This is a news recap from last week, tailored to regular families. For faster updates, follow Miles For Family on Twitter or check the feed on the right side of the blog.
1) In the past, I’ve briefly mentioned Amex/Plenti transfer bonus and now Chuck at DoC has published a nice breakdown of this deal and why you may want to consider it. Definitely read it, especially if you are an infrequent traveler flush with MR points.
2) You can now earn 3 Jet Blue points per dollar on all Amazon purchases. Pretty cool, except for bloggers who heavily rely on Amazon affiliate revenue. No worries, I’m not one of them. 🙂
3) I meant to mention this last week and just forgot. The sign-up bonus of 45K points on Wyndham Visa Signature card is back. Here is direct link The annual fee is now $75, and the card earns 1 point per dollar on all purchases. It’s definitely a good deal for some, but not everyone. I wrote about Wyndham program as well as this card here
Bottom line: the sign-up bonus is very good, but it’s probably not a “keeper” card for most folks. I try to update the best offers on hotel cards in this page, so always check there first.
4) My reader Erik has mentioned this post on Miles to Memories blog: Two additional ways to load the very lucrative Sam’s Club Amex Offer even if you weren’t initially targeted This is a super hot deal, so give it a shot!
5) A possible way to bypass Chase 5/24 rule on Travel Sisters blog. This is an exciting development, and based on data points, this strategy just might work. Keep in mind, that unless you see “Selected for you” verbiage, there is no point in applying. Thanks to Doctorofcredit for making me aware of this post.
6) This is a good post for those who are scared to death by annual fees on credit cards: What over $2,000 in annual fees has earned us this year I think the key is to view travel as an investment of sorts, where dividends are happy memories. While balance is important, sometimes it’s wise to pay an annual fee in order to unlock a specific (valuable) benefit. And as you’ll see after reading the post, in the miles and points hobby you CAN have your cake and eat it too.
7) If you have the US Bank Flexperks Visa, please note that you can only transfer a maximum of 20,000 points per calendar year to another cardholder. If you are planning to combine points with someone, you can transfer 20,000 now and up to another 20,000 again in January. If you have a large amount of points you need to transfer, get started now before the end of the year. (Thank you, Travel with Grant)
8) The official sign-up bonus on Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard has been increased to 50,000 miles after spending $3,000 in 3 months. Ditto for the business version. Both pay us commission if you apply through this site. Up until now, I’ve linked to Flyertalk, but now affiliate offer happens to be the best one out there. Keep in mind, you may be able to get a $100 credit if you try to do a dummy booking on AA.com This offer comes and goes, but is definitely useful to some.
9) Samsung Pay: 20% off select gift cards A great deal for some.
Leana is the founder of Miles For Family. She enjoys beach vacations and visiting her family in Europe. Originally from Belarus, Leana resides in central Florida with her husband and two children.