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


You CAN Still Earn Cash Back on $2,000 American Express Gift Cards

Cash back on American Express Gift Card

Update: It seems Extrabux hasn’t been paying out on Amex gift card purchases, despite what their terms state.  I’ve been getting a lot of comments about my American Express gift card buying habit from readers, who are under the impression… Continue Reading


5 Reasons to Get the 30,000 Point Starwood Preferred Guest Amex Card

It’s the weekend, which means you are about to get bombarded with emails, tweets, and all manner of status updates about the 30,000 point Starwood Preferred Guest American Express card sign-up bonus ending on September 14. So is the hype… Continue Reading


Why I Use Amex Gift Cards for Manufactured Spending

Cash back on American Express Gift Card

Update: As of September 2014 most shopping portals have either pulled or reduced the Amex gift card denominations eligible for cash back. As a result, the information in this post is no longer relevant. I get tons of questions about my manufactured… Continue Reading


TopCashBack Limits Cash Back on Amex Gift Cards: Finding Alternatives

As of 8/21/15 BeFrugal has implemented the same $200 limit on Amex gift cards as Top Cash Back Reader Jeff brought this to my attention: TopCashBack is currently offering 2.25% cash back on American Express business gift cards. The bad… Continue Reading


SPG American Express Annual Fee Increasing: Should You Keep the Card?

I’ve always put the Starwood Preferred Guest card on my list of cards I’ll keep long-term. I like the fact that Starwood has decent redemption rates, I can earn airline miles at a rate of 1.25 miles per $1 and… Continue Reading


How to Use Amex Gift Cards to Buy Money Orders

Cash back on American Express Gift Card

I get lots of emails (and search traffic) from people wanting to know whether they can use American Express gift cards to buy money orders. The simple answer is “No.” American Express gift cards are not PIN-enabled, so they cannot… Continue Reading


$50 Virgin America Statement Credit from American Express

If you’ve got upcoming travel plans that involve Virgin America (at least $250 worth), you might want to sign into your American Express account and see if you’ve been targeted for the $50 statement credit. The offer is good on… Continue Reading


Vanilla Reloads and MoneyPaks To Be Discontinued April 1, 2015

Many of us haven’t purchased a Vanilla Reload card since CVS stopped accepting credit cards for them last year. Others have found alternative sources and continued to load up the maximum $5,000 each month on their Serve or Bluebird cards.… Continue Reading