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For points and miles collectors, efficiency is key. There are more than enough critics out there stating that collecting rewards points is not even worth the hassle. I can personally attest to the contrary as I save hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars every time I travel because of my rewards points. But nonetheless, it’s very important to stay on top of current offers and perhaps the best thing a points collector can stumble upon is an opportunity to double – or even triple – dip on points or miles. I’ve compiled a list of easy, everyday opportunities to double dip points. Happy dipping!
Double Dip Points Opportunities
Skeptics claim that earning rewards points is a futile hobby and often not worth the effort. I beg to differ when a single transaction can earn me several different points and/or miles currencies, simultaneously.
Uber and SPG
The two companies have been partnering for several years now and basically, you can earn Starpoints on every Uber ride you take, provided you’ve stayed at an SPG property at least once that calendar year. Points are also limited to the first $10,000 spent per year. Just make sure to link your two accounts in order to take advantage of this.
The points earning structure was updated earlier this year – not in our favor – but it’s still an easy way to earn some free Starpoints, which are the most valuable points on the market.
- 1 Starpoint per $2 spent on Uber when not currently staying at an SPG property
- 2 Starpoints per $1 spent on Uber when currently staying at an SPG property
These changes went into effect in February and replaced a much more complex – but also more valuable – earning structure. You used to earn at least 1 Starpoint per dollar spent, all the way up to 4 Starpoints per dollar, depending on the status you held with SPG. Either way, it is still an excellent way to earn hotel points and credit card points in a single transaction. Make sure to use a credit card that earns you at least 2x points on travel – such as the Chase Sapphire Preferred – when riding with Uber.
Lyft and Delta
The partnership between these two companies was just recently announced and is the clear winner in my book, at least as far as the miles earning structure is concerned. Again, you have to link your two accounts.
- 1 mile per $1 spent on Lyft rides
That’s it. Nice and simple. Granted, if you frequently stay at SPG properties, the Uber/SPG partnership can be more valuable. But for the rest of us, I think this one is the clear winner out of the two competitors. Plus I’m a fan of simple things, so I may be a little biased. There is currently a promotion offer until 31 August 2017 which let’s you earn 3 miles/$1 on airport rides with Lyft. If I didn’t have a $15 monthly credit with Uber due to my Amex Platinum card I’d be so all over this promotion. But free still beats triple points in my book.
Again, make sure to use a credit card that offers extra points on travel when using Lyft. A $25 Lyft ride to the airport, when using the Chase Sapphire Reserve, will earn you 75 Ultimate Rewards points and 75 Delta SkyMiles, thanks to the current introductory promo. The transaction is also subject to the CSR $300 annual travel credit, so it’s potentially free.
Amazon and TrueBlue, Mileage Plus X, and Airline Dining Programs
I’ve discussed the Amazon/TrueBlue offer, United Mileage Plus X, and the Airline Dining Programs in previous articles in full detail and will not beat a dead horse. But they are all great opportunities to double dip points, or even triple dip. You can easily combine Mileage Plus X with the Amazon and TrueBlue offer and and earn credit card points, United MileagePlus miles and JetBlue TrueBlue points in one swoop.
Earning points is a hobby of mine, so it’s worth it to me for that reason alone. But I’m also constantly looking for ways to make this hobby as fiscally profitable to me as possible. Double dipping points – and particularly triple dipping – is by far the best way to ensure this always happens. And it’s a lot simpler than it may seem. Simply using a non airline co-branded travel rewards card when booking an airline ticket ensures I essentially double dip points. This is particularly valuable when I use my Amex Platinum, book the flight directly with the airline and earn 5x points, on top of the Delta SkyMiles (or FlyingBlue miles) that I earn for the flight itself.
What’s your favorite method to double dip points?