apply For A Business Card?

Yes, you can!  The Chase Ink Plus is advertised as a business credit card.  However, you can apply for this card with your SSN.  I've had many friends apply for this card and when asked their business name, they use their personal name.

Don't lie on your credit card application - - - That is fraud.  Tell the truth and if you have to call the Chase reconsideration line, explain to them that you're wishing to segregate expenses.

Relax in Singapore Airlines First Class - Made possible with Chase Ink Plus points

Relax in Singapore Airlines First Class - Made possible with Chase Ink Plus points

10,000 Points For Referrals

As part of this limited time offer, Chase is dishing out 10,000 points for each successful Chase Ink Plus referral made prior to October 10, 2014 through their Chase Refer A Friend program.  Go to this website, enter your last name, zip code, and last four digits of your Ink Plus card.  Then share the link on Twitter, Facebook or e-mail the offer to friends and family!

chase-ink-10000-point-referral-bonus

There is a limit of 50,000 points, or five referrals.

Conclusions

I have earned hundreds of thousands of points with the Chase Ink line of credit cards.  I have transferred those points to Hyatt Gold Passport, United MileagePlus, Southwest Rapid Rewards and British Airways Executive Club.

The above offer states that the points are worth $875.  To me, that is a highly conservative valuation.  Consider this - nightly rates at the Park Hyatt New York constantly are around $900. It costs 30,000 points to get one free night at this property.  With the signup bonus from the Chase Ink Plus, you'll have enough for two free nights at this great property, worth $1,800 in value.

The above example is one of thousands in which you can get significant value out of this signup bonus!  If you still aren't convinced that Chase Ultimate Rewards is the program for you, please take a look at my In-Depth Guide to Chase Ultimate Rewards.  If you don't have a Chase Ink Plus card, now is the time to apply!!!

Take a dip in the Park Hyatt New York pool - Free nights are 30,000 points

Take a dip in the Park Hyatt New York pool - Free nights are 30,000 points


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IHG PointBreaks September 29 - November 30, 2014

IHG has released their latest edition of PointBreaks for eligible stays completed between September 29 - November 30, 2014.  For 5,000 IHG Rewards points per night you can get a free night at some great IHG properties.  The supply of PointBreaks nights at these properties is limited, so book early and often!

Here are a few photos of some properties on this PointBreaks list.  (See the full list below).

Crowne Plaza Tequendama Bogota, Columbia

Crowne Plaza Tequendama Bogota, Columbia

Intercontinental Nha Trang, Vietnam

Intercontinental Nha Trang, Vietnam

Beach Access at the Holiday Inn, Destin, Florida

Beach Access at the Holiday Inn, Destin, Florida

United States

ALABAMA
HOLIDAY INN HUNTSVILLE-RESEARCH PARK
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES SELMA

ARIZONA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS NOGALES
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES MARANA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES WILLCOX

ARKANSAS
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES HEBER SPRINGS
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS JONESBORO
CROWNE PLAZA LITTLE ROCK
HOLIDAY INN HOTEL AND SUITES ROGERS-
PINNACLE HILLS


CALIFORNIA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS BAKERSFIELD
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES BEAUMONT-
OAK VALLEY

STAYBRIDGE SUITES SAN DIEGO RANCHO BERNARDO
AREA

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS WESTLEY NORTH- PATTERSON
AREA


COLORADO
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS COLORADO SPRINGS AIRPORT
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES DENVER TECH
CENTER-ENGLEWOOD

HOLIDAY INN DENVER-PARKER-E470/PARKER RD
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES PUEBLO NORTH

CONNECTICUT
CANDLEWOOD SUITES WINDSOR LOCKS BRADLEY ARPT

FLORIDA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES BROOKSVILLE-I-75
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES DESTIN E - COMMONS
MALL AREA

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES JACKSONVILLE AIRPORT
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES ORANGE CITY
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES TAMPA-ANDERSON
RD/VETERANS EXP

HOLIDAY INN TAMPA WESTSHORE - AIRPORT AREA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES TAVARES - LEESBURG

GEORGIA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES HIAWASSEE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES LAGRANGE
CANDLEWOOD SUITES MACON
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS SAVANNAH-I-95 NORTH

