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Another Three AMEX Hotel Offers You Shouldn’t Miss [Targeted]

While we haven't really seen very many AMEX offers for airlines this year there certainly hasn't been a shortage of offers to choose from if you've been looking to book a few hotel stays. With a number of older hotel offers still very much alive (check here, here and here), AMEX has now added a further three offers that may be of use.
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Citi Is Offering 5x Points On Its ThankYou Preferred Credit Card [Targeted]

Citi is in the process of emailing holders of the Citi ThankYou Preferred card with a bonus offer that runs through to the end of September. Cardholders can earn 5 points/dollar for spending in select categories and, considering the poor Chase Freedom categories on offer this quarter, this may be one of the easier promotions in which to earn points over the summer.
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New Chase Freedom Quarterly Bonuses Are Now Live

The second quarter of 2019 is now over which means that we have a new set of Chase Freedom bonus categories live as of today. These new bonus categories offer Chase Freedom credit card holders the chance to earn 5% cash back through 30 September 2019.
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LAST DAY: 30% Bonus On Amex Transfers To Virgin Atlantic

American Express has been offering a 30% bonus on transfers between Membership Rewards and the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club for a little under 2 months but the deal is set to expire tonight - if you need to top up your Flying Club account or want to book a great premium cabin ANA award now may be a good time to transfer some points.
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6 Days Left To Use The Amex Platinum Saks Rebate

When American Express was scrambling around to try to find some benefits to add to its Platinum Card in an attempt to justify the $550 annual fee it chose to add, amongst other things, $100 of statement credits for purchases made at Saks 5th Avenue.
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Massive Devaluation To Citi Credit Card Benefits

Citi has announced a raft of changes to the benefits that accompany a significant number of its credit cards and they are changes that will disappoint a lot of Citi's cardholders and bring into question the value that some cards will offer going forward.
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Fly One-Way USA – Europe Business Class For Just 42,400 Points

I'm a big fan of the transferable currencies various credit cards offer and a major reason why I love collecting these currencies is that they help me get outsize value when I use them for premium cabin travel. Right now Citi is offering a 25% bonus when you transfer its ThankYou points over to the Air France/KLM Flying Blue program and this represents a very good opportunity to book some great Business Class cabins for comparatively few points.
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Citi Is Starting To Restrict Sign-Up Bonuses To One Every 48 Months (But There’s...

With an ever increasing number of people happy to churn credit cards (open a card, earn the bonus, close the card and repeat) in the quest for cheap travel, most financial institutions have been bringing in rules to limit the number of sign-up bonuses one person can earn.
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Three AMEX Hotel Offers You Shouldn’t Miss [Targeted]

There have been a few worthwhile Amex offers doing the rounds of late with Hilton featuring heavily in the US, a rare offer on Hilton properties in Europe, a fantastic deal for anyone looking to buy some Rimowa luggage and, just recently, deals for fans of Marriott and MGM Resorts. All these deals have had their own posts here on Traveling for Miles but there are three other deals that I haven't yet written about and I'd like to put that right here and now.
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Get 10% Off Hyatt Award Bookings This Summer (Co-Branded Credit Card Holders Only)

Hyatt has just launched a very nice promotion in which it's offering a 10% rebate on all World of Hyatt award bookings for stays this summer. Unfortunately, the promotion is limited to holders of Hyatt's Chase co-branded credit cards so if you don't have one of those your luck is out.
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Here’s A Big Reason Why I’m Already Booking My Trips For 2020

I happily admit to being one of life's planners so it's not entirely out of character for me to be planning trips a year into the future. Right now, however, there's an extra special reason why I'm already checking out flights and hotels for the first few months of 2020.
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Ending Sunday: Get A 30% Bonus On Chase Transfers To British Airways

Chase surprised the miles and points world in the last week of April when it launched its first ever Ultimate Rewards transfer bonus. Now, almost 8 weeks later, the 30% bonus on transfers to the British Airways Executive Club is about to end. 
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3 Amex Offers: Save At Marriott & Earn 16,000 Membership Rewards Points On Vegas...

