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News You Can Use – Cheaper Way to Meet Minimum Spending, New Hyatt Card Offer, $10 Off Phone Bill With Serve (Targeted) & More!

1.   Staples Now Has $300 Visa Gift Cards Online

Via Frequent Miler, you can now buy $300 Visa gift cards from

Folks like to buy these cards to help meet minimum spending requirements and earn points.

You can buy these Visa gift cards now and use them later, anywhere Visa is accepted.  Or use them in places where only debit cards are accepted, like Aldi supermarket.

Or you can use these PIN-enabled gift cards to load your AMEX Prepaid card such as Bluebird, AMEX Serve, or Target Prepaid REDcard.  Then use 1 of those to pay bills that don’t accept credit cards such as your mortgage, rent, student loans, etc.

It’s much easier to meet minimum spending requirements when you can include your biggest monthly bills!

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You’ll pay ~$9 in fees for the $300 Visa gift card (~$8 activation fee + $1 for shipping), but this is still a better deal than buying the $200 Visa gift cards in-store at Staples.

That’s because if you purchase $600 in Visa gift cards in-store, you’ll need 3 $200 Visa gift cards.  This means paying 3 ~$7 activation fees for a total of ~$21.  But it you buy 2 $300 gift cards at, you only pay 2 ~$9 fees for a total of ~$18.  So you’re saving ~$3.

And you’ll save even more when you pay with certain cards:

  • Chase Ink Bold, Ink PlusInk Cash – 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards points (5% cash back) at office supply stores
  • AMEX SimplyCash – 5% cash back at US office supply stores

2.   2 Chase Hyatt Card Offers – Which 1 Do You Qualify For?

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News You Can Use: 4 New AMEX Offers, Club Carlson Free Night Promo, New American Airlines Routes & More!

1.   4 New AMEX Offers

If you’re new to AMEX Offers, check out my step-by-step guide on signing-up.  And keep in mind, you may be able to get each offer more than once!

1.   Williams-Sonoma

  • $10 back when you spend $50+, when you tweet #AmexWS
  • Expires November 15, 2015
  • Valid in US stores, and online
  • NOT valid for e-gift cards
  • See full terms & exclusions here

2.   Pottery Barn

  • $10 back when you spend $50+, when you tweet #AmexPB
  • Expires November 20, 2015
  • Valid in the US, in-store and online, outlet stores NOT included
  • Excludes e-gift cards
  • See full terms & exclusions here
News You Can Use 4 New AMEX Offers Club Carlson Free Night Promo New American Airlines Routes More

Save Money on Clothes, Bedding, Decorations, and More! If You Have More Than 1 Card, Check to See If You Got Targeted More Than Once!

3.   Pottery Barn Kids & PBTeen

  • $10 back when you spend $50+, when you tweet #AmexPBKids
  • Expires November 15, 2015
  • Valid in the US, in-store and online only, outlet stores NOT included, excludes e-gift cards
  • See full terms & exclusions here

4.   West Elm

  • $10 back when you spend $50+, when you tweet #AmexWestElm
  • Expires November 15, 2015
  • Valid in the US, in-store and online only, outlet stores NOT included, excludes e-gift cards
  • See full terms & exclusions here

What I really like about AMEX Offers is you can stack these deals with coupons, sales, and shopping portals for even more savings!

And don’t forget to check your AMEX account for targeted offers at local retailers based on your location!

These offers (except for Pottery Barn) are only available on Twitter.  So sync your account to your AMEX card before you go shopping!

2.   Earn 15,000 Club Carlson Points at Park Inn

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Strapped for Time? New Extended Hours for TSA PreCheck Appointments!

I love using TSA PreCheck (I have it through the Global Entry program) because it gets me through the airport security line faster.

TSA PreCheck is expanding their hours and rolling out Saturday appointments.   This is very helpful for folks who work during the week and don’t have time to make an appointment during regular business hours!

Strapped For Time New Extended Hours For TSA PreCheck Appointments

Tied up at Work and Can’t Seem to Make It in for Your TSA PreCheck Appointment? They’re Adding More Hours So It’s Easier to Fit Into Your Schedule

But Global Entry is still a better choice for most.  I’ll let you know all the details!

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AMEX Platinum Cards Now Give You Hilton Gold Status (Free Breakfast & Room Upgrades)

I’ve written about how you can get Starwood Gold elite status with the AMEX Platinum Cards.

And now via Flyertalk, The Platinum Card from American Express, American Express® Mercedes-Benz Platinum, and The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN have added Hilton Gold elite status to their already terrific list of benefits.

With Hilton Gold elite status you get free breakfast at some hotels, room upgrades, and late check-out.  You’ll also earn a 25% bonus on base points earned for paid stays.

AMEX Platinum Cards Now Give You Hilton Gold Status Free Breakfast Room Upgrades

You Can Now Get Hilton Gold Status With Your AMEX Platinum Card. This Will Save You Money on Your Next Hilton Stay!

I’ll explain how to get Hilton Gold elite status and what you’ll get with this status upgrade.

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The Easy Way to Find Out How Much Checked Bags Will Cost on United Airlines Flights

Checked bag fees can get expensive!

So when you’re packing for your next trip, it helps to know how much the airline will charge.

With the United Airlines checked baggage calculator you can quickly see how much your bags will cost.

The Easy Way To Find Out How Much Checked Bags Will Cost On United Airlines Flights

The United Airlines Checked Baggage Calculator Can Help You Decide What to Take and What to Leave at Home

I’ll show you how to use the calculator and give you tips on how to avoid baggage fees!

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