Just last week, we saw Delta devalue its loyalty program further. As programs make negative changes, one must ask if they’re really worth the effort or are credit cards and loyalty programs simply making you spend more money, with poor return on spend? That and more as we wrap up the stories from last week.

How credit cards & loyalty programs lure you into spending more

In the miles and points space, you’ll find a ton of content on the best ways to optimized loyalty programs and credit cards. However, business operate in order to make profit. Now could be a great time to evaluate how you engage with your loyalty programs and credit cards. This post delves into some of the strategies that loyalty programs and credit cards adopt in order to grab more spend from your wallet.

110,000 points welcome bonus on the Business Platinum Card

Instead of the standard 85,000 points bonus, the Business Platinum card is currently offering an elevated welcome bonus of 110,000 Membership Rewards points.

Amex Rose Gold card returns, with a 60,000 points bonus

If you loved the Rose Gold design after its initial launch, the Rose Card is back once again. If you apply for the Amex Gold card, you can simply opt for the Rose Gold card. Moreover, the card is also offering a nice welcome bonus of 60,000 Membership Rewards points.

United warns it could lay off 14,000 U.S workers soon

In an internal memo, United’s senior leadership stated that they may have to undergo another round of downsizing pretty soon around Spring once the current round of federal aid expires. If the situation doesn’t improve by then, United may have to furlough up to 14,000 workers.

Up to 160,000 Hilton Honors points up for grabs, @0.5 CPP

Hilton is currently running a bonus points promotion. You can buy up to 160,000 Hilton Honors points for $800, at a value of 0.5 cents per point.

Hilton Aspire adds dining credit & 2x bonus points categories

I logged into my Amex account earlier this week and found some exciting offers and credits on my card. American Express hit it out of the park with new temporary benefits on not only the Aspire card, but several other of their card products. Frequent Miler has done a pretty good roundup of all the Amex credits and benefits here.


The American Express Gold Card is currently offering a welcome bonus of 60,000 Membership Rewards points. You’ll earn a welcome bonus of 60,000 Membership Rewards points after you spend $4,000 in the first 6 months after you’re approved for the card.

Moreover, the card offers lucrative bonus earning categories, benefits and credits.

  • 4x points on dining (including takeout and delivery) and grocery spend
  • 3x points on flights
  • $120 dining credit annually
  • $120 Uber Eats/Uber credit annually
  • $100 airline credit (ends on December 31, 2021)
  • No foreign transaction fees

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Please note that American Express may not approve you for the welcome bonus on this card if you currently have the card or have had the card in the past and received a welcome bonus for the same. This may also include any upgrade or downgrade offers that you may have signed up for.


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