American Express has targeted a selection of its cardholders for a rebate which can be used at most Marriott brands in the US (and US territories) and there are two further Amex offers which, as far as I can tell, should stack together to offer users 16,000 Membership Rewards Points for a booking in Las Vegas.
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AMEX Is Offering A 40% Bonus On Points Transfers To British Airways [Targeted]

American Express is currently on a bit of a roll with multiple transfer bonuses to Membership Rewards partners running right now. Virgin Atlantic Flying Club, JetBlue True Blue and Qantas all currently have Amex transfer bonuses available and now, if you're fortunate, you can add British Airways to that list.
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Amex Offer: Save Up To 20% On Hilton In Europe [Targeted]

Out of all the hotel chains Hilton definitely features the most when it comes to the Amex offers I see in my accounts and there have been a number of offers running since the beginning of March. Now there's a new rebate appearing in targeted Amex accounts which offers up to 20% back on bookings made at Hilton properties in Europe.
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Amex Adds ‘Boxed’ As A Gold Card Partner & Brings Back The Rose Gold...

Last week Amex announced a significant improvement to one of the benefits that come with its $250/year Gold Card when it confirmed that the 4 points/dollar that the card earns on restaurant purchases in the US will be extended to restaurants worldwide. Alongside that announcement Amex quietly made a couple of other changes that some readers may find interesting.
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40% Bonus When You Transfer Amex Points To JetBlue [Targeted]

American Express has launched a 40% bonus for transfers between Membership Rewards and JetBlue's True Blue program but no one should be rushing over to the American Express website to see if they've been targeted for this promotion without reading one very important warning first.
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Qantas Is Now An Amex Transfer Partner & There’s A 20% Conversion Bonus On...

American Express added Qantas as the 19th airline transfer partner for its Membership Rewards program late last week and we already have our first conversion bonus on offer which is valid for transfers made through 30 June 2019.
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Some Priority Pass Memberships Just Became A Lot Less Valuable

Most readers with Priority Pass membership will probably have that membership courtesy of a premium credit card which offers membership as one of its benefits and, for the past 12 - 18 months, there has been little to distinguish the Priority Pass memberships the various credit cards offer. That’s about to change.
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Improved 65,000 Points Sign-Up Bonus On This AAdvantage Credit Card [Targeted]

Citi is emailing out customers with a slightly improved sign-up offer on the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select World Mastercard but the nature of the offer means that not everyone who's in the market for this card will want to take it up - it will suit some more than others.
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New From Amex: Upgrade Flights With Membership Rewards Points

American Express is launching a new offering for US Consumer, Business and Corporate Card Members enrolled in the Membership Rewards program today which will give them the option to use Membership Rewards points, or a combination of points and dollars, to place offers on airline seat upgrades in First Class, Business Class, or Premium Economy Class on over 20 participating airlines.
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Amex Has Launched A 30% Bonus For Transfers To Virgin Atlantic

Right now American Express is offering a 30% bonus when you transfer its currency (Membership Rewards) over to the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club through 1 July 2019 (no hurry!) and, if you know where to look, this can be a very good deal to jump on.
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Last Day: Earn 60,000 Miles After A Single Purchase With This Credit Card

I'm going to start off by admitting that I'm not a massive fan of the American Airlines AAdvantage Aviator Red Mastercard despite the fact that it happens to be a credit card that I currently hold (for now).The recent changes to the card that Barclays has pushed through has made the card's long-term usefulness questionable but the current sign-up bonus (which ends tonight) is so good that it's almost certainly worth taking out the card for that alone.
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Chase Is Offering A 30% Bonus For Points Transfers To British Airways

In a move that we haven't seen before, Chase has just introduced a 30% bonus for Ultimate Rewards Point transfers across to the British Airways Executive Club.Historically Chase hasn't offered transfer bonuses to any of its Ultimate Rewards partners so this is a significant moment in the history of transferable points and, with a bit of luck, it may signal the start of Chase offering transfer bonuses to other partners too.
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I Just Upgraded My Hilton Honors Credit Card For 150,000 Points

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EXTENDED: Marriott Bonvoy Amex Card Holders Can Register To Earn A 100k Bonus

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.
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Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card – The Next Card I’ll Probably Get

Earlier I wrote a post in which I explained why I'm finding myself making more and more hotel bookings through various online travel agencies and how Hotels.com is one of my preferred agencies to use.Well, if I'm going to continue to make bookings through Hotels.com (and it looks as if I am) there is one credit card that I should almost certainly add to my portfolio - the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card.
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Apple Card – The New Credit Card From Apple

Apple held a one of its much heralded events in Cupertino yesterday in which it announced a number of new ventures for the corporation. Amongst the announcements came the news that Apple was launching its own credit card - Apple Card.
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Is American Express About To Improve Its Green Card?

