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Update: Chase says breach is fixed

This morning, we posted about a possible security breach at Chase bank (See: Potential Chase security breach: Don’t log in?). Chase has since confirmed the breach. According to their news release to Bloomberg, the breach was limited in scope and they “knows of no unauthorized transactions”. I’m not sure that wording inspires confidence, but here’s hoping that nobody lost anything. As noted earlier, it has been widely speculated that logging into your account contributed to the likelihood…

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Potential Chase security breach: Don’t log in?

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Late last night / early this morning, Fly & Dine and Doctor of Credit as well as many people on Twitter have reported what could be a major security breach at Chase: people report logging into their Chase accounts only to be taken to a stranger’s account, where they can view all of the sensitive info stored within one’s bank login — credit card history, address, phone number, etc. At this point, Chase has not released any information, but…

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Marriott Best Rate Guarantee Now Offers 5,000 Points Or 25% Off

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The Marriott Best Rate Guarantee (aka their Look No Further Guarantee) used to only offer 25% off the matching rate. They’ve now introduced an additional option – 5,000 Marriott Rewards Points. To take advantage of their Look No Further Guarantee, you have to book your accommodation directly with Marriott, either on their website, by calling their telephone reservations team or visiting one of their hotels. If you find a lower rate for the same hotel,…

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Another hit: No more Amazon GCs with Gamestop GCs

After a rough day in MS news yesterday (See: Alliant paying 0% cash back at Giftcards.com, No more 5x at MPX, and Another one down: No more 5x at Gift Card Mart), the hits just keep on coming: As reported at Miles Per Day, Gamestop has hardcoded their registers to disallow the purchase of an Amazon gift card with a Gamestop gift card. This is unfortunate as it was previously possible to buy discounted Gamestop…

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Another one down: No more 5x at Gift Card Mart

And the hits just keep on coming: We have received two reports here on the blog — from reader Max in our Laboratory and reader Sophie on the post What’s left for 5x Ink? indicating that purchases at Gift Card Mart are no longer earning 5x on Chase Ink Plus or Ink Cash cards. Previously, these purchases coded at 5x only if you checked out via PayPal, but according to Sophie this stopped coding as 5x between January…

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No more 5x at MPX

In yet another piece of bad news for points and miles enthusiasts, reports online are indicating that purchases through the United Mileage Plus X (MPX) shopping app are no longer earning 5x on the Amex Platinum card. This card offers 5x on airfare purchases made with airlines. Purchases through the MPX app have historically coded as airfare purchases for the purposes of coding at 5x with this card, but multiple reports from different sources indicate this is…

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Alliant paying 0% cash back at Giftcards.com

Miles Per Day reports that the Alliant Cashback Visa card is no longer paying 3% cash back for purchases from Giftcards.com — instead paying 0% on Giftcards.com purchases. Reports from Flyertalk indicate that a letter was sent out to those using the card for heavy gift card purchases indicating that cash back would not be paid on those purchases (as of January 30th, 2018 according to Miles Per Day). This may extend to other types of gift card purchases,…

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Earn Up To 50,000 Points With Marriott Rewards Reward A Friend

Marriott Rewards Reward A Friend

During a recent stay at a Residence Inn, I found a flyer offering bonus Marriott Rewards points for referring friends. I’d initially assumed it was for referring them to the Chase Marriott Rewards credit card, but it was actually for referring them to the Marriott Rewards loyalty scheme itself. It turns out that this offer’s been around a long time (Greg mentions it here). It doesn’t seem to be well publicized though, so here’s how…

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JFK restaurant now taking Priority Pass

Over the past year or so, Priority Pass has added partnerships with a number of airport restaurants, where you can now get a dining credit of ~$28-$30 at a number of participating restaurants (amount of credit depends on the location/currency). The newest addition is at New York’s JFK Airport, and that will no doubt make it pretty popular. Unfortunately for domestic travelers, it is located in an international terminal, but for those traveling from Terminal 8 and looking for…

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