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Chase has been tightening their credit card application policies. And now there are rumors they’ll apply the stricter rules to co-branded airline and hotel cards, like the Chase Hyatt, Chase IHG Rewards, or Chase United Explorer.
According to Doctor of Credit, Chase may soon stop approving folks for co-branded cards if they’ve opened ~5 or more credit cards (from any bank) in the past 24 months.
Considering Chase Airline or Hotel Cards? You Might Want to Apply Soon Because the Rules May Soon Change!
I do NOT have confirmation of these changes. But I’ll share what I know and what you should do if you’ve been considering these cards!
Posted in Airline Award Booking, Airlines, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Chase, Chase British Airways, Chase Fairmont, Chase Freedom, Chase Hyatt, Chase IHG Rewards, Chase Ink Cash, Chase Ink Plus, Chase Marriott, Chase Marriott Business, Chase Priority Club, Chase Ritz Carlton, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Southwest, Chase United Club, Chase United Explorer, Credit Cards, Fairmont, Hotels, Hyatt, IHG, Lufthansa, Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, Southwest, Star Alliance, Travel Tips, United Airlines, United Award Booking
Update: The 50,000 point Citi ThankYou Premier sign-up bonus is no longer available. Thanks to reader Ryan for letting us know!
Several years ago, we made a promise to always tell our readers about the best credit card deals, even if it means we don’t earn a commission.
It’s common for there to be many different sign-up bonuses for the same card. So if I find an offer that’s better than my affiliate link, I’ll tell you about it instead!
And I’m always grateful when readers bring better offers to our attention!
We Want You to Know About the Best Deals That Will Get You on Your Way to Your Next Adventure – Even If We Don’t Earn a Commission
Find out about the top 10 offers that don’t give us a commission, but still earn you Big Travel!
Posted in Airlines, Alaska Airlines, American Express, AMEX Hilton, AMEX Hilton Surpass, Bank Of America, Barclays, Barclays Wyndham, BOA Alaska Air, Chase, Chase Hyatt, Chase IHG Rewards, Chase Ink Plus, Chase Southwest, Chase United Explorer, Citi Hilton, Citi Hilton Reserve, Citi Thank You Premier, Citibank, Credit Cards, Hilton HHonors, Hotels, Hyatt, IHG, Southwest, Ultimate Rewards, United Airlines, Wyndham
1. American Airlines Is Offering Elite Status (Targeted)
Via The Points Guy, American Airlines is sending out emails and mailers to select loyalty program members to earn Gold or Platinum elite status through May 31, 2016. All you have to do is sign-up with the supplied promotion code by February 22, 2016.
Were You Targeted for Free Gold or Platinum Elite Status on American Airlines? Check Your Email or Mailbox to Find Out!
To keep the status through 2017, you’ll need to earn 7,000 EQMs (elite qualifying miles) for Gold status. And 10,000 EQMs to keep Platinum status. Some commenters report slightly different offers.
Elite status members get perks like free upgrades, free checked bags, and bonus miles on flights.
Check your email inbox, or regular mailbox, to see if you got the offer!
2. Bonus Miles for $1 or $12 Magazine Subscriptions
Posted in Airlines, Airlines, American Airlines, Beginner Tips, Earn Miles, La Compagnie, Save Money, Shopping, Southwest, Travel Technology, Travel Tips, United Airlines, WOW Air
This could be interesting! Hotel News Now reports Choice Hotels plans to expand their vacation rental options to more 3rd-party management companies as soon as this month (they currently have listings in 3 US destinations).
And, they’re considering person-to-person vacation rentals (like what Airbnb does) in the near future!
Choice Hotels Might Open a Platform for Person-to-Person Vacation Rentals. They’ve Already Started With Rentals From 3rd-Party Companies in 3 US Destinations
I’ll share the details. And what this could mean for your hotel points!
Posted in Airbnb, Airlines, Barclays, Barclays Arrival, Choice Privileges, Credit Cards, Hotel Award Booking, Hotels, Membership Rewards, Southwest, Travel Technology, Travel Tips
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.
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
Posted in Airlines, Airlines, American Express, AMEX Premier Rewards Gold, Beginner Tips, Credit Cards, Credit Cards, Earn Miles, Hertz, Hilton HHonors, Hotels, KLM, Membership Rewards, Rental Cars, Save Money, Southwest, Travel Tips
Million Mile Secrets reader, John, commented:
I was curious – are there no more debit card rewards programs out there or do you not really focus on those since the points you collect from credit card rewards are just that much better?
Thanks for your question, John!
Yes, there are still debit cards that will reward you for your spending.
I Write a Lot About Earning Rewards With Credit Cards, but You Can Also Earn Miles, Points, & Cash Back With Debit Cards
Find out why I don’t often write about debit card rewards!
Posted in Airlines, American Airlines, American Express, AMEX Starwood (SPG), Chase, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Southwest, Credit Cards, Debit Cards, Hotels, Hyatt, PayPal, Pre-Paid Debit Cards, Reader Requests, Southwest, UFB American Airlines, Ultimate Rewards, United Airlines
Need some sunshine in your life? Here’s another terrific opportunity to sneak away to the beach for cheap!
You can fly to Hawaii from 7 Western cities (plus Toronto!) for less than $400 round-trip in coach on several airlines.
Depending on the route, sale flights are available from now through May 2016. And you can fly to Honolulu, Maui, or the Big Island!
These are great fares, so book soon if you want to get in on the deals!
Say Aloha to Hawaii for as Little as $318 Round-Trip in Coach!
You can search for these fares using ITA Matrix or Google Flights, then book directly on the airline websites.
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