Personal Finance News Round-Up: October 2023 Personal Finance News Round-Up: October 2023
Personal Finance News Round-Up: October 2023

Personal Finance News Round-Up: October 2023

Each month, the Money@30 YouTube channel rounds up the top personal finance, credit card, and travel news. Now, we here at Fioney are pleased to present these quick and to-the-point video digests with our readers. Dive into the October 2023 round-up video and go even deeper into the stories below.

Personal Finance News Round-Up: October 2023

Chase Announces Q4 5% Bonus Categories

On the heels of Discover revealing their fourth quarter bonus category picks, Chase has now announced their selection. From now through December, Chase Freedom and Freedom Flex customers can earn up to 5% back on purchases made using PayPal as well as on warehouse club purchases and donations to select charities.

Bilt Introduces Bilt Experiences and New Hotel Portal

Bilt has been busy over the past several months as it continually adds new features and tools. That trend continued last month as the platform not only introduced Bilt Experiences but also rolled out a new award hotel booking function. For the former, Bilt customers had a chance to snag last-minute NFL game tickets. Meanwhile, with the new search tool, users can find point redemption options for Hyatt and IHG.

Cardless Updates Simon American Express Card

The Simon American Express card may have only launched earlier this year but it’s already getting a revamp. Now, cardholders can earn 5% back on purchases at any store located at a Simon Center, Mall, Mills, or Premium Outlet. However, while that’s the good news, a couple of other tweaks — including a minimum transaction limit — are not as welcomed.

Varo Introduces New P2P Payment Feature

FinTech-turned-bank Varo is giving customers yet another way to send money to friends and family (following the addition of Zelle support last year). With Varo to Anyone, users can send cash just by using a person’s phone number or email while the recipients will need to a debit card in order to claim their funds.

Credit Bureaus Make Free Weekly Credit Reports Permanent

Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion will now continue to allow consumers to access their credit reports for free on a weekly basis. The decision follows multiple extensions to the pandemic-era program. Despite the updated timeframe, these reports can still be requested at

Delta Considers Changes Amid Backlash as Rivals Pounce

It’s fair to say that Delta’s recently announced Medallion Status updates were not well received by many fans. Now, it looks as though the airline could make some tweaks to their plans before they actually roll out. In the meantime, airlines such as Alaska and JetBlue are looking to lure disaffected Delta elites with special offers.


Kyle Burbank

Head Writer ~ Fioney
Kyle is the head writer for Fioney. He is a personal finance nerd, constantly looking for new apps and services to test and incorporate into his own financial game plan. In addition to his role at Fioney, he's written for other publications including Born2Invest, Lifehack, and Laughing Place, as well as his own site Money@30. He also creates personal finance and travel-related videos for Money@30's YouTube channel, which has garnered more than 2 million views. Currently, Kyle resides in Springfield, Missouri with his wife of 10 years. Together, they enjoy traveling (including visiting Disney Parks around the world), dining, and playing with their dog Rigby.

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2023 Small Business Credit Card Satisfaction Tops 2019 Highs

The latest small business credit card study from J.D. Power shows satisfaction continuing to rise. About the study and results: This week, J.D Power released its 2023 U.S. Small Business Credit Card Satisfaction Study, which includes responses from more than 3,400 small business credit card customers. In this case, the study looked at businesses with annual revenues between $10,000 and $10 million. First, it was discovered that overall satisfaction among...

Discover Announces 5% Bonus Categories for First Quarter of 2024

With 2024 sneaking up on us, Discover has announced its rotating 5% bonus categories for the first quarter of next year. About the Q1 2024 bonus categories: From January through March 2024, Discover It customers will be able to earn up to 5% back in two categories: restaurants and drugstores. According to the company, the Restaurants category includes full-service establishments, cafes, cafeterias, fast-food locations, and dining delivery services. For the...

Public App Adds Corporate and Treasury Bonds Feature

The FinTech trading app Public has announced new investment options for its members. About the features: Public is now rolling out the ability for customers to invest fractionally in corporate and Treasury bonds. This capability will be introduced on both the mobile and desktop interfaces for the service. According to Public, the addition comes as demand for fixed-income products increases. In addition to these bond types, the app will also...
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FedEx Announces Winners of 11th Annual 2023 Small Business Grant Contest

Nearly three months after the entry period ended, FedEx has announced the winners of its 11th annual Small Business Grant Content. This year's event saw more than $300,000 in funds going to a variety of small businesses across the nation. Last month, the company revealed 100 finalists, with that list now being narrowed down to just 10 winners. This year's grand prize winners included KindVR, The Cupcake Collection, Up In...
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Student Loan Benefit FinTech Summer Raises $6 Million

For years, student debt has been one of the most talked about financial topics. What's more, while the debt itself has become a major part of many Americans' lives, discussion of student loans has become political due to efforts to forgive certain loan repayments. However, while we wait for resolution on that front, a FinTech that brings student debt benefit solutions to employers and consumers has raised a new round...
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Imprint Launches Credit Cards from H-E-B and Central Market 

The FinTech Imprint is partnering with the popular Texas-based grocery chain H-E-B for a pair of new rewards credit cards. This week saw the launch of the H-E-B Visa Signature Credit Card as well as the Central Market Visa Signature Credit Card. With these two (nearly identical) options, customers will be able to earn rewards on groceries and beyond. First, both versions of the card earn up to 5% back on select...
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Health and Wellness Rewards Card Ness Partners with Whole30

In recent years, several unique rewards cards have come to market. These include offerings from FinTech startups as well as brands looking to do something special for their loyal fans. On that note, a recently-announced rewards credit card offering is now working with a popular brand to introduce new benefits for customers. This week, the Ness Card (which is issued by The Bank of Missouri) unveiled a new partnership with...
Choice Privileges Select Card

Choice Hotels, Wells Fargo Debut Choice Privileges Select Card

With spring well underway and the summer travel season now just around the corner, Choice Hotels and Wells Fargo have unveiled their latest co-branded credit card offering. Today, the two companies announced the Choice Privileges Select Mastercard. Carrying an annual fee of $95, this card will serve as the premium option in the hotel brand's new lineup. Looking at the Choice Privileges Select, it offers a mix of rewards categories....