The Green Card was once (a log time ago) one of the iconic symbols of American Express but, as time has gone by, new cards have been brought to market which offer better benefits, better welcome bonuses and better earning rates so the Green Card has largely been forgotten.
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DEAL: Stack Amex Offer With Airline Portals For Up To 34% Off At Marriott...

Right now you can combine an offer from American Express with a portal offer from either American Airlines or United Airlines to get a very nice rebate on a future Marriott stay.
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This I Why I May Get The Citi Rewards+ Credit Card

A number of blogs have been writing about the Citi Rewards+ credit card of late and, if I'm being totally honest, this is a card that I haven't really given all that much thought to since it launched at the beginning of the year....but now I'm giving it a serious look.
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These Are The Chase Freedom Bonus Categories For Q2 2019

The first quarter of 2019 is slowly drawing to an end and, as another quarter starts up in a couple of weeks, Chase has released details of the new bonus categories which will offer Chase Freedom credit card holders the chance to earn 5% cash back in the second quarter of 2019.
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Two Things I Learned From My Amex Platinum Retention Bonus

At the beginning of February I called up American Express to see if there were any offers available to ease the pain of the significant $550 annual fee that now comes with the American Express card.
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Citi Prestige Cell Phone Protection Details Released

Citi announced a series of big changes to its Prestige card back in November last year and, although details of most of these changes were revealed at the time of the announcement, there was one benefit that remained a mystery - the cell phone protection that the Citi Prestige card will offer from 1 May.
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American Airlines & Barclays Offering Bonus Points For Aviator Card Purchases [Targeted]

Last week we found out that Barclays is making some big changes to its American Airlines Aviator credit cards and, while some of the changes may be perceived as positive, the general consensus appears to be that the AAdvantage Aviator Red card will soon be a lot less useful than it is right now.
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There Are 5 New Amex Offers For Hilton Brand Rebates [Targeted]

If you hold a credit card or charge card issued by American Express then you have access to one of my favorite benefits - Amex Offers. Amex Offers are a great way of boosting your Membership Rewards balance or saving cold hard cash with selected retailers, hotelier and airlines and I enjoy using them as a way of offsetting any annual fees I have to pay.
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Barclays Is Making Big Changes To Its AAdvantage Aviator Cards

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.
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Amex Offer: Save Up To 20% At Hilton Properties In Hawaii [Targeted]

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.
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You Can Now Earn Amex Membership Rewards Through Ebates

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.
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I Called Amex To Cancel My SPG Card – This Is What Happened

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.
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Here’s How My Platinum Card Retention Call To Amex Worked Out

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.
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There Are At Least 6 Excellent Amex Offers For Hotel Stays Right Now [Targeted]

One of the principle reasons I hold as many American Express cards as I do is that I often get targeted for some highly lucrative offers via the Amex Offers section of my Amex account page. Over the past few days American Express has been refreshing the offers I can see in my accounts and there are a few excellent offers available for hotel stays.
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The Citi Prestige Card Is Open For New Applications – Here’s What You Need...

The Citi Prestige Card has been closed to new applicants for quite some time and, while the card has remained unavailable, Citi has been making some serious changes to the Prestige's offering so this isn't the Citi Prestige Card of old. On 31 January 2019 (yesterday) Citi reopened the Prestige card to new applicants and, at the same time, launched a 50,000 point sign-up bonus to attract new customers.....but what exactly does the revamped Citi Prestige Card offer?
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The Platinum Card From American Express – To Keep Or Not To Keep?

