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2018 Q3 Activation Links For Freedom, Discover, Cash+ & Dividend

Chase Freedom Q3 2018

July 1 will be here in a couple of weeks, so several credit cards now have their Q3 offers available for activation. You can find more information below about each of the bonus categories, along with links to activate your offers. Chase Freedom Bonus Categories Gas stations Walgreens Lyft Bonus Amount / Limit 5% cashback on up to $1,500 spend in combined purchases of this quarter’s categories Activation link Discover Bonus Category Restaurants Bonus Amount…

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Earn 5X paying estimated taxes? (reminder: Q2 estimated taxes due 6/15)

This is just a quick reminder that second quarter estimated taxes are due in a couple of days.  And for those who haven’t yet maxed out their Chase Freedom 5X spend this quarter, it should be possible to pay your taxes with your Freedom card via Paypal in order to earn 5X rewards.  Specifically, PayUSATax.com advertises that they accept checkout via Paypal.  There is a 1.97% fee, but you gain much more than that in…

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Reminder: Don’t book multiple Southwest reservations on the same day


Southwest has the best cancellation policy in the business: cancel up to 10 minutes before your flight takes off and get all of your points back and the taxes refunded or get a Southwest credit good for 1 year from the date you booked your flight if you bought a cash ticket. That creates awesome flexibility. It creates so much flexibility that it is tempting to book yourself on multiple flights on the same date…

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Answered: Amex will tell you in advance if you’re not eligible for welcome bonus

Last week, it was widely reported that Amex had added more restrictive language to its applications regarding eligibility for the welcome bonus (See: Amex launches a sneak attack in the war on gaming), stating that an applicant may be denied the bonus based on the number of American Express cards they have opened and closed and their history with bonus offers. We wondered whether you would have any way to know your eligibility status before meeting…

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Amex Business Cards Offering Bonus Points For Adding Authorized Users

Delta Gold Business Authorized User

A couple of days ago, American Express started sending out some targeted emails to business charge and credit cardholders. These offered the chance to earn bonus points or miles when adding employee cards and having them spend a certain amount on the cards. I didn’t receive any offers, but my wife received an email for her Delta Gold Business credit card. When adding an employee card, she’d earn 2,500 bonus miles when the employee spends…

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Chase Launches Starbucks Prepaid Card With No Fees

Starbucks Prepaid Card

Chase has launched a new Starbucks prepaid card which is reloadable and has no fees. It’s not a particularly compelling product but could be useful for some, especially anyone unable to be approved for credit cards. Signup Bonus Earn 125 Bonus Stars the first time you use your Starbucks Rewards Visa Prepaid Card to load $10 or more to your registered Starbucks Card. Direct link. Earning Details Earn 1 star for every $10 of spend.…

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Status Match To Southwest A-List, Extended 12 Months With Qualifying Activity

Southwest A-List Status Match

If you currently have status with a U.S. airline, Southwest is offering a status match to A-List status for three months. That’ll then be extended a further year when flying three round trips or six one-ways with them. Here’s a direct link to the landing page about the promotion. To match to A-List status, you need to email Southwest the following: First name Last name Rapid Rewards number Screenshot of current elite status with a…

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Amex launches a sneak attack in the war on gaming

Amex Platinum for Less

Amex has been tightening the rules of the game for the past year or two, and they are at it again with a new term added regarding eligibilty to earn a welcome offer on a new card. In addition to excluding those who have or have had a card before from earning a new welcome offer, Amex application pages now state: We may also consider the number of American Express Cards you have opened and closed…

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Plastiq makes a nice gesture to make up for Visa change

minimum spend requirement easy

Stephen reported a few days ago about the June 1st change affected Plastiq payments with a Visa whereby payments may be limited to a small percentage of your credit limit and/or incur a cash advance fee when paying with a personal Visa card. See his post for more details (Plastiq Changes For Visa Transactions: Lower Limits Or Cash Advances). In that post, Stephen notes that Plastiq will reach out to customers with affected payments. It just so…

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