American Express

3 Days Left To Earn Up To 100K Points!

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The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN is offering a sign-up bonus of up to 100,000 points through January 25, 2017, meaning that you have just three days left to take advantage of the offer. This offer has been around since early October, and a lot of people have taken advantage of it. If you haven’t yet, I’d highly recommend doing so.

This card has the following sign-up bonus:

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The 7 Best Hotel Perks Offered By Credit Cards

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There are many reasons to pick up a credit card — some are worth picking up for the sign-up bonus, some are worth picking up for the return they offer on everyday spend, and some are worth picking up for the long-term perks they offer.

While there are all kinds of perks offered on cards, in this post I figured I’d look at the best hotel perks you can get with credit cards. Here are my favorites, roughly in order:

The Citi Prestige® Card has my single favorite perk offered by any credit card. While a lot of credit cards offer some type of “free night” hotel benefit, there are usually major strings attached. Citi Prestige’s fourth night free benefit is the most straightforward out there. To sum up the basics:

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Comparing Credit Card Priority Pass Benefits

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Nowadays there are several premium cards that get you access to Priority Pass lounges. I remember going back a few years, the only card I had that would get me Priority Pass access was The Platinum Card® from American Express. Nowadays I have so many Priority Pass cards in my wallet that I forget which is which (and that can be a problem sometimes).

Anyway, for those of you not familiar with Priority Pass, it’s the world’s largest independent network of airport lounges, with over 1,000 lounges around the world. Even though I often have lounge access through my elite status or through the type of ticket I’m booking, I still use Priority Pass lounges all the time:

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Hilton HHonors Does The Right Thing, Temporarily Brings Back AXON Awards

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Last week I wrote about how Hilton HHonors eliminated AXON awards without any sort of advance notice. For those of you not familiar, AXON awards were special discounted award opportunities for those with co-brand Hilton American Express Cards.

It appears that this redemption opportunity was eliminated as of December 31, 2016, without any sort of advance notice. Hilton has been very focused on being transparent with members and announcing changes in advance, so I was a bit surprised to see this.

Well, I just had the chance to speak about this with Aaron Glick, the VP of Hilton HHonors. He’s a great guy, and was embarrassed by the lack of communication about this change. It’s clear that the intent was for this to be communicated, but that just didn’t happen. Apparently this was discontinued due to how few members were using this benefit.

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What To Do When You Get Your Amex Platinum Card

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The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN are among the most popular premium cards out there. They each have a $450 annual fee, though in my opinion the benefits more than offset that.

The main reason I have these cards is because of the great perks they offer. However, if you’re a new cardmember it can be tough to navigate all these perks.

So in this post I figured I’d talk about what you should do as soon as you get the Amex Platinum Card in the mail. If you already have the card and have taken advantage of all the perks, then by all means skip this post, but it’s something I get a lot of questions about.

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Philadelphia Airport Is Getting An Amex Centurion Lounge

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American Express has been opening several lounges at U.S. airports that are most frequented by cardmembers. For the most part these lounges are significantly better than what’s being offered directly by U.S. airlines. The lounges have an open bar, hot food, and generally nice designs. Those with the Amex Platinum Card get complimentary access to the lounges, and can also bring in two guests or their immediate family.

As of now, American Express has lounges in Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle. We’ve heard that Amex has the intention of increasing the footprint of these lounges, though obviously this isn’t something that happens overnight.

Not only is building new lounges costly, but finding the real estate necessary to build these lounges is a challenge.

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The Starwood Amex 2017 Annual Elite Credits Have Posted!

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One of the reasons I hold onto both the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express and Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Card from American Express is because they help me requalify for Starwood status.

One of the perks of the cards is that they offer two elite qualifying stays and five elite qualifying nights towards status annually. Each of the cards offers that benefit, meaning that if you have both cards, you start the year with four elite qualifying stays and 10 elite qualifying nights.

Platinum status ordinarily requires 25 stays or 50 nights, meaning that you really only need 21 stays or 40 nights to qualify if you have both of these cards.

