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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 AnnualCreditReport.com.
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.