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4 Reasons Why the SPG Business Amex May Be The Smartest Choice

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Two of my very favorite credit card sign-up bonuses right now are the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express and the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express. Both have a $0 introductory annual fee the first year (then $95), and both are offering limited time increases to the highest bonus level we have seen until April 5, 2017. I value SPG points at a higher rate than pretty much all other points, so a 10,000 point increase over the regular…

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Limited Time: 100,000 Hilton Honors Points Available Via Bonus!


Great news today for those who like to travel on hotel points as two American Express Hilton Honors cards have temporarily upped their sign-up bonuses this morning to pretty massive levels! The Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express is now offering 100,000 Hilton Honors points and the Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express is now offering 80,000 Hilton Honors points after hitting their respective minimum spending thresholds through 5/31/2017! Terms Apply.  The two cards are considered different products, so you can…

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Last Chance to for Easy 5x Points This Quarter!

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The Chase Freedom is one of my favorite rewards card with no annual fee, but it is one that requires a small bit of upkeep to maximize its full rewards earning potential. Each quarter you need to register to earn 5x points in the bonus categories, and then of course you need to remember what those categories are when you are out and about using your card. The deadline to activate the first quarter 5x bonus categories of gas stations and local commuter…

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Final Weekend for Sapphire Reserve 100,000 Point Offer!


My favorite new rewards credit card and sign-up bonus in the last couple years has been the Chase Sapphire Reserve and its 100,000 point sign-up bonus. My husband and I (and several friends and family members) all got in on this deal when the offer was available online until January of this year. While the offer is not available online any more, it has continued to be available in Chase branches for those who go and apply in person. However,…

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Changes Reportedly Coming to Amex Business Platinum Card

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Last week I shared that The Platinum Card® from American Express was getting some new benefits, and unfortunately a higher annual fee to go along with them beginning at the end of March. The biggest additions to the personal card from my point of view were the ability to earn 5x points on hotels booked directly via and $200 in annual Uber credits, dolled out in monthly increments. You can read all about the changes here. For some, the changes…

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Amex Platinum Gets New Perks, New 5x Category, New Annual Fee

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In the last year or so we have seen lots of dramatic improvements for some of the most premium rewards credit cards that come with annual fees in the $400 – $500+ range. Last year, The Platinum Card® from American Express made some improvements like awarding 5x Membership Reward points for flights booked directly with airlines or via Amex Travel. As of today they now have some more changes, benefits, and 5x earnings to go along with last year’s enhancements! New Amex…

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Earn 10x Points on Hotels and Car Rentals in March!

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In the last couple of years we have periodically received the pleasant surprise of the Chase Freedom credit card upping its payouts to 10% cash back in some surprise categories beyond the regular and advertised quarterly rotating 5% cash back categories. We sadly didn’t see this happen around the holidays this past year, but the surprise increase is now back just in time for spring break travel! From March 1 – March 31, 2017, both the Chase Freedom and the Chase…

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Getting $710 Cash Back in 12 Months With Limited Time Offer!

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I’m a miles and points girl more than a “cash back” girl, but that doesn’t mean that cash back offers don’t catch my attention from time to time. I mean, can you really go wrong with cold hard cash? Obviously not, at least not at the right percentage. Along those lines, two Amex cards that award cash back have interesting new limited time offers that award as much as 10% back in a popular bonus category of US restaurants…on top…

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Big Warning for Those Who Use Points to Fly United and American

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Yesterday United and American started selling Basic Economy fares on select routes, and generally speaking, this is really bad news. Contrary to how it is occasionally spun, Basic Economy fares do not mean that if you are willing to skip things like advanced seat assignments, earning miles as normal, and having a full size carry-on that you can save money. No, it means if you need or want those very normal things that have forever been included on these airlines,…

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Ending This Week: 10x at Restaurants, 2x Elsewhere, and More!


THE BLUE FOR BUSINESS OFFER REFERENCED BELOW IS NO LONGER OFFERED. CHECK BACK FOR UPDATED OFFER. Earlier this month a pretty under-rated credit card sign-up bonus was scheduled to end, but it then got a last minute extension through this coming Wednesday, February 22nd. The new expiration date is coming this week, so if you missed it on the first pass and are looking for a card that won’t impact your Chase 5/24 status due to being a small business card,…

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