Loyalty Program News for Frequent Flyers

Chatting Live with the Credit Card Nerd on Youtube

Chatting Live with the Credit Card Nerd on Youtube

Thanks for listening to my YouTube live podcast interview with Chase at The Credit Card Nerd Podcast. I really enjoyed the opportunity to share my story with you and discuss the latest travel news and credit card trends.

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Positive Changes Coming To American Express: Better Warranty and Purchase Protections

Positive Changes Coming To American Express: Better Warranty and Purchase Protections

If you’re an American Express cardholder, you’ve likely been following along closely to all of the upcoming changes, especially if you are an SPG or Marriott member. Amidst new changes, American Express recently sent a notice with your most recent billing statement about a couple of positive upgrades the company is making to two of its policies: enhanced purchases protection and the extended warranty.

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Capital One Adds Global Entry/TSA PreCheck to Venture Card

Capital One Adds Global Entry/TSA PreCheck to Venture Card

Capital One added a major perk to its Venture card to make your travels more effortless and smooth. And just in time for your vacations this summer! This proves why the Venture card is one of the top credit cards for travel rewards.

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Barclays Arrival Plus Credit Card Returns From the Dead

Barclays Arrival Plus Credit Card Returns From the Dead

Word has leaked that the Barclays Arrival Plus credit card will soon be available online. This credit card offers 2.1% in travel rewards on all purchases when you include the 5% rebate on redemptions. Combined with the strong sign-up bonus, this is a valuable addition to any traveler’s wallet.

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Is the Alaska Platinum Plus Credit Card Being Eliminated?

Is the Alaska Platinum Plus Credit Card Being Eliminated?

Yesterday I noticed that the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature card was now being advertised as just a Visa card on the Bank of America website. But on Alaska’s site it still says Visa Signature. I had to wonder, is BoA dropping Visa Signature benefits on the card?

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Get on the A-List Immediately With This Southwest Status Match Promotion

Get on the A-List Immediately With This Southwest Status Match Promotion

Southwest Airlines may not offer premium seats, but you can still earn extra benefits when you get on the A-List. Usually, you’d need to fly 25 one-way segments or earn 35,000 tier-qualifying points to earn A-List status in the Rapid Rewards program.

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Transfer Citi ThankYou Points to Cathay Pacific and Earn a 15% Bonus

Transfer Citi ThankYou Points to Cathay Pacific and Earn a 15% Bonus

One of the best benefits of the limited time offer to receive a 15 percent bonus when transferring Citi ThankYou points to Cathay Pacific’s Asia Miles program.

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Forget Metal Credit Cards – New Amex Parley Is Even More Unique!

Forget Metal Credit Cards – New Amex Parley Is Even More Unique!

Credit card companies, like American Express, Chase and others, continue to up the ante as they roll out new rewards credit cards with better benefits and higher annual fees. Metal credit cards that are heavy and produce a significant “clank” when they hit the counter make a statement. But metal cards can’t compare to bragging to your friends that you’re saving the ocean with your new American Express credit card made from recycled ocean plastic.

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Up to 1,000 Bonus Miles With United MileagePlus Shopping

Up to 1,000 Bonus Miles With United MileagePlus Shopping

Between Father’s Day and graduation, you’ll have plenty of reasons to buy gifts for your dads and grads. offering you a way to turn those reasons into opportunities to earn some extra MileagePlus miles on shopping you would do anyway. You just have to use United’s online shopping portal.

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Is This the American Express Version of 5/24? New More Restrictive Amex Rules and Bonus Qualification Tool in Action

Is This the American Express Version of 5/24? New More Restrictive Amex Rules and Bonus Qualification Tool in Action

Banks have continued to clamp down on people churning credit cards to earn sign-up bonuses. They want customers to keep cards for years because sign-up bonuses are loss leaders to earn our business. In keeping with this trend, American Express has added new language restricting sign-up bonuses based on the number of cards you’ve recently opened or closed, even with other banks.

