Points Miles and Bling

Anshul was a hyper mobile professional, traveling across 5 continents, to recruit international students for Canada. Now he travels on miles and points and loves to share his personal travel gaffes and triumphs.

Alaska 50% bonus is back, purchase miles at 1.97 CPM!

Alaska Mileage Plan’s latest promotion is a good one – with up to 50% more bonus miles . We last saw the 50% bonus in Nov, 2018. The current promotion of up to 50% bonus is applicable on minimum purchase of 40K miles, on transactions completed between April 17th, 2019 and May 19, 2019. ALASKA MILEAGE PLAN – Up To 50% BONUS MILES Promotion Link to miles Purchase   This promotion is tiered with 20% bonus on purchase of 10K miles. Minimum purchase of 40K points is required for the 50% bonus. The bonus tiers look like this; Buy 10,000...

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Marriott Bonvoy launches first points sale, 25% off!

Marriott Bonvoy has launched their first ever points sale, 25% off when buying 5000 points or more. The points sale strategy seems to be borrowed from SPG where we would routinely see 30%-50% discount sales. The new Marriott Bonvoy points sale is available until May 15, 2019. So, how good is this sale and should you purchase Marriott Bonvoy points? Marriott Bonvoy Points Sale – 25% off The 25% off kicks in when purchasing 5000 points or more and translate to 0.94 cents per point. Members can buy or gift up to 50,000 points which would cost $468.75. Given...

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Marriott Bonvoy award search no longer displays points and availability

**Update**: Looks like it was a system glitch, the points/nt information is back on. The new filter to find availability stays. (Hat-Tip to reader JoeSocks for leaving an update in the comments) Another day, another reason to feel bonvoyed. Marriott Bonvoy award search results no longer display the points required and award availability at each property. Members must use a new filter option to see available hotels and click through to see the points needed for redemption. My last set of award booking was a week ago and I was able to see the points and availability on the...

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Lounge Review: GVK Lounge Mumbai International Airport – T2

I have been meaning to post this lounge review for a while now. I got a chance to experience the service and amenities at GVK Business lounge in Mumbai on a recent trip to India. While the new-ish (inaugurated in 2014) GVK lounges in Mumbai are a big hit among business and leisure travellers alike, I could not look past the general inconsistencies and the dated furniture on display. GVK Lounge Mumbai – Location and access The GVK lounge is located in Mumbai’s International airport terminal T2. It is a common luxury (for all airlines) lounge that caters to...

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You maybe eligible for WestJet baggage fee refund

Looks like WestJet has finally acknowledged issues with the information on some e-tickets being inconsistent with their baggage fee policies. Recognizing the inconsistency, WestJet has refunded some passengers their baggage fee. However, they are not (yet) willing to offer blanket refund to all passengers that may have been affected by this issue. So, it is up to the passengers to check and request WestJet baggage fee refund. The skinny – WestJet baggage fee refund issue In August 2018, WestJet (WS) updated its baggage fee policy and started charging based on country of origin. For example, if I flew from...

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Hilton 100% bonus is back, purchase points at 0.5 cents a piece

Hilton’s back with a 100% bonus on purchase of 5000 points or more. This is as good an opportunity to top up accounts towards a redemption or buy points outright for a planned stay. Hilton 100% bonus is available until May 28, 2019. HILTON 100% BONUS ON POINTS PURCHASE Purchase Hilton Points with 100% bonus   Note that you can purchase up to 80,000 Hilton Honors Points in a calendar year. Since you can combine points across household accounts, you can choose to purchase 80K on each account. I value Hilton points at 0.6 CPM and this promotion yields 0.5 CPM,...

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Important Update: Amex Cobalt 30K annual limit on 5x earning, confirmed!

Late evening yesterday, a reddit subthread  kick-started news on changes coming to Amex Cobalt cards 5x earning category. As per the sub thread, the new card package included an insert that indicated a Amex Cobalt 30K annual limit to 5x earn on Eats and Drinks (Grocery and Dining) category. Effective August 20, 2019. Shortly thereafter, a picture (source unknown) of the insert started circulating through some social media channels. The new language around the Eats and Drinks category read “5x the points on eligible eats and drinks up to $30,000 annually. 1x the points thereafter. Calculation resets to zero each...

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Up to 10,000 bonus points for booking with Amex Fixed Points Travel Program

American Express has released a limited time promotion, where members can book flights on points and earn up to 10,000 bonus points. This promotion is specific to bookings made using MR points through the Amex Fixed Points Travel Program. Earn 5000 bonus points when you redeem between 15,000 and 50,000 points for flights using the Fixed Points Travel Program Earn 10,000 bonus points when you redeem 50,001 points or more for flights using the Fixed Points Travel Program The offer does not appear to be targeted, so bonus should kick in even if you did not get an email. This promotion applies to new...

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Targeted: Double Elite Night Credits with Marriott Bonvoy stays – Stackable with double points

The title pretty much sums it up, Marriott Bonvoy member accounts were targeted with a double elite night credit promotion. Earn an additional Elite Night Credit for each eligible stay, until June 30, 2019.   Double Elite Night Credits – Marriott Bonvoy 2019   I am a lowly Bonvoy Gold with minimal stays this year and don’t think that has anything to do with this “exclusive offer”. We have seen these exclusive offers (on other accounts I manage) earlier in February as well. If your account was not targeted, I suspect you will get one in the next sweep....

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What is ‘Crime Tourism’? These countries are reporting increased levels of this crime

What is Crime Tourism? Very different from ‘crime against tourists’ (also a major problem), Crime tourism refers to organized gangs that enter countries on tourist visas with the sole intention to commit crime or make a quick buck. Sights and sounds don’t mean much to these individuals, home break-ins and shoplifting however are prime intent. These tourists do not reside in countries for more than a few weeks, they seek to inflict maximum damage on locals before returning to their home countries. Not only is Crime tourism an organized crime, they revel in their knowledge of local criminal law....

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