Effective Today: This Way to Meet Minimum Spending Requirements No Longer Works

I have bad news if you’ve been thinking of opening a Citigold checking account and funding it with a Visa or MasterCard to help meet minimum spending requirements.

Via Reddit, many folks are reporting that Citi will NO longer allow you to fund your initial Citigold checking deposit with a credit card.

But you can still earn 50,000 American Airlines miles (or 40,000 Citi ThankYou points) when you open an account by March 31, 2016, and meet certain conditions.

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Citigold Checking Account Funding Is NO Longer a Way to Meet Credit Card Minimum Spending Requirements

Congratulations if you were able to get in on the deal before Citi changed their policy!  This is a good reminder that great deals don’t always last!  So it’s important to jump on them while you can!

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News You Can Use – $40 Off Hilton, $200 Off KLM, $15 Off Flowers, 2,000 Southwest Points With Hertz

1.   Save $40 on a $200+ Hilton Garden Inn Stay

Link:   How to Sign-Up for AMEX Offers

Via Running With Miles, there’s a new AMEX Offer to save $40 when you load the deal to your AMEX card and spend $200+ at Hilton Garden Inn hotels by April 11, 2016.

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Save $40 When You Stay at a Hilton Garden Inn Hotel, Like the Hilton Garden Inn Times Square, and Spend $200+ by April 11, 2016

This offer only applies to hotels in the US.  And you must book directly with the hotel via the website, Hilton HHonors phone app, or by calling directly, to earn the statement credit.

Enrollment is limited, so add this offer to your card if you’re interested!  Check your AMEX account for the deal, or tweet @AmexOffers including hashtag “#AmexHgi” with your synced AMEX account.

This is an easy way to save money if you have a hotel stay coming up in the next couple of months!

2.   Get $200 Back After Spending $1,000+ on KLM Flights

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What Will Happen to Your Starwood Points After the Marriott Merger?

Marriott has an upcoming merger with Starwood hotels.  And while details still aren’t clear, there are hints about what might happen to your Starwood points!

What Will Happen To Your Starwood Points After The Marriott Merger

The Marriott-Starwood Merger Is a Real Nail-Biter! I’m Hoping for the Best Outcome for the Future of Starwood Points!

I’ll share a couple of things I found so far about Marriott’s plans for Starwood!

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Citi Is Inviting Folks to Convert Their Cards. But Should You?

My friend recently received an email inviting him to switch his Citi Diamond Preferred card to the Citi ThankYou Preferred.

And he isn’t the only 1 who’s received an offer like this.  Citi is contacting certain cardholders about converting their cards.  For example, some folks who have the Citi Dividend card (no longer available) have been invited to switch to the Citi Double Cash.

Citi Is Inviting Folks To Convert Their Cards But Should You

Has Citi Offered to Switch You to Another Card?

I’ll help you decide if moving to a new card makes sense of you!

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Won’t Last! 10 Cities Round-Trip to Europe $407 to $614

If you’re looking for a cheap paid flight to Europe, there are terrific deals today from 10 cities to several destinations across the pond!

You’ll pay as little as ~$407 to $614 for a round-trip coach flight (and some West Coast cities are included).  Sale fares are available on Aer Lingus, Jetairfly, KLM, Norwegian Air, and WOW Air, depending on the route.

These are very good prices!  So if you’re interested, book soon, because I’m not sure how long these deals will last.

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Take a Spin on the London Eye – and Get There Cheaply From Several US Cities!

I found these fares through ITA Matrix and Google Flights.  Or in 1 case, through an online travel agency (I’ll tell you where to look!).

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News You Can Use – Discover’s New 5X Categories, New Citi Prestige Restaurant Perk, Costco Visa Update, & More

1.   Earn 5% Cash Back on Dining and Movies With Discover it

Link:   Discover it

Link:   Activate the Discover it Bonus

Folks with the Discover it card who activate the bonus (after March 1, 2016) will earn 5% cash back on up to $1,500 spent on restaurants and movies from April 1, 2016, through June 30, 2016.

News You Can Use Discovers New 5X Categories New Citi Prestige Restaurant Perk Costco Visa Update More

You’ll Save 5% on Meals or at the Movies When You Activate the Discover it Bonus Categories

If you spend the maximum amount, you’ll earn $75 cash back!

And don’t forget, new Discover it cardholders (or folks who previously registered) can have their cash back doubled at the end of their 1st 12 billing cycles.  So you can effectively earn 10% cash back on this and other rotating bonus categories!

Quarterly credit card bonus categories are an excellent and easy way to rack up extra miles, points, or cash bonuses!

2.   Get Dining Perks With Citi Prestige

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Last Chance! ~$56 to Stay at Almost Any IHG Hotel

Time is running out to earn an award night at almost any IHG hotel with the IHG Priceless Surprises promotion!

Entries must be postmarked by February 15, 2016 (next Monday).  For the price of stamps and envelopes, you’ll win enough IHG points to stay at nearly any IHG hotel in the world.  

Last Chance 56 To Stay At Almost Any IHG Hotel

By Entering the IHG Priceless Surprises Promotion, You Could Earn Nearly Enough IHG Points for a Stay at the Gorgeous InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa!

I’ll show you how to enter!

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