1. Two no-annual fee American Express credit cards have increased sign-up bonuses:

    Blue Business Plus: 50,000 Membership Rewards after $8,000 spend in three months
    Blue Business Cash: $500 after $8,000 spend in three months

    You may have to play browser bingo, incognito blackjack, device keno, VPN baccarat, search engine roulette, or wear a two-toed sloth mask to see the increased offer. (Thanks to pizza42bob)
  2. Do this now: Register for an extra bonus for the upcoming Avianca Lifemiles American Express card issued by Cardless. . If you register before card-launch and get the card when it launches, you’ll get 5,000 or 10,000 additional bonus Lifemiles after meeting the sign-up bonus, depending on which card you apply for.

    This is an exact replica of the Qatar Airways Visa waitlist from a couple of weeks ago, but perhaps interesting in a different way because it’s a third party American Express.
  3. Do this now: Register for Best Western’s Summer promotion for 2,000 bonus points per night on up to 50 nights. This is valid for stays through September 2, and booked by Sunday. You’ve got to rebook existing reservations to be eligible too, because Best Western technically hates its customers.
  4. Kroger stores have 4x fuel points on third party gift cards and fixed value Visa and Mastercard gift cards through May 14. I expect that Amazon gift cards are still excluded and will only earn 2x, but the terms aren’t available as of this writing.

    Pepper Rewards continues to keep most bulk gift card brand resale rates low, but fuel points rates have soared. I expect that to continue throughout this promotion too.
  5. In case you’re wondering what the travel outlook is like for Summer, the busiest sustained travel period of the year, the major low cost carriers (not to be confused with the ULCCs) are running Summer fare sales:

    Alaska, paid fares for for travel between May 21 and June 12 booked by tomorrow night
    Southwest, for travel between May 12 and November 20 booked by May 9
    JetBlue, for summer travel (dates unclear)

    The JetBlue sale in particular seems great on certain days; I’m seeing transcontinental Mint flights including flights in the new Mint cabin for about $600, and transcontinental economy fares at around $120.

A churner demonstrates the technique for pulling up heightened American Express offers.