IDAHO
CANDLEWOOD SUITES BOISE-MERIDIAN

ILLINOIS
HOLIDAY INN HOTEL AND SUITES CHICAGO-CAROL
STREAM (WHEATON)

CANDLEWOOD SUITES ELGIN NW-CHICAGO
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES LAKE ZURICH-
BARRINGTON

STAYBRIDGE SUITES PEORIA-DOWNTOWN
CANDLEWOOD SUITES SPRINGFIELD

INDIANA
HOLIDAY INN EVANSVILLE AIRPORT
CANDLEWOOD SUITES INDIANAPOLIS AIRPORT
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS FORT WAYNE-EAST (NEW HAVEN)
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS PORTAGE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES SHELBYVILLE
INDIANAPOLIS


IOWA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES DUBUQUE-WEST
CANDLEWOOD SUITES WATERLOO- CEDAR FALLS

KANSAS
CANDLEWOOD SUITES JUNCTION CITY/FT. RILEY
CANDLEWOOD SUITES SALINA
CANDLEWOOD SUITES WICHITA-AIRPORT
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES WICHITA NORTHEAST

KENTUCKY
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES ELIZABETHTOWN
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES MURRAY
CANDLEWOOD SUITES PADUCAH

LOUISIANA
STAYBRIDGE SUITES COVINGTON
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES NATCHITOCHES
HOLIDAY INN LAKE CHARLES W - SULPHUR

MARYLAND
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES GERMANTOWN-
GAITHERSBURG

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS WALDORF

MASSACHUSETTS
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS BROCKTON - BOSTON
HOLIDAY INN TAUNTON-FOXBORO AREA

MICHIGAN
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES BENTON HARBOR
HOLIDAY INN FLINT - GRAND BLANC AREA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES HOWELL

MINNESOTA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES ALBERT LEA - I-35
HOLIDAY INN BLMGTN ARPT SOUTH- MALL AREA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES MANKATO EAST

MISSISSIPPI
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES GREENVILLE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES MERIDIAN
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES STARKVILLE
CANDLEWOOD SUITES TUPELO NORTH

MISSOURI
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES KANSAS CITY-
LIBERTY (HWY 152)

CANDLEWOOD SUITES ST. JOSEPH

NEBRASKA
STAYBRIDGE SUITES LINCOLN NORTHEAST
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS OMAHA WEST - 90TH STREET

NEW JERSEY
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS PARAMUS
CANDLEWOOD SUITES SOMERSET

NEW MEXICO
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES TRUTH
OR CONSEQUENCES


NEW YORK
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS HAUPPAUGE-LONG ISLAND
HOLIDAY INN ORANGEBURG-ROCKLAND/BERGEN CO

NORTH CAROLINA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES CONOVER
(HICKORY AREA)

HOLIDAY INN LUMBERTON NORTH - I-95
CANDLEWOOD SUITES RALEIGH CRABTREE
HOLIDAY INN ROCKY MOUNT - I-95 AT US 64

OHIO
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES DEFIANCE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES YOUNGSTOWN (N. LIMA/BOARDMAN)
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS TOLEDO NORTH
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS CINCINNATI-WEST CHESTER

OKLAHOMA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES OKLAHOMA CITY-
BETHANY

CANDLEWOOD SUITES LAWTON FORT SILL
HOLIDAY INN OKLAHOMA CITY NORTH-QUAIL SPGS
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS TULSA (CENTRAL)

OREGON
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES ASHLAND
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS PORTLAND SE-
CLACKAMAS AREA


PENNSYLVANIA
STAYBRIDGE SUITES ALLENTOWN BETHLEHEM
AIRPORT

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS ALTOONA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES DRUMS-
HAZLETON (I-80)

HOLIDAY INN LANSDALE

SOUTH CAROLINA
HOLIDAY INN ANDERSON
CANDLEWOOD SUITES GREENVILLE

SOUTH DAKOTA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES RAPID CITY

TENNESSEE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS ATHENS
CANDLEWOOD SUITES KNOXVILLE

TEXAS
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES BURLESON/
FT. WORTH

