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”.

http://milestomemories.boardingarea.com/bluebird-serve-shutdowns-march-2016

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

Credit Card Issuers

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:

http://slickdeals.net/article/news/how-to-find-the-biggest-discounts-on-amazon/

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.

http://www.milevalue.com/news-of-the-year-chase-fights-churners-with-strict-new-limits-for-credit-card-approvals/

Let’s hope this doesn’t spread to Citi and other credit card issuers.

CamelCamelCamel.com, 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 http://CamelCamelCamel.com

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:

http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/83662

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 Costco.com