In this week’s Frequent Miler week in review around the web, we’ve got a the type of tip (now dead) that you might pick up at an FTU, Hyatt’s response to one of my key gripes to the program (and it isn’t good), using RoomiPay for your rent, and more. Read on for this week’s recap.

DEAL DEAD – Toys R Us not charging fees on some VGC

In my post about the FTU flash sale the other day, I noted that one of the benefits of attending an event like FTU is that you make connections with people and share tips and tricks. This post from Miles Per Day is a perfect example of the kind of thing that you might be able to pick up in a private conversation, as tips like this are more often traded in private social circles. For the record, I’m embarrassed to admit that this one flew past me, too — guess my TRU test purchases were of the wrong flavor.

Hyatt is Testing Elimination of Free Breakfast at Hyatt Place Properties

When Hyatt made the change from requiring 25 stays to 60 nights in order to achieve Diamond status, one of my major gripes was that the vast majority of...

Whether you’re staying in a luxury resort or a budget-friendly hotel, keep these tips in mind for superior service and a relaxing stay.
This lush, wild bit of Puerto Rico, a word-of-mouth destination that draws a loyal following of visitors, is rebuilding after last year’s ferocious hurricane season.

Boeing announced that they have successfully completed their first test flight of the Boeing 737 Max 7 aircraft, which is aimed for delivery in early 2019. The flight took off from Renton, WA and flew for just over 3 hours, before landing at Seattle’s Boeing Field. Southwest Airlines will be the launch customer for this aircraft,…

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Delta and American Express have increased sign-up offers for the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express and the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express allowing you to earn 130,000 bonus Delta SkyMiles after completing the minimum spend requirements. You can earn 70,000 Delta SkyMiles and 10,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles after spending…

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International competition for AA and United at Chicago O’Hare heats up as low-cost carrier Norwegian Air launches new non-stop service to London Gatwick. Even more, Norwegian will be using one of their new Boeing 787 dreamliners on this route featuring both a 56 seat premium cabin in addition to their economy seats. International Competition for AA and…

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Leading Hotels of the World announced that seven new properties would be joining their portfolio, which now includes over 400 properties worldwide. Some notable additions include both the Parker New York Hotel New York and the Parker Palm Springs, which we wrote how these two properties left the Starwood/Marriott portfolio on January 4, 2018 If you’re a member of…

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Hilton and American Express recently launched their new Hilton Honors Ascend Card from American Express. This card is offering a lucrative sign-up bonus up to 100,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points after meeting the minimum spend requirements. One of my favorite perks of this card is that it comes with Hilton Honors Gold Status just for having the…

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There are several different discounted travel gift cards currently available through eBay Daily Deals.

The Deals Quick Thoughts

There’s limited availability of these gift cards, with some deals (like the Airbnb gift card) almost being sold out. A 10% discount for Airbnb and Southwest is about as good as it gets from Paypal Digital Gifts. These are therefore fairly good discounts, although they do come along fairly frequently.

Having said that, if you have the Lowe’s Amex Offer, you can get better discounts than this. If you’re able to load the offer to several Amex credit cards, you’d be able to get $150 of Southwest gift cards for $120 or $100 of Airbnb & gift cards for $80.

I don’t think Lowe’s sells BP or Speedway gift cards (or they didn’t at the Lowe’s store I visited the other day), but they do sell Shell gift cards. You’d therefore be able to get $100 of Shell gift cards for $80 which, when combined with the various Fuel Rewards discounts available (e.g. this one and this one),...

IHG Rewards Club is sending out targeted emails inviting members to register for a promotion offering 5,000 points per stay on their next two Kimpton stays.

The Deal
  • Register for the promotion and earn 5,000 points per stay for your next two Kimpton stays.
  • Direct link (Targeted).
Key Terms
  • Register, book & stay by April 30.
  • Must be an IHG Rewards Club member and must register member number in advance to participate in this promotion.
  • Bonus Points will be awarded after your next qualifying stay, which must be completed on or by April 30, 2018 at any Kimpton hotel worldwide.
  • Members who book and stay once at a Kimpton® hotel will be awarded 5,000 bonus points. This is in addition to the points they will earn through the qualified stay itself. Members who book and stay twice at any Kimpton hotel will be awarded an additional 5,000 bonus points.
  • The maximum number of points that can be awarded to a member is 10,000 points.
  • A stay is qualified when paying qualifying rates, which include most business and leisure rates at Kimpton hotels.
  • Only one room per member per stay will be awarded the applicable bonus points.
  • Members are only eligible to be awarded once during the promotion period.
  • Allow 4-6 weeks from stay for bonus points to be posted to your account.
  • IHG Rewards Club members who have chosen miles as their earning preference will be awarded...

