20% Bonus Marriott To American Transfers

An interesting promo to convert usually-not-too-great Marriott points into American Airlines miles. It’s a 20% bonus in October on either regular transfers or travel packages. If you have a big pile of Marriott points, I’d definitely take a look.


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End Of Week

A few deals to close out the week:

  • The latest batch of Reduced Mileage Awards is out if you have an American Airlines card. As always, these are pretty damn great.
  • Thanks to Steve for sending this status match link from Avianca Brazil (Star Alliance). A lot of translating looks necessary on that page. Who has the energy to do it right now? Not this guy.
  • This Sunday (10/4) through Saturday (10/10), the $20 Staples gift card deal is back when you buy $300 in Mastercard gift cards. In-store only.
  • A 30,000-point offer on the American Express EveryDay card (pretty strong bonus on a good card).
  • Another fresh $50 from Gett, a competitor of my beloved Uber, in Manhattan.

And with that my nerds, au revoir until Monday!

Edit: Courtesy of Adam, the translation is below. You guys are awesome…

Oh stewardess, I speak Portuguese…”

“If you hold one of the highest categories of loyalty programs from other airlines, now you can have the exclusive benefits of the AMIGO program and Star Alliance
To take advantage of this opportunity, email promo.amigo@aviance.com.br, with a copy of your loyalty card from another airline, your complete name, and your AMIGO number.
Consult the category equivalents below:
Highest level [of another program] = AMIGO Diamond
Second-highest level = AMIGO Gold
Third-highest level = AMIGO Silver
And the benefits of AMIGO for each level of cardholder:
Bonus points-earning
Additional Baggage Allowance
Priority Baggage
Preferential Check-in
Priority Boarding
Choice of Preferred Seating
Dedicated Email Customer Service
And Star Alliance benefits:
Additional Baggage Allowance
Priority Baggage
Preferential Check-in
Priority Boarding
Lounge Access
Priority Stand-By at Airports
Priority on Reservation Stand-By Lists
To learn more about the AMIGO Program, access our site www.avianca.com.br/amigo or call our Call Center at 4004-4040 or 0300-789-8160.
In case you’re not a member of AMIGO, click below to sign up!
Promotion valid Oct 1 to Nov 30, 2015. Only currently valid cards are eligible for the promotion.  The status match will be be conferred within 30 days of the end of the promotion. The AMIGO Program reserves the right to solicit more proof of other loyalty categories, to evaluate the granting of an equivalent category. Any submissions that don’t include necessary facts or which lack legible documentation will not be considered for participation in this promotion.




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Plastiq Promo

I haven’t gotten word of any other issues with Plastiq, so I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt and assume things have gotten better.

Here are some highlights from an email with an interesting promo:

“Starting tomorrow, users who make a payment of at least $500, during the promotion period, will receive the 1.5% MasterCard transaction fee for that payment (ending Tuesday, October 13).

  • For one-time, scheduled or recurring payments, each individual payment must be at least $500.
  • Payment must be made or scheduled within the promotion timeframe for promotional rate to apply.
  • Promotion is automatically available to all accounts – no promotion code or sign-up required.
  • IMPORTANT: Please know that all payments are subject to review and additional information may be requested to complete your transaction.
  • Editing a payment after the promotional period will cause you to lose the promotional rate for that payment.
No special promo code, no need to sign up – just log in!
Let me know if you have any questions!

What are some example payments?

  • Car payments
  • Insurance
  • Clubs
  • Contractors
  • Tuition
  • Taxes
  • Rent (to your landlord only), HOA/condo fees
  • Professional services that charge invoices, but don’t take cards (lawyers, accountants, PR)
  • Business can also use Plastiq
    • To pay vendors
    • For payroll

Are gift cards allowed?

Are debit cards allowed?

What payments are not allowed?

  • Peer to peer payments; you can only pay someone for exchange of goods or services.
  • 529 Education Savings Programs
  • Credit card bills
  • Payments to Self/Own Company
  • Recipients outside Canada and US
  • Savings accounts
  • Trust accounts
  • Escrow Accounts
  • Retirement accounts
  • Health savings accounts
  • Alimony, child support
  • Charitable donations

Readers have questions?

Have them contact support@plastiq.com or chat us once they login to the app. Chat is available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT.”
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Last 1-to-1 Day Amex and British

Here’s a shocker…we have a devaluation happening.

It’s the last day to get a 1-to-1 ratio on transfers from American Express Membership Rewards to British Airways Avios points.

Like many of you, I built up a nice pile of British points with transfer bonuses from American Express every few months. Those bonuses are about to get significantly less valuable. Starting tomorrow, 1,000 Amex points will be worth just 800 Avios.



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British Offer For Canadians

As always, the posts here are mostly focused mainly on Americans. But I do hear from our northern neighbors and like to share the occasional offer. Here’s a 50,000-mile British card for Canadians. Not quite what we have here, but better than what I normally see for you Canucks.


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