Chase Freedom Fourth Quarter 5% Bonus Categories

Today (October 1) is the first day of a new quarter and a new set of  5% bonus categories for the Chase Freedom card. Chase Freedom Five Percent Categories

This quarter (October 1, 2014- December 31, 2014),  the Chase Freedom 5% categories are, and select department stores.  The 5% only applies to the first $1,500 spent on combined purchases each quarter.  This means if you spend $1,500 on a combination of, and select department stores this quarter you will receive a total of 7,500 points (1,500 plus a bonus of 6,000 points).  Here is a link from Chase that explains what qualifies as a select department store.

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Win 150,000 United MileagePlus Miles + $5,000 in Cash and Gift Cards

The Shop Away Sweepstakes is giving 1 winner 150,000 United miles AND $5,000 in gift cards and cash!


The sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are at least 18 years old and are also MileagePlus® members at the time of entry. No purchase is necessary to enter or win.  The sweepstakes ends on October 18, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Central time.  For more information, here are the official rules.

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One Day Airfare Sale: Houston to San Francisco Starting $14.99!!

Frontier Airlines announced today that it is expanding with new non-stop service between Houston and San Francisco starting November 20.

In addition, for one day only (Monday, September 22, 2014) there is a sale from as low as $14.99 one way! There are also tickets from $39 which is a great deal as well.


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Review: American Express Centurion Lounge Las Vegas

We had read such great things about the American Express Centurion Lounge in Las Vegas so we were excited to check it out.  American Express Centurion lounges are supposed to be really nice compared to other US airport lounges.


Lounge access is not something that is super important to us since we usually do not get to airports early enough to spend much time in lounges but it is nice to have someplace to relax when we have a layover.  So was this lounge as great as they say?

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New Frontier Routes from Chicago O’Hare + One Day Sale Starting $29 One-Way!

As of today, Frontier Airlines has started service at Chicago O’Hare.  Flights between Chicago O’Hare and Washington Dulles started today.  Flights to Cleveland, Denver, Atlanta, Phoenix and Salt Lake City will begin in October and flights to Orlando will begin in December.  Here is an article from USA Today which offers more information.

In addition, for one day only (Monday, September 15, 2014) there is a sale offering tickets from Chicago O’Hare as low as $29 one way.


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$25 American Express Gift Card Winner!

Thanks to everyone who participated in our $25 American Express gift card giveaway!


The winner selected at random is @PhillipEmerson.  Phillip, we will be contacting you to send your prize.

For those of you that did not win or did not get a chance to enter, we plan on having more giveaways in the next few months including another $25 American Express gift card, United Club lounge passes and a United First class amenity kit.

Win a Trip to Antarctica!


Columbia’s TurboDown to South America & Beyond Sweepstakes is offering one (1) winner a free trip to Chile and Antarctica for 2.  The grand prize trip package includes:

  • Two (2) round-trip economy tickets from the U.S. to Punta Arenas, Chile
  • 5- day land trip (including ground transportation, meals and lodging) near Punta Arenas in the Torres del Paine National Park
  • 5-day EcoCamp trek in Torres del Paine National Park for 2 (including lodging and meals)
  • 10–12 day Antarctic Explorer discovery expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula from Quark Expeditions for 2, including lodging and meals while onboard the ship and various activities
  • TurboDown jackets and other Columbia Sportswear gear
  • A $5,000 USD check payable to the grand prize winner to assist with personal tax liability that the winner might incur.

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Did You Enter Our $25 American Express Gift Card Giveaway? [Giveaway Ended]


In case you missed it last week, we are giving away a $25 American Express gift card to thank our readers.

Here is how to enter:

1) Follow @travel_sisters on twitter.

2) Use the hashtag #TravelSistersGiveaway

3)  Copy this tweet:  Giveaway: $25 American Express Gift Card via @travel_sisters #TravelSistersGiveaway.

OR follow us and tweet us anything you like as long as you use the hashtag #TravelSistersGiveaway.

The entry period ends tomorrow, September 11, 2014 11:59 pm Central time.  The winner will be chosen by us randomly and announced on Friday, September 12, 2014.  Only one entry per person.  Sorry must have either a US or Canadian address to enter.

For those of you not on twitter we will be having more giveaways in the next few months with other methods of entry.

Good luck and thanks for reading!