Free Uber rides during Comic Con

1.  Free Rides on Uber

Free Uber rides during Comic Con
Free rides on Uber through July 11, 2015

Get a free Uber ride in downtown San Diego from 10 am to 10 pm through July 11, 2015.

map of included areas can be found here. With Comic Con in town give yourself plenty of time to get where you need to be. Because the downtown area is hoppin’.

Be sure to select the “COLONY” option when you request your ride.

New to Uber?  You can get $20 in Uber credit when you sign-up using my link (and I get a $20 credit too).

2.  3X United Airlines Miles

Use Super Shuttle and get 3X United Airlines miles
Use Super Shuttle and get 3X United Airlines miles through September 13, 2015

Through September 13, 2015, you’ll get 3X United Airlines miles when you book with SuperShuttle.  But you have to book online or via the SuperShuttle app and use promo code Q9WUD.  

Remember to add your MileagePlus account number to the reservation.

3.  IHG Adds New Elite Category

IHG Adds New Elite Category
IHG Adds new elite category – Spire

Got Platinum status with IHG? Guess what, you’re no longer top dog.

IHG has added a new elite category, “Spire,” that trumps the Platinum level.  Hmm, must be all those Platinums via the IHG credit card with few actual stays at IHG hotels…

You’ll earn Spire elite status after staying 75 nights at IHG hotels or earning 75,000 qualifying points in a calendar year.  Unfortunately, the sign-up bonus from the IHG credit card does NOT count towards elite status.

Free checked bag on Alaska Airlines flights

Here’s a summary of this week’s miles and points offers, deals, and specials:

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Airlines

Hotels

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22 Credit Cards With Low Minimum Spending Requirements (Under $1,000) Traveling Well For Less

You can earn lots of miles and points with the top credit cards offers that have low minimum spending requirements, under $1,000.

22 Credit Cards With Low Minimum Spending Requirements (Under $1,000) Traveling Well For Less
Over 2 dozen credit cards with low minimum spending requirements

Travel sooner

Low minimum spending requirement credit cards mean you don’t have to wait to get free travel.

There are also credit cards with no minimum spend requirements.

You can get 10,000 to 80,000 miles and points from credit card signup bonuses which could get you a free airline ticket (or two) and/or free hotel nights.

25 Credit Cards With Low Minimum Spending Requirements (Under $1,000)

The list is separated into limited time offers and regular offers. You can find an alphabetical list of no minimum spending requirement credit cards here.

Miles/Points: “free” signup bonus miles/points upon approval or first use
Bonus Miles/Points: additional miles/points when you spend a certain amount
Cost for card: annual fee, most waive the fee for the first year
cpm (cost per mile) and cpp (cost per point): the cost for “free” miles and “free” points

A. Limited Time Offers

There are 3 low minimum spend required credit card offers you should get before the sign-up bonus expires.

1.  Chase Freedom

Points: 20,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points after spending $500 in 3 months
Cost for card: $0 annual fee
cpp (cost per point): $0.025 ($500 ÷ 20,000); $0.025 ($500 + $0 ÷ 20,000)

2.  Lufthansa Miles & More

Miles: 20,000 Lufthansa miles after your first purchase in 90 days
Bonus Miles: 30,000 additional Lufthansa miles after spending $5,000 in the first 90 days
Cost for card: $79 annual fee
cpm (cost per mile): $0.00005 ($1 ÷ 20,000); $0.004 ($1 + $79 ÷ 20,000)
cpm (cost per mile): $0.10 ($1 + $5,000 ÷ 50,000); $0.10 ($1 + $5,000 + $79 ÷ 50,000)

3.   Virgin Atlantic

Miles: 20,000 Virgin Atlantic miles after first purchase
Bonus Miles: 5,000 additional Virgin Atlantic miles after adding 2 authorized users
Bonus Miles:
50,000 additional Virgin Atlantic miles after spending $12,000 in 6 months
Cost for card:
$90 annual fee
cpm (cost per mile):
$0.00002 ($1 ÷ 20,000); $0.002 ($1 + $89 ÷ 20,000)
cpm (cost per mile):
$0.00004 ($1 ÷ 25,000); $0.0036 ($1 + $89 ÷ 25,000)
cpm (cost per mile):
$0.16 ($1 + $12,000 ÷ 75,000); $0.16 ($1 + $12,000 + $89 ÷ 75,000)

