Time for Lisa’s latest round of cards before year end. Good to have team work + SWAG Saturday is back!

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Everyone in the travel space knows, hands down, one of the best ways to earn huge amounts of points is with travel cards. The only thing better than working to maintain a HIGH credit score and ALWAYS paying our card off in full each month, to aid in getting 100% approvals, is to be married to someone who also works to maintain a HIGH credit score so they can get a bunch of points to spend as a family!

My wife this round went for and was approved for:

So why did “we” pick these cards and why all on one day? If you are new to this way of earning points, simply look at the “Rookie Tab” on the blog to get up to speed. Next, we have four different banks. Let’s look at why.

AMEX now is very picky on consumer cards. For so many you are talking once ever for a new card bonus. However, the business cards are under the old rules. That is, you can only get the new card bonus if it has been 365+ days since you got the new card bonus before. Our supply of SPG points is low and after spend we are adding 30,000 more.

Chase now has once every 24 months for new card bonus points. It had been longer than that since she both got the bonus and held that card. With the shared family account her Avios points are my Avios points. This works great for our coming plans.

US Bank Club Carlson card Lisa had downgraded not all too long ago to the no-fee version. So it was time to add a new one that does have a fee but will add 85,000+ points after spend to her Club Carlson account and bump her back up to Gold again.

Barclay’s bank you have to be careful with. They are somewhat crazy and mean. In the past MANY years of applying for cards they are the only bank to tell my Lisa NO for a card. Even with a perfect credit score they are harsh with folks. If you are going to go for more cards with them you have to show use on other cards with them. Lisa does have an Arrival PLUS card and does spend on that so it helped get the no annual fee version of the Arrival card. $210 free from Barclay’s – we will take it! BTW e-Mail me please if you need Barclay’s links.

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As you can see from my latest round of cards, my Club Carlson points have posted this month after just one trip to my local Kroger and one day of loading to BB. I will have GOLD status for another year for the fee for the card. That works.

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But this is also SWAG Saturday! After this long intro I have to say the rules are HERE for this giveaway and by commenting you are agreeing you have reviewed them. Then to what I need from you for a shot at this week winning $50 in AMAZON e-Gift credits

All I need from you is will you be going for any travel cards before the end of the year? Yes or NO will do but if you have a card (or cards) you can feel free to include that in the comments. Then, next Friday some time, I will, via Random.org, pick a winner – René
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Tonight’s Delta HOOU coupon winners are….. 14,48, 12, 9 & 24 (is that you?)!

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Time to giveaway the very kind donation from Graydon that is 20 Delta HOOU coupons. The 5 winners, of 4 coupons each, are (via Random.org):

14 – Quinn

48 – Jamey

12- Giel

9 – Frank

24 – Neil

I will email you right away so I can send them out to you ASAP 1st class mail. Oh, as a bonus, you each get a Delta Points luggage tag (I know how kool right :-) )! – René

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Quick giveaway 5×4 Delta HOOU coupons that expire 31DEC2014 – act fast!

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You would not believe how many readers are sending me expiring HOOUs (thanks Graydon for latest round). Many of you may have accidentally ordered from Skybonus and got stuck with this years expiring ones (I guess I should have posted this one sooner – sorry)!

Anyway, I have 20 coupons to give away and will give away 5 lots of 4 coupons to 5 winners! So, if you are going to fly before the end of the year, and can use 4 HOOUs on your trips, then comment below and maybe say something nice about Graydon in the process ;-)

Again, these EXPIRE 31DEC14 so only comment if you can USE them. I will pick the winners later tonight Friday night when I can and then mail them out tomorrow Saturday to you 1st class mail! – René

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A very late post about last week’s SWAG Saturday CASH, Tumi, Delft house & more winner is…

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Sorry I took so very long to get this winner picked. I was just a tiny bit preoccupied with buying over $6,000 in Debit Gift cards with my INK cards (between my wife and I we have 5) as well as the Small Business Saturday that netted me $240 in free food gift cards. Not bad when you can make well over $600 in travel cash and that much free food for walking in and out of a few stores.

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Now on to the winner of the great SWAG prize that included $50 cash and a bunch of other neat prizes. This week it paid to be last as the very last comment wins via Random.org, that is #145 John who said:

“I don’t have either as of now but should diversify more based on #keepdescending.”

