I Just Got 25,000 Bonus Miles – Did You?

I don’t read my emails carefully enough! Today, I realized that the Starwood AMEX credit card I opened in March has a $5,000 spend minimum…not $3,000! This sent me on a tear to spend $2,000 in the next 48 hours. Yikes!

Fortunately, one of the emails I noticed is offering a whopping 50,000 point bonus on $2,500 airfare spend. Yes, that is 20 points per dollar!!! Now, we all know I don’t like to spend money on my own travel…but to spend $2,500 and get the equivalent of up to 2 round trip flights in points? That isn’t so bad! Even better, I have a business trip sneaking up on me. I had booked with Delta an hour before I realized the Starwood fiasco, so I quickly called to cancel that trip – remember, within 24 hours there are generally¬†no change or cancellation fees. Yes, the United airfare cost more than the Delta airfare, but if my employer complains….I’ll gladly pay the difference.

Here’s what the email (entitled “Remember to register for your exclusive offer: Fly your way to 50,000 bonus miles”) looks like:

United MileagePlus Bonus

According to a May post from the Doctor Of Credit and reader comments, the offers are customized (as opposed to targeted, I expect.) You can try your hand at this link or search your email – probably just for the text, “Remember to register for your exclusive offer.”

My flight came out to just over $1,000. I’ll earn 25,000 points. This is substantial! Usually, it takes a credit card bonus to get anywhere near that kind of accumulation. From the United page, simply register and book your airfare. Since you can complete travel through November, maybe that expensive Thanksgiving flight will actually be worth something!

What was your offer? When will you travel?

United is offering me up to 50,000 points! I only expect to get to 25,000, but that is quite a great deal. Hey, it convinced me to cancel a more convenient, cheaper Delta flight…so United has definitely come up with a good promotion this time!

I have a business trip that will cover this expense, but maybe you have a bachelor or bachelorette party, Thanksgiving, engagement, the wedding itself, or your honeymoon. If you aren’t able to travel free for your honeymoon, maybe you can at least get a nice perk out of paying for the trip!


Viva-ing Las Vegas: Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties, Weddings or Honeymoons

If there is a city ripe for being cheap, it’s Las Vegas.

If there is a city ripe for being cripplingly expensive, it’s Las Vegas.

You choose!

My version of Las Vegas includes the least expensive resort rates, the best promotions on shows and attractions, and complimentary meals whenever they’re available; this opens up the budget for gambling, dining splurges, or whatever you’re into. The city is a hub for bachelor and bachelorette parties, weddings (planned or last minute!) and honeymoons. I’ll dedicate a short series to the city; use this page as your jumping-off point and I’ll reference back to it in follow-on articles.

Choose any of the following links for more information (links will become active when articles are published):

  • Hyatt/Mlife partnership and benefits
  • Starwood Preferred Guest/Total Rewards partnership and benefits
  • Groupon/LivingSocial stacked promotions
  • McCarran Airport (LAS) Lounges
  • Wedding Venues and Accessories
  • Getting Around Town
  • Getting Out of the Casino – a handful of off-strip entertainment ideas