B. Regular Offers

There are 22 credit cards that have low minimum spending requirement:

1.  Alaska Airlines Visa Business

Miles: 25,000 Alaska Airlines miles upon approval
Cost for card: $75 annual fee charged the first month
cpm (cost per mile): $0.03 ($75 ÷ 25,000)

2.  American Express Delta Platinum

Miles: 10,000 American Express Membership Rewards points after spending first purchase
Cost for card: $195 annual fee
cpm (cost per mile): $0.0001 ($1 ÷ 10,000); $0.12 ($1,000 + $195 ÷ 10,000)

3.  American Express Everyday

Points: 10,000 American Express Membership Rewards points after spending $1,000 in 3 months
Cost for card: $0 annual fee
cpp (cost per point): $0.1 ($1,000 ÷ 10,000); $0.1 ($1,000 + $0 ÷ 10,000)

4.  American Express Everyday Preferred

Points: 15,000 American Express Membership Rewards points after spending $1,000 in 3 months
Cost for card: $95 annual fee
cpp (cost per point): $0.07 ($1,000 ÷ 15,000); $0.07 ($1,000 + $95 ÷ 15,000)

5.  The Blue for Business® Credit Card from American Express

Points: 10,000 Membership Rewards® points after first purchase
Cost for card: $0 (no annual fee)
cpp (cost per point): $0.0001 ($1 ÷ 10,000)

6.  Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature

Points: 50,000 Club Carlson points after first purchase
Bonus points: 35,000 Club Carlson points after spending $2,500 within 90 days
Cost for card: $75 annual fee
cpp (cost per point): $0.00002 ($1 ÷ 50,000); $0.002 ($1 + $75 ÷ 50,000)
cpp (cost per point): $0.03 ($2,500 ÷ 85,000); $0.03 ($2,500 + $75 ÷ 85,000)

7.  Club Carlson Business Rewards Visa

Points: 50,000 Club Carlson points after 1st purchase
Bonus points: 35,000 Club Carlson points after spending $2,500 within 90 days
Cost for card: $60 annual fee
cpp (cost per point): $0.00002 ($1 ÷ 50,000); $0.002 ($1 + $60 ÷ 50,000)
cpp (cost per point): $0.03 ($2,500 ÷ 85,000); $0.03 ($2,500 + $60 ÷ 85,000)

8.  Delta Reserve for Business

Miles: 10,000 Delta Airlines medallion (elite) miles after 1st purchase
Bonus Miles: 15,000 Delta Airlines & elite miles after spending $30,000; additional 15,000 Delta Airlines & elite miles after spending another $30,000 in a calendar year
Cost for card: $450 annual fee
cpm (cost per mile): $0.0001 ($1 ÷ 10,000); $0.05 ($1 + $450 ÷ 10,000)
cpm (cost per mile): $1.20 ($30,000 ÷ 25,000); $1.22 ($30,000 + $450 ÷ 25,000)
cpm (cost per mile): $1.51 ($60,000 + $450 ÷ 40,000)

9.  Delta Reserve

Miles: 10,000 Delta Airlines miles and 10,000 elite qualifying miles after first purchase
Bonus Miles: 15,000 Delta Airlines & elite miles after spending $30,000; additional 15,000 Delta Airlines & elite miles after spending another $30,000 in a calendar year
Cost for card: $450 annual fee
cpm (cost per mile): $0.0001 ($1 ÷ 10,000); $0.05 ($1 + $450 ÷ 10,000)
cpm (cost per mile): $1.20 ($30,000 ÷ 25,000); $1.22 ($30,000 + $450 ÷ 25,000)
cpm (cost per mile): $1.51 ($60,000 + $450 ÷ 40,000)

10.  Chase Fairmont

It’s hard to quantify the cost of the Fairmont card because you don’t get points.  Instead you get 2 free nights at any Fairmont so depending on where you redeem those free nights, your actual benefit could be significant.

