πŸ“£ New Amex Offers

If you have an Amex in your wallet, don't forget to check your Amex Offers from time to time. These neglected deals can sometimes be great ways to earn tons of points or cash back. Access your offers by logging into your account and scrolling to the bottom of the Account Summary page.

Some new offers have popped up in recent days that you may find appealing. For example:

- 3x points on all Amazon purchases (I have this on my Platinum card)
- 15,000 points for spending $750 at any Four Seasons hotel in the US
- 5,000 points for spending $250 at certain Hilton properties
- 2,000 points for spending $100 at Wayfair
- and hundred of others

A couple reminders:
1) Be sure to read the terms to make sure your purchase qualifies. I've made that mistake before.
2) Everyone has different offers on their cards, so you may not have theses ones I mentioned, but you may have others that I don't have. Scroll through them - most cards have dozens to choose from. If you have multiple cards, be sure to look at each card separately!

If you have any questions, you know where to find me!

πŸ“£ Member Forum Update

There are a couple new items in the Member Forum (easygotraveler.com/forum): 

1) I just put up a new post about the SPG-Marriott merger. We are 2 weeks away from the Aug. 1 merger. If you have points in these accounts, read this post. It may help you decide when/how/where you redeem those points.

2) In the Forum's Marketplace, a member is selling a brand new Western Digital My Passport Wireless SSD WI-FI 2 TB. For you hardcore photo/video/drone fans, this could be something of interest to you!

Have a great week.
-JJ

πŸ“£ Deal Alert: iPhone users - Free Travel App (today only)

Happy Friday! For all of you iPhone users, you can download the CityMaps2Go Pro app (normally $10) for free today through the App Store. I have never used this app, but after playing with it for a few minutes, it looks like it could come in handy on the road (and it's free, so why not?). Here's the description:

Download entire city, county, district, and province maps for offline viewing with this navigation app. World travelers who aren’t able to utilize data while out and about. View curated guides, find points of interest, and even book tours. CityMaps2Go Pro covers almost the entire globe, so no matter where you are you can be prepared for the adventure ahead.

πŸ“£ Monday Morning Mashup: Points News, EGT News, & Emoji Nonsense

Happy Monday everyone! Some quick updates to get the week started:

1) New post in the Member Forum. The Marriott Credit Card πŸ’³  has a 100k sign-up bonus. I explain why this card might not be worth your time. easygotraveler.com/forum

2) There's also a new feature in the Member Forum. I added a "Mailbox" πŸ“« section. This is a place where you can publicly post questions about anything travel related. Once or twice a week, I'll go in and answer any mail y'all sent to me!

3) A quick EGT update. The last month πŸ—“ has been amazing. I just wanted to highlight some fun facts and a few things that are happening behind the scenes:

- On Wednesday, two EGT members will be getting off an airplane in Houston. πŸ›¬ 2 hours later, two different EGT members will be boarding that exact same airplane. πŸ›« Maybe I should put you in the same seats so you can leave notes for each other! πŸ˜† This is the closest encounter we've had. One of these days, there will be a surprise collision of folks wearing Easy Go t-shirts πŸ‘• on a plane or in an airport. If you're the first, I want pictures!!!

- In the last week, I booked award tickets to Rwanda πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ό, Spain πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Έ, and an around-the-world honeymoon🌏 (member honeymoon #2). But I give myself three gold stars ⭐⭐⭐ for the most improbable booking I've ever done: Business Class tickets for 6 people to Australia πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί over Christmas/New Years. 🀯

- My developer πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’» is in the final stages of a HUGE upgrade to the member portal. I'll give you a sneak preview later this week.

- Member Amenity Kits are in stock (finally)! If you haven't received an entire kit (t-shirt πŸ‘š, backpack πŸŽ’, luggage tag πŸ›…, and credit card sticker bookπŸ’³), send me a message with your shipping address and t-shirt size/cut/color preference. I have:

Women 🚺:
- V-neck (purple or charcoal)
- Racerback Tank (charcoal or pink)

Men 🚹:
- Crew neck: (charcoal or aqua blue in all sizes, or a smattering of other colors in various sizes - royal blue, light green, dark green, red, maroon, brown)

Have a great week! β˜€ πŸŽ‰ Stay cool out there! 🍹🍻

πŸ“£ British Airways Double Avios Shopping Portal Event!

British Airways' shopping portal is doubling earnings at all stores for about 23 more hours (ends July 8 at 4pm Pacific), making for some sweet shopping deals!

BA Avios are a great currency for shorter flights. They are a OneWorld alliance member, so Avios can be redeemed on partner flights with several airlines including American, Japan Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways, Qantas, and more. They are also a transfer partner of Chase & Amex, so it's easy to top off the balance for future redemptions.

You'll need a BA account, which you can set up very quickly here: https://www.britishairways.com/travel/register-now/public/en_us?source=PHP-Register-Top
Don't forget to stack the shopping portal bonus by paying (when possible) with MileagePlus X or Gyft (via Paypal with the Ink Cash card) to earn even more!

Everything is increased, so you need to go look for yourself. But here are some deals that stand out:
-Nike: 12x Avios (best stack is MPX app for another 5x)
-Apple: 6x Avios (I've never seen it this high! Not stackable) 
-Overstock: 14x Avios (stack with MPX app for another 5x)
-Target: 4x Avios (stack with Gyft/Avios/Ink Cash trick if you can)
-eBags: 20x Avios (no stack)
-And many, many, many more.

Here is a link to the bonus offers. Make sure you toggle this page from UK (default) to US. https://www.shopping.ba.com/top/special-offers

Let me know if you have any questions!

πŸ“£ Excited to share...

Good morning everyone! I just wanted to let you all know that as of this morning, I am the newest contributor to The Points Guy website. They just published my first article today. I hope you enjoy!

https://thepointsguy.com/news/maximize-starpoints-before-marriott-spg-combine/

Lots more content to come, so stay tuned.

This article is a good reminder that now is the time to plan if you have SPG/Marriott points saved up. They'll lose value on August 1, so it's best to come up with a plan now. Many of you have already scheduled check-in meetings with me. If you haven't, I recommend doing so. There are some point conversions we can do now that might pay off huge later.

πŸ“£ Breaking News: Hotel Happenings

Lots of new information is being released today from a couple major hotel loyalty programs. 

Hyatt and Chase announced a new credit card this morning (the World of Hyatt card), available immediately. It slightly improves on the old Hyatt card while increasing the annual fee from $75 to $95. I'm personally quite pleased with new version, and some of you may be good candidates for it on the back-end of your 5/24 count.

But I'm not so pleased with what we found out today about the imminent Marriott/SPG merger.  Fortunately, we have until August 1 to prepare. Without getting into the weeds, if you have a significant number of points in either program (50k or more SPG, 150k or more Marriott), you should schedule a meeting with me to start strategizing. If you don't take action in advance, you could lose some serious value.

I'll keep monitoring for more updates. Stay tuned!