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Amex Blue Cash Preferred – Expiring Welcome Bonus

The American Express Blue Cash Preferred is a favorite among those that prefer cash back to points and spend heavily on supermarkets and gas.

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The card earns as follows:

  • Earn 6% cash back at US supermarkets for up to $6,000 in annual purchases;1% thereafter.
  • Earn 6% cash back on streaming services. Includes: Spotify, Netflix, Hulu, HBO, ShowTime, Pandora, Apple Music, and Amazon Music and Video  (*Does not include Amazon Prime)
  • Earn 3% cash back at US gas stations
  • Earn 3% cash back on transit. Does not include cruises, airfare, or other standard “travel” categories.
  • Earn 1% cash back on everything else

It currently has an elevated welcome bonus where you’ll earn $300 when you spend $3,000 in your first 6 months. That offer expires tomorrow, December 10th. (Now expired)

Applying for the American Express Blue Cash Preferred

Learn How to Apply for the Blue Cash Preferred card

IHG Rewards Club Premier Card – Expired Bonus Offer

The IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card has had its best ever offer on for quite some time now, but that will end January 13th, 2021.ihg premier credit card

It’s giving a new cardholder 140,000 bonus IHG Rewards points when you spend $3,000 within three months of approval.

My assumption is that it will drop down to 125,000 for the same spend, but that is pure speculation on my part. It could drop lower.

This card comes with both an annual free night certificate and the ability to get the fourth night free(up to 40,000 points in value) on an award booking, so its $89 annual fee goes pretty far if you tend to stay at IHG properties (i.e. Intercontinental, Holiday Inn).

You also get IHG Platinum status which you can use to get on the Status Match Merry Go Round (whenever Wyndham brings status matches back).

And you get the 4th Night Free on Awards. With the new dynamic pricing being rolled out by IHG, some people are getting some really amazing deals. Consider a scenario where you have 4 nights and the first 3 are 35,000 a night and the 4th is 50,000. IHG is deducting the actual 4th night, meaning you’d get 4 nights for 105,000 points, saving 50,000 points – for about a 33% points discount. If you have a lot of IHG points, this one benefit easily makes the card a winner – even if you don’t actually spend much on the card.

They’ve also added the following to the first year with this offer:

  • An extra 15 points per dollar in your first year at IHG hotels.

And then you will always get:

  • 2X points at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants and 1 point/$1 on all other purchases.

The earn rate on anything besides IHG spend isn’t very good, but the bonus offer and 4th night free on award stays is.

Card Eligibility Considerations

If you already have the old version of the IHG card, you can get this one too, but you won’t be approved if you are over 5/24.

Also: This product is not available to either (i) current cardmembers of this credit card, or (ii) previous cardmembers of this credit card who received a new cardmember bonus for this credit card within the last 24 months.

Applying for the IHG Premier Card

Learn How to Apply for the IHG Premier Rewards Club credit card.

Questions?

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You can find credit cards that best match your spending habits and bonus categories at Your Best Credit Cards

New to all of this? My “introduction to miles and points” book, MilesTalk: Live Your Wildest Travel Dreams Using Miles and Points is available on Amazon and at major booksellers.

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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 this year's South by Southwest festival, my love of the game intensified and this blog was born.

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