How To Score a Samsonite Luggage Set for Cheap!

If you are in the market for a new luggage set as I am, you will find this latest Google and American Express offer enticing! Currently, there is an offer available to American Express card holders for $20 off $50+ at Google Express. Google Express is a convenient online shopping experience, in which all the stores are available in one place. You order everything you want from one site, and they ship it to you. No need to login different store sites, remember passwords etc etc. Pretty handy shopping site, especially with the holidays closing in.

If you haven’t used Google Express, you are in more luck, because on top of that offer, there is an additional 20% off promo code available to new users!  So currently, there is a nice Samsonite Ziplite 3.0 Hardside Spinner Luggage set for $129.99 there from Kohls. Add this to your cart and click on the up arrow for promo code FIRSTORDER20 (should do it automatically) and click APPLY. I would also uncheck any marketing and promotions selections, unless you like junk mail. Also, you might notice at the top right, there is an estimated tax charge. Ignore that if you are in a state that doesn’t have sales tax (like myself in Oregon). So the breakdown should be
$129.99 Total
– $26.00 (20% promo code discount)
– $20.00 (American Express Offer $20 off $50)
Total should be $83.99 for a nice set of quality Samsonite suitcases with a 10 year warranty.

Now you aren’t obligated to use this offer and promo code for a nice set of luggage. You can get whatever your choosing on Google Express. Just do the math on whatever you buy and make sure it works out for you, as some merchants have shipping charges and minimum purchases for free shipping.

Also make sure you load the offer to your American Express card FIRST before you click the Place Order button, otherwise you won’t see the statement credit. To do that, login to your American Express account online, and scroll to the bottom for Amex Offers.

Let me know what you all plan to get if you’re going to use the offer. I’m interested to learn what other great deals on there.  I have the offer available on 3 of my American Express card accounts!

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How to Use Hilton Points at Amazon.com

It looks like Hilton Honors is now letting giving its members the ability to pay for purchases at Amazon.com with points.  Check your emails, on instructions on how to link the two programs together, so you can start using points to pay for purchases at Amazon.  This adds to the long line of rewards programs from various cards, such as Ultimate Rewards, Membership Rewards, Discover, and now Hilton Honors.  Having the flexibility to pay for purchases at Amazon with points from other programs is good, but you have to weigh in the advantages and disadvantages.  I personally, value Chase Ultimate Rewards, for redeeming for travel purchases, so I would never use them at Amazon.com for making purchases.  I would however, use my Chase Ultimate Rewards cards for making the actual purchases. This opportunity is nice if you are sitting on some Hilton points, and have no idea what to do with them, and would rather spend them on everyday purchases, that you would normally make at Amazon.

Now with that being said, Hilton Honors aren’t the greatest points to keep or hoard, as they have been devalued tremendously in the last couple years.  You need A LOT to stay in some of the nicest properties, such as The Conrad Rangali Maldives, or The Grand Wailea in Maui.  These require usually 75,000 to 95,000 PER NIGHT! …..ouch!  However, they do have some sweet spots, and if you are like me, sitting on a few tankers full of points, then I do NOT recommend blowing them on toilet paper, or selfie sticks at Amazon.  Redeem them for those magnificent properties that are category 8 or higher.

 

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Alaska Airlines New Online Shopping Mall

Alaska Airlines has re-introduced their online shopping portal  – Mileage Plan Shopping.  This is a great way to rack up Alaska Airlines miles, for online shopping that you would normally do.  Just log into the portal, and start shopping.  Most of the famous retailers are available at the portal, such as Home Depot, Nordstrom’s, Groupon, and much much more… This is a great way to double dip on mileage, and if you have the Alaska Airlines VISA card, it’s even better, because you get more miles. Currently they are running a ‘grand opening’ promo, in which you get 250 miles for signing up for their emails, and then an additional 500 for your first purchase from the mall, for a whopping 750 miles!!  I know..I know..that’s not a lot, but consider this –those free miles, could also save your existing miles, if they are about to expire. Also, the holiday season will creep on us soon, so this is a great way to do your gift shopping, and score something for yourself!

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