Forum Buzz: Another New Prepaid Card Option, Delta Not Checking Bags to Destination

Prepaids are All the Rage--Add Another to the List (if You Live in New England)

Word on the street is that miles and points aficionados may be interested in prepaid debit cards. See How Much is Bluebird Really Worth? and my Bluebird Calculator.

The players involved have included the NetSpend card, Mio card, Wells Fargo prepaid card, US Bank and Nationwide Visa Buxx cards, and the American Express Prepaid card.

Citi AAdvantage Visa and American Express: $2,099 Sign Up Bonuses

These offers have expired. Click here for the top current credit card sign up bonuses.

Citi AAdvantage Visa and American Express Quick Facts

Issuing Bank: Citi

Absolute Value of Sign Up Bonuses (combined): $2,098.77

Rebate Percentage of Visa: 49.4%

Rebate Percentage of American Express: 22.2%


I am combining my analysis of these two cards because hundreds of people have reported you can get both cards on the same day! I've done it myself, and getting both at once is a no-brainer.

The issuing bank is Citi for both cards.

Forum Buzz: End of Aeroplan, Hilton Points, and More

Update: Oops, the normal Hilton card gives only Silver status. Thanks for the correction.

Here are some of the day's hot topics being discussed on the message boards at FlyerTalk and milepoint.

50,000-60,000 HHonors Point Sign up Bonuses with American Express HHonors cards

A poster in this FlyerTalk thread has come across big-number sign up bonuses for the two different American Express Hilton credit cards.

American Express/United Gift Card Trouble

I've talked before about the American Express Platinum personal card with its current sign up bonus worth $1,025, a rebate of 102.5% of the minimum spending requirement.  Click here for the top current credit card sign up bonuses.

One of the benefits that makes the Mercedes-Benz branded version of this card the current third biggest sign up bonus is that you can get $400 worth of airline fees reimbursed by American Express in your first year of being a cardholder.

That's because the $200 annual airline fee reimbursement is a calendar-year benefit.

For instance, I got my AMEX Platinum

Should You Get the 75k AMEX Biz Gold or the 50k AMEX Biz Gold?

Today (9/12/12) only, American Express is doing one of its once-every-few-months, one-day-only 75k Membership Rewards sign up bonuses for the American Express Gold Business card.

I won't give a full rundown of the rules and benefits of the card--you can get that from thepointsguy--but I will answer the following question: should you get the 75k sign up bonus on this card or the 50k sign up bonus?

If the answer seems obvious, it is not.

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.

Get the link from your second favorite blogger.

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.