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Amex Platinum Losing AA/US Lounge Access; New Centurion Lounges Announced for LGA and SFO

December 4, 2013

The American/US Airways merger is expected to close any day now and its effects for consumers will be wide-reaching. Sadly, for American Express Platinum cardholders, this means that “effective March 22, 2014, Consumer, Business and Corporate Platinum and Centurion Card Members will no longer have complimentary access to the American Airlines Admirals Club and US Airways […]

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No Fees on Amex Gift Cards and Rebates For The Holidays

November 26, 2013

Buying gift cards can be a great way to meet your minimum spend requirements for credit card sign-up bonuses, as well as to keep earning points beyond sign-up bonuses and even meet spending threshold bonuses. Although many gift cards are merchant-specific, American Express gift cards are great because they are accepted everywhere Amex are excepted, […]

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Amazing Deal Alert: 50,000 Point Premier Rewards Gold Sign-up Through CardMatch Tool (Targeted)

November 25, 2013

Update: The 50,000 point offer for the Premier Rewards Gold card may no longer be available through Card Match.  View the current public offer here. Today, November 25, 2013, TPG team members checked the Card Match Tool and were pleasantly surprised to see that they were presented with an amazing offer. This tool is targeted, so you […]

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Register for Amex Small Business Saturday Starting at Midnight

November 23, 2013

Back in September, American Express announced that its annual Small Business Saturday promotion where Amex cardholders can get statement credits for using their card on purchases at participating local merchants would be taking place on Saturday, November 30 this year. Though details were scarce at the time, the company has since said registration would open […]

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Amex Business Gold Rewards 30,000 Point Signup Bonus

November 19, 2013

Update: The offer for the Business Gold Rewards card has expired. Please find the current offer here.  The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: The Amazon Prime benefit is no longer offered for the Platinum Card and Business Gold Rewards card and the Prime annual membership […]

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Saturday Recap: 35% Savings at Starwood, Free 2-Day Shipping for Amex Cardholders, 20% Off United Awards to Europe and More

November 9, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: American Express Partners With ShopRunner For Free 2-Day Shipping: American Express cardmembers can now take advantage of 2 days of free shipping with over 80 online stores with a complimentary ShopRunner membership (valued at $79). You must first go to www.shoprunner.com/americanexpress and […]

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American Express 25% Emirates Transfer Bonus Through November 21

November 7, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. To celebrate the addition of Emirates as the newest airline transfer partner of Membership Rewards, the points program […]

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Instant Hilton HHonors Gold Status For American Express Platinum Cardholders

November 4, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. A new promotional benefit is being offered to cardholders of the American Express Platinum card, the Business Platinum […]

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Saturday Recap: Sri Lankan Airlines Joins Oneworld Alliance, Get Bonus Avios With Avis Car Rental, Earn A Free Night Stay At A Wyndam Hotel, Wine Tasting With Alaska Airlines And More

November 2, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Sri Lankan Airlines To Join Oneworld Alliance In April 2014: Sri Lankan Airlines announced this week that they will become a member of the Oneworld Alliance in April 2o14. Sri Lankan already maintains a code-sharing partnership with another Oneworld member, Malaysia Airlines, […]

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Good News: Membership Rewards Transfer Instantly to Emirates

October 31, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Yesterday, American Express Membership Rewards announced the addition of Emirates as a new transfer partner, which was exciting on a number of levels since the airline has become one of the world’s premier carriers and it opens […]

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Emirates Added As The Newest American Express Membership Rewards Airline Transfer Partner

October 30, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. In the past couple of years, American Express Membership Rewards – the points program of cards like the Premier Rewards Gold, Business Gold Rewards, Platinum and Business Platinum cards – has gained (Virgin America and British Airways) […]

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Thursday Giveaway: 18,000 Avios and the Winner of the Tumi Vapor Carry-On Bag

October 24, 2013

While the current Amex transfer bonuses to British Airways (20% until December 31) and Virgin Atlantic (30%) aren’t the best they’ve ever seen, they are still decent options to maximize your American Express Membership Rewards points- especially if you know how to extract the most value out of those programs. So, for today’s Thursday Giveaway, […]

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Top 10 Cards In My Wallet And What I Use Each For

October 22, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. One of the questions people ask me all the time is how many credit cards I have and […]

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Maximize Monday: Virgin Atlantic Awards – Should You Transfer Amex Points To Virgin or Other Partners?