American Express breathed new life into its Platinum Card when it added airfare purchases as a bonus category earning 5 points/dollar back in November 2016. The 5 points/dollar on airfare was a groundbreaker in the credit card world and suddenly cardmembers like me had a new reason to hold on to the card. Since then Amex has introduced other new benefits to the Platinum Card (like Uber and Saks credits) but it has also increased the annual fee to $550 and brought in new entry restrictions for its Centurion Lounges. Before the introduction of the airfare bonus category I was seriously reconsidering the value that the Platinum Card offered me but the ability to earn a lot of miles though airfare spending persuaded me to keep it in my wallet...but now the card needs to prove its worth once more.
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No, The Chase British Airways Credit Card Sign-Up Bonus Hasn’t Gone Away

I've seen reports flying around which suggest that Chase is no longer offering a traditional sign-up bonus on its British Airways Visa Signature Card, but those reports are inaccurate. If you'd like a sign-up offer on the Chase British Airways Signature card there's still 100,000 bonus Avios on offer and, if that sign-up offer isn't to your taste, there's a second offer that may work better for you.
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Improved Welcome Bonuses For Some Hilton Honors Credit Cards Through Hilton

I'm not going to pretend that I follow the fortunes of the Amex Hilton Honors credit cards all that closely as Hilton isn't one of my main go-to chains when I travel (although that may change) but, as I logged in to the Hilton Honors app earlier, I couldn't help but notice that Hilton is currently offering marginally better welcome bonuses on its co-branded credit cards than Amex is offering on its site.
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Citibank ThankYou 25% Transfer Bonus To Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles

Citibank has launched a 25% transfer bonus for anyone converting its ThankYou Points to Turkish Airlines' Miles & Smiles program through 20 February 2019. Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles may not come up in conversation all that often but the combination of a friendly award chart, a friendly companion rule and a very good Business Class offering onboard make this Citi transfer bonus once that's well worth a closer look.
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When Two Free Nights Will Cost You More Than One Free Night At The...

Friends of ours will be visiting Los Angeles in December and they asked if I would give them some advice on booking their trip and help them out with their accommodation. Naturally I said yes and I started exploring a few options on their behalf....but things didn't quite turn out as I expected them to turn out.
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Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard – Improved 60,000 Sign-Up Bonus Available

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Changes Coming To Amex Marriott/Starwood Cards – Here’s What You Need To Know

Following last week's announcement that Marriott Rewards/SPG/Ritz Carlton Rewards would all be rebranded as Marriott Bonvoy from February this year it was inevitable that the loyalty program's co-branded credit cards would be getting a make-over too....and now we know what to expect from Amex.
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Save Up To 20% At Park Inn And Country Inn & Suites With This...

Yes I know that Park Inn and Country Inn properties are not at the top of a lot of people's "must visit" lists but this Amex offer may actually be useful to anyone looking to make the most of Radisson's 1Q promotion.
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Has The Personal American Express Gold Card Been Pulled? (Probably Not)

Last week I wrote a note to remind myself to write a post about why I genuinely don't like the new American Express Gold card and, at the same time, I bookmarked the Gold Card webpage to make sure I had quick access to the card's details should I need them. I've just attempted to access that bookmarked webpage and all I now see is this error message
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How I’m Incorporating The Citi Prestige Card Into My Spending

I'm a very big fan of transferable currencies and that's one of the reasons why I currently hold the three best known premium credit cards which between them cost me over $1,500 in annual fees. The Platinum Card from American Express, the Chase Sapphire Reserve and the Citi Prestige card don't actually cost me over $1,500 between them as they all offer me travel rebates that I use every year (although sometimes I come close to forgetting to use them!) and they all offer me benefits to which I can easily assign a monetary value....but I still have to justify holding three such expensive cards.
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Award Wallet Saved Me $250…And Quite A Bit Of Embarrassment

As you have probably noticed, I write about miles & points quite a bit and, despite the fact that I have a large number of credit cards and loyalty program accounts (31 at the last count), I like to think that I'm good at keeping on top of my accounts, tracking spending and earnings and generally knowing where I stand at any given moment in time.
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Chase Is Offering Bonus Marriott Points Through 31 March 2019

