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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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Hunch: Is Citi Increasing Credit Limits on Other Cards for Customers Losing Citi Hilton Credit Cards?

Good morning everyone, greetings from the beautiful, tropical, peaceful Andaz Papagayo in Liberia, Costa Rica.  I have a quite a lot of blog posts to get to before I can share my review of this hotel, but (spoiler alert!) this hotel is amazing!  Lots of pictures to come from that upcoming hotel review.  Anyway, back to today’s topic at hand.  Is Citi increasing credit limits on some of their credit cards for customers who are losing a Citi Hilton credit card to American Express?  Short answer: I have no idea, this is just a hunch, so I may be completely wrong.  I have 2 Citi Hilton Honors Reserve Credit Card, each with $10,000 credit limits, that are in the process of being converted to American Express Hilton Ascend Credit Cards.  Since there is no way for me to touch the $10,000 credit limit on either of my 2 Citi Hilton Honors Reserve Credit Cards, I am going to lose $20,000 in credit limit from Citi, which represents more than 50% of my total credit limit with Citi.

With that being said, I just received the following email from Citi regarding the credit limit on my Citi Thank You Premier Credit Card.  This credit card went from a $5,000 credit limit up to to an $8,000 credit limit, but that is neither my oldest Citi credit card or the Citi credit card that I use the most (this credit card actually gets no love anymore since I now use my Chase Sapphire Reserve Credit Card for all of my travel expenses).

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My Unlikely, But Entertaining 2018 Travel Predictions

Greetings from Uyuni airport in Bolivia.  I have a few minutes before my flight, so I wanted to get this post published.  Sorry for the delay in posting this list, my crystal ball was in the shop for a tuneup. As you can tell from my 2017 travel predictions, I am wrong 99% of the time, so take these predictions with a grain of salt (that I took from the Salar de Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia).  Here are some of my highly unlikely, but entertaining travel predictions for 2018.  Enjoy!

Airlines

  • After the Virgin America merger, Alaska Airlines will add new routes to Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean
  • Delta Airlines will introduce cash and miles award tickets, then American Airlines and United Airlines will follow suit
  • Southwest Airlines will increase their Transfarency by automatically keeping track of travel funds in each account
  • JetBlue will add new routes along the West Coast and maybe to Hawaii
  • Singapore Airlines will allow you to book United Airlines awards online
  • British Airways will bring back the 4,500 Avios award price in the United States

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Hotel Review: Bellagio Fountain View Room Upgrade & Fountain Music Channel

Good morning everyone.  This past weekend, my girlfriend and I made a short trip to Las Vegas.  During the weekend, we visited 4 lounges (the SFO Centurion Lounge once, the LAS Centurion Lounge twice, and the OAK Escape lounge).  When we were not in a lounge, we spent most of our time at the Bellagio Hotel (there are a few MGM AMEX Offers ending soon, like $50 off $250).

During the online checkin process, I was presented with a few upgrade options from our standard”Run of House” room.  One of the upgrade options was to a Fountain View room for $50/night.  Since the Bellagio fountains were a big reason why we stayed at the Bellagio, I decided to surprise my girlfriend by upgrading us to a Fountain View room.  Our room was on the 20th floor and left of center looking at the fountains, Las Vegas Blvd and Paris Las Vegas across the street.  In this post, I will show you how to get the most out of your Bellagio Fountain View room in 5 easy steps.

Step 1: Rearrange the furniture (couch or chair) in the hotel room to get the perfect view of the fountains.

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American Express Cards Will No Longer Earn 2x Membership Reward Points on Uber Rides (Effective February 1)

Updated 11pm PT on 1/4: This change affects all American Express cards, not just the American Express Platinum Card.


Good evening everyone.  I was reviewing my American Express Platinum Business Charge Card statement this afternoon and spotted this announcement.  Effective February 1, American Express Platinum cardholders will no longer earn 2x Membership Reward Points on Uber rides.  I believe this change affects all version of the Platinum Card.  I think this change has to do with the new Barclays Uber Visa Credit Card which earns 2% cash back on Uber rides.  A few months ago, Tonei wrote Lesson Learned: International Uber Rides Do Not Earn 2x Membership Reward Points, but international Uber rides haven’t earned 2x Membership Reward Points in a long time.  I looked all over my statement but could not find any more information about this announcement.

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