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American Express Hilton Aspire Resort Credit Applied Toward Restaurant Purchase in 3 Days

Good afternoon everyone, happy Friday.  From June 1 through August 31, American Express Hilton Aspire Credit Card members can now use their $250 resort credit toward restaurant purchases.  To test this out, I made a small restaurant purchase at Panera Bread (through their app) on June 1.  On June 4, the statement credit posted as HILTON RESORT CREDIT.  A 3 day turnaround time for statement credits is pretty standard for American Express.  The one downside with the $250 Hilton Resort Credit is that there is no tracker that shows how much you have spent or redeemed toward the $250 cap.

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Anatomy and Timeline of a Cancelled American Airlines Award Ticket

Good morning everyone.  A long time ago (February 2020), I purchased 2 American Airlines award tickets to fly from LaGuardia, New York (LGA) to Dallas, Texas (DFW) to Orange County, California (SNA).  Laura and I were going to be in NYC in early July and then fly to Orange County for Fourth of July weekend.  I picked this route because I wanted to check out the American Express Centurion Lounges at LGA and DFW.  I used 20,000 American Airlines miles per ticket (40k total), paid the taxes with my Chase Sapphire Reserve Credit Card, and paid for upgraded seat assignments with my American Express Gold Card and JPMorgan Chase Ritz Carlton Visa Infinite.  Then the Coronavirus Pandemic hit and we cancelled our entire NYC trip.

This was my first time cancelling an American Airlines award ticket, so I didn’t know what to expect in terms of refunds and redeposited miles.  In this post, I will walk you through the timeline of events.  I cancelled our American Airlines award tickets on May 7 and received the following Trip Cancellation email immediately.  In the email, it said, “If you booked with AAdvantage miles, and your trip is eligible, we’ll automatically reinstate your miles within 48 hours.”  Unfortunately, 48 hours came and went, but nothing happened…

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My June 1 Checklist of Credit Card Credits (Shipping, Wireless, Restaurants, Groceries & More)

Updated 12:50pm PT on 6/6: My $300 travel credit on the Chase Sapphire Reserve doesn’t reset until October.  See details below.

Updated 11:00am PT on 6/5: I tested the $250 Hilton Resort Credit on a restaurant purchase and the statement credit posted in 3 days.  See details below.

Updated 11:30am PT on 6/3: The $325 travel credit on the US Bank Altitude Reserve can now be used for restaurant purchases from 6/1 – 12/31.  See details below.

Good morning everyone, I hope you had a good weekend.  Today is June 1 and the start of a new month.  As the saying goes: New Month = New Credits.  I have several credit cards, but these are the 5 credit cards that have credits that I can use this month:

American Express Business Platinum Card

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How to Redeem Chase Ultimate Rewards Points via Pay Yourself Back (1.5 Cents Per Point for Restaurants, Grocery Stores & Home Improvement)

Updated at 10:45pm PT on 5/31: The statement credit posted to my Chase Sapphire Reserve within 12 hours of using the Pay Yourself Back feature.  Photo added below.

Good morning everyone, I hope your weekend is going well.  A few days ago, Chase announced a new feature called Pay Yourself Back where you can redeem Chase Ultimate Rewards Points for purchases in select categories.  In this post, I will show you how to redeem Chase Ultimate Rewards Points for 1.5 cents with your Chase Sapphire Reserve Credit Card at restaurants, grocery stores & home improvement stores (valid from May 31 through September 30).  To get started, click here and sign into your Chase online account.  Then select your Chase Sapphire Reserve.

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Trim Saved Me Another $57 on My Comcast Xfinity Cable Bill ($167 Saved Lifetime)

Good morning everyone, happy Friday and happy Memorial Day Weekend!  Earlier this week, I wrote Get $25 Utility Bill Credit from Arcadia + Earn 5% Cash Back with US Bank Cash Plus.  In that post, I mentioned that I Use Trim to Save Money on Cable / TV / Internet / Phone Utility Bills.  Trim must have been reading that post because the very next day, Trim saved me another $57 on my Comcast Xfinity cable bill.  As a reminder, Trim will reach out to your utility company (cable, TV, internet, and phone) on your behalf and negotiate a lower monthly cost or get you a 1 time courtesy credit.  In exchange for negotiating a lower rate, Trim takes a cut of the savings.  I received the following email from Comcast Xfinity regarding a credit to my bill.  Laura and I did not contact Comcast recently regarding our bill, so I knew Trim had worked their magic once again.

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