Targeted US Bank Club Carlson Personal & Business Credit Card Spending Offers

Good morning everyone, I hope you are all having a great Memorial Day Weekend.  I am having a lazy 3 day weekend in San Francisco (I looked at traveling for Memorial Day Weekend too late, so all the award flights and cheap tickets were gone).  But the good news is that I have 2 great good decent US Bank Club Carlson credit card spending offers to share – one for my personal credit card and another for my business credit card.

For my US Bank Club Carlson Personal Credit Card, I can earn up to 2,000 bonus Club Carlson points after spending $650 on the credit card.

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Goldstar Part 2: Red Velvet Membership Benefits: Unlimited Comps, 4-Hour Holds & Easy Ticket Cancellation

Good morning everyone, welcome to part 2 of my Goldstar series.  If you haven’t already, please read Goldstar Part 1: Introduction to Searching & Buying Discounted Event Tickets and sign up for your free Goldstar account.  In this post, I will explain how Goldstar’s Red Velvet membership works, the costs and the benefits of the service.  Before you become a Goldstar Red Velvet member, you need to sign up for a free Goldstar account.  I became a Goldstar Red Velvet member on April 3, 2016, and at the time, I could not find much information available about the service, both through Google searches and on Goldstar’s own website.  My goal for this post is to show you exactly how Goldstar’s Red Velvet membership works.

There are currently 4 main components to the Red Velvet membership:

  • Unlimited Comps – get 4 free tickets to select Goldstar events every week
  • 4-Hour Hold – place event tickets on hold for 4 hours to finalize your plans
  • First Look – be the first to know about new events and special Goldstar offers
  • Easy Cancel – free and easy ticket cancellation; use Goldstar “Same-As-Cash” Credit for future events

Goldstar Red Velvet Membership

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Holiday Inn Club Vacations Las Vegas Timeshare Presentation: 3 Nights for $199 or 4 Nights for $200

Good morning everyone, I have yet another timeshare presentation / vacation package to share.  This is in addition to the 5 Nights Hyatt Residence Club Ka’anapali Beach Timeshare Presentation and the Westin Vacation Package on Maui that I wrote about a few weeks ago.  This time, the location is Las Vegas at the Holiday Inn Club Vacations Desert Club Resort.  The deal is for 4 days / 3 nights + 10,000 IHG Points (~$70 value) for $199 + taxes/fees + 2 hour timeshare presentation.  But… if you act fast, you can get an extra night for only $1.  That’s a total of 5 days / 4 nights + 10,000 IHG Points (~$70 value) for $200 + taxes/fees + 2 hour timeshare presentation.

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Transfer Times to KLM / Air France from Chase Ultimate Rewards, AMEX Membership Rewards, Citi Thank You Points & SPG Starpoints

Update 8pm PT on 5/24: My 1500 SPG points posted to my KLM / Air France account within 48 hours of making the transfer (Tuesday afternoon).  SPG may do a bulk transfer at the same time for everyone, so your transfer times may vary.

Good morning everyone, I hope you all had a great weekend.  I was in Portland over the weekend and had my fair share of food carts, Voodoo Donuts, rain drizzles, and weird people.  But enough about me… it’s all about KLM / Air France today.  Yesterday, Frequent Miler reported that KLM / Air France was added as a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner.  This is great news because you can now get KLM / Air France Flying Blue miles from all 4 major points currencies: Chase Ultimate Rewards Points, Citi Thank You Points, American Express Membership Reward Points, and SPG Points.  In this post, I will show you how long transfers from each points currency takes to post to your KLM / Air France account.  This post is a sequel to Transfer Times to Singapore Airlines from Chase Ultimate Rewards, AMEX Membership Rewards, Citi Thank You Points, and SPG Starpoints.  I have always wanted to book a KLM / Air France promo award, so hopefully that dream comes true.

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Rainy Weekend Trip to Portland, Oregon using Citi Thank You Points, British Airways Avios & Club Carlson Points

Good morning everyone, happy Friday!  I am heading to Portland, Oregon tonight for a short weekend trip.  I wanted to go over Memorial Day Weekend, but I thought about the trip too late and the prices were too high and the award availability was not available.  Therefore, I am going this weekend.  I like to plan 2 holidays in advance, so right now, I recommend people start making plans for Labor Day Weekend in early September.  People are only thinking about Memorial Day Weekend and Fourth of July Weekend, so now is the time to start planning your Labor Day Weekend trip.

Anyway, a few months ago, I wrote about a Bad use of Alaska Airlines $99 Companion Ticket & Codeshare American Airlines / Alaska Airlines Booking with Citi Thank You Points.  In that post, I showed how I booked an Alaska Airlines flight, that was a codeshare with American Airlines, with my Citi Thank You Points for 1.6 cents per point toward the paid ticket.  15,012 Citi Thank You Points is worth $240.19, which is a pretty good price for 2 one way tickets from SFO to PDX.

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