440,000 Points in Limited Time Offers going away Soon!


It’s no secret that we love miles and points. I mean, there is no way that we would be able to afford going on all these fancy first class trips and 5 star luxury hotels if it weren’t for the glorious world of miles and points.

When people who know us (or meet us for the first time) ask about what we do, the first question is “How do you get so much time off of work!” That’s easy, we’re very creative with our long weekends and we have understanding managers. The second question inevitably is “How in the hell do you afford it?” The short answer is always, “we can’t!” It’s not the answer most people would expect, and it sure isn’t what people want to hear. The want to assume that we’re millionaires and that’s why. But the truth is that if it weren’t for credit cards, promotions, dining programs, etc, we couldn’t do this!

Haywood Suite Living Room

Haywood Suite Living Room, London

Limited Time Offers to earn Points

Last year we wrote a post about the 1.7 million points that we earned through various methods. If you didn’t get a chance to read that, check it out. It gives a little bit of insight into everything that we do. According to my calculations, we’ve earned about 700,000 so far this year, and that’s doing even less work that we did last year.

Emirates first class Champagne

It can take months if not years to earn enough points through normal methods like flying and credit card spend, which is why signup bonuses are, in my opinion, the best way to get a jump start. 

Right now there are seven limited time offers going that are set to expire soon. We’ve already taken advantage of 6 of these, and padded our accounts with a few hundred thousand points and miles extra. Here’s a quick rundown for you:

Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card

Offering 30,000 miles and a free ticket anywhere Alaska Flies. We wrote about this one last week and the response was awesome. It’s a no brainer, seriously. Live on the east coast? How about a BOGO to Hawaii? That’s easily an $800 ticket that you’re gonna get for free. Live on the West Coast? How about Cuba? Cancun? Also, easily a $500-700 savings.

Alaska's new seat backs

Alaska’s new seat backs, from Alaska Airlines

Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express

I applied for this one a while ago, but now the bonus is huge. 70,000 Skymiles and 10,000 qualifying miles for only a $4k spend? AND a $100 statement credit? Heck yes!

We love using our Delta miles to fly to Australia on Virgin Australia and Garuda Indonesia. We even flew on Korean Air using Skymiles.

Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express

We wrote about this one last week, twice actually. You can read the main post here and how we’re planning on using our points here. Earning 100,000 points is a massive win, good for anywhere from 2-20 free nights for you and your family, all for a measly $1,000 in spend a month for 3 months. Ah, and don’t forget the free night on your card anniversary!

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express

Already have the Platinum? Give the Gold a go. It doesn’t come with the qualifying miles, but a really healthy 60,000 miles is nothing to scoff at. Plus you’ll get a $50 credit off your first Delta purchase.

Delta One Business Class Seat

Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®

This card is really good for those who don’t want to tie themselves down to a specific airline, and want the flexibility to book wherever and with whomever they feel like. 50,000 points after signup is good for a $500 credit on your travel. You can book flights, hotels, cruises, whatever you like and get that *poof* gone. Every $1 on travel earns 2 points, which is like a 2% rebate. It’s also a World Elite card, and if you’re not sure what that is, check out our handy post for the details.

Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card

I’ve had this card since 2009, and now it’s Ben’s turn. 80,000 Marriott points is enough for a bunch of free nights (between 2-5) at Marriott properties, or you can transfer them over to Starwood and get free nights there. You’ll get Silver status with Marriott every year you have the card, and a free night good for up to a Category 5 hotel.

View from the restaurant at Protea by Marriott Kruger Gate Hotel

The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN

As the only business credit card on the list, it’s an oldie but a goodie. 50,000 very valuable Membership Rewards points, up to 3x earning on your categories, 2x on a bunch of them, and 1x for all the rest. No foreign transactions fees and $0 annual fee the first year make this a win. Also, since it’s a business credit card, it’s not going to show up on your personal credit. Even better!

440,000 is a LOT of points

Now, am I suggesting that you apply for all of these cards? Not necessarily, especially if you’re not one who’s very good at managing their finances. However, take a look and see which ones work for you. We managed to split it between Ben and me so lighten the load. If you’re not sure which is best for you and you’d like our advice, shoot us a line via the Contact Us link on the top of the page. We’ll give you our two cents worth 🙂

Applying is easy, as you can check out our credit card page and it’ll have everything there for you. As always, it goes without saying that we appreciate you in using our links.

Let us know if you got any of the cards below, and what you plan on using your miles for! Good luck and happy travels!

Author: Jon Nickel-D'Andrea

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