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DOSH has not been throwing me very many useful offers lately.

 

Amex Green and Platinum MR 271,502

Delta SkyMiles. Amex Delta Gold and Blue cards. 189,280

American Airlines. Citi Platinum Select MC and MileUp MC 62,360

Amtrak. Amtrak Guest Rewards MC. 27,541

IHG MC 53,581

BofA Cash Rewards Visa (3% Travel) $119.74

Citi Double Cash MC $49.91

Citi Rewards+ MC. ThankYou Points 16,310

Choice Privileges Visa Signature / Points 246,403

US Bank Cash+ Visa Signature $2.45

DOSH $45.52

Rakuten Amex MR Earning. Pays out quarterly. See Amex MR balance above.

Fetch Rewards Points 6586

Regions Cash Rewards Visa Signature $115.86

HSBC Cash Rewards MC $256.35

Wells Fargo Cash Wise Signature Visa $41.37

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2020 Thread   For 2021, I'm doing things a little different. Instead of being a thread that is centric on Choice Hotels, I'll be posting the earnings and redemptions for all the programs I p

Yes, I was lucky enough to stay at the Gold Strike Hotel in Jean, Nevada, when the hotel was full of customers and it cost $55. Well, the luxurious high roller room is really $250 per night, and a Jac

I haven't stayed in many $39 Choice properties because many of the Choice promos require at least $40 before taxes, a night to earn whatever promo they are doing.   A couple of years ago, Ch

I swapped out the AA MileUp card Mrs. Vig was using, and gave her the Citi Rewards+ card to use.

 

Last year during the summer, I got the Rewards+ card to earn TY points. Met the signup bonus, then SD the card for no real reason.  Looking ahead, plus Mrs. Vig's  love for passenger rail, I thought best to mover her over to a point system we can get more value out of at the moment. It's not that we are afraid of COVID and flying transcon. We just don't want to piss away what miles we have on uncertainties due to COVID.

 

TY points will be used for redeeming travel on the Citi website. Hotels most likely.  The GC offerings suck, except for Hotels.com GC's.

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Amex Green and Platinum MR 271,502

Delta SkyMiles. Amex Delta Gold and Blue cards. 189,280

American Airlines. Citi Platinum Select MC and MileUp MC 62,360

Amtrak. Amtrak Guest Rewards MC. 27,541

IHG MC 54,851

BofA Cash Rewards Visa (3% Travel) $119.74

Citi Double Cash MC $49.91

Citi Rewards+ MC. ThankYou Points 16,310

Choice Privileges Visa Signature / Points 246,403

US Bank Cash+ Visa Signature $2.45

DOSH $45.52

Rakuten Amex MR Earning. Pays out quarterly. See Amex MR balance above.

Fetch Rewards Points 6586

Regions Cash Rewards Visa Signature $115.86

HSBC Cash Rewards MC $256.35

Wells Fargo Cash Wise Signature Visa $41.37

 

Trying to take advantage of the 5x on gas, grocery, and drug stores promo. 

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Amex Green and Platinum MR 271,502

Delta SkyMiles. Amex Delta Gold and Blue cards. 189,280

American Airlines. Citi Platinum Select MC and MileUp MC 62,360

Amtrak. Amtrak Guest Rewards MC. 27,541

IHG MC 54,851

BofA Cash Rewards Visa (3% Travel) $119.74

Citi Double Cash MC $49.91

Citi Rewards+ MC. ThankYou Points 16,310

Choice Privileges Visa Signature / Points 246,603

US Bank Cash+ Visa Signature $2.45

DOSH $45.52

Rakuten Amex MR Earning. Pays out quarterly. See Amex MR balance above.

Fetch Rewards Points 6586

Regions Cash Rewards Visa Signature $115.86

HSBC Cash Rewards MC $256.35

Wells Fargo Cash Wise Signature Visa $41.37

 

200 welcome points posted from a previous stay.

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Amex Green and Platinum MR 271,560

Delta SkyMiles. Amex Delta Gold and Blue 189,502

American Airlines. Citi Platinum Select MC and MileUp MC 62,360

Amtrak. Amtrak Guest Rewards MC. 27,541

IHG MC 54,851

BofA Cash Rewards Visa (3% Travel) $119.74

Citi Double Cash MC $49.91

Citi Rewards+ MC. ThankYou Points 16,310

Choice Privileges Visa Signature / Points 246,603

US Bank Cash+ Visa Signature $2.45

DOSH $45.52

Rakuten Amex MR Earning. Pays out quarterly. See Amex MR balance above.

