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A few odds and ends from the last 24 hours or so…

The Platinum Card® from American Express Removes Shop Small from Bonus; Adds New Designs

The Platinum Card® from American Express was, for a very long time, offering an additional 10 to 15 points per dollar for 6 months depending on the offer the cardmember applied under. Resy offered the best deal with 15x on the Shop Small + Dining.

Now, they have removed the Shop Small component entirely and, even at Resy, are only offering 10x on dining. It still beats our affiliate offer, though now refer-a-friend is said to be showing up to 150,000 points (albeit without the 10x on dining for 6 months which could be an extra 125,000 points for heavy diners.

You can also now select a standard card design, or a new Platinum x Kehinde Wiley, or Platinum x Julie Mehretu design. Platinum x Kehinde Wiley, or Platinum x Julie Mehretu.

Hard pass on these designs for me…

Downgrading a Capital One Card?

Doctor of Credit points out that if you downgrade after your annual fee posts, you won’t get a refund nor will you keep the card benefits. You need to do this 60 days prior to the annual fee hitting. If you want to just close the card, no problem, that can still be done after the fee hits and you can get it reimbursed.

More at DoC >>

The Points Guy Sues American Airlines

Get out your popcorn and read this article from Gary @ View from the Wing. Apparently TPG is mad that it can no longer access AA data because AA is suing them, but they are also suing AA stating that the data should be freely accessible. It probably should be, yet it’s still a bit comical watching these two massive entities (remember that The Points Guy is owned by the behemoth Red Ventures) go at it.

More at View from the Wing >>

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I got "in the game" in 2003 and since then I've collected literally millions and millions of frequent flyer miles and hotel points. I've flown around the world in first class seats that would cost $29,000 using frequent flyer miles and a few bucks in tax. And I've stayed in some of the finest hotels - all for free! A few years ago I realized many of my friends actually thought I was paying for these!! So I started sharing my tips. It's long been a passion, but when I hosted a session on Miles and Points at the South by Southwest festival, my love of the game intensified and this blog was born.

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