What's in my wallet is a monthly series that explains the reasoning behind each card in my wallet. The cards change depending on if I need to hit minimum spend on a new card or if I want to maximize cash back categories for the quarter.
The 5% cash back category during Q3 for the Chase Freedom is restaurants. I just finished maxing out my category spend with the Discover It card, so the Chase Freedom is going to be my default card whenever I dine out. Learn more about the Chase Freedom Q3 categories in the video below:
American Express Platinum
I recently canceled my Amex Business Platinum card and replaced it with a personal Amex Platinum card. This month, I'm working on hitting $5,000 minimum spend requirement to earn the 60,000 point bonus.
Watch the video below to learn more about why I canceled my Amex Business Platinum card:
I missed out on getting the personal version of the Chase Marriott card because I was over the Chase 5/24 rule. As a result, I applied for the business version to earn the 80,000 point signup bonus and free anniversary night. The Marriott card is a keeper in my books.
The Marriott business card is the only business card that's not affected by the Chase 5/24.
The Cathay Pacific card is another new addition to my wallet. I signed up for the card because I want to experience a first-class international flight with Cathay Pacific. With the increased signup offer, this makes the goal more attainable.
Watch the video below to learn more about the increased Cathay Pacific offer:
What's in your wallet this month?
Apple and Goldman Sachs will partner to create a new iPhone-connected credit card set to launch later this year. According to the WSJ, the card will integrate with the iPhone to track spending, points, and help with budget management.
American Airlines recently updated the merchant coding on their end to reflect gift card purchases; these purchases no longer generate the airline incidental fee credit.
“What’s In My Wallet?” is a monthly series on the cards I have in my card rotation for the month. The cards vary depending on if I open a new card or if I’m trying to optimize for 5x categories.
The new dynamic pricing for the Marriott Bonvoy program takes effect on March 5, 2019. If you have the points, I strongly recommend booking your stays now before the changes take place.
How to maximize the Amex Platinum benefits: Uber credits, Saks credits, airline fees, airport lounge access, Amex Platinum Concierge, return protection, extended warranty, and purchase protection.
Booking a flight with the right credit card can make or break a trip, especially if unexpected delays happen. Missed connections or canceled flights can leave a hole in your wallet, and some airlines will only provide food vouchers and overnight accommodations if the delay with within their control.
There’s a misconception going around that the Amex Platinum card earns 5x on ALL hotel stays. To clarify, the Amex Platinum only earns 5x points when you book hotel nights through amextravel.com or the Fine Hotels and Resorts Collection (FHR).
Roundup of deals: Chase Pay offers, Bank of America Free Museum Weekend, and more.
American Express recently sent out Form 1099-MISC to cardmembers who had referrals in 2018. In the past, cardholders did not receive forms for referrals, so this might come as an unfortunate surprise.
Marriott recently announced the upcoming changes to their loyalty program, Bonvoy. There’s a lot of information to digest like rebranding cards, new cards, status, and key dates.