Chase Cuts Authorized User Bonus on CSP, What Card to Put Your Large Spending on, Italy’s Tax Break and More

Sep 15, 2018

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Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you might have missed from the week before. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you might have missed on TPG this week.

Chase Sapphire Preferred Card No Longer Offering an Authorized User Bonus

Say goodbye to Chases’ authorized user bonus of 5,000 Ultimate Rewards points, worth $100 according to our latest valuation. 

When to Use Hotel Credit Cards vs. Chase Sapphire on Large Purchases

TPG’s Brendan Dorsey expertly compared the everyday points back and valuations of Chase Sapphire and hotel cards to assess which will best maximize your big purchases.

Cefalù, coastal city in northern Sicily, Italy. (Photo by Federico Scotto/Getty Images)

Italy Hopes to Lure Retirees to Sicily, Sardinia and Calabria With Massive Tax Break

Italy’s attractive new tax cut might just pull retirees overseas.

Passengers Are Disgusting, and Other Things I Learned at AA’s Maintenance Base

TPG‘s Katie Genter toured “the world’s largest commercial aviation maintenance base,” and let us in on her non-AvGeek perspective.

A taxi drives by a phone displaying the Uber app in Barcelona on March 13, 2018. - Uber said it was back in Barcelona with 120 professional drivers after it was forced out three years ago over the suspension of its service that enables unregulated drivers to ferry passengers for money using their own cars. (Photo by PAU BARRENA / AFP) (Photo credit should read PAU BARRENA/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Your Uber Driver May Force You to Cancel Your Ride and Pay a Fee

This Uber scam has become increasingly common and extremely frustrating.

Why I’m Breaking Up With Uber

Even though TPG’s a loyal customer of the ride sharing service — spending five figures on it just this year — he said enough is enough.

One Big Reason I’m Excited About Apple’s New iPhone XS Max

No, we’re not talking about the 737 MAX 8, but this new Apple release might just fulfill the need that some MAX 8s have surfaced: Bring your own device.

AIRPORT ORLY, PARIS, FRANCE - 2018/02/18: Air France Boeing 777-300ER taking off from Paris Orly airport. (Photo by Fabrizio Gandolfo/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Dirty Bird: Air France (777) in Economy in a Duo Seat From Boston to Paris

TPG’s Alberto Riva found some not-so-appetizing surprises on his Air France flight from Boston to Paris.

Hawaiian Will Launch the Longest Domestic Flight in the US

The flight from Boston (BOS) to Honolulu is coming to the skies next April.

(Photo courtesy Hilton Conrad Maldives)

8 Cards Currently Offering Welcome Bonuses of 100,000 Points or More

It’s prime time to sign up for these eight cards.

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

Earn 50,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new card in your first three months of card membership. Plus, earn up to $100 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants with your card within the first 3 months of membership.

With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.
  • Plus, earn up to $100 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at US restaurants with your card within the first 3 months of membership.
  • Accelerate your path to Medallion Status, with Status Boost®. Plus, in 2021 you can earn even more bonus Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) to help you reach Medallion Status.
  • Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
  • Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
  • Earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. *Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
  • Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
  • Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
  • Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • $250 Annual Fee.
  • Terms Apply.
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Regular APR
15.74%-24.74% Variable
Annual Fee
$250
Balance Transfer Fee
N/A
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good
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