But because the minimum spending requirement is $1,000 within 3 months, it’s been included in this list.

11.  Gold Delta SkyMiles from American Express

Miles: 30,000 Delta Airlines miles after spending $1,000 within 3 months
Cost for card: $95 annual fee (waived the first year)
cpm (cost per mile): $0.03 ($1,000 ÷ 30,000); $0.03 ($1,000 + $0 ÷ 30,000);

12.  Hawaiian Airlines

Miles: 35,000 Hawaiian Airlines miles after first purchase
Cost for card: $89 annual fee
cpm (cost per mile): $0.01 ($1 ÷ 35,000); $0.003 ($1 + $89 ÷ 35,000)

13.  Hawaiian Airlines Business card

Miles: 35,000 Hawaiian Airlines miles after first purchase
Bonus Miles: 40,000 Hawaiian Airline miles after spending $100,000 in a year
Cost for card: $89 annual fee
cpm (cost per mile): $0.01 ($1 ÷ 35,000); $0.003 ($1 + $89 ÷ 35,000)
cpm (cost per mile): $0.03 ($1 + $89 + $40,000 ÷ 75,000)

14.  Chase Hyatt

Like the Fairmont card, it’s hard to quantify the cost of the Hyatt card because you get 2 free nights at any Hyatt instead of points.

The minimum spending requirement is $1,000 within 3 months, so it’s been included in this list.

15.  Chase IHG

Points: 80,000 IHG points after spending $1,000 in 3 months
Cost for card: $49 annual fee (waived the first year)
cpp (cost per point): $0.013 ($1,000 ÷ 80,000); $0.0125 ($1 + $0 ÷ 80,000)

16.  Chase Marriott Rewards

Points: 30,000 Marriott points after spending $1,000 in 3 months
Cost for card: $45 annual fee (waived the first year)
cpp (cost per point): $0.033 ($1,000 ÷ 30,000); $0.033 ($1 + $0 ÷ 30,000)

17.  Chase Marriott Premier Rewards

Points: 50,000 Marriott points after spending $1,000 in 3 months
Cost for card: $85 annual fee (waived the first year)
cpp (cost per point): $0.02 ($1,000 ÷ 50,000); $0.02 ($1 + $0 ÷ 50,000)

18.  Starwood Preferred Guest

Points: 10,000 Starwood points after 1st purchase
Bonus points: 15,000 Starwood points after spending $5,000 within 6 months
Cost for card: $65 annual fee (waived the first year)
cpp (cost per point): $0.0001 ($1 ÷ 10,000); $0.0001 ($1 + $0 ÷ 10,000)
cpp (cost per point): $0.20 ($1 + $5,000 ÷ 25,000); $0.20 ($1 + $5,000 +$0 ÷ 25,000)

19.  Starwood Preferred Guest Business

Points: 10,000 Starwood points after 1st purchase
Bonus points: 15,000 Starwood points after spending $5,000 within 6 months
Cost for card: $65 annual fee (waived the first year)
cpp (cost per point): $0.0001 ($1 ÷ 10,000); $0.0001 ($1 + $0 ÷ 10,000)
cpp (cost per point): $0.20 ($1 + $5,000 ÷ 25,000); $0.20 ($1 + $5,000 +$0 ÷ 25,000)

20.  Chase United MileagePlus Club

With the United MileagePlus Club card, you get a $100 statement credit so it’s difficult to evaluate your cost per mile.

The minimum spending requirement is a purchase, so it’s been included in this list.

21.  Chase United MileagePlus Explorer

Miles: 30,000 United Airlines miles after spending $1,000 in 3 months
Bonus Miles: 5,000 United Airlines miles for adding an authorized user in 3 months
Bonus Miles: 10,000 United Airlines miles after spending $25,000 in a year
Cost for card: $95 annual fee (waived the first year)
cpm (cost per mile): $0.03 ($1,000 ÷ 30,000); $0.003 ($1,000 + $0 ÷ 30,000)
cpm (cost per mile): $0.03 ($1,000 ÷ 35,000): $0.03 ($1,000 + $0 ÷ 35,000)
cpm (cost per mile): $0.65 ($1,000 + $0 + $25,000 ÷ 40,000); $0.58 ($1,000 + $0 + $25,000 ÷ 45,000)

22.  US Airways

Miles: 50,000 US Airlines miles after first purchase
Cost for card: $89 annual fee
cpm (cost per mile): $0.00002 ($1 ÷ 50,000); $0.002 ($1 + $89 ÷ 50,000)
 
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US to Europe From $400 Roundtrip! Traveling Well For Less

You can fly from the US to Europe for $400 roundtrip!  Flights are available now through May 2015.

