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Mar 07

American Express Platinum Card Raises Fees, Benefits: Is It Worth It?

The American Express Platinum Card has long been the gold standard (or Platinum standard, as the case may be) for high-end credit cards.  Over the past few years, however, the Chase Sapphire Reserve and Citi Prestige cards have surpassed the Amex Platinum, offering significantly better benefits at a cheaper price. Recently, though, Amex began to …

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Nov 24

Holiday Shopping: Remember, Double Amex Points at Small Businesses

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One of my resolutions this year was to shop at more small and local businesses. American Express is making this a bit easier, with its “Shop Small” offer. Make sure to check that your card is eligible and then enroll here to get your card registered. Once you’ve done so, you’ll earn double Membership Rewards …

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Oct 17

American Express Ramps up Bonuses (Again)

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For years, American Express had to live with the ignonymity of being the card that you might want to own, but would rather not use. In other words, the benefits that came with the card might be good, but rewards were not. As others moved to 2% cards, 5X category bonuses, etc., American Express stuck …

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Oct 07

American Express Business Platinum Ups Its Game (And Bonus)

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American Express seems to be feeling some pressure from the Chase Sapphire Reserve card, which recently launched with a huge sign-up bonus. A few days ago, they announced that you would earn five Membership Rewards per dollar spent on travel with your American Express Platinum card. Now, the company has introduced a 100,000 point sign-up …

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Oct 05

American Express Platinum Raises Travel Bonus

With the Chase Sapphire Reserve having entered the fray for best high-end card, American Express has realized that it needs to up its game, and makes a big start as of tomorrow. New Amex Platinum Benefit Starting October 6, American Express Platinum card holders will earn 5X points on all airfare booked through the American Express …

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Jul 22

Are Bank Credit Card Points The Way To Go?

I’m normally not a big fan of having points just for the sake of having them (unless you got those points for free). There’s no need, for instance, to apply for a United Airlines credit card if you are never going to fly them. Thus, do you need Chase Ultimate Rewards points or Citibank ThankYou …

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Sep 20

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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Sep 08

What survey points and Bose headphones have in common

(I had prepared to do a longer post today, but life happens. Tomorrow will be more substantial, unless life happens again.) Surveys are often long and annoying, but they’re an easy way to accumulate miles. My favorite is E-rewards, which will send you several 10-15 minute surveys per week, each for some amount of proprietary …

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Jul 30

A treatise on American Express’s Membership Rewards

I should state up front that I love Amex.  Their service is excellent and they offer a number of partnerships that produce excellent credit cards.  In addition, their sign-up bonuses tend to be very high. But there’s a dark side to American Express, which is their proprietary rewards program, Membership Rewards.  Note that I am …

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