Do you ever wonder where the expression, “You don’t do business with a business, you do business with people,” originated? Ok, I’ve never thought about where it originated either, but after all my years in business, I can tell you it’s a total truism. When I find good business people to do business with, I love it! As a frequent traveler who likes to travel “well” and use miles and points for award tickets, I’m a long-standing client of Juicy Miles. But that’s just a business name, isn’t it? The man behind the business, and at the helm of this great group of people, is Adam.
A few weeks ago, it dawned on me that the image that many people must have of award booking businesses is that they aren’t “real” businesses. I think many people think it’s something people do in their spare time to help friends and family members figure out all the rules and regulations for using that stash of miles/points. But in the case of Juicy Miles, it’s the real deal. It’s very well run and they’re great at what they do. And they’ve just redesigned their Juicy Miles website which makes submitting your requests super easy! I want you to get to know Adam better, so I reached out to him with a few questions about what he does, why he does it, how he trains his team, and more. Hope you enjoy the interview!
Shelli: Juicy Miles started in what year?
Adam: Believe it or not, Juicy Miles went live all the way back in 2011 (I think we first communicated in 2014 or so).
Good morning everyone. Last week, as part of my credit card App-O-Rama, I applied for the Chase Marriott Rewards Business Credit Card. This was the first credit card I applied for during my App-O-Rama and I was hoping for an instant approval. Unfortunately, I got a pending response after submitting the application. I decided to wait it out and see if Chase would send me a letter or call me. I was prepared for a reconsideration call since I took a screenshot of my application so I knew exactly what numbers I put down for my business credit card application. Luckily, I didn’t have to wait very long…
Good afternoon everyone. During last week’s rundown of credit cards who charged me an annual fee in March, I wrote about my Wells Fargo Propel World American Express Credit Card. In that post, I mentioned that this credit card has a $175 annual fee and I could not figure out how Wells Fargo could justify charging $175 for this credit card. I also reminded myself that this credit card offers a $100 airline reimbursement credit each cardmember year. And since the annual fee posted on April 2, I figured I was in a new cardmember year. I then used this credit card to buy a $100 Southwest Airlines egift card. A few days later, I received the following email regarding the $100 airline reimbursement.
Good morning everyone, I hope you had a great weekend. Last week, I did a credit card App-O-Rama and applied for the American Express Hilton Honors Aspire Credit Card. The credit card has a $450 annual fee, but comes with a 100,000 Hilton points sign up bonus ($4,000 spend in 3 months), Hilton Diamond Elite Status, $250 airline travel credit, $250 Hilton resort credit, 1 free weekend night certificate and a few other benefits (read Doctor of Credit’s full review). It sounds like a great deal, at least for the first year, so I applied for the credit card.
Unfortunately, my application went pending and I decided to wait for a call or letter in the mail from American Express. I felt pretty confident that I could get approved for this credit card because I had an existing American Express SPG Business Credit Card and an American Express Hilton Honors Ascend Credit Card that I could use for leverage to get approved for the American Express Hilton Honors Aspire Credit Card. Luckily, I didn’t have to wait long to hear from American Express…
Bank of America Alaska Airlines Business – $75 (posted 4/2)
Citi AT&T Access More – $95 (posted 4/4)
US Bank FlexPerks Gold – $85 (posted 4/3)
Wells Fargo Propel World – $175 (posted 3/31)
US Bank FlexPerks Gold American Express Credit Card
The $85 annual fee just posted and I have seriously lost interest in FlexPoints over the years. The death nail came on December 31, 2017, when FlexPoints changed to a fixed 1.5 cents per point (CPP) value for all travel redemptions. This credit card earns 3x on airfare, 2x on gas, and 2x on restaurants. I currently use my Chase Sapphire Reserve Credit Card for travel, restaurants, and gas since I get 3x Chase Ultimate Reward Points on those purchases. I can also redeem Chase Ultimate Reward Points for travel at 1.5 CPP, so the Chase Sapphire Reserve Credit Card is as good or better in every way compared to the US Bank FlexPerks Gold American Express Credit Card. I redeemed almost all of my FlexPoints before December 31, 2017, and have a few hundred FlexPoints leftover in my account. Not to worry, I have a no annual fee US Bank FlexPerks Select+ American Express Credit Card that will keep my few hundred FlexPoints alive.
Decision: US Bank FlexPerks Gold American Express Credit Card will be converted to a no annual fee US Bank Cash 365 American Express Credit Card. That card earns 1.5% cash back on all purchases, so it will never be used.