US to Europe From $400 Roundtrip! Traveling Well For Less
You can pop over to Dublin for a pint of Guiness

 

US to Europe for $400 roundtrip

The airlines have slashed prices to Europe for travel from now through May 2015.  You can fly on American Airlines, Aer Lingus, Air Canada, British Airways, Iberia, United Airlines, US Airways.

You can even find cheap flights from the West Coast to Europe!

Here are examples of the great round-trip prices being offered:

Dublin

  • Newark to Dublin $405
  • Chicago to Dublin $430
  • San Francisco to Dublin $495

Brussels

  • Miami to Brussels for $650
  • San Diego to Brussels $686
  • Seattle to Brussels $686
  • Phoenix to Brussels $686
  • Los Angeles to Brussels $716

Zurich

  • San Diego to Zurich $695
  • Portland to Zurich for $695

Amsterdam

  • Houston to Amsterdam $686
  • Chicago to Amsterdam $688
  • San Francisco to Amsterdam $688

Milan

  • Chicago to Milan $670
  • San Francisco to Milan $685

Venice

  • Houston to Venice $676
  • Chicago to Venice $678
  • Philadelphia to Venice $695
  • San Francisco to Venice $698

Madrid

  • Los Angeles to Madrid for $664
  • Dallas – Madrid $664
  • Boston – Madrid $664

Barcelona

  • Washington, DC to Barcelona $659
  • Los Angeles to Barcelona $803 (not the greatest but cheaper than paying for a separate flight to DC)

Lots of cities are on sale, not just the ones I’ve listed. So if your preferred city isn’t available, keep checking or try from another airport.

Use Google Flights

I use Google Flights to search for airfares because you can see the lowest fares over 2 months.

Google flights calendar search Traveling Well For Less
Use Google Flights to search for $400 round-trip flights to Europe

 

Book now, decide later

You can put a ticket on hold for 24 hours with American Airlines (if your departure date is more than 7 days in advance).  And you can buy a ticket and cancel within 24 hours for a full refund on all the airlines and online travel agencies like Orbitz and Expedia. So you can always book now, check with the spouse and finalize plans later.

I was up late last night looking for flights. Trying to see which ones had space available to upgrade to Business Class.

And I’m not sure how much work I’m going to get done today because the sale prices are still there.

What cities interest you?

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70,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points for Chase Ink Plus Traveling Well For Less

You can get 70,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points on the Chase Ink Plus card after spending $5,000 in the first 3 months.

70,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points for Chase Ink Plus Traveling Well For Less
You can fly 1-way in Business Class on United Airlines to Australia and see the Sydney Opera House with 70,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points

You can get a sign-up bonus of 70,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points on the Chase Ink Plus card after completing the minimum spending of $5,000 in the first 3 months.

But you have to apply at a Chase branch…for now.

2 Easy Steps to 70,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points for Chase Ink Plus

1.  Apply for the Chase Ink Plus card at a Chase branch
2.  Spend $5,000 in the first 3 months

The $95 annual fee is not waived.

Why you should get a Chase Ink Plus card

You get 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards points at office supply stores, cell phone, internet, landline phone service, and cable TV.

You also get 2X Chase Ultimate Rewards points at gas stations and hotels.

70,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points sign-up bonus is permanent

You don’t have to rush out and apply for the 70,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points offer on the Chase Ink Plus.

Because the 70,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points offer is now the standard offer on the Chase Ink Plus card.

The Chase Ink Bold card 50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points offer will stay at 50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points.  The Chase representative I spoke with said at this time, Chase does not plan to increase the sign-up bonus offer for the Chase Ink Bold.

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