We bring you more hot promotions, introduce the Bakkt wallet, freak out at all the Amex Delta metal cards, unveil the biggest lie in personal finance, an Amex Delta Reserve guide, introduce a new travel app, some amazing travel finds, the sexiest museums in the world, the incredible fall of interest rates, immigration is imperative to entrepreneurship and innovation, some frozen hair stuff, losing a pet, poverty and teen pregnancies map, we unload on Marriott Bonvoy and much more. Have an awesome weekend!
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MILES & POINTS
HOT CREDIT CARD OFFERS: Two new offers on United credit cards, a personal for 60k and a Business one for up to 100k miles. The IHG Rewards Club card offering 140k points too, highest ever. Other credit cards offers that stand out for now are two 75k Southwest personal cards, the 100k Marriott Bonvoy Boundless card and of course the 80k Ink Business Preferred. In addition, there are personal and business offers for the Amex Delta Skymiles Gold, Platinum and Reserve credit cards. Available with my links. Lets move on!
- Earn 1,000 bonus points on your first night
- Earn 2x bonus points on nights 2-5
- Earn 3x bonus points on nights 6-14
- Earn 4x bonus points on nights 15+
If you have the United Explorer card check HERE to see if you were targeted for a spend bonus. It pisses me off when I am not targeted! A little. And then I get over it.
A comprehensive Amex Delta Reserve card guide.
Very interesting promotion by Alaska Airlines. Apparently, the airline will give you some miles for flying its partner airlines.
Could this be the next big thing? Bakkt aims to turn your rewards points into a wallet you can spend anywhere. The vision is below. Worthy vision for sure, executing it though is a bitch!
Wouldn’t it be great if you could open a digital wallet and view the sum total of all your rewards programs for hotels, pharmacies, and bank cards, all in one place, converted into cash? Then, you could spend all those thousands of unused airline miles as dollars to buy an Apple watch or take your spouse to dinner at the corner pizzeria. Loyalty points you don’t even know you have—the average American has more than a dozen rewards programs—are suddenly as spendable as the bucks in your checking account, just by scanning your rewards app at the checkout counter. What’s more, you can even get cash for video game points you could use only to buy, say, a sword to make your team mightier, and trade points for your Bitcoin on the same wallet.
Delta makes a crapload of money from Amex with the Delta Skymiles credit cards. And here I am announcing an enhancement. Here’s why Delta and American Express are issuing metal credit cards. Ok, that was a joke! The article reveals some very interesting numbers:
Delta noted it had added a record 1.1 million new cardholders in the preceding 12 months
Delta projected an increase in contributions from American Express from $4.1 billion in 2019 to nearly $7 billion by 2023. Delta represented 8% of American Express global billings and 21% of card member loans in 2018.
Old blogger friend contacted me to check out his new app “PlanMoreTrips“. I have no time to check it out and I am really not putting together complicated trips as much as I used to. The app looks very appealing and you may want to check it out. This is NOT a recommendation as I have not played with it myself. I was not bribed to link to it in any way shape or form, I don’t operate that way. If it helps you, great. If it works as advertised I think it will be successful:
PlanMoreTrips = Pinterest For Travel Planning
PlanMoreTrips lets you save potential flight & hotel options directly from ANY travel site.
Everything is organized in 1 place & easily shareable with the people you’re traveling with.
No more travel planning with spreadsheets, Slack, email, or texts!
If you are in New York, watch out! DHS Suspends Global Entry And Other Trusted Traveler Programs For New York Residents!
Must read: The Biggest Lie in Personal Finance. I agree with this and I have written about the subject also. Every time I read about Suze Orman hammering people to not spend money on a latte to get rich I get angry!
Actually, the only “secret” that I know to get rich is to grow your income and invest in income-producing assets. Of course, that is far easier said than done. The best way to grow your income is to increase your human capital and keep increasing it. Full stop.
Visual Capitalist does it again, wow! Visualizing the 700-Year Fall of Interest Rates.
