Category: Chase Freedom

Leveraging 5 Marriott Deals to Get a 50-100% Rebate and Possibly 1+ Year of Marriott Gold/Platinum Elite Status

Once upon a time when TravelWhimsy and I were both working in Hong Kong, the JW Marriott Phuket was our favorite vacation spot. Ever since we moved back to the States, Marriott hasn’t really been our hotel chain of choice.

This fall/winter season, however, we plan to shift almost all of our hotel spending to Marriott because we are looking at a rebate of almost 100% when all is said and done.

If you happen to have hotel needs between now and January 15, 2013, concurrently taking advantage of some or all of the following 5 Marriott-related deals could net you at least a 50% rebate, plus a possible gold or platinum elite status good until February 2014.

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Gift Card Alert #3 – 4 More Days (Until 6/21/2012) – $20 in Free Groceries (20% Return)

Here is the last gift card promo alert for those of you who fit one or more of the following criteria:

  1. You shop at a SUPERVALU-owned grocery store (ACME, Albertsons, Cub, Farm Fresh, Hornbacher’s, Jewel-Osco, Lucky, Save-A-Lot, Shaw’s/Star Market, Shop n’ Save, Shoppers);
  2. You are not interested in $40 worth of FREE Greek yogurt and 2 FREE movie tickets, or don’t have access to a Safeway-owned grocery store;
  3. You are not interested in getting $2 off per gallon of gas (up to $70 off per fill-up), or don’t have access to a Kroger-owned grocery store.

You have 4 more days (until June 21, 2012) to take advantage of the SUPERVALU grocery chain’s gift card promotion – Buy $100 gift cards (8 to choose from), get $20 in free groceries.

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Gift Card Alert #2 – 2 More Days (Until 6/19/2012) – $2 off per Gallon of Gasoline (up to $70)

For those of you not interested in free Greek yogurt and free movie tickets, or don’t have access to a Safeway-owned grocery store, you can spend $500 on gift cards at a Kroger-owned grocery store and save up to $70 for your next fill-up at the gas station. That is a 14% return, before you factor in any bonus points/cash back on your credit cards. You also have 2 more days (until June 19, 2012) to take advantage of this.

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Gift Card Alert #1 – 2 More Days (Until 6/19/2012) – $40 Free Greek Yogurt + 2 Free Movie Tickets (up to $26)

If you love Fage Greek yogurt and movies, you have 2 more days (until June 19, 2012) to get them for free (a $66 value + bonus points/cash back on your credit cards).

$40 Free FAGE Greek Yogurt from Vons / Safeway

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Would You Like to Receive 5% Cash Back (or 5x Points) on Everything You Buy?

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how you could use your Chase Freedom Card to get 5% cash back for your purchases at Walmart & Target. Recently, I also did a follow-up post on what credit cards you might need to maximize the return on your everyday purchases.

A couple of days after I wrote the Walmart post, I updated it with my own experience of purchasing a $500 VISA gift card at my local grocery store and then using it to buy gas. If you don’t mind the trouble of buying and using a prepaid gift card, you will be on your way to earning 5% (5x points) for almost all your purchases. [I started this post over the weekend, but today Frequent Miler posted his new discovery, and I will go over his strategy later in the post, too, for those of you interested.]

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5% Cash Back at Walmart? Chase Freedom Card, April 1 – June 30, 2012!

Most of you are probably aware of the quarterly bonus categories offered by the Chase Freedom Card. The current quarter (April 1 – June 30, 2012) bonus categories are grocery stores and movie theaters. Instead of the normal 1 point per dollar spent, you will receive 5 points per dollar spent, up to a spending limit of $1,500 for the 3-month period.

What you might not know is that your Walmart purchases DO qualify for the bonus points. The terms & conditions of most credit card bonus offers for spending at grocery stores (e.g., American Express, Citi) exclude stores like Walmart or Target. My personal experiences with various Chase cards have proven that Chase is an exception in that area. I have consistently earned bonus miles and points for my purchases at Walmart. Even though the official sample merchant list specifies that only grocery purchases at Walmart or Target qualify for the 5% bonus, it is impossible for Chase to break down your purchases.

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Alert: Chase Freedom Card, $350 Cash-back Bonus Offer

Update (11:45am PST, April 5, 2012): The $350 Chase Freedom offer link is no longer available for new applications.

Update (April 13, 2012): The 50,000 Chase Sapphire Preferred offer link is no longer available for new applications. Check out MillionMileSecrets’ Credit Cards Page for latest offers.

Right after Gary @ViewFromTheWing pointed out how fast Chase had been pulling their higher-than-usual bonus offers, I saw a link posted by a Twitter friend (Thanks, Michael Shimada!) introducing a $350 cash-back offer for signing up for the Chase Freedom card.

In my beginner series, I briefly talked about the benefits of having a combination of the Chase Freedom card and the Chase Sapphire Preferred or the Chase Ink Bold card. The 50,000-point sign-up bonus for the Chase Sapphire Preferred VISA card officially expired yesterday, but you can still get the bonus through this application link (for the MasterCard version).

Chase allows one personal and one business card application on the same day, so if you are interested in getting a combo today, you can apply for the Ink Bold card through MillionMileSecrets’ link.

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Miles & Points 101 – What Credit Card(s) Should You Get?

Before we start, here is a quick index of the “How to Get Started” series:

  1. Things to Think about Before You Start;
  2. What Is a Mile or Point Worth?
  3. Is Your Credit Going to Take a Hit?
  4. What Credit Card(s) Should You Get?
  5. How Do You Keep Track of Everything?
  6. What Else Can You Do to Increase Your Mile & Point Balance?

As a beginner, you might find that there are an overwhelming number of travel-related credit cards out there. In the past year or two,  credit card sign-up bonuses have become so good that a general rule of thumb is NOT to apply for a card unless you get at least $500 (which generally means 50,000 miles/points). Some of the best offers last year all came with 75,000 or 100,000 sign-up bonuses. To help you answer the question “What credit card(s) should you get?” I am going to start by giving you a quick rundown on the three different types of miles & points credit cards.

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