Various nonsense

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I don’t have a single topic for this post. Deal with it. I’m sitting in Central Park and it’s pretty much the most glorious fucking day in the history of days. If you can’t be in a good mood on a day like today, your life is not worth living.

Here’s what’s happening in the world of cards and miles and points and whatnot that’s interesting to me:

  • United is adding lie-flat business seats with Saks pillow and blanket (which are just the best) on Boston-San Francisco, as they already had with their Newark-Los Angeles and Newark-San Francisco flights. These three routes are also going to offer hot food and free booze to Economy Plus passengers, which is just delightful.
  • Amex may have neutered the Biz Platinum card by cutting its pay with points rebate from 50% to 35%, but suddenly it looks pretty good again when paired with the brand new Blue Business Plus card, which has no fee, and earns 2 points per dollar spent on all purchases, up to $50,000 per year. This compensates for the rebate cut somewhat, as the combo will still yield a nice chunk of free travel — possibly more than before, if you’re able to transfer the points to claim award tickets. There’s no bonus if you apply for the BBP straight from Amex, but several of the bloggers have links that offer 20,000 points after spending $3,000 in 3 months. Use your favorite, or one of mine: The Frequent Miler (And the Blue Business Plus is better than the Everyday Preferred, because it earns more, doesn’t require a minimum number of purchases per month, and doesn’t cost anything.)
  • Chase is offering some pretty sweet referral bonuses right now — for cards other than the Sapphire Reserve. If you have another Chase card, go to, punch in your info, and see if you have the ability to refer. A particularly good one is the Ink Business Preferred, where the recipient gets 80,000 Ultimate Rewards points after spending $5,000 in three months, and you get 20,000 for the referral. (If you have the Ink Plus or the Ink Bold, but not the Business Preferred, you can still refer.) Another good refer bonus is for the Freedom Unlimited, which has no annual fee, and makes a kick-ass companion card to the Sapphire Reserve or Sapphire Preferred. The recipient gets 15,000 Ultimate Rewards points (described as $150 cash back), and you get 10,000 (described as $100) for the referral.

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