Fetch Rewards Points 6905

Regions Cash Rewards Visa Signature $115.86

HSBC Cash Rewards MC $256.35

Wells Fargo Cash Wise Signature Visa $41.37

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Amex Green and Platinum MR 271,560

Delta SkyMiles. Amex Delta Gold and Blue 189,502

American Airlines. Citi Platinum Select MC and MileUp MC 62,360

Amtrak. Amtrak Guest Rewards MC. 27,541

IHG MC 54,851

BofA Cash Rewards Visa (3% Travel) $119.74

Citi Double Cash MC $49.91

Citi Rewards+ MC. ThankYou Points 16,310

Choice Privileges Visa Signature / Points 246,603

US Bank Cash+ Visa Signature $2.45

DOSH $45.52

Rakuten Amex MR Earning. Pays out quarterly. See Amex MR balance above.

Fetch Rewards Points 6905

Regions Cash Rewards Visa Signature $115.86

HSBC Cash Rewards MC $256.35

Wells Fargo Cash Wise Signature Visa $42.74

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Amex Green and Platinum MR 271,560

Delta SkyMiles. Amex Delta Gold and Blue 189,502

American Airlines. Citi Platinum Select MC and MileUp MC 62,360

Amtrak. Amtrak Guest Rewards MC. 27,541

IHG MC 54,851

BofA Cash Rewards Visa (3% Travel) $119.74

Citi Double Cash MC $49.91

Citi Rewards+ MC. ThankYou Points 16,310

Choice Privileges Visa Signature / Points 247,003

US Bank Cash+ Visa Signature $2.45

DOSH $45.52

Rakuten Amex MR Earning. Pays out quarterly. See Amex MR balance above.

Fetch Rewards Points 6905

Regions Cash Rewards Visa Signature $115.86

HSBC Cash Rewards MC $256.35

Wells Fargo Cash Wise Signature Visa $42.74

 

Some more welcome check-in bonus points posted from past stays. 

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Choice Hotels running a 20% off promo. Doing some searching it's not at all properties as far as I can tell. Best Western email this morning telling me earning elite status got easier for 2021. I haven't stayed at a Best Western in years. So I'm not sure exactly what their different status tiers get you. Have to do some research. 

 

For those newbs considering dipping their toes into the points game--------

Despite being a Diamond with Choice, I don't chase status for namesake. What I do is chase the most amount of points per stay on my business travels. In turn I use those points for higher end Choice properties above Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn when on vacation. 99% of Choice properties include breakfast regardless of status. 

 

I'm working on a more detailed write up on how I earn 12,000 to 20,000 points per 5 night stay at low end properties like the Econo Lodge, that earns me more points typically per stay than if I stayed at a Comfort Inn paying more per stay.

 

Choice Promo:

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Best Western Promo:

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Amex Green and Platinum MR 271,560

Delta SkyMiles. Amex Delta Gold and Blue 189,502

American Airlines. Citi Platinum Select MC and MileUp MC 62,382

Amtrak. Amtrak Guest Rewards MC. 27,541

IHG MC 54,851

BofA Cash Rewards Visa (3% Travel) $119.74

Citi Double Cash MC $49.91

Citi Rewards+ MC. ThankYou Points 16,310

Choice Privileges Visa Signature / Points 247,003

US Bank Cash+ Visa Signature $2.45

DOSH $47.00

Rakuten Amex MR Earning. Pays out quarterly. See Amex MR balance above.

Fetch Rewards Points 6985

Regions Cash Rewards Visa Signature $115.86

HSBC Cash Rewards MC $256.35

Wells Fargo Cash Wise Signature Visa $42.74

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Amex Green and Platinum MR 271,560

Delta SkyMiles. Amex Delta Gold and Blue 189,502

American Airlines. Citi Platinum Select MC and MileUp MC 62,780

Amtrak. Amtrak Guest Rewards MC. 27,541

IHG MC 54,851

BofA Cash Rewards Visa (3% Travel) $153.41

Citi Double Cash MC $49.91

Citi Rewards+ MC. ThankYou Points 16,310

Choice Privileges Visa Signature / Points 247,003

US Bank Cash+ Visa Signature $2.45

DOSH $47.00

Rakuten Amex MR Earning. Pays out quarterly. See Amex MR balance above.

