My Week in Points: Contest Season and Death by a Thousand Ink Cuts

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Sooooo…anyone want an Ink card? Despite being on the guilty list with my one post mentioning the increased sign-up bonuses for Chase’s Ink line of small business cards, I was going to try to think of something clever to say about all the innovative ways found to post, then Wandering Aramean posted his definitive compendium of the onslaught. And thank you, Seth, for adding Eva award inventory to your flight tools.

My critique about the pervasiveness of the credit card pushing is that it has become so intense and narrowly focused that a lot of good information that used to be regularly posted is neglected and I am a poorer traveler because of it. I have gingerly stepped in with a bit more miles and points coverage. I was surprised that Delta’s Caribbean and Latin America award sale was all but ignored by the blogosphere given how new it is for Delta and a rare good Delta award deal. Still a few hours left on June 23 to book. Don’t expect elaborate award booking posts, I am no expert there, however here is a string of easy-peasy contests:

It seems we had gone months without contents and now have a bunch.

This will be the first week in several months that I am not on the road somewhere unless we take a last-minute weekend getaway. Good chance to catch up.


  • I have had to scrutinize some targeted pr0mos with mileage sometimes posting, sometimes not, even on the same tickets.
  • I added a domestic ‘free one-way’ to my Saudia trip. Now trying to actually get a date at low award to not reprice everything is the inevitable challenge. Especially the first/business class ticket my wife has. Methinks she will need to be downgraded.

Club Carlson:

  • I missed out on the Daily Getaways and all the flash sales this week. I have mixed feelings about buying points and anyway was not going to tell clients, “hold on a minute while I furiously click on this offer.”
  • Business took me the Country Inn & Suites, Gurnee, IL for 2 nights, nice to collect the 10,000 point Faster Free Nights bonus, even better to find myself with Six Flags Great America as a neighbor. With the Business Double Gold Points Rate, Gold bonus, and the 10,000 bonus that stay netted 21,990 points, would have been even more if I were allowed to book myself. Half of the 44,000 typically required of top properties, which is good for 2 nights with the credit card. Best deal going.
  • Snobs about Carlson properties need to check them out overseas.


  • Met the Platinum Challenge with retroactive credit back to May. 6 days later status has not updated, reports online say it can take a week depending on timing of system sweep. No rush, no stays coming up.

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