Category Archives: Credit Cards

Chase Checking Accounts: More Ways to Waive Monthly Service Fees & Debit Card Benefits Ending Nov 30

Good afternoon everyone, I hope you all had a great weekend.  I really enjoyed the Virtual Chicago Seminars and the virtual networking events – I look forward to seeing everyone in person next year in Chicago.  In other news, I was reviewing my recent Chase Savings Account statement and saw this announcement.  A few things are strange and stand out to me.  First, these changes affect Chase Checking Accounts, not Chase Savings Accounts, so I am not sure why this appeared on my recent savings statement and not my recent checking statement.  Secondly, the changes went into effect on September 13 and this statement covers the time period of September 17 through October 16, so I would have expected this announcement on my previous statement.  But enough about those details, let’s cover the changes in the announcement.

Effective September 13, Chase will include additional electronic payments that post to your checking account to qualify for the monthly service fee waiver.  I will go into those changes in the next section.

Effective December 1, Chase debit card holders will no longer have access to benefits in the Visa Benefits Package.  I couldn’t find a link to what is included in the Visa Benefits Package, but I found a link for Chase Business Checking Accounts that mentions Purchase Security, Extended Protection, Auto Rental CDW, and Travel and Emergency Assistance.  I assume most / all of those benefits are included in the personal / consumer version of the Visa Benefits Package, so it is sad to see those benefits ending on November 30 for Chase debit card holders.

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Chase Sapphire Reserve Double Dip: $300 Annual Travel Credit + Pay Yourself Back

Good morning everyone, happy Friday!  I routinely check my credit card transactions a few times a week and noticed that the $300 annual travel credit began to post on my Chase Sapphire Reserve Credit Card.  In this post, I will show you how to double dip the same transactions that qualified for the $300 annual travel credit and are also eligible for Chase’s Pay Yourself Back feature.  As you can see below, a $6.45 Ralph’s grocery store purchase was eligible for the $300 annual travel credit.

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Redeem Radisson Rewards Points for Gift Cards ($100 Visa GC for 67K Points) + 15% Rebate

Good morning everyone, I hope you had an exciting Amazon Prime Day(s).  I was reading Doctor of Credit and saw a deal that didn’t get much attention: Radisson Rewards: 25% Back On Awards, 15% Back On Giftcard Purchases.  I have a stash of Radisson Rewards Point since I cancelled 5 nights at various Radisson Blu hotels in Ireland, so I was curious what kind of gift card deals were offered.  In this post, I will show you what kind of gift card deals are available and explain why I redeemed 268,000 Radisson Rewards Points for $400 in Visa Gift Cards.  To get started, sign into your Radisson Rewards account and click this link to enroll in the current promo.  For gift card redemptions, you can get a 15% rebate when you redeem points between now and October 25.  Redemptions start as low as 7,000 points for a $10 gift card.

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How to Activate Free Grubhub+ Membership using Lyft Pink Membership

Good afternoon everyone.  Today, Lyft announced that Lyft Pink members now have access to a free Grubhub+ membership.  If you have a Chase Sapphire Reserve Credit Card, you already have access to a free membership of DashPass from DoorDash (not to be confused with Grubhub+ from Grubhub) and a free Lyft Pink membership.  In this post, I will walk you through the steps to activate your free Grubhub+ membership by using your Lyft Pink membership.  To get started, sign into your Lyft app, click the 3 bars in the upper left corner and then click the Lyft Pink button.

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Changes to American Express Credit Card Terms (AMEX Send Account, Cash Advances, AU AF Refunds, Bye El Al & More)

Updated 10/7/2020 at 12pm PT: El Al Israel Airlines just sent out this email to their members letting them know that their American Express Membership Rewards partnership is ending on December 31, 2020.  A screenshot of the email is included below.

Good morning everyone, I hope your weekend is going well.  2 months ago, I wrote Changes to American Express Credit Card Terms (Bye Ameriprise, Third Party Purchases, Foreign Currency & Cash Advances).  Like clockwork, American Express likes to make regular monthly updates to their credit card terms.  I was reviewing my recent American Express credit card statements this morning and spotted a few changes that I thought you might like to know about.  Some of these changes raise some questions or do not provide exact answers, but I will do my best to decipher and interpret the changes.  If you have differing thoughts / opinions about how to interpret these changes, please let me know in the comments section.

To get started, I reviewed all the recent credit card statements on all my AMEX cards and decided to use screenshots from my American Express Gold Card since it covered all the changes.  Most of these changes affect several other AMEX cards.  Here is a brief overview of the upcoming changes (AMEX Send Account, cash advances & additional card annual membership fees), but I will go into more detail on subsequent screenshots.

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