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Credit Cards / Re: Points/Miles Values NO BUYING/SELLING ALLOWED
« on: March 16, 2019, 07:03:24 AM »
Do you get a 1099 for this?

Unlike a new checking account sign up bonus or earned interest, credit card rewards are classified by the IRS as a rebate, and aren't considered taxable income.

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Credit Cards / Re: Amex Hilton Surpass card
« on: January 08, 2019, 05:57:56 PM »
Now that Amex Hilton "Ascend" and "Business" cards have 10 free Priority Pass lounge visits each year, I am curious if anyone knows if they can only be used by card holders and AUs or can the 10 free visits be applied to non card-holding guests... can all 10 be used at once...? tia.

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Credit Cards / Re: New amex Hilton offer 150k
« on: January 01, 2019, 07:28:49 AM »
Right.

Making Amex happy is a great long term strategy.

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Credit Cards / Re: New Premier Rewards Gold (PRG) Benefits
« on: September 24, 2018, 11:50:06 AM »
The 'regular' offer is 25k MR's. If you are interested in the card hitting the 50k offer whenever available for your once per life SUB is the obvious choice.

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Credit Cards / Re: New Premier Rewards Gold (PRG) Benefits
« on: September 21, 2018, 04:46:35 PM »
Though not the strongest grocery card, it is pretty strong.

If you value MRs, this is the best (US domestic) dining card.

The food credit is on the weak side if you don't hit grub hub on a regular basis already.

I think for most people (that value MRs) this is a really good improvement. It puts the PRG back on top of a lot of peoples wallets for a lot of transactions that generate valuable consumer data.

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Credit Cards / Re: credit score
« on: August 22, 2018, 10:49:49 PM »
I was pretty sure if you can schedule it right there is a way to do it, but I may be mistaken.
Need to figure out if I can get a small balance to report soon
AFAIK, Chase either updates to zero or does not update at all. It's certainly possible there is a method I'm unfamiliar with though.

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Credit Cards / Re: credit score
« on: August 22, 2018, 08:12:58 PM »
Yes.So there is no way to have it report $5 vs $0?

No. Chase is poison for the $2 trick.

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Credit Cards / Re: credit score
« on: August 22, 2018, 05:51:07 PM »
If I had a statement balance of 1k on a Chase card, and when I paid it was $1,005, will they only update if I PIF, or they will update it to $5?
If it's mid cycle they will only update if the balance is paid to zero and no pending charge interferes with that zero balance during the evening's reconciliation.

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Credit Cards / Re: Starwood AMEX Master Thread
« on: August 22, 2018, 05:45:47 PM »
I hear. How much approx does night go for (trying to see if worth keeping open for that). Whatís best Amex business card to apply these days (want to be able to transfer credit line)

It really depends on where and when you redeem it. Some can be a ~58% discount off of the member rate and some can be a wash.

Use the app or the website to find something you might use and see how you might do.

https://points-redemption.marriott.com/category-change

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Credit Cards / Re: Starwood AMEX Master Thread
« on: May 11, 2018, 05:50:02 PM »
I hope this is the forum for this question as it pertains to the amex starwood card. Is it true you get 2 to 1 when exchanging from spg points into united miles points? The other airlines usually give 1 to 1, i think and sometimes you can get a 25% bonus? I am trying like everyone else to maximize my remaining spg points before august.
Also, Dan has recommended transferring into United points when using Marriott flights and nights program. Anyone know why this airline program is best ?

Starwood has always had a transfer deficiency with United 2:1. But. After August you will be (in theory) able to transfer the new points to United at 1:1 {or 3:1 as the case may be} and still get the 25% bonus for 20k transfers {or 60k transfers as the case may be}...as well as transfer to most of the existing Starwood airline transfer partners, so there is no need to dump them before August 1st if you intend to do an airline transfer... in fact it may be better to wait if that transfer will be to United.

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Credit Cards / Re: Offer code for Ink Preferred?
« on: May 11, 2018, 05:12:21 PM »
Offer code and invite # for 100k sent via PM

This code did not work...

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Credit Cards / Re: Offer code for Ink Preferred?
« on: May 11, 2018, 02:34:06 PM »
Offer code and invite # for 100k sent via PM

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Credit Cards / Re: Downgrade from SPG to a no-annual fee card?
« on: May 09, 2018, 06:31:12 PM »
Anyone want to test it? See if Amex started allowing such PCs.

Maybe someday. I have heard of them doing PCs between cobrands before, like from a Delta to a Hilton.

Does anyone know if they will have to sell these (personal - consumer) cards to Chase sometime in 2019? That may cause them to break the normal PC policies.


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Credit Cards / Re: united gift registry discontinued??
« on: May 09, 2018, 06:25:50 PM »
I just bought a more expensive flight with a connection instead of a direct flight to burn this credit.

I want out. What a chocolate Sunday.

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Credit Cards / Re: Marriott Rewards Card
« on: May 04, 2018, 08:29:37 PM »
But I donít have a fed Id #
Also would my amex bill suffice for the information for the address and business name requirement
If you send in something that isn't listed in the letter as 'what they are looking for', it will reduce your chances and probably raise their suspicions. What they really want is an LRT 147 C from the IRS, but they will work with you if you can convince them you have a business.

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