Holders of the legacy IHG Rewards card are getting emails from Chase offering them a 5,000 point incentive to upgrade to the IHG Rewards Premier Card so I thought I'd take a look at how the two cards differ and if it's a good idea to consider an upgrade.
From 1 May 2019 Barclays will be putting through some significant changes to what both the Red and Silver Aviator cards offer and although some changes are positive there's quite a bit of bad news too.
Amex has just loaded a new offer for Hilton properties in Hawaii and it has been kind enough to load it on to my Hilton Honors credit card so I'll earn a bucketload of Hilton Honors points if I go ahead and make use of the offer.
What was once called the Starwood Preferred Guest Card from American Express is now called the Marriott Bonvoy Card from American Express and Amex is currently looking to incentivize card holders to use their cards more by offering them the chance to earn up to 100,000 bonus points.
Ebates is a very well known cashback site here in the US and, alongside TopCashback, forms an integral part of a lot of people's miles & points strategy - you can earn cashback though these sites while still earning miles and points for bookings with major airlines and hotel chains. As useful as Ebates has always been the site has just become a whole lot more interesting thanks to a linkup with American Express Membership Rewards.
I currently hold the legacy Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Credit card on which I have an offer from Chase to upgrade to the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus credit card in exchange for 50,000 bonus points (both these cards will soon be rebranded with Marriott Bonvoy names). The Marriott Rewards Premier Plus credit card offers pretty much exactly the same benefits as my SPG Amex and, as I don't often get to use the free night certificates that come with both cards, I didn't see the value in keeping both cards open.
I've long said that I don't like the way American Express limits the airline credits that it offers on the Hilton Honors Aspire Card, the Platinum Card and the Gold Card to airline fees alone (seat fees, baggage fees, etc...) but one saving grace has always been that some airline gift cards have triggered the credit.
I don't believe in paying any more for my credit card collection than I absolutely have to so, every time an annual fee becomes due on one of my cards, I go though a process of evaluating exactly what the card offers me, what I've got out of the card in the past year and what I see myself getting out of the card in the future.
Yesterday I wrote about 6 great Amex offers that are currently available for hotel stays at brands like Kimpton, Hilton and St Regis and now I've just noticed a very good Amex Offer for anyone doing some grocery shopping in Southern California.
Right now American Express appears to be offering bonuses of between 20% and 40% on transfers into the Hilton Honors program but the question is just how good of an incentive is this and is it worth transferring points at all?