End Of Week Stuff

  • Heard from a couple of you who already won prizes in the contest mentioned on Tuesday. One picked up 5,000 points and the other got 10,000. Maybe it’s just me, but Starwood contests always seem more winnable than most.
  • Here’s a new way to redeem Marriott points for experiences. A few decent options and a bunch of overpriced ones.
  • The best car rental promo of the year is back from National. They continue to be my favorite choice for vacation cars. I have a few nightmare rental stories but never any drama with National.
  • Radpad is dead to me until they figure out how how to act less like Clownpad.
  • Coincidentally, Rebecca from Plastiq reached out and they’re offering a good deal on Mastercard payments for rent and mortgages.

Have a great weekend, nerds!

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  • Spend 30 bucks for a package of 20 Uber rides in September – Washington DC, Boston, or Miami. Boston costs $10 more.
  • Another very easy 25 points from Hertz. Takes 10 seconds but won’t extend your expiration date.
  • A few of you reached out yesterday with success getting the Sapphire Reserve card by going to Case branches and asking if preapproved. Reader Matt also mentioned his banker directing him to a JP Morgan Reserve card with the same 100,000-point bonus. If you can somehow manage to get both, I’d say 200,000 points is worth a drive to the bank.


Ebates Triple

Thanks to reader Rob for sharing that Ebates is offering triple cashback this week for a lot of stores. Take a look to see if anything stands out for you portal lovers who take advantage of these.

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Tuesday Triple

  • Play this instant win game from Starwood. And then play again every day for the next 3 weeks.
  • Bonus American miles for 3-day car rentals here.
  • I’ve never gotten as many messages about a credit card as I did yesterday. Yes, the Chase Sapphire Reserve is the now the best current signup offer. But no, it’s not some kind of new revolution. Non-noobs fondly remember plenty of 6-figure bonuses. Wasn’t long ago that they were the norm. And those were much easier to get. Looks like it might be worth seeing if you can get targeted in-branch with this one.  Especially if you have a bunch of applications in the last 24 months. Remember to balance out the huge annual fee by taking advantage of the travel credit this year and next.

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United Miles For Mercedes Shoppers

Thanks to reader Nate for sending this one. If you have status or a credit card with United, you could be looking at 50,000 miles…

If you’re shopping for a car…

And if that car is a Mercedes.

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