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DaveHanson said:   No data breach / number change here.

barrytuneup, IMO used strategically this is actually a very valuable card, especially if you use Priceline at least occasionally and watch for their special offers.
 

 
Agreed, this is a great card.  I have the grandfathered 2%/5% version.  It's particularly good with the hotel express deals (coded as NYOP for redemption) since it's fairly straightforward to figure out which hotel you'll end up with.  NYOP car rentals are also typically excellent deals so long as you don't mind waiting at the counter.

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Am posting this just as a heads up for others:

I have not received my bonus points for my Q2 2014 purchases in bonus categories.  For the specifics of that offer, see here:

Link to Q2 2014 categories 

Apparently not everyone received that bonus offer.  I know I did and I know I signed up because I still have the confirming e-mail.

Those bonus points should have been awarded with statement received last month.  It did not happen.  I decided to give the matter one more month.  Yesterday my most recent statement arrived.  No points!

I look for the bonus points on my statement in the Priceline Rewards Summary, on the "Adjustments" line.

Also, when bonus points are awarded, there is a short "Congratulations" message on the first page of my statement under "Customer News".

In the past I've not experienced any problems with this.  The points showed up like clockwork.  Dunno what's going on.  Will have to give them a call. 
 

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This happened to me, too.  I sent a message via their website and in response they claimed that I never signed up for the bonus.  Luckily, I had kept the email confirmation from months earlier when I signed up for the bonus.  It contained a link to view the email via a browser.  I responded, giving that link.  They relented and said that they created a case to get the bonus applied to my account.

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bluechalk said:   This happened to me, too.  I sent a message via their website and in response they claimed that I never signed up for the bonus.  Luckily, I had kept the email confirmation from months earlier when I signed up for the bonus.  It contained a link to view the email via a browser.  I responded, giving that link.  They relented and said that they created a case to get the bonus applied to my account.
  
Thank you, bluechalk, for posting.  I appreciate it.

It is disappointing to get confirmation on this one.  You would hope they would not be pulling this kind of crap.

Also, since they award the points so late anyway and owing to the passage of so much time, I guess they figure card holders will not pick this stuff up.  I'll admit, it took me a while to go back and piece together all the elements of this.  Q2 is long over.  And like I wrote earlier, I even gave this an extra month, just in case.

This is disappointing.  And it certainly makes me much more suspicious of such offers going forward.    

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Still loving this card. A week does not go by without a clerk commenting on the Shatner picture.

I am honestly shocked that Barclays has continued to grandfather legacy cardholders at 2 points per dollar. Hell, they even round purchases up for rewards purposes. For instance, a $3.60 purchase gets 8 points, just like a $4 purchase, rather than the 7 points a $3.50 purchase would get. This was easily the best $0 AF rewards card available at the time, assuming you made at least SOME Priceline purchases during the year. I've been regularly getting 2.6%+ back on everything thanks to the generous discounts on NYOP/Express Deal redemptions. This makes it even more attractive than the Arrival+ card, for which they charge an $89 annual fee.

My only real complaint is the length of time it takes to get a replacement. I've had fraud issues twice in the last two years (an $8,000 Qatar Airways charge after a bartender held onto my card 'to start a tab', and the Home Depot breach)... each time it took well over a week to get a new card delivered to my mailbox. AMEX always overnights them but for whatever reason, Barclays refuses to comp that for me despite the fact that I literally charge everything I can onto it - bills, groceries, gas, general merchandise, charitable contributions, etc. The only two categories I don't charge onto this card are foreign spend and Costco.

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sullim4 said:   Still loving this card. A week does not go by without a clerk commenting on the Shatner picture.

I am honestly shocked that Barclays has continued to grandfather legacy cardholders at 2 points per dollar. Hell, they even round purchases up for rewards purposes. For instance, a $3.60 purchase gets 8 points, just like a $4 purchase, rather than the 7 points a $3.50 purchase would get. This was easily the best $0 AF rewards card available at the time, assuming you made at least SOME Priceline purchases during the year. I've been regularly getting 2.6%+ back on everything thanks to the generous discounts on NYOP/Express Deal redemptions. This makes it even more attractive than the Arrival+ card, for which they charge an $89 annual fee.

My only real complaint is the length of time it takes to get a replacement. I've had fraud issues twice in the last two years (an $8,000 Qatar Airways charge after a bartender held onto my card 'to start a tab', and the Home Depot breach)... each time it took well over a week to get a new card delivered to my mailbox. AMEX always overnights them but for whatever reason, Barclays refuses to comp that for me despite the fact that I literally charge everything I can onto it - bills, groceries, gas, general merchandise, charitable contributions, etc. The only two categories I don't charge onto this card are foreign spend and Costco.

  
Agreed it remains a really good card.  Competition from Quicksilver (at 1.5% unlimited) has likely helped keep it alive at 2% unlimited.

Like with yourself, Priceline has been my go-to every day spender for several years.  However, more recently I am shifting food (groceries) and gasoline purchases over to Barclays Sallie Mae.  Am doing this to obtain the additional 3% rewards pickup in those two categories.

