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Amex fires another shot in their war on gaming

Yesterday Miles Per Day and Doctor of Credit reported a new development in the Amex War on Gaming.  The Amex Rewards Abuse Team (RAT team) has been sending emails to some people who recently earned signup bonuses via means that may be against the signup bonus terms (e.g. buying gift cards or buying and returning items).  According to Miles Per Day, one such email included the following: We are writing to let you know that,…

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4% Off Your Next Meal (Sort Of)

Outdoor Dining at Nobu Malibu

If you haven’t dined at Nobu Malibu, make a note now: You should. And while it’s on the pricey side, I have a 4%-off coupon for you — sort of. I mention Nobu because they have an item whose name I forget that surprised me more than I would have thought possible: A cucumber that was scrumptiously delicious. Not just good or merely great. A delicacy. The kind of thing that’s worth flying across the…

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Marriott announces new credit card lineup

Recently I reported a rumor about new Marriott credit cards: 3 tiers and really good initial offer.  Given that rumor, I surmised that it meant that Amex would win the battle to provide Marriott credit cards in the future.  With today’s press release from Marriott we’ve learned that the rumor is true (the 3-tier part) and that I was half right about Amex. Press Release: Marriott International Signs New Co-Brand Credit Card Agreements with JPMorgan…

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Rebuilding my Membership Rewards fortune

I went big with the latest (now expired) 30% transfer bonus from Amex Membership Rewards to Virgin Atlantic.  Virgin Atlantic miles are extremely useful for direct Delta flight awards (and since I live near a Delta hub, that’s applicable to me), and they have a few specific partner awards that are really sweet (such as ANA first class US to Tokyo for only 120K miles round-trip).  You can even use points to book Vigin Limited…

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How soon can you refer others for Chase cards?

Recently, my wife opened a couple of new Chase cards — including a Chase Marriott Rewards Premier card and a Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier card. Part of the reason she opened the Southwest card was because one of the ways to earn Southwest Companion Pass qualifying points is by referring friends for the Southwest cards. We hoped that at some point down the road, she would get referral links. But how soon would she…

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Earn 5K Alaska miles per referral [Targeted?]

I received an email today from Alaska Mileage Plan with the subject line: Earn 5,000 bonus miles by referring a friend. The email contained a link to refer friends to the Alaska Airlines Visa Sigature card and earn 5,000 miles per approval. I wouldn’t recommend sharing referrals with strangers (more on why below), but it could be a good way to boost your balance if you have friends and family interested in the card. That said, this offer essentially…

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Rumor about new Marriott/SPG cards: 3 tiers and really good initial offer

When Marriott took over Starwood, they said that they would run parallel loyalty programs until 2018.  More recently they have said that they hope to bring the programs together by the end of 2018.  While we are eager to learn all about the new program, one aspect that is especially interesting is the question of what will happen to their credit cards.  Today, Marriott branded credit cards are issued by Chase whereas SPG cards are…

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