Consumer Arbitration: An unfamiliar weapon for battling corporate mischief

Consumer Arbitration

Editor’s Intro: In the points & miles game there are huge potential rewards (Free travel!  Big savings!  Free upgrades!).  Those rewards are real, but unfortunately things sometimes go awry.  You can have your bank or credit accounts shut down without explanation; or a business may freeze your account and refuse to release your money (I’m looking at you PayPal); or you may be denied points, miles, or rebates that you should have earned based on…

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Two great Citi offers may soon be gone. What to do?

Great Citi offers: 50K or free phone

Citi’s AT&T Access More card and its free phone offer is still alive… barely.  For the last few months, public links to sign up for the card kept disappearing.  Each time one would go away, a different working link was found. Now, all that is left is a link uncovered by US Credit Card Guide.  This link most likely won’t last long.  And, when this one goes away, I have little hope of a new…

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FlexPerks award charts for flights, hotels, car rentals, and annual fees

FlexPerks award charts

US Bank’s FlexPerks program offers several options for getting better than 1 cent per point value from your FlexPerks points.  The details, though, can be hard to find.  So, I thought it would be helpful to assemble FlexPerks award charts all in one place… Overview You can redeem FlexPerks points for merchandise, but that’s usually a bad idea.  Better value can be had by redeeming points for travel rewards (especially flights) or to pay the…

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App-No-Rama in action: Over 700K and counting

App-No-Rama

Earlier this year, I suggested an alternative to App-O-Ramas for earning huge credit card signup bonuses.  The alternative process, eventually named “App-No-Rama,” moves away from the idea of signing up for lots of cards in one day.  Instead, the idea is to wait for an exceptional offer to appear and then pounce on not just that offer, but also other offers from the same bank on that same day.  The reason?  Often the hard inquiries…

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Ink Plus success with Chase’s Special Consideration form

Over a month ago, I applied for a targeted United Mileage Plus 75K offer and an Ink Plus 60K offer.  Both applications were initially pending.  After calling the personal and business recon lines to request immediate decisions, the United card was approved, but the Ink card was denied.  I called again about the Ink card and my application was re-opened and submitted for further review.  I was promised a decision within 2 weeks, but in…

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It’s not too late – Deals still alive as of 07/10/2016

deals still alive

Each week we publish a number of fantastic deals on the blog and in Quick Deals. Most deals don’t last long, but some hang around for awhile. In an effort to keep you up to date, we have gone back through each of the deals posted over the last couple of months to let you know which ones are still active. Deals added during the past week appear in bold. Here are the deals still…

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Chase Special Reconsideration, ThankYou Expiration Date, Finding the Best Portal Rate for Travel & More!

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Welcome to the Frequent Miler Week In Review series. Every Saturday we recap what you might have missed from Frequent Miler during the week. Enjoy! This Week From Frequent Miler How to know if or when your ThankYou points expire – Citi’s ThankYou program doesn’t have the most friendly expiration rules. Thankfully there is an easy way to know if your points are about to expire. Do you have to pay with the Prestige card to get the…

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29 Things About eBay & PayPal, Finding Super Cheap Flights, Banks That Use ChexSystems & More!

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Welcome to the Frequent Miler Week In Review series. Every Saturday we recap what you might have missed from Frequent Miler during the week. Enjoy! This Week From Frequent Miler Here’s How To Pro-Rate The Annual Fees On AMEX Cards After September 1st, Besides For Moving To Boston – American Express is changing their rules regarding annual fees, however there will still be one way to get a fee prorated. 29 Things to Know about eBay and Paypal –…

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Bet You Didn’t Know: When Is The Best Shopping Portal Rate Not Really The Best?

By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   Most Frequent Miler readers know that shopping portals are a terrific tool to earn extra cash or miles, especially when booking travel. As Greg the Frequent Miler says, if you were going to buy an item anyway, there’s no reason not to use a portal finder like Cashback Monitor to earn bonus miles or cash back via a shopping portal. The same is certainly true for travel bookings. There are portals that…

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Chase Special Consideration

Chase Special Consideration

If you apply a Chase credit card and are denied, you may have luck calling their reconsideration line for help (details here).  You may even have luck calling multiple times until you find someone willing to help.  And, if that doesn’t work, you may have luck asking to have your case escalated to Chase’s Resolution Department. If none of the above works, I recently learned about another option.  If you have $10,000 or more on…

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