Morgan Stanley Amex: Do you need a Morgan Stanley account to apply?

Morgan Stanley offers two compelling Amex cards which earn Membership Rewards points.  One is the Platinum Card which beats out Amex’s standard Platinum card by offering the first authorized user Platinum card for free.  The other is the Morgan Stanley Credit Card which offers a few compelling 2X category bonuses.  For more about each, see: Which is the best Amex Platinum card? The other Morgan Stanley Amex is worth a look The applications for both…

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$20 off Avis rental, no minimum

Avis and Visa Checkout have combined to offer $20 off a rental with no minimum purchase. This offer is valid through August 11th for rentals through December 31st, 2017 in any car class. The Deal $20 off an Avis rental when you prepay with Visa Checkout Key Terms Valid at participating Avis locations in the contiguous US only Must reserve via the promotion page at Avis.com/visacheckout One coupon per rental Rent by August 11, 2017 (or while supplies last) for rental pick ups by December 31, 2017…

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[Expired] ALMOST GONE: $100 Hotels.com for $80

Amazon has a $100 Hotels.com gift card on sale for $80 via Lightning Deal. This deal is 86% claimed as of this writing and ends around 3pm Eastern time or when fully claimed, which will happen first and soon. Don’t wait — if you want this, jump on it now. Remember that Hotels.com gift cards can easily be combined online. The limit is 1 per account. Note that there is a direct link below, but you…

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Mileage Run? $308 RT to Hong Kong AND China on United

There are some hot open-jaw airfares available from Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles to both Hong Kong and Shanghai or Beijing and back to North America. Secret Flying is reporting prices from $333, but I have found some of the dates start from just $308 – and these can be booked through United.com. You can also upgrade the transpacific legs to economy plus for a reasonable upcharge. The catch is that the return leg ends in either Toronto…

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Increase credit card spend (and get most of it back). What still works June 2017

I had been planning to publish the next installment of this series in July, but there have been so many recent changes that I decided to publish now… Whether you need to increase credit card spend to earn a new credit card signup bonus, or to earn elite status, or simply to earn credit card rewards, it’s important to keep up with the latest news of what works and what does not. Complete descriptions of…

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Free $10 credit with Amazon Cash

Amazon Cash is a new way to add cash to your Amazon account in-person at a number of stores. Through July 31st, if you add $20 to your account through Amazon cash, you will get a $10 credit automatically applied to your next purchase before August 31, 2017. This deal has been out since last week, but I just stumbled on it and wanted to share it for readers who have missed it. The Deal Add $20 more to…

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How to count your 5/24 status from your smart phone

With the introduction of its unofficial 5/24 Rule, Chase has made life much harder for those who like to frequently sign up for credit cards to get the signup bonuses.  With the 5/24 Rule, Chase denies most application in which the applicant has opened 5 or more cards in the past 24 months. And we’re not just talking about Chase cards here.  All issuers count.  If you’ve never opened a Chase card in your life,…

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50% off Uber with targeted offers

There are a couple of targeted offers out to save 50% on Uber – one promotion direct from Uber and another in the form of an eGift card from Groupon. Also note that a reader points out that there is an Ibotta promotion for $1 back on Uber rides that may stack with these, though YMMV as we have not confirmed this. (Thanks, ktenorman!) Direct Uber Promotion The Deal 50% off on up to 10 rides by Sunday, June…

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Better offers again, but with a twist

Yesterday I was testing links on our and I ran across something surprising.  Many of the Amex personal card links brought up offers that were better than the standard public offer (in fact, most were at or near historic best offers!).  Nick wrote about this phenomenon a week ago (see: I see better-than-advertised offers… [Targeted]), but in his case he found this in a browser that he had recently used to log into his Amex account. …

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