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Reminder: Register for American Express Small Business Saturday

As a friendly reminder, if you are a cardholder of an American Express, you need to register each card for American Express' Small Business Saturday.

On November 29, 2014 (the Saturday after Thanksgiving), you can spend up to $30 on each American Express cards at small businesses, and receive $30 in statement credits per card!

There might not be any better ways to get free money!!!


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Up To 7,500 Marriott Points - Canada Stays

If you're headed to Canada between December 15, 2014 and March 1, 2015, you may be able to snag some serious bonus points with Marriott Rewards.

In order to get your bonus points, book a stay that includes at least one night Thursday-Sunday.  You will get 1,500 bonus points for each stay, up to 7,500 bonus points.  When booking you will want to use promotion code: MRP.

According to the terms and conditions, there are some blackout dates.

Participating hotel properties:

My Two Cents

Although this isn't a powerhouse promotion, it's worth taking a look at if you're going to be making a trip to Canada!


For a current list of promotions, see the Bonus Promotions page.

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Southwest Companion Passes Up For Grabs - ACT NOW!

My favorite blog posts are those in which I can provide advice based on past experiences that I have had.  Today is one of those posts and it involves the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards credit cards by Chase.

My Past Experience

About a year ago from right now, Chase offered a 50,000 point signup bonus on their popular Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards credit cards.  My goal was to apply for the personal and business versions of these credit cards.  In doing so I would earn 100,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards points through signup bonuses and be well on my way to the 110,000 needed to achieve Companion Pass Status.

What is the Southwest Companion Pass?

Southwest offers their Companion Pass to their most frequent flyers...errrrr...those who know how to earn 110,000 miles in a calendar year.  The Companion Pass allows the recipient to designate a companion.  That companion will fly free whether the original ticket is booked with points or paid for with cash.

The best part is that the Companion Pass lasts for the year in which you earn it PLUS the entire next calendar year.

Back to my Past Experience...

In October 2013, I laid out a plan to get this Companion Pass.  Here is the sequence of my blog posts explaining the series of events.

Since achieving the Southwest Companion Pass, my wife and I have taken the following flights:

  • St. Louis to Portland (O/W)
  • Portland to Las Vegas (R/T)
  • Portland to Denver (R/T)
  • Portland to New York (R/T)

On January 1st we will take an epic that goes from Portland to Las Vegas to Atlanta, continuing from Fort Lauderdale to Albuquerque and back to Portland.

All of those flights FOR TWO PEOPLE - Free

THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW

I can't stress this enough.  Right now is the absolute best time to apply for the Southwest credit cards!  Let me break it down for you.

1.  The signup bonus requires you to spend $2,000 within 3 months.  Applying for the card now gives you until February to complete the minimum spending requirement.

2.  The key here is to NOT complete the minimum spending requirement until January.  The way I did it was to ensure that my card cutoff date was the 4th of every month.  You can call Chase and they will allow you to do this.

3.  Using a statement cutoff of the 4th of each month, I began spending on my cards on December 5th.  And instead of trying to meet the $2,000 on each card, I spent $10,000 on both cards combined (with a minimum of $2,000 on each card).  Doing this gave me 10,000 points from spending and 100,000 points from 2 signup bonuses on January 4th when my credit card statement cut off.

4.  Because I had 110,000 points hit my account on January 4th, I earned the Companion Pass for 2014 AND ALL OF 2015.  Nearly two full years of COMPANION PASS STATUS!!!

My Two Cents

This is the best deal in domestic travel!  Don't screw it up by applying for the two cards and getting excited and completing the minimum spend in 2014!  Be methodical and precise on your actions!  The payoff is massive.

I can honestly say that the Southwest Companion Pass is the best thing that has happened to us in the last couple of years (travel-wise that is).

Good luck and happy app-o-ramas to all!


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Alaska Airlines Buy 2 Flights, Get 1 Free (Plus Tax)

I received an e-mail from Alaska Airlines yesterday regarding a new winter promotion they are putting on.  As a note, this promotion is valid for residents of Washington, Oregon and California.  From now through January 31, 2015, fly two round-trip flights between the following cities and you could earn another round-trip flight to one of the same destinations:

  • Bend/Redmond, OR
  • Bozeman, MT
  • Kalispell, MT
  • Kelowna, MT
  • Mammoth Lakes, CA
  • Reno, NV
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Steamboat Springs, CO
  • Sun Valley, ID
  • Vancouver, BC

As per the terms and conditions, you must complete the first two round-trip flights prior to January 31, 2015.  You will then earn another round-trip flight that must be used between February 1, 2015 and April 30, 2015.  The third flight will be free (with taxes of course).  There is a maximum of one free round-trip ticket per person.

You must also register at this website.

My Two Cents

I really like this promotion.  If you're an avid skier and can make three ski trips in the next 6 months, this is right up your alley.  Families should pay attention to as a third free flight for all of the kiddos may be really worth it!


For a current list of promotions, see the Bonus Promotions page.

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