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Still Alive-Get 25,000 AMEX MR Points For Opening A Free Business Gold Rewards Card!

August 16, 2007

Anyone Can Easily Get A Business Card

25,000 AMEX MR points can be easily transferred into 25,000 Continental miles.
25,000 Continental miles is enough for a domestic ticket, or churn the card 3 times and use their 70,000 mile coach award ticket to Israel, or save up for the 100,000 mile business-first class ticket to Israel!

There is no fee for one year.

Other card benefits:
-Additional Baggage Insurance: Up to $1,250 for carry-on and $500 for checked.
-Event Ticket Insurance: If you can’t go to a ticketed event due to a medical emergency, or if your ticket is stolen, you can get a refund.

AMEX Business Gold Rewards Linky

BREAKING NEWS! American Express Platinum Charge Card Now Allows Free Access To AA AAdmirals Clubs!!!

August 15, 2007

For those of you who got the AMEX Business Platinum for negative $250 during the promotion earlier this year, it just keeps on getting better!

Starting immediately cardholders and their spouses and children, or up to 2 guests can enter AA’s AAdmiral clubs for free when flying with AA!

AA normally charges $50 for a visit.

Read more about some of the amazing benefits of the expensive (currently $395) and exclusive AMEX Platinum here:

Amex Plat Info Linky

American Express Financial Review-What Is It And How To Avoid It…

August 12, 2007

American Express occasionally freezes the credit card accounts of individuals with high-risk patterns.

They request lots of personal information, such as IRS returns, that most people are hesitant to fax away in today’s age of security risks.

I personally have a dozen or so AMEX cards, and have never had a financial review, so I don’t speak from my own experience, but here are some important steps you can do to avoid the dreaded financial review:

-Keep your credit lines on each of your AMEX’s below $25,000.
One symptom commonly found among people who have been hit with a review is very high credit lines.

-NEVER utilize over 50% of the credit line of any of your AMEX cards.
If you have a Starwood card with a $10,000 limit, never have a balance of over $4,999, even if you pay it off every month on time.

-Keep your collective credit balances well below your stated annual income.
If you reported an annual income of $200,000, AMEX won’t like it if you have $190,000 of credit available to spend in one month.

What if you do get hit with a financial review?

Immediately call up AMEX and ask to close down every one of your accounts.
If the AMEX financial review bean-counters close your accounts they will say closed by issuer, which is quite bad.
If you pre-emptively close them they will simply say closed at customer request, and will barely hurt your credit.

Suffering from Starwood AMEX withdrawal?
Don’t worry!
Since you pre-emptively closed your accounts, just wait a few months and then you can apply all over again, and you will even get the signup bonus again!

SMOKING HOT! Vote On Videos And Get Up To 2,000 Delta Skymiles. Purchase Delta Tickets On Any AMEX And Get Double Your Actual Flight Miles!!!!

August 8, 2007

This offer is open to everyone (non-targeted!)
Delta Video Voting Registration Linky

“You watch the travel videos of the teams in each destination. Then, you vote for the video that most makes you want to travel to that place.
The team with the fewest votes gets eliminated from the Challenge! (Ouch.) The other teams go on to the next round.
There are four rounds in all.
You can get 250 bonus miles for every round you vote in.
Plus, you can get an extra 1,000 miles if you vote in all four rounds—for a total of 2,000 bonus miles.
Destination 1-Voting August 6,7,8
Destination 2-Voting August 20,21,22
Destination 3-Voting September 3,4,5
Final Destination-Voting September 17,18,19″

During Registration be sure to check the box that says “Sign up to earn double miles from American Express.”

“As part of the SiteSeer Challenge, American Express Cardmembers can also earn double flown miles! Enroll between 7/25/07 and 9/19/07, and then use any American Express Card to purchase a ticket on delta.com. This offer is available for flights between 7/25/07-9/30/07. All travel must be completed on 9/30/07.”

HT: Asher O.

Current AMEX Promos For The Month Of July!

July 23, 2007

Reminder: Apply for these special signup offers before it’s too late!

Originally posted on 07/08
Related Links:
Google Credit Card Processing Linky
How Anyone Can Easily Get A Business Card

Consumer Cards:

Jetblue:
Annual fee=$40
Special Offer:
-Get 50 award points (instead of the regular 25) with your first purchase.
Neat card benefits:
-When you have a Jetblue AMEX you can keep all of your Jetblue Trueblue mileage account points from expiring simply by using your card or flying Jetblue!
-Double points for speding on entertainment, leisure, travel and dining!