Fetch Rewards Points 6985

Regions Cash Rewards Visa Signature $115.86

HSBC Cash Rewards MC $256.35

Wells Fargo Cash Wise Signature Visa $42.74

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Amex Green and Platinum MR 272,171

Delta SkyMiles. Amex Delta Gold and Blue 189,502

American Airlines. Citi Platinum Select MC and MileUp MC 62,780

Amtrak. Amtrak Guest Rewards MC. 27,541

IHG MC 54,851

BofA Cash Rewards Visa (3% Travel) $153.41

Citi Double Cash MC $49.91

Citi Rewards+ MC. ThankYou Points 16,310

Choice Privileges Visa Signature / Points 247,003

US Bank Cash+ Visa Signature $2.45

DOSH $47.00

Rakuten Amex MR Earning. Pays out quarterly. See Amex MR balance above.

Fetch Rewards Points 6985

Regions Cash Rewards Visa Signature $115.86

HSBC Cash Rewards MC $256.35

Wells Fargo Cash Wise Signature Visa $42.74

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Amex Green and Platinum MR 272,171

Delta SkyMiles. Amex Delta Gold and Blue 189,502

American Airlines. Citi Platinum Select MC and MileUp MC 62,780

Amtrak. Amtrak Guest Rewards MC. 29,719

IHG MC 54,851

BofA Cash Rewards Visa (3% Travel) $153.41

Citi Double Cash MC $49.91

Citi Rewards+ MC. ThankYou Points 16,310

Choice Privileges Visa Signature / Points 247,003

US Bank Cash+ Visa Signature $2.45

DOSH $47.00

Rakuten Amex MR Earning. Pays out quarterly. See Amex MR balance above.

Fetch Rewards Points 6985

Regions Cash Rewards Visa Signature $115.86

HSBC Cash Rewards MC $256.35

Wells Fargo Cash Wise Signature Visa $42.74

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Amex Green and Platinum MR 276,837

Delta SkyMiles. Amex Delta Gold and Blue 189,502

American Airlines. Citi Platinum Select MC and MileUp MC 62,780

Amtrak. Amtrak Guest Rewards MC. 29,719

IHG MC 54,851

BofA Cash Rewards Visa (3% Travel) $153.41

Citi Double Cash MC $49.91

Citi Rewards+ MC. ThankYou Points 16,310

Choice Privileges Visa Signature / Points 247,003

US Bank Cash+ Visa Signature $2.45

DOSH $47.00

Rakuten Amex MR Earning. Pays out quarterly. See Amex MR balance above.

Fetch Rewards Points 7090

Regions Cash Rewards Visa Signature $115.86

HSBC Cash Rewards MC $256.35

Wells Fargo Cash Wise Signature Visa $42.74

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5 hours ago, TheVig said:

Classic Amtrak move. Advertise a sale, with a only a few days to plan something and take advantage of it, before it expires.

 

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If I could make it work, I'd be all over Oklahoma City -> Fort Worth.  

 

There's nothing quite like watching dust go by at 40 mph.

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If I could make it work, I'd be all over Oklahoma City -> Fort Worth.  

 

There's nothing quite like watching dust go by at 40 mph.

Occasionally you might see a tumble weed too. 

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Amex Green and Platinum MR 276,837

Delta SkyMiles. Amex Delta Gold and Blue 189,502

American Airlines. Citi Platinum Select MC and MileUp MC 62,780

Amtrak. Amtrak Guest Rewards MC. 29,719

IHG MC 54,851

BofA Cash Rewards Visa (3% Travel) $153.41

Citi Double Cash MC $49.91

Citi Rewards+ MC. ThankYou Points 16,310

Choice Privileges Visa Signature / Points 268,503

US Bank Cash+ Visa Signature $2.45

DOSH $47.00

Rakuten Amex MR Earning. Pays out quarterly. See Amex MR balance above.