Chase is sending out emails to Marriott Rewards credit card holders inviting them to register for a promotion which earns them bonus points for spending through 31 March 2019. Based on the T&Cs of my offer it looks as if Chase is varying the promotion from person to person so, if you have a Chase Marriott Rewards credit card but haven't received an offer, I suggest checking your spam filters/folders in case it has been caught up there.
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Earn More Points With The Citi Prestige Credit Card From Today

The Citi Prestige credit card may not yet be open to new applicants (we're expecting an announcement on that any day now) but current cardholders can start to make the most of some of the card's new benefits from today - 4 January 2019.
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Chase Freedom Q1 2019 Bonus Categories Announced

The last day to register for the Chase Freedom Q4 2018 bonuses is tomorrow (14 December) and that means that it's time for Chase to reveal the bonus categories for the Chase Freedom card for 1Q 2019. In Q4 2018 the Chase Freedom card earned 5% cashback (or 5/dollar if you also have a Sapphire branded Chase card) on the fist $1,500 spent at department stores, wholesale clubs and everywhere that card holders used Chase Pay to pay their bills.
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How To Make The Most Of The Amex Hilton Transfer Bonus

American Express is currently offering a targeted bonus for cardholders looking to transfer Amex Membership Rewards Points over to Hilton Honors. The bonuses people are being targeted for range from 30% through to 50% and there's definitely value to be had here.
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5 Affordable Alternatives To the Business Platinum Card From American Express

As of February 2019 the annual fee for the Business Platinum Card from American Express is increasing from $450 to $595. Amex had added a few extra benefits to the card's offering to attempt to placate cardholders but I suspect most aren't going to be happy when they see what they're paying for. If you're not happy with the Business Platinum Card from American Express you may soon be looking around for alternatives so, below, is a list of suggestions (in no specific order) that may be helpful.
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Marriott Hacked – Up To 500 Million Starwood Accounts Are Affected

Here we go again! What is it with big corporations and their inability to keep our information safe?! We're only just getting over the Cathay Pacific hack and the debacle that was the British Airways hack and now we're being told that Marriott's Starwood database (containing the information of 500 million customers) has been compromised by an "unauthorised party".
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Here’s Why I Sometimes Choose To Earn Fewer Points When Booking Air Travel

I value Chase Ultimate Rewards points, Citi ThankYou points and Amex Membership Rewards points all at 1.5 cents each so it may seem strange that, at times, I choose to earn the equivalent of a 4.5% rebate through Chase or Citi rather than an effective 7.5% rebate through American Express...but there's a very good reason for this.
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Have You Checked Out Your New Chase Offers Yet?

To date American Express has been the only one of the major card issuers to have any meaningful money-saving offers available to cardholders (Citi dabbles with offers every now and again but I've yet to see anything worth mentioning) but now it looks like Chase is trying to get in on the action too.
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LifeMiles May Now Be An Amex Transfer Partner But I Really Don’t Care

During the first week of November LifeMiles (Avianca's loyalty program) was rolled out as the latest American Express transfer partner and I've just realised that I never wrote a blog post about it. It wasn't a conscious decision not to write about the Amex/LifeMiles news at the time so the omission is almost certainly a result of the fact that the announcement wasn't actually something I cared about....and there's a very good reason why I didn't (and still don't) care.
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Amex Is Offering Virgin Atlantic Transfer Bonuses…But They’re Targeted (USA)

No sooner has Amex's 40% transfer bonus to British Airways and Iberia ended and we get a new transfer bonus to Virgin Atlantic....only this bonus isn't nearly as friendly. Personally I'm not seeing any kind of bonus in my Membership Rewards account but Doctor of Credit has seen offers of bonuses ranging between 10% and 20% and at least one commenter has claimed he/she is seeing a bonus of 30% in their account.
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An In-Depth Look At The Changes Coming To The Citi Prestige Card

Long time readers may remember that I've blown hot and cold about the Citi Prestige card for quite some time. I defended the value of the credit card following the devaluations which saw Admirals Club membership withdrawn as a benefit but, by the beginning of this year, I was set to swap my Citi Prestige card for the cheaper Citi Premier ThankYou card....but that downgrade never actually happened.
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There’s A Issue With Marriott Free Night Certificates That I Haven’t Seen Mentioned

