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[Updated 7/24/20 with new Amex info] Data Points on GC Purchases Using Credit Card Grocery Purchase Promotions
[Updated 7/24/20 with new Amex info] Data Points on GC Purchases Using Credit Card Grocery Purchase Promotions

[Updated 7/24/20 with new Amex info] Data Points on GC Purchases Using Credit Card Grocery Purchase Promotions

***UPDATES AS OF 7/24/2020*** This morning, we got some important additional data related to our grocery spend on Amex Hilton and Marriott co-branded credit cards. We wanted to share this information with Middle Age Miles readers right away, given that…

Data Points on GC Purchases Using Credit Card Grocery Purchase Promotions
Data Points on GC Purchases Using Credit Card Grocery Purchase Promotions

Data Points on GC Purchases Using Credit Card Grocery Purchase Promotions

If you’ve landed here, you’ll probably want to see our updated article that discusses some additional data points on the Amex Hilton and Marriott cards. Introduction Over the past few months, several credit cards introduced promotional short-term bonus earning categories…

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…

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…

Amex Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant – New Anniversary Offer and Our Keep/Cancel/Product Change Strategy
Amex Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant – New Anniversary Offer and Our Keep/Cancel/Product Change Strategy

Amex Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant – New Anniversary Offer and Our Keep/Cancel/Product Change Strategy

Introduction The Amex Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card is one year old. Amex introduced this card as the SPG Luxury card on August 23, 2018. Many people, including ourselves, applied for this card during the first 3-4 days after it became…

Marriott Free Night Certificates Can Be Used With Cash to Book Upgraded Rooms and Suites
Marriott Free Night Certificates Can Be Used With Cash to Book Upgraded Rooms and Suites

Marriott Free Night Certificates Can Be Used With Cash to Book Upgraded Rooms and Suites

Introduction Marriott free night certificates are fairly widely available as anniversary benefits on several Marriott co-branded credit cards. These cards offer an anniversary free night certificate worth up to 50,000 points: Amex Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card (formerly Amex SPG Luxury)…

Marriott Ninja Tricks – Add Marriott Amex Offer to Marriott Cards, and Get 10%/10x MR Points Today Through Ebates
Marriott Ninja Tricks – Add Marriott Amex Offer to Marriott Cards, and Get 10%/10x MR Points Today Through Ebates

Marriott Ninja Tricks – Add Marriott Amex Offer to Marriott Cards, and Get 10%/10x MR Points Today Through Ebates

Introduction We have 2 Marriott-related tricks to report today – one that allows you to sign up for an Amex Offer for Marriott properties on any card, including co-branded cards, and the other that allows you to get 10% cash…

Changes to Amex & Chase Marriott/SPG Cards – All of the Details, and Our Take on All the Changes
Changes to Amex & Chase Marriott/SPG Cards – All of the Details, and Our Take on All the Changes

Changes to Amex & Chase Marriott/SPG Cards – All of the Details, and Our Take on All the Changes

For several months, we’ve known that Amex and Chase would be modifying their Marriott and SPG cards. We’ve known that SPG branding would be eliminated, and in light of Marriott’s recent announcement that its loyalty program would be renamed “Bonvoy”…

Big-Spend Credit Card Bonuses & Benefits for 2019 – Yes, No or Maybe?
Big-Spend Credit Card Bonuses & Benefits for 2019 – Yes, No or Maybe?

Big-Spend Credit Card Bonuses & Benefits for 2019 – Yes, No or Maybe?

With 2019 kicking off, I thought it would be useful to review the big-spend bonuses and benefits available on our credit cards and give you our thoughts on each of them. We’ll break them down into: Yes, Definitely; On the…