AMEX Loses Antitrust Lawsuit. What Does That Mean For Consumers?

After a lawsuit filed over 4 years ago by the US justice department, the ruling came down this morning that American Express had lost in court. The crux of the lawsuit was that the DOJ thought the major credit card issuers (American Express, VISA and MasterCard) were restricting merchants and discouraging competition with such rules as prohibiting merchants from offering incentives to customers to pay with a debit card or credit card that would result in lower fees for the merchant. American Express isn’t as large as VISA and MasterCard […]

The Irony Of Southwest’s Fight, A Great Giveaway From Hyatt and More Travel News

A smart airline executive says something incredibly stupid. HT: Wandering Aramean The Hyatt promo that I announced yesterday which awards a 20% rebate on all award bookings through the end of July is better than we thought.  Gary of View From The Wing writes that existing reservations are eligible, and you’ll receive your rebate after completing the stay just like a new reservation under this promo.  Awesome! The end to the crazy theft story from One Mile at a Time. A great giveaway from Hyatt.  3 nights at a Hyatt […]

What If It Was Free To Buy Visa/MC Gift Cards At Staples?

A couple of quick updates on my post about the possible restriction of Visa and MasterCard branded gift card sales at Staples: Some Different Math on Gift Cards: I’m not a fan of buying Visa and MasterCard gift cards from office supply stores. I used to be before the fees went up. But, Shawn from Miles to Memories decided to lay out the math for a way to buy gift cards “for free”. How does he do it? This only works with a card that earns flexible currency like Chase […]

Is Staples No Longer Accepting Credit Cards For Visa/MC Gift Card Purchases?

Neil, one of my friends who’s also a regular reader of the blog, has just recently gotten hooked on buying gift cards at Staples with his Chase Ink Bold card.  He wrote me an e-mail last night letting me know he had an interesting experience at Staples yesterday. He picked up a gift card for a retail store to go along with the printer he was buying and headed to the register.  The clerk told him that he couldn’t pay for the gift card with a credit card.  When Neil […]

Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard

REGISTRATION LINK In the past, I haven’t talked much about cards that earn cash back because there was always tons of value in earning and redeeming points that could be leveraged with the airlines for much better value.  But, after United gutted their award chart recently, I started thinking about how I was going to make sure I was covered for travel in the future.  Because this is a copy-cat industry, I expect that American will devalue their award chart in 2014.  I don’t expect it to be as bad […]

50,000 Points for Lufthansa Mastercard: Stocking Up For Star Alliance Travel

The Lufthansa Premier Miles & More World MasterCard® Q:  I’m not a member of the Lufthansa Miles & More program.  Why do I want this card? A:  There are a few reasons, but the bottom line is Lufthansa is a member of the Star Alliance which means these points can be used for flights on any Star Alliance carrier. The offer: Earn 20,000 miles after your first purchase Earn an additional 30,000 miles after you spend $5,000 in the first 90 days after you open your account There’s a $79 […]

US Airways Offering 250 Bonus Miles For Every Time You Book With Their Credit Card

The US Airways World MasterCard isn’t a primary card for me, but it does occupy a spot in my wallet.  I applied for the card because of its generous sign-up bonus but don’t use it for everyday purchases (or my infrequent US Airways travel, for that matter).  It appears that US Airways and their card issuer Barclay are trying to change that.  They’re offering 250 bonus miles for every flight you book using their credit card through the end of October:     The current sign-up bonus for the card isn’t as […]

An Update To Citibank’s Current American Airlines Credit Card Offers

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about some changes to the credit card offers being shown on American Airlines’ website.  It wasn’t great news, the sign-up bonus on the MasterCard looked like it was dropping from 40,000 miles to 30,000 miles. Shortly thereafter, I was connecting in DFW and came across yet another offer to throw into the mix. So, it appears the best place to apply for the Citibank American Airlines card right now is actually at the airport.  5,000 extra miles, and you probably even get one […]