The Starwood “Take A Spin With SPG” Contest

StarwoodStarwood is doing a contest through October 10th where you can win 250,000 Starwood points as the grand prize. But, you can enter the drawing every day for a chance to win other prizes. I’m writing today because earlier I won 5,000 Starwood points. That’s enough for two free nights at the lowest level hotels.

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Reloading Bluebird at Walmart Self-Checkout

Walmart-Bluebird-American-Express-CardWith a pocket full of $200 Visa GCs from the Officemax deal I headed to Walmart to try and add funds to my Amex Bluebird card. Normally I’d just use the automated kiosk but this store did not have one. While my wife was checking out I went to another self-checkout machine and there was an option to load a shopping card. After I swiped my Bluebird card the pinpad prompted me to wait for assistance from an associate. Any time you involve an employee things usually go downhill, and this time was no exception. Continue reading

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Citi AAdvantage Business MasterCard Provides Primary Rental Car Coverage

Citi-Business-AAdvantageI just got my disclosures and info from Citi for my new AAdvantage Business MasterCard that I applied for two weeks ago. I always make sure to check the rental car section to see what kind of protection they provide and this card noted the following:

MasterRental will pay for covered damages on a primary basis for which you or any other authorized driver is legally responsible to the rental agency.

This is great news since the only other card that I know of to provide primary coverage is the Chase United card. Normally credit cards only offer secondary coverage which means that it comes after any other insurance from other sources like your personal auto insurance. But, primary coverage comes first, so you might not even have to involve your own auto insurance company if you need to file a claim.

There is no official landing page for his offer, but like many other Citi offers you can use a link to go straight to the application page and apply. This is the method I used and I called after activation to confirm the bonus miles. The current public offer is for only 30,000 AAdvantage miles.

Citi Business AAdvantage MasterCard Application

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Chase Southwest 50,000 Mile Cards Are Back

Chase-Southwest-CardsSome of these cards had disappeared for a few months but now they’re all back. All cards required spending $2,000 within 3 months to receive the bonus. Reports are that these bonus points still count toward the Southwest Companion Pass. 50,000 points is good for two round trip flights on Southwest, but often times you’ll be able to get more than that, or perhaps 3 one ways.

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[Quick Info] HHonors Amex introduces new 5X and 7X point bonuses

Amex-HHonors-CardThe Amex branded Hilton HHonors card will now offer 5X bonus points for spend at restaurants and 7X bonus points for spend at any Hilton brand hotels. This comes just after Amex announced that they will no longer be doing 6X bonus points at drug stores (Walgreens, CVS, etc)

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[Hotel Review] Hyatt House Fort Lauderdale

Hyatt-House-Ft-Lauderdale-8We stayed at the Hyatt House Fort Lauderdale before our belated honeymoon cruise the next day. This was our first stay at a Hyatt House and we were impressed.

After picking up our bags at Ft. Lauderdale Airport we waited for the hotel shuttle to pick us up. It was felt like 30 minutes, so we likely just missed the previous one. This shuttle serves the Hyatt House and the Hyatt Place hotels that share the same lot. Since we were the first on we were also the last off so the line at check-in was long. Continue reading

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New Lower Minimum Spending For Chase Ink Cards

Chase has lowered the spending requirements their Ink Plus and Ink Bold Business cards from $10,000 in 3 months to $5,000 in 3 months. These cards are another way to earn 50,000 Ultimate Rewards points, plus they have some other great earning opportunities. One of the best uses of this card is at office supply stores (Office Depot, Office Max, Staples) where you’ll earn 5X the points on any spending at those office stores. So if you buy a lot of stuff from those stores already you could be earning tons of points. Another benefit of the 5X bonus is buying gift cards from the office stores. Continue reading

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Closing Your Citi Credit Card Account In 30 Seconds

Closing your credit card account is often times a drawn out ordeal. You have to wait on hold once you call. Then you have to talk to the first line of defense that will try and talk you out of closing your card. Then they’ll transfer you to retentions where you’ll have to hold between connections. Continue reading

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Waiving The Annual Fee On Your AAdvantage Citi Cards

Last October 15th I was approved for two AAdvantage cards, one Visa and one Amex. The annual fee is $85 per card, and there’s no way I was about to pay $170 just for the pleasure of holding onto two cards that I rarely use. My statement wasn’t closing for another week or so, so I figured I’d try to get them to waive the annual fee instead of canceling the card. The AAdvantage cards have some great benefits: Continue reading

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5,000 United Points via MileagePlus Credit Card Offer

Mommy Pints posted about a promotion from United to earn 5,000 miles when you spend $1,000 on your MileagePlus credit card between Aug 1st and Oct 31st. ThisĀ  may be a targeted offer, but it doesn’t hurt to register for the promotion and cross your fingers.

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