Latke said: VERY easy to see which travel charges will qualify- go to tools, spend analyzer, and sort by travel charges- you'll see all the travel charges, which should match up with the 10% bonus †† Great tip - did this with a recent hotel booking (booked directly through Marriott) and got the bonus. †Awesome!
myfrogger said: I was told that currently there are no foreign transaction fees. You could double check with customer service. † Just to confirm, I used this card in Vancouver this past weekend and there were no foreign transaction fees.
Wow, I just redeemed an Express Deal hotel. The charge was $271.06.
This came up as 18,071 points needed to redeem... so the NYOP point discount still applies. On top of that, I got the 10% rebate. With the legacy 2% version of this card, I got an effective 3.2% Cash Back on this redemption, PLUS the CB I got via a portal click-through on the original purchase.
Shatner is now entrenched in my wallet's first spot as a daily spender.
Am I correct that regular travel purchases on Priceline (not NYOP)are treated no more favorably than other travel purchases -- so that there is no benefit to redeeming points against airline tickets that I happened to book through Priceline.com over redeeming points against train tickets bought elsewhere?
I have purchased retail airfare through Priceline before, and the charge itself actually comes via the airline.† As an example, if you buy a ticket on American, you will be charged by American, NOT by Priceline.
Where this gets hazy is the prepaid, cancellable hotels that they serve up.† I believe those are actually charged by Priceline rather than the hotel.† If that's the case, I'd be curious to know if they qualify for the NYOP/Express Deal bonus, or not.
Has anyone used their Priceline visa for funding bank accounts? Others have reported that barclay's arrival card is coded as a purchase when funding a bank account. It would be great to use the Priceline visa for this purpose.
DavidScubadiver said: Am I correct that regular travel purchases on Priceline (not NYOP)are treated no more favorably than other travel purchases -- so that there is no benefit to redeeming points against airline tickets that I happened to book through Priceline.com over redeeming points against train tickets bought elsewhere? †† Very curious to figure this out right now
ZJamaican said: lithopedion said: ZJamaican said: Just wanted to point out that with the new 10% bonus + the NYOP redemption tier upgrade this card is now effectively a 3.3% CashBack card for "everyday" purchases and a 8.25% CB card for NYOP/Express deal purchases as long as you always redeem against a NYOP/Express deal purchase. This is pretty huge imo and makes this card the highest CB card that I know of. With the elimination of the FTF and 120 days to redeem it's an amazing upgrade, best one I've seen for credit card. When I first got this card I thought it's days were numbered given it was already offering 2% CB and most 2% don't last very long. This was an awesome surprise. †† Trying to understand.. how did you calculate 3.3 and 8.25% ?
It's a little tricky and lengthy to explain in detail especially with the new 10% travel bonus and there's a few different ways to calculate the effective CB rate but I chose this sort of logical flow route:
Money Spent on an "Everyday Purchase"
Points Earned from Purchase (2 Points/Dollar) / Points needed to Redeem a $25 NYOP Purchase
NYOP/Express Deal Transaction to Redeem Points For
Effective Cash Back Rate for NYOP / Express Deal Purchases - $27.50/$333.40
†† Pedant here. Technically speaking, you need to sum the infinite series. Your problem is that you put the monetary value of the points in before you've actually solved for it (the points are worth more than 1.5 cents apiece; when you use those points to redeem for a future NYOP purchase, they get a fraction of themselves back too, and so on and so forth for the points generated by those points). But the remaining terms of the infinite series are gone from your rounding error (real CashBack assuming optimal usage is 3.333...%, you have 3.299% here). This does seem to make a difference for your second calculation -- true valuation should be 8.33%, not 8.25%.
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