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  • Credit Cards

    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 the Premier Rewards Gold Card’s previous fee of $195. For a short time, card members can request a limited edition rose gold version of the Card through January 9, 2019. American Express Gold Card 4X Membership Rewards points at US restaurants 4X Membership Rewards points at US supermarkets–up to $25,000 per year 3X Membership Rewards…

  • Membership Rewards to Virgin Atlantic Bonus Offer
    Miles and Points

    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 to Japan. You can fly round trip in First Class from the east coast of the U.S. to Tokyo on ANA for only 120,000 Flying Club Miles. With this bonus, it will only cost 93,000 Amex Membership Rewards points. That’s an incredible bargain for a round trip First Class fare between North America and Asia.…

  • Miles and Points

    Targeted Offer: 10k Amex Membership Rewards Points for Platinum Card Members

    If you are a Platinum Card Member, check your inbox for an email from American Express. You might be able to earn 10,000 bonus Membership Rewards points after your next 10 purchases. This promotion is highly targeted and only open to invited Card Members. The Terms and Conditions state that you can enroll by 12/31/17 and earn 10,000 Membership Rewards points after you make 10 or more separate purchases on your Platinum Card starting from the date you complete enrollment until 1/31/18. Points will be credited to your account 8-12 weeks after you make your 10th purchase. Eligible purchases can be made by the Basic Card Member and any Additional Card…

  • Miles and Points

    Amex Membership Rewards to JetBlue Bonus

    From now through November 30, 2017, American Express card members get 25% Bonus JetBlue TrueBlue points when they transfer Membership Rewards points. The transfer ratio is now an even 250 MR points to 250 TrueBlue points. The normal ratio is 250:200.   Depending on the flight, each TrueBlue point can be worth around 1.7-1.8 cents and the points never expire. These transfer bonuses come around occasionally, but certainly not frequently. For regular JetBlue flyers, this can be a good transfer even if you don’t have an immediate need for the points. I took advantage of a similar offer back in May. I proactively transferred some excess Membership Rewards points to…

  • Offers

    25% Bonus JetBlue Points from Membership Rewards

    From now through May 31, 2017, American Express card members get 25% Bonus JetBlue TrueBlue points when they transfer Membership Rewards points. The transfer ratio is now an even 250 MR points to 250 TrueBlue points. The normal ratio is 250:200. Depending on the flight, each TrueBlue point can be worth around 1.7-1.8 cents and the points never expire. These transfer bonuses come around occasionally, but certainly not frequently. For regular JetBlue flyers, this can be a good transfer even if you don’t have an immediate need for the points. * Special Offer Terms & Conditions Terms and Conditions for the Membership Rewards® program apply. Visit membershiprewards.com/terms for more information. Participating…

  • Credit Cards

    Amex Slashes Business Platinum Pay with Points

    According to a post today by TPG, American Express is drastically reducing a recently improved benefit of its Business Platinum Card effective June 1. The 50% Pay with Points Airline Bonus is being reduced to 35%. This bonus was only recently enhanced for Platinum Business Card Members back in October, 2016. The enhancement lasted a mere 9 months. In addition, Amex is putting a 500,000 cap on rebates each calendar year. The cap will only affect heavy users of this benefit. There are also recent reports that the Airline Bonus rebate, which had been taking only a day or 2 to hit Cardmember accounts, is now taking weeks. If you…

  • Uncategorized

    Comparing Amex Everyday and Everyday Preferred Cards

    Whenever I’m asked what the best credit card is, my answer is always, “It depends.” Even making a recommendation between just two cards leads me to respond the same way. Case in point: the Everyday and Everyday Preferred cards from American Express. If you are a fan of Amex’s Membership Rewards program, one of these two cards is a good choice for you. I can’t tell you which is the better choice, but at the end of this post you’ll find a calculator that will help you decide for yourself. Lets take a look at each card’s benefits. Amex Everyday Card 2x Membership Rewards points at U.S. Supermarkets (on up…

  • Credit Cards

    American Express Announces Changes to its Platinum Card

    American Express today announced its anticipated refresh of benefits for the Platinum Card. The changes include new Uber benefits, 5x Membership Rewards for certain hotel bookings, and a new metal Card design. But the accompanying annual fee increase casts a rather large shadow over what are only marginal new benefits. The new perks will kick in on on March 30, 2017. At that time, the annual fee will be increased to $550 from $450 for new applicants. For existing Platinum Card Members, the new annual fee will take effect on their renewal date on or after September 1, 2017. Back in October, Amex announced its last set of enhancements to Platinum Card benefits and…