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An Unexpected Refund from AA
An Unexpected Refund from AA

An Unexpected Refund from AA

Introduction This is a short post about an unexpected refund that we received from American Airlines. It comes with a lesson – don’t be bashful about submitting your canceled AA tickets through the AA Refunds site and seeing what happens.…

[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…

A Strategy to Convert Amex Airline Fee Credits to AA Travel Vouchers (Today & Tomorrow Only; May Be Risky)
A Strategy to Convert Amex Airline Fee Credits to AA Travel Vouchers (Today & Tomorrow Only; May Be Risky)

A Strategy to Convert Amex Airline Fee Credits to AA Travel Vouchers (Today & Tomorrow Only; May Be Risky)

Introduction Ever since the demise of the gift-card-purchase method in early 2019, it has become increasingly difficult to effectively use Amex airline fee credits. In 2020, this problem has become even more challenging due to coronavirus-related restrictions bringing air travel…

Bravo Codes as Online Purchase for Citi Prestige 5x Online Promo
Bravo Codes as Online Purchase for Citi Prestige 5x Online Promo

Bravo Codes as Online Purchase for Citi Prestige 5x Online Promo

Last week, we reported on the Citi Prestige 5x promotion for online purchases. The promotion is in effect from 6/2 through 8/31/2020. Its terms were a bit vague, but in general it promised a total of 5x ThankYou Points (TYPs)…

A Fun Sextuple Stack for an Amazon GC Purchase at CVS Using AA Simply Miles & Other Card-Linked Programs
A Fun Sextuple Stack for an Amazon GC Purchase at CVS Using AA Simply Miles & Other Card-Linked Programs

A Fun Sextuple Stack for an Amazon GC Purchase at CVS Using AA Simply Miles & Other Card-Linked Programs

Introduction Like all points-and-miles enthusiasts, we love to stack deals and promotions here at Middle Age Miles. So when we were able to sextuple-stack some deals & promotions recently on the purchase of an Amazon gift card at CVS, we…

Slide App: 4% Cash Back on Exact-Value GCs – Early Thoughts, Experiments and Review
Slide App: 4% Cash Back on Exact-Value GCs – Early Thoughts, Experiments and Review

Slide App: 4% Cash Back on Exact-Value GCs – Early Thoughts, Experiments and Review

Introduction and Basics of Slide Recently, the team that brought us the gift card purchase website Raise released a new app called Slide. Basically, Slide allows users to purchase exact-value gift cards at participating merchants, with the purchaser earning 4%…

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…

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…

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.…