Get Rid Of Your Priority Pass From AmEx NOW!

If you have played your cards right (pun intended) you should have at least one other fee waived: Citi Prestige, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Chase Ritz Carlton, or the U.S. Bank Altitude Card. Most likely you never thought about getting the Priority Pass for these cards as you already have the one with your AmEx Platinum, well as of 01 August 2019 that AmEx based Priority Pass is cursed!

I just departed from Terminal 8 at JFK and stopped by the Bobby Van’s grill to get my free $28 burger and beer:

The diner right next to me was throwing a fit that his priority pass did not work, and how he was a very important man since he has an AmEx Platinum card. Turns out he failed to read the several emails sent out as well as the clear signage at the restaurant:

My waitress was clearly annoyed by all of the recent bad noise from this change. Turns out there have been a lot of upset patrons in the last two weeks!

She asked me to explain the difference in coverage and I ended up showing off my collection of priority pass cards of which I had written their sources on the back. I assured her once the new Centurion lounge in JFK terminal 4 is built, then all those pesky rich assholes will be gone!

If you have any of the other priority pass issuing cards you should get a non AmEx Priority pass to continue to enjoy the $28 credit at non lounge outlets:

There really is no advantage to have the AmEx Priority Pass, just continue to carry the AmEx Platinum card to get access to Centurion, Escape, and Airspace lounges.


AmEx Phishing SCAM Email

Be warned, one reader (and AU) reported a spam email he just got from American Express Service Online <>

He was smart and called the number on the back of his card and they verified it was spam. A real email would have his full name and last four of his card. Also the email comes from a made up domain. The verify link is an attempt to gather personal information!

Be aware of this scam and don’t fall for it!


Capital One Wants In On $495 Annual Fees

Room for one more bank?

Two sources: Frequent Miler and Travel With Grant are reporting the possibility of a $495 annual fee Capital One Card. The card will give a $300 travel credit, but the real question I have been dying to know is if Capital One waives for military on new accounts per the MLA? The card should come to market in a Q2 2020 launch. Anyone out there with any datapoints on annual fee waivers for AD?


Martha Stewart Double Dip


I you haven’t bought wine from Martha Stewart (America’s Favorite Convicted Felon) then you can get $30 right now by using this link.

What is nice is AmEx will often do periodic deals like this:

  • Spend $75 or more, get $25 back
  • Spend $75+, get 2,500 Membership Rewards® Points
  • Spend $60+, get 2,000 Membership Rewards® Points
  • Spend $60 or more, get $20 back
  • Spend $100 or more, get $20 back. Up to 3x
  • Spend $100+, get 2,000 Membership Rewards Points. Up to 3x

Check here to see if offer has come back.

Hopefully you can get the $30 deal and then hit one of the AmEx offers when they come around again, Here is the fine print:

Minimum purchase of $50 required to redeem.  May not be applied toward tax, shipping or a prior purchase. May not be combined with any other offer or promotion. Must be 21 years of age or older to purchase and receive alcohol.  This promotion is non-transferable, has no cash value and may not be redeemed for cash.  One-time use only. Any portion of the $30 not redeemed on first use will be forfeited. May only be used at  For product returns, only the amount paid in excess of $30, excluding shipping, will be eligible for store credit or refund. All orders are reviewed, accepted and fulfilled by licensed retail entities in the industry. Void where prohibited by law.

Cat 4 Hyatt: Chicago Athletic Association Review


I am so buried in points and free nights now, that I almost let one expire! I had a cat 1-4 night cert that was to expire on Sunday! Lollapalooza is in town 01 to 04 August, and I thought it would be a moonshot to book a hotel right across the festival for some staycation people watching.

They wanted $382 a night for a tiny hotel room, but oddly it was only a category 4 hotel at 15,000 points a night. I get one of these free nights every year with my Legacy Chase Hyatt card (which I refuse to upgrade to World of Hyatt):

My annual fee is not waived since I got it before the MLA, but even for the $75 annual fee, this cards is still an excellent deal:

Since my wife is under 5/24 I am seriously considering closing the Legacy Hyatt and opening a World of Hyatt this card after her CSR application. This free night (and a second one for $15k spend) has the potential of being worth more than the $300 travel credit from a converted Chase Freedom card. Please see the links below if you are under 5/24, the annual $95 will be waived for military:

I booked online and called in to add a guest name. They reminded me on the phone that I needed to show my face some time during my stay if my wife was to check in first, or I would be charged the $382 room rate. This is to prevent third party bookings. My wife braved the crowds before me and checked in without an issue. Since I booked with a free night cert, and have Discoerist status with the Chase Hyatt card, I was not on the hook for the $25 destination fee:

Otherwise my $25 would be pre spent on these things:

In general the concept of resort fees is bogus, but that seems to be the way things are going until the FTC shuts down such disingenuous pricing practices. However I was motivated to hit everything up on the above list. You also have to ask about it at the front desk to be given a little card with all the amenities listed. I did take advantage of cutting the line to get coveted Saturday morning brunch at Cindy’s:

Hotel guests get a separate elevator entrance for Cindy’s
Rooftop seating at Cindy’s

The game room was a fun place to drink the glasses of complementary ($25 resort fee waived) champaign while playing chess:

The room was alright, but not for $385:

Overall our room was tiny with a Ace Hotel Hipster feel to them. Multiple pieces such as a pommel horse are used for furniture. The common spaces are pretty cool with the cherry circle room feeling right out of a set from Mad Men:

The gaming room is awesome with every form of old school entertainment you would find in a pub:

The bar of the game room brought me back to The Shining:

They even have bocce ball:

The lobby has actual working fireplaces:

Overall the stay has been excellent, and the people watching hilarious. If you got these certificates to burn then by all means consider the CAA! The waiver of the $25 resort fee was icing on the cake.