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American Express SkyMiles Card Diamond Waiver Increased to 250,000 Medallion Qualification Dollars by Delta Air Lines

Ever since earning miles in the SkyMiles program became based on revenue instead of distance flown back in 2015, an exemption has been offered to customers who hold an eligible variation of the American Express card from Delta Air Lines in the form of a waiver with a minimum spend of $25,000.00 — but for members of the SkyMiles program who want to earn Diamond Medallion elite level status, the minimum spend waiver increases by ten times the amount starting in 2019.

Effective as of…

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Third Night Free When You Book Two Nights With Starwood and Mastercard

Book two nights and receive the third night free at participating hotel and resort Starwood Hotels and Resorts properties in North America when you book your reservations for a minimum of three consecutive nights and pay with your Mastercard credit card — but you must book your reservation by Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

You may…

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Your Chance to Win 300,000 AAdvantage Miles Plus $3,000 — or 30,000 AAdvantage Miles

As part of the celebration of 30 years of the Citi / AAdvantage credit card, a contest called the Citi “30 Years of Wow” has been created in which you have your chance to win 300,000 AAdvantage miles plus $3,000 — or you could instead be one of 30 people to win 30,000 AAdvantage miles.

That means that a total of 1.8 million AAdvantage miles are being given away — and you could be one of the 33 winners.

During your travels over the years, what are your favorite moments when you exclaimed “WOW” to the point where you had to take a photograph or video? Post your photograph or video on Instagram pertaining to a WOW vacation which you have experienced and state where you would like your next WOW vacation to be with…

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Update on Surcharge When Paying With a Credit Card in Australia

Back on Monday, March 22, 2010, this short article referred to a new fee of 1.5 percent at hotel properties in Australia applied to the invoices of guests when paying at the front desk with credit cards. This fee would reportedly be waived only where there is no option to pay for the hotel stay with cash — such as when buying an advance purchase room rate.

As consumers have been complaining about companies charging as much as 1,000 percent in excess of the cost of processing credit card payments — and this is not limited only to lodging companies — for some time, the government of Australia has listened to those complaints and changed the law in order to prevent companies from charging consumers whatever they want on top of the fee for using credit cards.

The Competition and Consumer Amendment (Payment Surcharges) Act 2016 — which became effective as of…

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Hilton HHonors Visa Promotion 2016: Answers to Questions From Readers

I just completed a telephone call with a key member of the Hilton HHonors team who imparted some important information pertaining to the Hilton HHonors Visa Promotion 2016, of which initial details were announced yesterday in this article; but readers of The Gate had some pertinent questions — most of which I have the answers…

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Earn 5,000 Bonus Hilton HHonors Points With Your Visa Credit Card

Earn 5,000 Bonus Hilton HHonors points with your Visa credit card to pay for any eligible stay through Tuesday, January 31, 2017 when you book your reservations using the official mobile software application program of Hilton HHonors.

Earn 5,000 Bonus Hilton HHonors Points With Your Visa Credit Card

To participate in this offer, you must…

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Stupid Tip of the Day: A Simple — But Risky — Way to Avoid Foreign Transaction Fees

Foreign transaction fees can be a potential scourge when traveling internationally. Typically, you are charged an average of three percent per transaction when using certain credit cards outside of your home country when paying for goods and services using a different currency.

One way to avoid foreign transaction fees is to apply for a credit card in which there are no fees for transactions charged with one currency but paid for with another — but those credit cards usually charge some sort of an annual fee. Simple math dictates that — ceteris paribus — if the annual fee of a credit card is less expensive than the total amount which you would have been charged foreign transaction fees for the year, then you come out ahead financially despite paying that annual fee.

For example: if the annual fee of a credit card is $95.00 per year but potential foreign transaction fees would have cost you $300.00 for the year, then you should consider applying for and using that credit card whenever you travel internationally — especially if it includes some outstanding benefits of which you can take advantage…

…but what if…

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