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Choice Privileges is having a point purchase promo of up to 40% bonus. You can purchase up to 50,000 points each calendar year, and to get the 40% bonus, a minimum of 5,000 points is required. At 40% bonus, the price per point comes down to 0.78 cents. Choice award nights have sweet spots in Japan and Europe where the redemption value sometimes go up to 1.5 cents or more. Personally I like using Choice points for Tokyo hotels where cash rates are often unreasonably high. The sale takes place on points.com as many other points sale do, and what’s interesting is that shopping portals such as topcashback.com offers cash back for point purchases, essentially further lowering the price by a little bit, in this case 2.5%. Currently, topcashback offers $25 bonus for new sign-up, exclusively for Doctor of Credit readers.
Two destination specific promotions for those who happen to have plans accordingly:
Hilton points have devalued several times in the past few years, and the loyalty program don’t even have a fixed award chart any more. According to Pointimize’s Award Travel Report on Hilton Honors points, category 1 and 2 tend to have the highest redemption values. Recently, Frequent Miler compiled a handy list of all U.S.properties at 10,000 Hilton Honors points (95% of them are Hampton Inns) that might come in handy for your next road trip.
Uber has a new promotion with promo codes that could help you save on your next ride. Save $5 off your next 2 rides or Save $2 off your next 10 rides. The codes are TWOOFFTEN and FIVEOFFTWO.
In credit card news, last week Amex has increased the sign-up bonus for their three Hilton Honor cards. What we didn’t know is that there’s a trick to get an extra $50 on top of the new offer. Doctor of Credit has reported that by making a dummy booking, Hilton’s website would sometimes present better offers of the increased bonus points plus a $50 statement credit for their potential customer. Dummy booking is a common trick used in the credit card scene, where you pretend to book for a flight / hotel with the real intention of getting a better credit card offer during the checkout process. On the other hand, Chase is said to be releasing a new Ink Business card today, the Chase Ink Business Unlimited card that earns 1.5x Ultimate Rewards points for any purchases. Rumor has it that the new card might replace the current Ink Business Cash card; we shall find out soon.
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