Meeting Large Spending Requirements Without Manufactured Spending

A 100,000 point sign-up bonus isn’t rare for the American Express Platinum Card. In fact, there have been bonuses out there for up to 250,000 Membership Rewards points after a total of $55,000 worth of spending over six months. A… Continue Reading


How I Saved Over $90 On Online Shopping via Amex Offers

American Express Offers is one of the best credit card perks out there and a major reason to keep paying the annual fee on credit cards like the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card. For those who are unfamiliar with Amex Offers,… Continue Reading


5 Reasons to Get the 100,000 Point Hilton HHonors Surpass Card

Hilton fans rejoice because American Express has increased the sign-up bonus on both the Hilton HHonors Surpass Card and the Hilton HHonors Card from American Express by 20,000+ points. No that wasn’t an April Fool’s joke – contrary to popular… Continue Reading


Great American Express My Offers for January

American Express My Offers is a great program that offers lots of savings on everyday spending. I personally get great value out of these targeted statement credit offers every year – enough to off-set the annual fee on my Starwood… Continue Reading


Amex is Shutting Down Bluebird and Serve Accounts: What’s Next?

I woke up today, well past noon, from a Nyquil induced sleep to some terrible news: Both the American Express Bluebird and Serve prepaid cards are dead as far as manufactured spending goes. Several readers got email notices that their… Continue Reading


Citi AAdvantage Executive Card Improves Admirals Club Benefit

One of the benefits of the Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard is Admirals Club Lounge membership, which normally costs $400 – 500 per year for new members. Starting today, Citi is extending Admirals Club lounge access to all authorized… Continue Reading


Bluebird vs. Serve: Which Prepaid Card Should You Switch To?

It’s been three weeks since the demise of Redbird and already some people are switching back to the American Express Bluebird or Serve card. Up until recently, I had decided not to bother switching to either card, since I was… Continue Reading


$0 Fees on Amex Gift Cards: Why Buying Them Might Make Sense

I just got an email from American Express that reminded me of the good old days: When American Express would offer 100% off Amex gift card fees and shopping portals would have the codes listed right under a large text highlighting… Continue Reading


Starwood Preferred Guest Personal vs. Business Credit Card: Amex Makes it Easy For Me

Last year I put my Starwood Preferred Guest American Express credit card on the chopping block, after determining the business version was a better fit thanks to the 5% rebate at Hyatt offered through the American Express OPEN Savings program.… Continue Reading


Issues Getting Cash Back on American Express Gift Cards Through Extrabux

Last week I wrote about how you can still earn cash back on $2,000 American Express gift cards, primarily through the Extrabux cash back portal. In the post, I recommended taking screenshots of the entire transaction in case it wasn’t… Continue Reading