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Amex nails it on benefit refresh | FM on the Air | Ep 45 (May 1 2020)

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Release Date: 05/02/2020

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Subscribe, like, & comment. Links to more info in the timestamps below. thefrequentmiler.com/subscribe 2:43 Reader Feedback....or rather storytime with Greg. 13:10 What crazy thing has Citi done this week? 21:18 Mattress Running: Hyatt's awesome new promo looks very good theoretically. Is it really that good? 32:49 Is it worth getting the Hyatt credit card if you already have some Hyatt travel plans during the promo window? Note: The extra 10 elite nights from the credit card are available if you are approved by 8/31/20 31:51 Is it worth mattress running a Category 1 hotel if you're...

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Subscribe and give us a like if you enjoy this episode. Timestamps and links below. 00:30 Reader Feedback: Were we too hard on IHG? 9:30 What crazy thing did Citi do this week? Our post about the minimum spend extension: Report of no extension: 16:21: Chase adds temporary benefits Link: 30:23 Is the Radisson 5K promotion worth mattress running? 39:19 Is this a good time to collect points for future travel? Related post about manufacturing free nights: 48:03 Card Talk Commercial Intervention 52:20 Is this a good time to book future travel given waived change fees and increased...

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Like & subscribe! Links in the timestamps below. 3:28 Reader Feedback 5:25 What crazy thing did Citi do this week? 9:44 Why Greg wrote the Juneteenth / Black Lives Matter post and why he did it now. https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/hopeful-juneteenth/ 15:15 Marriott's big move: Free elite night credit https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/marriott-gifting-elite-night-credit-dropping-many-redemption-rates/ https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/which-marriott-elite-benefits-apply/ ...

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Like, subscribe, and comment! Greg & Nick discuss: Reader feedback: You can't take my Joy of Free Ricardo's comment: See also: 9:16 Baby in business class debate (feedback rekindles an old discussion) Greg's old post: Nick's response: 11:02 What crazy thing did Citi do this week? Benefits added are too little, too late. See: 18:05 Exciting opportunities in Aeroplan/Etihad partnership See: 36:13 How Chase introducing a customer-friendly use of points ironically takes away the Joy of Free See: 52:56 IHG 4th Night Free: Good enough to upgrade the old credit card or consider applying...

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Like, subscribe, and comment! Links to content in the timestamps below. Greg & Nick discuss: -Chase COVID enhancements to CSR and CSP -Should anyone consider redeeming Chase points at 1.5c each for groceries? Is it only for those who are cash-strapped - or should more people think about this option? -Confession time, question of the week, and more Timestamps & links: 1:58 Confession Time: Greg's Airline Incidental Sin 10:50 Why Nick doesn't like Early Bird Check-in 14:21 What crazy thing did Citi do this week? (Er - What didn't they do?) 17:12 Chase's big new COVID offer 22:44...

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Like & subscribe! Find links in the timestamps below. Greg & Nick discuss: Topics: -#StayCaytoFarAway: results are shaping up to be quite a surprise including a huge comeback and surprising (to us) finish -Should we launch a podcast version of our live show? -Travel News & Thoughts: Will Iceland be a safer destination than parts of the US? What are the options we're talking about domestically? -A cool tool for finding award availability 00:00:47 Reader Feedback: Ask Us Anything. Should it be a pod? See: https://youtu.be/fmHjqJWMdaw 8:58: What crazy thing did Citi do this week? See:...

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Like, subscribe, and comment! Links to related content below. Greg and Nick discuss: -Qatar Airways's amazing flexible ticket promo. What's exciting, what's not, and is it ethical to game it? See related post here:   -Hilton's watchful eye: Did the claw back Greg's points in response to his post, or is it coincidence? Readers weigh in, we respond. See related post here:   -Transferable points report card: Did Greg rate Capital One too low? See related post here:   All that and particularly interesting reader feedback and question time this week. Timestamps and links to...

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See http://thefrequentmiler.com/subscribe for more from FM. Greg and Nick discuss: -Aeroplan mileage sale: Crazy deal, or crazy customers? Is Greg getting even crazier? -Amex's different strategy for our northern neighbors: what they've got that we don't and whether or not we think they'll do something similar in the US -Spa Week deal: I said this deal stinks and if you didn't click through to the post you might have missed Greg's comment about why it could be great. With Mother's Day around the corner, this could be worth pursuing All that and more. Timestamps: 00:23 Reader feedback 4:01 What...

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Chase & Citi surprise, but Amex delights in their benefit refresh. Hear Greg & Nick talk about:

-Cards newly offering bonuses on groceries
-Overhaul of Amex card benefits. Did Amex take the Platinum cards from zero to hero?
-Which card wins: in several battles throughout the episode, we talk which card to use and why
-Do the changes make any cards must-haves now?

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Timestamps:
00:27 Reader feedback. Pop quiz.
5:37 What crazy thing did Citi do this week?
8:46 Chase now bonusing groceries
14:07 3x CSP or 6x Marriott?
17:30 Is it worth buying GCs online to earn grocery bonus?
21:22 Is this all Chase is going to do?
23:31 Amex enhancements card-by-card
24:14 Consumer Platinum refresh
27:22 Is it worth sacrificing cell phone insurance to get the Platinum wireless service credit?
30:44 Business Platinum refresh
38:10 Greg says Personal over Business. Nick disagrees.
41:00 Hilton refresh
48:05 12x hilton vs 5x Chase vs 3x Chase
50:31 12x Hilton vs 4x Amex
51:26 Amex Green card refresh
54:42 Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant refresh
1:00:36 Delta consumer cards: Bum deal
1:03:12 A retraction from Nick
1:06:17 Revisiting Greg's bold satement
1:11:10 Question of the week: Which ultra-premium cards are now must-apply? Which is #1? #2?