Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts: Don’t Lose Your FSA Money

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Updated for 2022. Here’s a year-end reminder to get back all the money sent into Healthcare Flexible Spending Accounts (HC FSA) due to their “use it or lose it” structure (see possible extensions below). The maximum salary deduction limit is $2,850 for 2022. You choose your deduction amount during Open Enrollment season, but it can also be adjusted during “qualifying life events” like the birth of a child, marriage, or divorce.

Quick ideas. If you didn’t exhaust your funds with insurance copays or deductibles, here are eligible items that you can still buy over-the-counter without a prescription. Just order things online and then submit the receipt. Amazon even has a special FSA-eligible page that accept FSA/HSA debit cards, complete with an “under $25” and “little-known eligible items” section. Use this time to stock your hurricane/earthquake/snowstorm emergency kits.

(You may need to view this page on the website to see all the Amazon links.)

The 2020 CARES Act added the following categories for 2021 and beyond:

When getting a receipt, make sure it clearly includes the following:

  • Date of service or purchase
  • Name or description of the item
  • Amount of purchase

Deadline extensions. Employers have the option of adding one of the following:

  • Some plans allow a grace period until March 15th of the following year as opposed to a December 31st deadline to use your funds, but it may only apply to claims and not late purchases. Check with your employer on if they opted-in to these extensions.
  • Some plans allow participants to carry over up to $500 in unused FSA funds into next year. Check with your employer.

Big, exhaustive lists. Some of these are searchable by keyword as well.

But remember, your FSA administrator has the final say as to the exact guidelines for reimbursement according to your plan. I learned this the hard way when our FSA administrator switched one year from in-house to Conexis (now since acquired by WageWorks). Wow, Conexis was a pain. I had to submit some claims three times before finally getting approved. If you count the time wasted, I probably lost money by participating in the FSA at all. The skeptic in me suspects that this bureaucratic nightmare is part of their business model. (Remember mail-in rebates?) Guess who gets to keep unreimbursed FSA funds? The employer, which can then use the money to pay for… the FSA administrator.

Got a Health Savings Account (HSA) and think you are ineligible for an FSA? Look for a “limited-purpose FSA” option that is restricted to dental and vision care services. These have the same max annual salary deduction.

Also see: The Best Health Savings Accounts (HSA) Providers: Fidelity and Lively/Schwab

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Equifax Data Breach Settlement Payouts Being Sent (Check Your Junk Folder) + Ongoing Benefits Reminder

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Update December 2022: You may not even remember that you filed a cash claim in the 2017 Equifax Data Breach Settlement, but the payments are finally being sent out. I nearly deleted the email as it ended up in my Junk Folder.

The settlement administrator has begun sending out payments for out-of-pocket losses, time spent claims, and other cash benefits. You will get your payment in the method you chose—by check, prepaid card, or PayPal payment.

Legitimate emails about the settlement will come from Equifax Breach Settlement Administrator (info@equifaxbreachsettlement.com).

Despite the information from that link quoted above, mine was from “Equifax Breach Settlement” and the email “EquifaxDataBreachSettlement@hawkmarketplace.com”. I also could not open the redemption link in my Chrome browser. It’s almost like someone doesn’t want you to claim the money… I got $21.06 via prepaid card and promptly used it to reload my Amazon gift card balance.

In addition, here is my previous post about the other ongoing benefits from the settlement:

Although the deadline to file a claim for the huge 2017 Equifax Data Breach Settlement has now passed, here is a quick reminder that there are still ongoing benefits available, including the ability to get a free credit report every other month:

Six (6) free Equifax credit reports per year. All U.S. consumers can now get 6 free credit reports per year through 2026 by visiting the Equifax website or by calling 1-866-349-5191. This is in addition to the one free Equifax report (plus your Experian and TransUnion reports) you can get every rolling 12 months at AnnualCreditReport.com.

Free identity restoration services. For at least seven years, you can get free identity restoration services. If you discover misuse of your personal information, call the settlement administrator at 1-833-759-2982. You will be given instructions for how to access free identity restoration services.

