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Chase Sapphire Preferred offer now 60K in-branch ($95 AF not waived first year)

Chase Sapphire Preferred

The offer has been increased for the Chase Sapphire Preferred card for in-branch applications: now get 60,000 Ultimate Rewards points after spending $4,000 in the first 3 months. Note that unlike the previous 50K offer, the new offer does not waive the $95 annual fee in the first year. Still, the extra 10,000 Ultimate Rewards points easily makes up for that.   The Offer A new sign-up bonus is now available on the Chase Sapphire Preferred card for in-branch…

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Some Hyatt properties offering points for skipping housekeeping

View from the Wing shares a report about Hyatt potentially piloting a “Make a Green Choice”-like program, offering 250 points per night that you decline housekeeping (with some caveats). His report was only on one hotel, so I do not expect this is widespread. But it’s worth keeping your eye out for a sign if you’re the type to decline housekeeping on your stays. According to the sign pictured at VFTW, it won’t quite come out to…

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FYI: Radisson has no Manhattan hotels…for now

The Radisson Rewards credit card carries what I have said is an interesting big spend benefit: get a free night certificate valid for US properties with each $10K you spend on the card during your cardmember year (awarded after anniversary, up to $30K in purchases). One easy way for me to justify the spend has been the ability to redeem for a free night in New York City, where Radisson used to have a couple…

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Is it a waste to use a Cat 1-4 certificate on a Cat 3 property?

Hyatt Regency Tulsa, Oklahoma

One reason to dislike free night certificates (or at least to prefer points) is the inherent pressure they present. If you’ve ever had a free night certificate nearing its expiration, you know what I mean: let’s say you paid $85 for this credit card, you don’t want to use the certificate at a hotel that only costs $110 per night. If it’s a Category 5 certificate, who wants to waste it on a hotel they could have…

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Fee-free money order at Kroger [Targeted?]

Kroger is offering a digital coupon for  a fee-free money order. This may be targeted, but I found it in my account. The Deal Kroger is offering a digital coupon for  a fee-free money order Direct link to this offer (you’ll have to log in and then try the link) Key Details Limit of one coupon per household Expires 4/20/19 Quick Thoughts The savings here is minimal, but anyone who makes regular trips to the grocery store…

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Targeted Sapphire Preferred offers being sent via email

Chase Sapphire Preferred

Chase is sending out targeted offers for new Chase Sapphire Preferred cardholders that look pretty good as the offer includes 60,000 Ultimate Rewards points after $4,000 in purchases in the first 3 months and the $95 annual fee is waived for the first year. That’s likely as good as it gets on this card if you are eligible. The Deal Some customers report receiving a targeted email from Chase for a welcome offer of 60,000 Ultimate Rewards points after $4,000…

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Chase Freedom Q2 5x categories: Grocery stores and home improvement stores

Doctor of Credit is reporting that the new Chase Freedom 5x categories for 2019 Q2 will be grocery stores and home improvement stores. These will go live for activation tomorrow, March 15, 2019. The Deal Chase Freedom’s 5x categories for 2019 Q2 (on up to $1500 in purchases from April through June) will be grocery stores and home improvement stores Direct link to activate (note that activation goes live 3/15/19 Quick Thoughts This one should be an easy one to…

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[Expired] 10x AA / 10x Ebates for Marriott stays today

Both the American Airlines eShopping portal and Ebates are offering 10x rewards today for Marriott stays. Whether you value American Airlines miles at greater than 1c each or you’re rather earn 10% cash back or 10 Membership Rewards points per dollar via Ebates, this is a nice return on paid stays. Remember that you do not need to book advance purchase rates and elite credit / benefits / points will apply. The Deal Ebates: Get 10% cash back on Marriott bookings today only…

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Business class for 44K: pick from 3 continents [Sweet-spot spotlight]

Today’s sweet spot spotlight is on Etihad Guest for its award chart for travel on Royal Air Maroc since you can get to one of three different continents for 44,000 miles each way in business class (with lie-flat seats on routes from the US to Casablanca). Since Etihad Guest is an Amex transfer partner and a Citi transfer partner, it’s easy to amass the miles for an award ticket. Sweet spot spotlight: The short story: Etihad Guest has a really favorable…

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