Jetblue Amex Linky

Starwood:
Annual fee=Free for 1 year, $30 thereafter.
Special Offer:
-Get an additional bonus 15,000 points on top of the 10,000 signup points and the 15,000 points earned for the purchases when you spend $15,000 in the first 6 months of getting the card!
Neat card benefits:
-Ability to use Starwood points in so many ways, including transferring to airlines mileage at very favorable rates (20,000 starpoints=50,000 Lanpass Kilometers)
-90 day window to return any purchase up to $300 to AMEX regardless of the store’s return policy.

Starwood AMEX Linky

Hilton:
Annual fee=None.
Special Offer:
-Get an additional bonus 15,000 points on top of the 10,000 signup points and the 15,000 points earned for the purchases when you spend $5,000 in the first 6 months of getting the card!
-Earn 2,500 points for each of your fitst 4 stays at a Hilton paid for on your Hilton AMEX.
Neat card benefits:
-Earn 5 points per dollar spent at Hilton, supermarkets, drugstores, gas stations, dining, U.S. Postal Service, and for wireless phone bills.
-Earn 3 points per dollar spent elsewhere.

Hilton AMEX Linky

Business Cards:

AMEX Business Gold Rewards:
Annual fee=Free for 1 year, $125 thereafter.
Special Offer:
-Earn 25,000 AMEX Membership rewards points after your first purchase-enough points for a free ticket when you transfer the points into miles on a US carrier!
Neat card benefits:
-Baggage Insurance: Up to $1,250 for carry-on and $500 for checked.
-Event Ticket Insurance: If you can’t go to a ticketed event due to a medical emergency, or if your ticket is stolen, you can get a refund.

AMEX Business Gold Rewards Linky

Get ANOTHER 2,500 Starwood Points When You Are Activating Your Starwood Consumer Card!!!

July 13, 2007

Related Post:
Hot AMEX Signup Bonuses For July!

This is really simple, but it may not work for everyone.

I discovered this after activating a few family member’s cards.

When you are activating your card, push “0” to speak to a live person.
They will run through a whole activation spiel with you.
As part of the spiel they will offer you the ability to add an additional card to your account and get 2,500 bonus starwood points for adding one cardholder, with no annual fee!

Getting an additional card should not affect your credit at all.

You do not have to give the other cardholders social security number, just a birthdate (Tell them that you don’t know their social security number).

If you are not offered the additional card or the 2,500 points, just ask for it!

Good luck, and please post your experiences!

Additionally I was not successful in one try at getting this promo for an existing card, but if anyone is successful, please post that as well!

Current AMEX Promos For The Month Of July!

July 8, 2007

Related Links:
Google Credit Card Processing Linky
See the knowledgebase for numerous additional articles.

Consumer Cards:

Jetblue:
Annual fee=$40
Special Offer:
-Get 50 award points (instead of the regular 25) with your first purchase.
Neat card benefits:
-When you have a Jetblue AMEX you can keep all of your Jetblue Trueblue mileage account points from expiring simply by using your card or flying Jetblue!
-Double points for speding on entertainment, leisure, travel and dining!

Jetblue Amex Linky

Starwood:
Annual fee=Free for 1 year, $30 thereafter.
Special Offer:
-Get an additional bonus 15,000 points on top of the 10,000 signup points and the 15,000 points earned for the purchases when you spend $15,000 in the first 6 months of getting the card!
Neat card benefits:
-Ability to use Starwood points in so many ways, including transferring to airlines mileage at very favorable rates (20,000 starpoints=50,000 Lanpass Kilometers)
-90 day window to return any purchase up to $300 to AMEX regardless of the store’s return policy.

Starwood AMEX Linky

Hilton:
Annual fee=None.
Special Offer:
-Get an additional bonus 15,000 points on top of the 10,000 signup points and the 15,000 points earned for the purchases when you spend $5,000 in the first 6 months of getting the card!
-Earn 2,500 points for each of your fitst 4 stays at a Hilton paid for on your Hilton AMEX.
Neat card benefits:
-Earn 5 points per dollar spent at Hilton, supermarkets, drugstores, gas stations, dining, U.S. Postal Service, and for wireless phone bills.
-Earn 3 points per dollar spent elsewhere.

Hilton AMEX Linky

Business Cards:

AMEX Business Gold Rewards:
Annual fee=Free for 1 year, $125 thereafter.
Special Offer:
-Earn 25,000 AMEX Membership rewards points after your first purchase-enough points for a free ticket when you transfer the points into miles on a US carrier!
Neat card benefits:
-Baggage Insurance: Up to $1,250 for carry-on and $500 for checked.
-Event Ticket Insurance: If you can’t go to a ticketed event due to a medical emergency, or if your ticket is stolen, you can get a refund.

