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Cash back site Rakuten (which allows you to earn more valuable American Express Membership Rewards in lieu of the cash) has a special sale on today with deals of up to 20% back. If you don’t already have a Rakuten account and sign up today, you’ll get $40 (or 4,000 Amex Membership Rewards points) when you sign up and spend $40 through any of their linked stores within 90 days.

If your account is set to earn Membership Rewards (think of Rakuten like a huge Amex shopping portal) you get the 20% back in Amex points ($20 = 2,000 points, for example).

If you are in a cash crunch, you should avoid travel rewards credit cards until you are caught up. Here are our favorite credit cards for Intro 0% APR offers and for balance transfer offers

If you have a car rental coming up, 20% off at Sixt is pretty massive.

And if you stay at Best Western, that’s another huge 20% deal. Trip Advisor is offering 15% back on bookings made via their site (as well as their
experiences). Viator similarly has 15% off tours.

For those with an Amex Platinum card, today is a good day to use your $50 credit as you’ll also get 15% back from Rakuten. And if you have a Business Platinum Card, today’s a good day to use your bi-annual $200 credit at Dell where you’ll also get 15% back. (Yes, these stack!)

There are tons of other deals on everything from luggage to non-travel related deals, so today is also worth a look even if you aren’t booking travel. Just make sure if you don’t have an account yet, that you use my referral link to get your free $40 when you spend $40 within 90 days.

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I got "in the game" in 2003 and since then I've collected literally millions and millions of frequent flyer miles and hotel points. I've flown around the world in first class seats that would cost $29,000 using frequent flyer miles and a few bucks in tax. And I've stayed in some of the finest hotels - all for free! A few years ago I realized many of my friends actually thought I was paying for these!! So I started sharing my tips. It's long been a passion, but when I hosted a session on Miles and Points at this year's South by Southwest festival, my love of the game intensified and this blog was born.


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