20% Bonus Points on US Bank Altitude Reserve from June 1 to July 31 (Targeted Offer)

Good morning everyone, I hope your week is going well.  Yesterday, I received a letter from US Bank regarding a targeted spending offer on my US Bank Altitude Reserve Credit Card.  From June 1 to July 31, I can earn 20% bonus points on my purchases.  This is a targeted offer with a unique promo code, so check your mail and email over the next few days for a similar offer on your US Bank credit card.

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3 Buy Miles / Points Promos Ending Soon: Choice Hotels (25%), Alaska Airlines (50%) & United Airlines (85%)

Good evening everyone, I hope your week is going well.  I was working on my Buy Miles & Points Page and found 3 offers that end soon.  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 3 offers that end soon.  Up first, Choice Hotels is offering a 25% discount, when you purchase at least 4,000 Choice Privileges Points.  This offer expires on May 20.

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Attend FTU Virtual Seminar on Saturday May 22 ($25) or Free with Online Annual Membership

Good afternoon everyone, I hope your week is going well.  If you have no plans this coming Saturday (May 22), 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 at 8am PT / 11am ET.  I have attended a few FTU Virtual Seminars over the last several months and they are always well done, educational, and entertaining – and I am sure this seminar will be no exception!

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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My Retention Offer on Chase Marriott Bonvoy Premier Plus Business Credit Card

Good afternoon everyone, I hope your week is going well.  Last week, the $99 annual fee posted to my legacy / grandfathered Chase Marriott Bonvoy Premier Plus Business Credit Card (no longer available for new members).  The only reason I keep this credit card is for the 35K Marriott Free Night Certificate, which I value slightly more than $99.  I decided to call Chase to see if I was eligible for a retention offer.  I explained to the Chase rep that I wasn’t travelling much this year and asked if the annual fee could be waived.  The Chase rep said I could get a $50 statement credit or product change to the no annual fee Chase Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card.  I gladly accepted the $50 statement credit and that credit posted to my account about a week later.

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Bad News: Citi ThankYou Points Cash Out Statement Credits Don’t Earn Cash Back with Citi Double Cash

Good afternoon everyone, I hope your week is going well.  On April 10, 2021, Citi reduced the value of Citi ThankYou Points (TYPs) when redeemed for travel from 1.25 cents per point (CPP) to 1.0 CPP.  To make up for the devaluation of TYPs, Citi started allowing members with a Citi Premier Credit Card to cash out TYPs at 1 CPP in any amount, down to a single TYP (this redemption already existed on the Citi Prestige Credit Card).  With that info in mind, I wanted to test out the cash out feature on my Citi Double Cash Credit Card.  I made several small purchases and then several cash out redemptions.

Unfortunately, the cash out statement credit redemptions do not count as eligible payments, therefore they do not earn cash back on the Citi Double Cash (I missed out the normal 1% cash back for paying off the credit card).  As you can see by my recent statement, I made $88.99 in purchases, made a $5.01 payment, and $83.98 in cash out statement credits (which posted as credits instead of payments).

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