There’s a new ShopRite gift card promotion running at the moment. This is offering $20 off your next shopping order when spending $100 on select gift cards.

The Deal
  • Get $20 off your next shopping order when you purchase $100 in select gift cards with your Price Plus Club Card.
Key Terms
  • Deal runs from March 16, 2018 to March 22, 2018.
  • Excludes ShopRite gift cards.
  • Must be one transaction.
  • Limit one per customer.
  • Coupon prints at register and must be presented to redeem $20 on your next shopping order at your local ShopRite store from March 23, 2018 to March 29, 2018. Minimum purchase of $20 required (excludes prescription medications, gift cards, postage stamp sales, milk, cigarettes, fuel, tobacco products, and alcoholic beverages or any other items prohibited by law).

Quick Thoughts

Edit: Alyssa’s confirmed in the comments below that this deal is only applicable on Lowe’s gift cards.

If this offer includes gift cards like Amazon, $20 back on your next shopping trip represents a great return.

As DoC notes though, it’s not entirely clear if that’s the case. The weekly ad refers to ‘Select gift cards’ and shows a Lowe’s gift card. That might mean that Lowe’s is one of many gift cards included, or it might mean that’s the sole gift card included in this...

If you’ve never shopped online via their portal, you might be able to earn a United MileagePlus portal welcome bonus of 500 miles or 1,000 miles.

The Deals
  1. Use MileagePlus Shopping for the first time and earn 500 bonus miles when you spend $125 within two weeks.
  2. If you’re a United MileagePlus credit cardholder, earn 1,000 bonus miles when spending $150.

Direct link to offers.

Key Terms

Deal 1

  • This ”New Member” bonus offer is available only to new members of the MileagePlus Shopping site who complete a “qualifying purchase(s)” within two weeks of signing up for the MileagePlus Shopping program for the first time.
  • Please refer to your MileagePlus Shopping Welcome emails for the specific expiration date for this Bonus Offer (i.e., the end date for the Bonus Period).
  • During the Bonus Period, Member will receive 500 MileagePlus miles when they make qualifying purchase(s) through MileagePlus Shopping totaling $125 or more.

Deal 2

  • MileagePlus Credit Card Members will receive 1,000 MileagePlus miles when they make qualifying purchase(s) through MileagePlus Shopping totaling $150 or more.
  • Member must login and make the qualifying purchase(s) through the Site during the Bonus Period.

Terms For Both Deals

  • Please allow up to 10 weeks for Bonus Award Miles to post to your MileagePlus Shopping account.
  • “Qualifying purchases” do not include product returns or cancellations, gift card purchases, and certain products identified by the individual merchant.
  • Individual merchants may have additional terms and conditions on...

Welcome to our weekly list of what’s ending this week as well as a collection of some other deals that are due to end soon.

There are a bunch of deals ending this week, including portal bonuses for American Airlines and Alaska Airlines, a business class miles & cash sale to Europe on Iberia, a Delta award sale to Asia and more.

So below you’ll find this week’s Last Chance Deals. Those are followed by deals that Won’t Last Long and Other Limited-time Offers. Deals in bold were posted this week. You can find all the deals that won’t be ending soon on our Current Deals resource.

Last Chance Deals Expires Sunday, March 18, 2018 Expires Monday, March 19, 2018 Expires Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Expires Wednesday, March 21, 2018 Expires Thursday, March 22, 2018 Expires Friday, March 23, 2018 Won’t Last Long

From the World Heritage inscription: Battir is a major Palestinian cultural landscape, the adaptation of a deep valley system for agricultural purposes as a result of a good supply of water. The complex irrigation system of this water supply has led to the creation of dry walls terraces which may have been exploited since antiquity. …

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Every so often, TPG readers want to know how other travelers are redeeming their credit card earnings. To that end, we asked our TPG Lounge members to tell us: “What’s your favorite way to use Amex Membership Rewards points? Any tips for newbies?

Transfer to Airlines

The overwhelming response was to transfer American Express Membership Rewards points to airlines for maximum value. This is in keeping with our guide for best Membership Rewards redemptions. Our readers shared their favorite airline redemption options with us:

I transfer to British Airways Avios, and redeem [through] Alaska Airlines. I check availability on AA’s site, then call BA to book. Sometimes they charge a $25 booking fee, sometimes they don’t. — Kathy R.

I’ve transferred to Etihad with bonus, and to British Airways with bonus. At the time Etihad was 30%, and BA was 40%. I’ve used my Avios on AA exclusively so far. Miniscule fees and good availability, even [for] last minute to Vegas from LAX, instead of paying $380 per person. [I get a] 3 cent per point value. — Edmond K.

Transfers to ANA for redemptions to Japan… always pretty inexpensive. I typically book ANA economy as I like to stretch my points. — Zain N.

