Category Archives: Reward Cards

Hyatt Card Now Earns 2x Points on Restaurants, Airline Tickets and Car Rentals

Hyatt Credit CardChase just announced a number of changes to its Hyatt Credit Card offer, most of them for the better. While you now must spend at least $1,000 within your first 3 months of cardmembership to earn 2 free nights (as opposed to earning your free nights after just a single purchase), you’ll now earn 2x points for every $1 spent at restaurants, on airline tickets purchased directly with the airline and at car rental agencies.

Cardmembers will now also be able to earn status faster by receiving 2 stay and 5 night credits towards Diamond status when they spend $20,000 during the calendar year, and an additional 3 stay and 5 night credits when they spend $40,000 during the calendar year.
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Chase Launches LivingSocial Credit Card

Chase and LivingSocial, the second largest daily deals site behind Groupon, just announced their newly minted co-branded credit card, the LivingSocial Rewards Visa Card. This new offering earns cardmembers 5 points per $1 spent on LivingSocial purchases, 3 points per $1 spent on dining and 1 point on everything else. In addition, as part of a special promotion for 2012, cardmembers will receive 10 Deal Bucks after making 10 purchases each billing cycle.
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How to Earn More Credit Card Rewards Without Spending More: Gift Card Arbitrage

Amazon gift cardFor the experienced point and rewards chasers, this “tip” is hardly new, as the basic idea itself is simple–to maximize your point earning potential, you’ll want to spend more at places that offer the highest rebate percentage. But how can we do this without actually spending more money? One easy answer: Buy prepaid cards and gift cards to manipulate your spending so that it falls into a high rebate bonus category.

For example, the American Express Blue Cash Preferred card pays a juicy 6% cash back at stand-alone supermarkets. Chances are that your local grocery store stocks a wide variety of retail branded gift cards (such as gift cards). Ordinarily, you might only earn a 1% rebate on purchases, but if you buy an gift card at your supermarket with the Blue Cash Preferred card, you’ll earn 6% cash back on that gift card purchase. With one extra step, you’ve turned a 1% transaction into one that nets 6%.
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Chase Adds Ritz-Carlton as Ultimate Rewards Partner

Ritz-Carlton RewardsChase and Ritz-Carlton had already teamed to offer the Ritz-Carlton Rewards credit card, so it comes as no big surprise to learn that Chase has just added Ritz-Carlton as its latest “Ultimate Rewards” point transfer partner.

Under the new partnership, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Ink Plus and Ink Bold cardmembers can now instantly transfer Ultimate Rewards points to The Ritz-Carlton Rewards at a 1:1 point ratio and then redeem those points towards free nights at Ritz-Carlton hotels and resorts as well as at 3,400 partner hotels around the world.
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Existing Southwest Credit Card Members: Free 1,000 Points YMMV

Southwest Airlines Credit CardIn an effort to educate cardmembers on how to redeem their rewards points, Southwest is offering those who have its credit card 1,000 bonus points to watch a short video describing the process. At the end of the video (roughly 2 and a half minutes), you’ll be asked for your Rapid Rewards number and the last four digits of your credit card number.

Assuming your credit card account is open and in good standing, the 1,000 bonus points should post in 6 to 8 weeks. And while not everyone has reported success in getting the bonus points, it seems like the majority of cardholders are eligible, so it is definitely worth checking out.

Link (Via FW)

Priceline Rewards Visa: 2% Credit Card?

Priceline Rewards VisaWith the impending demise of the 2% Schwab card, there’s been a lot of scrambling to find a replacement. This post on FW describes a new targeted offer for the Priceline Rewards Visa that presents an intruiging possibility. This version of the card earns 5 points per dollar spent on “Name Your Own Price” Priceline purchases and 2 points per dollar everywhere else with no annual fee, a superior value when compared to the other publicly available Priceline credit cards.
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Get a 25% Discount on Any Flight Using Your ThankYou Premier Card

According to this thread on FW, if you have a ThankYou Premier credit card or a card that is due to be converted to one (such as a Citi PremierPass Elite or Citi Amex Platinum card), you can get a 25% discount off the Thank You points needed to book a flight. Better yet, this discount applies as long as you apply points towards at least a portion of the ticket, essentially allowing you to always get 25% off the best available airfare.
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