$25 free for Barclay US Airways credit card holders

Posted by: Jason

Barclay is offering US Airways credit card holders $25 to switch to paperless statements. Simply switch from paper statements to paperless statements and make one purchase by December 31st of any amount in order to get your $25 statement credit.

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If you’re already receiving paperless statements and want the credit, switch to paper statements, log out, then log back in and you’ll receive the offer.

How to get at least 105 free wings from Buffalo Wild Wings

Posted by: Jason

As a preface, this does involve a little work, but if you’re as crazy as I am for free stuff, you’ll do it.

Courtesy: Buffalo Wild Wings Facebook page

Courtesy: Buffalo Wild Wings Facebook page

Buffalo Wild Wings is currently doing their “Blazin Bonus promotion” where you can get a promotional card with every $25 purchase of gift cards. You can find out the amount of this promotional card after January 1st by going online and entering the card number. The card will be worth $5, $15, $25, or $100 with obviously the majority being $5 and must be used January 1 – February 28, 2015. You can use multiple promotional cards with one order.

As with every contest, no purchase in necessary, so here’s how to get your free promotional cards:

* Send a hand written self-addressed, stamped envelope (Vermont folks don’t need to remit return postage) to BWW Blazin’ Bonus® Game, PO Box 50188, Minneapolis, MN 55405
* inside the envelope include a hand written note with your name, street address (no PO Boxes), age, daytime phone number
* Must be 18 or older
* Limit of four separate entries per person
* Limit of four entries per household

So here are the calculations:

4 entries per person = 4 * at least $5 = $20
4 entries per house = at least $20 * 4 = $80
32 stamps (1 to send it, 1 for return envelope) $15.68

Total profit = at least $64

I personally used the (now expired)$10 off $50 Office Depot sync offer to buy my stamps in order to save some money.

Once you have your gift cards, stretch this free food even further by going on Wing Tuesdays for $.60 for traditional wings or Thursdays for $.60 boneless wings! $64 / $.60 = 105 wings!

Does this take a lot of work? Sure. Is it worth it? Of course! I’ve done this the last three years and have enjoyed free food.

The Economist 1 year digital subscription for 1800 miles

Posted by: Jason

Magsformiles is offering the Economist 1 year digital and 1 year print subscription for the following miles:

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Alaska Airlines miles: 2,100 miles for 1 year digital, 3,900 miles for 1 year print.
American Airlines miles: 1,800 for 1 year digital, 3,200 miles for 1 year print.
Delta Skymiles:1,800 miles for 1 year digital subscription, 3,200 miles for 1 year print.
Frontier Airlines: 2,100 miles for 1 year digital, 3,900 miles for 1 year print.
Hawaiian Airlines: 2,100 miles for 1 year digital, 3,900 miles for 1 year print.
Spirit Airlines: 2,600 miles for 1 year digital, 4,800 miles for 1 year print.
United Airlines miles: 1,800 miles for 1 year digital subscription, 3,200 miles for 1 year print.
US Airways Dividend Miles: 1,800 miles for 1 year digital subscription, 3,200 miles for 1 year print.

This is a great way to use orphan miles towards a subscription. They also have other magazines available as well at the above links. The fine print says new subscribers only, though in my experience I’ve been able to get it anyways, just not as a renewal to a current subscription.

AwardWallet celebrates 10 year anniversary and you get 25% off

Posted by: Jason

AwardWallet is my favorite tracker of all of my loyalty programs. I have it loaded with my entire families accounts and it’s so convenient and easy to have balances and expirations tracked automatically.

In celebration of AwardWallet’s 10th anniversary, they’re offering 25% off the standard upgrade price today, November 20th, only. If you’re already a Plus member, it will extend your current subscription.

25% off $5 is $1.25 in savings, but I’ll always be using AwardWallet so why not save a buck?

Follow this link to upgrade or extend today.

A floating snowflake hotel in Norway

Posted by: Jason

The architecture firm Dutch Docklands is planning to build a floating 5 star hotel in Tromsø, Norway. The hotel is called The Krystall and would have 86 rooms.

The hotel is set to open in December 2016 and will feature glass roofs to get the picturesque view of the Northern Lights.

The floating star hotel

The floating star hotel

Access to the hotel will only be boat as it will be in the middle of water. The hotel won’t sway in the water either as it will be attached to cables to the bottom of the water.

This same architecure firm has also conceptualized a floating hotel in the Maldives called Greenstar.

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Given the Norway / Sweden rivalry, I can see how Norway might want to try and trump the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden. This may be a step in the right direction in a cool concept hotel.

I was sent someone else’s rental car reservation

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I received a car rental confirmation on one of my email addresses from Carrentals.com. It was a reservation in someone’s name.

Dollar Rental Car

Dollar Rental Car

My first reaction was – that person probably is wondering where their car rental reservation is and I thought about perhaps calling them to notify them. The other part of me wonders if it is just some sort of phishing scam and so I chose to just ignore figuring at some point they would perhaps call themselves and sort it out. At the very least, when they pick the car up, perhaps they would change it.

I can’t seem however to let it go and I’m wondering now if I should just call them and tell them. What would you do?

Save a lot of money at Walmart with your American Express cards

Posted by: Jason

I’m always looking for ways to stack deals on top of each other. There’s a pretty lucrative deal going on now with Walmart, American Express, and Bluebird.

