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The Good Stuff Weekly


First, my best credit card offers in the world are updated.

Miles Credit Card Offers

Points Credit Card Offers

I’ve decided to create a weekly digest. The above is an experimental title, which I’m sure I’ll want to change at some point. People (smart ones) keep telling me that I have to be more consistent, as my posts and topics are all over the place. Although there is a good reason why my posts are all over the place (I enjoy writing about things that interest me), I agree that this blog could use more organization. Is there going to be The Bad Stuff Weekly? I don’t know. When there is more bad stuff and nothing good, I guess it’s possible. But as long as I have a chance, I’d rather not go there.

And one more thing. In these digests, I am going to list things that you can still use, not some promos or fare mistakes that are long gone. So, here goes.

Alternative Visa Gift Card to Buy Online

I’ll start with this excellent write-up on a lesser-known Visa Gift Card at Doctor of Credit. I had no idea there was such an option, so kudos to DOC and Chuck for discovering it. Using this trick will allow you to keep your expenses under 1% without a drive to Simon Mall. Which might not be a big deal to many of you, but for those of us in NYC MS Prison, this is a great find.

Options for Buying $500 Visa Gift Cards Online, & This Weird Trick Can Save You Money

10 Free Gogo Internet Passes

If you carry AMEX Business Platinum Card, you already have free unlimited access to Boingo internet plans. I have found that in a few cases, the Boingo connection was unavailable (where it should’ve been available according to their map) and there have been a few cases when I either had a difficulty connecting or was consistently kicked out every few minutes or so. Still, it’s a great benefit where it works, and the price is right, too.

This year, they upped the ante, and came up with 10 free internet passes for their AMEX Business Platinum cards (and 5 passes for some corporate cards, too). You can sign up right here with your AMEX card.

10 Gogo Internet Passes for the holders of the AMEX Business Platinum Card

Possible $100 Credit from AMEX Business Platinum Card

AMEX Platinum cardholders are going (perhaps) to lose their “elite” Gold Regus status. I did have this status a couple of years ago with my previous AMEX Platinum card, but I can’t log in anymore, which probably means they kicked me out. Anyway, I used their service exactly one time when my wife was delayed, and I had to wait for her in Manhattan, and it was cold… well, you’ve got the picture. The gold membership allows you (and you only) to visit any Regus lounge in the world for free, and they do have free coffee and internet. Nice, but unnecessary. Although, if you are at a hotel that charges $25+ for internet, and there is a Regus building across the street… Well, you’ve got the picture.

So the reason this might be a good news, is that some folks have received up to a $100 compensation for this heartbreaking event. Well, some have, others haven’t. I haven’t, as they set up my membership for the next two months, rather than give me the money. 🙂  But it doesn’t hurt to ask, does it? HT to Doctor of Credit. Again! 🙂

American Express Business Platinum Cardholders To Lose Regus Platinum Office Benefit

Chase Amtrak Credit Card 18,000-Mile Bonus

Chase Amtrak Guest Rewards credit card has increased the bonus from 12,000 to 18,000 miles. That doesn’t sound much if you think of it in terms of  Amtrak miles, but if you transfer these points into the Choice Privileges program at 1:3 ration, that can give you up to four nights in Europe. That’s not even mentioning how hard it is to get Choice points without BIB (Butt-in-Bed) activities.

Of course, nothing is as easy as it sounds, and Amtrak makes you spend $200 on travel before you can transfer your miles. Which is why you need to read my post–to maximize your benefits should you decide to accept their offer (sorry, could not resist).

New Chase Amtrak Credit Card 18,000-Mile Bonus, etc.

More Good Points Credit Card Offers.

First, unrestricted Chase Marriott credit card 70,000-point offer is back. It has always been on and off; up until recently, the 70,000-point offer was only available to Marriott Elite members. Since the offer goes back and forth between 50- and 70,000 points, I strongly recommend you monitor this Flyertalk thread Wiki.