There have been a lot of changes taking place with Marriott's loyalty program over the past few months (not least the merger of Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest) and, among those changes, we've seen the complete overhaul of the Marriott award chart and the introduction of some new credit cards. A lot of the important changes have been discussed over and over again so most people are pretty familiar with what to expect going forward....but there's one little issue that I haven't yet seen addressed.
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Have You Loaded These Hotel Deals To Your AMEX Cards? (USA Only)

If you hold a credit or charge card issued by American Express then you also have access to one of my favorite benefits - Amex Offers. Amex Offers are a great way of boosting your Membership Rewards balance or saving cold hard cash with selected retailers and I like them as a way of offsetting any annual fees I have to pay.
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It Just Got Easier To Dislike The British Airways Signature Visa Card From Chase

I’ve written about the British Airways Visa Signature Card from Chase before and I’ve made no secret of the fact that it’s a card I have very little time for…..and now it has just got even easier for me to dislike the card. American Express Membership Rewards Points and Chase Ultimate Rewards Points both convert across to Avios in a ratio of 1:1 so, ever since the Platinum Card from American Express started offering 5 points/dollar spent on airfare and Chase introduced the Sapphire Reserve Card (which earns 3 points/dollar on almost all travel and 3 points/dollar on dining worldwide) the British Airways Visa Card (which earns 3 Avios/dollar spend with British Airways only and 1 Avios/dollar spent everywhere else) has seemed more than a little redundant.
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Save £5 on £10 Spend (Multiple Times) As Amex Shop Small Returns To The...

Good news! American Express is bringing back its "Shop Small" promotion to the UK and this year it will run between Saturday 1 December and Sunday 16 December 2018. As the name of the promotion suggests the point of the exercise is to promote shopping at smaller retailers (and presumably to promote American Express too) and Amex is offering a bonus to cardholders who choose to spend at least £10 at participating retailers using their registered American Express credit or charge cards.
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Check Your Amex Offers – Bonus Points Available On Some SPG Cards (Again)

A little over a week ago American Express published a targeted offer which allowed select holders of SPG co-branded credit cards to earn bonus points when they hit specific spending thresholds on their cards. I hold the regular (non-premium) version of the Amex SPG co-branded credit card and my account wasn't targeted for the bonus.....but now it has suddenly appeared.
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Have You Been Targeted For These AMEX Offers? (USA)

If you hold an American Express card you will have a section within your online Amex account where you can see what offers Amex has targeted you for and this is a section you should be checking on a reasonably frequent basis - there are points to be banked and there's cash to be saved.
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HINT: Don’t Apply For Any AMEX Hilton Cards Right Now

American Express issues four Hilton Honors co-branded credit cards and the welcome bonuses on all four will be increasing in a few days time. If you've been planning to apply for the cards you should hold off for a few days to ensure that you gets the best possible deal.
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Here’s Why I Don’t Like The Luxury Starwood Card From Amex

American Express will be launching its new “Luxury” Starwood credit card on 23 August and, having given it a lot of thought, I’ve decided not to apply for it. I’m sure there are a lot of people counting down the days to the launch of the Luxury Starwood credit card but there’s too much about the card I simply don’t like.
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How To Make The Most Of The 30% Bonus Amex Is Offering For Transfers...

Virgin Atlantic may not be an airline which automatically springs to mind when you’re considering air travel but its Flying Club loyalty program can be very useful if you know what to look for – that’s why transfer bonuses between Amex Membership Rewards and Virgin Flying Club are always worth a closer look.
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NEW RULES WARNING: You May Wish To Rethink Upgrading Your Chase Marriott Visa

With the merger of Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest there are some significant changes coming to the credit cards associated with both programs. Historically Amex has offered the SPG credit cards while Chase has been in partnership with Marriott…but that’s all changing.
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I Have The SPG Amex & Marriott Visa Cards But Holding Both Is Pointless...

