Category Archives: Promotions + Deals

$10 Bonus for Adding Authorized User to Barclays Arrival Plus Credit Card Posted Quickly

Good afternoon everyone, I have a short post about a targeted offer I received from Barclays regarding my Barclays Arrival Plus Credit Card. Back in December, I received the following email where if I added an authorized user to my Barclays Arrival Plus Credit Card between December 1-15, I would receive a $10 statement credit. That was easy money, so I added an authorized user to my account and made a small purchase on the authorized user credit card on December 9.

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Grant’s 2017 Year in Miles & Points: How’d it Go?

I thought it would be fun to kick off the new year by interviewing Grant about his past year of travel, miles, and points. Read along as Grant answers the questions I put to him and see how you’d answer these questions about your own year.

1. What was the deal or miles/points opportunity that you wish you had gotten in on (if there was one)?

I was really excited about the British Airways promotion to earn 82,286 British Airways Avios for signing up for Match.com and spending $548.57 (0.67 CPM). I signed up just for the miles and thought since I’m paying for the service, I would try it out and see if I met anyone. Long story short, British Airways never gave me the Avios and Match.com refunded my whole payment, but it was totally worth it because I met my girlfriend on Match.com and we’ve been together for the last 9 months. If you want to read more about the details, check out this post.

Shelli: Did anyone get in on this?

Grant: I don’t think any bloggers or readers got their British Airways Avios ☹

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PSA: Keep or Change your AMEX Gold or Platinum Airline Choice by January 31

One of the best benefits of the American Express Gold and Platinum Card is being able to select an airline of your choice. For the American Express Gold Card, you can earn up to $100 in airline reimbursements and for the American Express Platinum Card, you can earn up to $200 in airline reimbursements. You can change your airline of choice from year to year, but there’s a catch. You only have from the start of each year until January 31 to change your selection.  Time is running out!

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Reader Question: How Would YOU Improve AMEX Offers?

Good morning everyone, greetings from Guatemala City, Guatemala (GUA).  As I was reviewing my American Express credit and charge cards, I thought of 2 ways to make AMEX Offers better and more useful to cardholders like us.  My purpose for this post is to get a few good ideas and share them with American Express in the hope that they read the suggestions from this post and incorporate some of the suggestions into their website and mobile app.  I’ll start first and if you think of any other suggestions, please leave a comment below.  Thank you.

Right now, AMEX Offers can only be filter by specific categories.  To me, this feature is useless because there could be good deals in every category, so I don’t want to exclude any AMEX Offer just because it is in a category that I do not shop at frequently.  I would love to see AMEX Offers sortable by expiration date, date added, merchant name, and by discount (dollar or percentage).  Then I could quickly see which AMEX Offers are ending soon, which AMEX Offers were added recently, and which AMEX Offers have the biggest discount.

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My TD Bank Connect Card Shutdown Letter & 1 Month Grace Period

Good morning everyone, happy MLK Jr. Day.  I hope you are having a great holiday weekend.  Don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a chance to win a $10 Amazon eGift Card. By the time you read this post, I will be somewhere in Central America.  A long time ago, I had a TD Bank checking account (thank you for the $200 checking account bonus, TD Bank) and I signed up for a TD Bank Connect Card.  The TD Bank Connect Card is a prepaid reloadable debit card which can only be funded with a TD Bank credit card (I used my TD Bank Aeroplan Credit Card as the funding source).

After several months of using my TD Bank Connect Card (and racking up Aeroplan miles on the credit card), I received the following letter from TD Bank stating that they were going to close my TD Bank Connect Card due to unusual activity (apparently loading and withdrawing funds from a prepaid reloadable debit card is unusual).  Luckily, TD Bank sent me the letter in early December and told me they were going to close my TD Bank Connect Card on January 4, 2018.  I’m not sure why they gave me a full month of use after they determined that they were going to close my card, but TD Bank is “America’s Most Convenient Bank”.

Since I had nothing to lose, I increased my use of the TD Bank Connect Card (go big or go home) until early January when my card was closed on January 4, 2018.  At the bottom of the letter, it said that any funds left on the card after the card was closed would be sent back to me via check.  I didn’t test that out since I didn’t want to float the money to TD Bank until I received the check, but I did give it a second thought.

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