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Miles and Points Recap: Last Days for Increased Bonus on Amex Hilton Cards, Disney Resorts Comparison, New Amex Business Card and More

This is a brief news recap from last week. For faster updates, follow Miles For Family on Twitter or check the feed on the right side of the blog.

1) The offers on both Amex Delta co-branded credit cards have been increased through July 5th, 2017. I have updated my Hot Deals page last week and as always, I recommend you look there first before applying for any offer. (Hat tip DoC)

2) In other Amex related news, current offers on  Hilton co-branded cards will expire on May 31st. I don’t think applying for either bonus is a no-brainer, but it can certainly make sense for some families. Surpass version is the more interesting one of the two, hands down. I definitely think families who stay in Hilton properties even few times per year should consider this offer. Why? Gold status that provides free breakfast at most Hilton chain hotels. So, in that scenario, the annual fee will pay for itself in just few nights. Read my post on why I decided to apply for Surpass version.

3) I don’t think this information is all that relevant to my target audience, but I wanted to mention it just in case. As you probably know, if you happen to have Amex Business Platinum card, you can currently get a 50% rebate when you redeem Membership Rewards points for paid economy flights on your airline of choice, or business/first-class flights on any airline. This will change on June 1st, and the rate will amount to 35% instead of 50%.

Amex rep has confirmed that if you get approved for this card before May 31st, you’ll be locked in 50% rebate for one year. This is the good news. The bad news is that the minimum spending requirements on this offer are astronomical. Here are the details:

The Enhanced Business Platinum Card from American Express OPEN

  • Welcome Offer: Earn up to 75,000 Membership Rewards® points.
  • Earn 50,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $10,000 and an extra 25,000 points after you spend an additional $10,000 all on qualifying purchases within your first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • New: Get 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights and prepaid hotels on amextravel.com.
  • Get 50% more Membership Rewards® points. That’s 1.5 points per dollar, on each qualifying purchase of $5,000 or more. You can get up to 1 million additional points per year.
  • You can enjoy access to The American Express Global Lounge Collection℠ offering access to the most lounges across the globe, when compared with other U.S. credit card offerings.
  • Annual fee of $450 is not waived.

So, if you are planing on a major remodeling project or another big expense in a near future, this may be a good time to consider it. Otherwise, pass. You can’t use manufactured spending because Amex will claw back your bonus, guaranteed. If you can meet the spend organically, you may want to look into it.

Keep in mind that you get $200 credit toward incidental fees on the airline of your choice. It will be the same airline where you’ll  get 50% rebate toward paid economy flights.  The offer pays us referral if you are inclined to support the site. Obviously, there are many other lucrative offers on the market you may want to consider instead.

4) Lots of Amex related news items today, folks! Here is another one. Amex rep emailed me yesterday about new credit card called The Blue Business Plus Credit Card from American Express. Here are the details on the offer:

  • Special Offer: Earn 20,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $3,000 in qualifying purchases on the Card within your first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • Get rewarded for business as usual. Earn 2X points on everyday business purchases such as office supplies or client dinners.
  • 2X applies to the first $50,000 in purchases per year, 1 point per dollar thereafter.
  • 0.0% introductory APR on purchases and balance transfers for 12 months, then a variable rate, currently 11.99%, 15.99% or 19.99%
  • The variable APR rate is based on your creditworthiness and other factors as determined at the time of account opening.
  • No Annual Fee

Obviously, it’s a decent product for those who value transferrable  Membership Rewards points. I’m not sure you should drop everything and apply for this offer right now, since  sign-up bonus is kind of weak. Still, getting 2 MR points per dollar on everything is nothing to sneeze at.

If you are someone who likes to collect MR currency on everyday spending, you should probably add this card to your wallet at some point. As always, I recommend you only apply if you have a legitimate business. The offer does pay us commission if you choose to support the blog.

I also recommend that you  apply for Amex Everyday Preferred (direct non-affiliate link) in order to supercharge your MR points earning potential.

Bottom line: Amex Everyday PreferredThe Blue Business Plus Credit Card from American Express= new winning MR combo for normal people. There is a $95 annual fee on the former, but you can usually erase it via Amex Offers in your profile.

5) Through 5/27/2017, buy $300 Visa gift card in Staples, get an easy rebate of $20. Details on Slickdeals

6) Airline Award Ticket Changes and Cancellation Fees by PointChaser. A very helpful resource for families, sorted by airline frequent flyer program. Those fees can quickly add up to a small fortune when you have four or more people on the same flight. When in doubt, choose your redemption option wisely or purchase trip insurance with “cancel for any reason” clause.

7) Lots of targeted Amex offers are floating around: Hilton, Boxed.com, Staples and more. Check your Amex accounts and save them right away.

8) UBS will launch a new premium card with 50,000 points bonus+$495 annual fee on May 27th. I’m intrigued, but plan to skip it for now. Stay tuned for a  post with my personal in-depth analysis of this offer at some point in the future. For now, read all the details on DoC

9) Which Disney World Resort is Best for Your Family: Value vs. Moderate vs. Deluxe by Tripswithtykes. Disney related topics are always a hit on this blog, so I’m certain many readers will find this comprehensive post very useful.

10) You know how sometimes you get those emails from an airline frequent flyer program that mention mileage bonus for dining? I usually just ignore them, but maybe I shouldn’t. One of my readers got two targeted offers, and wanted to share them with me:

Email 1: 
Received on my husband’s account, which is the one we use regularly for the AA Dining program. In other words, we’re already loyal users. 
Between now and June 25, earn 100 AA bonus miles each time you dine at a participating restaurant and spend at least $1, up to 10 times, for a total of up to 1000 bonus miles.
Email 2:
Received on my account, which I hardly ever use for dining, though I did just use it once a couple weeks ago for another bonus promotion.
Between now and June 25, earn 1000 AA bonus miles if you dine at a participating restaurant three times and spend at least $1 each time. 
So either way I can earn 1000 bonus miles, but I can do it by buying three cups of coffee at my favorite sandwich shop on three different days on my account vs ten visits on my husband’s account. I thought it was interesting that they’re targeting different people with different offers, and so I wanted to pass that along to you.
So, check your emails, people! If it doesn’t require too much effort, why not pick up free 1,000 miles?

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Author: Leana

Leana is the owner and 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.

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