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Grant is an expert in frequent flyer miles, hotel loyalty points, credit card rewards, and cash back deals. He also has a pretty cool travel blog. Find him on Twitter @travelwithgrant.

American Express Changes: No Cash Advance Fee for Precious Metal Coins, Bullion, and Digital Precious Metals Products

Good evening everyone, I hope your weekend is going well.  I was just reviewing my recent American Express statements and saw a few changes regarding cash advance fees, earning bonus points on meal-kit delivery services, losing points when you close an account, late payment fees and the Centurion Lounge Guest Access Policy.  The most interesting change is regarding cash advance fees.  Effective October 1, 2021 (aka now), “precious metal coins or bullion and digital precious metals products” are no longer considered as a cash advance, so those purchases should earn points, miles, and cash back.  This is great news if you buy coins from the US Mint (to keep or resell).  As you might remember, American Express added precious metal coins or bullion and digital precious metals products to their definition of cash advance effective January 15, 2021.  It is good to see American Express changing their mind regarding precious metal coins and bullion.

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PSA: Price Match In-Store Items with Online Items from Staples and Office Depot & Stack with Rewards

Good evening everyone, happy Friday.  A few weeks ago, my wife and I received emails regarding our Staples Rewards and Office Depot Rewards.  Somehow, I had $29 in Staples Rewards and my wife had $8.59 in Office Depot Rewards.  This afternoon, I printed out my $29 Staples Reward coupon and went to my local Staples Store to buy some ink for my printer.  Strangely, the price for the ink was more expensive at the Staples Store than on  When I went to check out, I asked the cashier if she would price match to the price on and she said yes.  It seemed like a fairly common request to the cashier.  She looked at the price of the ink cartridge on on my phone and matched the price.  I was then able to use my Staples Rewards to pay for the item.  In this post, I will show you more information regarding the price match process and show a similar process for Office Depot items.

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Last Day to Register for FTU Virtual Seminar on Saturday, October 2 ($25) or Free with Online Annual Membership

Good afternoon everyone, happy Friday!  If you have no plans tomorrow, Saturday, October 2, I highly recommend attending the FTU Virtual Seminar (tickets available for $25) or free if you have the FTU Online Annual Membership.  The seminar starts on Saturday, October 2 at 8am PT / 11am ET.  I have attended all of the FTU Virtual Seminars over the last year and they are always well done, educational, and entertaining – and I am sure this seminar will be no exception!  Here is the schedule and lineup of speakers.

If you register for the seminar on Saturday, but are unable to watch the live stream, you can access the recording of the seminar and watch later on.  This is also a great way to re-watch your favorite presentations and catch any details that you originally missed.

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Changes Brewing for Peet’s Coffee Peetnik Rewards Program on October 6 [Now Live]

Updated at 8:40am PT on 10/6/21: The new Peet’s Coffee Peetnik Rewards program is now live.  You get 125 points when you join, 1 point per dollar spent, and 25 points on your birthday.  Continue reading to find out all the other changes to the Peetnik Rewards program.

Updated at 8:40am PT on 10/5/21: The conversion rate will be 1 check-in = 8 points.  I just received an email from Peet’s Coffee that said, “Tomorrow morning, the 5 point(s) you have right now will be converted to 40 point(s), in line with the new program.” Continue reading

6 Buy Miles / Points Promos Ending Soon: Air France / KLM (100%), Hilton (100%), American (75%), Frontier (100%), Southwest (30%) & JetBlue (30%)

Good afternoon everyone, I hope your week is going well.  I was working on my Buy Miles & Points Page and found 6 offers that end in the next week.  Always check the math to make sure that buying miles & points makes sense for you.  Do not buy miles & points speculatively unless you have a use in mind.  With that said, here are 6 offers that end soon.  Up first, Air France / KLM is offering up to a 100% bonus, depending on the number of Air France / KLM Miles you purchase.  This offer expires tomorrow – September 30.

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