ODDZ & ENDZ
Obviously, I do not agree with stupid walls Mexico was going to pay for and just disrupting the immigration laws to such an extent to stop the flow of immigrant to the US. Because it is un American AND: How Immigrants Drive Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Understand? Remember, Obama deported more illegal immigrants than any other President (I think), it was never about that!
Immigrants, after all, are individuals who are willing to take a risk. To make a calculated investment. And just as good entrepreneurs know that an uncertain landscape is less likely to yield strong returns, many immigrants realize a hostile country is less likely to make a good home.
This will touch you. Dear Clifford. A letter to my childhood dog. Losing a pet and all the emotions…Condolences to the Frequent Miler household for losing their pet dog recently.
Those Canadians again: International Hair Freezing Competition.
Stock markets are holding up fine. Too bad so many don’t get to participate, sad! Source.
Is it because so many are glued to their phones? Source.
We are now entering BLOG BUZZ, a section for advanced hobbyists and veterans of this fast imploding hobby and also a section where I go on and on about some stuff that happens in my life because it helps me feel better about myself.
Isn’t it odd that bloggers just go out of their way to come up with ANY content that goes along with selling their credit card merchandise? I no longer follow these bank salesmen bloggers masquerading as travel miles points “experts”. And then Frequent Miler has a series of going into everyone’s wallet to see what cards they have. How conveeeeeenient!
It is really not a big deal but I guess it is better than the alternative: Capital One Adds Wyndham Rewards & Accor Live Limitless, Improves JetBlue Transfer Rates.
Remember when Marriott bought SPG and did some positive steps around the merger timeline. To keep SPG members from bolting. And bloggers were praising Marriott for these positive steps. And I was the only one warning/screaming that this company is not to be trusted and there is a hell storm coming. Well, it has been a shitshow ever since, #Bonvoyed and all, here is another “enhancement” Bonvoy style lol: Marriott Bonvoy Makes Another Negative Change, This Time To Its “No Blackout Dates” Policy. Wait, when you think it can not get worse, it does! Brutal! A Look Into The Marriott #Bonvoyed 2020 Category Changes: 1,686 Going Up, Just 499 Going Down, Plus More Capacity Controls. Remember that time The Points Guy had a negative post about Marriott…and then they got a call from Marriott execs expressing their unhappiness with the negative sentiment towards such a huge advertiser and….TPG management deleted the post? #NeverForget
Wife applied for ChaseFreedomUnlimited on January 21, 2020. Using my links of course, this is a family business lol. Kept calling for status update. Recording was always “in two weeks”. I finally saw it in her account online on… February 5, 2020! Be speedy Chase smh. Oh, and the online Application Status sure does not work, fyi!
Sad to see this from Hyatt. Especially there was one property in Greece I was interested in visiting, sad! 21 SLH Properties That Have Changed Hyatt Award Categories Or Disappeared.
Day 7 and the Marriott stay my son had still has not been credited. Waiting…
Son will be flying to India for work. Delhi DEL. He has been matched by AA to Platinum Pro until April 19, 2020 and gets to keep it if he satisfies some requirements. Any partner airline that stands out as far as crediting the best feasible way instead of getting burned? Maybe he ‘ll go through London Heathrow as he would not mind stopping in London for a few days. The kid gets around, maybe it is in the genes? Any hotel that stands out in DEL? Update: Thanks to the Flight Deal with this advice on Twitter:
“if on challenge, can do BA, Finnair or Japan Air to Delhi. on J, just make sure to avoid JL i class fares since that only earns 70% base. one trip in J to DEL would be enough for the Plat challenge. eqd/eqm would be on JL (5k / 40k), then BA (3.7k/30k) and AY (3.7k / 29k)”
Maybe Marriott will send us all a thong too LOL.
Have you been noticing more and more outlets online selling travel rewards credit cards? Well, no you are not mistaken. It is getting ridiculous out there! Even Conde Nast Traveler gets into it….partnering with Card Ratings of course. So many “travel” experts out there these days smh.
And I leave you with this…Another Christian Rock album cover…Swing that Axe LOL
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