Good afternoon everyone. As part of my “Keep, Cancel or Convert?” series, I like to evaluate and reevaluate credit (and charge) cards to make sure they still deserve a spot in my wallet. 2 weeks ago, my $450 annual fee posted on my American Express Business Platinum Charge Card. I shared my outrage on the upcoming changes to the card and Shelli added her thoughts too. I am not going to go into all the nitty gritty details of the current card benefits and the upcoming card benefits, but I have decided to keep my American Express Business Platinum Charge Card until next December when the *gasp!* $595 annual fee posts to my account. Here is why this card is still worth the $450 annual fee I just paid…
No denying this has been a big year for change in the credit card landscape. Hyatt changed its policy on how cash and points nights are determined, the Citi Prestige 4th night free benefit is fading into the sunset, and Amex updated the Gold card benefits. Just when you’re catching your breath, ouch, American Express strikes yet again with an annual fee increase on the Business Platinum credit card.
Credit card benefit changes are inevitable. Ok, that’s stating the obvious. But benefit changes do seem to be coming at us fast and furiously these days. The Citi Prestige credit card is up for some changes starting in January. As often is the case when my my go-to credit card benefits change, I have mixed feelings about these changes. Change can be good, bad, or really bad, as proven by these Citi Prestige upcoming changes.
Updated at 7:30pm PT on 12/4: I updated the post, provided links to some of the topics I mentioned in the podcast, and added feedback from my parents after they listened to the podcast…
Good evening everyone. A few days ago, I wrote My Latest Obsession: Listening to BoardingArea Bloggers on NowBoarding Podcast. After that post went live, I reached out to Ed from Pizza in Motion and we made plans for my NowBoarding podcast. Fast forward to today and my podcast is now live and you can listen to it here. The recording is 26 minutes long. Here are some of the topics I mentioned on the podcast:
- New Southwest Airlines Flight Rebooking Process (4/15/2018)
- Get to the SFO Centurion Lounge Like a Pro (8/10/2018)
- Get to the Oakland International Airport (OAK) Escape Lounge Like a Pro (8/15/2018)
- FTU and GPS: Frequent Traveler University and the Galápagos Islands (7/14/2013)
- How Quickly Does Hilton Diamond Elite Status Appear After Getting Approved for AMEX Hilton Honors Aspire Credit Card? (4/16/2018)
Updated at 10:50am PT on 12/5: According to the New York Times, Netflix paid $100 million to keep “Friends” for 1 more year. That is the power that “Friends” fans have over Netflix.
Good morning everyone. I am not sure if you heard the 2 big stories that broke Monday morning: Netflix was planning on removing the TV show “Friends” from their service beginning January 1 and American Express announced BIG changes to the American Express Business Platinum Charge Card. Not surprising, Netflix users freaked out and started complaining on Facebook and Twitter. Here are a few complaints from this USA Today article. After a few hours, Netflix reversed course and granted users’ wishes: “Friends” would be on Netflix through 2019. That’s one win for the little guys! But what about the second big story from Monday?