Surprising details about the US Bank Altitude Reserve

Altitude Reserve

It is now official.  The US Bank Altitude Reserve card is real, it’s cool, and it’s coming soon (May 1).  You can learn all about the card via our new resource page: US Bank Altitude Reserve Complete Guide. As I pored over official source materials (more about that in a future post), a number of surprising things jumped out at me about this card — both good and bad.  Here’s what I found… Travel means…

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Spending those amassed Membership Rewards points


This morning, Greg posted about the many ways of amassing what is quickly becoming my favorite rewards currency: American Express Membership Rewards. In his guide to Amassing Membership Rewards, Greg showed you all the ways to gather points. Tonight, I’ll share a couple of uses I’ve found for Membership Rewards very recently and ask for your help making my next redemption. As was the case when I wrote about using those amassed Chase Ultimate Rewards last week, this…

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Fly to Asia or Europe: From $599 on Singapore economy, $1100 in premium economy

Singapore economy

Singapore Airlines is out with a nice sale — from $599 round trip to Asia and Europe. Both Economy Class and Premium Economy are on sale — and the premium economy tickets can be upgraded to business class. While my examples below are from the West Coast to Asia, the same sale is happening from Houston and New York to Manchester, Frankfurt, and Oslo (depending on routes). Economy Class The economy class sale offers excellent prices if you want…

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More SAS EuroBonus miles with Best Western, Avis

Avis Eurobonus

On the heels of a bit of their briefly exciting and then mostly disappointing promotion with Hertz, SAS is offering bonus miles in conjunction with a couple more travel partners: Avis and Best Western. If you picked up some miles in the Hertz promotion and you’re looking to top off your account, these promotions may be of interest. Promotion#1: Avis – 2500 miles per rental Technically, the Hertz promotion was offered on the heels of the…

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Amassing Membership Rewards

Amex Platinum Cards Multiple Varieties

At the time of this writing, my wife and I have a pretty nice collection of Membership Rewards points (over 600,000).  But, ever since Amex introduced the Amex Business card’s 50% pay with points rebate, we’ve been spending our points quickly.  When comparing different options for paying for flights, Amex Membership Rewards and the 50% Business Platinum point rebate almost always wins (see: Loving Amex Business Platinum’s Pay with Points Rebate). And that’s exactly what…

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Targeted personal Platinum offer w/o once in lifetime language?


American Express is apparently sending out targeted emails to select card members enticing them to apply for a personal Platinum card. The offer comes with an RSVP code to apply. Typically, most Amex sign up offers exclude customers who have or have had the card in question. In other words, Amex sign up bonuses are usually limited to once-per-lifetime. Notably, this email offer does not have any once-in-a-lifetime language. At this point, we don’t know whether or…

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Plastiq reminder: Double fee-free dollars promotion ends tonight (must refer / make 1st payment by 11:59pm)

Plastiq taxes

As a reminder, the current Plastiq referral promotion, whereby you can earn $400 in fee-free payments for signing up or $800 in fee-free payments for each person you refer, ends tonight. Remember that in order for either person to earn the fee free dollars, the person who is singing up must make their first payment of at least $20 by 11:59pm Eastern time tonight. As a reminder, here are the details: The Offer What: Fee-free dollars for…

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30% Transfer Bonus to Virgin Atlantic from Membership Rewards

Virgin Atlantic Transfer Bonus

American Express is offering a limited-time 30% transfer bonus on points transferred from Membership Rewards to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles. The Deal Receive 1,300 Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles for every 1,000 Membership Rewards points transferred to Virgin. Note that this is Virgin Atlantic, not the US-based Virgin America. Key terms: Minimum transfer is 1,000 Membership Rewards points. Offer valid from 12:00 a.m. MT on April 17, 2017 to 11:59 p.m. MT on May 22, 2017. Additional Virgin…

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Last call to pay 2016 taxes via credit card

pay federal taxes with a credit card

Today is the last day to pay your 2016 taxes and first quarter 2017 estimated taxes.  Did you know that you can pay those taxes for a reasonable fee?  Details can be found in our , but here are the basics: You can pay with a credit card for as little as 1.87% through  Or, pay with a debit card (including most Visa and MasterCard gift cards) for as little as $2.25 per transaction…

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