Like a lot of readers I hold both the Starwood Preferred Guest credit card from American Express as well as the Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Credit card and, with SPG and Marriott Rewards becoming one unified program in August, I've been wondering what to do with my credit cards.
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American Airlines Launches The AAdvantage MileUp Credit Card

If I wasn't expecting a the relaunch of the Chase Hyatt credit card last week I certainly wasn't expecting to hear news that American Airlines and Citi have decided to rebrand and relaunch the AAdvantage Bronze credit card....but that's exactly what has just happened.
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I’m Seeing Some Tempting Amex Sign-Up Bonuses

I was browsing my American Express accounts over the weekend (paying bills and checking the latest Amex offers that have been loaded to my accounts) and I noticed that Amex has targeted me for some cheap and easy-to-attain sign-up bonuses.
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The New World Of Hyatt Card Is Good But A Reality Check Is Needed...

I wrote about the surprising announcement of a new World of Hyatt credit card from Chase last week and it would be fair to say that I like a lot of what the new card offers. It always struck me as odd that the old Chase Hyatt credit card wasn’t the best credit card to use at Hyatt properties (it wasn’t even the best card issued by Chase to use at Hyatt properties) and it was a little strange that the card offered no enhanced path to earning Hyatt status.
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Don’t Forget To Register: New Chase Freedom Bonus Categories Go Live This Weekend

Another quarter is over and another one is about to begin - that always means a new set of Chase Freedom bonuses are about to go live. Sunday is the first day of a new quarter so, starting then, Chase Freedom credit card holders will be able to earn 5% cash back or 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar (if they also hold a Chase Sapphire card) when spending in three new categories:
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SURPRISE: Chase Launches New Hyatt Credit Card…And It Looks Good

I've never held the Hyatt credit card from Chase because, just as I was thinking it was time to sign up (previously I'd had a lot of other cards prioritized ahead on the Hyatt card) Chase devalued the sign-up bonus from 2 nights at any property to a meagre 40,000 points. Add to that the fact that the changes to the Hyatt Loyalty program were not to my liking and the fact that the Hyatt credit card did nothing to boost my chances of top-tier status and you'll probably understand why I haven't considered the card for a while....but that may have just changed.
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A Look At Amex’s “MyCredit Guide” – A Credit Score Tool For Everyone

American Express has new online tool to help people keep track of their credit score and to provide alerts when something happens to change their credit report. The new service from Amex is called "MyCredit Guide" and it's free to use even if you're not an American Express Card holder.  
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The Chase British Airways Visa Card You’ve Probably Never Heard About

Although I'm not as fastidious as some I still keep a pretty close eye on my credit card portfolio as I hate paying any more in annual fees that I actually have to. This generally means that I review my credit card usage on a reasonably frequent basis and, when an annual fee becomes due, I do my very best to persuade the card issuer to either waive the fee or to at least offer me some miles/points to help offset the fee in some way.
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American Express Launches The Cash Magnet Cash Back Card….But Is It Any Good?

American Express already offers the Blue Cash Everyday Card and the Blue Cash Preferred Card to compete in the cash back arena so I was surprised to see Amex launch the Cash Magnet Card last week. Still, a new card is a new card and as there's no knowing what Amex may have included in its new product I've taken a closer look at it too see what it offers.
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A Good Example Of Why You Should Have Number Of Different Credit/Debit Cards

On 1 June 2018 Visa had an unexpected and somewhat dramatic IT failure which saw businesses across Europe unable to accept payments made by Visa debit or credit cards and a lot of people appear to have been caught out.
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Earn Up To $50 Lyft Credit With Blue Delta SkyMiles Amex Credit Card

The Blue Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express has just added an extra incentive for those looking to apply for the card in the next few months - Lyft credits.
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Marriott & Starwood New Combined Loyalty Program – New Credit Cards Coming

Following on from my earlier post (which just covered the facts surrounding the new combined loyalty program) I'm now going to take a look at what we've been told we can expect from the new Marriott/SPG credit cards that will be coming out later this year and what changes are coming to the credit cards that are already available.
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How To Combine The Citi Prestige Card With Hyatt Points For A Great Trip

At the beginning of the year I was set to swap my Citi Prestige card for the cheaper Citi Premier card but, thanks to a points bonus that Citi unexpectedly threw my way, the card got a stay of execution and it's still in my wallet. I've now earned the maximum bonus Citi offered me so the card is back in the firing line and needs to earn its place in my wallet....and it may have just done so.
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4 No Annual Fee Credit Cards That I Hold & Love (And Why)

