Chase Ink Business Cards & 5/24

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We now have three excellent Chase Ink Cards that are part of Chase’s business card portfolio. These include the:

— Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card, which has a $95 annual fee and offers 80,000 Ultimate Rewards points after spending $5,000 within three months; the card offers 3x points in select categories
— Ink Business Cash℠ Credit Card, which has no annual fee and offers 50,000 points after spending $3,000 within three months; the card offers 5x points in select categories
— Ink Business UnlimitedSM Credit Card, which has no annual fee and offers 50,000 points after spending $3,000 within three months; the card offers 1.5x points on all purchases

All three of these cards are excellent, and I view them as complements rather than substitutes. Cardmembers can potentially get all three of these cards, for a total of 180,000 bonus points, not to mention a great portfolio of cards to use long term to maximize their small business spend.

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Last Chance: Register To Buy LifeMiles With A 140% Bonus

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As I first wrote about a couple of weeks ago, LifeMiles is offering OMAAT readers an additional 15% bonus on purchased miles, though registration is required. The deadline to register for the bonus is tomorrow (Tuesday, May 29, 2018), and then the deadline to buy miles is Wednesday (you need to wait 24 hours between the time you register and when you buy the miles).

If you’re still interested in taking advantage of this promotion, you’ll want to register on this page using your LifeMiles number by tomorrow.

You have to wait 24 hours from the time you register until you buy miles through the offer to get the better bonus. You should see the extra 15% reflected on the purchase page once you’re eligible. The sooner that you register, the sooner you can buy miles.

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13 Of The Best Cities in Germany You Have To Visit

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Germany is one of those countries that you visit and get a totally different experience depending on which region you explore. That’s the beauty of it being a relatively large country (by European standards, at least), there’s just so much diversity. Now, considering there are close to 80 cities in Germany, I’m almost certain you’ll … Continue Reading

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The Incredible Value Of Booking Marriott Hotel + Air Packages Before August

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In mid-April we learned the full details of Marriott’s new loyalty program, which will be debuting in August. This is a huge undertaking on Marriott’s part, and members have had a lot of questions and concerns. While there are some areas where we have answers, there are other areas where we don’t.

In this post I wanted to share my thought process out loud regarding possibly booking a couple of Marriott Hotel + Air Packages before August, when Marriott’s program changes kick in. This has the potential to be by far the best use of Starpoints ever.

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Air Tahiti Nui Reveals New 787 Cabin & Livery

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Later this year, Air Tahiti Nui will be refreshing their fleet. The airline currently has five Airbus A340s, and later this year they’ll take delivery of their first of four Boeing 787-9s, which will replace the A340 fleet by 2019. Air Tahiti Nui’s average fleet age will go from 16 years to just a few months by some point next year.

In March Air Tahiti Nui announced their first 787 routes, as they’ll begin flying the plane to Auckland and Los Angeles as of November 2018, and to Tokyo as of February 2019.

While we had a general sense of what the cabins would look like, up until now Air Tahiti Nui hasn’t released any renderings of the new cabins. They’ve now done that, and there’s even a further pleasant surprise.

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Comparing The New IHG & Marriott Credit Cards

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In the past couple of months we’ve seen Chase introduce two new co-branded hotel credit cards. Specifically, I’m talking about the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card and Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card. Given that these cards are both new, I figured it would be interesting to do a side-by-side comparison of the two cards, for someone who might be trying to decide between them.

So, let’s compare the two cards across a few different factors:

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Targeted: CardMatch 100K Amex Platinum Offer Is Back

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The CardMatch Tool, which is offered by creditcards.com, often gives people access to bigger targeted card welcome bonuses. In order to use the tool you have to enter your name, address, and last four of your social security number, and based on that, it may make certain targeted offers available to you.

Last November I wrote about how there was a targeted 100K welcome bonus on the Amex Platinum Card through the CardMatch Tool. The bonus stayed around for a while, then it seemed to disappear for a while, and then it returned again in February. Then in early April it seemed to make another return.

Doctor Of Credit reports that a new batch of people have now been targeted for this offer, so if you haven’t taken advantage of this deal in the past, you’ll want to see if you’re targeted.

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Qatar Airways Privilege Club’s MASSIVE Award Chart Devaluation (Without Notice)

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As much as I commend Qatar Airways for the onboard product they offer, just about everything else about the airline is a complete #&*%show. And that includes their loyalty program.

Qatar Airways has just introduced a massive devaluation to their award chart, and they provided exactly zero notice of these changes.

Several days ago I wrote about how Qatar Airways is adding a new booking fee to award tickets. Specifically, as of May 27, 2017, Privilege Club is adding a $25, $50, or $75 booking fee per one-way award ticket in economy, business, or first class. Given that you can exclusively book award tickets on their website, this is a very clear money grab.

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Aer Lingus Has A New A330 With Inferior Business Class Seats

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Aer Lingus has a great business class product on their A330s, as they have a staggered configuration with fully flat seats. It has been cool to see Aer Lingus’ growth the past few years, which has been gradual but consistent. They’ve added a handful of US routes over the past few years, and have slowly increased the size of their fleet (they now have 13 Airbus A330s).

I knew that a couple more A330s were supposed to join Aer Lingus’ fleet this year to fuel their growth, though I didn’t put much thought into how they’d be configured. My assumption was that these new A330s would feature the same configurations as all of their other A330s. It looks like that’s not the case.

Reader Ethan emailed to say that he booked his aunt on flight EI118 from Washington Dulles to Dublin. He pre-assigned her a “throne seat,” but at check-in they told her it was not available due to an equipment change, and she was reassigned seat 3C. No other Aer Lingus A330 has seat 3C, so obviously Ethan found that strange.

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Niagara-On-The-Lake, Vineyards And Niagara Falls At Midnight

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Breakfast at the next morning came in really cute picnic baskets, delivered right to your door! Juices, freshly baked muffins and cakes from the local bakery, fruits and local jams – all of which was just a brilliant start to the day in this amazing town! After breakfast, our morning started with a lazy amble … Continue Reading

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