Yes John, both you and others should consider getting and holding both the Discover IT card as well as the Chase Freedom card as the bonus deals each quarter are worthwhile and attempting to max out each round is well worth it.

As you can see we skipped SWAG Saturday this week but it will be sure to return next week with a $50 AMAZON gift card up for grabs – René
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Tonight’s 5 (5 pack) Delta HOOU winners are 13, 23, 12, 21 & 14

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Time to pick via Random.org our Delta HOOU or “Have One ON Us” 5 pack winners. As you can see the first winner who did a re-tweet  of the post was #13 that is Adam Caldwell. There rest of the winner are:

#23 – Marcos

#12 – CycloneHog

#21 – John

#14 – Steph

Contrat’s and I will email you tonight. Please get back to my email ASAP as I would love to put them in the mail to you tomorrow so you can enjoy the 5 pack before 31DEC14 when they expire!

For those of you who did NOT win, you do know you can get 20% for on-board purchases with your Delta AMEX cards right! ;-)

– René
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Pay it Forward – we all need to do this!

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My good friend Jen had an amazing post the other day and it took me all of about 10 seconds to go HELLO! And jump all over this one.

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I was able to sign up for the promo, get a friends cell number and last four of his SSN# and paid $150 and a few days later, as you can see, got the credit back! #Winning! I hope you all check to see if you can register for this promo and then find a friend who uses AT&T and help them out (that is unless you use AT&T yourself, clearly)! Another great reason to have AMEX cards for these and MANY other deals!

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Speaking of pay it forward, in addition to today’s SWAG Saturday (I hope you have entered), I am having another flash giveaway to reward those who stop by and read the blog on weekends. I will tomorrow night LATE give away 5×5 that is 25 Delta HOOU drinks coupons graciously donated by reader Wes (thank you thank you Wes you ROCK)! Now they DO expire on 31DEC2014 so if you are not flying before then please do not enter.

Just leave a comment here on the blog for a chance to win. Want to improve your chance to win then use twitter and click the twitter button below and tweet this post and you will have an extra entry, that is I will keep clicking until I get a winner from twitter and comments and then the rest will go to blog comment only folks! Have fun – René
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Tonight’s SWAG Saturday winner is… (yeah you won before) is that you?

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It sure has been fun to see the response of how many found the blog and what tips you have enjoyed. It is also fun to see so many new and old readers taking part.

Now on to this week’s winner and it is a reader who has won before! I will again say congratulations to #75 that is Rich C who says:

“Found you on boarding area? Been lucky won a couple of your contest already!”

I guess this is number 3? I hope you enjoy the latest SWAG (you must have a collection of luggage tags by now too)! I will contact you soon to get your prize package on the way (and make sure you have not moved) ;-)

Don’t be upset if you did not win this week as I have one more round of the same prize package tomorrow! Just be sure to comment if you want to be like Rich who has WON 3 TIMES NOW! Next week it might as well be your turn :-) – René

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SWAG Saturday: $50 CASH, Tumi Kit, KLM Delft house, Delta Points Polo & more!

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Today is going to be a simple and quick SWAG Saturday and I hope a fun one for a shot to win $50 CASH, Tumi Kit, KLM Delft house, Delta Points Polo  & more!

The rules, real quick, are HERE and by commenting you are agreeing you have reviewed them. The only other add-on rule this week, since the KLM Delft house has Gin inside it, is that you must prove you are over 21 to get it full of Gin. If you are under 21 you will get it empty (& I will enjoy the Gin ;-)  )!

So on to this week’s question for a shot via Random.org to win the SWAG prize. This Monday the 17th will be the 3 year anniversary for the blog. I am not doing anything special that day as I am having fun giveaways all month! But, I would love to know what one tip or little bit of info you have learned and enjoyed from the blog over the past 3 years. If you want, you can mention how long you have been following the blog too. – René
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Tonight’s $100 Delta e-Gift card winning is… (could be you)!

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I love data. I also love to educate flyers. A vast majority of readers did know the value of Avios points, especially for short and direct AA flights here in the USA. However, it was just as lopsided the other way as most did NOT know that Chase has changed the rules so that you can get a new card bonus AGAIN if it has been more than 24 months since you got the card bonus the last time. Including the Chase British Airways Visa Signature® Card (LINK). The makes Chase cards some of the most valuable hands down especially compared to AMEX cards that has changed to one time EVER for most consumer cards.

