Reminder To Contact Your Bank & Credit Card Company For Planned Overseas Travel


With all the buzz about credit cards and sign up bonus people often don’t talk about the most basic things anymore which is how to actually use the cards overseas and that sometimes it’s necessary to tell your bank about upcoming travel plans.

Both credit cards and ATM cards may require a prior unlocking for overseas use by the issuing bank in order to prevent the transaction from being declined for fraud protection.

U.S. Based American Express Cardmembers Should Monitor Their Promotional Offers To Save On Travel Partner Transactions

American Express is known for offering special deals to their cardholders when it comes to various travel options but we want to remind U.S. based customers that they might be in for even bigger savings.

Your AmEx online account has a special section with promotional offers that customers can simple ‘add’ to their account and will then receive a substantial refund on their purchase with the respective partner.

Reader Question: How to use the $100/$200 American Express Airline Credit (U.S. Based Gold/Platinum Charge Cards)

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Last week we received a reader question inquiring about the use of the well advertised American Express (U.S.) Airline Credit that comes with Gold and Platinum Charge Cards.

Since I haven’t used one of mine yet I decided to run an experiment so that our readers have an indicator of how it worked out at least in this instance.

Hilton Honors Amex 7,500 Bonus Points For Two Night Stay May 7 – August 7, 2017


Hilton Honors has launched a new targeted offer for 7,500 bonus points for a two night stay between May 7 – August 7, 2017.

Hilton Honors Amex 7,500 Bonus Points For A Stay May 7 - August 7, 2017

The offer is open for Amex Platinum cardholders that have received Hilton Honors Gold status complimentary due to carrying the card.

Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) 5,000 Bonus Starpoints For Stays Paid Using Amex October 18 – December 18, 2016

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Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) 5,000 bonus Starpoints for nights paid using Amex between October 18 – December 18, 2016.


You must book and pay using American Express credit or charge card minimum of 15 nights during the promotional period to earn the bonus.

Hilton HHonors American Express Germany Bonus Membership Rewards Points July 26 – October 26, 2016

Hilton HHonors has launched a separate offer for American Express cardholders in Germany where members can earn four bonus Membership Rewards points per Euro paid for stays at select hotels in Europe, Middle East & Africa.

Hilton HHonors American Express Germany Offer

The offer is valid for stays between July 26 – October 26, 2016, and must be settled directly with American Express card and not using any wallet product.

Le Club AccorHotels Complimentary Platinum Gone From Amex Platinum Cards In The UK


When people have emailed me about ways to get the Le Club AccorHotels Platinum status, I have usually mentioned that it comes with American Express Platinum cards in some markets.

Le Club AccorHotels Platinum Amex Platinum UK

American Express has sent out a letter to card members in the UK informing that the Le Club AccorHotels complimentary Platinum benefit will cease to exist on April 15, 2016 (last day to apply).

Hilton HHonors American Express Extra Points UK & Germany Promotion October 1 – December 31, 2014

Hilton HHonors has new offer for American Express cardholders in Germany and the UK that can earn bonus Membership Rewards points for their stays at select Hilton hotels between October 1 and December 31, 2014.

Hilton HHonors Amex American Express UK & Germany Promotion

American Express card holders in Germany can earn additional 4 Membership Rewards points per Euro charged and UK members can earn 1 extra Membership Rewards points per GBP.

TripAdvisor Partners With American Express For Review Authentication


A lot has been written by journalist and academia about the prevalence of fake reviews on internet review sites such as TripAdvisor. There are several companies selling positive fake reviews for $5 to $10 per each published one.


Now, TripAdvisor is partnering with American Express to authenticate some reviewers.

Discover America Daily Getaway Deals for the First Two Weeks


We now have the details of the deals for the first two weeks of the Discover America. These are brought by the US Travel Association and American Express. You can use any credit card to pay, but you will receive 10% discount if paid using American Express branded card.


Having a quick look there really aren’t any “deals” that I would need to participate in the first two weeks.

Here are three deals that are worth having a look:


1. Priority Club point packages on April 8th

InterContinental Group is selling 10K points for $67, 40K points for $267 & 25K points for $167. You can buy Priority Club points any day by doing cash + money redemption for $60 per 10K Priority Club points. Canceling the reservation doesn’t reverse the point transaction, however.

The benefit of buying Priority Club points through Discover America is that these points will count toward the elite qualification. You can make a Priority Club Platinum by buying 60K points.

2. Avis Chairman’s Club Membership for $1115

This can come handy if you are doing lot of airport rentals. This membership includes an airport drop off and delivery. This could truly be a timesaver. I was actually contemplating buying this membership the other year as I used to rent a lot from Avis.


3. Marriott Travel Cards at 20% Discount When Paid Using Amex

Marriott tends to run promotions for buying Marriott gift cards with number of airlines. You usually get a 10% discount or 10% premium and airline miles. When bought directly from Marriott, you do get the bonus points for buying the card using Marriott branded credit cards. If you buy it from Discover America, the purchase is not coded as Marriott and you lose the bonus points for Marriott purchases.

Marriott has sometimes run promotions that are tied to a type of credit card the bill is used to settle. Marriott Gift cards used to be Visa’s, but no longer. Just a thing to keep in mind.

Discover America Daily Getaways Are Back for 2012

Discover America Daily Getaways is a good time to stock up some points and travel packages. Last year, I bought bunch of Hilton and Wyndham Rewards points. There were few other offers that I was thinking of participating, but procrastinated for too long.


We should know more next week what is on offer for 2012 edition of this sale. Just like in previous years, the Amex card holders will get 10% discount.

Carry Multiple Credit and Debit Cards Especially When Traveling Overseas.

When traveling, we more and more rely on debit and credit cards to pay for things and get money from ATM’s. All is good when things work. When something starts going south it is good to have back up plans in place.

Over the years I have had my wallet lost, card(s) deactivated due to merchant database compromises, Visa/MasterCard authorization systems not working etc. These are all manageable when you have alternative plans in place.

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