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A tool for catching the latest Black Friday deals

If you’re having trouble keeping up with which deals are going on and are looking to hop on the hottest deals before they’re gone, here’s a quick tip if you’ve got a fast eye: Slickdeals Live View. Watch the deals as they get posted As you can see in the picture above, there are 3 columns in the Live View — Latest Posts, Latest Threads, and Latest Rating. The Latest Posts column scrolls as people comment on deals.…

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Here Are Discover’s 5% Categories For 2020

Discover 2020 5% Cashback Calendar

A few weeks ago Discover announced its full list of 5% categories for 2020 and I just realized that we never covered it. It’s good news as it should be fairly easy to max out the 5% categories each quarter. Here’s a list of each quarter’s categories and a few tips for how to maximize them. January – March 2020 Grocery stores Walgreens CVS Some people will easily max this out through regular grocery store…

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Etihad Guest miles no longer expire with activity

Etihad Guest announced some changes to the Etihad Guest program today. One particularly good piece of news was the announcement that Etihad Guest miles will no longer expire if you have activity once every 18 months. Transferring points into your account should count to refresh the expiration date. That’s a nice change over the previous policy that expired miles after 24 months. This makes Etihad Guest miles more appealing as a store of value. Etihad…

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Business Platinum card losing Gogo, WeWork, Premium Roadside assistance, & Boingo in 2020

The Business Platinum Card from American Express will be losing four key benefits in 2020. Hopefully we’ll see Amex add something to replace these. Benefits being removed as of 1/1/20 are: 10 annual GoGo passes (unused passes in your account will expire on 12/31/19) WeWork membership (you can enroll for a free year until 12/31/19 — after that, you will no longer be able to enroll) Premium roadside assistance (no longer a benefit on 1/1/20) Boingo (membership…

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Gift of College now available at regional gas station Cumberland Farms

Update: Confirming that Cumberland Farms did indeed code as a gas station with Visa. GIft of College gift cards are now available for sale at a regional gas station chain that is mostly in the Northeast and also in Florida called Cumberland Farms (locations are in Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont). Gift cards are variable-load from $25-$500 (except in Vermont, where they are only available in $50 denominations). I successfully…

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IHG Rewards Club Giving Away 1 Million Points To Military Service Members

IHG Army Hotels

IHG Rewards Club has launched a giveaway where they’ll be awarding a total of 1 million points to active duty, retired and veteran service members. This giveaway is to celebrate the 10th anniversary of IHG Army Hotels. The 1 million points will be awarded to five different service members, so each person will win 200,000 points. There are a couple of ways to take part in these sweepstakes: To enter the sweepstakes on Instagram, simply…

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Blank Visa Gift Cards at Staples (likely uncommon, but here’s what to do if you get them)

We received a reader report over the weekend about a problem he had with Visa Gift Cards bought at Staples: when he opened the package, the gift cards were blank. In other words, they had no numbers. Here’s what I think you could do if this ever happened to you. The problem: What’s the PIN? How do you check the balance? If you’re planning to swipe your card to purchase something that costs the full value…

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Major problems reported w/ Mastercard gift cards

Many users are reporting a new major issue over the past week with Mastercard gift cards. Reports are indicating that when users attempt to use the cards at some stores, the payment terminal is showing a “Not Authorized” error, but the card is being drained anyway. Comments at Doctor of Credit and reddit indicate the issue has happened at a wide range of stores, including Kroger (and affiliates), Winn Dixie, Publix, Harris Teeter, Walmart, Dollar…

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How to find your SoFi referral links

Yesterday, we posted what might be the runner-up for deal of the year: SoFi Money is offering a totally fee-free cash management account with a debit card that rebates ATM fees worldwide and when you sign up through a referral and deposit $100, you get a $50 new account bonus (See: Easy money: SoFi debit card new account / referral bonuses for more details). Furthermore, you get $100 for every person you refer who opens…

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