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Keep or Cancel – Amex Marriott Bonvoy Business Card
Keep or Cancel – Amex Marriott Bonvoy Business Card

Keep or Cancel – Amex Marriott Bonvoy Business Card

Executive Summary In our opinion, the keep-or-cancel decision on the Amex Marriott Bonvoy Business card comes down to a single question (barring a good retention offer): Do you think it’s worth the $125 annual fee to get a 35,000-point Marriott…

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Big-Spend Credit Card Bonuses & Benefits for 2020 – Yes, No or Maybe?
Big-Spend Credit Card Bonuses & Benefits for 2020 – Yes, No or Maybe?

Big-Spend Credit Card Bonuses & Benefits for 2020 – Yes, No or Maybe?

Introduction We’re a little later than we wanted to be in publishing this article for 2020, but once again we thought it would be useful to review some big-spend bonuses and benefits available on our credit cards and give you…

No-Lifetime-Language Amex Biz Platinum Offer [Targeted] – What Do We Do with This?
No-Lifetime-Language Amex Biz Platinum Offer [Targeted] – What Do We Do with This?

No-Lifetime-Language Amex Biz Platinum Offer [Targeted] – What Do We Do with This?

The Offer Yesterday, Philly received a targeted email from Amex with the subject line, “Give your business more power with another Business Platinum Card.” The email expressly recognizes that she already has a Business Platinum card and invites her to…

What’s In Our Wallet 2020? Part 3: Our “Spend Matrix” – How We Use Bonus Categories to Maximize Our Points-and-Miles Earning and Travel for Less
What’s In Our Wallet 2020? Part 3: Our “Spend Matrix” – How We Use Bonus Categories to Maximize Our Points-and-Miles Earning and Travel for Less

What’s In Our Wallet 2020? Part 3: Our “Spend Matrix” – How We Use Bonus Categories to Maximize Our Points-and-Miles Earning and Travel for Less

This article is Part 3 of our “What’s In Our Wallet 2020?” series. Here are links to Parts 1 and 2, and once published, we’ll add a link to the Epilogue. * Part 1 – What’s In Our Wallet 2020?…

What’s In Our Wallet 2020? Part 2: Why We Acquired and Hold Each Card
What’s In Our Wallet 2020? Part 2: Why We Acquired and Hold Each Card

What’s In Our Wallet 2020? Part 2: Why We Acquired and Hold Each Card

This article is Part 2 of our “What’s In Our Wallet 2020?” series. Here are link to Parts 1 & 3, and once published, we’ll add a link to the Epilogue. * Part 1 – What’s In Our Wallet 2020?…

Executing on Our Amex Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Downgrade, Plus Future Strategy Options & Considerations
Executing on Our Amex Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Downgrade, Plus Future Strategy Options & Considerations

Executing on Our Amex Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Downgrade, Plus Future Strategy Options & Considerations

Introduction Back in August 2019, we examined the Amex Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card in detail and analyzed our keep/cancel/product-change strategy for the card as it approached its first anniversary: Middle Age Miles: Amex Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant – New Anniversary Offer…

Keep or Cancel – Amex Personal Platinum – and Did I Get a Retention Offer?
Keep or Cancel – Amex Personal Platinum – and Did I Get a Retention Offer?

Keep or Cancel – Amex Personal Platinum – and Did I Get a Retention Offer?

Executive Summary I was very much on the fence about my Amex personal Platinum card. The card is best-in-class for flights purchased directly from airlines. It has solid benefits, although many are either difficult for us to fully use and/or…

Huge Gift Card Sale Week (Oct 20-26, 2019) – Office Depot/Max; Staples; Safeway/Just 4 U; Sam’s Club
Huge Gift Card Sale Week (Oct 20-26, 2019) – Office Depot/Max; Staples; Safeway/Just 4 U; Sam’s Club

Huge Gift Card Sale Week (Oct 20-26, 2019) – Office Depot/Max; Staples; Safeway/Just 4 U; Sam’s Club

Just a couple of weeks ago, during the first week of October, we proclaimed the week “the best gift-card buying week of the year. Well, this week is here to challenge with 4 very good (profitable if you know what…

Middle Age Miles News & Notes 10/1/19 – Amex-Delta cards; last day for MR-Avios 1.4x transfer bonus; awesome new Amex Offers; Payce reminder
Middle Age Miles News & Notes 10/1/19 – Amex-Delta cards; last day for MR-Avios 1.4x transfer bonus; awesome new Amex Offers; Payce reminder

Middle Age Miles News & Notes 10/1/19 – Amex-Delta cards; last day for MR-Avios 1.4x transfer bonus; awesome new Amex Offers; Payce reminder

Well, it’s the first day of the month and the first day of a new quarter. That means lots of new deals and quarterly promotions become available. We’ve already covered the Chase Freedom 5x bonus categories for 4Q19 – Department…