The long wait is over! I have the Chase Sapphire Reserve!

The long wait is over! I have the Chase Sapphire Reserve!

That was a long road, but I have finally reached the destination! Yesterday my shiny, new Chase Sapphire Reserve card arrived via UPS! Earlier this week I applied for and was instantly approved for what is perhaps the most popular points and miles card on the market. My excitement level was higher than normal given that I have been waiting to get this card since its debut in September 2016. The card has a $450 annual fee but great benefits. The question begging to be answered is simple: “Is the card worth such a high fee?”

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I earned over 11,800 AAdvantage miles in 2017 via the AA shopping portal!

If you actively collect travel points and miles, you want to leave no stone unturned when looking for ways to earn these rewards. Making as many of your purchases as possible through online shopping portals is one of the best methods for accomplishing this. A portal I frequently use is the American Airlines AAdvantage eShopping site, where last year I earned 11,827 miles by starting shopping "trips" on the site.

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Bonus miles with American and Delta shopping portals

Bonus miles with American and Delta shopping portals

I love shopping portals and have written about them frequently. As we head into the Christmas shopping season, both AAdvantage eShopping and Delta Air Lines's SkyMiles Shopping are offering bonus miles by achieving certain spend thresholds.

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IHG PointBreaks: Two nights for 9,000 points!

The fall/winter 2017 IHG Rewards Club PointsBreak promotion is active. For the hotels on this quarter's list, you can book reward nights for just 5,000 points. I snagged two nights for a grand total of just 9,000 as a IHG Rewards Club MasterCard cardholder!

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iPhone X and Chase Ultimate Reward points

iPhone X and Chase Ultimate Reward points

Overnight Thursday, I joined the throngs of people on the East Coast of the United States who rose at 3A to pre-order an iPhone X. I placed my order via the online Apple Store which I accessed from the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal. Will I earn points for the AppleCare+ warranty I bought?

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Another spend promotion for the Barclaycard Aviator Red card

Promotions for the Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator Red MasterCard have padded my American Airlines AAdvantage account in the past. Barclaycard is back with another opportunity to earn bonus miles by meeting certain spend thresholds during the last three months of 2017. Is this an attractive offer that I will pursue?

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Fall 2017 hotel promotion: IHG Rewards

For fall 2017, IHG is offering a new version of "Accelerate." I have not been a big fan of previous "Accelerate" promotions, but I am surprised at just how lucrative the fall 2017 edition is. Let's take a closer look.

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Downgrading the Chase Sapphire Preferred to the Freedom Unlimited

Recently, Chase changed its rules and now prohibits a user from carrying more than one Sapphire card product. My wife wants to apply for the very attractive Chase Sapphire Reserve card so we decided to downgrade her current Chase Sapphire Preferred to the Chase Freedom Unlimited. The process was fairly simple and now she will be able to apply for the Sapphire Reserve product.

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Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator: Round purchases to buy AAdvantage miles

Yesterday I received an email from Barclaycard introducing a very interesting program for its AAdvantage Aviator card. According to the email, I was invited to participate in a pilot for Flight Cents which allows you "to [round] up your purchases to the nearest dollar, and [turn] that rounded up amount into American Airlines AAdvantage® miles."

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Back-to-school bonus miles

With back-to-school upon us, the shopping portals for both American AAdvantage eShopping and Delta SkyMiles shopping are offering bonus miles for achieving certain spend thresholds during the back-to-school shopping season.

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Hitting spend for signup bonuses fast: charging a car down payment

Charging all or part of a new car can be a great way to earn a large amount of points or miles as well as satisfy large initial spend requirements for credit card sign-up bonuses. Just be careful that you can immediately pay off that charge because the value of the rewards that you will earn will be far less than the interest you could wind up paying!

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Citi Prestige updates, targeted offer

Citi announced changes to the Cit Prestige Card that took effect on July 23. Most of the changes are fairly minor and carry neither value nor detriment to me. Citi also has a targeted offer for adding an authorized user to the account, but I find little compelling about this promotion.

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