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES DALLAS PARK
CENTRAL NORTHEAST

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES DEL RIO
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES EL PASO WEST
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES JACKSONVILLE
HOLIDAY INN KILLEEN - FORT HOOD
CANDLEWOOD SUITES LONGVIEW
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES MISSION-
MCALLEN AREA

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES PLAINVIEW
CANDLEWOOD SUITES SAN ANTONIO NW
MEDICAL CENTER

STAYBRIDGE SUITES SAN ANTONIO - STONE OAK
CANDLEWOOD SUITES TEXARKANA

UTAH
HOLIDAY INN HOTEL AND SUITES SALT LAKE CITY-
AIRPORT WEST


VIRGINIA
HOLIDAY INN CHANTILLY-DULLES EXPO (ARPT)
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS FREDERICKSBURG
SOUTHPOINT

CANDLEWOOD SUITES WASHINGTON-DULLES
HERNDON

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES ROCKY MOUNT/
SMITH MTN LAKE

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES WARRENTON

WASHINGTON
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES RICHLAND
HOLIDAY INN SPOKANE AIRPORT
STAYBRIDGE SUITES VANCOUVER-PORTLAND METRO

WEST VIRGINIA
HOLIDAY INN HOTEL AND SUITES CHARLESTON WEST

WISCONSIN
CANDLEWOOD SUITES KENOSHA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES WAUSAU

WYOMING
HOLIDAY INN ROCK SPRINGS

Europe

FINLAND
HOLIDAY INN HELSINKI - WEST RUOHOLAHTI

IRELAND
CROWNE PLAZA DUBLIN - NORTHWOOD

ITALY
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS FOLIGNO

POLAND
HOLIDAY INN WARSAW - JOZEFOW

PORTUGAL
HOLIDAY INN PORTO - GAIA

SWITZERLAND
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS LUZERN - NEUENKIRCH

TURKEY
CROWNE PLAZA BURSA

UNITED KINGDOM
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS ROTHERHAM - NORTH
HOLIDAY INN SOUTHEND

Asia

INDIA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AHMEDABAD ASHRAM ROAD

JAPAN
ANA HOTELS AND RESORTS MATSUYAMA
CROWNE PLAZA - ANA KUMAMOTO NEW SKY
ANA HOTELS AND RESORTS OKAYAMA

VIETNAM
INTERCONTINENTAL NHA TRANG

CHINA-PEOPLES REPUBLIC
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS BEIJING AIRPORT ZONE
CROWNE PLAZA HUANGSHAN YUCHENG
CROWNE PLAZA HUIZHOU

Middle East & Africa

ISRAEL
CROWNE PLAZA JERUSALEM

JORDAN
CROWNE PLAZA AMMAN

Central & South America

ARGENTINA
HOLIDAY INN BUENOS AIRES EZEIZA AIRPORT

BRAZIL
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS MACEIO PONTA VERDE

COLOMBIA
CROWNE PLAZA TEQUENDAMA BOGOTA
HOLIDAY INN BUCARAMANGA CACIQUE

Mexico

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS CHIHUAHUA
HOLIDAY INN MONCLOVA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS TORREON
HOLIDAY INN MEXICO COYOACAN
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS GUADALAJARA EXPO
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS PUERTO VALLARTA
HOLIDAY INN MONTERREY VALLE
CROWNE PLAZA QUERETARO
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS GUAYMAS
HOLIDAY INN TAMPICO ALTAMIRA

Canada

NOVA SCOTIA
HOLIDAY INN SYDNEY - WATERFRONT

ONTARIO
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES MILTON
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS SAULT STE MARIE


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American Express Small Business Saturday - $30 Credits Per Card

Small Business Saturday by American Express returns on November 29, 2014.  If you're unfamiliar with Small Business Saturday, it is a promotion by American Express to promote small businesses throughout America.

Historically, the Saturday after Thanksgiving has been Small Business Saturday.  Cardholders would have to register each American Express credit card for the promotion.  Then on Small Business Saturday, you could use your registered AMEX cards to make purchases at participating small businesses.  

