New Access Restrictions for Amex Centurion Lounges

In an effort to reduce overcrowding at its popular Centurion Lounges, American Express has been piloting various access restrictions in certain airports at certain times. Some of those will now be made permanent. Beginning March 22, 2019, Platinum and Centurion Card Members will only be permitted to access a Centurion Lounge within 3 hours of… Read More »

Capital One Venture Adds Miles Transfer Partners

Capital One has finally introduced airline transfer partners to its popular Venture credit card. In the past, I’ve been critical of Venture for being nothing more than an expensive cash back credit card marketed as a travel card. That ends with this new benefit. Capital One Venture earns 2x miles on all purchases and 10x… Read More »

Priority Pass Loses Another LAX Restaurant

In an effort to increase its offerings, Priority Pass has been adding restaurants to its list of airport lounges. When dining at these participating venues, you simply order off the menu as you normally would and your Priority Pass membership will provide you and your guests with a credit toward your meal. Unfortunately, these restaurant… Read More »

American Express Refreshes Gold Card

American Express has a newly refreshed version of its popular Premier Rewards Gold Card, which will now be called the “American Express Gold Card.” The revamped card offers new and enhanced benefits in food and travel, as well as a new metal design. The new Gold Card now has an annual fee of $250, up from… Read More »

TSA Adds 3 Additional Airlines to Pre Check

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced the expansion of TSA Pre✓ to 3 additional domestic and international airlines, bringing the total number of airlines participating in TSA Pre✓ to 56. A full list of airlines can be found here. Eligible passengers traveling on Norwegian Air, Icelandair and Via Airlines will now have the opportunity to… Read More »

Amex Membership Rewards: 30% Transfer Bonus to Virgin Atlantic

On occasion, American Express Membership Rewards offers bonus miles when transferring to airline partners. From now until September 12, 2018, you can get 30% additional miles when you transfer MR points to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club. One of the sweet spots of the Flying Club program is to use miles on its partner airline, ANA… Read More »

Status Match: MLife Rewards Gold to Caesars Total Rewards Diamond

In this series of posts on Status Matching, I show you how to leverage your elite tier status in one loyalty program to obtain a similar tier in another. This particular match requires some effort, but the benefits are worth it. You can match MLife Gold to Total Rewards Diamond at any of Caesar’s Atlantic City… Read More »

Status Match: World of Hyatt and MLife Rewards

In this series of posts on Status Matching, I show you how to leverage your elite tier status in one loyalty program to obtain a similar tier in another. This article covers World of Hyatt and MLife Rewards. I actually didn’t have status in either program until a couple weeks ago. I’ll show you a… Read More »

Revamped Chase United Explorer Card Benefits

Chase has added some new features and benefits to its MileagePlus Explorer Card while removing some others. The card also has a new name: the Chase United Explorer Card. Read on for a review of all the changes. Chase United Explorer Card 40,000 bonus miles after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3… Read More »