Posts That Caught My Eye
Bet You Didn’t Know: Is Chase Using Bulk Fares for Sapphire Reserve Tickets? Does It Matter? (Hint: Yes!)
Bulk fares make a huge difference to how you earn mileage on flights purchased with bank currencies such as Ultimate Rewards and ThankYou points. On a recent American flight for example, I was booked on a bulk fare which meant I earned more mileage than I would had it been calculated on my ticket cost. Sometimes though, these fares are not upgradeable!
It appears that Amex continues to do everything in their power to claw back the points from this “rogue” 100K offer. I have written before about how they have done it to people who manufactured spend on the card and now for product conversions. I do not think Amex is in the right in this particular situation, but of course considering I am not a lawyer, I’ll let you decide whether it is legal or not.
Chase is normally very good about waiving a late payment fee as long as you don’t make a habit of paying late. Over the years I have made such a mistake twice and had the fee waived via secure message both times. Of course, auto-pay is your friend.
Hilton Category Changes
Hilton announced its latest category changes. Nothing too groundbreaking. Lots of category drops for properties in Turkey and a few increases in China and in the U.S. The changes go into effect on October 12, 2016 and you can view the list here.
Meijer is offering $5 off Visa, MC and Amex gift cards through 10/5/16. More details here.
Have a great evening!