My Confession, Last Chance for Bonuses, Airbnb Illegal, & Hilton Discounts (Bits ‘n Pieces for April 18, 2014)

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  1. Airbnb is NOT banned in Belgium. The local government of Flanders just reiterated that those renting out rooms that way have to follow the same rules as for instance B&B owners. These rules are however very ‘light’: for renters with two rooms or less – the majority I suspect – there’s just the need to register yourself with the government. Hardly a ‘ban’.

  2. @ Gary — When I try to apply for various DL AMEX cards, I see the following under the offer terms already “If we identify you as currently having an American Express® Card account, you may not be eligible for this welcome bonus offer. This offer is also not available to applicants who have or have had this product.” Does that mean the new “May 1 rule” is already in effect for these cards, or can I ignore this language?

  3. @Gene that’s been common for many months, it means you’re logged into an American Express account and they may try to exclude you from the bonus. Clear cookies or use a different browser to apply.

  4. @ Gary — No, this is AFTER clearing my cookies. It doesn’t say anything about being identified as a current cardmember. I am concerned about this part — “This offer is also not available to applicants who have or have had this product,” since I have probably had just about every one of their products at one time or another.

  5. Is the shampoo thing a reference to the endless supply of toiletries from hotel stays?

  6. @Gene – interesting. try a new broswer or a different offer? I haven’t replicated what you’re seeing, but I do see “Welcome bonus offer not available to applicants who have had this product within the last 12 months or any other Consumer Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card account within the last 90 days.”

  7. Good reminder about the Amex personal card change. Of course I went through my cancelled cards and of course the one I was going to get again soon was the Hilton HHonors Surpass but unfortunately it looks like I cancelled it last May 3rd…

    Oh well.

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