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Apple AirPods Pro as low as $188 w/ stacking offers at Amazon

This won’t last much longer, so I’ll keep this post very brief: Amazon has Airpods on sale for $235. If you are eligible for a targeted deal with Discover or Amex (see links under The Deal below), you may be able to get 20% off of that, dropping the cost to about $188. The Deal Amazon has Apple Airpods on sale for $235 (direct link to this deal – our affiliate link) Get an additional…

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Amex ratchets up their war on gaming with wave of shutdowns

Last week, Reddit was aflame with reports of Amex shutting down accounts.  While account shutdowns have long been common with other issuers, this hasn’t been Amex’s primary approach in the past.  For many years, they temporarily froze accounts in order to put them through financial review.  If the cardholder came out of the financial review successfully, their accounts were fully restored.  More recently, we’ve seen Amex clawing back points that they decided were earned through…

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Playing in multi-player mode to earn more valuable rewards

Greg has written in the past about the games we play to earn valuable rewards and the tools we use to do it. The truth is, as with any game, these games are more fun in multi-player mode. For some people, that will mean a couple working together. For others, it may mean several members of a family. Here are some ways you can take advantage of playing the game in multi-player mode to increase…

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Back: Targeted 100K Platinum offer back for some

Amex Platinum for Less

Update 11/4/19: A new round of people are reporting these offers via the Card Match Tool at (H/T DoC). Update 5/27/19: People are once again reporting these offers via the Card Match Tool. Update 4/29/19: A fresh round of people are reporting being targeted. If you’re eligible, it’s probably worth a second to check the Card Match Tool at to see if you’re targeted. (H/T: Miles to Memories) Update 4/4/19: A fresh round of people are reporting being targeted.…

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American Express Adding & Removing Benefits From Select Cards

American Express has announced a number of changes to the benefits provided on a wide range of its cards today. Most notably, premium cards will have travel protection benefits added, but only if you’re booking round trip flights. There are a number of upcoming changes, so here’s what will be added and removed from January 1, 2020. Trip Interruption & Trip Cancellation Insurance If you book a round trip flight and pay for it entirely…

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Up to 20K Membership Rewards points w/ targeted AU bonuses

American Express is sending out targeted email offers to earn 5,000 Membership Rewards points for each authorized user added to your account (after they spend $500 in the first 3 months) for up to four authorized users. That’s a nice and easy 20K if you are targeted and have people to add. The Deal Get 5,000 Membership Rewards points for adding an authorized user after they spend $500 in the first 3 months (up to 20K…

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Why it’s not worth earning (most) hotel points

There are 17 hotel credit cards found on our best offers page. After completing the minimum spending requirements to earn the welcome offer, there is little reason to spend a dime on the vast majority of them. Cash back is quickly becoming a larger and larger part of my miles-and-points strategy, and not just for cash: you can earn more hotel points per dollar spent with a cash back credit card in most instances. Marriott…

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(EXPIRED) 15% cash back at HP or 10x Avios; stack w/ $50 back on $250 & more

TopCashBack is currently offering 15% back on HP Consumer products. Alternatively, the British Airways Shopping Portal is offering 10 Avios per dollar — though it’s worth noting that with the various airline shopping portal bonuses noted in this morning’s Last Chance Deals, you might be able to get nearly that many miles per dollar spent through several airline programs. These offers are well-timed as there is also a targeted current Amex Offer available on  some cards…

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On my mind (Amex airline fee credits and gift card edition)

Amex Platinum and Gold cards offer a perk that helps offset the large annual fees: airline incidental fee reimbursements.  The idea is that when you use these cards on your selected airline to pay for incidental fees (checked bags, seat assignment fees, change fees, etc.) then Amex will reimburse that fee.  Platinum cards offer up to $200 back per calendar year, and the Amex Gold card offers up to $100 back. For years, many cardholders…

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