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Surprise: Some NYC hotels will only cost 35K Marriott points (free cert eligible)

Marriott has announced a partial list of hotels as a preview for the new award chart pricing coming on August 1st. Some hotels will be going up, though as expected the preview list includes a number of expensive Starwood properties that are dropping in price significantly. However, the big surprise for me was to see that there will be several Manhattan hotels that will be bookable with the annual free night certificate from the current SPG…

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[Rumor] SPG bonuses to get better

Yesterday, the welcome offers on both of the SPG credit cards changed, decreasing in value substantially, with each card offering a measly statement credit at the time of writing that is worth much less than the previous point-based signup bonuses. However, Miles to Memories reports receiving word from Marriott’s communications team that Amex will continue to issue both cards after August 1st and that there will be “very rich” welcome offers coming in the next few weeks.…

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Chase Offers Are Back For Hyatt Credit Card Members (For Now)

Chase Offers Hyatt Credit Card

Chase Offers for Marriott and Slate credit card holders ended last month, but Chase made it sound like the program would be returning. That came to pass today, although the new Chase Offers program is currently only for Hyatt credit card holders. If you have a Hyatt credit card, you should’ve already received an email about the new program. You need to register here to gain access to the program and activate the offers. Most…

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United MileagePlus Portal Bonus: Earn Up To 1,000 Bonus Miles

United MileagePlus Portal Bonus

There’s a new United MileagePlus portal bonus offering up to 1,000 bonus miles – here’s more about the promotion. The Deal Spend $150 and earn 300 bonus miles. Spend $350 and earn 1,000 bonus miles. Earn an additional 100 bonus miles when spending $50 at one or more of the following stores: Macy’s Groupon Nike Magazines.com Key Terms Promotion runs from April 16, 2018 to April 29, 2018 at 11:59:59pm ET. Includes purchases using in-store…

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Improved Southwest rebooking: easily see if prices went up or down

Southwest is unique in its change policies in that you can change your flight at any time and either pay just the difference in price or receive a refund/travel credit if the price drops — even if you paid in Southwest Rapid Rewards points. While that policy has been awesome, it’s been kind of annoying if you have a lot of Southwest bookings as you had to hunt around a bit to figure out what you…

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The fix when Plastiq erroneously says that Amex cards cannot be used

Plastiq is a useful tool for paying bills with credit cards.  They do charge a 2.5% fee, but it can be worth paying that, especially if you need to complete minimum spend for a new credit card signup bonus.  See: Complete guide to Plastiq credit card payments. Things get tricky when you want to make a payment with an American Express card.  Currently, Amex only allows the following types of payments to be made through…

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Sapphire-like restrictions on the Southwest cards (still some links without new langauge)

sears shutdown

Update: Charlie from Running with Miles points out that while the language restrictions below do not appear under “Offer Terms” on the landing pages we have linked to these cards, the restrictive language does appear on the actual application page. Datapoints have indicated people being approved despite holding one of these cards, but YMMV. Chase has added language to the Offer Details of most links to the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards consumer credit card applications excluding current cardmembers…

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Negative Citi Price Rewind Change

Citi has announced a coming negative change on its Price Rewind price protection benefit. Starting July 29th, Price Rewind claims will be limited to $200 per claim, up to a maximum of $1000 per year. That’s a sizable drop from the current benefit. As a reminder, the current benefit for claims before July 29th, 2018 is much more generous, at $500 per claim, up to $2,500 per year. Moving forward, you’ll still have 60 days to make a claim, but the…

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Have Toys R Us gift cards you can’t use? Exchange them for Bed Bath & Beyond gift cards

Bed Bath & Beyond gift card

Following last month’s announcement that Toys R Us was going out of business, we let you know that their gift cards could be used in store up to April 13, 2018. There’s less than two weeks until that deadline, but you now have an alternative if your local Toys R Us store doesn’t have any stock worth buying. Bed Bath & Beyond has teamed up with Cardcash and is offering to buy your unwanted Toys…

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