Category Archives: Credit Cards

PSA: Transferred Hilton Points Post Instantly, But Cannot Be Redeemed Immediately

Good morning everyone, happy Friday.  A few days ago, I wanted to use my Hilton Honors Points to book a 2 night stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Diego Downtown.  The price was 39,000 Hilton Honors Points per night, for a total of 78,000 Hilton Honors Points needed.  The only problem was that I was a little short on Hilton Honors Points… I only had 73,000 Hilton Honors Points and needed 5,000 more Hilton Honors Points to book the entire award without paying the cash co-pay.

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Mysterious $25 Cash BONUS OFFER Posted to My US Bank Cash Plus Credit Card

Good evening everyone.  A few days ago, my US Bank Cash Plus Credit Card statement closed and as I was looking through my statement, I noticed a $25 cash bonus listed in the rewards section.  Similar to finding money in your back pocket, I was immediately excited.  Where did this $25 come from?  Why was it given to me?  I tried to rack my brain, but couldn’t remember.

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Chase Freedom Q3 Restaurant Spending (Blueprint vs. Ultimate Rewards Dashboard)

Good morning everyone, happy Wednesday.  We are almost halfway through Q3 (July 1 – September 30), so I thought it would be fun to check how my Chase Freedom Credit Card Q3 restaurant spending was going.  Like the old disturbing saying goes, “There’s more than one way to skin a cat.”  The same is also true with Chase.  I will show you how to calculate your Q3 restaurant spending using the Chase Blueprint tool and the Chase Ultimate Rewards Dashboard.  Both have pros and cons, but taken together, they provide a very detailed answer to these questions: “How much have I spent at restaurants this quarter and how much more do I need to spend to maximize this bonus category?”  Let’s start with Chase Blueprint.  Log into your Chase online account, scroll down to your Chase Freedom Credit Card and click the Go to BLUEPRINT link.

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3,000 Membership Reward Points Post Quickly for Cable / Satellite TV Bill AMEX Offer

Good afternoon everyone, I wanted to give a quick shout out to those of you who attended the San Francisco travel meetup last night with Tonei and myself – it was great talking to you all and I hope you all had a great time.  Anyway, a few days ago, a new AMEX Offer came out where you could earn 1,000 American Express Membership Reward Points for making a $100 payment toward your cable or satellite TV bill.  To make it even better, American Express let you do that up to 3 times.  If you made 3 payments of $100 or more, you would receive 3,000 American Express Membership Reward Points.  That seemed easy enough, so I eagerly added the offer to my American Express Everyday Credit Card.  Sadly, this was my only credit card that was eligible for this AMEX Offer, otherwise, I would have added the offer to all my American Express credit cards and prepaid for cable for the next few years :)

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American Express Membership Reward Points Transfer to Virgin America Ending October 31

Good afternoon everyone, I have another short blog post about American Express to share.  I hope you liked my morning post: $10 Statement Credits Just Posted for Jifiti Nike Promo / $50 Nike eGift Card AMEX Offer.  I was going through my American Express credit card statements and spotted this announcement at the bottom of my American Express Everyday Credit Card statement.  Effective November 1, transfers from American Express Membership Reward Points to Virgin America will no longer be possible.  The last day to make transfers to Virgin America is October 31.

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