Anatomy of an Award: Triangle Award in the US for $10 out of Pocket

This is another post in my Anatomy of an Award series, in which I take a real award I’ve booked and break it down step-by-step to elucidate the award booking process.

Free First Class Next Month: Exploiting Other Credit Card Benefits

Hey there, you're reading an outdated post! The updated series from April 2015 can be found here.

This is the eleventh post in a monthlong series. Each post will take about two minutes to read and may include an action item that takes the reader another two minutes to complete.

What to Do with an American Express Annual Fee Coming Up and Unused Membership Rewards

Samir asks:
Hi Scott,
     I discovered your blog recently and am loving it. Your miles-related knowledge is pretty impressive and I most definitely appreciate the tips/advice I have gotten from your site so far. Needless to say, I have started reading your site daily. 
     Anyway, I have an issue that I was hoping you could help me out with. Last summer, I signed up for the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold card when it had a nice signup bonus at the time.

TODAY ONLY: 75,000 Membership Rewards Sign Up for American Express Business Gold

Today only is a bit misleading, since similar one day offers happened in February and June if memory serves. American Express seems to have a pattern of offering this, so if you can't get it today, you may have another shot soon.

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Don’t Get the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express without Reading This Post

This offer has expired. Click here for the current Starwood Preferred Guest American Express offer.

The Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Card temporarily increased its sign up bonus from 25,000 SPG points to 30,000 SPG points after $5,000 in spending within six months of getting the card. Here are the stats:

Issuing Bank: American Express

Absolute Value of the Sign Up Bonus: $732+

Rebate Percentage of the Sign Up Bonus: 14.6%+

This card's sign up bonus is denominated in SPG points (Starpoints), the proprietary points of the Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty program.