Increased Amex and Citi Sign-Up Offers + 10% Off Hotel Bookings

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Sorry for the delayed post this morning – my site decided it didn’t want to wake up this morning and let me log-in, but we are now back in business. Here are three deals I wanted to mention so you didn’t accidentally miss out on saving money or earning points!

American Express Business Gold Rewards Card upped the sign-up bonus from 30,000 to 50,000 Membership Reward points after you spend $5,000 in the first three months. This isn’t a historical high for this card (last year we saw 75k numerous times), but it isn’t a bad sign-up bonus either.  This card awards 3x Membership Reward points on airfare booked directly with the airlines and 2x points on select media, gas stations, select computer hardware (like from Apple!), and select cloud services.  I have this card myself and use it to pay for the majority of my airfare for 3x points.  There is an annual fee of $175 after the first year, and keep in mind Amex theoretically only awards the sign-up bonus once per card as of May 1st.

Thanks to Online Travel Review for finding this offer!

The Citi HHonors Visa Signature also increases its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Hilton HHonors Bonus Points after making $1,000 in purchases in the first four months (offer available through 8/31/14).  You will also get a $25 statement credit if you spend $200 or more on car rentals at participating National Car Rental, Alamo Rent A Car or Enterprise Rent-A-Car locations in the U.S. and Canada within the first four months of account opening.  This is better than the current standard affiliate offer of 40k points, and even higher than the recent increased offer we had this spring of 50,000 + a $50 statement credit.  This offer really isn’t bad for an annual fee free card!  It’s not the best current Citi Hilton offer for many people, as I still think that honor goes to the Citi® Hilton HHonors Reserve Card that gives you two free weekend nights at Hilton hotels after you spend $2,500 in the first four months.  That card does have a $95 annual fee, but if you want to stay at higher category Hilton properties the two free nights will take you further than 60,000 points.  Of course, nothing says you can’t work toward having both cards…

Thanks to View From the Wing for sharing info about this offer!

Discount hotel booking site Travel Pony had so much success with their 10% off flash sale yesterday that they are doing it again today with the code FLASHPONY.  This discount will take 10% off their already usually pretty low hotel prices for the next 362 people who use the code.  I bet the codes are gone again today by around lunch, if not sooner.  I made multiple bookings yesterday with the discount code and have had good success with this discount site.  Check out my post from yesterday for more details about the pros/cons of Travel Pony.  If you are a new customer who is referred via a current customer you get a $35 discount a hotel booking of $200 or more, but you can’t stack that discount with the 10% code so use whichever saves you more today.



Happy deal hunting!

Disclosure: I do receive a commission for some, but not all, of the credit card offers on this post.  For those curious, the Hilton Reserve card and Travel Pony are my links.  Thanks for your support. 

$2,500 in eligible purchases within 4 months of account opening* – See more at:
3X points on airfare purchased directly from airlines 2X points on US purchases for advertising in select media, shipping, at gas stations, and made directly from select computer hardware, software, and cloud computing providers – See more at:
3X points on airfare purchased directly from airlines 2X points on US purchases for advertising in select media, shipping, at gas stations, and made directly from select computer hardware, software, and cloud computing providers – See more at:

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  1. Received a targeted Business Reward Gold in the mail yesterday for 75000 MR points after $5000 spend. Best part is under terms of bonus, it states. “Welcome bonus offer not available to applicants who have or have had this product within the last 12 month.” Other offers I’ve received in the last year excludes “…other business Platinum, Gold, or green products in last 12 month…” Got a business platinum 3 month ago…looks like I’ll be able get this one too!

  2. AE kept sending me targeted offer for this card for over a year for 75K points and I finally signed up in late April. Then a week later, I received the same offer in the mail but it sits in the drawer. I don’t know if anyone can use this targeted offer or it shares the same code number as the one I signed up for.

  3. @MMP:This is the first and only AE card I have since it is not widely accepted. I don’t intend to keep it past the first year due to high AF, what card do you suggest I sign up for to retain MR points before I cancel it? Good benefits will trump over AF but it must not be over $95. Elite status is not important to me but accumulate more point earning power is desirable.Thanks

  4. @globetrotter. If you have a business card, you can have AMEX convert the exiting account into a “Blue for Business” card, which has no annual fee and will keep your MR points active.

  5. @globetrotter. I was in the same position last month. Maybe not the best choice, but I opted to upgrade to the platinum business card for 30k MR points. The link showed up whenever I logged into account.This is not a credit pull. It does come with a $425 (?450) fee which is not waived but the $200 airline credit each calendar year offsets most of this. I’ll cancel this new card next year

  6. Better than Blue with no annual fee is the new Amex “Everyday Card” which not only retains your MR points but these points are also convertible to airline miles and hotel points. he Blue card doesn’t have this option available to cardholders.

  7. Hi MP, I got the Citi HHonors Visa Signature last year, and cancelled it a month or two ago. Will I be able to get the bonus again?

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