Rookie Sunday: Save Money on Hotels By Using Cash Back Portals

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Save money with Amex Offers and cashback portals!

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Many of us enjoy free (or significantly discounted) hotel nights — thanks to points/stays earned through loyalty programs and/or hotel credit cards. But if you must pay money (the horror!) for a hotel, remember many major chains participate in cashback portals.

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ROOKIE WEDNESDAY: When and How You Earn Hotel Bonus Elite Points Paying with Their Co-Branded Credit Card

US Grant hotel in downtown San Diego, California.

Many hotels promise extra loyalty program points when you use their co-branded credit cards to pay for your stay at their properties. For example, the IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card currently offers 40 points per dollar spent on IHG stays during the first year you hold the card (it dips to 25X starting year two). The Hilton Honors American Express Surpass Card (learn how to apply) rewards 12X bonus Honors points for each dollar … Continue reading

Rookie Wednesday: CLEAR’s Discounts for Delta Travelers (and Not Just Elite Flyers!)

The CLEAR enrollment center at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS).

Welcome to a regular feature on the Renés Points blog. This blog series covers in a “rookie” way either a Delta or travel related theme and attempts to break down to a basic level each topic. You can read up on all the previous posts HERE. Now on to this featured topic. CLEAR is a service both René and I love. Many Delta flyers — not just elites — can take advantage of fairly significant … Continue reading

Rookie Wednesday: What Are Some Rules and Tips About the Delta Amex Companion Passes?

Welcome to a regular feature on the Renés Points blog. This blog series covers in a “rookie” way either a Delta or travel related theme and attempts to break down to a basic level each topic. You can read up on all the previous posts HERE. Now on to this featured topic.   The companion certificate awarded annually to Delta Amex Platinum and Reserve cardholders can be a great benefit. But a few restrictions, rules, … Continue reading

Rookie Wednesday: When Is Delta One *Not Really* Delta One?

Welcome to a regular feature on the Renés Points blog. This blog series covers in a “rookie” way either a Delta or travel related theme and attempts to break down to a basic level each topic. You can read up on all the previous posts HERE. Now on to this featured topic. You’re excited! Why? You’re flying a Delta domestic route on a plane outfitted with Delta One seats — and have a seat assignment … Continue reading

Rookie Wednesday: Does Having Lots of Credit / Travel Cards Hurt Your Credit Score?

Welcome to a regular feature on the Renés Points blog. This blog series covers in a “rookie” way either a Delta or travel related theme and attempts to break down to a basic level each topic. You can read up on all the previous posts HERE. Now on to this featured topic. I, Chris, have around 18 open credit cards in my name right now (René tells me he has 22 after getting 3 new … Continue reading