How We Used Amex Hilton Card Benefits for an Incredible Stay & Experience in Versailles

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This article is a way-out-of-sequence part of our Trip Report – Swiss Alps & the Tour de France. Introduction In an article we published earlier this afternoon, we reviewed our Amex Hilton 2-card upgrade-downgrade strategy and the remarkable haul of…

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Our Amex Hilton 2-card Aspire-Surpass Upgrade-Downgrade Strategy – How Has It Worked?

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Introduction Amex has a terrific lineup of Hilton co-branded credit cards with some terrific sign-up/upgrade offers and benefits. Back in late May/early June, we posted two articles about using two of these cards – the premium Aspire card and the…

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Hilton Honors New Member Promo – Up to 7,500 Bonus Points After 2 Stays

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Hilton has a small-but-useful promotion for new members – earn up to 7,500 bonus Hilton points after 2 stays. New members who sign up through the link on the dedicated landing page for this promotion will earn 2,500 bonus Hilton…

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Negative MGM/MLife Changes – Reduced Room Rate Discounts for Elites & Increased Resort Fees at 3 Top Hotels

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Summer 2019 has brought two pieces of negative news from the MGM/MLife properties in Las Vegas – reduced discounts on room rates for MLife elite members, and increased resort fees at MGM’s highest-end Vegas properties, the Aria, Bellagio and Vdara.…

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The Next Phase of the Marriott Devaluation Is Coming – Peak/Standard/Off-Peak Pricing Starts on September 14

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Over the past several months, Marriott has been making a series of changes to its Bonvoy program, each new change representing a devaluation of Marriott points. As Marriott implemented those changes, we knew that yet another major devaluation was on…

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Starting August 15 – Use Resy to Make Restaurant Reservations and Earn 500 Amex MR Points

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Amex recently acquired the dining reservations service Resy (a competitor to OpenTable), and it’s trying to get your attention and business by running a nice promotion. Details of the Amex-Resy Promotion Starting on August 15 and running through September 30,…

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Withdrawals from Cashback Apps – Dosh, Drop & Pei – How Long Does It Take?

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Introduction Dosh, Drop and Pei are all credit card-linked apps that allow you to earn cash back (or points) for your purchases at certain specified retail merchants. As part of our recent experiments involving manufactured spend (MS) through gift card…

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Keep or Cancel – Citi Premier – and Did I Get a Retention Offer?

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Executive Summary The $95 annual fee recently posted on my Citi Premier Mastercard. We performed our usual review of the benefits of the card compared to the annual fee and made a retention call to Citi. In summary: We decided…

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MS DPs – Episode 5 – 2 $250 Vanilla MCGCs from Sam’s Club

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In Episode 5 of our Manufactured Spend Data Points (MS DPs) series, we’ll look at two $250 variable-load Vanilla Mastercard Gift Cards (MCGCs) that we purchased from Sam’s Club on July 24. The driver for a Sam’s Club deal, aside…

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Swiss Alps & the Tour de France – a Trip Report Overview

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In July 2019, Middle Age Miles spent a spectacular and exciting 11 days in Switzerland & France. The Switzerland portion of the trip focused on exploring the remarkable Swiss Alps and enjoying the spectacular views there, while the France portion…

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Pour One Out for a Great Friend – Bravo App No Longer Earns 3x TYPs on ATTAM – Plus Next-Step Strategy Ideas

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Sadly, it’s time to pour one out for an opportunity that’s been a great friend to Middle Age Miles – payments through the Bravo “Tip or Pay” app appear to no longer earn 3x ThankYou Points (TYPs) on the Citi…

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