Chase Hyatt Card Signup Bonus Changing to 40,000 Points on June 29, 2017

Via OMaaT, the Chase Hyatt Card’s signup bonus will be changing from two free nights anywhere to 40,000 World of Hyatt points on June 29, 2017.

40,000 WoH points is equivalent to two nights in a Category 5 property.

Pros:

Points won’t expire as long as you have activity in your account. The two free night certificates from the current signup bonus need to be used within a year.

Cons:

Two free nights are more valuable if you are redeeming for a Category 6 or 7 property.

Increased Signup Bonus for All Three Southwest Cards and Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator Red Card

All of these offers are the highest ever. Note that none of these annual fees are waived the first year. Easy companion pass if you are approved for two of the Southwest cards.

Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus Card – 60,000 points after $2,000 spend in 3 months; $69 annual fee

Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Card – 60,000 points after $2,000 spend in 3 months; $99 annual fee

Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Business Card – 60,000 points after $3,000 in spend 3 months; $99 annual fee

Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite Mastercard – 50,000 miles after first purchase; $95 annual fee

U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite Card – 50,000 Point Signup Bonus (Worth $750 in Travel)

Sorry, I was on vacation for two weeks and didn’t find time to post this right away. In any case, this new card has been discussed widely on other blogs, so hopefully you’ve heard about it already.

Direct Link (must be recognized as an existing U.S. Bank customer by their system to apply, which can take up to 35 days after opening an account with them)

U.S. Bank has launched a new credit card called the Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite Card. Its signup bonus is 50,000 points (worth $750 in travel) after $4,500 spend in 90 days.

Major features include:

  • $400 annual fee
  • $325 in travel credits every cardmember year
  • 3x points on mobile wallet purchases (Apple Pay, Android Pay, Samsung Pay, Microsoft Wallet)
  • 3x points on travel purchases (airlines, hotels, car rentals, taxis, limousines, passenger trains, cruise lines)
  • Points worth 1.5 cents each toward airfare, hotels, car rentals when booked through U.S. Bank’s Rewards Center
  • Primary auto rental collision damage waiver
  • $100 fee credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓
  • No foreign transaction fees

The travel credits make the annual fee on this card effectively $75. Whether this card is worth keeping long-term will depend on how much value you can get from the bonus categories, particularly the 3x points on mobile wallet payments, which is unique.

There are some other benefits, such as a Priority Pass membership, Gogo Inflight Wi-Fi passes, etc., but I don’t value those much because you can get similar or better from other credit cards.

American Express Business Platinum 50% Airline Bonus Being Reduced to 35%

Quick Summary

The American Express Business Platinum Card currently refunds 50% of your Membership Rewards points when you use their Pay with Points feature. This benefit gives you an effective value of 2 cents per MR point.

Starting June 1, 2017, this refund will be reduced to 35%, reducing the effective value of MR points to 1.538 cents per point. There will also be a new cap of 500,000 points rebated per year. In most cases, MR points will be best used for transfers to airline partners, which is how it was before this benefit was added.

Discussion

Any flights booked prior to June 1, 2017 will continue to receive the 50% rebate, even if you are flying at a later date.

The amount of time it takes for the rebate to post is also being increased, though we currently don’t know by how much.

New cardholders (including those who have upgraded from another type of card) who applied between October 6, 2016 and May 31, 2017, will still receive the old benefits (50% rebate, no cap) for one year from the date their cards were issued.

HT: The Points Guy & Doctor of Credit

Increased Bonus for British Airways Visa Signature Card (100,000 Miles / $20,000 Spend)

Chase has increased the signup bonus for the British Airways Visa Signature card. It is now tiered as follows:

  • 50,000 Avios after spending $3,000 in the first three months
  • 75,000 Avios (i.e. an additional 25,000 Avios) after spending a total of $10,000 in the first year
  • 100,000 Avios (i.e. another additional 25,000 Avios) after spending a total of $20,000 in the first year

I’m not terribly excited by this offer due to the very high spend requirement but thought it was worth mentioning.

