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Here’s what is going on in the world of points & miles.

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Capital One Pre-Announces the Venture X Card

The new Capital One Venture X Card will go live on November 9th.

The card comes with straightforward, uncomplicated travel perks that help cardholders both elevate and streamline their travel experience. At a competitive $395 annual fee, Venture X is a no brainer, since it offers:

  • Up to a $300 credit annually credit for bookings made on Capital One Travel

  • 10,000 bonus miles every account anniversary (equal to $100 towards travel)

  • Unlimited access to Capital One Lounges and also to 1,300+ Priority Pass lounges internationally

  • Up to $100 in statement credits for either TSA PreCheck or Global Entry


On top of all these great perks and more, new cardholders who sign up now can earn 100,000 bonus miles after spending $10,000 on purchases in the first 6 months, and for a limited time, cardholders can earn up to $200 in statement credits for vacation rental purchases like Airbnb and VRBO.

Updates To The Business Platinum Card® by American Express

Amex just made some updates to the Business Platinum. Here’s the high points, with more details in the article for the curious:
  • 120,000 point welcome offer after $15k spend
  • Annual Fee of $595 ($695 if application is received on or after 1/13/2022) increasing to $695 on 1/13/2022
  • Dell credit changed to be up to $400 ($200 each half of the year)
  • Wireless credit of up to $120 ($10 per month)
A few other credits, but these are what most people will find worthwhile.

New World of Hyatt Business Credit Card

Today’s a day full of announcements so here’s another one! There’s a new business card on the market for you to check out.
75k World of Hyatt points after $7,500 spend in 3 months
2X points on your top spend in 3 categories through the end of next year, 2X points on your top 2 categories after that

Capital One Updates to Transfer Partners

Capital One continues to improve on their transfer partners.
If you got in the points and miles game way back when, Capital One was often the joke – great marketing but not so great points. They’ve really been improving over the years and are really starting to compete as a major player.
While it still doesn’t make sense to go for Capital One points if you’re under 5/24, they’ve improved their transfer rates for most of their partners to 1:1.
Now, you can transfer 1:1 to the following partners:
  • Air France
  • Aeromexico
  • Air Canada
  • Asia Miles
  • Avianca LifeMiles
  • British Airways Avios
  • Emirates
  • Etihad Guest
  • Finnair Plus
  • Qantas
  • Singapore Airlines
  • TAP Miles&Go
  • Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
  • Wyndham Rewards

The Platinum Card® from American Express Updates

Big changes to the Amex Platinum card including an increased annual fee:

  • $200 Hotel Credit
  • $179 Clear Credit
  • $240 Digital Entertainment Credit ($20 per month, enrollment required)
  • $300 Equinox Credit ($25 per month, enrollment required)
  • $695 Annual Fee (Rates & Fees)

New Capital One Lounges, Transfer Partners, and Updated Transfer Ratios

That may not be so exciting, but here’s what is exciting. Capital One is adding 4 new transfer partners:

Turkish Airlines (2 Cap one becomes 1.5 Turkish miles)
British Airways (2:1.5)
TAP Air Portugal (1:1)
Choice Hotels (1:1)

1:1 is big news from Cap One, and they’re extending it to some other airline partners as well including:

Avianca LifeMiles
Cathay Pacific AsiaMiles
Etihad Guest
Wyndham Hotels

Elevated Offers on The Platinum Card from American Express

Dozens of readers in the Insider’s Facebook Group are reporting that they are seeing offers for 100k and 125k points on the Platinum Card from American Express after you spend $5,000 in the first 6 months. You also have the opportunity to earn 10x points on purchases at U.S. Gas Stations and U.S. Supermarkets on up to $15k in purchases in your first 6 months.

But there’s a twist, these offers aren’t exactly “public”.

Though they are about as well hidden as my 3 year old when we play hide and seek.

Here’s how to find one, should you be interested.

  1. Check CardMatch.  CardMatch is a tool that “matches” you with credit card offers that are specifically for you. (Ignore the non Amex offers for now)
  2. If you don’t see them on CardMatch, simply try searching for the offer a few times using different browsers and devices. Readers are reporting that they occasionally show different offers.

The 100k and 125k offers are far from guaranteed, but I would go so far as saying that you are likely to see them if you have never had this product before.

For those of you who recently got this card and are asking “now what?”, you should consider reading our full review of the Amex Platinum as well as our team piece on how each of us would spend 100,000 American Express Membership Rewards Points.

Three more things to know about the elevated Amex Platinum offers:

  1. Many people who are under 5/24 should consider these offers, but each situation is different. You might consider asking the 10xTravel Insiders Facebook Group for advice if you are not sure what to do.
  2. Amex generally does not match offers, so if you recently got the Platinum Card with a lower bonus you probably aren’t going to be matched to this one. It never hurts to ask (and please share any data points of success), but I have yet to see them honor this.
  3. The opportunity to earn 100k+ via CardMatch and incognito are pretty well known by now, so be very skeptical of any site that is actively promoting the 75k offer with no mention of this trick.


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