Step 1. American Express is offering $5 off $15 purchase at walmart.com through December 31st on your synced American Express card. The simplest way is to tweet #AmexWalMart to load this offer to your American Express cards. If you haven’t synced your American Express card to twitter accounts, you can do that here. I have each of my cards and authorized users set up on a separate twitter account which is then synced to TweetDeck which allows you to simultaneously tweet from multiple accounts. When I see a new American Express deal, I can quickly add it to all of my cards.

I have been ordering egift cards of $15 at walmart.com to qualify for the offer. I originally had some problems with Walmart cancelling my orders because of suspected fraud. However, a quick email exchange with them and they allowed my account to order gift cards and there hasn’t been any problems.

These $15 egift cards are immediately sent via email and qualify for the Amex $5 off promotion and can be used online or in store. We use them in store for regular grocery shopping. I’ve ordered 10 egift cards so far on all of my cards and authorized user cards. Therefore $150 in egift cards getting $50 back in statement credits. Bluebird and Serve cards are also eligible for this offer.

Step 2. Sign up for Walmart savings catcher. After you’ve shopped at Walmart using your egift cards, enter in or scan your receipts and Walmart will monitor local competitors and if they find a savings drop on items you’ve purchased, they’ll give you back the difference in egift cards.

Step 3. If you add your Bluebird card to the Walmart savings catcher, they will load the savings to your Bluebird account rather than giving egift cards and double the amount they give you. Thus far we’ve earned $16.00 from doing nothing but scanning our receipts.

In summary, you can save 33% for each egift purchased per card and add additional savings by using your Bluebird card with Savings Catcher. It’s a great way to save some money during the holidays by jumping through some hoops.

American Express Small Business Saturday registration open now

Posted by: Jason

Registration for American Express Small Business Saturday where you can receive 3 – $10 statement credits on each card by shopping at a small business on November 29, 2014 is live now. Tweet #AmexShopSmall to enroll with your synced Twitter account. If you haven’t set it up before, you can do that here.

UPDATE: The online registration form will be live in 50 minutes, at 12:00 AM Mountain Standard Time. Online registration is live now as well at this link.

The number of registrations is limited so register quickly!

Free $10 for Bank of America credit or debit card holders

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Bank of America is offering a free $10 prepaid Reward Visa Card for Bank of America credit or debit card holders.

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Simply enroll in Visa Checkout at this link by December 4, 2014 and receive your free $10 prepaid Visa Card in the mail. No purchase is necessary.

American Express OPEN card offer – $150 off $150 on your AT&T bill

Posted by: Jason

A couple of months ago, I was debating whether the $195 annual fee for the American Express Delta Business Card was worth it. I actually decided it wasn’t, called to cancel, and was offered 25,000 Delta Skymiles to keep the card. That made it an easy decision because not only was I going to get the miles, but also be able to take part in American Express offers online and via Twitter as well as Small Business Saturday.

Since I renewed, I’ve taken advantage of the $5 off $15 at Walmart.com (purchased an egift card) on both of my cards on the account as well as $20 off $100 at Staples (purchased Shell gas gift cards).

However, today I am really glad that I kept the card as I got an offer on my Business Card for $150 statement credit on AT&T wireless by using the business card for Autopay or making a one time payment with that card.

An amazing AT&T offer

An amazing AT&T offer

The American Express offers as sometimes targeted, though multiple people are reporting online that they found this offer on their American Express OPEN cards. Login in to your account to see if you received this incredible offer to pay off your AT&T bill!

How to stop your cable or satellite provider from fleecing you

Posted by: Jason

When your cable or satellite provider first came to your house or apartment, they installed equipment to get you up and running as quick as possible. However, they recoup this convenience by charging you a monthly fee for equipment rental. One of the quickest ways you can get rid of this rental fee is to go ahead and purchase your own equipment and send back the rental and the monthly fee.

Photo courtesy of Comcast

Photo courtesy of Comcast

My mom has been a Comcast user for over 20 years and is currently subscribed to the “Triple Play” – Internet, Cable, and Voice. They’ve been charging her $9.00 a month to rent a device that brings the Internet, Cable, and Voice to her house. However, this device is available for outright purchase on Ebay for about $55 meaning that you could make up your money in about six months. For the Triple Play – you’ll need a Arris TG852G Docsis 3.0 Wireless Cable Modem TG852 G . I purchased one from this seller and a 5 minute phone call to Comcast had me up and running with a owned device. No more rental fees!

If you have Comcast Double Play – Internet and Cable, you can use the ARRIS / Motorola SurfBoard SB6141 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem avialable from Amazon which costs $88.00 and would have a return on investment of 10 months.

You can also purchase your own equipment for DirecTV. Search Ebay for “owned DirecTV receiver” or follow this link. Before purchasing a device, make sure you get the RID number from the seller (most post it in their pictures) and call DirecTV to confirm that it is in fact an owned receiver. I had a couple of people who stated in their auctions that their receivers were owned but DirecTV said they were in fact leased. Owned receivers can be purchased for about $100-$150 and DVRs for $200+. I had an owned DirecTV receiver for about two years before I decided to cut the cord. I turned around and resold the receiver on Ebay for about $100-$150 thereby having a $0 out of pocket.

I’ve highlighted only three options here, but there are other types of equipment for other carriers that can be purchased rather than renting. Take some time and do some research for your carrier and stop letting the providers fleece you for rental fees.

Have any of you purchased equipment outright to save rental fees?

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