Tag: american express

Starwood Amex Card Now at 35,000 Points

Starwood and American Express just upped the offer on the credit card to 35,000 points, which I believe sets the high bar for this card. While other hotels offer cards from 40,000-80,000 points, it’s also worth noting that Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) sets rates lower than its competitors, too, so each point is more valuable …

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A Few Short JetBlue Updates…

It’s been a quiet week so I’m going to keep it short. There’s a bunch of small things going on with JetBlue now, but they’re worth mentioning. Updated Schedule Most legacy carriers show flights for the next 330 days. The discount carriers, however, don’t have the number of connecting passengers that the legacy carriers do, …

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Delta Amex Offering 50K Bonus, but only through Delta’s Website

Quick hit on the Delta Amex card: While playing around with the website yesterday, I noticed that they have raised the bonus offer to a limited-time only 50,000 miles for spending 2,000 in the first three months. The annual fee is the standard $95. As far as I can tell, however, this bonus is only …

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Quick hit on Virgin America status

For those of you with a ton of Amex Membership Rewards points and no ideas where to put them, here’s an idea: Between now and October 8, American Express is offering a 25% bonus on transfers to Virgin America and, if you transfer 80,000 points by December 31, you’ll earn Gold elite status on Virgin …

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Credit card deals to start the month

It’s that time of year, when Pats fans start worrying about Tom Brady; we stop complaining about the humidity and start to worry about the snow; and my kids, who thought it would be fun to wake up at 6 am every day all summer, have suddenly decided that they won’t be getting up before …

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Foreign transaction fees on credit cards…

I received a question the other day about foreign transaction fees on credit cards, which I also refer to as “because they can” fees. These fees are just what they sound like: if you make a purchase abroad (or purchase from a merchant located abroad), they will charge you an extra 1-3% for the privilege. …

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Amex loses a case; what impact will it have

According to the Wall Street Journal, a judge in February ruled against American Express in a case that will allow merchants to offer a discount for using a card other than Amex. The article is behind a paywall, but I’ll give a few basics and why it matters. Until recently, merchants generally couldn’t offer a …

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A bad week for American Express

I’m on the road this week, so posts may not be as timely as usual. Stick with me, we’ll get there. Last week, American Express announced that it is ending its relationship with Costco on March 31, 2016. Your first thought might be “big deal.” Turns out it is a big deal. A whopping 10% …

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Using the Bluebird card for Manufactured Spending

Note: In response to a few readers’ questions, I’m going to spend a couple of days talking about manufactured spending.  Today, I will discuss the Bluebird card, but turn to other (and possibly easier) methods tomorrow. A couple of days ago, a reader asked about the best way to manufacture spend using the Bluebird cards. …

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