As this crazy year winds down, we all have a lot to think about. While 2020 was hellish for travel, we’re all hoping that the next year augurs well for all things travel. Let’s have a quick look at some of the top stories we covered in the month of November. After stories speculating that Chase had stopped this, I was glad to know that Chase had agreed on matching me to a higher welcome bonus.

Success matching to higher Chase welcome bonus

After the Covid-19 pandemic wrecked the global economy, card issuers made a slew of changes. They cut credit limits, added application restrictions and even reduced bonuses. During the last few months, many data points indicated that Chase had stopped matching customers to higher welcome bonuses. However, when I applied for the United Business card and the welcome bonus jumped the next day, I put in a request with Chase to match me to the higher bonus. This post outlines my interaction and how I had success in matching to a higher welcome bonus for a Chase card.

Chase card approved after calling reconsideration

After applying for the card, I got the good ole decision pending status. I called up Chase to figure out what was going on. After I sent a few documents across, Chase approved my application right away.

How to apply for the 100k & 125k offers on the Amex Platinum Card

These offers seem to be even more widely available. Initially, I was able to pull up the link to the 100k offer after a few attempts. As of today, I’m seeing the 100k offer more easily available. However, Amex is still targeting a few customers with an even better offer of 125k points. This post highlights how you can check which offer you’re eligible for.

Easy $40 or 4,000 points to start your holiday shopping spree

By simply signing up for Rakuten and shopping online, you can earn a bonus of $40 or 4,000 Membership Rewards points. This post highlights how you can get an easy $40 by simply shopping online for stuff you were going to purchase over the holidays anyway. Similarly, refer to this post in order to have a look at how you can earn a ton of miles and points by maximizing shopping portal purchases.

320,000 Hilton Honors points up for grabs with this 100% Bonus

With this limited time offer, you can buy a total of 320,000 Hilton Honors points, at a price of 0.5 cents per point. This post delves into the details of this deal and whether it makes sense for you to buy these points at a discounted rate.

How to prevent getting shut down by Amex

If you play the miles and points game, I’m sure you have a few Amex cards in your wallet. However, Amex has been pretty strict off late in clawing back points and closing customer accounts. In such a scenario, how do you ensure that you stay in Amex’s good books?


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