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shinobi1 said:   ........more recently I am shifting food (groceries) and gasoline purchases over to Barclays Sallie Mae.  Am doing this to obtain the additional 3% rewards pickup in those two categories.
  Don't forget the 5% rebate from Sallie Mae at Amazon.

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Barclays no longer charges foreign txn fees on many of their card products. Can anyone confirm whether they still do on this card? TIA.

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I don't know if it's accurate, but my card still lists a 3% fee if I go to Tools-->My Travel on my account.

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Just got email from them:
• Get 10% of your points back when you redeem for statement credits on purchases at Priceline.com and on other travel purchases
• No foreign transaction fees
• Redeem points for statement credits against any purchases of $25 or more made within the last 120 days
• Points will be worth more when you redeem against any eligible Priceline.com transaction

Puzzling, especially the last point - we already have this benefit (tiered) for NYOP and Express bookings; either they'll downgrade or include all bookings and downgrade the rate

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Just got this email today, not sure if this is good news or not. Are they phasing out the 2% for those who still have it?

These new benefits will be added to your rewards program soon:
• Get 10% of your points back when you redeem for statement credits on purchases at Priceline.com and on other travel purchases
• No foreign transaction fees
• Redeem points for statement credits against any purchases of $25 or more made within the last 120 days
• Points will be worth more when you redeem against any eligible Priceline.com transaction
There's nothing you need to do, the benefits will be added automatically.
Stay tuned for more information about these exciting upgrades to your account.

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Guess we posted at the same time!

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No email for me, I've never used the Priceline site, maybe the email is only for those who have???

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I received the email also. It almost seems like they're morphing it into something with the Arrival card's benefits. If they keep the 2%, it would be great news. Just wish they'd given a time frame.

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I dunno what they are trying to pull, if anything.  But if they eliminate the critical and pivotal 2% reward for all purchases, the centerpiece reward for this card, count on the fact they will term such a change an "upgrade".

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I fully expect a change in the earn part. We are all used to such upgrades always have some sort of downside. We shall see if this is only a genuine upgrade or not. I am glad to see FTF is going out of style.

What an incredible ride Priceline has taken as a public company.

Rasheed

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Can they add a yearly fee? I could see this happening.

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The way I read it is it's going from a 2% CB to a 2.2% CB card similar to arrival+.

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vnuts21 said:   The way I read it is it's going from a 2% CB to a 2.2% CB card similar to arrival+.
  Yes, but the arrival+ has an annual fee.

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sara0303 said:   Just got this email today, not sure if this is good news or not. Are they phasing out the 2% for those who still have it?

These new benefits will be added to your rewards program soon:
• Get 10% of your points back when you redeem for statement credits on purchases at Priceline.com and on other travel purchases
• No foreign transaction fees
• Redeem points for statement credits against any purchases of $25 or more made within the last 120 days
• Points will be worth more when you redeem against any eligible Priceline.com transaction
There's nothing you need to do, the benefits will be added automatically.
Stay tuned for more information about these exciting upgrades to your account.

  I never received the email, but this went into effect today, I notice the new 10% points back for Priceline and travel purchases redemption instantly, and confirmed the new 120 days redemption limit. Everything looks good so far, it is an upgrade, though I won't be able to take advantage of 10% points back, new 120 days limit is more freedom.

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Thanks DMC. My card does *not* yet show the 10% redemption icon yours does, though it does appear to be allowing 120 days for redemptions now.

Perhaps the software update is taking some time to roll out?

I did have a CSR tell me yesterday that I no longer had any transaction fees, so that's something.

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I don't see it yet either.

Can someone confirm that 10% bonus is on top of existing tiered reward redemption structure or instead of it ?

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Another update (redemption system updated this evening), new redemption structure is not mentioned anywhere, I don't know how the new 10% points back Priceline/travel purchases work, but for normal redemption, you can only redeem one-time 2500 points ($25) toward any purchase that is higher than $25 now. For example, a $100 transaction can only redeem 2500 points, if you want to redeem 5000 points rewards, you need to have 2 $25+ transactions. Please confirm with your account.

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Got the 10% icon in my account. More importantly, it now allows me a partial redemption. For example, previously I can only redeem against charges less than my point balance. Now I can actually redeem for all charges, which I assume is a partial redemption.

Now it's a matter of "creating" some 10%-eligible charges...

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myndreamland said:   Got the 10% icon in my account. More importantly, it now allows me a partial redemption. For example, previously I can only redeem against charges less than my point balance. Now I can actually redeem for all charges, which I assume is a partial redemption.

Now it's a matter of "creating" some 10%-eligible charges...

  I presume you mean travel charges. The easiest way I presume is through subway or commuter rail charges (if they count, and you regularly make them), since these are often done by cards that can be reloaded, and one can make $25 addition to your fare cards.

Are there any other ways for those that do not frequently take long trips (or pay for the plane tickets and hotels with points)?

2.2% is slightly better than the 2% on the Fidelity American Express, but not if it is hard to find redemption opportunities that are classified as travel.

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I'm not sure what these travel charges could be.

I recently bought a flight on Virgin Air but there is no indication that I would get an extra 10% redemption.

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I have a reservation at a hotel on my card. It doesn't seem to be eligible for the 10% redemption.

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