Skye Class

Staff Writer

Skye joined the AwardWallet team in 2019. After leaving his full-time job in 2014 to travel the world, he’s created his own website SkyeTravels.com to make traveling a reality for everyone, no matter their financial means. He’s a big fan of reward program for anyone with a credit card, and has used several of the programs himself.

Skye can most often be found working diligently in a cafe somewhere in the world. So far he’s been to 51 countries and counting. He travels the world in a van, never content to stay in the same place for long (unless it’s at the top of a mountain overlooking a beautiful sea).

Earn a Free Night for Every 2 Stays at Choice Hotels This Summer

Choice Hotels is out with its summer promotion, and it’s very similar to what we’ve seen in the past. Once again, earn up to 8,000 points from two stays, enough for a free stay at more than 1,000 of its properties. This deal is interesting because the total points you earn with two stays are the same whether you pay $40 per night or $150 per night, so your returns are actually greater the less you spend.

Interviews Available Now! Trusted Traveler Enrollment Centers Reopening On August 10th

Trusted Traveler Program Enrollment Centers have not conducted interviews for new applicants since March 19th. But the centers are now scheduled to reopen on August 10th, 2020 and interview slots are wide-open in some locations. Extensive health regulations will be in place for both employees and applicants, but now may be the time to schedule your appointment if you’ve been unable to get one in the past few months.

Earn 3,000 Bonus Membership Rewards Points by Signing up for Rakuten

American Express members will earn 3,000 bonus points when creating a new Rakuten account or switching their account to receive Membership Rewards points. Last month, Rakuten had the offer to both gift and receive $30 or 3,000 bonus points to a linked American Express account when referring a friend. Now the deal is available even if you weren’t referred.

Earn 500 Bonus Miles Through American Airlines AAdvantage eShopping Portal

This week, you can earn 500 bonus miles through American Airlines when spending at least $200 in their shopping portal. This means that you can earn up to 2.5 bonus miles per dollar spent. That’s in addition to the bonus miles you’d otherwise earn through the portal and from your credit card spending. It’s a great way to double-dip on purchases you’re making anyway.

Alaska Offering Bonus Elite Miles for Credit Card Spending and Flying

Alaska currently has three new deals for travelers hoping to earn elite status faster and score bonus miles. You can earn 10,000 elite-qualifying miles on credit card spending, 3,000 bonus miles from restaurant purchases, and 50% bonus elite-qualifying miles on Alaska flights. These offers make it enticing to switch spending to an Alaska credit card and switch flying to Alaska.

Save 20-40% Off Amazon Purchases By Using Just 1 Point

There are currently several deals available now letting Amazon members save up to 40% off Amazon purchases by using just one point. Here’s how to check if you’re targeted for these American Express, Citi, and Discover offers. Plus, we show you a trick on how to get these offers even if you aren’t originally targeted.