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Monday, 31 July 2017

IHG Hotels Point Breaks Are OUT! Stays From $30USD per night!

Every 3 months, the Intercontinental Hotels Group, which includes Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, and extended stay hotels such as Candlewood Suites and Staybridge Suites releases a limited number of hotels that instead of 10K +++ IHG points per night, they only charge 5K IHG points.
For those of you with IHG Points, HERE'S the current link to the hotels that are eligible for Point Breaks, but each hotel takes only 200 reservations and you can only book up to 2 reservations per hotel, for as long a stay as you wish, as long as the stay ends before October 31st, 2017.  That means you could stay at an IHG Point Break hotel for a week for 35K IHG points!

For those who do NOT have any IHG points:

Now if you don't have any IHG points, you can exchange them with other point systems such as Aeroplan, through Points.com.  You WON'T get value for your dollar, but it will get you your foot in the door.  You can exchange a minimum of 15K Aeroplan points for 10,588 IHG points (at today's exchange).  That's worth 2 free nights at an IHG property.  If you don't have enough Aeroplan points, you can always transfer AMEX Membership Rewards points to Aeroplan instantaneously (if you have AMEX points--if you don't, click HERE to find out how to get AMEX points!

There's a trick through the IHG website which allows one to buy more points at a rate of $30 for 5K IHG points, a MUCH better rate thatn with Aeroplan.
You book a "Cash & Points" combo hotel stay through the IHG website after having the minimum 5K IHG points in your IHG account.
If you have less than 15K IHG points but more than 10K (such as by purchasing 10,588 with 15K Aeroplan points), you can book a stay at the Holiday Inn Auburn from September 4th to the 5th, with 10K IHG Points and $65USD cash.  When you cancel your stay, you won't get back the $65USD, but instead, you'll get an additional 10K IHG points along with the 10K IHG you used to make the reservation, meaning you paid $65 for 10K IHG points, or $32.50USD for enough points for a one night stay at a Point Break Hotel!   See below:

IHG® Rewards Club Reward Nights
  • FREE Cancellation until 6:00 PM local hotel time on September 4, 2017
  • No deposit required
  • Points + Cash bookings are charged immediately, and cancellations are refunded in points only.
* per night
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Choose the Crowne Plaza Syracuse, for example, same 1 night stay, and get offered $89 plus 15K IHG points for the stay, and when you cancel, you get back 15K plus the original 15K that you used, so you just paid $89 for 15K IHG points, less than $30USD for 5K points!  See below:

IHG® Rewards Club Reward Nights
  • FREE Cancellation until 6:00 PM local hotel time on September 3, 2017
  • No deposit required
  • Points + Cash bookings are charged immediately, and cancellations are refunded in points only.
* per night
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Book while you still can!!

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Want a 10 Cent Glow In The Dark Fidget Spinner with pennies for shipping?

Gearbest is currently, with promo code CBColorful, selling glow in the dark fidget spinners, shipping from overseas for 10 cents plus a few pennies for shipping.  You can get one of EVERY colour, while supplies last!! ONE colour per order, so you can get up to 6 (6 colours) in one order!  Unreal, and how is this going to help you achieve your vacation goals?  I don't know, but it's a crazzzzy deal you'll tell your grandkids about when your taking them on your ultimate vacation!!  The price will drop after you put the promo code in.
You'll need to register your account first with Gearbest.
Click here to go the website.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Sign Up Bonus 20,000 for the SPG AMEX in Canada



SPG, the Starwood Preferred Guests hotel chain, in conjunction with American Express, is currently offering the 20K SPG (equivalent after switching them to 75K Marriott points)--and you can apply and receive the welcome bonus EVEN if you've had the card before (be it the personal or business card).   CLICK THE PICS ABOVE (BUSINESS CARD ON THE LEFT, PERSONAL ON THE RIGHT) to take advantage of this offer!

SPG that was bought out a few months back by Marriott, is by far the most lucrative hotel credit card you can get--the reason being that you can use the points not just for hotels in the SPG chain, but to transfer to over 40 different airlines--and an even better option is to transfer your points to Marriott with at least 270K (90K SPG), at which point you can turn them into a 1 week stay at a Marriott property category 5 (that's a Marriott property that costs up to 25K Marriott points per night, making it worth up to 125K Marriott points) PLUS a boatload of points to the airline of your choice, including United Airlines, that does not charge fuel surcharges on its overseas flights, meaning you can fly on Air Canada (a United affiliate through the Star Alliance), and get yourself 132K United Mileage plus points!