October 21, 2013

With the current 30% Amex transfer bonus to Virgin Atlantic – which is available now through November 30, 2013 – I’ve had a lot of readers writing in and asking questions about whether transferring to Virgin makes sense for their flying needs. So I wanted to put together this post to discuss some other options […]

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American Express Launches Instant Point Redemptions For NYC Taxis

October 21, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. The days of having to have cash to pay for a cab in New York City are long […]

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Are In-Cabin Pet Fees Waived for Elites?

October 20, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. TPG reader Mike will be traveling with his dog over the holidays and wants to avoid the in-cabin pet fee: “I’m flying from LaGuardia to Dallas/Fort-Worth on American Airlines for Christmas with my dog, Edie, and she’s going […]

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American Express Transfer Bonuses To British Airways and Virgin Atlantic – Maximizing Partner Redemptions

October 16, 2013

With the launch on Monday of transfer bonuses from American Express to both British Airways (20%) and Virgin Atlantic (30%), I wanted to talk about options other than the ones I discussed yesterday for redeeming on the airlines themselves to ways in which you can get value by redeeming their miles on partners. This is […]

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Comparing Current Amex Transfer Bonuses To British Airways And Virgin Atlantic

October 15, 2013

Yesterday, I reported that American Express launched two simultaneous transfer bonuses starting today, October 15, 2013. From now through December 31, 2013, Amex will be offering a 20% bonus on points transfers to partner British Airways. Also starting and running just through November 30, 2013, Amex will be offering a 30% transfer bonus to Virgin […]

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Amex Transfer Bonuses to British Airways (20%) and Virgin Atlantic (30%) Launch Tomorrow

October 14, 2013

American Express just announced that it will be launching two simultaneous transfer bonuses starting tomorrow, October 15, 2013. From tomorrow through December 31, 2013, Amex will be offering a 20% bonus on points transfers to partner British Airways. Also starting tomorrow and running just through November 30, 2013, Amex will be offering a 30% transfer […]

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My Chicago Seminars Presentation: Advanced: Credit Card Strategies

October 14, 2013

Another year, another great Chicago Seminars! I once again had a fantastic time in Elk Grove, Illinois (about 20 minutes from O’Hare), meeting and greeting tons of other highly engaged (and slightly obsessed) frequent flyer and points hounds including The Frugal Travel Guy, Rick Ingersoll, and about 550 frequent flyer enthusiasts in attendance and several […]

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Saturday Recap: US Airways 100% Share Miles Bonus Ends Tuesday, Registration Now Open for Hilton’s 4th Quarter Promotion, Save with Starwood in North and Latin America

October 12, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: US Airways 100% Share Miles Bonus Ends Tuesday: Last week, US Airways launched their 100% share miles bonus that runs now through Tuesday, October 15, 2013. Through the promo, Members may receive a maximum of ​ ​50,000 bonus miles during the offer period, but […]

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Preview Of The New American Express Centurion Lounge Opening At Dallas / Fort Worth DFW International Airport

October 10, 2013

Domestic airport club lounges rarely get me excited, however I was very interested when American Express opened a lounge at Las Vegas’s McCarran International Airport in February, and now they have followed up with the announcement that they would be opening a second Centurion Lounge at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on October 15, 2013 and […]

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Complimentary Centurion Lounge Access for Amex Platinum Cardholders

October 8, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Some great news for cardholders of the Platinum Card, Business Platinum and Mercedes-Benz Platinum cards from American Express […]

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Amex Small Business Saturday November 30 – Only $10 Statement Credit

October 8, 2013

American Express’s annual Small Business Saturday, where Amex cardholders can receive statement credits on purchases made with their American Express cards at local businesses, will be taking place on Saturday, November 30 (right after Thanksgiving) this year. Since it launched in 2010, the has become a part of the “post-Thanksgiving” shopping craze, joining Black Friday […]

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