Earlier in the week I called the Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card my favorite credit card and that led to a reader question which I thought was worth sharing.
Like a lot of readers I hold both the Starwood Preferred Guest credit card from American Express as well as the Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Credit card and, with SPG and Marriott Rewards becoming one unified program in August, I've been wondering what to do with my credit cards.
I was browsing my American Express accounts over the weekend (paying bills and checking the latest Amex offers that have been loaded to my accounts) and I noticed that Amex has targeted me for some cheap and easy-to-attain sign-up bonuses.
American Express already offers the Blue Cash Everyday Card and the Blue Cash Preferred Card to compete in the cash back arena so I was surprised to see Amex launch the Cash Magnet Card last week. Still, a new card is a new card and as there's no knowing what Amex may have included in its new product I've taken a closer look at it too see what it offers.
I'm a big fan of transferrable currencies like Amex Membership Rewards because I can stockpile points for months on end and I don't have to move those points across to an individual loyalty program until I'm actually ready to use the points.
The Blue Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express has just added an extra incentive for those looking to apply for the card in the next few months - Lyft credits.
Following on from my earlier post (which just covered the facts surrounding the new combined loyalty program) I'm now going to take a look at what we've been told we can expect from the new Marriott/SPG credit cards that will be coming out later this year and what changes are coming to the credit cards that are already available.
It's interesting to watch as various credit card issuers work harder and harder to get us, the consumers, to use digital payment technology. In the first quarter of this year the Chase Freedom credit card offered 5 points/dollar for all spending through all the popular digital payment platforms and in the second quarter its offering 5 points/dollar for payments made through Chase Pay.
In the last few days American Express has opened up two particularly good cashback offers on Hilton bookings and there are a couple of older offers still floating around (at MGM resorts and the James in New York) that will boost your Membership Rewards balance.
American Express released its new range of Hilton co-branded credit cards last week and finally let us know what the sign-up bonuses look like. As someone who isn’t a Hilton loyalist I can’t say that I’ve been waiting for these credit cards with any kind of anticipation or excitement but, now that they’re here, I did take a closer look at what American Express and Hilton are offering. Aside from thinking that the sign-up bonus for the new Aspire card looked somewhat weak, something else stood out – the Amex Hilton Ascend credit card and the Amex Hilton Business credit card look to have very similar offerings (at least on the face of things) so is there a stand out winner?