Here's the chart and the airlines you can switch your points to:
You’ll receive 10% more MileagePlus miles when you redeem for a Marriott Rewards Hotel + Air Package, up to 12,000 more miles. Your bonus miles are shown below. Discover all the advantages of RewardsPlus.
7 Nights + 55,000 Miles7 Nights + 77,000 Miles7 Nights + 110,000 Miles7 Nights + 132,000 Miles
Category 1-5200,000 | View220,000 | View250,000 | View270,000 | View
Category 6230,000 | View250,000 | View280,000 | View300,000 | View
Category 7260,000 | View280,000 | View310,000 | View330,000 | View
Category 8290,000 | View310,000 | View340,000 | View360,000 | View
Category 9320,000 | View340,000 | View370,000 | View390,000 | View
Tier 1-3350,000 | View370,000 | View400,000 | View420,000 | View
Tier 4-5470,000 | View490,000 | View520,000 | View540,000 | View

Hotel + Air Package 1:

7 Nights + 50,000 Miles or Avios7 Nights + 70,000 Miles or Avios7 Nights + 100,000 Miles or Avios7 Nights + 120,000 Miles or Avios
Category 1-5200,000 | View220,000 | View250,000 | View270,000 | View
Category 6230,000 | View250,000 | View280,000 | View300,000 | View
Category 7260,000 | View280,000 | View310,000 | View330,000 | View
Category 8290,000 | View310,000 | View340,000 | View360,000 | View
Category 9320,000 | View340,000 | View370,000 | View390,000 | View
Tier 1-3350,000 | View370,000 | View400,000 | View420,000 | View
Tier 4-5470,000 | View490,000 | View520,000 | View540,000 | View
Participating Airlines: Aeromexico, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Copa Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, GOL/Varig, Hawaiian Airlines, Iberia Airlines, Virgin Atlantic

Hotel + Air Package 2:

7 Nights + 35,000 Miles

7 Nights + 50,000 Miles7 Nights + 70,000 Miles7 Nights + 85,000 Miles
Category 1-5200,000 | View220,000 | View250,000 | View270,000 | View
Category 6230,000 | View250,000 | View280,000 | View300,000 | View
Category 7260,000 | View280,000 | View310,000 | View330,000 | View
Category 8290,000 | View310,000 | View340,000 | View360,000 | View
Category 9320,000 | View340,000 | View370,000 | View390,000 | View
Tier 1-3350,000 | View370,000 | View400,000 | View420,000 | View
Tier 4-5470,000 | View490,000 | View520,000 | View540,000 | View

Hotel + Air Package 2:

7 Nights + 35,000 Miles

7 Nights + 50,000 Miles7 Nights + 70,000 Miles7 Nights + 85,000 Miles
Category 1-5200,000 | View220,000 | View250,000 | View270,000 | View
Category 6230,000 | View250,000 | View280,000 | View300,000 | View
Category 7260,000 | View280,000 | View310,000 | View330,000 | View
Category 8290,000 | View310,000 | View340,000 | View360,000 | View
Category 9320,000 | View340,000 | View370,000 | View390,000 | View
Tier 1-3350,000 | View370,000 | View400,000 | View420,000 | View
Tier 4-5470,000 | View490,000 | View520,000 | View540,000 | View
Participating Airlines: Aeroflot, airberlin, Air China, Air France/KLM, Alitalia, ANA, Asia Miles, Asiana Airlines, Avianca-TACA LifeMiles, China Eastern, China Southern, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Japan Airlines, Jet Airways, Korean Air SKYPASS, LAN, Lufthansa Miles & More, Multiplus, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Saudia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways Voyager, TAP Air Portugal, Turkish Airlines
I personally love the option to switch  points to Southwest Airlines or JetBlue. While the Southwest deal used to include a companion fare pass with the switch, it's still a lot of points, worth $1700-$2300USD ON TOP of the 1 week stay at a Marriott property.  You can ask to have them extend the certificate once, and if you need to, do so just before it expires, as they will only renew it for another year from the date that you call them.

If you're desperate for Aeroplan points, and don't want to go about getting them this way, you can make a straight up switch from SPG to Aeroplan AND get a THIRTY FIVE PERCENT BONUS that Aeroplan is currently offering for switches from hotel points until August 21st, so you'll have to act quickly to apply and meet the $1500 spending threshold on the card.  And yes, the cards come with an annual fee of $120 on the personal version and $150 for the business version (which is eligible to be deducted as a business expense) but for the number of points you're getting, it's worth it.  Also, keep in mind that if you choose to apply for the business card first, and then apply before October 18th for the personal, you have the choice of cancelling the business and getting the personal card, along with a pro-rated refund on the business card or vice-versa.  You can also refer you spouse, friends, or family members and get 10K SPG points for doing so!  The link is found on the AMEX website once you already have an SPG card.  That could mean a LOT of SPG points for you and your spouse, and know that you can combine SPG points from the same address--it takes a few days to be processed, making it easier to rake up the points  in one account and transfer them to either an airline or to the Marriott miles and nights promotion!  Call Marriott at 1-800-321-7396 to transfer points this way.