Just to let the blog readers know, banks and credit card company’s sometimes will lie to you or the reps do not know their jobs or product lines. Also, one of the most important things we all must druminto our heads is: “If you do not like the answer you are getting, say thank you for now and call back and ask the next rep, and the next after that, if necessary!”
Case in point: I just got my fee for my Chase United Airlines card from last year’s 50k deal. I have not used the card much at all. I called and asked to get switched to a no-fee card or maybe to get some bonus miles to keep the card. I was told no such card exists and “no bonus miles for you. All we can do is close your account.” Now, what I should have done is say, “Thanks, I will think about it.” I did not do this and closed the account. Next, my wife called as she has the same card and fee as me. Guess what? There IS a no-fee Chase United card. She was assured there is NO credit pull for the change – all just internal bookkeeping at Chase. It was quick and the annual fee will be credited in about 30 days.
So please, remember to call two or three times if need be to make sure you get what you want, or at least be reasonably sure that the answer you get is the correct one.
If you can’t get the routing you want, they want to charge a funky fee, won’t check partner airlines, say you can’t have lounge access, breakfast is not included, you can’t go standby without a fee, whatever it is you want to be different, call and ask another agent.
Will it always work? Heck no. But if it was important enough for you to ask one time, isn’t it important enough for you to ask twice? Think of this scenario:
A room full of 18-20 year-old kids sitting at hundreds of computer screens taking phone calls all day. It is the first job for many. For some it is just that – a job. But for others it is a start of a career. They will answer your question differently and you may get different results. Some know the rules. Some don’t. Some care for the best interest of the customers. Some are just killing time on the job waiting for the bell to ring.
If your question is worth asking once, it should be worth asking twice. Try it. It may pay off for you.
This worked over and over again for those wanting to Bump the Bonus on the Platinum Card from American Express and the Premier Rewards Card. Many got an additional 100,000 Membership Rewards points.
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IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card
- Annual Fee: $49 fee waived for the first year
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Hotel
The IHG Rewards Club Visa is often cited as one of the most underrated hotel credit cards, with good reason. The official offer is for 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within three months, with the first year’s fee waived. The card comes with an annual free night certificate that can be used at any IHG property, including Intercontinental hotels - making this certificate worth upwards of 50,000 points. This is far more generous than some other hotel cards, which limit the categories in which free night certificates can be redeemed.
Cardholders earn 5 points per dollar at IHG hotels; 2 points per dollar at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants; 1 point per dollar everywhere else. Moreover, you’ll get a 10% rebate on award redemptions, up to 100,000 points per year. The card also comes with Platinum status, though that doesn’t get you much with IHG. Still, this is a fantastic card to have in your wallet, with benefits that far outweigh the already low $49 annual fee.
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- Enjoy a free night of card membership at over 4,700 hotels worldwide
- Earn 5 points for each $1 spent at our hotels
- Earn 2 points per $1 spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants
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- Automatic platinum elite status, as long as you remain a cardmember
- $0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $49