Changes are coming to the American Express Premier Rewards Gold card, and it’s mostly good news!
Starting June 1, 2015, you’ll get a $100 airline incidental fee credit each calendar year. And from the same date, you’ll earn 2 American Express Membership Rewards points for every $1 you spend at US restaurants!
They’re also getting rid of foreign transaction fees, which makes this card much better for folks who travel abroad.
But there’s a bit of bad news. The annual fee (currently waived for the 1st year) is increasing by $20, to $195.
Starting June 1, 2015, You’ll Earn 2 AMEX Membership Rewards Points per $1 You Spend at US Restaurants
These changes are great news for folks who charge a lot of airline fees, travel overseas, or eat out frequently. But is it worth the increased annual fee?
For a limited time, the sign-up bonus on the Chase United MileagePlus Explorer Business card has increased to 50,000 miles. That’s enough miles for 2 round-trip domestic flights!
You’ll get the bonus after you spend $2,000 in new purchases in the 1st 3 months of opening your account.
Normally, the sign-up bonus is 30,000 miles after you spend $1,000 in the 1st 3 months. So this is a better deal!
This isn’t our link, but Emily and I will always tell you about the best offers, even when they don’t earn us a commission.
The Chase United MileagePlus Explorer Business Card Has a Limited-Time Sign-Up Bonus of 50,000 Miles
There’s no end date published for the increased bonus, so I’m not sure how long it will last.
Via The Forward Cabin, you’ll no longer pay foreign transaction fees with the Barclays US Airways card.
Previously, you’d be charged a 3% fee when using your card abroad. This makes the card much better to use when you’re traveling outside the US!
Traveling Overseas? You’ll No Longer Pay Foreign Transaction Fees With the Barclays US Airways Card
Emily and I don’t earn a commission on this card but we’ll always tell you about the best offers!
This is another improvement Barclays has added to the card, which will be discontinued once the American Airlines – US Airways merger is complete.
Orbitz has launched a new card which gets you a $50 statement credit after you spend $200 in the 1st 90 days. So this is NOT a card you get just for the sign-up bonus!
5% Back on Orbitz Bookings, 2% Back Everywhere Else, No Annual Fee, and No Foreign Transaction Fee but You Can Only Redeem Your Orbucks Points for Hotels on Orbitz
You get an additional 5% back in Orbitz Orbucks when you use the Orbitz Reward Visa card for your travel purchases on Orbitz. And you get 2% back in Orbitz Orbucks EVERYWHERE ELSE. Orbitz Orbucks can only be redeemed for hotel purchases made through Orbitz.
I like that there’s no annual fee, no foreign transaction fee, it’s issued by a bank I don’t already use (Comenity Capital Bank, issuers of the Virgin America credit cards), and that it grants you automatic “Star” status for free internet and breakfast at certain hotels…but this card is definitely NOT for everyone.
Or even for me!
Have you ever returned from an overseas trip and been unpleasantly surprised when you opened your bank statement?
Most US banks add currency conversion fees of 1% to 3% for using ATMs abroad. And sometimes, there’s an ATM fee of ~$3 to $5 in addition to the foreign exchange fee. These can add up quickly and put a nasty dent in your plans for Big Travel with Small Money!
You can avoid these fees by signing-up for a Charles Schwab High Yield Investor Checking account. It does NOT charge currency conversion fees, and you’ll get a rebate for all your US and overseas ATM charges.
No Overseas ATM Fees? Sounds Good to Me!