June 25, 2014
Bye bye 100K offer
For the past several months, the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard has offered 100,000 miles plus a $200 statement credit after $10K spend in 3 months. This morning the offer was no longer available. The best I could find instead was an offer for 50,000 miles after $5K spend. Given this card’s $450 annual fee, I no longer recommend this offer unless you have need of the card’s perks that go beyond the cheaper AA card perks such as Admiral’s Club membership and the ability to earn 10K Elite Qualifying Miles with $40K spend.
UPDATE: As a few readers pointed out, there are still “zombie links” available to the 100K offer. These are links that take you directly to the application page without showing the offer. So, it’s a leap of faith to apply this way, but it is likely to work out. Here is one such link. I personally used the link today (6/25/2014) and verified the signup offer with the agent I talked with after applying (100K miles + $200 statement credit after $10K spend; $450 annual fee not waived)
Will Singapore Airline’s portal honor their portal mistake?
Yesterday, via a Quick Deal, I published a few portal deals discovered by the blog Mighty Travels. One was an offer for 17,077 Singapore KrisFlyer miles for signing up for LifeLock (< $10 per month). Another was an offer for 23,077 miles for purchasing a premium domain name from Network Solutions.
Both offers were mistakes. The LifeLock deal can no longer be found and the Network Solutions deal now shows 2308 miles. I took a shot at both offers and I’m sure many readers did too. Now we can only wait and hope it is honored automatically (unlikely) or after submitting support tickets (more likely). In either case, I intend to wait a few weeks before submitting a support ticket to see if the portal ever registers my transactions. In case you need them, screenshots of both offers are in my Quick Deals post.
Will Amex Gift Cards stop paying out through portals when promo codes are used?
I published the following Quick Deal yesterday: Promo codes to void cash back for Amex gift cards?
This was triggered by an email sent by BigCrumbs to many members. The email stated, in part:
American Express informed us that promotional codes and coupons will no longer be accepted and will void any cash back if used.
The big question here is whether this is true for all portals or just BigCrumbs. BeFrugal, which currently offers 3% cash back for Amex gift cards is still showing the lucrative FSGRAD promo code on their site so it should still be safe to use there. For info about why the code is so lucrative, please see: The ultimate free shipping code.
Is the Chime card worth a try?
Doctor of Credit reports on a new prepaid reloadable card that might be worth trying: An Introduction To Chime Card: New Reloadable Cash Back Debit Card. I’m not sure yet whether this card offers a bill pay feature or any other easy way to get money off of the card. I plan to sign up to check it out anyway.