Now on to this weeks winner. As you can see from random.org above we have Diane B. that is #89 is our $100 Delta e-Gift card winner. Who said:

1. I did not know of the value of this card
2. And I also didn’t know the card could be applied for more than once.

Congratulations Diane I will contact you soon to get your prize to you! Thanks for taking part this week and your input!

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Be sure to check back tomorrow as we have $50 CASH, a Delta Tumi business kit, a Delta Polo shirt, a KLM Delft house (with Gin if you are 21+ empty if you are under 21) and some other Delta Points swag! – René
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SWAG Saturday: $100 Delta e-Gift card up for grabs this week!

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I have a quiz question for you. Tell me, what is one of the cheapest ways to get from a Delta HUB city to a starting point for a DeltaMileageRun (or a vacation for that matter)? Unless you instantly thought “Avios Points” you guessed wrong my friend! I mean take a look at the current great offer from Chase:

 

British Airways Visa Signature® Card <—LINK

  • You will get 50,000 bonus Avios after you make $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.
  • New: $0 Intro Annual Fee The First Year, Then $95.
  • Every calendar year you make $30,000 in purchases on your British Airways Visa Card, you’ll earn a Travel Together Ticket good for two years.
  • In addition to the bonus Avios, you will also get 2.5 Avios for every $1 spent on British Airways purchases and 1.25 Avios for every $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • Pay no foreign transaction fees when you travel abroad.
  • Smart Chip Technology allows you to use your card for chip based purchases in Europe & beyond, while still giving you the ability to use your card as you do today at home.

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Now why do I say this is such a great card for these kinds of direct flights from Delta hubs? Avios is a distance based program and you can spend all the points flying on American Airlines, their partner. You can fly coach the cheapest but, for the most part, 2x coach points for business should you want to go that way. You can check cities with this handy little points calculator on the BA web site btw. Just take a look at how many trips the current 50,000 points bonus offer after spending $2000 within the first 3 months of account opening could get you starting with trips from Atlanta!

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We have seen a BUNCH of amazing DFW based mileage runs as a start point. You could make 3 round trips positioning trips (and home) to DFW from our Delta hub in ATL and still have points left over!

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Check out SLC to DFW! You are talking the same deal as your Atlanta based flyers that is 3 trips with points to spare. Well what about our cold friends to the north in Minneapolis then?

msp to mia

We all know there have been some VERY nice runs out of MIA (like I have been covering as of late) and you could make two of these trips from MSP down to MIA and still have points to spare from just from the bonus points from this one card!

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Oh then there are DTW or Detroit folks. I know you can drive to Chicago if you want to and there have been some sweet deals out of Chicago but you can fly there in no time and make 5 of these round trip flights and still have Avios points left over!

All of the above to me show REAL VALUE when you are a Delta HUB captive and want another choice. Yep, you need to think Avios Points! Plus, if it has been longer that 24 months since you got these bonus points last – YOU CAN GET THEM AGAIN with the British Airways Visa Signature® Card ! (yes it will be my turn soon again)!

So this is SWAG Saturday. The rules are HERE each week so take a look and by commenting you are agreeing you have reviewed them.

What I need from you is simple – just tell me:  If you knew just how valuable Avios points can be for us Delta HUB captives? Also, did you know you can get the new card bonus AGAIN if it has been more than 24 months since you got it last. At least answer those two questions for a shot at the $100 Delta e-Gift card via Random.org this week! – René

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This weeks SWAG Saturday winner is… #71 who said:

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Well there were some interesting results from this weeks question. Many of you will be changing how much you fly Delta next year due to Skymiles2015. Others will be just sticking with our Delta. JRG who Random.org says #71 is the winner tell us:

“Will change; have miles for a ONE WAY, which I look forward to using.”

That will be a plus for us as long as the 3 for 2 award trips don’t go away at the same time. I will contact you soon JRG to get your prize to you!

OK folks, you REALLY don’t want to miss tomorrow’s SWAG Saturday. In fact since this month will be the 3 year anniversary for the blog so ALL of this months prizes will be BIGGER than ever! – René
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SWAG Saturday: Will Skymiles 2015 change how you fly? $40 in GC s & more!

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60 days to go! We only have 60 days until Skymiles2015 is here. As I have talked about before, it really will not affect me personally all that much as I can make SO many more points from Delta AMEX cards than from flying but I know for others it will have an impact.

