citi 5 percent backThe Citi Dividend card is no longer available for new applicants. But if you got grandfathered in, don’t forget to enroll in the card’s bonus categories by the Oct. 1 deadline, so you can get 5 percent cash back on your holiday shopping.

For Q4 2016 (Oct. 1-Dec.31), Citi Dividend cardholders can earn 5 percent cash back (on up to $1,500 in spending) in the following categories:

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Chase Freedom Q4 2016 bonus categories — activate now

chase bonus categories q4 2016Q4 begins Oct. 1, and, if you have the Chase Freedom card you’ll want to activate your bonus categories, so you don’t miss out on earning 5 percent cash back (on up to $1,500 in combined purchases).

Historically, rotating-category cards (which include the Chase Freedom, Discover it and Citi Dividend card for those who are grandfathered in) roll out holiday-friendly categories for Q4 (which stretches from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31). And, this year, the Chase Freedom continues that pattern.

The Chase Freedom’s Q4 2016 bonus categories are:

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Get your first Uber ride free with Chase (limited-time promotion)

Uber_NY_request-screenshotIf you’re new to Uber and have a Chase card, there’s an easy way to get the first ride free.

For a limited time (until Dec. 31, 2016), if you sign up for Uber, link a Chase debit or credit card as a payment method, and enter the code ChaseUber, your first Uber ride will be free (up to $30).

There is some fine print to be aware of with this offer.

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Discover it Q4 2016 categories: don’t forget to activate

discover 5 percent cashback bonusYou got the Discover it card for its 5 percent cash-back categories. So don’t forget to activate them.

Q4 starts Oct. 1, and Discover does NOT reward the 5 percent cash-back bonus retroactively if you activate late. So the time to activate (which you have to do manually, when logged in to your account) is now.

Between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, 2016, you will earn 5 percent cashback bonus (on up to $1,500 in combined spending) in the following categories:

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Marriott-Starwood merger — the latest news

Marriott logoAfter a bidding war and months of regulatory hurdles, Marriott has successfully acquired Starwood after receiving approval from regulators worldwide (China was the last hold-out).

With the merger final, Marriott has been announcing details on points transfer and status matching. We’ve updated this post with the latest news.
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