Good afternoon everyone. I had an issue with Plastiq recently and reached out to their customer service team. I am very happy with the Plastiq customer service team and wanted to share my experience with you. Long story short, I was targeted for a Plastiq promo in May. Since I hadn’t used a Mastercard to make a payment with Plastiq in a while, I was targeted for this promo. I could get a 1% fee when I scheduled 3 payments of up to $2,000 each. The standard fee for using a credit card on Plastiq is 2.5%, so only paying 1% was a good deal. Unfortunately, the 1% fee was not working on my account, so I ended up contacting Plastiq’s customer service for help.
Good morning everyone. If you are located near the SF Bay Area and want a discounted Alaska Airlines flight, listen up. On Saturday September 14, the San Francisco Giants are giving out 2-for-1 flight vouchers on Alaska Airlines to the first 40,000 fans in attendance. Alaska Airlines (and previously Virgin America) are big sponsors of the San Francisco Giants and do this giveaway every year – I wrote about this promo in 2017 and 2018. If you want to get cheap tickets to the game, check StubHub, SeatGeek, or Gametime. If you cannot attend the game, I am sure you will be able to find these vouchers on eBay shortly after game time.
Good morning everyone, I hope you had a great weekend. In mid July, I applied for 5 credit cards and was ultimately approved for 4 credit card in my July App-O-Rama. Here are the credit cards and their sign up bonus details (listed in the order the sign up bonus posted):
- American Express Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card – spend $3,000 in 3 months and get 70,000 Delta SkyMiles
- Wells Fargo Propel World Credit Card – spend $3,000 in 3 months and get 40,000 Wells Fargo GoFar Rewards Points
- Banco Popular Avianca Vuela Credit Card – spend $1,000 in 3 months and get 60,000 Avianca LifeMiles
- Citi Premier Credit Card – spend $4,000 in 3 months and get 60,000 Citi Thank You Points
I have had all of these credit cards before (with the exception of the American Express Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card), so I will share my dates and churning details in this post. I have also written about some of these sign up bonuses already, so I will link to those posts too. Without further ado, let’s start with my American Express Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card.
American Express Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card
This was the quickest sign up bonus to post (with the miles posting 9 days after applying for this credit card). I wrote more details of the quick sign up bonus here. As of today, I haven’t used the Delta SkyMiles yet and do not have any immediate plans to use them.
Good morning everyone, happy Friday! As part of my “Keep, Cancel or Convert?” series, I like to evaluate and reevaluate credit cards to make sure they still deserve a spot in my wallet (or credit card drawer). For today’s post, I was reviewing my Chase credit cards and noticed that the $95 annual fee posted to my Chase Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card. I have had this credit card in various forms over the last few years, starting with the $395 JPMorgan Chase Ritz Carlton Visa Infinite Credit Card, then to the $85 Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card, then to the $95 Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card, and now the $95 Chase Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card. Hopefully that all made sense to you.
Even though I do not love Marriott Bonvoy (even more so after the upcoming Peak and Off-Peak pricing goes into effect), I have continued to keep this credit card for the free night certificate. I can usually get $150-$200 of value from the Marriott Bonvoy 35K Free Night Certificate. I always call when an annual fee posts and ask the credit card company to waive the annual fee (a really long shot), provide a partial statement credit (occasionally), or provide a targeted retention offer (sometimes). If you do not ask, you have a 0% chance of success – the worst they can say is no. So, what did I get offered and what I learn from the call?
Have you been trying to figure out ways to travel more and spend less? Do you wonder how people stock up enough points to stay in luxury hotels and fly first class? Or maybe, you’re just trying to figure out how to divvy up your points for the maximum amount of free stuff. If any of this interests you, then join me at this year’s FBZ Elite Summit in Austin, TX!
FinanceBuzz is proudly hosting the FBZ Elite Summit for FBZ Elite members, which will be a day-long conference that aims to help attendees learn how to manage points and miles, travel frugally, save money, and connect with other travel enthusiasts. Most importantly, the main FinanceBuzz goal is to help people become financially independent and aware of the clever financial footwork involved in the points and miles game, ultimately resulting in free and discount travel for you and your friends.