OC Meetup Reminder, Apple Pay Success, and New Chime Card Promo for Old Navy

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OC Meetup Reminder, Apple Pay Success, and New Chime Card Promo for Old Navy

Happy Friday evening everyone, hopefully your weekend is off to a great start.  For those of you in the Orange County, LA, or San Diego area, please join me tomorrow afternoon for burgers, fries, and top secret manufactured spending discussions at In-N-Out (after all, that’s what a hamburger is all about).  I will be outside on the tables wearing my Travel with Grant shirt, you can’t miss me!

  • When: 12PM – 2PM on Saturday, October 25
  • Where: In-N-Out at the Tustin District: 2895 Park Ave, The District, Tustin, CA 92782 (map)
  • Why: Talk miles and points with me and other locals (possibly share some secrets too)

No need to RSVP, just show up and join the conversation.

In-N-Out Address

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Random News: The New American (Airlines Credit Card from Citi) has Arrived, $60 Off Travelocity Hotels, $20 Off $25 Tabbed Out Bill, and 2 New AMEX Offers

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Random News: The New American (Airlines Credit Card from Citi) has Arrived, $60 Off Travelocity Hotels, $20 Off $25 Tabbed Out Bill, and 2 New AMEX Offers

Happy Friday morning everyone, here are a few random news stories for you.  A few days ago, Adam (Fly2Travel) shared a post about the new Citi American Airlines Credit Card redesign.  I love using my Citi American Airlines Executive Credit Card for lounge access and on-board shopping (25% rebate on food and drink purchases).  I called Citi and asked if they could send me a replacement card with the new design.  The representative was not sure what I was talking about (how could this be, I called the Citi AA Exec phone number?).  He didn’t really have a good answer, but said that if Citi redesigned the card, that all newly issued or newly replaced credit cards would have the new design.  He felt confident that I would get the new card design if I asked for a replacement card.  He thanked me for my loyalty to Citi and said he would FedEx the new credit card overnight.  I received the new credit card yesterday and it has no embossed letters or numbers and the credit card information is on the back of the credit card (the credit card number, expiration date, and CVV stayed the same).  I like that they added my AA number to the back of the card (previously missing from the old executive card), but I just noticed that the Admirals Club logo is missing on the new card (present on the old executive card to distinguish between primary card holders and authorized users, hmmm).

New AA Exec Front New AA Exec Back

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Southwest Airlines Companion Pass – Part 2: Hyatt and Chase Ultimate Reward Points Game Plan

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Southwest Airlines Companion Pass – Part 2: Hyatt and Chase Ultimate Reward Points Game Plan

Before reading Part 2, please read Part 1.  As a refresher, to get a Southwest Airlines Companion Pass, you need to earn 110,000 Southwest Airlines miles in a calendar year.  Southwest Airlines has a handy page to track your current Companion Pass status (link).  As of today (October 23, 2014), I need to earn 41,522 more Southwest Airlines miles to obtain a Southwest Airlines Companion Pass good through the rest of 2014 and all of 2015.

Grant Thomas Current Companion Pass Status

Last year, I converted 50,000 Hyatt points into 30,000 Southwest Airlines miles.  I plan to do the same thing this year (image is from last year).

New Hyatt Account Balance

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Southwest Airlines Companion Pass – Part 1: Obtaining the Companion Pass the Hard Way

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Southwest Airlines Companion Pass – Part 1: Obtaining the Companion Pass the Hard Way

Every travel blog out there will tell you how awesome the Southwest Airlines Companion Pass is and how easy it is to get.  Here is the Cliff Notes / Spark Notes version:

  • Apply for 2 Chase Southwest Airlines Credit Cards between October 1 and December 31.
  • Don’t spend a penny on the cards during any statements periods that close in 2014.
  • Spend $2,000+ during the statement periods that close in 2015.
  • Collect 52,000 Southwest Airlines miles x 2 = 104,000 miles.
  • Get the remaining 6,000 miles from Hyatt, Marriott, or other points transfers.
  • Travel for “free” with a companion for all of 2015 and all of 2016.

If that sounds like something you want to do, please consider signing up for a Chase Southwest Airlines Credit Card through one of my credit card referral links.

However, this post is not about the easy way to get the Southwest Airlines Companion Pass.  This post is about the hard way to achieve the Southwest Airlines Companion Pass.  Let’s say your name is Grant and you find yourself somewhere between no Companion Pass and a Companion Pass for 2015.

Let’s assume you got the Chase Southwest Airlines Premier Credit Card last year and the Chase Southwest Airlines Plus Credit Card earlier this year.  Let’s also assume you cannot get a Chase Southwest Airlines Business Credit Card since you just got a Chase Ink Plus Business Credit.  Lastly, let’s assume you are 41,522 Southwest Airlines miles away from qualifying for the Companion Pass next year.  What do you do?  To view your current Southwest Airlines Companion Pass status, please log into your Southwest Airlines account first and then click this link (you may want to bookmark this link as well).

Grant Thomas Current Companion Pass Status

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2 $10 Amazon eGift Card Giveaway – Announcing New Partnerships with Award Wallet and Award Magic (Giveaway Ended)

Update: 9am PST on 10/23/2014 – the winners have been announced. Joe and Ruth, thank you for your comments, you will receive an email from me with your $10 Amazon eGift Card.
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2 $10 Amazon eGift Card Giveaway – Announcing New Partnerships with Award Wallet and Award Magic

Good morning everyone, it’s been a while since I did my last giveaway and I thought you guys deserved a treat before Halloween.  The purpose of this post is to announce my new partnerships with Award Wallet and Award Magic.  I would also like to refresh your memory on my stance regarding my Amazon affiliate link, credit card referral links, credit card affiliate links, and sign up links.  The details of the $10 Amazon eGfit Card giveaway are at the bottom of this post.  So without further ado, let’s get started.

Full Disclosure: Award Wallet is showing my logo on their site in exchange for me showing their logo on my site.

I was contacted a few weeks ago by Award Wallet and asked if I would like my blog to be featured / promoted on their website (Duh Yes!).  When you refresh your Award Wallet account, you may see my logo appear beneath your updated account balances.  It is an honor to be featured on Award Wallet, thank you guys!

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