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๐Ÿค‘ Latest Deals, Tips and Finds from All the Hacks (10/6)

Published 5 months agoย โ€ขย 3 min read

๐Ÿ‘‹ Hi Reader,

I got great feedback from the deals newsletter two weeks ago, so I'm sending out some of my top finds from the past few weeks again, grouped into these sections:

  • ๐Ÿ›ซ Travel, Points & Miles
  • ๐Ÿค‘ Latest Deals
  • ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธ Other Great Finds

There's a lot of great stuff, so I really hope you enjoy it. And thanks in advance to anyone who forwards it along to someone you think might enjoy it too!

-Chris


๐Ÿ›ซ Travel, Points & Miles

๐Ÿจ Free Awayz Searches with Bilt

โ€‹Awayz is one of my favorite Hotel award search tools and though a partnership with Bilt Rewards, you can get free access to Awayz's award pricing and availability for all Hyatt and IHG properties (up to 50 searches/mo). You just need create a free Bilt Rewards account to get started (more details here).

This partnership is very similar to the one Bilt has with Point.me that gives you access to free flight award availability on 10 airlines (more details here).

And if you're paying rent and don't already have a Bilt card, it's the only credit card that let's you earn points on rent (without any fees) and has one of the best lineups of transfer partners. They're not a partner of mine, but if you want to check it out, this is my referral link.

๐Ÿ›ซ October Flying Blue Promo Rewards

On this week's All the Hacks Member Call, we talked about how people have gotten some incredible deals from Air France's Flying Blue Promo Rewards. They've released their October List of deals and there are some pretty great options if you book before the end of the month for travel before 3/31/24. Here are a few examples:

  • Chicago to Europe: Economy from 11,250 milesโ€‹
  • San Francisco/Houston to Europe: Economy from 15,000 miles
  • Chicago to Europe: Business from 52,500 miles (not listed but I'm seeing it for flights in Feb)

โ˜•๏ธ Delta SkyMiles + Starbucks Rewards

I somehow missed linking my Delta and Starbucks accounts (details here) when they launched the promo, and while I donโ€™t fly Delta or drink Starbucks much, it never hurts to sign up for some extra possible points.

๐Ÿ›ซ Citi/Chase: 30% Transfer Bonus to Virgin Atlantic

Chase and Citi are back with 30% bonuses when you transfer points to Virgin Atlantic. This post from FrequentMiler has some good suggestions for great uses of Virgin points. The bonus expires on 10/14 for Citi and 11/5 for Chase.

๐Ÿ’บ Worldโ€™s 10 Best Business Class Seats

For anyone looking to find some aspirational ways to use your miles for luxurious flying, I really enjoyed this article from Ben and One Mile at a Time about the best business class seats. I think I've only been on #10, so I have a lot more to check out!

๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿผ RideSafer Travel Vest

Weโ€™ve been traveling a lot as a family and one of the products that we've been taking on all our trips is the RideSafer Travel Vest. While legally it's a "car seat", it's much more compact than any other car seat because it's actually a harness that routes existing seatbelts safely around a child.


๐Ÿค‘ Latest Deals

๐Ÿ›’ Amazon Fresh: $50 off an order of $100+

We regularly use Amazon Fresh for groceries, so this deal is amazing. You just need use code FRESH50 for $50 off your first online order of $100+. The offer expires on October 31, 2023 (though I've seen others have an expiration date of 12/31).

๐Ÿฆ Bank Bonuses vs. Interest

Despite high interest rates, I recently did the math on whether some of the recent Bank Bonuses were actually a better ROI on your cash. Surprisingly many were (e.g., US Bank was offering $750 for holding $15,000 for 60 days, which is an effective APY of ~30%). Thereโ€™s a comprehensive list of the top bank bonuses on this Doctor of Credit page and I also worked with Bank Bonus to set up this site with a few easier ways to filter bonuses.

๐Ÿ“ˆ Kubera: 1 Year Free for All the Hacks Members

โ€‹Kubera is my favorite service for tracking our investments and net worth. Anyone can get a 14-day trial for $1, but they're now offering All the Hacks Members their first year free (after spending the $1 for the trial). You can learn more about the All the Hacks Membership here.


๐Ÿ•ต๏ธ Other Great Finds

Here are a few sites, products, services and articles Iโ€™ve come across recently that you might enjoy checking out.

๐Ÿ’ป DaisyDisk

If youโ€™re looking to figure out where all your hard drive space is going (like I was a few days ago), DaisyDisk is an awesome app. Itโ€™s faster than others Iโ€™ve tried and even supports analysis of Dropbox and your Google Drive.

๐Ÿ› ReturnQueen

Another listener shared how much value she gets from ReturnQueen, which will pick up and take care of all your returns for you. They even sync with Amazon to ensure you donโ€™t miss your return windows.

๐Ÿ›๏ธ Local Library = Free Museums and Park Passes

Someone suggested I check our local library to see if they offered free passes to local museums and sure enough they have a partnership with Discover & Go (which operates across California) to offer free passes to 20+ Bay Area museums (including some of our favorites, like the California Academy of Sciences and SF Exploratorium). Beyond that the library also let's you check out California and county park passes that cover entrance and parking fees.

๐Ÿ“ˆ Ben Carlson: 24 Things I Believe About Investing

I really enjoyed this article from multiple-time past podcast guest Ben Carlson. I wanted to pull out my favorite from the list but I spent the last 10 minutes trying to narrow down to one and gave up. Hope you enjoy!


Thanks to our partners today: Awayz and Point.me.

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