From the desk of the Devil's Advocate... Did we all just miss a huge breakthrough in the points game?Amex launched its belated counterstrike against the Chase Sapphire Reserve this week and thus … [Read more...] about Could the New Amex Platinum 50% Rebate Mean the End of Miles?
From the desk of the Devil's Advocate... All good things come to an end. Or they're replaced by something better.Travel loyalty programs are one of the greatest marketing inventions of modern … [Read more...] about Are Bank Rewards Programs Killing Frequent Flyer Miles?
The American Express Centurion Studio in Seattle is about to get a major upgrade which will nearly double the small lounge space, improve views, and lead to an upgraded experience. Last week The … [Read more...] about American Express Centurion Studio Seattle Expansion: Full Bar & Hot Food Coming Summer 2017
A few years back people went crazy when I posted about the Amex Platinum 100K Bonus. And for good reason - at that time, those points were worth quite a bit more than they are today (devaluations have … [Read more...] about The Biggest Credit Card Bonus I’ve Ever Seen
From the desk of the Devil's Advocate… The last 2 years haven't been kind to frequent credit card applicants. We may think of ourselves as "valued" customers, but the banks and their data mining … [Read more...] about Why The Chase 5-24 Rule Is Worse Than Amex’s Once Per Lifetime
From the desk of the Devil's Advocate… As everyone knows by now, last Friday the proverbial "second coming" occurred when Amex shut down another large swath of Bluebird and Serve accounts for "unusual … [Read more...] about Did Following My Own Advice Save My Serve From Armageddon? (Part Deux)
The American Express studio in Seattle has updated their breakfast spread and I must say I am very much impressed! Unlike American Express Centurion lounges, the Studio in Seattle does not have a full … [Read more...] about American Express Studio Seattle Breakfast Menu
From the desk of the Devil's Advocate… When Bird Armageddon hit last week you might have gotten lucky and had one of your Amex Bluebird or Serve cards emerge unscathed. Maybe you even had a couple of … [Read more...] about The Best Way to Load Your Amex Bluebird and Serve Survivors
American Express just sent me an email announcing that they will discontinue the Target Prepaid Card program effective March 21. Current cardholders have just over two months to spend down the balance … [Read more...] about Amex Is Discontinuing Target Prepaid Cards
If you're a Hilton fan -- and many of you may be, given the recent Diamond status matches -- you can save some cash on your next stay. Some American Express cardholders have been targeted with Amex … [Read more...] about Save Money on Hilton and Hampton Inn with Amex Offers