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Inside Randy Petersen’s huge Altitude Reserve interview

On Wednesday, Randy Petersen (founder of Boarding Area, Inside Flyer, Flyertalk, and more) had an opportunity to interview John Steward, president of Retail Payment Solutions at US Bank, about the new US Bank Altitude Reserve card. The interview was published at Inside Flyer, here: [60 Seconds] US Bank Altitude Reserve Card. In preparation for the interview, Randy asked me if I had any questions about the new card. You bet I did! I sent Randy…

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US Bank’s Sapphire Reserve Killer

US Bank will apparently launch a legitimate Sapphire Reserve competitor May 1st.  We expected this from Amex or maybe Citibank, but US Bank?  Really?  Rumors of US Bank’s new card, the US Bank Altitude Reserve, began last week on Flyertalk.  And now Walla.by says that a “source close to the matter has reached out to us to confirm details and timelines.”  Walla.by even posted this grainy card image: Walla.by further posted that the card would…

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FlexPerks award charts for flights, hotels, car rentals, and annual fees

FlexPerks award charts

US Bank’s FlexPerks program offers several options for getting better than 1 cent per point value from your FlexPerks points.  The details, though, can be hard to find.  So, I thought it would be helpful to assemble FlexPerks award charts all in one place… Overview You can redeem FlexPerks points for merchandise, but that’s usually a bad idea.  Better value can be had by redeeming points for travel rewards (especially flights) or to pay the…

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US Bank FlexPerks Gold Amex: The best new option for dining, but is it worth it?

FlexPerks Gold Amex

US Bank has apparently ditched their old FlexPerks Travel Rewards Amex card in favor of a new one.  The new card is called “U.S. Bank FlexPerks Gold American Express Card” (hat tip: Doctor of Credit). The old Amex card For $49 per year, the old card offered double points for restaurants and cell phone charges; triple points for charitable donations; and double points for gas, grocery, or airline purchases (whichever was most each month). The…

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ThankYou transfer to AA; Wyndham surprises; Rite Aid drops debit loads: My 2016 Predictions

2016 predictions

Welcome to 2016! Yesterday I proved that my odd-numbered-year predictions are not so good, but we know that I’m really good with even-numbered-year predictions.  In other words, my 2014 predictions were mostly right whereas my 2015 predictions were mostly wrong.  So, obviously, my 2016 predictions will be spot-on.  You can practically take these to the bank… Citi will add American Airlines as a new ThankYou Rewards transfer partner I agree with Lucky on this one. …

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How to book US Bank Club Carlson e-cert free nights (it may be harder than you think)

Club Carlson e-cert

The Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa and its business card twin used to be among my favorite cards.  In fact, I have one of each, and my wife has the personal card.  Until May of this year, the cards offered a wonderfully generous benefit called Bonus Award Nights: book two or more nights with points and get the last night free.  This meant that two night stays cost the same as one night stays (since…

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US Bank business card employee spend does not count towards spend requirements

Consider this a public service announcement… A reader reports that she did not earn the full signup bonus from the US Bank Club Carlson Business Rewards Visa card because she attempted to meet part of the minimum spend requirement through spend on an employee card.  Specifically, the signup offer for the card she applied for was (and still is at the time of this writing): 50,000 points after first purchase plus an additional 35,000 points…

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Some online Serve credit loads now posting as cash advances

Note: On January 8, 2016 American Express sent out a notice to a large number of Bluebird & Serve cardholders informing them that loading capabilities on their accounts had been terminated. For more information, see: Amex kills Bluebird and Serve for manufactured spend I posted earlier today that US Bank has started charging cash advance fees for Serve online credit loads.  In response, several people informed me that the same is true for Citibank.  In fact,…

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Serve no longer safe with US Bank?

Developing story… Earlier this month, there was panic about Serve apparently charging cash advance fees for online credit card loads.  It turned out to be a false alarm.  See: Serve is safe. Now, though, there is some evidence that US Bank is charging cash advance fees.  Here are recent reader comments: Linda writes: Just an FYI – I am new to all this so I might be missing something, but I used my and my…

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