April 26 2014

Weekend Roundup of Travel News and Deals

I hope you’re enjoying the weekend – whether it’s a quiet one at home, an epic adventure far away, or something in between.

Here’s a roundup of some interesting nuggets from the travel world this week.

News & stories

Money on sale

For your points-earning fix, there are some promotions on cash equivalents this week:

Vons, Pavilions, and Safeway are offering $10 off groceries for a $100+ purchase of American Express gift cards (valid April 23 – May 20).

b Pic Vons Amx promo

Staples is offering a $20 store gift card for a $300+ purchase of MasterCard gift cards (valid April 27 – May 3).

b Pic Staples MC promo

The discount itself is nothing special, yielding only a small profit after card-activation fees. The trick is to buy these cash equivalents with a credit card that earns bonus points at those merchants.

At Staples, I’ll use a Chase Ink card that earns 5 points/$ at office supply stores, netting 2,070 points and $6 in Staples store credit.

b Pic Profit

2,070 points is one-sixth of a free flight to Hawaii, so ten minutes spent dropping by Staples is worthwhile to me.

As for cards with above-average awards on supermarket purchases, you might look into the Blue Cash cards issued by American Express.

Other promotions

Don’t forget to check the regularly-updated Travel Deals Page. New additions this past week include promotions by Alaska Air, American Eagle, Choice Hotels, Frontier Airlines, Virgin America, and Virgin Atlantic.

Have a fantastic remainder of the weekend!

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Posted April 26, 2014 by Admin in category "Deals", "News", "Tips

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