Second, there is a new Chase Ink Plus 60,000-point offer which is available online and in Chase bank branches. The difference between applying at home and applying at the bank is $95 AF that is not waived for the first year if you apply online. The offer may or may not be available in every branch, but in my experience, switching to a more knowledgeable CSR can do the trick.

Third, there is a new 45,000 Barclaycard Wyndham offer available, increased from a regular 30,000-point bonus. Whether you want it or not depends on your travel patterns, but it can be good for up to 8 hotel nights–so nothing to sneeze at.

3 Credit Card Offers: Dead and Alive!


Want to know more about free travel hacks? Sign up for my weekly digest (top left) and don’t miss the good stuff.

If you have a Gmail, my newsletters will end up in the Promotion tab by default, and if you are like me, you don’t check that tab too often. However, it’s very easy to move emails into the Primary Tab. 

The easiest way to move an email in your inbox is to left-click and hold on the email to drag it from the Promotions tab over to the Primary tab. Once dropped, Gmail displays a yellow box that asks if you want to make this change permanent. Click Yes to ensure that all messages with the same From email address appear in the Primary tab going forward.

Photo By: Rob Enslin


3 Credit Card Offers: Dead and Alive!

So, what’s up with credit card offers? It’s been a slow week. Chase Ritz-Carlton Offer Is Dead! The Chase Ritz-Carlton 140,000-point credit card offer is dead. RIP! They have replaced it with a 1-night stay bonus, which is, well, meh. In addition, the Flyertalk thread is reporting increased difficulties with getting the annual $300 creditContinue Reading

My Latest App-o-Rama: Great Success!

  Yeah, what he said! My latest app-o-Rama went sour at first, after I got denied by Chase for two credit cards: British Airways and Chase Sapphire Preferred. And not just denied, really denied! No matter what I told them and how much I begged–nothing helped! I called them three times and gave them plenty of opportunities toContinue Reading

My Best in the World Miles/Points Credit Card Links Have Been Updated

  I have updated my two lists of the best credit cards in the world for free flights and free hotel stays. No affiliate links and/or conflicts of interests there, folks, only pure goodness! Killed some dead links, and added new options. For newbies and a couple of folks who have sent me emails: please doContinue Reading

My Best Credit Card Offers in the World Are Updated, and More

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Manufactured Spend with Barclaycard Travel Community–Worth Looking Into?

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Just Got My New Chase Ritz Carlton Card–Is It the Best Reward Card Ever?

First thing first: the presentation is beautiful! And the card? The card is heavy as you won’t believe it. Hit someone on the head with this thing, and I guarantee they will feel it. So don’t. 🙂 It’s heavier than the Sapphire Preferred, which is also metal, but it doesn’t hold a candle to thisContinue Reading

New AMEX Delta 50,000-Mile Offer And $50 Statement Credit

    AMEX has a new 50,000 Delta Gold SkyMiles offer valid until September 8, 2014. They also have a 50K offer for the Platinum card too, but that one will cost you $195 although with $100 credit and 15,000 MQMs if you are into this kind of things (I’m not). 🙂 Still, according to some reports,Continue Reading

What Does the New FICO 9 Scoring Model Means to Miles and Points Junkies

I had a beer with famous (or infamous to some 🙂 ) TBB from Travel Blogger Buzz yesterday night. A couple of other hobbyists showed up too, so we talked and exchanged some war stories, stuff like that. It was very enjoyable to talk to people who don’t think you’re crazy every now and then. My newContinue Reading

Credit Cards and Manufactured Spend News and Updates

I have been approved for the Chase Ritz Carlton credit card. The more I read about other people’s experiences, the more I’m convinced that this is probably the best reward credit card out there right now; especially in light of the demise of the Citi 100K AAdvantage mile bonus. Just think about it: a 70,000-point bonus,Continue Reading

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