A few quick items for “News & Notes” on a Monday morning after a very fun college football weekend at Notre Dame with our friends Ed & Marilyn from Canada’s Edventure blog.
To read a bit more about the weekend trip, plus Edventure’s time exploring Chicago before heading over to South Bend, check out their article here:
- Edventure: Chicago/South Bend Trip (September 16, 2019)
Moving on to the News & Notes:
1. Rumors Abound About TYP Earning on the Citi Double Cash Card
On Friday, Doctor of Credit reported that Citi Double Cash rewards, currently given in the form of cash back, will be convertible to Citi ThankYou Points (TYPs) at a 1:1 rate, starting on September 23.
Other blogs have picked up on this and reported it as fact, although as far as we can tell, the only source of new information in the Doctor of Credit article (or subsequent comments) is from a Reddit user who commented that a Citi phone agent told him this information. It does appear that Citi intends for Double Cash rewards to be convertible to TYPs at some point in Fall 2019, given that Citi provided an account message to cardholders to that effect within the past 2-3 months.
Citi Double Cash rewards currently are basically 2% cash back on all purchases – 1% when the purchase is made and another 1% when paid. The card has no annual fee. And we’ve long been contemplating adding a Citi Double Cash card, even if the rewards continued to be only in the form of cash back, as we discussed in this article:
- Middle Age Miles: Citi AA Platinum Product Change Options – We Chose ThankYou Rewards+ (February 28, 2019)
We’re still anxious to hear a more formal confirmation from Citi of the exact terms and timing of this seemingly upcoming change. If the terms are what we hope, this could make the Double Cash card even better for many people and a must-have for us. Still, there are lingering questions, such as:
- Will Double Cash rewards truly be convertible to TYPs at a 1:1 rate?
- What is the correct timing for this change?
- Will you be able to link/connect your Double Cash card to the ThankYou accounts with other premium cards such as Citi Prestige, Premier and Rewards+?
- Will TYPs from the Double Cash card be like “normal” TYPs from the Prestige/Premier, etc., or will they be restricted in some way, like TYPs earned through Citi checking accounts?
- Will TYPs from the Double Cash card be redeemable through the ThankYou travel portal at 1.25 cents per point if you hold a Premier card and have linked/connected your ThankYou accounts?
- Will TYPs from the Double Cash card be convertible to airline miles?
Once we have more solid answers to these questions, we’ll provide a full follow-up article and review on Middle Age Miles.
2. Choice Privileges Points Sale Today & Tomorrow (Sept 16-17)
Choice Privileges has a points sale that extends through midnight tomorrow (technically, 11:59 pm Eastern time). If you purchase at least 5,000 Choice points, you’ll receive a 30% discount. The discount results in a purchase price of 0.77 cents per Choice point.
In connection with this sale, Choice has also increased the maximum number of points you can purchase to 250,000 (up from the normal limit of 120,000 points per year).
Our baseline value of Choice points is 0.5 cents per point (cpp), although we think this valuation may be a bit too low. We have recently been purchasers of Choice points during Daily Getaways for the past couple of years in the range of 0.5 to 0.55 cpp. It’s certainly possible to get much more than the current sale price of 0.77 cpp with certain specific redemptions, particularly in Scandinavia at Nordic Choice hotels, but also potentially with former Sercotel Hotels in Spain and through Choice’s partnership with Preferred Hotels & Resorts.
You can learn much more about Choice Privileges, including some redemption sweet spots, in our extensive article here:
- Middle Age Miles: Choice Privileges – 17 Good Facts and Tips to Know (May 13, 2019)
Choice Privileges points are sold by points.com, so use a card that earns bonus points for online purchases, or maximizes daily spend, or moves you toward a sign-up retention bonus or high-spend threshold. To purchase points, go to this landing page and sign in to your Choice Privileges account (not an affiliate link):
- Choice Privileges: Sign In to Purchase Points
3. eBags Is Showing Some Great Portal Rates This Week, Including 30% Cash Back at Upromise
eBags is often a favorite of the miles-and-points crowd for great shopping portal returns and stacking opportunities to purchase luggage for less. We’ve bought plenty of suitcases through eBags over the past several years.
This morning, we’re noticing that eBags is showing some historically high rates on several shopping portals, including a whopping 30% cash back through Upromise. Other increased portal rates for eBags as of this morning include:
- Alaska Mileage Plan: 20 miles/$ (30% return at 1.5 cents per mile)
- United Mileage Plus: 20 miles/$ (28% return at 1.4 cents per mile)
- American AAdvantage: 18 miles/$ (22.5% return at 1.25 cents per mile; note that for today only this can stack with the AAdvantage eShopping bonus that we reported in last Monday’s News & Notes article)
- Delta Sky Miles: 12 miles/$ (14.4% return at 1.2 cents per mile)
Unfortunately for stacking opportunities, it looks like the Amex Offer for eBags purchases – $20 statement credit or 2,000 Membership Rewards (MR) points when you spend $100+ – recently expired.
4. Ticket Club 5% Off Code – Today Only
If you’re a regular reader of Middle Age Miles, you know that we’re pretty big fans of Ticket Club, a ticket resale site where you can purchase tickets with no service fees (if you have a membership, which you can get for free). We’ve written about Ticket Club here (non-sponsored post, and we’re not affiliated with Ticket Club in any way):
- Middle Age Miles: How to Save Money on Secondary Market Tickets with Ticket Club (May 14, 2019)
Ticket Club runs periodic 5% off promotions, and we’re seeing one today – save 5% when you enter code TCAUTUMN5 at checkout. The code is good for today only, so jump on this deal if you’re needing to purchase event tickets on the secondary market!
We have tons more to cover, but we want to get this article with time-sensitive information out before lunchtime! Stay tuned for more information and deals in tomorrow’s Middle Age Miles “News & Notes” article!
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