What’s going on with the Chase Fairmont Visa Signature card?

The Chase Fairmont Visa Signature is just the kind of product you’d expect to disappear without anyone noticing. Fairmont is a chain with fewer than 200 properties worldwide (albeit unique, luxury ones) and the card was never meant to appeal to mainstream travelers.

Yet travel bloggers and forums alike have noticed that the card no longer appears on Chase’s card landing pages. And this has unleashed a game of get-it-while-you-still-can, with churners digging up still-active application links.

So what, exactly, is going on with the card? And what are some alternatives if it’s gone for good?

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Best travel rewards cards for 2017

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Planning on exploring the world in 2017? We rounded up the cards that will save you money on flights, accommodations, and other common travel expenses.

First, the usual disclaimer – the right card for you will depend on your spending, appetite for maximization and travel goals. Don’t assume our top-ranked cards will be the best fit for you.

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The dreaded rewards claw-back

Image courtesy of Greg, the Frequent Miler

Image courtesy of Greg, the Frequent Miler

Your excitement at receiving a card’s sign-up bonus may quickly evaporate if the issuer decides you don’t deserve it after all – and takes it back.

This is known a “claw-back.” Here’s what triggers this dreaded action – and what recourse you have.
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New Amazon Prime rewards card gives 5% back

If you’re going to miss earning 5X on Amazon purchases when the Sallie Mae MasterCard gets discontinued, or if you’re an Amazon Prime member who buys everything on the site, here’s some good news — Amazon has launched a new rewards card that gives 5 percent back on Amazon purchases.

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The U.S. Bank Cash+ card is known for its unique rewards structure (you get to pick two 5 percent categories each quarter and a 2 percent category).

It’s also known for moving the goal posts on cardholders by switching up the categories available.

The most recent change: In February 2017, the the card is adding a “ground transportation” category and eliminating its “charity” category.

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