Amex Shutting Down More Bluebird and Serve Accounts Today

Reportedly, American Express has shut down many more Serve and Bluebird accounts today, ones with “unusual usage patterns”.

That’s another blow to those who have used those two reloadable cards to pay their bills as part of a manufactured-spend strategy.

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Amazon’s Hidden Discount Search Trick

Who knew that Amazon’s search function has a setting for finding discounted items?!

This article from SlickDeals tells how to use it:

For example, do a search for coffee maker. Then append &pct-off=50-70 to the URL (near the top of the page) to find coffee makers that are discounted from 50 to 70%. The results are not prefect, but they are pretty good. Remarkable!

What Credit-Card Churners Should Do With Chase Bank’s New 5/24 Rules

Chase Bank has new rules, coming in March and April, that will seriously disrupt the churning hobby.

This blog post gives best ideas for what churners should do.

Let’s hope this doesn’t spread to Citi and other credit card issuers., a Valuable Price Monitor for Amazon Customers

It’s not travel related, but this morning I was reminded of a valuable price-monitoring website for those of us who buy a lot from Amazon. That website is

If there is something you plan to purchase on Amazon, but do not need right away, just go to CamelCamelCamel and enter it, along with a target price. If Amazon’s price ever drops to or below your target, you will automatically receive an email notification.

This morning I received an email notifying me of a price drop on a Dymo labelmaker. Several weeks ago I entered a target price of $25, and last night Amazon dropped the price to $18.99 (with free Prime shipping). Here is this morning’s email:

CamelCamelCamel EmailI’m a big fan of CamelCamelCamel, and I love the price for the service — FREE!

Big Discount on Costco Membership for “New” Members

costco logoBoth Costco and Sam’s Club offer discounted “new” memberships. Here is the current Costco deal:

As per Frequent Miler: Not valid for those with a current Costco membership or for memberships that expired after October 1, 2015.

Frequent Miler lists some additional bonuses as a part of the deal, as well as a cashback portal with 10% cashback ($5.50 discount):

Pay $55 and get a 1 year Gold Star membership plus:

  • $20 Costco Cash Card
  • Coupon for 72 AA Batteries ($18.99 value)
  • Coupon for Food Court Pizza ($9.99 value)
  • Coupon for Organic Tortilla Chips ($4.99 value)
  • Coupon for $25 off $250 or more at