Card Spotlight: Wells Fargo Choice Privileges Cards

July 16, 2024 at 07:00 EDT By Spencer Howard

Danny the Deal Guru: "Choice Hotels revealed last year a multi-year agreement with Wells Fargo and Mastercard to launch a new cobranded credit card program. Now the two credit cards have best ever bonuses. The no-fee Choice Privileges Mastercard has a 70,000 points bonus and the Choice Privileges Select Mastercard has an offer for 100,000 bonus points.

Amex Centurion Lounge Finally Opening In DC?

July 15, 2024 at 08:27 EDT By Spencer Howard

Redditor /u9821 shared that "The DCA centurion lounge appears to be opening, or at least is very close to it! This evening, from the Sky Club I could see workers disassembling (?) the wooden cover. I asked a security guard there when it would open and all he said was “soon”. But from the looks of it, it’s basically done—there’s even art up on the walls. I also saw someone walking around inside taking a video."

Points Wire Note:

The Amex Centurion Lounge at Reagan National Airport was originally scheduled to open in late 2022. It's opening was then pushed to early 2024. Clearly, neither of those targets were me. Hopefully, we'll actually see an official opening date soon!

Chase Sapphire Reserve Offers Marriott Gold Fast Track

July 10, 2024 at 13:20 EDT By Spencer Howard

If you have the Chase Sapphire Reserve, you can register for a Marriott Bonvoy Gold status fast track promotion.

If you register by September 30, 2024, you'll receive 3 months of Marriott Gold status. If you stay 3 nights within that 3 months, your Gold status will be extended through February 2026.

Direct link to register

Points Wire Note:

Marriott Gold is middling at best. You can get late checkout and room upgrades (in theory), but it doesn't provide breakfast. As for the promo, it's nice enough if you have Marriott stays coming up, but the Amex Platinum and Business Platinum offer Gold status just for being a cardholder.

Amex Devalues Popular Schwab Amex Platinum Benefit

July 3, 2024 at 12:06 EDT By Spencer Howard

Danny the Deal Guru: "The Schwab Amex Platinum card has a unique feature. It lets you redeem Membership Rewards points for deposits to an eligible Schwab account at  a value of 1.1 cents per point."

"Now Amex is notifying members of an upcoming change that is bad news for those who use this cash out method heavily. Starting in October, redeeming at 1.1 cents per point will be limited to just 1 million points per year. After that you will only get a value of 0.8 cents per points."

Amex has listed the notice under the card's benefits. It reads:

“Important Note: Starting Oct 1, 2024, the rate for redeeming Membership Rewards points for deposits will change. Basic Card Members will be able to redeem Membership Rewards points for deposits to their eligible Schwab account at a rate of 10,000 points for a $110 deposit for up to 1,000,000 points, after which they may continue to redeem points at a rate of 10,000 points for an $80 deposit through the remainder of the calendar year.”

Amex Offer: Save At Wyndham

July 3, 2024 at 11:46 EDT By Spencer Howard

American Express has released a targeted offer for stays at select "luxury" Wyndham properties. You can get $100 back as a statement credit when you spend $500+.

Important Terms

  • Expires October 31, 2024 - you can stay after this, but must have paid by then
  • Must book directly with Wyndham
  • Gift cards are not eligible for this offer

Turkish Airlines Launches U.S. Credit Card

July 3, 2024 at 11:25 EDT By Spencer Howard

View From The Wing flagged that there's a new Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles credit card in the U.S. The card is backed by Imprint and issued by First Electronic Bank.

Let's take a look at the details.

Welcome Bonus

  • Earn 40,000 miles if you spend $3,000 within the first 90 days
  • First 5,000 people approved will get a metal card

Bonus Categories

  • 3x on Turkish Airlines
  • 2x on dining, groceries, entertainment, and lodging

Benefits

Strangely, I don't see any benefits offered when flying with Turkish Airlines.

Annual Fee

  • $99

Direct link to card

Amex Centurion Lounge Coming To Tokyo Haneda In 2025

July 3, 2024 at 10:10 EDT By Spencer Howard

American Express is opening a Centurion Lounge in Terminal 3 of Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) in 2025. At only 7,352 square feet, the lounge won't have that much space - only 122 seats. Considering that theTerminal 3 is the main international terminal, I'll be curious to see if it gets too crowded to be comfortable.

More from the press release

Chase Sapphire Preferred Bonus Issues For Recent Applicants

June 28, 2024 at 16:23 EDT By Spencer Howard

Travel on Points: "There is a Sapphire Preferred bonus issue that recent applicants are running into. From what we can tell, this appears to be a glitch in the matrix, on Chase's end. It also appears to be happening to people who signed up for the card over the last month, likely when the increased offer was still around and kicking. If you are being told that you are not eligible for the Chase Sapphire Preferred welcome offer, or you don't see a bonus offer tracker, then know you are not alone."

Amex Offer: Earn Bonus Amex Points On Delta Gift Cards

June 20, 2024 at 12:05 EDT By Spencer Howard

Amex has released another round of targeted Amex Offers. One that might interest you is a Delta gift card offer. You can earn 5,000 bonus Membership Rewards points if you buy $500+ in Delta gift cards. Please note that these purchases will not code as airfare so you can't earn 5x with the Amex Platinum.

Important Terms

  • Expires August 25, 2024
  • Must spend $500+ in a single transaction
  • Must enroll before purchasing
  • E-gift cards and physical gift cards are eligible
  • Can't ship internationally

Direct link to purchase Delta gift cards

Card Spotlight: Sonesta World Mastercard

June 20, 2024 at 11:36 EDT By Spencer Howard

The Sonesta World Mastercard is issued by Bank of America. While it's not a top priority card, it's always a good idea to keep an eye on niche cards that could come in handy as your progress in your points journey. As the bonus has been increased recently, let's take a look at it.

Welcome Bonus

  • Earn 120,000 points if you spend $2,000 within 90 days
  • Earn 5,000 points if you had an authorized user within 90 days
  • Earn 30,000 points on your account anniversary if you spend $7,500 in the first 12 months

Basically, you can earn 155,000 points for spending $7,500 and adding an authorized user.

Bonus Categories

  • 3x on Sonesta purchase
  • 2x on eligible flights, rentals cars, and dining

Benefits

  • Sonesta Travel Pass Gold status upon approval
  • No foreign transaction fees

Annual Fee

  • $75, waived the first year

Direct link to card

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