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Posts & Info That Caught My Eye
Starwood/Marriott Merger Off For Now
This is definitely good news for those who were worried that Marriott was going to devalue the SPG program. With that said, Marriott still has time to up their offer, so we will just have to see what they do. Here is a link to Reuters who does a good job of explaining exactly what happened today.
Increased Offers for Amex Blue Cash Cards
American Express has increased the offers on the Blue Cash Preferred Card from American Express and the Blue Cash Everyday Card from American Express. Well, they sort of increased them. The normal offers of $100 after $1K spend (Everyday) and $150 after $1K spend (Preferred) remain in tact, however they have added another layer to the offer.
Here is the additional bonus as they describe it:
Apply by 06/15/2016 to get 10% back when you use the Card at US Wireless Telephone Service Providers in 2016, up to $200.
I wouldn’t quite value this new benefit as $200, because first you need to spend a total of $2,000 in 2016 in that category and 2nd, my Chase Ink Plus earns 5X Ultimate Rewards for the same purchases. Still, these cards are good grocery store cards for many so this new 10% bonus may be attractive for some.
It’s good to see the first sets of people converting to this card. I shared my reader’s experience doing the same last week, but the $5K minimum credit line seems to be new information. I personally am waiting to max out the grocery store category in early April on one of my Freedoms before I convert it to Freedom Unlimited.
- As a reminder, many of the gas and other eBay gift card deals are still going. The Sears $100 for $85 deal in particular may still be of interest. We don’t normally see increased eBay Bucks promos on the weekend, so I personally would jump if I hadn’t already. Remember purchases from PayPal Digital Gifts earn 5X and don’t forget to use a portal.
- Northpointe $100 Bonus + 5% APY Checking Account – No Bonus Requirements – DoC Exclusive – Doctor of Credit has an exclusive $100 checking account bonus on an account that has no monthly fee, minimal hoops to jump through for the bonus, refunds some ATM fees and offers the ability to earn up to 5%. This is a great deal. The link above goes to the DoC post and here is a direct link to the offer. (Use promo code DOC).
Have a great evening!
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