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Bravo: Business As Usual – Prior Issue Was a Temporary Glitch
Bravo: Business As Usual – Prior Issue Was a Temporary Glitch

Bravo: Business As Usual – Prior Issue Was a Temporary Glitch

Recently, in response to some serious issues we were encountering, we published an article expressing grave concern about whether one of our very good friends, the Bravo app, had died: Middle Age Miles: [Update: Probably a False Alarm; Seems to…

Trip-That-Wasn’t Report – Paris in May – How We Booked It with Points
Trip-That-Wasn’t Report – Paris in May – How We Booked It with Points

Trip-That-Wasn’t Report – Paris in May – How We Booked It with Points

Introduction One of the things we like to do in our Trip Reports is to provide our thought processes and strategies with respect to all of our bookings. In a very limited sense, our readers may be able to replicate…

Barclays AA Card 3x Promotional Offer [Targeted] – With Additional & Favorable Details
Barclays AA Card 3x Promotional Offer [Targeted] – With Additional & Favorable Details

Barclays AA Card 3x Promotional Offer [Targeted] – With Additional & Favorable Details

Barclays’ Confusing 3x Promotional Offer Last Friday (May 22), Barclays initiated a promotional offer on its AA co-branded AAdvantage Aviator Red and Silver cards. The offer was targeted, but it seemed to be widely received by many cardholders. The offer,…

Additional Details on AA Coronavirus “No Change Fee” Policy Make It Difficult to Bank Amex Airline Fee Credits
Additional Details on AA Coronavirus “No Change Fee” Policy Make It Difficult to Bank Amex Airline Fee Credits

Additional Details on AA Coronavirus “No Change Fee” Policy Make It Difficult to Bank Amex Airline Fee Credits

Introduction and Background Ever since gift cards stopped working to redeem Amex airline fee credits in early 2019, it’s become much tougher to redeem the credits. This is especially true for people who mostly fly on American Airlines, as so…

Trip-That-Wasn’t Report – Paris in May – Our Itinerary
Trip-That-Wasn’t Report – Paris in May – Our Itinerary

Trip-That-Wasn’t Report – Paris in May – Our Itinerary

Introduction & Background This morning, Philly and I were supposed to wake up in Paris after spending our first-ever night at the famed Park Hyatt Vendome. And earlier this week we would have spent our mornings running on the exquisitely-kept…

Using Our Remaining US Bank Altitude Reserve Travel Credit on a Gift Card – and Double Dipping Real-Time Rewards to Boot
Using Our Remaining US Bank Altitude Reserve Travel Credit on a Gift Card – and Double Dipping Real-Time Rewards to Boot

Using Our Remaining US Bank Altitude Reserve Travel Credit on a Gift Card – and Double Dipping Real-Time Rewards to Boot

Introduction Like many people in our current movement-restricted world, we’ve had a challenge using some of the travel credits that come as benefits of certain credit cards we hold. Recently, we had a successful experience using the remaining travel credit…

Grocery-Spending to Diamond Status on the Amex Hilton Surpass Card
Grocery-Spending to Diamond Status on the Amex Hilton Surpass Card

Grocery-Spending to Diamond Status on the Amex Hilton Surpass Card

Executive Summary It’s possible to earn Hilton Honors Diamond status by spending $10,000 at US Supermarkets on an Amex Hilton Honors Surpass card from 5/1 through 7/31/2020. How It Works Earlier this month, Amex introduced a number of temporary enhancements…

[Updated 5/14/20] Summary of Consumer-Friendly Changes to Card Benefits and Loyalty Programs
[Updated 5/14/20] Summary of Consumer-Friendly Changes to Card Benefits and Loyalty Programs

[Updated 5/14/20] Summary of Consumer-Friendly Changes to Card Benefits and Loyalty Programs

Introduction Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen credit card companies and loyalty programs introduce many consumer-friendly changes. There have been so many that it’s hard to keep up with everything! Last week, we published a summary of the consumer-friendly…

Sizing Up the Marriott Gift Card Sale & Upcoming Bonvoy Points Sale
Sizing Up the Marriott Gift Card Sale & Upcoming Bonvoy Points Sale

Sizing Up the Marriott Gift Card Sale & Upcoming Bonvoy Points Sale

Introduction Earlier this week, Marriott announced a sale on its gift cards, where GCs can be purchased in designated denominations at 20% off, plus a points sale starting next week, where Bonvoy points can be purchased with a 60% bonus,…

Setting Up a ThankYou Points Experiment (and Converting My Last Citi AA Platinum Card)
Setting Up a ThankYou Points Experiment (and Converting My Last Citi AA Platinum Card)

Setting Up a ThankYou Points Experiment (and Converting My Last Citi AA Platinum Card)

Introduction & Background For many months, we’ve wanted to conduct a Citi ThankYou Points (TYPs) experiment to determine whether it would be possible for a single person to get the 10,000-TYP rebate from the Citi Rewards+ card twice per year.…