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) There is currently a working direct link for Hyatt co-branded credit card that comes with 40k points + $50 credit. Apply here Be aware, the landing page doesn’t mention 5,000 points for adding an authorized user, but several people confirmed that you will still get this benefit. I can’t vouch for it, obviously. Still, worst case scenario: you’ll get $50 instead of 5,000 Hyatt points, which is close to a wash in my book. I speculatively value Hyatt points at around 1.1 cents apiece. (Hat tip DoC)
2) Preparing for US Bank FlexPerks changes next year I know that at least few of my readers actively collect FlexPerks currency, so this post should be of interest.
3) Few days ago I came across an interesting product called Bank of the West Cash Back MasterCard. Be aware, it’s only available to residents of certain states (see list here) Few details on the card:
This actually seems like a decent “keeper” card for an average Joe, I just wish it was available nationwide. If you live in one of the states where it’s offered and like to collect cash back, you should probably look into it. Apparently, William at DoC posted analysis of this card few months ago, and I just missed it. If you are a new reader, you may want to see my list of best “keeper” cards for family.
4) Check out the latest shopping portal promos from American, United and Southwest here As always, this deal is only worth it if you plan to make a purchase anyway.
5) The official offer on Chase United MileagePlus Explorer card is set to expire on 7/31/2017. Read about it in my Hot Deals page (scroll to mileage bonuses). I do believe it will come back at some point, not to mention, targeted offers tend to pop up from time to time. It is a very good deal, but the card is subject to 5/24 rule.
6) The big news in the hobby is the fact that Amex has added a warning in “T and C” to those who “game” the sign-up bonuses. See all the details on DoC I’ll have more on it next week, but will say one thing. I think Amex is shooting themselves in the foot here. I know they have a business to run, but this strong verbiage will scare off potentially profitable customers. Telling people they can’t cancel the card within 12 months, essentially forcing them to pay the second annual fee, is ridiculous.
7) According to LoyaltyLobby, new IHG PointBreaks list will go live on July 31st. You can see a full preview by clicking the link.
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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.