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2500 points for four small purchases [Targeted?]

US Bank has sent out an email offer to Club Carlson Visa Card holders offering 2,500 bonus points for making four online purchases of $25 or more between today and December 21, 2017. This is an easy 25x on almost anything you want as you could easily buy four $25 gift cards online. I definitely plan to take advantage of this one. The terms state that this offer is not transferable and it did have my name and information, but…

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Will I sign up for the Altitude Reserve? More importantly, should you?

US Bank’s new Altitude Reserve card is set to launch May 1st.  Here are the basic details of the card: Standard Signup Bonus: 50,000 points after $4,500 spend in 90 days $400 Annual Fee $325 in annual travel credits automatically applied to account for travel purchases charged to card. In this context, “annual” means the cardmember’s membership year. Points worth 1.5 cents each when used to purchase travel (flights, hotels, car rentals) Earn 3X points…

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Altitude Reserve to offer 3X for Samsung Pay LoopPay purchases

On the heels of my publication of the US Bank Altitude Reserve Complete Guide., Doctor of Credit asked an important question: Will the card offer 3X for Samsung Pay MST purchases? @FrequentMiler Also what about MST (looppay) purchases? Do you have full access to the guide to benefits or similar? — Doctor Of Credit (@Drofcredit) April 20, 2017 For review, the US Bank Altitude Reserve card (to be released in May) will offer 3X points…

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Inside Randy Petersen’s huge Altitude Reserve interview

On Wednesday, Randy Petersen (founder of Boarding Area, Inside Flyer, Flyertalk, and more) had an opportunity to interview John Steward, president of Retail Payment Solutions at US Bank, about the new US Bank Altitude Reserve card. The interview was published at Inside Flyer, here: [60 Seconds] US Bank Altitude Reserve Card. In preparation for the interview, Randy asked me if I had any questions about the new card. You bet I did! I sent Randy…

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US Bank’s Sapphire Reserve Killer

US Bank will apparently launch a legitimate Sapphire Reserve competitor May 1st.  We expected this from Amex or maybe Citibank, but US Bank?  Really?  Rumors of US Bank’s new card, the US Bank Altitude Reserve, began last week on Flyertalk.  And now Walla.by says that a “source close to the matter has reached out to us to confirm details and timelines.”  Walla.by even posted this grainy card image: Walla.by further posted that the card would…

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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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US Bank FlexPerks Gold Amex: The best new option for dining, but is it worth it?

FlexPerks Gold Amex

US Bank has apparently ditched their old FlexPerks Travel Rewards Amex card in favor of a new one.  The new card is called “U.S. Bank FlexPerks Gold American Express Card” (hat tip: Doctor of Credit). The old Amex card For $49 per year, the old card offered double points for restaurants and cell phone charges; triple points for charitable donations; and double points for gas, grocery, or airline purchases (whichever was most each month). The…

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ThankYou transfer to AA; Wyndham surprises; Rite Aid drops debit loads: My 2016 Predictions

2016 predictions

Welcome to 2016! Yesterday I proved that my odd-numbered-year predictions are not so good, but we know that I’m really good with even-numbered-year predictions.  In other words, my 2014 predictions were mostly right whereas my 2015 predictions were mostly wrong.  So, obviously, my 2016 predictions will be spot-on.  You can practically take these to the bank… Citi will add American Airlines as a new ThankYou Rewards transfer partner I agree with Lucky on this one. …

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How to book US Bank Club Carlson e-cert free nights (it may be harder than you think)

Club Carlson e-cert

The Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa and its business card twin used to be among my favorite cards.  In fact, I have one of each, and my wife has the personal card.  Until May of this year, the cards offered a wonderfully generous benefit called Bonus Award Nights: book two or more nights with points and get the last night free.  This meant that two night stays cost the same as one night stays (since…

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