Roundup: Chase IHG 80k Match, Mercedes-Benz Amex Platinum Discontinued, New Amex Centurion Lounges

Get Matched to the 80k Chase IHG Targeted Offer

If you applied for the Chase IHG card earlier this week, be sure to send a secured message to Chase and ask for a match to the targeted 80,000 point offer. You have up to 60 days after applying for the card to get matched.

You can view credit card offers by going to the "Credit Card Offers" tab. Find offers for the respective cards in "Hotel Credit Cards." You don't have to use our links, but we're grateful when you do. Thank you for supporting AskSebby!

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Can you please match my signup bonus to the 80,000 bonus
points after spending $2,000 in 3 months public offer? $0
introductory annual fee. 

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Anyone can access the 80,000 bonus landing page, but only targeted people can apply for the offer. Some readers have reported success in sending a secured message to Chase to match the 80,000 offer.

If you need help sending a secured message, view this post for a step by step guide (offer in post is expired, so be sure to send the correct message). 

American Express Mercedes-Benz Platinum Card Links Disappearing

The official links to apply for the Mercedes-Benz co-branded Platinum card have been pulled from the Mercedes website. There is one direct link that is still active for now

If the Mercedes-Benz Platinum card is on your list of cards to get, now would be a good time to apply. It's rumored that American Express will stop taking applications on 3/31/18. 

Since the American Express and Mercedes-Benz card program will end in January 2019, the card will most likely be converted to a vanilla American Express Platinum card. 

The optimal strategy would be to get the vanilla Amex Platinum card first so you don't miss out on the signup bonus due to the "once in a lifetime rule."

Get 1,000 Points with Chase and Apple Pay (Targeted)

A targeted email was sent from Chase to get 1,000 points when you use your Chase card 5 times with Apple Pay between April 1 and April 30, 2018. 

Data points suggest that this offer is available on the Chase Freedom Unlimited, Chase Sapphire Preferred, and the Chase Sapphire Reserve. 

Get $25 for filling out a survey about your health insurance

JOANY is a venture-backed startup that's raised $19.2 million to help people find plans and manage their health insurance needs all in one place (for free). 

JOANY is currently conducting a research study to learn more about consumer's healthcare needs, but not everyone will qualify.

Earn a $25 reward via PayPal or Amazon by filling out the ~5-10 minute healthcare survey (we'll get $25 too):

How to qualify for the survey:

  • You’ve already purchased your health insurance plan, and is active for 2018.
  • You purchased your health insurance plan through your state exchange,, through a broker, or directly through a health plan like Oscar, Aetna, Blue Shield, etc.
  • You don’t receive your health insurance through an employer.
  • You don’t receive your health insurance through your school or university.
  • You are not on your state’s Medicaid program, Medicare, or VA health insurance.

You don't need to signup for the concierge service to participate in the survey. One important note is that you will have to enter a lot of personal information like your name and upload a picture of your health insurance card to verify the data (prevents people from abusing the survey).

Delta SkyMiles increases in value

For routes between US and China, a one-way ticket used to cost 40k miles, and a business class ticket cost 95k+ points. It was recently spotted by US Credit Card Guide that the redemption rates have been lowered to 35k and 85k, respectively. 

New Amex Lounges opening

American Express just opened a new Amex Lounge in the Melbourne Airport (MEL). You can find it in Terminal 2, Satellite Departures. 

American Express has plans to build a new Centurion Lounge in Denver. The Denver City Council is working to approve a 10-year lease to begin the construction of the new lounge in DEN. More info at One Mile at a Time.