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Should I go for the 30% transfer bonus to Virgin? Reader input requested.

The Amex Membership Rewards 30% transfer bonus to Virgin Atlantic ends Monday, May 22.  I’m tempted to take advantage of it, for several reasons: Virgin Atlantic miles are extremely valuable towards ANA first class flights. Virgin Atlantic miles can be quite valuable towards Delta flights. Virgin Atlantic miles can be valuable for Virgin Atlantic awards and upgrades if you don’t mind dealing with high fuel surcharges. Necker Island.  I want to go back.  See:  Is…

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The next best credit card perks that will be taken away

There’s nothing new about credit card companies offering valuable perks and later taking them away.  They all do it.  But Amex must have set a piss-off-customers record with the removal of the 50% flight rebate.  They introduced the benefit on October 6th 2016 and are set to take it away from most existing cardholders by June 1 2017.  The feature survived less than 8 months.  Fortunately, those who opened, or will open, accounts between October…

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Stacking rewards for 80% off, delivered (Mother’s Day is coming up!)

Last month I posted “Real world extreme stacking in-home dining and more.”  That was a step by step guide to extreme stacking 1-800-Flowers and its associated brands (Stock Yards, Harry & David, Wolferman’s, etc.).  The numbers in that post, though, were based on 15% cash back portal rates.  Today, the uPromise portal is offering 20% cash back through May 14th. Even though uPromise is intended to be a way to save for college, they’ll let…

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Amassing Membership Rewards

Amex Platinum for Less

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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Membership Rewards Transfers: Best, Rest, and Indirect

Amex Transfer Partners

Yesterday I added a new resource page to this site: Amex Transfer Partners.  This new page has several (hopefully) useful sections: Tips This section has suggestions for when to transfer points, who’s accounts you can transfer to, and more. I expect this section will grow over time in response to reader questions and suggestions. Best Amex Transfer Partners This section lists the transfer partners that I think are most worthwhile.  The transfer ratio is listed…

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The other Morgan Stanley Amex is worth a look

The other day, as I was researching details for my post comparing the many flavors of Amex Platinum cards, I made a big mistake with the Morgan Stanley Platinum card.  Something I read that day made me think that they had dropped the benefit that gives you the first authorized user for free.  I was wrong (thanks to Eric and Adam for pointing that out!).  That feature is alive and well, so I updated yesterday’s…

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Which is the best Amex Platinum card?

Amex Platinum for Less

American Express has many varieties of their premium Platinum cards.  Which is the best best Amex Platinum card?  First, let’s get the obvious out of the way: At the time of this writing, in my opinion, the Business Platinum card is better than any of the consumer Platinum cards.  Those who love Uber and/or want 2 or more Platinum authorized users on their account may disagree, but most will get more value at a lower…

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Can you get a second Amex bonus with a second business?

Can you get a second Amex bonus under a second business?

“Welcome bonus offer not available to applicants who have or have had this product.” Most American Express credit and charge card signup bonus offers include the above language.  For the most part, the language is self-explanatory.  If you have, or used to have, the same credit card, then you won’t get the signup bonus if you sign up now. There are known exceptions to this rule.  If you cancelled an account more than 7 years…

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Live in Hawaii to maximize value from Delta companion certificates (and 10 other tips)

Both the Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card and the Delta Reserve Credit Card from American Express offer a free companion certificate each year upon renewal.  This means that once per year you can buy a round trip flight for two people and pay for just one (plus taxes and fees, capped at $75, for the other).  Here are the tips you need to know to get the most value from your certificates… Live in Hawaii…

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