Earning points from your mortgage, rent, car payment, and more

How can you earn points and miles by paying your rent, mortgage, or car loan?

There are millions of ways to get points each month, which can help you substantially when you’re trying to accrue points for your next trip – and they all often require spending something on a credit card. But when many people think about spending on credit cards, they think of restaurants, gas stations, grocery stores and more. But what if there was a way to use your points-earning credit card to pay some of your biggest monthly bills — like your mortgage or rent — and score even more points?

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Starwood Promo:
Register, earn double points 1 May – 31 July

Starwood today launched their Double Take promotion, which, after registering, will give you the opportunity to earn double the points when staying at most Starwood properties, and 500 additional points if you book through their mobile app.

Typically, points are earned at a rate of 2 for every dollar spent, so this bonus brings it to 4 points per dollar. If you’re an elite member of their Starwood Preferred Guest, bonus points earned from that status are not doubled, however.

There are quite a few hotels that are not participating in this program, so book wisely. Otherwise, it’s a great opportunity earn double the points for spending 30 seconds filling out a form.

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Thinking about taking a cruise? Next time, book it through…an airline?

Are you one of those people who likes to go on cruises? Many are – 14.3 million people cruised in 2010, up a million from the previous year. Personally, I’m not one of those people — but you may be. So when you decide to float on for a romantic vacation — or a week on a ship with your kids — did you know that you can earn airline miles for taking that cruise? Some airlines offer better deals than others, so if you’re in the market for an adventure on the oceans, it may behoove you to do some research.

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Look Who’s Playing “The Match Game”

Recently, Virgin America announced they’re offering to match their Elevate Silver and Elevate Gold statuses to the fliers who hold premier or elite status on United, American, and Southwest Airlines. This happens every now and then when an airline wants to attract new frequent (read: business) travelers whose loyalties and non-discounted fares often make up the majority of a carrier’s revenue on any given flight.

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Flying business-class to Germany for $27.28

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine and I were talking about going on a mini-vacation. Long story short, he isn’t likely able to come, but being the fearless flyer I am, I opted go to anyways. So, did I head to Kayak.com to find an overpriced fare in the back of the planes? Nope. When it was all said and done, I was booked on a last-minute flight in business class, round-trip, to Berlin, Germany for a grand total of $27.28.

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