Category: American Express

Miles And Taxes: Is There Any Reason To Worry (Probably Not)

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Note: I am not an accountant. Nothing that I write below should be taken as tax advice. And if you’re getting tax information from a guy on the internet, you should probably rethink your strategy.   I got a question from a reader the other day asking if taxes could spell the end of the …

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WSJ: Credit Card Companies Cutting Back Bonuses

Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal introduced the new year with an article that may be unwelcome to some members of the points community. Turns out that banks have made a resolution to go on a diet, as well. Problem is, their diet means cutting back on points that they are giving away, not taking in. …

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Delta American Express: 60,000 Miles, No Fee

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Weather permitting, I’ll be traveling for the next week or so. Posts will be fewer and further between. As credit card companies get more desperate for more high value customers, they’re raising the perks that they are offering. American Express is currently doing so with Delta miles. 60,000 Points, No First Year Fee It’s rare …

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Using Proprietary Card “Currency” For The Best Seats

Credit card rewards aren’t just points and miles. Most of the major card issuers can get you cash or travel rewards, but some pay in their own “proprietary” currency, as well. You’ve probably heard of them: American Express has Membership Rewards (MR) points; Citibank has ThankYou points (TYP); Chase has Ultimate Rewards (UR). The rationale …

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Delta Brings Back 70,000 Mile Credit Card Bonus (+$100)

Want to fly somewhere warm? This may be your opportunity. 70,000 Miles from Delta (And Then Some) Delta has brought back its offer for a 70,000 point sign-up bonus from American Express, available through this link.* Sign up for the Platinum Delta SkyMiles card and spend $3,000 in your first three months as a cardholder, …

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Update On The Marriott Credit Card

The Marriott/Starwood merger has been in the news recently. Yesterday, it issued a press release regarding the future of its credit card business. Multiple Marriott Credit Card Issuers The Marriott/Starwood merger meant that the new parent had a big decision to make regarding its credit card partner. Marriott had traditionally issued cards through Chase, while …

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Small Business Saturday: Shop Locally

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Tomorrow, I’m going to give you a few ideas on how to get cash back at some of the largest retailers, but today, I’m going to go smaller. American Express has, in recent years, been calling the Saturday after Thanksgiving “Small Business Saturday.” Given the corporate sponsorship, so to speak, they obviously had some skin …

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What We Learned From Marriott

Every quarter, publicly traded companies report earnings to Wall Street and provide commentary on the quarter. Marriott’s turn was last night, and it’s one that I pay particular attention to, since it is now the owner of both all of the Marriott brands and all of the former Starwood brands. What they say matters. What …

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Hilton Ups Its Game On Credit Cards – Positive Across The Board

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Yesterday, I mentioned increased credit card bonuses as one of my predictions for 2018 and, while I was specifically referring to airline cards, it appears that Hilton has jumped the gun. American Express is making changes to the various Hilton Amex cards that it offers (Citi cards are going away.) and they are all positive. …

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Using Your Friends For Points And Miles

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Because why should bloggers have all the fun? Refer a friend for a Delta SkyMiles  card and they will reward you.* 10,000 Delta Miles for The Platinum Card The most recent referral offer I got was for the Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card. It’s not the only product that current cardholders can refer their friends …

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