As I blogged about a while back, a popular way to earn miles for free was to buy travelers checks fee free with your AMEX co-branded credit card and earn miles/points. Since this could be done once a week, that could translate to 50,000 miles a year, which is a nice chunk of mileage. Unfortunately, it all ended today. Apparently a memo was sent out no longer allowing the practice of purchasing them with AMEX co-branded CC’s, and it’s being strictly enforced. My brother tried to pick up his weekly checks earlier today in New York, and the agent confirmed what I feared.
Add that to the fact that the online offer isn’t valid anymore, and travelers checks no longer translate to free miles for us….
It was nice while it lasted, and I’m sure we’ll find some other loophole soon.