5X everywhere dies again

The pace of change in the miles & point world is staggering.  The most recent big change is with the latest and greatest way to earn 5X everywhere.  There was a special link to sign up for the Citi ThankYou Preferred card that offered 5X in drugstores, gas stations, and supermarkets.  That link now appears to be dead:

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More than a week ago, at Frequent Traveler University, the theme of my presentation was change.  In that presentation, I highlighted the following developments in the 5X everywhere game:

Now, just a month later, 5X everywhere with ThankYou points is effectively dead.  Those who got their cards in time can still enjoy 5X rewards for 12 months (unless they get shut down for perk abuse!).  Others will have to look to other opportunities.

For good or bad, change is coming.  And the game plays on…

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WeddingSpend
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And not sure if you saw the Flyertalk thread about the original poster who got shut down and blacklisted by Citi for abusing the 5X on the Preferred card. Granted, he did claim to do $160k in 6 weeks . . .

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/credit-card-programs/1465023-citi-cards-closed-perk-abuse.html

Ollie
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Onward to the next 5x opportunity!

Michael Belisle
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what about all the other cards that give 5x points

MileageUpdate
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I think its just a fact of life now there are more people playing the game. With more people comes more volume and with it more attention from the CC companies. As it becomes more popular the deals will die faster. When deals die faster people will go harder at the deals. And the cycle tightens and quickens. We are kind of our own worst enemy.

Tim2
Guest

Why on earth would anyone spend that much money in 5x category. I have serious doubts these were legit purchases. Therefore why? This game is a marathon not a race. It’s very easy to stay in… Just don’t go nuts

Dave
Guest

This was in a story about the future of credit cards. If you have ever wondered about bloggers killing deals.

David Gold, General Manger of Partnerships for Chase Card Services, highlighted the importance of new media to the credit card industry. In fact, he noted that he wakes up every day worried about what will be written online about his products by bloggers who focus on how many cents they can get out of of each point. Others on the panel also admitted following blogs and other online outlets closely. So when you read a site like this, you can be sure that the banks are listening, too.

frequent churner
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@FM – from reading the threads about shutdowns, it appears some of those people also push above their credit limit, because Citi does allow that. So the shutdowns might have more to do with risky spending. The heavy churners are a drop in the bucket in terms of perks given out, so credit limit abuse is probably the more likely cause.
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Imagine they shut down someone who legitimately buys gift cards for business promotions (like a realtor) or buys expensive medication. That would be some bad PR nightmare for them.

MileageUpdate
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Tim2. Someone would spend that much because 160k in 6 weeks is about $8k-$10k in rewards/gift cards.

romsdeals
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Slow and steady is the key now!

TheDapperDon
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I’m noticing that the bloggers have less to write about. Deals they publish are getting killed, so now they have to write an entire post on a dead link for a card. Moderation is key for the reader AND the blogger.

Brian
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Frankly I’m glad more of these pigs out there are getting shut down. This is Darwinism at its finest, I hope morons that manufacture spend 160k worth of spending in 6 weeks are getting locked out of the system forever. There will always be another deal and to quote Gordon Gekko “pigs get slaughtered”

Curtis
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Hmm, no bueno! I have $12.5k limit and spent $24k on my last statement on 5x. Going to slow down our use a bit to stay under radar. With 3 bluebirds, I’d still like to think $15k/mo was ok, but not sure. Considering burning through my TY points as soon as I get them now though. The closing of the app link I think is a big sign they are looking into this card and the 5x bonuses.

Grant
Guest

The more people push it, the quicker things will die. Very simple concept.

MileageUpdate
Guest

Brian, Why would you be glad people are getting shut down. If anything you would want these people to continue to be allow to make huge purchases. That way what ever spend you are comfortable with is “allowable” as well. Its a bizarre sense of jealously that you are openly rooting for people to get shutdown.

WeddingSpend
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@FrequentMiler, whoops totally missed that

anon
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LOL, bloggers kill deals dead.

anony
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“At a recent conference devoted to travel and credit card rewards, executives from Chase, Barclaycard, US Bank, Capital One and American Express were on hand to share their views on the future of credit cards — and there was a broad consensus on where the industry is going in the next few years.”

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/future-credit-cards-080024294.html

Coincidence?

sam
Guest

I follow your blog and your content. Thanx for the work you put into it.

I have a big issue and I don’t even know where to begin the tackling.

My local walmart recently notified all the cashier that ONLY CASH may be used to load bleubird, No debit card allowed what-so-ever!!!

How do I get this situation fixed?
Thanx

Scottman
Guest

Hey, FM-

Love your blog! Out of curiosity… how many hard inquiries do you have on one of your bureaus? I’ve got 21 on Experian (all they pull from here) and am 5 months since my last AoR. I don’t want to risk is if I’ll be denied.

What’s your sage advice?

Thanks so much!

Trevor
Guest

Sam – or try using the machine, if you have a debit card w/ a PIN…. I’ve also gone to their financing side, and they’ll load it, no problem, just have to have the PIN.

jason
Guest

CC are there to make money and some idiots are abusing the system, committing fraud when applying for credit and being totally stupid when manufactured spending. And then they get upset when they are hit with financial reviews and their CC are closed by issuer.

And yes, there are signs at my local Walmart that say cash for reloads only. Though not sure if this is because of miles and points or some money laundering activity. That one is going to be shut down as we know it, and very soon.

Lurker
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Von’s gives back $15 for 100 MC. technically about $9 free money. No, it’s nt scaleable, sorry

marathon man
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questions (not casting blame):
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1) did citi give the green light to you or other bloggers to post their CC link, pay benefits to bloggers for getting people to sign up, and tout their TY cards as viable products?
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2) if so, dont we find it wrong that they are now shutting people down who have earned huge TY balances? Now that they have lured everybody in, they re-neg? Is this bait & switch?
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Does anyone read anything in their T&Cs that tells us if buying things like VRs is somehow wrong or against anything? If it is, why are they awarding points and then getting pissed that people earned them on those when instead they should just NOT award points for certain things? Then again, is there anything that clearly states one should NOT earn points when buying products like VRs?

Jewsus
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I wonder how this one died.

Dave
Guest

Hi FM,

thank you very much for all your posts, I get lots of useful info. Question. I don’t want to apply to any new cards, so trying to use whatever I have now. What do you think about using Hilton Amex and Chase Amtrak cards for buying those $500 GCs and loading them into BlueBird? Do they give a good return?

Thank you!
Dave

JD
Guest

I apped for the card Saturday 5/4 and just got it in the mail today. I was getting scared because I balled up the little activation sticker and activated online, but saw no references to the sign up bonus or 5x anywhere online or my welcome mail. so I had to find that sticker and call them up to make sure, the rep said she saw the bonus and 5X for 12 months for my account.

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