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

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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, Discover will match your 1st year cashback earnings if you are a new cardholder.  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

Link:   Citi Concierge (Log-In Required)

Via View From the Wing, folks with the Citi Prestige card get perks at certain restaurants in major US cities including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Seattle.  And even internationally!

You’ll enjoy benefits like a percentage off your bill, a free glass of wine or appetizer, or priority reservations.

To see the list of restaurants, click the “Dining” tab after you log into the Citi Concierge website.

This is yet another terrific feature of the Citi Prestige card!

Book a table by calling Citi Concierge at the number on the back of your card to get the special perks.

3.   Is AMEX Sending New Offers Via Postal Mail?

Link:   How to Sign-Up for AMEX Offers

Snail mail alert!  Folks on Reddit report getting a new AMEX Offer.  Not online, but in their mailbox!

The offer is for $50 off a $250+ Virgin America flight purchase made by March 15, 2016.

The mailer says to register for the offer at this website, but this link doesn’t work for me.  Other folks say they get it when they log into the American Express website.

Either way, I didn’t have luck getting this offer.  But it’s worth checking your account or mailbox to see if you did!

It could be AMEX is experimenting with new ways to target folks for AMEX Offers.  Here’s my guide about how to sign-up online, or sync your AMEX card with Twitter, to make the most of them!

4.   Costco’s Switch to Visa Will Happen This Summer

Link:  Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

Link:  Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Cards from American Express

I wrote about the best cards to use at warehouse stores when Costco switches over to Visa cards.  The transition was supposed to happen on March 31, 2016.  But now it’s getting pushed back to June, or mid-summer, of 2016.

Until then, Costco will continue to accept AMEX cards (like the AMEX Starwood personal and small business cards) or cash as payment in-store.  But you can still purchase Costco cash cards up to $1,000 on their website with any major credit card for your Costco shopping.

I’ll keep you posted if I hear any other details, or find out a firm date for the changeover!

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