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Less Than 2 Weeks Left For The Amex Business Platinum 100K Sign-Up Bonus

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Yesterday we saw the sign-up bonus on the Chase Sapphire Reserve reduced from 100,000 points to 50,000 points upon completing minimum spend, though there’s still one other card that has a 100,000 point sign-up bonus for the time being.

The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN through January 25, 2017, meaning that you have less than two weeks left to take advantage of the offer. This offer has been around since early October, and a lot of people have taken advantage of it. If you haven’t yet, I’d highly recommend doing so.

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No, The SPG Amex Annual Credits Haven’t Yet Posted. It’s Not Just You.

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One of the reasons I hold onto both the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express and Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Card from American Express is because they help me requalify for Starwood status.

One of the perks of the cards is that they offer two elite qualifying stays and five elite qualifying nights towards status annually. Each of the cards offers that benefit, meaning that if you have both cards, you start the year with four elite qualifying stays and 10 elite qualifying nights.

Platinum status ordinarily requires 25 stays or 50 nights, meaning that you really only need 21 stays or 40 nights to qualify if you have both of these cards.

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Is Amex Everyday The Best Credit Card for Teens And College Students?

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While we often discuss the world’s best credit cards with $450 per year annual fees and incredible perks on this blog, there is a large group of people who are just starting out and need to aim slightly lower as they build their credit scores. I happen to be one of these people, along with most other teenagers and college students.

Just one month after my 18th birthday, I knew it was time to begin my slow journey towards a wallet stacked with rewarding credit cards. I was dying to get my hands on some of the perks offered to those with high credit scores. The only problem was that I had no credit history.

While visiting my uncle in San Diego, we went to his local strip mall where all the major banks had offices (apart from American Express, of course). Unsurprisingly, most told me I wasn’t eligible for any of their current cards. Finally, the manager at Capital One suggested I get a secured credit card to start out.

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Success: $900 In Amex Airline Credit Reimbursements

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As I wrote about on Sunday, the fact that it’s a new calendar year means that many of us are eligible for a new set of airline fee credits. The following Amex cards offer airline fee credits every calendar year:

— The Platinum Card® from American Express — $200 annual airline fee credit
— The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN — $200 annual airline fee credit
— Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express — $100 annual airline fee credit

Technically this credit can only be used towards airline fees, which excludes the following:

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Activate Your 2017 Amex Business Platinum Gogo Wifi Passes

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The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN is offering a big sign-up bonus of up to 100,000 points upon completing minimum spend at the moment, though on top of that has a lot of fantastic benefits.

The card’s great perks include a $200 annual airline fee credit, access to Boingo hotspots, 10 Gogo passes, access to American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts, access to Delta SkyClubs, a Priority Pass Select membership, access to Amex Centurion Lounge, a Global Entry fee credit, Gold elite status in Hilton HHonors and Starwood Preferred Guest/Marriott Rewards, a 50% refund when you redeem your points using the “Pay With Points” feature, and much more.

One other big perk of the card is that you get 10 free Gogo wifi passes annually. I wrote about this benefit back in November, though the benefit is awarded each calendar year, meaning that as of Sunday, cardmembers are entitled to another 10 Gogo passes.

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Claim Your 2017 Amex Airline Fee Credits!

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While the new year can be depressing for those of us into miles & points, the good news is that it also means a new year of American Express airline fee credits, as those reset on January 1. Based on my card portfolio, it’s an opportunity to get hundreds of dollars of travel.

Which Amex cards come with airline fee credits?

The following cards offer airline fee credits, in the following increments (they’re offered per calendar year, regardless of what your cardmember year looks like):

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10 Best Credit Card Offers For December

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Every month I make a post with what I consider to be the best credit card sign-up bonuses of the month.

While there are several excellent long standing credit card offers, the specifics of the best offers are constantly changing (be it the annual fee, minimum spend requirement, or even amount of the sign-up bonus).

If you read my blog on a daily basis then by all means skip this post, but for me it’s a useful, “current” place to refer people who ask about which cards they should sign-up for, a question I get on a daily basis.

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