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1. No Fees on Gift Cards

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Pay no fees on gift cards through December 31, 2015

You can buy gift cards without fees through December 31, 2015.

These are perfect for holiday gifts or if you have to meet minimum spending on new credit cards.

Use promo code OCTCSL and pay no fees on gift cards purchased via American Express.

But remember American Express gift cards are NOT PIN enabled.

2.  500,000 American Airlines Miles

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What would you do with 500,000 American Airlines miles?

American  Airlines is offering 500,000 American Airlines miles and a cruise for two for one lucky winner in their Sweepstakes at Sea contest.

You can enter by providing your name and email address and opt-in to receive offers from American Airlines cruises by January 31, 2016..

If you don’t win, there’s still a chance to win one of five runner-ups prizes of 100,000 American Airlines miles.

3.  Priceless Surprises for all Mastercard Holders

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You could win one of many priceless surprises when you pay with your MasterCard through December 31, 2015

You could be a lucky winner when you use your MasterCard to pay for purchases through December 31, 2015.

All MasterCards that were opened before July 1, 2015, are eligible. However, PIN, international, and corporate transactions are not eligible.

Prizes include:

  • 4 day trip to New York (includes round-trip airfare, hotel, ground transportation, activities, tour tickets, show tickets, dinner, $2,000 prepaid MasterCard, and $7,000 cash)
  • 5 day trip to Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando (includes round-trip airfare, hotel, ground transportation, activities, API tickets, meet and greet, 18 holes of golf, spa treatment, $600 prepaid MasterCard, $7,000 cash, and more)
  • 4 day trip to 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards in Los Angeles (includes round-trip airfare, hotel, ground transportation, GRAMMY pre-party, tickets to GRAMMY, red carpet walk, activities, dinner, $300 prepaid MasterCard, and $6,000 cash)
  • $500 MasterCard prepaid card

Some MasterCards such as IHG are also offering additional prizes such as bonus points and free nights offered which required registration.

You can also enter without making a purchase.

4.  Up to 90,000 American Airlines Miles

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Fly to Australia and earn up to 90,000 American Airlines miles

Heading down under? Now’s your chance to earn lots of bonus American Airlines miles.

You can earn up to 90,000 American Airlines miles for flights to Australia through May 31, 2016.

Bonus miles will be based on the type of ticket you purchase:

  • 30,000 American Airlines miles for First or Business Class tickets (booked as F, A, P, J, R, D or I fare)
  • 15,000 American Airlines miles for Premium Economy or Full Fare Economy tickets (booked as W (Qantas operated), Y, B, or H fare)
  • 5,000 American Airlines miles for Economy tickets (booked as K, M, L, W, V, G, Q, N, O or S fare)

You have to register prior to flying.

We love Australia and have visited twice. I’m hoping to go back again next year so this offer

Summary of the fine print:

  • Registration prior to travel using promo code AUS16 is required
  • Valid on American Airlines marketed nonstop flights between the US/Canada and Australia
  • Only flights marketed by American Airlines and operated by American or Qantas are eligible for bonus miles
  • Maximum of three trips can be awarded bonus miles
  • Bonus miles do not count towards elite status

5.  1,000 American Airlines Miles

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Stay weekends at Starwood hotels and earn 1,000 American Airlines miles

You can get a bonus of 1,000 American Airlines miles when you stay at participating Starwood hotels in North and Latin America on the weekend through January 31, 2016.

A 2 night stay is required to get the bonus miles AND your preferences have to be set to earning American Airlines miles vs earning Starwood points.

Use rate plan AIRPRO to get the bonus 1,000 American Airlines miles.

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