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9/17/2016
  Activate your Chase Freedom 5X for Q4, 2016 for the following categories: Drug Stores (including CVS, Walgreens, Duane Reade, Long's Drugs, Rite Aid) Wholesale Clubs (including Costco, BJ's, Sam's Club, Texas Jasmine) Department Stores (Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale's Nordstrom, Macy's,...
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8/8/2016
  AMEX Small Business Saturday will return on November 26, 2016 (the Saturday after Thanksgiving) but we don't yet know if there will be AMEX targeted offers for statement credit. Previously, 2010-2012, there was $25 statement credit for $25 in small...
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8/2/2016
  JetBlue is offering 25% Off TrueBlue Awards booked by August 4 for travel September 7 - November 16, although exceptions apply. Here are the details: 25% off JetBlue TrueBlue award travel September 7 - November 16, 2016 Valid for...
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7/6/2016
  Well, I bit the bullet and got my first ever Delta AMEX card, the 50K Gold Delta SkyMiles AMEX with $100 statement credit for a Delta purchase. Today is the last day of the offer, and as with other...
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6/25/2016
  JetBlue is Matching Your Virgin America Elevate Points Balance if You Book and Fly 1 JetBlue Flight by August 31, 2016. This could be a great promotion if you already have Virgin America Elevate points and need to fly somewhere...
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5/18/2016
  This Review of Air New Zealand Premium Economy on the 777-300 from Auckland to Nadi, Fiji, is from a New Zealand trip report. For all our posts on New Zealand luxury lodges and dining, please see our posts tagged New Zealand. In contrast...
Square_no_citi_thankyou_premier_bonus_and_harder_to_get_bonus_again
4/10/2016
  There's no Citi ThankYou Premier bonus public offer and Citi has made it harder to earn signup bonuses again. TravelSort reader Susan writes "I wanted to apply for the 40K Citi ThankYou Premier card on your Best Travel Credit...
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3/21/2016
  Costco Will Accept Visa Cards as of June 20, 2016. While we've known for awhile that Costco will switch from AMEX to Visa, since Citi negotiated an exclusive card agreement with Costco. The stock market punished AMEX, whose stock...
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3/15/2016
  Time to Activate Chase Freedom 5X for Grocery Stores and Wholesale Clubs, for April to June 2016 spend. As a reminder, up to $1500 in grocery store and wholesale club spend during A2 2016 will earn the 5X bonus,...
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2/29/2016
Update: per Zach, the new Chase Freedom Unlimited is in ADDITION to the current Chase Freedom and will not replace it, and both cards will continue to be able to transfer points to Ultimate Rewards partners, if you have a...
Square_expiring_offers-british_airways_4500_avios_awards-amex_jet_offer-nyc_restaurant_week
1/31/2016
Expiring Deals include British Airways 4500 Avios Awards, AMEX's Jet.com Offer, and NYC Restaurant Week. Here are the details: 1. British Airways 4500 Avios Awards: Last Day to Book is Monday, February 1, 2016 As I wrote in British Airways...
Square_2016_chase_freedom_5x_calendar
12/15/2015
  The 2016 Chase Freedom 5X Calendar has been announced, at least the primary categories for Q1-Q3 2016, with more bonus categories to be filled in. Here's the rundown, along with my own take and strategy. Keep in mind this...
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12/2/2015
Earn 10X Ultimate Rewards Points on Amazon, Whole Foods, Hyatt, Starbucks, Nordstrom and other spend via Amazon and your Chase Freedom card through December 31. As I wrote in Chase Freedom: 10X on Amazon Spend November 23-December 31, if you have...
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11/18/2015
With AMEX Offers, save $15 off $60 at Amazon. Here are the details: Get a one-time $15 statement credit by using your enrolled AMEX card to spend $60 or more online at Amazon.com by 12/31/15 Must save the AMEX offer...
Square_chase_freedom-10x_on_amazon_november_23-december_31
11/17/2015
Earn 10X on Amazon spend November 23-December 31, 2015, up to $1500 per Chase Freedom card. If you and your spouse or partner each have the Chase Freedom and at least one of you has a Chase Sapphire or Ink...
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11/9/2015
Receive $15 off $50 at Amazon.com by using an AMEX Membership Rewards point toward your purchase. Normally it's a terrible idea to use AMEX Membership Rewards points to pay for anything (aka "Pay with Points") or to use AMEX points to...
Square_british_airways_devaluation-bye_bye_4500_avios_awards_in_us
10/29/2015
  Another British Airways devaluation: higher award prices for short haul flights in the U.S. Specifically, all routes that currently are just 4500 Avios each way in economy will increase to 7500 each way, on February 2, 2016.  If you...
Square_30k_amex_everyday_preferred_bonus_offer
10/22/2015
A 30K AMEX EveryDay Preferred targeted bonus offer is available, better than the 15,000 public offer. Here are the details: Earn 30,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $2000 or more within the first 3 months of card membership Points will...
Square_is_transaero_a_good_airline-not_if_you_want_your_baggage_to_arrive_with_you
7/10/2015
Is Transaero a good airline? Not if you want your luggage to arrive with you. I flew Transaero today, and boy, do I regret that decision. It was part of a combined ticket from Florence, Italy via Vienna to Moscow,...
Square_chase_freedom_20k_bonus_offer_and_last_month_for_5x_for_all_dining
6/3/2015
  There's a 20K Chase Freedom Signup Bonus Offer, which I've added to the Best Travel Credit Cards page. The usual signup bonus is just 10,000 points (or $100), so if you were planning to get this card anyway, it's a good time....
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Square_first_50k_gold_delta_amex_with_100_statement_credit
7/6/2016
  Well, I bit the bullet and got my first ever Delta AMEX card, the 50K Gold Delta SkyMiles AMEX with $100 statement credit for a Delta purchase. Today is the last day of the offer, and as with other...
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8/8/2016
  AMEX Small Business Saturday will return on November 26, 2016 (the Saturday after Thanksgiving) but we don't yet know if there will be AMEX targeted offers for statement credit. Previously, 2010-2012, there was $25 statement credit for $25 in small...
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8/2/2016
  JetBlue is offering 25% Off TrueBlue Awards booked by August 4 for travel September 7 - November 16, although exceptions apply. Here are the details: 25% off JetBlue TrueBlue award travel September 7 - November 16, 2016 Valid for...
Square_activate_chase_freedom_5x_for_q4_drug_stores-costco-department_stores
9/17/2016
  Activate your Chase Freedom 5X for Q4, 2016 for the following categories: Drug Stores (including CVS, Walgreens, Duane Reade, Long's Drugs, Rite Aid) Wholesale Clubs (including Costco, BJ's, Sam's Club, Texas Jasmine) Department Stores (Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale's Nordstrom, Macy's,...