I earned over 11,800 AAdvantage miles in 2017 via the AA shopping portal!

If you actively collect travel points and miles, you want to leave no stone unturned when looking for ways to earn these rewards. Making as many of your purchases as possible through online shopping portals is one of the best methods for accomplishing this. A portal I frequently use is the American Airlines AAdvantage eShopping site, where last year I earned 11,827 miles by starting shopping "trips" on the site.

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Developing my Hedgehog Concept

Developing my Hedgehog Concept

Last week, I debuted the new look of Debrian Travels and discussed why I would say I am not relaunching the blog but rather tightening its brand. Part of that process was defining my Hedgehog Concept, a framework developed by renowned business author Jim Collins in his book Good to Great. While the business analysis of my blog does not fall within the branding I outlined in my previous post, I think a deeper dive into that thought process could be useful to better understand the focus I will have with the updated Debrian Travels. An ancillary benefit is that it can serve as an example for other small businesses or bloggers.

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A tweak, not a relaunch

A tweak, not a relaunch

Earlier this week, I debuted the new look of Debrian Travels. While I would not deem this a relaunch, the update is part of a tightening of my blog's brand. Unfortunately, given my status as a hobby blogger, over the last month, the effort took most of the time that I can devote to Debrian Travels. However, before I return to travel posts, I want to touch on why I decided to undertake this update, then get into a little detail of my thought process as I worked on the rebranding and, finally, what that will mean for future content.

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The new look of Debrian Travels is live!

The new look of Debrian Travels is live!

The new look of Debrian Travels is now live. This is a few days later than i had hoped - I wanted to relaunch before the end of 2017, but I missed it by a few days! This refreshening is in conjunction with a tweaked approach to the content you will find here. I will speak to change in a couple of posts over the coming days. In the meantime, I think I have worked out all the kinks on the new site, but if you encounter any bugs, please drop me a note and let me know! Enjoy!

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Bonus miles with American and Delta shopping portals

Bonus miles with American and Delta shopping portals

I love shopping portals and have written about them frequently. As we head into the Christmas shopping season, both AAdvantage eShopping and Delta Air Lines's SkyMiles Shopping are offering bonus miles by achieving certain spend thresholds.

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Singapore Airlines new A380 suites: WOW!

Singapore Airlines new A380 suites: WOW!

Last week, Singapore Airlines held a media event to unveil new premium cabin products and services for new Airbus A380 aircraft that will be delivered later this year. To put it mildly, I am blown away by the new Suites class! I am determined to find a way to fly that in the coming years!

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IHG PointBreaks: Two nights for 9,000 points!

The fall/winter 2017 IHG Rewards Club PointsBreak promotion is active. For the hotels on this quarter's list, you can book reward nights for just 5,000 points. I snagged two nights for a grand total of just 9,000 as a IHG Rewards Club MasterCard cardholder!

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iPhone X and Chase Ultimate Reward points

iPhone X and Chase Ultimate Reward points

Overnight Thursday, I joined the throngs of people on the East Coast of the United States who rose at 3A to pre-order an iPhone X. I placed my order via the online Apple Store which I accessed from the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal. Will I earn points for the AppleCare+ warranty I bought?

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Another spend promotion for the Barclaycard Aviator Red card

Promotions for the Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator Red MasterCard have padded my American Airlines AAdvantage account in the past. Barclaycard is back with another opportunity to earn bonus miles by meeting certain spend thresholds during the last three months of 2017. Is this an attractive offer that I will pursue?

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Fall 2017 hotel promotion: IHG Rewards

For fall 2017, IHG is offering a new version of "Accelerate." I have not been a big fan of previous "Accelerate" promotions, but I am surprised at just how lucrative the fall 2017 edition is. Let's take a closer look.

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