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Warning: HSN Canceled & Refunded my $50 eGC Order Days After $10 AMEX Offer Statement Credit Posted

Update 4/21 8am PT: The $10 statement credit was reversed as well.

Good morning everyone, I have a warning to share about HSN.  This morning, I received an email from American Express telling me that I received a $50 merchant credit (aka refund) from HSN.  That was weird since I purchased a $50 HSN eGift Card from them a few days earlier and already received my $10 statement credit for completing their AMEX Offer ($10 off $30).

HSN AMEX Merchant Credit

Here are my last 3 transactions from HSN on my American Express Old Blue Cash Credit Card:

HSN $50 Refund

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Reminder: Orange County Travel Meetup at In-N-Out Tustin District (Saturday, April 15 @ 12pm)

Good morning everyone, I hope your weekend is going well.  This is just a reminder that my Orange County Travel Meetup is this afternoon.  If you are free today, I would love to meet you and talk travel, miles and points, MS, and United Airlines anything else.

  • Where: In-N-Out Burger, 2895 Park Ave, Tustin, CA 92782 (Google Maps)
  • When: Saturday, April 15 @ 12-2PM

I look forward to seeing a few familiar faces and a few new people.  If you cannot make it, don’t worry, I will do another meetup in Orange County around the Fourth of July weekend.  Have a great weekend and happy Easter!

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Should I Upgrade / Convert / Product Change from Chase Ink Cash to Chase Ink Preferred?

Good morning everyone, I hope your weekend is off to a great start.  I currently have a Chase Ink Plus Business Credit Card which just posted the $95 annual fee and a Chase Ink Cash Business Credit Card with no annual fee that was previously downgraded/converted from a Chase Ink Bold Business Charge Card.  I have started to ramp up my gift card buying and selling with The Plastic Merchant (TPM) and that involves buying a lot of gift cards on eBay from PayPal Digital Gifts (PPDG) that earn 5x Chase Ultimate Reward Points.  I also charge my monthly Comcast Xfinity Wifi and my parent’s AT&T and Cox Communications utility bills to my Chase Ink Plus Business Credit Card and I think I will finally max out the 5x spend on the first $50,000 spent annually (without even shopping at an office supply store).

When the annual fee posted on my Chase Ink Plus Business Credit Card, I started thinking if I should upgrade my Chase Ink Cash Business Credit Card to a Chase Ink Plus Business Credit Card or Chase Ink Bold Business Charge Card.  Even though both of those cards have $95 annual fees, they would allow me $50,000 of 5x spend, compared to $25,000 of 5x spend on the Chase Ink Cash Business Credit Card at office supply stores and on cellular phone, landline, internet and cable TV services.  I called Chase to find out what my options were.  Unfortunately, when I called the Chase business department, I was told the Chase Ink Plus Business Credit Card and Chase Ink Bold Business Charge Card are no longer offered and I could only upgrade to a Chase Ink Preferred Business Credit Card.

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Travel Meetup: Points with a Crew & Travel with Grant in San Francisco (Sunday April 2 @ 7pm)

Good morning everyone, happy Friday!  I am heading to Portland tonight for a quick weekend trip with my brother, but I wanted to get the word out that Dan from Points with a Crew (yeah, that guy that has 6 kids) and me (the guy that sometimes acts like a 6 year old kid) will be co-organizing a miles and points travel meetup in the Bay Area.

  • When: Sunday, April 2, 2017 from 7-10pm
  • Where: Staybridge Suites San Francisco Airport, 1350 Huntington Ave, San Bruno, CA 94066 (Google Map) <– Dan picked this location, I would have gone with the usual In-N-Out…

StayBridge Suites Near SFO

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Reminder/New Location: Front Range Travel Hacker’s Meetup at Bruz Beers on February 28 @ 7pm (Denver, CO)

***The location has been changed due to a scheduling conflict with the prior restaurant. Sorry for any inconvenience***

Good morning everyone…just a reminder that we will be having a Meetup tonight at Bruz Beers in Denver, CO. We will be hosting Stefan Krasowski from Rapid Travel Chai! Stefan is a wealth of knowledge and has visited 189 of the world’s 193 UN recognized countries!

So, if you happen to be in the Denver/Front Range area of Colorado tonight, please join us for an informal Meetup at Bruz Beers in Denver, Colorado to share a brew, some food, and talk miles and points.

We are featuring a Q&A this month as mentioned before, where each member can pose one or two specific questions to the group as a whole and tap into everybody’s knowledge. We will also be discussing the possibility of hosting an International Meetup in the future.

  • Where: 1675 W 67th Ave #100, Denver, CO 80221 (Google Maps)
  • When: Thursday, February 28 from 7pm-9pm

You can RSVP on our Meetup page, Facebook page, or just feel free to show up.

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Hope to see you there…