Fetch Rewards Points 7141

Regions Cash Rewards Visa Signature $115.86

HSBC Cash Rewards MC $256.35

Wells Fargo Cash Wise Signature Visa $42.74

 

5 night stay in Raleigh, NC

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Shopping portals. For the newbs who may come across this thread, or a reminder to us a more seasoned CC users.............

 

READ THE FINE PRINT. I will use DOSH as an example.

 

Notice it says "In-Store Cash Back", and notice it's only valid when you use a Visa or MC. The fine print states, cash back is only valid at the pump. So in short don't think that bag of Doritos and J-B 1.5 papers you purchased inside the store is gonna earn you the 4% CB on top of whatever your credit card earns.

 

Don't you just love the world of reward stacking?

 

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Amex Green and Platinum MR 276,837

Delta SkyMiles. Amex Delta Gold and Blue 189,502

American Airlines. Citi Platinum Select MC and MileUp MC 62,780

Amtrak. Amtrak Guest Rewards MC. 29,719

IHG MC 54,851

BofA Cash Rewards Visa (3% Travel) $153.41

Citi Double Cash MC $49.91

Citi Rewards+ MC. ThankYou Points 16,310

Choice Privileges Visa Signature / Points 268,503

US Bank Cash+ Visa Signature $2.45

DOSH $47.00

Rakuten Amex MR Earning. Pays out quarterly. See Amex MR balance above.

Fetch Rewards Points 7272

Regions Cash Rewards Visa Signature $115.86

HSBC Cash Rewards MC $256.35

Wells Fargo Cash Wise Signature Visa $42.74

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Amex Green and Platinum MR 276,837

Delta SkyMiles. Amex Delta Gold and Blue 189,502

American Airlines. Citi Platinum Select MC and MileUp MC 62,780

Amtrak. Amtrak Guest Rewards MC. 29,719

IHG MC 54,921

BofA Cash Rewards Visa (3% Travel) $153.41

Citi Double Cash MC $49.91

Citi Rewards+ MC. ThankYou Points 16,310

Choice Privileges Visa Signature / Points 268,503

US Bank Cash+ Visa Signature $2.45

DOSH $48.11

Rakuten Amex MR Earning. Pays out quarterly. See Amex MR balance above.

Fetch Rewards Points 7415

Regions Cash Rewards Visa Signature $115.86

HSBC Cash Rewards MC $256.35

Wells Fargo Cash Wise Signature Visa $42.74

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Amex Green and Platinum MR 276,837

Delta SkyMiles. Amex Delta Gold and Blue 189,502

American Airlines. Citi Platinum Select MC and MileUp MC 62,780

Amtrak. Amtrak Guest Rewards MC. 29,719

IHG MC 54,921

BofA Cash Rewards Visa (3% Travel) $153.41

Citi Double Cash MC $49.91

Citi Rewards+ MC. ThankYou Points 16,310

Choice Privileges Visa Signature / Points 285,478

US Bank Cash+ Visa Signature $2.45

DOSH $48.11

Rakuten Amex MR Earning. Pays out quarterly. See Amex MR balance above.

Fetch Rewards Points 7415

Regions Cash Rewards Visa Signature $115.86

HSBC Cash Rewards MC $256.35

Wells Fargo Cash Wise Signature Visa $42.74


CC statement cut. Points include a yearly bonus of 8000 points for running at least $10k thru the card. 

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Amex Green and Platinum MR 276,837

Delta SkyMiles. Amex Delta Gold and Blue 189,502

American Airlines. Citi Platinum Select MC and MileUp MC 62,780

Amtrak. Amtrak Guest Rewards MC 29,754

IHG MC 54,921

BofA Cash Rewards Visa (3% Travel) $153.41

Citi Double Cash MC $49.91

Citi Rewards+ MC. ThankYou Points 16,310

Choice Privileges Visa Signature / Points 285,478

US Bank Cash+ Visa Signature $2.45

DOSH $48.11

Rakuten Amex MR Earning. Pays out quarterly. See Amex MR balance above.

Fetch Rewards Points 7608

Regions Cash Rewards Visa Signature $115.86

HSBC Cash Rewards MC $256.35

Wells Fargo Cash Wise Signature Visa $42.74

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