The competition has heated up in August with banks, credit card companies, and airlines stepping up to the plate with some of their best sign-up offers. If you qualify for these cards, now is a great time to give them a go!
Up to 175K SPG Points
Good news on the American Express front. American Express announced significant changes to their two co-branded SPG cards this week.
The card is currently offering 75K points after spending $3K within the first three months as well as 6x points on Marriott/SPG purchases and 2x points on all other purchases. You’ll also receive a free night award every year after your card account anniversary (good for redemption up to properties going for 35K per night). Beginning in 2019, you will receive 15 elite qualifying nights for holding the card. The card comes with a $95 annual fee that is waived for the first year.
Earn 75,000 Bonus Points after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.
Earn 6 points for each dollar of eligible purchases at participating SPG® and Marriott Rewards® hotels and 2 points on all other eligible purchases.
No Foreign Transaction Fees on International purchases.
Receive 1 Free Night Award every year after your Card account anniversary. Award can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 35,000 points) at a participating hotel. Select hotels have resort fees.
Enjoy complimentary, unlimited Boingo Wi-Fi on up to four devices at more than 1,000,000 Boingo hotspots worldwide. Enrollment required.
$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
You have a limited window to obtain this card until 8/26. AmEx normally limits the card to those applicants who have not had it before, but additional restrictions will be put in place come 8/26: Effective 8/26, welcome offer not available to applicants who have or have had The Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card from Chase, The Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card from Chase, Marriott Rewards Credit Card from Chase, or The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card from JP Morgan in the last 30 days.Continue reading →
Good afternoon everyone. I will be in Denver this weekend and organized an event with the Front Range Travel Hackers Meetup group. I have been to a few of these Meetup events and they are always very fun and informative. If you are in the Denver / Front Range area, please join us this weekend. Please RSVP to the Meetup event so the organizers can tell the restaurant how many people to expect. I’m looking forward to drinking some good beers, seeing some familiar faces, and meeting new travel hackers. Cheers!
Where: Kokopelli Beer Company, 8931 N Harlan St, Westminster, CO 80031 (Google Maps)
When: Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 12:30 – 3pm
If you have any questions about the Meetup, please leave a comment below. Have a great day everyone!
Good evening everyone. I was going through all the Buy Miles & Points links on my page and spotted this offer for United Airlines. You can purchase United Airlines miles for up to a 100% bonus, if you purchase a minimum of 30,000 miles. This offer is only around for a few more days and expires on July 26, so you better act fast if you are interested. Warning: you should only buy miles if you have an immediate use for them, do not buy miles speculatively.
“We have space regulations for transporting animals, for transporting prisoners,” he says. “But we don’t seem to have anything for regular passengers.” This quote comes from Paul Hudson, president of the group Flyers Rights. Tiny seats, no legroom, dangerous conditions should we need to evacuate; those are just some of the points discussed in this article. It puts the Federal Aviation Administration square in the “middle seat” of this debate. I found this article both informative and a little bit scary. It’s a good read.
Good morning everyone, happy Friday. I don’t know about you, but I am exhausted. This (Prime) week has been draining and I am thankful that we made it to the weekend. I just have a quick post to share about the Synchrony Bank Cathay Pacific Credit Card. I got this credit card on August 25, 2017 and knew the $95 annual fee was coming right around the corner. Usually, I like to wait for the annual fee to post, see if I can talk the rep out of charging me for the annual fee or downgrade to a no annual fee card. I had a bad experience recently where I tried to do that with the TD Bank Aeroplan Credit Card and it was a real headache. Let me explain…
I called TD Bank the day after my statement closed that showed the annual fee. I asked the rep if she could waive the annual fee (not possible), then I asked if she could downgrade my card to a no annual fee version (also not possible), so I decided to close the card. I thought all was good until a month later, I received a statement in the mail showing the $95 annual fee, a $35 late payment fee, and a $1.50 interest charge. Furious, I called TD Bank and told the rep that I closed the card so I should not (and I would not) pay the annual fee and other fees. She said that since I called after the annual fee posted, she could not reverse the charge. I complained that that was not correct. She put me on hold for a few minutes, talked to her supervisor, and then said that all charges were taken care of and no payment was necessary. Dealing with TD Bank left a bad taste in my mouth and I didn’t want to go through a similar experience with Synchrony Bank, so I decided to close the card before the annual fee posted. The following day, I received this email from Synchrony Bank with a link to a letter. What the letter said interested me…