AMEX Business Gold Rewards Linky

An Attempt At Clarifying People’s Confusion Regarding Starpoints…

July 5, 2007

Note: Even if you didn’t follow these steps and you signed for the starwood credit card before getting a starwood number, you will still have a starwood number, and possibly multiple numbers if you have more than 1 credit card.
Just call up AMEX to find out what it is, and then register it on http://www.spg.com
If you have multiple numbers then call Starwood to merge the accounts.

Many people have emailed me and commented that although I am always posting great uses for Starpoints, I do not make the process entirely clear.

Another point of confusion among some people seems to be where the points are stored.

For starters, here’s a point of comparison:
Having points with Starwood is just like having miles on American Airlines(AA)!
-With both AA and Starwood you have a mileage account, in which you collect “miles” (AAdvantage miles with AA or Starpoints with Starwood).
-They both have affiliated credit cards, AA has one issued by Citi and Starwood has one issued by Amex.
-Every month Citi automatically transfers your miles over to your AA account, and every month Amex automatically transfers your points into your Starwood account.
-Both the AA and Starwood credit cards have signup bonuses and both cards can be churned (meaning that the signup bonus can be earned multiple times.)
-Both the AA and Starwood credit cards come in consumer and business versions.
The business versions generally have more benefits. (AA’s business card earns double miles for AA tickets, and the Starwood business card saves you up to 5% on stuff like Delta or Jetblue tickets and Fedex with Amex Open Savings)

Having said that, here is a step by step process of turning starpoints into free tickets.

Step 1: Go to http://www.spg.com (SPG stands for Starwood Preferred Guest.)

Step 2: In the middle column it says, “JOIN STARWOOD PREFERRED GUEST”
Enter in your Email address and click join!

Step 3: Fill out your personal information, make a spg.com user ID and password, and get a SPG Starpoints number.

Step 4: SAVE YOUR STARPOINTS NUMBER AND YOUR USER ID/PASSWORD IN A SAFE PLACE!

Step 5:Open up a consumer and business starwood amex card to receive 20,000 starpoints for signing up.(Links for the best offers can be found at the top of this site. The consumer version currently has a sweet bonus offer worth up to 25,000 starpoints!)
Be sure to enter in your Starwood number that you just received into the application forms!

Step 6:
You will see the points from the starwood credit cards show up into your starwood account within a week of when the statement closes.

Step 7:
Decide what you want to do with your starpoints! Read about the options in the knowledgebase!

Let’s say that you want to transfer the 40,000 starpoints you have (because you have churned each of the starwood cards) into 100,000 kilometers on LAN in order to get a ticket from Chicago-Tel Aviv (cost=95,000 kilometers).

Step 8: Go to the knowledgebase and find the link to get 5,000 free kilometers for signing up for a LAN account.

Step 9: Sign up for the LAN account and keep you user ID, password, and LAN number in a safe place.

Step 10: Click on the following link to take you to the transfer points page: Starpoint Transfer Linky

Step 11: Go to Airline transfer, and click on “transfer now.”

Step 12: Login to your starpoints account when prompted.

Step 13: Choose to transfer to LAN Lanpass, at a ratio of 1 starpoints=2 lanpass kilometers. You also get a bonus 10,000 kilometers for every 20,000 starpoints that you transfer, so (contrary to what the starwood site itself may indicate) 40,000 starpoints will net you 100,000 kilometers.

Step 14: When the kilometers show up in your Lanpass account call up LAN to book your mileage ticket to Israel. They should ticket you on British Airways via London.

Some tidbits that you may not know:
-You can transfer starpoints between any starpoint account in your household simply by giving starwood a call!
-You automatically become elite (preferred plus level) when you have the starwood AMEX card! With preferred plus elite status you get a free room upgrade upon check-in and a guaranteed 4pm late checkout at any Starwood brand hotel!
-You can sign up anyone in your family for a Starwood AMEX card and give AMEX your starwood number. All of the points earned will conveniently automatically go into your account!

SMOKING HOT! Get 25,000 AMEX MR Points For Opening A Business Gold Rewards Card!

July 3, 2007

Related Post:
How To Get A Business Credit Card

Amex Business Gold Rewards 25,000 MR Points Offer Linky
The first year on this card is fee-free!
25,000 Amex MR Points can be transferred into 25,000 miles on many airlines, including Continental, Delta, and Frontier!

BOILING HOT! BEST STARWOOD SIGNUP BONUS OFFER EVER!!!

June 28, 2007

-Earn 10,000 starpoints for opening up the card.
-Earn another 30,000 starpoints (15,000 for the 1 point per dollar spent, and a 15,000 point bonus) for spending $15,000 on the card in the first 6 months of having the card!
The Starwood Amex is currently churnable (you can earn the signup bonus multiple times)
Need some help getting to $15,000?
You obviously didn’t read my previous post!
Starwood Signup Offer Linky
HT: Asher O.