Update Bump the Bonus Amex: I tried the secure message center yesterday with the hopes of getting the bump on my recent NEW Business Gold card from 50K to match yesterdays one day public non targeted offer. NO such luck:(
Dear Rick Ingersoll,
While we appreciate your interest in this offer, we are unable to apply it to your account, as it was not available at the time you applied for the card.
I understand that this may be disappointing to you, however you can expect to see various promotions throughout the year for which you may be eligible.
We regret the inconvenience this may cause.
Email Servicing Team
American Express Interactive Services
Our $100 Gift Card winner for the month of October is Brent! Congrats! Email Rick your address so we can send out your winnings.
To get the big bonuses on many credit card deals, you must meet a “minimum spend.” And for some, that becomes a creative challenge. When doing my card deals, I have found some great ways to help meet my minimum spends. I hope they help inspire you, too.
1. Storage Unit
My local storage unit has a 24-hour automated payment system that allows you to pay your bill using a credit card. You can pay as much as you want at any time so I have paid six months ahead on my Starwood Preferred Guest credit card to get to my minimum spend.
2. Daycare Center
Many of you now know I just had my first child in September. While exploring daycare vs. babysitter for a few days a week, I found out that La Petite Academy allows you to pay your weekly daycare costs using a credit card. Great way to get the spend and some points.
3. My Church
My church has set up online giving accounts that may actually be paid with a credit card. I make my weekly donations from the computer on my card and pay them off right away. Great way to get a big spend for me. Rick informed me that many nonprofits allow you to donate online via a credit card, so if you are going to give, get a little in return by using your card. (See #5 below)
4. Gym Membership
My gym membership may be paid in monthly installments or all at once. I save the money for the yearly membership and then pay it all at once toward a spend.
5. Giving to Nonprofits
Many not-for-profit organizations allow for giving via a credit card. If you are interested in giving, here is a link to Charitywatch.org — a great resource for finding reputable charities. Some examples:
Happy travels, and keep submitting your rookie travel tips for a chance to win a $100 dollar gift card.
– The Rookie, Shannon
Increased Delta Skymiles Bonus Now 30,000 Miles for $500 Minimum Spend No First Year Fee Click Through to See the 30,000 Miles Offer. Copy and Print it
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.
- Earn 70,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months of account opening
- 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
- Bonus points redeemable at hotels such as Intercontinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts and Holiday Inn®
- Automatic platinum elite status, as long as you remain a cardmember
- $0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $49