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American Express Dropping the Hammer–Blue Cash 5% Cards Closed Being Closed Today

American Express Dropping the Hammer–Blue Cash 5% Cards Closed Being Closed Today

Very interesting developments happening today. Without notice American Express seems to have started closing accounts of people who have the old Blue Cash 5% card. In an unprecedented manner they seem to  be emailing affected cardmemebers to tell them their cards have been cancelled. The text of the email is as follows: We are contacting […] Read More…
New $2k Daily Limits Already in Place at Some CVS Stores

New $2k Daily Limits Already in Place at Some CVS Stores

On Saturday my local CVS informed me that there was a new memo floating around, and that the current $5k daily limit would be pushed down to $2k starting on October 27th. I went on twitter to share this fact to anyone still up at that late hour: CVS Reducing daily prepaid purchase limit to $2k […] Read More…
In Memoriam: Amazon Payments

In Memoriam: Amazon Payments

Today the lights on Milenomics have been dimmed in honor of Amazon Payments leaving us.  What follows is a Eulogy/Debriefing for her: My friends, it is truly sad that we come together this day to remember our dear friend, Amazon Paments.  Many of you might have expected me to give this eulogy sooner. Part of me […] Read More…
Push it to the Limit–Get [up to] 3 Extra Annual Fee Free Months

Push it to the Limit–Get [up to] 3 Extra Annual Fee Free Months

Today’s post is best expereienced while listening to this song. Press play, and then start reading. 😉 — A quick post today, but one which could save you a some money nonetheless.  Here at Milenomics we focus on avoiding annual fees whenever possible.  This means either calling in and pressing for a fee waiver, downgrading to a fee […] Read More…
Eliminate Specific Carriers With Restrictive Award Searches on AA.com

Eliminate Specific Carriers With Restrictive Award Searches on AA.com

Today we’re going back to the basics, and reviewing how to search for award tickets.  I’ll be highlighing AA with this post and showing two ways to search for award flights while specifically excluding carriers you don’t want to fly on.  In today’s example we’ll go with one of the toughest AA awards out there; […] Read More…
Update: My Risky Balance Transfer Strategy Strikes Out

Update: My Risky Balance Transfer Strategy Strikes Out

A little over a month ago I detailed a complex (and risky) strategy to earn more miles here on the Blog.  It involved a two step system for earning miles; Charge up my American Express card, and pay it off with a  card offering $0 fees for balance transfers.  This Balance transfer card could then be […] Read More…
Grand Hyatt Kauai Review: A “Mr. Ummm…” Hotel

Grand Hyatt Kauai Review: A “Mr. Ummm…” Hotel

My wife and I went to Kauai for our babymoon and just returned.  The island, the food, and the secluded beaches created the perfect atmosphere to relax and I can’t wait to return.  I particularly enjoyed the beaches, which often had no one on them but us. Such beaches weren’t hard to find in Kauai, the […] Read More…
#BYOE, Book One Way Flights and Avoid AA Award Change Fees

#BYOE, Book One Way Flights and Avoid AA Award Change Fees

While US Airways is still around the following also works for US Airways bookings with avios.  I’m changing how I book my Domestic AA flights. As many of you know I already book nearly all of my domestic AA flights with Avios.  The change moving forward is in how I book those flights with avios. I’m outlining this change to hopefully […] Read More…
There is No Free Lunch; The Hidden Costs of “Free”

There is No Free Lunch; The Hidden Costs of “Free”

Note: Most of this post has been sitting unfinished in my drafts folder for far too long–and it was Dia’s post over at the Deal Mommy blog which got me to polish this up and post it. If you haven’t read her take, you can find it here. And thanks Dia! — Free is a powerful word.  We’re bombarded […] Read More…
Suspension of the Rules: Burn Your Avios for Any Upcoming AA flights NOW.

Suspension of the Rules: Burn Your Avios for Any Upcoming AA flights NOW.

Update: It seems that the sky is not falling.  The info about a BA devaluation seems to be not true, but still this is as good a reminder as any for us to avoid hoarding miles. Just a quick post this Sunday, since you might have missed the news.  Iberia posted a new award chart for […] Read More…
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