Some miles and points take a lot of time and effort to earn. So it’s great when earning miles and points take no time or effort at all! It’s rare, but opportunity does knock from time to time. Here’s one that came knocking recently, and it reminded me to make sure you’re aware of it as well. American Express cards come with an option to enroll in their Extended Payment Option. This allows you to pay off purchases over time. Now, we all pay off our credit cards every month, right? So we don’t need to USE this option, but I’ve noticed over the years that from time to time, American Express offers Membership Reward points JUST for enrolling your card.
Every now and again, I’ve looked to see if my cards were targeted for these offers. Nope, no luck, until recently, that is. I got this offer on my American Express Business Platinum Charge Card, which I keep for the Centurioun Lounge benefits. I’ll take 10,000 American Express Membership Reward points earned this easily any day of the week. So I enrolled my card.
Updated 9am PT on 10/15: Promo details now show up in the Payment Rewards section.
Good morning everyone, happy Friday. I just got this email from Citi, so it might be targeted, but if you have a Citi Double Cash Credit Card, you can earn up to $120 in Uber credit when you pay with that credit card for UberPool rides. You need to add the promo code to your Uber account (which I will show you below) and then pay for your next UberPool ride with your Citi Double Cash Credit Card. After that ride, you will earn $15 in Uber credit which you can apply to your next UberPool ride (or maybe to Uber or UberEats, I’m not sure). You can do that up to 8 times to earn $120 in Uber credit. Sounds pretty good to me, since most good Uber promos are just for first time customers.
Good evening everyone, happy Friday the 13th! Ebates is offering 13% cash back at 300+ stores. If you are not an Ebates member, sign up for a free Ebates account (thank you for using my referral link).
Good morning everyone, I hope you had a great Columbus Day Weekend. I just got back from Monterey / Carmel and had a great stay at the Hyatt Regency Monterey, walking around the Monterey Bay Aquarium, wandering around Carmel-by-the-Sea and driving around Pebble Beach on 17 Mile Drive.
Last week, I was checking on the status of my parents’ Global Entry interview and I noticed the Global Entry website was redesigned. If you haven’t been on the Global Entry website recently, you are in for a surprise. In the last few weeks, the Global Entry website required you to create a Login.gov account to log into your Global Entry account. I will show you how to set up your Login.gov account and show you how the new Global Entry dashboard looks. Click the Get Started button on the Global Entry website.
Update: For more discussion about this change, check out this Doctor of Credit post and this Reddit thread.
Good morning everyone. I was reviewing my American Express credit card statements last night and I noticed an update to the program terms printed on my American Express Everyday Credit Card statement. Effective November 1, American Express has the ability to temporarily suspend your ability to earn and redeem American Express Membership Reward Points if they suspect that you are abusing, misusing, or gaming their rewards program. Further down on the program terms update, American Express also lists possible actions they may take to your credit cards:
- Take away any points in your program account
- Temporarily suspend your ability to redeem points
- Temporarily suspend your ability to earn points
- Cancel your program account
- Cancel any of your American Express Cards
I am not sure if this is much different than getting an American Express Financial Review, but it sounds serious. Who knows how American Express will enforce these new program terms, but here is the complete program terms update for you to read: