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One of the ways to ensure that you’re getting continuous value from youris by taking advantage of the targeted promotions available to you.
You may be most familiar with, providing terrific discounts on travel, retail and more. However, other issuers have been stepping up their game recently, and we’ve seen some useful offers across the board.
In this monthly roundup, we’ll gather some of the most lucrative promotions that we’ve found — and don’t forget to use ato potentially earn even more points, miles or cash back on your purchases.
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Amex Offers is the most prolific and easy-to-understand program, and I’ve personally saved hundreds of dollars from these promotions over the years.
Hopefully, you’re targeted for the following deals, as they can help you save big on upcoming travel:
- Air France/KLM: Spend $1,000 or more, get $200 back (expires June 5, 2022).
- Hilton Curio and Canopy Collection hotels: Spend $250 or more, get $50 back (expires June 30, 2022).
- JetBlue Airways: (expires July 12, 2022).
- Waldorf Astoria, Conrad & Hilton LXR hotels: Spend $500 or more, get $100 back (expires July 31, 2022).
Eligible cards and other details
All personal and small-business American Express cards are eligible for Amex Offers. This includes popular options like The Platinum Card® from American Express, the American Express® Gold Card and The Business Platinum® Card from American Express.
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Once you have a card added to your online account, simply log in and scroll down to the Amex Offers and Benefits section. You’ll need to activate each one prior to purchase, and be sure to read the terms of each offer carefully so you don’t miss out.
Capital One Offers
There are plenty of popular stores available on the Capital One Offers platform with no stated expiration date. All of the discounts will apply as a statement credit to your account. Here are our top picks right now:
- Best Western Hotels: 8% back.
- Lululemon: 6% back.
- TaxSlayer: 30% back.
- TurboTax: 10% back.
- Vrbo: 5% back.
As Tax Day is rapidly approaching us, Capital One Offers can be a great way to save on those pesky tax-filing fees. I used TaxSlayer this year and am looking forward to receiving a whopping 30% back from Capital One.
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Eligible cards and other details
All consumer Capital One cards are eligible for Capital One Offers — including the Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card and the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card. However, the issuer’s small business cards do not participate.
Just as a forewarning, Capital One Offers can take quite some time to post to your account — compared to the other issuers, which typically take just a few business days (at most).
In my own experience, I took advantage of an opportunity to earn 5% back on an expensive Vrbo purchase for a $2,000 rental. However, the fine print of the Capital One Offer states that it can take up to three billing cycles to get the statement credit, and in my case, it took two months before I saw the offer post to my account.
So as long as you’re okay with footing the bill when using a Capital One offer and not receiving the discount for potentially up to three months, it’s still worth it to take advantage of these great promotions.
often have a quicker expiration date compared to other issuers, but you’ll frequently find great savings for everyday restaurants to travel purchases.
Top Travel Deals for April
Travelers have plenty of ways to save and score special extras this month.
- Carnival Cruises: $35 back (until April 30, 2022).
- CVS Pharmacy: 5% back (until April 16, 2022).
- Sam’s Club membership: $10 back (until April 29, 2022).
- TurboTax: $10 back (until April 18, 2022).
- World of Hyatt: 5% back (until April 20, 2022).
Furthermore, Chase tends to provide promotions for many of the brands it already partners with — such as Hyatt or Instacart — so adding these offers allows you to double-dip your earnings.
Eligible cards and other details
All Chase personal and business credit cards have the potential for Chase Offers. This includes popular options like the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card and Ink Business Preferred Credit Card along with no-annual-fee options like the Chase Freedom Unlimited and even cobranded cards like the United Club Infinite Card.
However, note that the number of targeted discounts will likely be larger on those cards you use most frequently, and like Amex, these must be activated before your purchase.
In addition, any percentage discounts often have a relatively small cap on them — so be sure you read the full terms of each offer to know what you’ll get back.
I’ll always check my card offers before making a big purchase to make sure that I’m not missing out on any discounts. Additionally, these card offers have been helpful for when I need gift ideas around the holidays, as I’m able to get a sweet discount on a product I would have never considered before.
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And remember, just because you add an offer to your card doesn’t mean you have to make the purchase.
To sum it up, we recommend that you make a habit of checking your card promotions on a regular basis — as they can easily help you save hundreds of dollars every year. Be sure to bookmark this page as we update this page monthly with the latest deals we’ve seen from the big three issuers.
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And when you do spend on dining, you should use aand potentially even score special discounts. Thanks to temporary card bonuses and changes due to coronavirus, you may even be able to score a meal at your favorite restaurant for free.
for dining out, taking out, and ordering in to maximize every meal purchase.
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