🚨 Red Alert: Why aren't more people freaking out about this deal?

🚨 Red Alert: Why aren't more people freaking out about this deal?

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  • 🚨 Red Alert: Why aren’t more people freaking out about this deal?

  • 😎 It’s almost Member Week… and it’s a good one

  • 💳 Current transfer bonuses

🚨 Red Alert: Why aren’t more people freaking out about this deal?

What if I told you that right now, there was a way for you to earn $2,000 worth of points?

What If I told you that those points were actually UR points, one of the most valuable currencies in the land?

And what if I told you that you’d earn it all from a credit card that costs $0 per year?

Would you think I’m lying?

I wouldn’t blame you… it sounds absurd.

But I’m not lying. I’m TRUTH-ing. Because right now, this credit card has a limited-time signup bonus of 90,000 UR points.

But here’s what you might not realize:

This is a ridiculous offer. I honestly don’t know why more people aren’t freaking out about it.

Here’s why:

  • This is the only card that earns more than one UR point per dollar on EVERYTHING. You’re getting 50% more points for your uncategorized purchases than any other card earning these points.

  • After meeting the minimum spending requirements ($6,000 in the first three months), you’ll have 99,000 UR points total. That’s worth around $2,000 (or much more, as you’ll see).

  • THE CARD HAS NO ANNUAL FEE.

Need I say more?

Too bad, I’m gonna say more anyway.

UR points are valuable because you can transfer them out to airline and hotel partners.

For example, this stay at the Hyatt Regency in Mexico City would cost you… and I’m not joking here… $5,501 for a 7-night stay.

But if you have 99,000 UR points, you can transfer them to Hyatt and book this exact stay on these exact nights for 84,000 points total.

In this case, your $0 credit card just got you a $5,000 stay… and you still have 15,000 points left over.

Still not convinced?

That’s fine.

Right now, you can transfer UR points to Virgin Atlantic with a 30% transfer bonus.

You could transfer 73,000 points to Virgin, which would give you 95,000 miles after the bonus.

That’s enough to book round-trip flights to Europe in Virgin’s lie-flat business-class seats, which only cost 47,500 miles each way.

And after this, you’d have 26,000 points left over.

If you could get yourself to Vienna, you could use those 26,000 points to book a 7-night stay at this Hyatt property, which only costs 3,500 points per night.

If you were to book this trip with cash, you’d pay a whopping $13,904 for the flights and hotels.

But you’re not doing that. You’re signing up for a free credit card, being a savvy travel hacker, and getting it for “free.”

As with any good travel hack, however, there is some fine print:

  • This is technically a cash-back card. However, if you own another card that earns UR points, you can convert your cash back into points. (Read this newsletter where we talk more about this topic)

  • This is a business card. But as we’ve said over and over, you don’t really need a business to get it. You can read this one for more on that topic.

Other than that, hop on this offer now, because it won’t be around for much longer.

😎 It’s almost Member Week… and it’s a good one

If you want to feel extra special for a week just for being a cardholder of cards in this family… then starting Monday, it’s your time to shine 👇

So yeah, this bank is hosting an official Member Week from October 9th-13th to show appreciation for all its cardholders 🎉

It’s stuffed full of unique and exclusive limited-time offers and experiences, but here are a few that stand out as most useful and interesting, in my opinion:

  • Get a $25 statement credit when you spend a minimum of $75 at participating Resy restaurants (via the Resy reservation platform), up to two times. Must redeem by Dec. 8, 2023.

  • Earn an $80 statement credit at select Hilton properties when spending $200+ on reservations booked directly through Hilton.

  • Delta SkyMiles card members can earn additional travel credits when booking eligible international flights through Delta.

  • Card members (excluding Delta SkyMiles) will have access to a variety of different offers on select airlines and cruises when booking through this travel portal.

You could even snag presale tickets for events like the 2024 U.S. Open Golf championship or Coachella… if wearing sequins and leather fringe is your vibe (but probably just wear that to Coachella and not the U.S. Open….)

So who’s eligible? These weeklong promos are available to U.S. consumer and small business cardholders, with some offers being targeted, but many of them available to all.

And even if you’re just a prospective cardholder, you can get in on the fun by signing up for a Member Week Pass—a first for this year’s festivities.

I personally think it’s fun to shop around and take advantage of anything that really interests me and earns me additional rewards and statement credits, but I also wouldn’t go out of my way just to force something.

You can find the full details on Member Week here, including how to sign up for a Member Week Pass.

And psst, I heard additional rewards will be released starting next week, so consider what you see just a teaser for now… 👀

💳 Current transfer bonuses

It can be hard to keep track of all of the awesome transfer bonuses going on at any given time…

So I’ve decided that every week on Friday, I’ll update you on which banks and programs are offering bonuses, and when they expire.

Now you have no excuse to miss out on a good transfer bonus. 😉

  • 30% from thank you points to Virgin Atlantic (ends October 14th)

  • 30% from Marriott Bonvoy to United (ends October 31st)

  • 30% from UR points to Virgin Atlantic (ends November 15th)

One of my favorite ways to learn about new travel hacks is in our very own Daily Drop Lounge, an online community of DD fans and travel hackers.

Here’s a look at a post from this past week if you want a taste of what you’re missing:

And unlike your local airport lounge, you won’t have any trouble getting into the Daily Drop Lounge. 😉

That’s all for this week! I don’t know about y’all, but I’m ready for the weekend.

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I hope you all have a nice weekend, and I’ll see you next week. ❤️

Mike Dodge
Head Writer, Daily Drop

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