Getting Started Guide–Part 8: Maximize bonuses and promotions 2

The beginner’s guide to traveling for (almost) free on miles and points:
1. Set travel goals
2. Check your credit
3. Sign up for rewards programs
4. Manage your miles and credit cards
5. Sign up for a rewards earning credit card
6. Shift your everyday spend to credit cards
7. Meet the minimum spending requirements
8. Maximize bonuses and promotions
9. Earn points by dining and shopping
10. Redeem points and miles for free travel
Maximize Bonuses and Promotions
One of my favorite ways to earn miles is by paying attention to category bonuses on certain cards. For instance, my Chase Sapphire provides 2x points on gas, restaurants, flights, and pretty much anything travel related. My Chase Ink card offers 5x points on our cell phone, Internet and TV bills, as well as anything from office supply stores. My Chase Freedom has rotating categories that vary from quarter to quarter. I got a little ahead of myself and wrote about category bonuses in this post. 

Many major hotel brands and airlines will offer periodic promotions with opportunities to easily multiply your point balances. Be sure to frequently check the Promotions tab, which will feature current bonuses. The hotel bonuses were just updated to include all major brands summer promotions. I advise always registering for promotions if there is even a small chance you will stay at that particular hotel or fly that airline in the near future, as registration often closes before the promotion end date. 

Many promotions are often short-lived, only open for a few days, hours, or limited to a certain number of participants. While I’m not able to keep the blog constantly up-to-date with current offers (this whole working full-time thing sort of gets in the way), I do check Twitter pretty regularly and will tweet or retweet about the best offers. Twitter is a great way to stay on top of the hottest deals, be able to jump on mistake fares, and generally just be in the know about news in the miles and points world. My twitter handle is @pointshigh, and you can follow me here:

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