Another week has gone by and its time for me to summarize this week’s posts for those who have missed out. Links are provided to each one for curiosity. Last week was explosive for points and miles news, especially coming from American Express. Four of the five posts were news posts. The fifth was a review for a new card that’s set to be released tomorrow.
Without further ado, here’s the weekly review:
Review: Chase Freedom Student Card
I was surprised to find out that Chase is releasing a Student credit card even though their normal Freedom cards are great for students. Nonetheless, the Chase Freedom Student card is a decent option for students and beginners that want to earn Ultimate Rewards (UR) points.
Unfortunately, this card’s earning structure leaves much to be desired. It earns just one point for all purchases, which is common to all Chase UR-earning cards. But it does have bonus opportunities to earn sudden bursts of points at one time.
Changes Coming to the American Express Hilton Cards
Monday’s second post discussed two minor but noteworthy changes to the American Express Hilton Cards. The Hilton Ascend is being renamed and there is also a restriction coming to the Hilton Aspire resort credit.
American Express Will Offer 4x on Restaurants Worldwide
American Express announced on Wednesday that the Gold Card will offer 4x Membership Rewards (MR) points for restaurants worldwide. Until last week, the increased points can only be earned at US Restaurants. The Gold Card will continue to earn 4x MR points at US Grocery Stores.
The issue is that many restaurants around the world do not accept American Express. Therefore, this news might not be as exciting for international travelers as it seems. But if you can find a restaurant that accepts Amex, you will be in luck.
American Express Restricts Authorized User Points Transfers
American Express made the news again on Thursday! They will be restricting when authorized users can transfer points starting in September 2019. Such restrictions come as a way to prevent authorized (ab)users from transferring points and using perks too soon.
Barclays Discontinuing Arrival + Card
Barclays also joined the fun on Thursday as they discontinued the Arrival + Card. The British bank is hoping to revamp its main product line (not including co-branded cards) and become more competitive. With the discontinuation of the Arrival +, the Barclays Uber Card is now the issuer’s best overall card.
I hope that everyone has a great Sunday! Stay posted for more content next week!