It's usually the high-end credit cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve and the Platinum Card from American Express that get most of the attention but I'm a big fan of a few of the cheapest cards available.....so cheap that they're free!
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Friend Question: Chase Ink Business Preferred Or Chase Ink Business Cash

A friend of mine sent me a text the other day asking which Chase business credit card he should apply for. He was sitting in front of a Chase banker at the time and the banker was advising him to apply for the Chase Ink Cash card but Andy wanted to know what I thought.
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Barclays Arrival Premier Credit Card – Lipstick On A Pig

For a number of years Barclays' primary travel card has been its Arrival credit card but, while that card started life off quite promisingly, Barclays didn't wait too long before devaluing its earning power to a point where it's nothing more than a also-ran in the miles and points world. Now Barclays has introduced the Barclays Arrival Premier Credit Card to the world and, after having been teased about the card's potential benefits and features for a few weeks, the end result can only be described as a monumental disappointment.
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Earn Bonus Amex Membership Points With Amex Checkout

It's interesting to watch as various credit card issuers work harder and harder to get us, the consumers, to use digital payment technology. In the first quarter of this year the Chase Freedom credit card offered 5 points/dollar for all spending through all the popular digital payment platforms and in the second quarter its offering 5 points/dollar for payments made through Chase Pay.
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Chase/IHG Is Seriously Devaluing The IHG Rewards Card

There are credit cards you hold for their points earning and then there are the credit cards you hold for the befits they offer and, for me, the current IHG Rewards credit card has always fallen into the latter category.  I book most of my paid hotels stays through Marriott so the bonus points the IHG Rewards card offers for my infrequent stays at IHG properties has never been a major attraction to me.....but the free night I get from the credit card every year is a benefit I love.
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Almost Confirmed: Big Changes To The Chase IHG Rewards Card

The IHG Rewards credit card has long been one of the very best deals you can get in the miles & points world. As a card that offers a free night at any IHG hotel in the world in exchange for an annual fee of just $49 it has been selling itself for years. But the card looks to be on its way out and the opportunities to sign up for it as fast disappearing.
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10,000 Shell Gas Stations Now Accept Chase Pay

If you're looking for a way to make sure you make the most of your second quarter Chase Freedom bonus categories then Chase may have just helped you out. The Chase Freedom 2Q bonus categories include grocery store spending, PayPal spending and, for the second quarter running Chase Pay spending. The Chase Pay option is probably the weakest of the three options on offer as it's still not accepted in all that many places.
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DEAL: $50 Off Two Or More Hotel Nights With Citi ThankYou (Book By 30...

Citi is currently running a promotion offering ThankYou card holders $50 off a hotel booking of 2 nights or longer. There don't seem to be any major strings attached to this promotion so, if you have a hotel stay you're  looking to book, this could be an easy $50 saving.
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The Chase/Marriott/United Promotion Most Should Be Avoiding

Chase is running a promotion in conjunction with Marriott and United Airlines which may tempt some people but I'm here to tell you that it's not really a great promotion at all. On the face of things the promotion may seem perfectly ok but when you look closely at the value on offer (and the value most would be giving up if they took part) the promotion really isn't one that most should be participating in.
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Chase Unveils Two New Airline Credit Cards….And I Really Don’t Like Either

I'm an unabashed fan of Chase and a large number of the credit cards the bank issues but I'm struggling to see the point of the Chase Iberia Visa credit card or the Chase Aer Lingus credit card announced by the bank towards the end of last week.
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Don’t Forget To Register For The Chase Freedom 2Q Bonuses

My Chase Freedom card is one of the few free credit cards that I hold that's guaranteed to get a place in my wallet every quarter. While I'm a big fan of fee-free credit cards most of mine don't offer big  enough spending bonuses to warrant being used on a regular basis....but Chase Freedom is different.
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New To Miles & Points? These Are The Credit Cards You Should Consider For...

Not everyone new to miles & points is a fresh-faced graduate or teenager looking for their first credit card so this post is aimed at those with a solid credit score (and history) but who haven't really investigated the miles & points world to any great extent.

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