Friday, July 25, 2014

Amex Platinum card with 25K bonus and no first year fee

Valid through: 8/31/2014:

The Platinum Card® from American Express for Ameriprise Financial is currently offering a pretty good deal:
  • 25,000 bonus Membership Rewards points after $3K spend in 3 months.
  • No first year fee, then $450 thereafter
  • Up to 3 authorized users with no first year fee, then $175 (total for all 3) thereafter
  • 5000 bonus points for every $20K in spend (max 30K bonus points annually)
You can find the link to the deal here (scroll down to find the Ameriprise offer).

Its not unusual to see 50K or better offers for Platinum cards, but usually the first year fee is not waived on those offers.  The deal implies that you have to be an Ameriprise customer, but many have received this deal anyway.  Those who have had Amex Platinum cards in the past may wonder if they'll qualify for this since Amex now has lifetime rules against getting a bonus for the same card again.  My best guess is that the Ameriprise version is considered a separate product from the regular Platinum card so you'll be OK.  That's just a guess, though.  YMMV.

Maximize value of card:
  • Make sure to get $200 airline fee credit per calendar year (so, up to $400 within first 12 months of card membership since you can get the $200 in 2014 and 2015).  Airline fee credit is for primary cardholder only.
  • Signup for Global Entry for free.  Each cardholder will get $100 credit when card is used to pay $100 Global Entry fee.  This will give each person TSA-PRE access as well.
  • Use lounge access benefits (primary and authorized users)
  • Use Boingo wifi for free (primary and authorized users)
  • Signup for SPG Gold status (primary and authorized users)
  • Signup for car rental elite status (primary and authorized users)
For details of many of the above benefits, please see: Maximizing Value from Amex Platinum Cards.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Japan Airlines First Class Award Space wide open between San Francisco and Tokyo

Japan Airlines currently has wide open first class availability between San Francisco and Tokyo.
One Mile at a Time has the details here.

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Ink Plus 70,000 point signup offer!

The Chase Ink Plus business card is one of my favorite cards and it is now available with a whopping 70,000 point signup bonus after $5K spend when you apply in-branch!   The usual bonus is 50,000 points with waived first year fee.  The 70K offer does not waive the first year annual fee ($95), but the extra 20,000 points are worth much more than $95.  At a minimum, you can redeem 20,000 points for $200 cash, but there are better uses for Ultimate Rewards points.

Doctor of Credit has the details here.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Get a $10 gift card when you purchase a $50 gift card (targeted offer)

According to Doctor of Credit, there is a targeted offer for a free $10 gift card when you buy a $50 gift card from  You can check to see if you are targeted for this offer through this link

Get the full details of the offer here.

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10% cash back at Staples, Kohl's, Sears, and more

Valid through 7/29/14:

The new SavingStar Cashback Mall is offering increased payouts to a number of popular merchants including 10% back at Staples, Kohl's, Sears, and more.|/Welcome

Here is the full list of bonus merchants:
  • Staples 10%
  • Kohl's 10%
  • Lands' End 10%
  • Walmart 5%
  • Sears 10%
  • Kmart 10%
  • Macy's 10%
  • ProFlowers 25%
  • Groupon 10%
  • LivingSocial 10%
  • JCPenney 8%
  • QVC 6%
  • 7%
  • Orbitz 3%
  • Dell 4%
  • Apple Store 2%
  • 40% 
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$25 off $100 or more at, gift cards included

When you checkout at with $100 or more worth of items in your cart, you should see the option to "Pay with Visa Checkout".  When you click on the tab, you should see an offer for $25 off like this: 
The $25 discount is processed immediately.  Here's an example with a $200 Visa card in my cart (with $6.95 in fees):
Here are a few tips to take things further:
  • Go through a portal such as uPromise or ShopDiscover for an additional 5% cash back on merchandise (doesn't work on gift cards anymore).
  • Staples e-gift cards won't work, but all other gift cards available from should be fine.
  • Even though this offer is intended to by one time only, you can get the offer multiple times by putting your browser in Incognito/Private mode, then checkout as guest, then create a new Visa Checkout account each time.  WARNING: There is some risk that Staples will figure out what you are doing and ban you from their site.
  • Visa checkout will let you pay with any credit card, not just Visa cards.
  • Pay with a Chase Ink card to get 5 points per dollar, or Amex SimplyCash for an additional 5% cash back.  This should work because even though the charge is handled by Visa Checkout, the credit card charge will appear as a charge from Staples.
  • This deal is not supposed to be compatible with other Staples' coupons but some have had success applying both (YMMV)

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Citi ThankYou points more valuable: Now transferable to airline miles

Citi ThankYou points can now be transferred to multiple airline programs, if you have one of the following credit cards: Citi ThankYou Premier, Citi Prestige, or Citi Chairman.

Transfers are one to one to the following airlines:
  • Asia Miles
  • EVA Air Infinity MileageLands
  • Etihad Guest
  • Garuda Indonesia Frequent Flyer
  • Qatar Airways Privilege Club
  • Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
  • Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus
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