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New Capital One business credit monitoring tool

Capital One has launched a new tool for businesses to monitor their business credit. The tool looks like it works similar to existing free consumer tools, but provides a glance at the business side of your credit. To my knowledge, this tool is the first of its kind to give access on the business side, and it is open to all US business owners (not just Capital One customers). As with other free tools, the…

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How to keep Hertz points alive (Points now expire after 18 months of inactivity)

When renting from Hertz you can choose to earn frequent flyer miles or Hertz Gold Plus Rewards points.  Hertz Gold Plus Rewards points can be used to book free rentals (but you still have to pay taxes and fees) starting at 550 per day for weekend rentals. Unfortunately for those of us who are infrequent Hertz renters, Hertz points expire after 18 months of inactivity (previously 24 months).  And, unlike many other programs, the only…

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Hyatt’s 2019 Category Changes Announced: Some Good, Some Bad But Mostly Fair

Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach

Hyatt has announced a wide-ranging set of category changes for 2019 with about a third of their properties moving up or down a category. The changes are fairly even overall, although some popular sweet spots are being lost while new ones are being gained. You can find a full list of the category changes here, with these going into effect on March 18, 2019. In total, 259 properties will be changing which represents about a third…

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Lock in current Marriott rates w/ Points Advance after all

In this morning’s post about last-minute things to do in preparation for the full launch of Marriott Bonvoy, I noted that you should probably make reservations for upcoming stays now under the expectation that there may be IT issues for a few days this week (See: Bon Voyage, Marriott. Last-mintue checklist before Bonvoy.). However, I noted that you couldn’t lock in a good deal via points advance on the hotels going up in price on March 5th…

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New Citi application rule might be a net win

Last Friday, Doctor of Credit reported what looks like a pretty positive change in application terms on many Citi cards. Specifically, Citi ThankYou cards have received a slight wording change in the terms surrounding the Citi 24-month clock that may not make it possible to open more than one ThankYou card at a time. Note that we will need more datapoints to know how the new wording is being applied, so YMMV for the time being. The…

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Marriott’s Annual Devaluation: 120 Fewer Properties For Credit Card Nights

Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel

Marriott has announced its annual devaluation and while it’s not as bad as last year’s, it doesn’t make for happy reading if you have any 25,000 or 35,000 point certificates to use from your Marriott and/or SPG credit cards. That’s because there will be 120 fewer properties you can use those certificates at starting from next month. You can find the full list of 2019 category changes here, with those changes going into effect on…

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Chicago to Australia from $427 RT on Qantas

There was some terrific airfares available right now from Chicago to select cities in Australia (including to Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane) from just $427 round trip. Australia is a long way to travel in economy class if you’re accustomed to using points and miles to fly up front, but these prices are fantastic if you don’t mind traveling in econ (and afford you the additional flexibility of choosing dates/times without being boxed in to award availability). The Deal…

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Dead: Waived-fee Ameriprise Platinum offer

Without warning, the long-standing offer for a waived first-year annual fee on the Ameriprise version of the Platinum card has been killed and replaced with the standard welcome offer of 60K points after $5K in purchases in the first 3 months. That’s a massive disappointment for those who had intentions to apply for this card but hadn’t yet done it. There are several “flavors” of the Amex Platinum card (See: Which is the best Amex…

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La Quinta Makes Negative Change To Pet Policy – Properties Can Now Charge A Pet Fee

Truffles Pepper

La Quinta has announced a change to their policies and it’s a negative one if you ever stay at their properties with your dog. One of La Quinta’s unique selling points has long been that it’s a pet-friendly chain. Not only that, but they didn’t charge a pet fee. That can offer huge savings, especially if you’re traveling with a dog and just need somewhere to stay for one night. I’ve found that the majority…

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