Taking the train to rescue my stranded airline miles

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Taking the train to rescue my stranded airline miles

Postby jeffysdad » Sat Jan 14, 2012 11:55 am

I had miles on Continental that I wasn't going to use so I moved them over to my Amtrak Guest Rewards account and from there converted most of them to CVS gift cards. However, I had 5,000 Guest Rewards points left over and the lowest redemption level for gift cards is 6,000. Instead of writing the 5,000 points ($50) off, I opened a Chase Amtrak Guest Rewards MasterCard (no annual fee), which grants 12,000 points after first purchase. So soon I will have 17,000 Guest rewards points redeemable for $150 in gift cards (Going with Gap/Banana Republic this time) with 1,000 points ($10) left on the table.
American Express: Blue Cash Preferred (groceries, 6%; gas, department store, 3%); Gold Delta SkyMiles (Delta Air Lines, 2 miles/dollar, free checked bag).
US Bank: Cash+ (utilities, phone, internet, restaurant, 5%; drugstores, 2%).
FIA Card Services: Fidelity Amex (everything, 2%); Fidelity Visa (everything, 1.5%).
Chase: Freedom (rotating, 5%); Amazon (Amazon.com, 3%); PriorityClub (IHG hotels, 5 points/dollar); Sapphire (not in use).

*All cards are registered with PriorityClub IDine program for 8 points/dollar at participating restaurants.

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Postby FutureBillionaire » Sat Jan 14, 2012 3:16 pm

This plan sounds very savvy.
Gas: Discover It, Penfed Platinum Rewards x2, Chase freedom, Citi TYP
Plane tickets: CSP
Groceries: AMEX BCP, Penfed Platinum Rewards,Citi TYP
Clothes: Express, Amex BCP, Discover IT
Amazon: Citi Forward, Cash +
Restaurants: Citi Forward, Chase Freedom, Discover IT, CSP
Hotels and other travel: Discover Escape, CSP
Movies: BofA travel rewards visa signature(fandango), Discover IT, Citi Forward, Freedom
Bars, clubs, tomfoolery: CSP, Citi Forward, Discover IT, Freedom
Balance transfers: Kroger 123 rewards
Bill Pay: Chase Ink Plus, Citi Forward
Everyday spending: Bofa Accelerated cash rewards amex, Discover Escape

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