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Q3 2019 Activation Links For Freedom, Discover, Cash+, Dividend & ABOC

Chase Freedom Q3 2019

As of today, all the credit cards with rotating quarterly categories have opened registration for Q3 2019. We’ve provided details below of each card’s categories for July-September 2019, along with links to activate your bonuses. Chase Freedom Bonus Categories Gas Stations Select Streaming Services Only subscriptions paid for or purchases made with the following select merchants will qualify for this offer: Netflix, Hulu, Sling, Vudu, FuboTV, Apple Music, SiriusXM, Pandora, Spotify. Bonus Amount / Limit…

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Amex Gold Card To Earn 4x At Restaurants Worldwide From June 6

Gammon steak at a Beefeater restaurant in the UK

When American Express updated the Amex Gold card last year, one of the changes was that restaurant purchases would earn 4x Membership Rewards. There was a fairly large drawback for international travelers though – 4x Membership Rewards would only be earned at US-based restaurants and not overseas eateries. Well, there’s good news on that front today as American Express has announced that the Amex Gold card will earn 4x at restaurants worldwide from June 6,…

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3 Ways To Earn Additional Rewards When Booking Airbnb Stays

Delta Airbnb

There are several ways to save money on Airbnb stays from discounted gift cards to Amex Offers to Chase Offers and more. That’s not the only way to maximize your Airbnb bookings though. There are three ways to earn additional rewards or cashback when actually making a booking, one of which I just discovered today. 1) Delta The first option is probably the most well-known. Delta and Airbnb have a partnership with its own dedicated…

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New Alaska Visa Benefits (in-flight rebate & lounge pass discount)

Alaska Airlines Companion Fare

Starting June 1, 2019, the Alaska Airlines Visa will offer two new benefits: ·         20% back on Alaska Airlines in-flight purchases (including food, beverage, and Wi-Fi) ·         50% Lounge day-pass discount Neither benefit would be enough to persuade me to get the card, but either benefit could certainly prove useful. These are the types of benefits I put in the “nice to have if I need them, but not that exciting” column. The lounge day-pass discount may be a bit…

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BA devaluation: not so bad after all

The British Airways award chart devaluation has gone live today, and the sky hasn’t yet fallen. I can verify that as I was up above the clouds all morning on my way to Europe — didn’t see a single piece of sky fall. Truthfully, if the changes were this minor, I don’t understand why they didn’t just announce a new chart rather than making people wait. But let’s not look a gift horse in the mouth…

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Caution: No Ebates in-store cash back for GC purchases

Rakuten (formerly called Ebates) in-store offers provide you with chance to earn rewards on in-store purchases with a linked credit card. We recently received some reports indicating that in-store gift card purchases are not earning cash back / rewards. One reader inquired with Rakuten and the response indicated that Rakuten was made aware of gift card purchases and that these violate the terms of the Rakuten in-store offers. Those who value the continued ability to…

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Alliant Visa earns no rewards at Plastiq

We’ve received reader reports (and so has Doctor of Credit) that the Alliant Cashback Visa is no longer earning any rewards on Plastiq payments. Whether you’re in your first year of having the card and earning 3% on all purchases or earning 2.5% in subsequent years, you’ll actually earn 0% on Plastiq payments. Personally, I was surprised to hear that people were still using the Alliant card on Plastiq. I stopped using mine when most personal Visa…

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Priority Pass Devaluation: Amex-Issued Priority Pass Memberships Losing Restaurant Access From August 1

Tuna burger sliders at Jerry Remy's Sports Bar & Grill at Boston Logan Airport

American Express has announced some disappointing news today, advising that Priority Pass memberships obtained as a benefit from Amex cards will lose access to Priority Pass restaurants from August 1, 2019. These restaurant options have been a welcome addition to Priority Pass for several reasons. They’re the only option at some airports with no other Priority Pass lounges, they offer more filling meal options than most lounges and can be in more convenient locations at…

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Beware: Reports Of Fraudulent Charges On Cards Used At GiftCardMall

If you’ve bought gift cards at any point during the past year from GiftCardMall, you’ll want to check the statements of any credit cards you used to pay for those orders. That’s because there’s an increasing number of reports that cards used at GiftCardMall have become compromised and used for fraudulent purchases. Doctor of Credit had covered this last week after seeing reports on Reddit that credit cards used on GiftCardMall had subsequently been used…

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