Before I get on to that, the rules that I need to disclose each week are HERE and by commenting on the blog you are agreeing that you have reviewed them and agree.

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Up for grabs this week we have a $25 Olive Garden gift card, a $15 Subway gift car and most valuable of all a custom Delta Points Polo shirt in your choice of size (and some other swag I may just include on top of all of this)! :-)

So this week I want your input on if the changes will affect your flying. Will you still look always to Delta to fly or will you, especially due to Skymiles2015, consider other carriers. If you want feel free to share anything else about how your travel patterns will either change, stay the same or is it still too soon to make that final call until you see how it all works out in the first few months of 2015. Tell me, and Delta, if your spending and booking plans will change? – René
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This weeks $50 Amazon e-Gift card winner is… #5 (is that you?)!

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Wow did I get some good feedback this week on what works for you for a bag to survive Delta travel. Most are strongly suggesting all carry-on and considering what my bags look like (when I check them) I would very much agree. But on to this weeks winner!

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Congratulations to Brian via Random.org #5 who tells us his advice is:

“Hard, small cases with spinner cases seem to have a great shot at survival.”

There you go! I have, due to many trips to Sweden and having to drag my bags over cobble stones, used the inline skate type wheels for my bags. They work well over these kinds of surfaces. However, my next carry-on will be spinner type as that is so nice in airports!

Be sure to check back later on Saturday for a shot at two nice gift cards as well as another Delta Points custom POLO shirt and other swag as well! – René
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SWAG Saturday: Would you buy a kids bag? $50 Amazon e-Gift to buy whatever!

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The above video is really cute – that no one can argue. Realistic? Well, maybe not so much. Now what should have come out the other end was the thing with large black stripe some place. Oh, and maybe the zipper broken and a wheel busted or TSA tape all over the place. Or, it could just look like my bag does after many trips on Delta / Skyteam:

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Ah well, my dear Lisa is good at patching, sewing and fixing all of “life’s big mysteries” that happen to my bag in Delta’s care!

But on to this week’s SWAG Saturday topic. Since we are talking cute bags, what do you think about this one.

ladybug bag

Don’t care for large crawling bugs? OK everyone loves Panda bears right? I mean look how cute he is.

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Don’t like soft and cute bears? I get you how about space aliens – we all love those?

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So we have lots of cute bags (it seems Delta made the bag for use in the video). My question to you, after you read to the rules found HERE and by commenting you are agreeing you have reviewed them, is what kind of bag works best for you? BTW, a #TravelTip always pay with your Delta AMEX card because the extended warranty they offer is just amazing!

For a shot at a $50 Amazon gift card, do you like hard case or soft? Large or small? Spinner wheels or in-line skate type. What have you found is the very best bag to survive Delta travel? Tell us what works for you and via Random.org I will pick a winner next Friday! – René
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SWAG Saturday: 99.95 pure PLATINUM BAR up for grabs this week!

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Last week I gave away a 1 gram solid GOLD bar. This week we step UP the elite chain and how about a 1 gram PLATINUM bar as a giveaway!

First, as always, the rules, are HERE and do not change from week to week (well most weeks that is). By commenting you are agreeing you have reviewed them! Next on to what I am giving away.

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Since we are talking about Platinum, how about we look at the non-Delta PLATINUM AMEX card. I hold this card and the rewards, especially year one, are huge! Take a look at this card:

The Platinum Card® from American Express

  • Earn 40,000 points after you spend $3,000 on purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.
  • Up to a $200 Airline Fee Credit Annually.
  • To receive the statement credit, you need to select a qualifying airline.
  • There are no foreign transaction fees with purchases made on your Platinum Card.
  • Platinum Card Concierge is your personal resource to help secure a last minute restaurant reservation, or shop for a hard-to-find gift.
  • Terms & restrictions apply.

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Personally, I simply buy Delta e-Gift cards before 31DEC each year and then after 1JAN each year as the $200 for Airline Fee Credit Annually is per year not per YOUR year you have the card. I also love the $100 credit for getting my Global Entry every 5 years and the free TSA Pre check that comes along with it. Oh, then I may have just mentioned it does get you into the Delta Skyclub as well as the amazing Centurion lounges.

So for a shot at winning this week’s solid 1 gram PLATINUM bar all I need from you is to tell me what your favorite perk with the AMEX Platinum card is? – René
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