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(ISSUES SEEMINGLY NOW RESOLVED) Beware: Uber Suspending Accounts For Loading With Gift Cards

Uber Gift Card

Update 1/28/19: Based on Jon’s comment below, affected accounts are now seeing the following message: Thank you for reaching out to support. Within the last 24 hours, an operational error resulted in a temporary loss of account access for a small number of customers. All impacted accounts have since been restored, so we are resolving your inquiry. If your issue was unrelated to account access, please feel free to respond and we would be happy…

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Marriott expands BRG to Design Hotels

This morning, Stephen posted about his recent successes with Marriott’s best rate guarantee program. There’s some good news on that front: Design Hotels, one of the myriad of Marriott brands, is once again eligible for Best Rate Guarantee claims.You can’t make claims against the rates at designhotels.com or on the hotel-specific sites (though the good news is that you can book via those channels and still earn Marriott rewards points). In late 2018, Marriott had…

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Alliant to cap cash back at $10K spend / month

Alliant now indicates on its website that beginning on March 14, you will only earn cash back on up to $10,000 in purchases per billing cycle on the Alliant Cashback Visa Signature card. Cash back on the Alliant Cashback Visa Signature card is currently uncapped. At 3% back for the first year and 2.5% back in subsequent years, it has been one of the highest-earning cards on the market in terms of uncapped rewards on non-bonused spend.…

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Chase kills Ritz Visa Infinite airfare benefit without notice

The Chase Ritz-Carlton Visa Infinite airfare benefit is no longer available. While it seemed the writing could be on the wall when the CNB announced that the Crystal Visa Infinite was losing this benefit, I definitely didn’t expect Chase to kill this without any notice whatsoever. Visa Discount Airfare benefit totally dead For those unfamiliar, the Chase Ritz-Carlton card came with an airfare benefit that enabled cardholders to get a $100 discount when booking round…

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AA eliminates close-in award ticketing fees

American Airlines Planes

American Airlines has today eliminated the $75 close-in booking fee for booking an award ticket within 21 days of travel. That appears to be great news, though we recently saw United do the same only to add a mileage surcharge on close-in ticketing. At the moment, there does not appear to be a catch with this change from American Airlines, but I think the current tone among most members is on the pleased side of skeptical.…

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Easy AA miles w/ new bank account through Bask Bank

View from the Wing reports on a new, easy, and potentially fairly lucrative offer to earn miles with a savings account from Bask Bank. While many long-time readers will remember BankDirect, this is actually a different account that I believe is backed by the same entity (Texas Capital Bank, N.A.). This Bask Bank account works similarly, but is better in many ways. I’m only half sold on the long-term value proposition, but I was sold…

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GetUpside: Save Money At Thousands Of Gas Stations Nationwide

GetUpside new gas stations

Update 1/12/20: You no longer need to upload receipts from some gas stations – more about this towards the end. Update 9/20/19: Another 1,200+ gas stations have been added in Georgia, Texas and elsewhere around the country. Update 7/2/19: Another 1,000+ gas stations across the Midwest have been added to the app – see the end of the post for more details. ~ The GetUpside app has recently added more than 2,000 BP gas stations…

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Hilton Makes Three Positive Changes To Earning Honors Points

Hilton Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Hilton has made three changes to their loyalty program and all of them are positive. Most guests won’t be affected by these changes, but those that are will appreciate the extra points that they’ll earn. 1) Unlimited Base Points In the past, you could earn a maximum of 100,000 base points per stay. That’s $10,000 of spend at most of their brands seeing as they earn 10 points per dollar, although it would’ve been $20,000…

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Don’t forget: Select Marriott choice benefits before 1/15

As a reminder, you have until January 15, 2020 to make your selections for 50-night and 75-night Marriott choice benefits. At the very beginning of the year, 75-night choice benefits were not working for several days, but the tool is once again working to make your choice, so it’s worth logging in now and choosing sooner rather than later. At 50 nights, you get your choice between the following benefits: 50 Night Choices 5 Elite Night…

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