Spend Safety, Various Shutdowns, Hacking Citi Product Conversions & More!

Welcome to the Frequent Miler Week In Review series. Every Saturday we recap what you might have missed from Frequent Miler during the week and bring you some of the best posts from around the web. Enjoy!

This Week From Frequent Miler

Manufacturing spend: What’s safe? – A look at manufactured spending best practices and possible suggestions to avoid account shutdowns and other trouble.

Hacking Walt Disney World – Extra fastpasses, saving the most money on rooms, the Disney Vacation Savings Account and more WDW hacks.

Best hotel program for extended business stay – A look at status challenges and which major loyalty program is best for an extended business stay.

Real or hoax? Your Target Prepaid REDcard Account has Been Closed – There have been a few reports of REDbird account shutdowns. Find out what happened & why these accounts were supposedly shutdown.

REDbird: What’s safe? – A few suggestions for avoiding a possible REDbird shutdown.

Coming up soon: FTU San Diego, and FTU Dallas. Don’t forget your Platinum card. – Upcoming appearances and how to get lounge access & a food credit in San Diego International Airport with your American Express Platinum card.

Bet You Didn’t Know: Waitlisting for United First or Business Class – When booking mixed cabin award tickets, it is possible to get on the waitlist to be upgraded to United First or Business class.

Barclay’s Possibly Charging Cash Advance Fees On Amex Gift Card Purchases – One reader has been charged a cash advance fee on an Amex gift card purchase. Find out the latest developments.

This Week Around the Web

Softcard To Shut Down Soon – What That Means for Us – Answers to many questions about the shutdown including what will happen to the Softcard version of Serve.

Yet Another Smart Card: The Stratos Card – A look at this new membership only smart card and a comparison to other similar products coming to market.

Free Credit Monitoring for AAA Members – AAA members now have free Experian credit monitoring with the ability to upgrade to three bureau monitoring for not a lot of money.

The New Air France Process That May Prevent You From Booking an Award – Strange new fraud rules are making it difficult for many members to book award tickets with Air France.

Freeze ARS and IDA credit reports the easy way! – A new much easier way to freeze your report with these two smaller credit bureaus.

Hacking Citi Product Conversions – Turn An Unwanted Card Into A Potential Points Machine – A look at how to convert Citi products to take advantage of generous retention offers.

Have a great weekend!

Last updated on December 20th, 2018

About Nick Reyes

Nick Reyes is a (fairly) regular guy with an animalistic passion for maximizing the value of miles and money to travel the world in comfort and style. There is little in life that he loves more than finding a fantastic deal and helping you shop smarter & harder to achieve your travel dreams.

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I have a Thank You Preferred Card, which I got in Jul 2013 with 21 months 0% APR, but with Zero TY points during Sign up. I was planning to sign up for another preferred card now which gives 30K TY points for signing up, because I never received any bonus from the “Thank You Preferred product”.

But this new language in the application set me back, “Bonus ThankYou Points not available if you have had a Citi ThankYou Preferred Card opened or closed in the past 18 months”
So should I close my “Thank You Preferred product” now and wait 18 months to get the bonus.

This brings in another question, what about AA Cards. I have AA Amex and AA Executive MC. I planned to convert the Exec MC to “Double Cash” once the $450 fee posts.
But do I also have to close all my AA card and wait 18 months if I need to get the bonus once again…

Citi used to be very easy 🙂