How to view Pending Transactions on CNB Crystal card

Written by Saverocity @ Saverocity

The City National Bank Crystal Visa Infinite card is one of only two cards with annual fee that I keep (the other being Amex Hilton Aspire), the authorized users airline credit being the sweet spot.  It has a reputation of requiring high net worth to get, but my friend was able to get it with below $100k income and very limited assets.Unfortunately, the CNB website to manage the card is a bit… primitive.  For example, there’s no link to the rewards – that’s a separate website with a separate login (I’m pretty sure?).  But my biggest gripe has been that it doesn’t show pending transactions.  Or so I thought.Today, I needed to view pending transactions again.  I decided to google to settle this matter once and for all.  I was pleasantly surprised when I came across a Flyertalk post that suggested it is possible.  Indeed, it is!  Here’s how to see it: in the transaction list, on the top right corner, fill out the “Review Authorizations” form.You will then see a new page with pending transactions:Hat tip: FT member yugiAm..
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Conrad Bora Bora – good availability for Sep 2019 and Jul 2020

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Conrad Bora Bora is one of the most aspirational points properties in any program.  The perfectly blue lagoon of Bora Bora on a sunny day is magical.  Coupled with mountain view and almost nonexistent crowd compared to Hawaii, it can be an ideal relaxing getaway.  To be able to use 89,000 Hilton points, or the free night certificate from the Aspire/Ascend Surpass card, for a $1,000 night here is an amazing value, when the dump that is Hilton LAX costs almost half the amount of points. { The view at breakfast }  When I booked a year ago (Aug 2018) for a year out (Aug 2019), award availability was extremely scarce for the peak dry season (July and August).  I pretty much had to book on the day it got released to inventory a year out.  Now there seems to be more availability immediately (probably thanks to the 30 day cancellation policy) and for next summer.Here’s availability for September 2019: And for July 2020: Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the 2 IHG properties in Bora Bora.  IC Le Moana has..
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