SWAG Saturday: Delta TUMI kit, Tripp*Lite Travel Surge, Luggage Scale, Delta Points Polo & more!

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I have lots of updates for just what works for your MQD exempt spending as I posted about the other day. Things are tracking VERY well with no issues at all so far.

What is an issue is MQM rollovers. The problem is, unlike ALL the past years, some flyers have already got their rollover. Others have not (like me, clearly). So, that really messes up my HOOU giveaway idea. What I will do is let everyone keep guessing the date “most” of us get it and then ALL will have a shot at ONE HOOU each (5 to give away) and some other good stuff I will toss in (seems fair right?)! So go guess (ON THAT POST) any date if you have not as everyone has a shot to win now! :-)

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On to this week’s SWAG contest. The rules are back to normal and you can see them HERE. By commenting you have agreed that you have reviewed them.  Then on to what I want from you for a shot at the travel swag you see above. I am just  thrilled  that I will be MQD exempt in the next few weeks and it will cost me next to nothing (thank you Delta AMEX card).

My question to you is: How long will it take you to reach your MQD exempt spend goal for the year or if you do not need it how long till you reach your MQD spend goal for the year with Delta? Or, if you are not chasing any kind of status with Delta – you can tell us that is the case. Have fun and I will use Random.org to pick the winner late Friday January 16th. – René
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This week’s SWAG Saturday winner is #116 from my guest review on MJ’s blog!

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It really was fun to have my first ever RCI trip published on MJ’s blog. I hope you all enjoy my review of the cruise. But on to the fun stuff.

This week’s winner of all sorts of great travel SWAG is #116 that is Redds821 who said:

“It seems as if I need to take a cruise soon! Thanks for your review of the trip, glad you enjoyed yourself.”

Well thank you and you should. It really is a relaxing way to spend a few days (or many for that matter). I will contact you soon to get your prizes on the way.

Stay tuned for another shot at some great Delta Points SWAG as more is on the way tomorrow! – René

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Tonight’s – gulp – Southwest Air HOOU Drink coupon winners are #4 & #32 (is that you)?

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I have to say, I wish rather than saying I was awarding them based on Random.org who picked #4 & #32, I would have said I will pick the best two comments. There were some classics like:

John DELTA who said: @Rene – They are just taunting you!

Yeah John, they are! Thanks for pointing THAT out to me ;-)

dubaych said: I don’t always fly southwest, but when I do I like to be drinking.

Well dubaych, I would have to agree with that one too.

Mike S said: Would love these drink tickets for my trip in a few weeks to visit family!

In-laws maybe? I don’t know

Isaac said: I would enjoy a drink to fray my nerves after the Southwest cattle roundup at the gate.

Oh Isaac – Shudder – I am so happy I do NOT fly SW Air

MSPDeltaDude said: I don’t let my friends fly Southwest, but when they do I can give them a few drink!

MSP – ROAR! There are so many reasons I like you – this is just one more.

I could go on but my sides hurt already. I need to do more of these and think I will have to do a talent giveaway some day as you all are just too funny!

For now, the winners by random chance are Kelly S #4 and Jackie #32. I will contact you tomorrow and get them on the way to you. You just have to promise to have the DeltaPoints luggage tag on your carry-on when you use them! :-)

Now if you still want to WIN stuff, you have the Delta HOOU contest ongoing until rollover happens and until Friday you can win some SWEET SWAG from THIS post! – René
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SWAG Saturday: This one is going to be kinda different (let me explain).

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I love the sea. I love being on the water & since I love to scuba dive under it as well. It has been a long time since I was last on a cruise ship due to a rather less than pleasant experience with Norwegian Cruise Lines.

However, my “frequent floater” friend MJ asked me if I had ever taken a trip on Royal Caribbean? I said no. He said I HAD to try them sometime. So I started looking for deals and found one recently.

I have to tell you, I have always REALLY looked up to MJ. Before I ever started blogging I always read every word MJ wrote. MJ has lived my dream – to fly commercial planes. I have flown with him behind the yoke and he is an expert and I wish he was still a sky driver today. His blog is one I never miss to this day. So, when MJ asked little old ME to guest post, on HIS BLOG, about my first RCI experience I jumped at the chance!!! You can read that HERE.

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But this is SWAG Saturday. This week I am giving away my now upgraded travel Surge Strip that has a nice cord that tucks out of the way and has 3 outlets and 2 USB ports. A handy luggage scale that can save you from having to re-pack at the airport as well as a Delta TUMI 1st class kit and a Delta Points custom Polo shirt in your size (M-2x). Plus I will toss in some other goodies as well.

This week the rules to enter are different. To have a shot at winning the above, you must comment, NOT HERE, but on MJ’s blog where I have my guest post. All you have to do it is comment (only once please) anything about the post, his blog, cruising, Royal Caribbean heck even about Norwegian if you have been on them. BUT NOT HERE! Only comments on HIS BLOG with my guest post will count this week for a shot to win. I will then, on Friday night the 9th, use Random.org to pick a winner. Have fun! – René
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When will Delta MQM rollover 2015 happen? Guess for a shot at 5 – Brand NEW 2015 HOOUs!

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Last year, that is good old 2014 when there was a Skymiles program worth bragging about, there was something called a HOOU or Have One On Us. The new ones, thanks to reader Noah, look like you see above.

Well, most of us medallions are all a fluster because no matter how HUGE or small our MQM total was, it now reads as ZERO (yikes – but don’t freak out).

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In 2014, it was the 14th of January when MQM rollover started. The year before that, 2013, it was on the 3rd. When will it be this year, the famous travel writer Scott Mayerowitz asked today. Well Scott we all want to know.

To that end, I have today redeemed 10,000 Skybous points that give me 10 HOOUs that expire 31DEC15. In honor of the JOY that 50% off round trip awards, a.k.a. one-way awards, started today, I am giving away 50% of them, that is 5 coupons and keeping 5 for myself to get some Woodford if I end up in coach before 1MARCH15 when we get drinks free (they say) in C+ seats. All you have to do is guess the date that rollover will happen. You ONLY get 1 guess (I know we all want HOOUs since Delta left us high and dry for two months). So will it be quicker or slower than last year? BTW, as soon as it begins it will be too late to enter to win the HOOUs. Sounds good? Let the guessing begin! – René

PS – if more than one reader pick the right date, I will use random.org in the order you guessed to pick the winner! Lastly, it is the day when more than just one or two folks see the rollover hit their accounts!
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This week’s SWAG Saturday winner is… #91 (maybe that is you)!

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Sorry for a much delayed SWAG Saturday drawing. TexasYankee and I finally made it home at 2:AM (today) from our mega run after a few delays out of LAX due to weather.

The winner via Random.org was TJ #91 who said:

“Just got the [Chase] Sapphire Preferred and [Chase] Freedom so done for the year, although pretty tempted by that 50k offer from Barclays US Airways with 10k anniversary bonus.”

Congrats TJ and well done. All of those Chase cards are great choices and I always use/hold my Sapphire Preferred for dining (hello Franklin’s) as well as my Freedom card year after year and max out the 5x Freedom bonus spend as much as I can.

I am on my way home today and will have more updates soon including a review of the Centurion Lounge in SFO as well as the Admirals Club in AUS. – René
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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

PS – Looking for the 50,000 point US AIR card link? Please e-mail me for it!
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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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