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Sign Up For DirecTV, MileagePlus Cardmembers Get 30,000 Bonus Miles

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United MileagePlus Cardmembers can now get 30,000 bonus miles by signing up for DirecTV.

That’s more than enough miles for a roundtrip Saver Award ticket within the continental U.S., Alaska and Canada.

While I have no interest in switching to DirecTV, this sounds like a pretty solid offer if you planned to or considered changing your cable provider.

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Free In-Flight Movie On Select AA Flights & Movies Sweepstakes From Gogo

In my opinion, Gogo Internet seems to be very generous. They are constantly running promos & giveaways and they are at it again. This time they are offering a Free In-Flight Movie on select American Airlines flights.

The inflight movies are available to watch on your own device. There are over 125 movies available on select AA flights. Prices start at $0.99 for TV shows and feature films start at $3.99.

You don’t need to purchase a Gogo Internet session to use Entertainment On Demand. While the service is only available currently on American Airlines, it should be coming soon to more airlines.

To get your free movie on AA: Continue reading Free In-Flight Movie On Select AA Flights & Movies Sweepstakes From Gogo

Save An Additional .20₵ At The Pump + Earn 5X Points

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I’m willing to bet that we all want to earn lots of points and do so really fast.

Over the last year or so the quickest way (besides sign up bonuses) to earn point has been manufactured spend with the purchase of gift cards. Some of our favorite flavors for this have been Vanilla. If you could find these tasty cards, earning easy points comes at a small price- $3.95 per $500 load on a card. If you used the appropriate card at the right stores, you might get a bonus of 5X points. When I started doing this, I was earning 6X points with my Hilton Amex card at drug stores. (This bonus option went away a few months ago.)

Over the past few months some of us have noticed that it’s been getting harder to find Vanilla Reloads and/or find stores willing to accept credit cards for the purchase. In the New York City area it seems to be practically impossible. On a few recent trips around the country I had no problem buying Vanilla Reloads with a credit card in New Orleans, Milwaukee and Minnesota.

Besides Vanilla Reloads, there is another way to earn valuable points but it comes in a much slower way. For example- if I know that I will be shopping on Amazon, I buy gift cards for no fee at Staples. I use my Chase Ink card, earning 5X points on purchases that might otherwise not reward me with much more than the 1 point per $.
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Travel News, Deals and Offers

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Travel News

Free Entry To 23 Museums & Zoos Until The End of July

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I recently came across an article on Mashable about the Google Field Trip app.

The app sounds like it could be pretty useful as a guide “to the cool, hidden and unique things in the world around you… Field Trip runs in the background on your phone. When you get close to something interesting, it will notify you and if you have a headset or bluetooth connected, it can even read the info to you.

The thing about the app that caught my eye was free admission to 23 museums and zoos around the U.S. until the end of July!

Museums/ Zoos (by city):


  • The Field Museum
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
Los Angeles:
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum, Reno
  • Nevada Design Museum, NV


  • Museum of the City of New York
  • The Museum of Arts and Design
  • Bronx Zoo
  • Central Park Zoo
  • New York Aquarium
  • Prospect Park Zoo
  • Queens Zoo
  • Pittock Mansion
  • Portland Art Museum
  • Portland Children’s Museum

San Francisco

  • Conservatory of Flowers
  • Walt Disney Family Museum
  • Exploratorium
  • Legion of Honor
  • de Young Museum
Washington, DC
  • National Building Museum
  • Crime Museum
  • President Lincoln’s Cottage
There’s not much time left to take advantage of this free museum/ zoo admission offer but I plan to try out the app and go to at least one place from this list. 

Next weekend we will be away but I hope to take Lucas to the Bronx Zoo the following weekend. General admission is $16.95 so using Field Trip will save us almost $35.00 in fees.

Do any of you plan to try out Field Trip and get free entry to any of the museums listed above? If so, where do you plan to go?

Some Current Airline and Hotel Offers

Here are a few offers and promotions worth considering/ registering for:
  • Register for United MileagePlus Mobile Offers and get 500 bonus award miles. Register your Visa card and receive special offers by text message.
  • Purchase US Airways Dividend Miles and receive a 100% bonus. This offer is good for up to 50,000 miles which costs $1750 ( about $.0175 cents per mile). Not a horrible price especially if you need some miles to top off an account.
  • Register for Starwood Preferred Guest Nice Choice by June 30, 2012. The promotion allows you to choose what, when and how you earn. There are some pretty “nice” options.
  • Register by June 30 for the Marriott Rewards Summer Bonus and earn up to three free nights. Stay at participating Marriott Hotels worldwide between June 1- August 31 and earn one free night after every second paid stay.

Club Carlson Promos:

  • You can still register for the Radisson Big Night Giveaway  and earn 50,000 Gold Points after completing one qualifying stay by July 15. You can earn one bonus per account. I did one stay last weekend and my bonus was posted in 4 days. We’ll be doing another stay in two weeks from now in Kim’s name which will get us another 50K bonus.
  • There are still spots left to register for the Park Inn Stay One, Get One promotion. Like the Radisson Big Night, you can earn 44,000 Gold Points after completing one qualifying stay by July 22, 2012. There are only 10 Park Inns in the US which makes this promo a bit harder to complete. Kim and I are staying at a Park Inn in Pennsylvania in mid-July. We each booked one night so that will give us 88K in bonus points.
  • The Country Inn & Suites Stay One, Get One Event reached it’s limit for the 44,000 Gold Points bonus. You can still register for the SOGO Event and earn 15,000 bonus points by completing a stay by July 15.
You can also currently save 30% off at select Club Carlson properties. Use code 30PCTOFF to get the discount. I could not find any properties that qualified for this offer near us. This offer is good now until June 12 & June 22 through September 1.