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πŸ€‘ Latest Deals and Finds from All the Hacks (11/17)

Published 3 months agoΒ β€’Β 5 min read

πŸ‘‹ Hi Reader,

Happy Friday!

I wanted to share some of my top finds from the past few weeks again, grouped into these sections:

  • πŸ›« Travel, Points & Miles
  • πŸ€‘ Latest Deals
  • πŸ•΅οΈ Great Finds

I didn't include many Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals, because I just haven't gone down that rabbit hole yet, but I hope you can make the most out it :)

As always, I'd really appreciate it if you could share this with anyone who might enjoy this newsletter. Have an awesome weekend and Happy Thanksgiving!

-Chris


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πŸ›« Travel, Points & Miles

πŸ’³ The Bilt Card Keeps Getting Better

The marquee feature of the Bilt card is earning up to 100k points on rent, but it also earns 3x Dining and 2x Travel and every 1st of the month ("Rent Day") it earns double, so 6x Dining, 4x Travel and 2x on everything else. We don't rent, but what has me wanting to sign up is that they have the best slate of transfer partners (e.g., American, United, Hyatt, Turkish, and as of last week, Marriott) and every 2-3 months they run huge Rent Day transfer bonuses that get as high as 100%-150%, meaning if you transferred 10,000 points you'd end up with 20,000 - 30,000. So despite not renting, I'm probably getting myself (or Amy) a Bilt card soon. If you want to sign up here (my referral link), I'd obviously appreciate it and would encourage you to share your referral link with friends too!

πŸ” Two New Points Tools: Point Hound + Points Path

There are two new points tools I've come across recently:

  • ​Points Path: a Chrome extension that overlays award pricing on Google Flights (I don't have access yet, but very excited to get off the waitlist on this one
  • ​Point Hound: a free Award search tool that has some cool search functionality like "From SFO in Business or First leaving in December 2023".

πŸ›« United Airlines Mile Play Promotion

United has launched it's Mile Play promotion, which offers a different mix of bonus miles to every person, but you need to register by Dec 15th to be eligible (and only flights booked after count).

πŸ›©οΈ Big Changes to Alaska's Award Charts

Alaska's Mileage Plan is introducing new changes to its award pricing, including unified saver pricing, global award availability, mixed partner awards, free stopovers, and cumulative distance pricing. The main change is a focus on pricing awards based on the total distance flown, which is great for shorter flights, but not great for long partner flights to destinations like Asia and Australia.

πŸ›¬ NEW: Book JetBlue with Qatar Avios

You can now use miles from Qatar Airways Privilege Club Avios to book JetBlue flights, including their premium Mint cabin (my fav domestic business class). Check out the Privilege Club website to book flights online, but it looks like you don’t even need to have Avios in your account to check out the availability and pricing. Also, since you can transfer Avois freely between all Avios airlines, you can get your points from every card program to Qatar via British Airways.

πŸ›©οΈ Lots of Business Class Availability on Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways seems to have opened a lot of availability for their luxurious business class, including the renowned QSuites, from numerous US airports to destinations across the Middle East, India, and Southern Asia, including the Maldives. You can find availability using the calendar feature on American Airlines or Qatar’s website or using a tool like Seats.Aero​


πŸ€‘ Latest Deals

πŸ’³ $900 Bonus For Chase Checking & Savings Account

If don't have a Chase account, they have their best bonus right now for opening a new checking and savings account. You get $300 for Checking (with Direct Deposit), $200 for Savings (with $15k balance) and $400 more if you do both. Learn more here.

🏨 Sam's Club $500 Southwest eGift Card For $400

There's been talk about a Black Friday deal coming to Sam's Club, where you can buy a Southwest Airlines $500 value e-gift card for $399.99 starting Nov 23rd. I don't have full details but it looks like there might be a max of 5 per membership. Given that you can join Sam's Club for $20, I might end up joining just to take advantage of this.

πŸ’€ Up To $100 off Oura Ring

We're huge fans of our Oura Rings (finally got Amy one last month) and they're having a Black Friday sale for up to $100 off, with all ring styles and colors discounted. The sale starts today, Nov 17th and runs through 27th. Full details here.

🧾 Save $15 Off Monthly Bills with Chase Cards

Many Chase cardholders are eligible for a $10 or $15 statement credit after spending $100 or $150 on monthly bills, including utilities, internet, cable, phone services, insurance, local transit, commuting, fitness club, or gym membership payments. This is a targeted offer, so check this article to learn how to determine if you're eligible.

πŸ’³ Latest Card Offers

Here are a few of the Amex and Chase offers I've seen recently that you might want to add to your card (unless you're using one of my favorite apps CardPointers, which helps add them automatically) and take advantage of. Note that not all cards and cardmembers will have all offers in their account and you may find some amazing ones I didn't have too :)

Chase

  • Samsung: 20% back (up to $51) on purchases made directly with Samsung through 11/26. We just bought a 65" Samsung Frame TV and used this deal, but also stacked it with their Black Friday pricing ($400 off + free mounting), Rakuten (10% back) and found a friend who had access to special Samsung pricing through PerkSpot ($320 off), which ultimately took the $2120 price (including mounting) down to ~$1150. Note that the many other employer perks sites like Perksatwork also get you huge Samsung discounts.
  • Zappos: 10% back (up to $24) on purchases until 12/27.
  • DoorDash: 10% back (up to $5) on purchases through 11/30.

Amex:

  • Goldbelly: The offer is only $30 off $75, but GoldBelly also counts towards the Amex Gold $10 Dining Credit AND if you’re a new customer, you can snag an extra $15 off your first order by simply providing your email AND you can earn another 1-2% cash back from a lot of shopping portals.
  • JetBlue: $50 back on a purchase of $200 or more until 12/31.
  • Zoom: $40 back on a purchase of $149 or more until 1/31. I just used this last month to renew my Zoom account.
  • Resy: $25 back on up to two purchases of $75 or more at select Resy restaurants before 12/8.

πŸ•΅οΈ Great Finds

🏑 Ownwell: Hassle-Free Property Tax Appeals

In many states, including California and Texas, you can appeal your property appraisal, resulting in big savings on property taxes. However the process can be a huge pain. Fortunately I came across Ownwell, which makes the process so easy - they handle everything, from creating an evidence packer to representing you at hearings. There's no upfront cost, but they do take 25% of the savings they get you. I also reached out to them to get All the Hacks subscribers an extra $25 off any of their services!

πŸ“’ Hampton's 2023 Wealth Survey Report

I thought the Hampton's 2023 Wealth Survey Report was a really interesting read, which dove into the results of a survey to their members about investment strategies, portfolio allocation and more

🧳 What To Do When Travel Goes Wrong

If you have any upcoming travel and want to make sure you know what to do if anything goes wrong, my latest episode covers essential tips for navigating travel mishaps like flight delays, cancellations, lost luggage, or sold-out accommodations.

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