[Amex Offers] $10 off $50 Hotels.com Gift Card

This deal can be added via Twitter, which is the simplest and fastest method. If you’re familiar with the process, the hashtag to use is #amexhotelsdotcom.

Otherwise, this offer can be loaded onto your card by logging into your American Express account and checking your Amex Offers at the bottom. Make sure you open each account in a separate tab before adding this offer if you want it on multiple cards.

$10 off $50 @ Hotels.com Gift card (Expires 2/28/17)

Valid only for gift card purchases at www.hotels.com/giftcards.

Gift cards can be combined at this link if you’d like a single card with a larger denomination.

Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Business Card Signup Bonus Increased to 60,000 Miles

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Note that both the bonus and spending requirement are new.

Previous: 50,000 miles after spending $2,000 in 3 months
Current: 60,000 miles after spending $3,000 in 3 months

The change is well worth it, as you can now get a Southwest Companion Pass with just $5,000 of spend if you also apply for either of the personal cards that has a 50,000 mile bonus.

HT: Doctor of Credit

Hotel Point Transfers to Southwest Count Towards Companion Pass Again, But Only Through March 31st

Via The Points Guy, Southwest is backtracking on their change that removed the ability to earn the Companion Pass with hotel point transfers, but only through March 31st.

Primarily, this means that you can once again use Marriott Hotel + Air packages to earn the Companion Pass (requiring 270,000 Marriott Rewards points or 90,000 SPG Starpoints). So if you had been eyeing one of these packages, you now have about three months.

Chase Sapphire Reserve Bonus Being Reduced to 50,000 UR Points Online (January 12th) and In-Branch (March 12th)

Title basically says it all.

Chase will be reducing the signup bonus for the Sapphire Reserve Card from 100,000 to 50,000 Ultimate Rewards points.

The change is scheduled to take place on January 12th for the online application and March 12th for in-branch applications. Note that the 12th is the date that the offer will change, so the last day to apply for the 100,000 UR point bonus is January/March 11th for online and in-branch applications, respectively.

Hotel Point Transfers to Southwest No Longer Count Towards Companion Pass

This has been fairly widely reported already, but Southwest updated their Companion Pass terms and conditions on 1/1/17 to include the following:

Points converted from hotel and car loyalty programs, and e-Rewards, e-Miles, Valued Opinions and Diners Club will no longer count toward qualification for a Companion Pass.

Most importantly, they are eliminating the ability to use Marriott Hotel + Air packages to earn the Companion Pass, which could have been done with 270,000 Marriott Rewards points or 90,000 SPG Starpoints. The other options they are eliminating are more useful just for topping off your account. This is a big loss if you were planning to redeem Marriott or SPG points for this in 2017.