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Banking transferable points and keeping them alive

Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Citi ThankYou Rewards have a lot in common between them, besides their similar sounding names.  All three are transferable points programs in which it is possible to convert points to various airline and hotel loyalty programs, usually 1 to 1.  All three make it possible to buy airfare (and/or other travel) with points and get more than 1 cent per point value.  All three require the accountholder to…

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Cancelling my favorite cards

Every time an annual fee comes due on a credit card, I make a decision as to whether to keep, cancel, or downgrade the card.  Are the benefits that the card offers worth the annual fee?  If not, the card should be ditched.  It turns out, ironically, that I’m currently planning to cancel or downgrade a number of my favorite cards… Chase Ink Plus A few months after I started this blog in 2011, Chase…

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$450 from Chase for opening a Chase checking and savings account

Valid through: December 15th 2014 Chase routinely offers cash back for opening checking or savings accounts, but I think this is the largest bonus I’ve seen in recent times.  With the right coupon, you can get $300 for opening a checking account and $150 for opening a savings account. The Hustler Money Blog has the full details here, including information about how to get those valuable coupons. Never miss a Quick Deal, Subscribe here.

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Help friends, earn points

While credit card signup bonuses continue to be the quickest and easiest way to earn points and miles, another good option is to refer friends to credit card and loyalty programs you are already a member of.  In some cases you can earn points, miles, or credits when your friends signup.  When you recommend a good offer this way, it can help your friend earn points towards free travel while rewarding you at the same…

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The Arrival Plus: More than just a new name

The Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard was already a terrific card, but it has recently become even better. A new name To understand why I think the new name is an improvement worth talking about, consider the situation prior to the name change: Barclays offers two versions of the Arrival card.  One, with no annual fee, offers 2 points per dollar for travel and dining (like the Sapphire Preferred card) and the other, with…

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Ink evolution, Ink rules, and an insider tip

The original title for this post was simply “Ink Rules.”  I realized after writing the title, that it could have multiple meanings.  “Ink” could refer to Chase Ink credit cards.  Or, it could refer to the stuff used in pens and printers.  “Rules” could be a cheer like one you’d hear at a sporting event (“Michigan rules!”), which in turn would really be using the word to indicate authority (one who “rules” has authority over…

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A great disturbance in the Force

In the past few days I’ve been writing a lot about the ability to buy $200 Visa gift cards online from Staples.  This event, in itself, would be unremarkable except for a number of other forces that have converged: Chase began to issue Ink business cards as Visa cards mid 2013 (previously they were MasterCards).  And, both the old and new Ink cards continue to offer 5X rewards at office supply stores. Visa Savings Edge…

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Earning points while my better half waits

I recently signed up and was approved for four different credit cards, with the following signup bonuses: Amex Blue Cash: no bonus Barclays Arrival: 40K bonus after $1K spend Citi Executive AAdvantage: 100K  after $10K spend Chase Ink Plus: 50K after $5K spend You can read about the Blue Cash card here, and read about my experience with the Citi Executive card here.  The Arrival card is one I’ve wanted for some time and so…

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It’s once again safe to buy Amex gift cards with your Chase card.

In October, I sent out a Quick Deal warning Amex gift card buyers that Chase was coding online Amex gift card purchases as cash advances.  Apparently American Express had changed how they coded these purchases and that led Chase (and possibly other banks too) to start seeing these purchases as cash advances. This meant that buyers were charged fees for these purchases, and those fees more than wiped out the benefit of buying gift cards…

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