ATW: Hyatt Expansion, Application Denials, Amex Offers Are Still Great? & More!

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Roundup: Articles From Around the Web

Here are some posts from around the web that I thought you may find interesting.  Let me know if there is anything good I missed.  Email me anything awesome that you find, or write, at

You can see my previous editions here! 


This is good news for Hyatt fans out there.  It will be interesting to see how the details play out for status etc. This will give us options in areas, like Europe, where Hyatt is severely lacking.

Some TPM Sellers Who Liquidated GCs Receive GiftCard Mart Demand Letter – Travel with Grant

This is an interesting stance from GiftCard Mart and it is a little surprising they have the info of who sold TPM the cards.  I am not sure what to make of that. Don’t forget to check out Shawn’s follow up piece on the topic after getting a quote from the owner of GiftCard Mart.

The mid-year progress report I’ve been putting off writing for two months because I’m so lazy. – Windbag Miles

I think we have all been feeling the application squeeze.  I have cooled off my apps quite a bit after last year’s carnage filled app spree.  I have been more strategic with my applications and I have been focusing more on earning big spend bonuses with the World of Hyatt card and the Hilton Ascend card.  That makes me feel like I am not missing out so much on my non bonus spend.

Why Amex Offers Are Still Great Deals – Running with Miles

This is in response to the large devaluation that came around for Amex Offers last week. I agree with Charlie for the most part.  Having said that I think this change makes below average cards, like the Green charge card, a sure cancellation now when people may have paid the fee in the past because of Amex Offers.


Which article did you find most interesting?  Remember to let me know of anything you come across that you want added into the next edition at

Mark Ostermann
Mark Ostermann is a father, husband and miles/points fanatic. He left the corporate world after starting a family in order to be a stay at home dad. Mark is constantly looking at ways to save money and stay within budget while also taking awesome vacations with his family. When he isn't caring for his family or taking a weekend trip, Mark is working towards his goal of visiting every Major League Baseball ballpark.

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