There is no special link required to sign up — you can just go to the regular landing page.

Alliant Cashback Visa Signature Credit Card (3% Cash Back First Year, 2.5% Thereafter, $59 AF Waived First Year)

There is no online application currently. Call (800) 328-1935 to apply.

Quick Summary

  • 3% cash back first year, 2.5% after that
  • $59 annual fee, waived the first year
  • No foreign transaction fees

Link to Terms and Conditions

Discussion

There is no signup bonus, but you can get this card without a hard pull if you are an existing cardholder of their Visa Platinum or Platinum Rewards card, as long as your credit limit is currently over $10,000.

3% cash back is great of course, but that’s only good for the first year. For year two and beyond, the break-even point compared to a 2% cash back card is $11,800 in annual spend.

Do remember that there is also the BankAmericard Travel Rewards card, which gives you 2.625% back if you can quality for Platinum Honors, which requires $100,000 on deposit with Bank of America and/or Merrill Edge.

HT: FatWallet Finance

American Express Business Platinum Card New Benefits

Quick Summary

Similar to what they did with their personal Platinum Card, American Express announced some new changes to their Business Platinum Card, effective March 30, 2017:

  • 5x Membership Rewards Points for airfare and/or prepaid hotels booked through www.amextravel.com.
  • Improved Priority Pass benefit, now allowing up to two free guests.

Discussion

Unlike with the personal card, there is no increase to the annual fee.

5x points on airfare booked through amextravel.com is good, though it’s worth noting that this differs from the personal card, which also allows you to book your airfare directly with the airline. Like with the personal card, 5x points on hotels booked through amextravel.com isn’t that useful.

Extra guests with your Priority Pass benefit is always a good thing.

All in all, I’m not too excited about these changes, but at least there wasn’t anything negative.

American Express Platinum Card Adds New Benefits (Uber Credits) & Increases Annual Fee to $550

Quick Summary

Earlier today, American Express announced some new changes to their Platinum Card, effective March 30, 2017:

  • Annual fee increases to $550.
  • Uber Credits of up to $200 per year ($15 per month in January through November and $35 in December) + Uber VIP status.
  • Improved Priority Pass benefit, now allowing up to two free guests. (HT: The Points Guy)
  • 5x Membership Rewards Points for prepaid hotels booked through www.amextravel.com.
  • Complimentary Gold Authorized User Cards.

Discussion

The $550 annual fee will be charged at your first annual renewal date on or after September 1, 2017. Thus if you originally opened your card before September, you won’t be charged the higher annual fee until your renewal in 2018.

The Uber credits expire at the end of each month in which they are issued and are only valid within the US, so you need to be a regular Uber rider to be able to take full advantage of this benefit. As for Uber VIP status, I don’t believe it is really worth anything.

Two free guests for Priority Pass lounges is nice, though I already have this benefit from several other cards.

5x points on hotels booked through amextravel.com is not as great as it may seem because booking through a third party website generally means you won’t be eligible for points or stay credits in the hotel’s rewards program. This may not be an issue for smaller, boutique hotels.

Adding free authorized users can be useful for Amex Offers, but that’s about it.

Overall, these changes are good for regular Uber riders and not so much for everyone else.

Increased Sign-Up Bonuses for American Express Starwood Personal / Business Credit Cards

Direct Link to Personal Card

Earn 25,000 bonus Starpoints after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months (this is the normal offer) and an extra 10,000 bonus Starpoints after you make an additional $2,000 in purchases within the first 6 months (this is the bonus offer). Offer ends 04/05/2017.

Direct Link to Business Card

Earn 25,000 bonus Starpoints after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months (this is the normal offer) and an extra 10,000 bonus Starpoints after you make an additional $3,000 in purchases within the first 6 months (this is the bonus offer). Offer ends 4/5/2017.

Both offers are a combination of the standard offer + 10,000 bonus points for completing additional spend within the first six months. While these are still good offers, I wouldn’t call them amazing due to the amount of spend required to earn the full 35,000 Starpoints.

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