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Managing Points and Miles

Sapphire Reserve premature release

The Sapphire Reserve premature release and key findings re: 5/24, travel credits, and more

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Yesterday a Reddit user posted a live link to signup for the new Chase Sapphire Reserve card: You may remember from other posts that this card was expected to go live on August 21st.  The...
Citi's new speed limit

Citi’s new speed limit: 135,000 points per year from signup bonuses

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As reported by Doctor of Credit, Citibank has changed their signup bonus rules.  Previously, you had to wait 24 months after opening or closing a card in order to get the exact same card...
AwardWallet

I love AwardWallet, but not for the reason you think

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Background: AwardWallet is a free service for keeping track of frequent flyer miles, hotel points, bank points, and more. It offers both a web site and mobile app for accessing your information. AwardWallet lets...
Chase Sapphire Reserve

More awesome news about the Chase Sapphire Reserve

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Last week I detailed rumors of a new Chase card to be named Chase Sapphire Reserve, and I made a number of predictions about the card.  At the time we didn’t have hard proof...
Award anxiety

My 100,000 point Membership Rewards mistake

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Not long ago I did a little e-victory dance when my wife signed up for a 100,000 point offer for the American Express Platinum card.  Hours after she applied, the application link was taken...
Dining Everywhere Visa

The Dining Everywhere Visa. Is 5X or 2.65X worth the headache?

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A new Visa gift card has appeared in many Office Depot stores: the Dining Everywhere Visa.  On the surface this card appears to be limited to use in restaurants and bars, but Travelling Well...
Chase Sapphire Reserve

Chase Sapphire Reserve’s $1200 question

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This is fun!  Right on the heels of Citibank’s announced devaluation of their high-end Citi Prestige card, comes the rumored release of a new high-end competitor:: Chase Sapphire Reserve.  There has already been a...
Authorized Users

Earn points from authorized users. Is it worth it?

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Credit card companies want cardholders to add authorized users (AUs).  The hope is that more users will result in more spend which means more profit for the card issuer.  Because of this, it’s sometimes...
Prestige 50K Offer

Prestige 50K offer hanging on by a thread. Still possible to get up to...

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A couple of weeks ago I reported that the writing was on the wall for two great Citibank signup offers: the Citi Prestige 50K offer and the Citi AT&T Access More free phone offer...
pooling ThankYou accounts

Should you avoid pooling ThankYou accounts?

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Citibank ThankYou Rewards points can be earned from several credit cards, and from some Citi bank accounts.  By default, each credit card or bank account has its own ThankYou Rewards account, but Citi provides...
buy SPG points

Attempting to buy SPG points for 1.15 cents each

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In June I was looking for alternative ways to earn or cheaply buy SPG points, and so I browsed to SPG on Broadway.  This is a website that lets you use SPG points to...
FlexPerks award charts

FlexPerks award charts for flights, hotels, car rentals, and annual fees

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US Bank’s FlexPerks program offers several options for getting better than 1 cent per point value from your FlexPerks points.  The details, though, can be hard to find.  So, I thought it would be...
App-No-Rama

App-No-Rama in action: Over 700K and counting

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Earlier this year, I suggested an alternative to App-O-Ramas for earning huge credit card signup bonuses.  The alternative process, eventually named “App-No-Rama,” moves away from the idea of signing up for lots of cards...
ThankYou points expire

How to know if or when your ThankYou points expire

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There are several situations in which you may have Citi ThankYou Rewards points that will expire: Points earned by a particular credit card account expire 60 days after cancelling that account.  See: Cancelling your...

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