Travel Hacking

Points and Miles Checklist: July 2018

“Isn’t it a little too late for a monthly to-do list?” Read your mind, didn’t I? I don’t know about you all, but I find checklists more useful when they remind me of deadlines that are coming up fast – not when they’re a month away. So if you’re like me and haven’t had a ton of time to devote to this hobby, you’ll find this list useful. Here are five points and miles related tasks you should complete by the end of July:

Dosh: Refer a Friend, Earn $8 

Dosh is a shopping app that lets you earn cash back at popular merchants. You join Dosh, connect your credit card and get cash back when you shop with participating restaurants. Kind of like a dining rewards program but you earn cash on all kinds of merchants – clothing stores, gas stations, grocery stores, restaurants, and more. Cash back is offered both in stores and online.

Right now, Dosh is offering $8 for every person you refer who links a credit card to the app. Simple as that. If you haven’t signed up for Dosh, consider using my Dosh referral link. This promotion ends July 31, 2018 so be sure to sign up as many friends and family as possible before then. Use the funds to cover manufactured spending fees or skip the lines at Walmart and pay for travel outright. 😉

Amex Hilton Ascend Card 15,000 Bonus Point Offer

I’ve gotten some really great spending offers from credit cards this month. For starters, my dad got targeted for a 5,000 point bonus from the Amex Hilton Ascend Card. All he has to do is spend $1,000 by October 16. The best part? This bonus can be earned “up to 3 times.” That’s cute, American Express. You know in my head I’ve already completed that spending requirement before I finished reading that sentence.

As an authorized user on the account, I’m hoping I’ll also get targeted for this offer. When he was targeted for a similar spending offer a few months ago, I found out that I was also eligible. No guarantees, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll get targeted for this too. 

Milk the Starwood Credit Card

I haven’t hit my $100,000 target for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards this month, but I am a little over $35,000. I’m pretty sure I can round out the month at $50,000 worth of spending. I just need to unload my latest batch of Visa gift cards and pay off my cards ASAP. Also, I’ve decided I’m not transferring my SPG points to airline miles after all. Instead, I’ll let the points convert to Marriott and then redeem them for a Air + Hotel Award or free nights at the St. Regis Maldives, since that’s going to be cheaper than before

Andaz Double Stay Promotion

Through August 31, World of Hyatt is offering double elite night credits at Andaz Hotel. That’s pretty great if you have some upcoming travel involving longer stays. Hyatt requires 60 nights for top-tier Globalist status – this promotion cuts that in half. And if you happen to have the new Hyatt Credit Card, which allows cardholders to earn status credits via spend, you can earn top-tier status even faster. Keep this promotion in mind when you’re planning our travel for the rest of the summer – checkout must occur on August 31 to qualify for double credit.

Walmart Doing Away With Money Orders?

I got a somewhat terrifying email from a reader named Hunter. He heard rumors that Walmart has been getting “visits” from MoneyGram reps who are pushing for an end of Visa gift card acceptance at Walmart. No confirmation yet, but reports like this are always making the rounds. The best you can do is always be prepared for a shut-down by cashing out gift cards quickly.

Time to Get a Hyatt Credit Card?

The new Hyatt credit card is pretty awesome. As a heavy gift card churner, I love that it lets you earn top-tier status via credit card spending. Granted, it is a Chase card and $140,000 will probably not go unnoticed. To sweeten the deal, Hyatt is offering cardholders a 10% point redemption rebate between August 1 and September 30, 2018. The 10% point redemption bonus applies to free nights, Points +Cash stays, as well as room upgrades. If you’re going t get in on this, you need to register by August 31, 2018.

The great thing about this promotion is that it applies to existing reservations, so there’s no need to rebook to get the point rebate. Rebates will be deposited into your Hyatt account with 6-8 weeks of redemption. Your checkout date must be no later than September 30 to qualify. 

Do you have anything to add to this list? Also, let me know your thoughts on running this column closer to the end of the month, going forward.

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  1. Umm, “letting” them convert and THEN getting a Marriott travel package?
    Better investigate the situation post-Aug 1. I’d advise you convert them ASAP and buy travel packages before Aug 1.

  2. The travel package value proposition shifts greatly on 8-1. The devaluation in recall is about 35% so Run do not walk if you are considering this it really has been a sweet deal

  3. travelasflyguy

    If your current AMEX SPG statement closes in August, will you get 3:1 or 2:1?

  4. All of the Walmarts in my area quit accepting VGC for money orders about 3 months ago. Really unfortunate, but that is to be expected in manufactured spending. I did really well with that for a few years; something else will take its place.

  5. Hi.. what are you using now that yazing doesnt get the 1.5% back on giftcards?? thanks for your hlep

    • None of the cash back portals are offering rewards on Visa gc’s. Only MasterCard, so I’m still using Yazing for those.

      • Have you been paid recently for MC from Yazing? I’ve got an order from June 12th that still hasn’t sent me money.

        Normally, they send it to me in the month after the transaction was done (around the 19th or so, so July 19th).

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