Last week I mentioned the new-and-improved bonus offer for the travel rewards card I use every day, no matter where I am in the world. For a limited time, you can earn 50,000 Ultimate Rewards points instead of the usual 40,000.
Extra points are always great! Depending on how you use them, 10,000 points can be halfway to a plane ticket, or even two hotel nights.
But I almost forgot something: you can actually earn an additional 5,000 points just by adding an authorized user to your account. You can do this anytime in the first three months of having the card, and the points should automatically post up.
The authorized user has to make at least one purchase, but it can be for any amount. In the past I’ve added an authorized user to my accounts and taken the new card to the grocery store, where I bought a banana for 20 cents. Yes, that works.
Oh, and also—for a while, my cat had an American Express card issued in her name. I kept finding all these charges for toy mice and cat treats, so I finally canceled it. Just kidding … well, mostly.
So basically, if you’re getting the card, you might as well get 5,000 extra points while you’re at it. There’s no charge for doing so, and no downside as long as you keep it away from your cat or anyone else who might use it for a spending spree. Happy holidays!