American Express used to award cardholders with a $20 statement credit, per registered card in the form of a statement credit.  For 2013, they cut the credit to $10 per card.  For 2014, the promotion is back and better than ever!

Up to $30 in statement credits per AMEX

That's right, according to the terms and conditions, you can get three $10 statement credits per American Express credit card!

Limit three (3) $10 statement credits per eligible American Express Card. To receive the offer, Card Members must register any eligible American Express Card for this offer. Corporate cards and alll prepaid Card products (other than American Express Serve® and Bluebird®) are not eligible.
— Small Business Saturday Terms & Conditions

Not only did American Express increase the promotion to $30/card, but they're allowing people to use Bluebird and Serve accounts as well.  For a full list of terms and conditions, please visit this webpage.

How to maximize this deal

Every American Express card has a different number.  Meaning that if you have an authorized user on your account, his or her card will have a different number than yours!

Why is this important?

Because with Small Business Saturday, you are allowed to register a ton of different cards and each of one those cards can get up to $30 in statement credits!

Additionally, if you have a Bluebird or Serve account, they too are now eligible for the promotion!

How does it work?

Beginning at 12:00AM MST, on November 16th, you can register for Small Business Saturday, so mark your calendars!

For each card, you are allowed three $10 statement credits.  Meaning you need to spend at least $10, three times, at small businesses to get the full benefit.

I plan on using my cards to buy $10 gift cards to different restaurants around town!

Keep in mind that a couple purchases that add up to $10 will not qualify for the statement credit.  You have to spend $10 or more!

Also a good thing to remember, is that you only have one day to do this - November 29, 2014.

My Two Cents

I'm very excited for this year's version of Small Business Saturday.  Last year's promotion for $10/card was hardly even worth the effort.  This year, I'll be going all in and my Starwood Preferred American Express Card will be doing some serious work!


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Up To 3,000 SPG Points Per Stay With Sheraton Club Rooms

Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) and American Express are teaming up to offer up to 3,000 bonus SPG points for stays at Sheraton Club Rooms through November 30, 2014.  

In order to get in on this promotion, you need to do the following:

  1. Sign up for an SPG account here if you don't already have one
  2. Register for the promotion at this website
  3. Book at least one night in a Sheraton Club Room
  4. Pay for your Sheraton Club room using any American Express credit card (preferably the SPG American Express for 5x points spent at SPG properties)
  5. Collect your bonus miles based on how many nights you stay
    1. Stay one night and earn 500 Starpoints
    2. Stay two consecutive nights and earn 1,000 Starpoints
    3. Stay three consecutive nights and earn 3,000 Starpoints

There are no limits to how many bonus Starpoints you earn with this promotion.  For a full list of terms and conditions, please visit this webpage.

Two Examples

In my first example I look at booking two nights at the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel checking in October 3rd, and out on October 5th.  As you can see below, the Club Level rooms will cost you $30 more per night.  Under this scenario, you are basically paying $60 + tax for 1,000 bonus points.  That means you're buying points at $.06/point (before tax).  This valuation would decrease based on how valuable you think Club Level status is, but at $.06/point, I would never do this.

In my next example, I searched for a three-night stay in Orlando, Florida checking in on November 13th and out on November 16th.  I found availability at the Sheraton Orlando North Hotel.  Regular rooms were going for $104/night while Club Level rooms were booking out at $131/night.  For an extra $27/night x 3 = $81, you will get 3,000 bonus points.  You're essentially buying 3,000 points at $.027/point.  Although I consider this valuation significantly better, it still seems a bit pricey, strictly to go for the bonus points.

My Two Cents

I've stayed at some Sheraton properties in the past in which we had club access.  The Sheraton Club is pretty nice in that you can get breakfast, snacks, drinks and have a place to go other than your hotel room.

However, it would take the right scenario for me to pay for Club Level access in order to obtain these bonus points.  I value SPG points around $.02/point.  Therefore, if you're paying over $.02/point, I usually won't spring for it.


To keep up with all bonus promotions, bookmark the Bonus Promotions page.

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