Tagged: AMEX

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Credit Card Review: AMEX Platinum

American Express offers many credit cards but the most elite option available to the general public without an invite is their Platinum card. It is an excellent option for the active traveler as the value of the benefits outweigh the annual fee. The current signup bonus ranges from 60,000 to...

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Credit Card Application Batch – March/April 2017

Over the past few months I decided to apply for 2 more credit cards and also received an offer from AMEX as I continue to diversify my point/mile balances. I applied and was approved for the following cards: Bank of America Alaska Airlines Visa Signature ($75/yr, not waived 1st year): -30,000 Alaska Airlines...

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March 2017 Updates

March is always a big month with changes for the travel industry. Airlines make changes, hotel programs change, credit card changes and as always technology changes. Here are the top highlights this month! Airlines Singapore Airlines is making changes to their award chart effective March 23, 2017. They are increasing...

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How to Redeem Credit Card Points using Transfer Partners

I often get the question on how to redeem points collected with credit cards and if it’s a good deal. I’ve always stuck with my rationale of making sure you get at least $0.02 per point in value when making an award redemption otherwise you’d be better off with the 2% cash...

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Credit Card Application Batch – May/June 2016

Over the past few months I decided to apply for 3 more credit cards as I continue to buildup and diversify my point/mile balances. I applied and was approved for the following cards: AMEX Platinum Card: -100,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $3,000 in the first 90 days (this offer is no...

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British Airways Devalues Short Haul Award Tickets

Today, British Airways announced an increase in the required miles for short haul award flights. They will increase from 4,500 to 7,500 miles each way. This has been an excellent value which I’ve used for SFO-PDX and MLE-CMB flights. You have until February 1st, 2016 to book at the old rate...

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Credit Card Application Batch – September 2015

This month I decided to apply for 2 more credit cards as I continue to buildup and diversify my point/mile balances. I applied and was approved for the following cards: Citi AA Executive World Elite Mastercard($450/yr, not waived 1st year): -75,000 American Airlines miles after $7,500 spend in 90 days -1st Bag Checked...

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Credit Card Review: AMEX Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG)

When I started to earn points using credit cards, the best all around card I could find based on my research was the Starwood Preferred Guest card from American Express. Since 2010, I’ve earned over 475,000 SPG points with ~300,000 SPG points within the 1st year of carrying the card....

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ANA Award Ticket Booking Experience: US – Japan

ANA (All Nippon Airways) is a Japanese airline which offers amazing service and premium seating options. I was fortunate to have some miles left over in my account even after my Round The World trip. They are the only airline where your miles expire 3 years from earning them and...

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AMEX Centurion Lounge SFO

During my Thanksgiving travels I was able to check out the new Centurion Lounge which opened a few weeks ago at SFO Terminal 3 (United).  I was flying Delta out of Terminal 1 but you are able to get into Terminal 3 as long as you have a boarding pass...