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Question to Portal Alert subscribers: should we remove decreased rates?

Currently, daily Portal Alerts show the best portal rates that have gone up or down since the prior day.  Personally, I tend to look just at the rates that have gone up to see if any of those interest me.  The rates that have dropped just make the daily alert more difficult to sift through.

I’m considering changing Portal Alerts to show only the increased rates, not the decreased rates.

Question to Portal Alert subscribers:

Do you like the idea?  Should we filter the daily Portal Alerts to show only rates that have increased?  Or, do you see value in seeing rates that have decreased?

Please comment below.  Thanks!

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18 Comments on "Question to Portal Alert subscribers: should we remove decreased rates?"

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I prefer it with both.

Miles per Day

No, I’m a narcissist and want to know what I missed on. Seriously though, I would keep it.

Patrick L

I don’t see a lot of value in showing the decreases other than to show when the higher payout period ends. I do however wish that it would show increases on every day of a multiple day promotion, not just on the day it was increased. For example lets say Staples is normally 2pts/$ and on Monday it is raised to 4pts/$ for 3 days. If you missed the portal alert on Monday and look at it on Tuesday, you wouldn’t see Staples as having the increased 4pts/$ even though it is still twice the normal payout. I typically look everyday, but sometimes miss them on the weekend, and don’t notice that there were higher payouts until after the portal alert shows it being decreased.


I vote for deleting the decreases. Would it work to have a column with the yearly (or quarterly?) high so you could easily see if the increase is worth jumping on?


Just keep the increases.


I’d like to keep the increases decreases as is, what I’d like to see different is when a rate moves up maybe BOLD it.


I like both.


Keep both. That way, you not only know when a deal begins, but when it ends.


Just the increases. Don’t need to whine over lost opportunity


Just the increases please.


I generally care more about only the ones that go up, but sometimes it’s useful to see what went down.

How about this, could we just have two separate sections? The first section could be for portals that went up, while the 2nd could be for sites that went down, so that way, if you only care about the ones that went up, you can stop reading.

Amber F.

I like it with both up and down. The reason is that if I didn’t have a chance to place an order the day before, it lets me know if I can still get in on the higher payout or if I’ve missed it.

Rick J.

Personally, I’m only interested in the increases. But, perhaps, you could separate out the increases and put them on top and then follow with the decreases on the bottom.


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