Earn up to 2000 United miles for Back to School Shopping

United Airlines is offering a promotion where you can earn 500 miles for every $125 using the United Airlines shopping portal.

If you’re going to shop online, you should earn some miles to get you closer to your next vacation.

Earn up to 2,000 bonus miles during back-to-school shopping at United Airlines’ shopping portal:

  • Spend $125, earn 500 bonus miles
  • Spend $250, earn 1,000 bonus miles
  • Spend $375, earn 1,500 bonus miles
  • Spend $500, earn 2,000 bonus miles

 

These bonus miles are in addition to the miles earned from your purchases.

Depending upon which place you shop online, you can earn anywhere from 1 mile per $1, with some merchants offering multiple miles per dollar spent — such as 4 miles per $1 at Macys and 9 miles per $1 at JC Penny.

Winners of $25 Amazon Gift card and 2 United Club Passes

I want to thank all of my new blog readers and followers on Facebook and Twitter!  It was a blast doing the interview with Daraius from Million Mile Secrets.  As a welcome, I held a raffle to award a $25 Amazon gift card to one person and 2 United Club Passes that expire November 30, 2014 to another person.

 

Interview with Daraius

Here is the link to my interview with Daraius of Million Mile Secrets and the welcome page that I created for the new readers.

 

Raffle Winners

The winner of the first raffle of a $25 Amazon gift card is Abhilash Muthuraj.  The winning entry was related to liking FlyToTheGame.com on Facebook.  FlyToTheGame is my blog dedicated to attending professional sporting events, such as the ESPYS that I attended Wednesday night with my wife and son.

Abhilash

The winner of the second raffle of 2 United Club passes that expire November 30, 2014 is Zoe Chow.  The winning entry was related to liking BaldFinance.com on Facebook.  BaldFinance.com is my blog dedicated to personal finance and my journey towards financial independence.

Zoe

 

Conclusion

Thank you again to everyone who read my interview and those who have started to read my blogs and follow me on social media.  Abhilash and Zoe, I will be reaching out to you to coordinate sending your raffle gifts to you.

For my other readers and followers, I will be holding another raffle shortly, so stay tuned for details!  Have a great weekend everyone!

Attending the First2Board Seattle Sessions for $74.50 in travel costs

While I was the Chicago Seminars in October 2013, I signed up for First2Board‘s Seattle Sessions to be held at the end of July.  This is an intimate event consisting of 50 people who love to share mile and points tips and tricks.  As the event title would suggest, the event is located in Seattle!

F2B Sessions Logo

Unfortunately, both the Chicago Seminars and Seattle Sessions are sold out for 2014.

 

Flying from Orange County to Seattle for $7.50 person

Southwest is my airline of choice when flying domestically.  I booked tickets from Ontario, CA to Seattle, WA for $5 and 3,796 Southwest points.

Southwest ONT to SEA

And booked a return flight from Seattle to Ontario for $2.50 and 8,037 Southwest points.

Southwest SEA to ONT

My wife and son are coming with me, so we paid a total of $22.50 (3 * $7.50) and 23,666 Southwest points (2 * 11,833).  My wife flies for free wherever I fly using the Southwest Companion Pass — she still has to pay the TSA fees, but there are no points spent on her tickets.

At 70 points per $1 of ticket price, we saved over $500 in airfare using Southwest points (3 * 11,833 / 70).

 

Worldmark by Wyndham Seattle – The Camlin

The host hotel for the First2Board Seattle Sessions is the Sheraton Bellevue.  There was a group discount rate of $119 per night, plus tax, which would have been about $400 after taxes.  We decided to save the cash and SPG points to use our Worldmark by Wyndham timeshare points to stay at one of our favorite timeshare locations.

We have stayed at Worldmark by Wyndham Seattle – The Camlin a few times before and love the historic nature of the building and how it is within walking distance of everything you want to see in Downtown Seattle.

Worldmark Seattle The Camlin

Our reservation cost 4,900 Worldmark credits and a $52 housekeeping fee for a Studio room for a 3 night stay.

If you’d like to do a 3 day / 2 night mini-vacation to Seattle (or Las Vegas, Anaheim, or Indio) for $99, please fill out the form below, and I will refer you.  You can also upgrade to a 4 day / 3 night getaway for $30 more.  Either case, you will receive a $50 Amex gift card after attending their 120 minute presentation.

 

Things to do in Seattle

If you visit Seattle, you should check out The Underground Tour and Pike Place Market (home of the original Starbucks and where they throw the fish!).  Additionally, think about getting a Seattle CityPASS to see Seattle’s 5 best attractions for one low price.

The CityPASS is $64 per adult and $44 per child and includes:

  • 2 visits to the Space Needle
  • Seattle Aquarium
  • Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour
  • EMP Museum or Woodland Park Zoo
  • Pacific Science Center or The Museum of Flight

 

 

Seattle Sessions Agenda

Friday night

  • Happy Hour and Introductions

Saturday

  • Presentations 9a – 3pm
  • Special event 4:30 – ???

Sunday

  • Presentations 9a – 1pm

 

I’m looking forward to meeting some great people, listening to interesting presentations, and sharing tips and tricks with people who love to travel like I do.

 

Conclusion

Our family is able to attend a great mini-conference for 4 days and 3 nights for a total of $74.50 ($22.50 in flights + $52 in housekeeping) and 28,566 in points.  Using miles and points saved us about $900 in normal flight and hotel costs.

I love it!  Using miles and points is saving me huge amounts of cash so I can learn tips and tricks to save even more money using miles and points.

If you’d like to learn more about using airline miles and hotel points to travel for pennies on the dollar, please sign up for the BaldThoughts.com mailing list.  Where will your miles take you?