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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…

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Grocery Shopping = Points Galore: Sizing Up the New Grocery Bonus Offers
Grocery Shopping = Points Galore: Sizing Up the New Grocery Bonus Offers

Grocery Shopping = Points Galore: Sizing Up the New Grocery Bonus Offers

Introduction Over the past couple of days, we’ve seen Amex and Chase come out with numerous bonus offers for spend at supermarkets. We wanted to line up all the bonuses and compare their points-earning rates, so we can analyze how…

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…

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?…

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…

How We Used Amex Hilton Card Benefits for an Incredible Stay & Experience in Versailles
How We Used Amex Hilton Card Benefits for an Incredible Stay & Experience in Versailles

How We Used Amex Hilton Card Benefits for an Incredible Stay & Experience in Versailles

This article is a way-out-of-sequence part of our Trip Report – Swiss Alps & the Tour de France. Introduction In an article we published earlier this afternoon, we reviewed our Amex Hilton 2-card upgrade-downgrade strategy and the remarkable haul of…

Our Amex Hilton 2-card Aspire-Surpass Upgrade-Downgrade Strategy – How Has It Worked?
Our Amex Hilton 2-card Aspire-Surpass Upgrade-Downgrade Strategy – How Has It Worked?

Our Amex Hilton 2-card Aspire-Surpass Upgrade-Downgrade Strategy – How Has It Worked?

Introduction Amex has a terrific lineup of Hilton co-branded credit cards with some terrific sign-up/upgrade offers and benefits. Back in late May/early June, we posted two articles about using two of these cards – the premium Aspire card and the…

MS DPs – Episode 8 – $500 VGC from Kroger
MS DPs – Episode 8 – $500 VGC from Kroger

MS DPs – Episode 8 – $500 VGC from Kroger

[IMPORTANT UPDATE as of 8/24/2019 – This article talks about successful online liquidation for US Bank VGCs for low fees using the DoxoPlus subscription feature at Doxo.com. At this time, these cards are no longer working with Doxo. If you…

YTD Spend Prior to Amex Hilton Ascend-to-Aspire Upgrade Counts Toward $60k Aspire Free Night Threshold
YTD Spend Prior to Amex Hilton Ascend-to-Aspire Upgrade Counts Toward $60k Aspire Free Night Threshold

YTD Spend Prior to Amex Hilton Ascend-to-Aspire Upgrade Counts Toward $60k Aspire Free Night Threshold

This post is about a small nuance that’s right there in the Amex Terms & Conditions – but that I didn’t know or expect: When you upgrade an Amex Hilton Ascend/Surpass card to an Aspire card, all purchases that you…