Category Archives: Reward Cards

Hilton to Introduce New HHonors American Express Surpass Card

Hilton and American Express are set to introduce a new flavor of HHonors credit card to be added to the existing lineup. The new offer, dubbed the Hilton HHonors Surpass Card from American Express, is set to launch in mid-February. The main difference between the Surpass Card and the original Hilton Amex is that, in exchange for an annual fee of $75/year, the Surpass Card offers complimentary Gold VIP status for the first year, 9 HHonors points per dollar spent at Hilton hotels and HHonors Diamond VIP status once spending reaches $40,000 per year.
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Get the Best Value for Your Thank You Points Now

Thank You Points Severely Devalued: Fixed Point Option for Flights to be Removed

In a move that will significantly devalue Thank You Points, Citi will be removing fixed point awards for flights, effective March 1, 2009. Why is this such a big deal? For those in the know, fixed point travel redemptions offered a way to get nearly a 3% rebate per point. With many options available for earning multiple Thank You points per dollar spent, fixed point flights represented a tremendous value.

How can you get nearly 3% in value per point?
Here’s how to maximize your Thank You point redemption in a nutshell:
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Cap One Launches No Hassle Reward Card with Double Miles

Cap One recently launched a new No Hassle Rewards Card targeting frequent travelers. The credit card earns two miles for each dollar of monthly spending above $1,000 and one mile per dollar on all other purchases.

Cap One miles redemption is quite flexible, as you have the complete freedom to book your travel by any means you prefer with no blackout dates or seat restrictions. Customers can charge any travel related expense–including airline, hotel, cruise line and rental car transactions–to their card, then call Cap One to reimburse the charge with their miles. Each mile is worth 1 cent and the refund is credited on the next statement. In addition, there is no limit to the number of miles you can earn and your miles do not expire.
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Upgrade to the New Visa

Chase and launched a new version of their co-branded credit card relatively recently, and they have now made it easy for existing card holders to upgrade. The original version of the card earned 3 points on eligible purchases at Amazon and 1 point anywhere else. The new version also earns 3 points on Amazon purchases, along with 2 points on gas, dining, drugstore and office supply purchases, in addition to 1 point everywhere else. You’ll also earn double points for the first 90 days after you enroll.
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SPG Offers More Flight Redemption Options

With much fanfare, Starwood Hotel and Resorts recently announced the expansion of its Starwood Preferred Guest program with the introduction of SPG Flights, a new option that allows members to exchange their Starpoints directly for plane tickets. Since the Starwood American Express is one of the top reward card choices precisely because of its loyalty program, a closer examination of these changes is in order.
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Orbitz Relaunches Its Visa with Capital One and Sweetens the Deal

The online travel site Orbitz recently severed its longstanding relationship with Barclays/Juniper to relaunch its credit card with Capital One, in hopes of revitalizing its business.

In addition to the increased marketing clout that Orbitz hopes that Cap One can bring to the table, the new iteration of the Orbitz Visa offers a potentially more compelling value proposition for consumers.
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