Transfer for airfare generally, Delta or JetBlue mostly. — Bill F.

Aeroplan to Europe! — Tim S.

ANA to Africa — Jamie R.

Transfer to Delta. Delta has a great summer flight JFK-Nice, France direct on Saturdays and we’ve...

Chase Marriott and United cardholders have a chance to earn double miles/points on flights and stays now through April 15, 2018 thanks to a new promotion. But, the promotion isn’t set up like you might expect.

This crossover promotion offers Marriott cardholders double points on United flights, and United cardholders double miles on Marriott stays. Here’s how the earnings breakdown. First, for United flights purchased directly from United, you’ll earn the following on these Marriott co-branded credit cards:

For Marriott stays booked directly with Marriott, here’s the earning bonus for United co-branded cards:

Don’t worry if you’re not a cardholder yet: You have until the April 1 deadline to get your hands on a card. Then, make sure to register for the promotion before the April 15 cutoff.

If you’re already a cardholder, you’ll have to register before you start booking flights and hotels. To register, find the last four digits of your qualifying card and click through to Enter your last name, last four digits of your...

One of the craziest looking travel products to emerge recently was the Loungaroo, a versatile travel blanket that launched via Kickstarter. When I saw I could get one for just $40, I figured at worst it could be a fun gag gift. The Loungaroo met its Kickstarter goal — albeit barely — back in November 2016 and the long manufacturing process began. Finally, in January 2018, I got a package in the mail. One of the first Loungaroos ever manufactured had arrived; in fact, I was shipment #25.

We (my wife, Katie, and I) put the blanket to work immediately on a couple long economy mileage runs from New York City to Beijing, China; here are our findings. Note: While I purchased one Loungaroo through Kickstarter, the company sent a second Loungaroo to the TPG studio for photo purposes. The photos of the grey product are from the field, and photos of the black version are from the studio.

In This Post
The Look 

The Loungaroo was designed to be versatile. The blanket stores wrapped into itself, forming a large travel pillow about the size of an airplane tray table. There was a flexible strap on the top which served as a headband to keep the pillow in place and/or as an eye mask.

While the bundle could be used as a pillow on its own, the real use of the Loungaroo was as a blanket. To get...

Running to the gate may be a beginner’s move, but the real challenge comes when you have too much time to make a connection. There’s nothing to do in airports besides spend money or mindlessly scroll through Instagram — or is there?

Turns out the terminal doesn’t have to be deadly. In fact, it’s possible to transform a very long layover — or, worse, a delayed flight — into a decent experience that won’t have you reaching for your sleeping pills before you’ve even boarded. The next time you’re stuck, remember our tips to kill time and survive — maybe even thrive! — with assistance from our astute TPG Lounge members found on Facebook.

1. Dream up a legit plan

Looking at two or three or eight hours of sitting is enough to make you want to crawl into an overhead bin and, well, die. But c’mon — life’s not so bad. Your first order of business should be to actually brainstorm things to do. It’s like waking up on the weekend; if you don’t have plans, the best-case scenario is that you’ll do nothing. But if you’ve got brunch with a friend, a rock-climbing class and a fun date, you’ll bounce from activity to activity with a sense of purpose. So think and think hard: Do you want to finally finish that novel on your Kindle? Explore a new lounge? Treat yourself...

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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using the American Express Platinum Card, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Expedia’s courtesy 24 hour cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.

Yesterday we highlighted excellent nonstop flight deals to Puerto Rico starting at just $68 round-trip. Today, flights to Cancun (CUN) are on sale, with nonstop fares starting at $186 round-trip. While that might not sound great, it’s about as cheap as you’re going to find from the US to this warm-weather destination. That’s partially because of the high airfare taxes and fees, which typically run around $122...

Like many of you, I grew up a Toys “R” Us kid. I very distinctly remember browsing the massive toy aisles for my first bike as a five-year-old in the 1980’s. I remember going with my Dad to pick out my 10th birthday present, a (big) horse and stable set with lots of realistic looking horses. That was probably one of the last real toys I was ever super excited about, and it came from no other than Toys R Us. I remember going through their holiday toy catalog each year with my little sister and carefully curating our Santa wish list selections. Fast forward a few decades, and I’ll never forget stepping into Babies R Us for the first-time with my best friend, registry wand in hand, trying to figure out what in the world I needed to register for with my first baby on the way. Nose squirters? 4,000 different kinds of bottles? Organic crib mattresses? Swaddles, swings, and sippies oh my. I was beyond overwhelmed, but we somehow got the job done, and much of what we used day (and night) with my first daughter came from that Babies R Us registry.

When I was a kid, the closest Toys R Us was a city away in Houston, so going there was a very rare treat. However, my daughters have grown up with a Toys R Us just a few minutes down the road....