July Recap: Citi Removes Benefits, Changes to Amex Airline Credit, Equifax Settlement, and Capital One Data Breach

Gift Cards No Longer Work for Amex Airline Credits

American Express is no longer reimbursing gift cards for travel incidental credits. Read more about what qualifies for the Amex airline incidental fee credits in this post or watch the video below.

Citi REMOVES (Almost) All Benefits From Credit Cards

Citi used to be considered the best in class when it comes to trip delay and price protection. Starting on September 22, all Citi cards will no longer have useful benefits.

Watch the video below to learn more:

However, even though the travel protections are no longer there, the cards might be worth getting for the intro offers.

 Learn how to fly a family of 4 to Hawaii (economy fare) for 7,500 points + $5.60 each in the video below:

Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card

The Hilton Honors American Express Surpass card has an increased offer of 130,000 Hilton points and a free weekend night. The typical offer does not include a free night.

Key features

  • Annual fee: $95

  • Welcome offer: 130,000 Hilton Honors bonus points and a free night reward after $4,000 in spend within the first 4 months of account opening

    • Increased offer expires on 8/28/2019

  • Spending Multipliers:

    • Earn 12X Hilton Honors points per $1 spent at Hilton hotels and resorts

    • Earn 6X Hilton Honors points per $1 spent at U.S. restaurants, U.S. supermarkets, and U.S. gas stations

    • Earn 3X Hilton Honors points on all other purchases

  • Earn a Weekend Night Reward after you spend $15,000 in purchases on your card in a calendar year

Equifax Settlement

The media has been publicizing that you can get $125 by filing a claim in the Equifax Settlement. However, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently admitted that you’re not likely getting anything close to that number. More people filed a claim than they expected.

There’s a $31 million pool for the settlement money, but 147 million people were affected.

If 1% of the 147 million people submit a cash claim, each person will only receive $21.09.

1% signup = 1.47 million people
= $21.09 each

10% signup = $2.11 each

100% signup = $0.21 each

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Capital One Data Breach

Capital One recently had a large data breach. The best things you can do to protect yourself are:

  1. Freeze your credit

  2. Monitor your credit and be aware of any hard inquiries

How to Freeze Your Credit from All 3 Credit Bureaus:



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