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Easy Money: Citi Cardholders Can Earn $30 After 3 PayPal Purchases

Easy Money: Citi Cardholders Can Earn $30 After 3 PayPal Purchases

PayPal is looking to expand beyond sending money between friends. They want to be the preferred payment option when shopping online and in person. Here’s a great opportunity for Citi cardholders to earn $30 after making three PayPal purchases of $30 or more. This promotion is for a limited time only, so plan your purchases before July 22, 2018.

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Up to 125,000 Points With Hilton Honors Credit Cards

Up to 125,000 Points With Hilton Honors Credit Cards

For a limited time, there are some incredible offers from up to 125,000 Hilton Honors points and more benefits than we’ve ever seen before… even on their no annual fee card!

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New United Explorer Credit Card Now Available

New United Explorer Credit Card Now Available

The credit card world is constantly changing. Cards that were awesome yesterday are ho-hum today, so banks are always evaluating their credit card portfolio to see where they can add more value and gain more of your wallet share. Chase has recently released a new United Explorer credit card, but does it belong in your wallet? Let’s take a look.

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Tips and Tricks on How to Travel Cheaper in 2018

Tips and Tricks on How to Travel Cheaper in 2018

If you want to hit the road in 2018 and make it your best travel year so far, we have some great suggestions for you. These are our favorite tips on how to maximize your credit card benefits and loyalty program perks while also earning and saving miles and points.

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Maximizing the New Citi ThankYou Partnership with Turkish Airlines

Maximizing the New Citi ThankYou Partnership with Turkish Airlines

Until recently, earning Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles hasn’t been easy for anyone living in the United States. The only ways to do so has been to credit Star Alliance flights to your Turkish Airlines Smiles & Miles account or through Marriott Hotel + Air packages. Now we have another way.

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Travel and Financial Companies Offer Support to Hurricane Harvey Victims

Travel and Financial Companies Offer Support to Hurricane Harvey Victims

Hurricane Harvey has done unimaginable damage to Houston and the surrounding areas. It’s the wettest tropical storm ever recorded in the contiguous United States, dumping more than 40 inches of rain in just four days. Storm damages are estimated in the tens of billions of dollars.

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Malaysia’s Boeing 737 MAX 10 and How to Fly its New Business Class

Malaysia’s Boeing 737 MAX 10 and How to Fly its New Business Class

Malaysia Airlines made a pretty big announcement in late July regarding the 10 Boeing 737 MAX 10 it ordered during the last Paris Air Show. The aircraft, due to be delivered in 2021, even though it is a narrow-body medium-haul plane, will feature lie-flat seats with direct aisle access in business class, replacing Malaysia’s traditional recliner seats and making it a great new business class product to try out!

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You Can Now Interview For Global Entry Upon Arrival to the U.S. at Certain Airports

You Can Now Interview For Global Entry Upon Arrival to the U.S. at Certain Airports

If you are an international traveler who frequents the United States border, you may already have applied for Global Entry in order to expedite your border-crossing experience. If you haven’t heard of Global Entry, it is a program directed by US Customs and Border Protection which offers more efficient border crossing for low-risk trusted travelers through the use of Global Entry kiosks at certain airports.

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Increased Sign-up Bonus on Virgin Atlantic MasterCard

Increased Sign-up Bonus on Virgin Atlantic MasterCard

Bank of America periodically increases the sign-up bonus on its Virgin Atlantic World Elite MasterCard®, and this year is no different with a possible total of 90K miles available on from this card. However, this is a multi-tiered bonus that has several requirements in order to earn the full amount. While the deal is being advertised as a 90K miles offer, it is really a 75K offer with a possible 15K anniversary bonus. We will detail the requirements to earn each increment of this bonus and then discuss some good uses of Virgin Atlantic miles.

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Changes to Citi Prestige and FlexPerks Cards

Changes to Citi Prestige and FlexPerks Cards

In June 2016, Citi announced a massive list of downgrades to the Citi Prestige® Card that really eviscerated this card’s value proposition. However, existing cardholders were given over a year of lead time to absorb the changes and cancel their cards if they felt the remaining benefits no longer justified the $450 annual fee.

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