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American Airlines shutting down some accounts for churning

American Airlines Planes

This news broke a few days ago, but I know that it may affect some readers here that may not have heard: American Airlines has been suspending / shutting down some accounts for abusing credit card rewards. That’s surely a concerning development for some and at least somewhat surprising to see coming from the co-brand program. Shut down progression As reported by Doctor of Credit, it seems that the general progression is being unable to…

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Delta Allowing Elite Members More Control Over Seat Upgrades

Delta Comfort Plus Upgrades

It’s a day of positive loyalty program changes. Choice Hotels has introduced Rollover Nights, while Delta is now providing elite members with more control over how their seat upgrades are processed. Prior to today, upgrades to Comfort+ were processed as follows for SkyMiles Medallion members: Diamond & Platinum – directly after ticketing Gold – 72 hours before departure Silver – 24 hours before departure That’s not changing; what is changing is the control you have…

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Choice Privileges Introducing Rollover Nights In 2020 (Applies To 2019 Nights)

Choice Privileges Rollover Nights

Choice Hotels and its Privileges loyalty program tend to go below the radar, although their quarterly promotions can be good if you’re booking cheap one night stays, while buying their points can provide enough value to encourage Greg to buy them speculatively. Choice announced today that they’ll be making a positive change to their Privileges program in 2020. They’re launching Rollover Nights, so any elite night credits you earn in excess of your current status…

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Hyatt devaluation: peak & off-peak pricing in 2020

Hyatt announced a couple of significant changes today. First, starting in March 2020, they will introduce peak and off-peak pricing on all types of redemptions (standard rooms, club rooms, suites, etc). They will additionally introduce the ability to redeem points for dining & spa experiences on-property at potentially much better value if you’re spending a lot at once. While I’d label the changes as “less bad than I was expecting”, these are clearly still a…

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Plastiq accepting Capital One business card payments again

Plastiq Visa

A couple of months ago, Plastiq stopped taking Capital One credit cards for payments. However, in a positive change, Plastiq now once again accepts Capital One business credit cards. This is particularly good news for those facing the $50,000 spending requirement for some of their increased business credit card welcome offers. The Deal Plastiq once again accepts Capital One business credit cards for Plastiq bill payments Quick Thoughts Again, this was historically no problem but…

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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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