I Will No Longer Be a Sucker For Small Business Saturday

From the desk of the Devil's Advocate...This is the time of year for joy and happiness. For being grateful for the generosity of others. For acknowledging what has been given to us and being thankful for the gifts we have received. Of course, I am referring … [Read more...]

The Devil’s Advocate and the Gift Card Crusade of Doom

From the desk of the Devil's Advocate... I'm sitting in a Fairfield Inn & Suites room in Dallas. On the desk in front of me, mocking me quietly, is a $200 Marriott gift card. Most of you have already heard about the current AmEx Sync deal … [Read more...]

Where Will Amex Put the New Centurion Studio in Seattle?

Several bloggers reported yesterday that American Express is opening a new Centurion Studio at SeaTac in 2015. Unlike the several Centurion Lounges that have been opened in Dallas, San Francisco, and elsewhere, the Studio concept is going to be a smaller … [Read more...]

Save over $1,000 with the Amex International Airline Benefit

"Airlines are crazy." That's what my dad said after booking his trip to New Zealand, something he's been talking about for over a year. He likes visiting new places, but the problem is he doesn't like flying all that much. For some people there's no way to … [Read more...]

Amex Terminates Annual Spend Bonus for Premier Rewards Gold Card

Yesterday I heard that American Express is getting rid of the annual threshold bonus on its Premier Rewards Gold card (HT to The Points Guy). Customers could earn 15,000 Membership Rewards points if they spent at least $30,000 in a calendar year. It was a nice … [Read more...]

AmEx Membership Rewards Points Are Totally Worthless

From the desk of the Devil's Advocate... Conventional Wisdomers in the points and miles community universally sing the praises of the three major flexible miles currencies - Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, and Starwood Preferred … [Read more...]