Reimbursement for identity theft expenses. You can still file a claim for any expenses you incur between January 23, 2020, and January 22, 2024, as a result of identity theft or fraud related to the breach, such as:

  • Losses from unauthorized charges to your accounts
  • Fees you paid to professionals, like accountants or attorneys, to help you recover from identity theft
  • Other expenses you incurred while recovering from identity theft, like notary fees, document shipping fees, postage, mileage, and phone charges.
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Current Fintech App Review: $50 Bonus, 4.00% APY on $6k (Direct Deposit Now Required)

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Update 12/21/22: Current has announced that “soon” they will only pay 4.00% APY on their Savings pods if you maintain a direct deposit of $200+ every 35 days. New customers can also get a $50 bonus. This direct deposit requirement aligns somewhat with other fintech apps (Chime will give you $100 if you set up a direct deposit), but it is definitely more hassle than before.

Original post:

Current is part of the new wave of fintech apps that partner with a traditional bank. In this case, banking services are provided by Choice Financial Group, member FDIC. Current reminds me a lot of the Chime app, with its quick sign-up process, modern smartphone app, and user-friendly feature set targeting the young and underbanked (average customer age for both is 27 years old).

Everyone now gets (no monthly fee):

  • No minimum balance. No minimum opening deposit.
  • No credit check. No Chexsystems check.
  • No overdraft fees.
  • Fee-free ATM withdrawals within the 40,000+ Allpoint ATM network.
  • Access to paycheck up to 2 days early.
  • Gas station authorization holds immediately released.
  • On top of no overdraft fees, also get up to $100 in fee-free overdraft coverage.
  • 3 Savings Pods (earn 4% APY on up to $6,000 total).

4% APY details. Current offers 4% APY on their “Savings Pods”, which is definitely a differentiator if they keep it up. A “savings pod” is like a sub-account where you can set aside money for a specific goal like “rainy day”, “travel”, etc. Interest is paid out daily. There are no restrictions on transferring money in and out of a “savings pod”.

You can create 3 savings pods with up to $2,000 earning interest per pod, for a total of up to $6,000 earning 4% APY. That works out to $240 a year, or $20 a month in interest.

Current says that this is not meant as a temporary rate (via Techcrunch):

“We’re not approaching this as a promotional rate,” explains Current VP of Product, Josh Stephens. “We’re approaching it as something that’s available for all for the foreseeable future…I think, certainly, you see promotional rates from other folks out there with a lot of bells and whistles attached to it. But this is something that’s available for anyone, with no balance minimum, no fees,” he says.

(Mark the date, 1/13/22 and let’s see how long it lasts.)

(Update December 2022, Current added a direct deposit requirement of $200+ per month to get the 4% APY on savings pods.)

New user bonuses.

  • $50 bonus when you open an account and make a single direct deposit of $200+ within the first 45 days after opening.

Existing user bonuses.

  • If you are an existing customer, try going into your profile and enter the following Current Codes: Beast, BeastBank, and BeastHunt. Youtuber MrBeast should send you $1 for each code ($3 total)
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Wings Financial Credit Union: $200 Checking + $200 Certificate + $50 Refer-a-Friend Bonus

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Wings Financial Credit Union has multiple new member promotions and products that may add up to make joining worthwhile. There is even an option without a direct deposit requirement. Please note that each has its own separate set of requirements. Here are their official membership requirements, but anyone can join Wings Financial via partner organization (Wings Financial Foundation). I just applied, and they paid the $5 membership fee for that partner organization on my behalf. I did experience a hard credit check, which is (unfortunately) is common amongst credit unions.

$200 Checking Bonus

  • Join Wings and open a new checking account (High-yield or First Class) by 12/31/2022 using promo code YEARENDBONUS.
  • Within 60 days, establish a recurring direct deposit of $600 or more to your new checking account; OR maintain an average daily balance of at least $2,000 in your account.
  • Enroll in eDocuments. You must do this manually, and they will send you an e-mail confirmation afterward.
  • Make five debit transactions of $25 or more each on your Wings Visa Debit Card.

$100/$200 Certificate Bonus

  • Complete all checking requirements and open a Wings certificate account with a term of at least 12 months by December 31, 2022.
  • $100 Bonus: Deposit $10,000–24,999.99 into a certificate account with a term of 12+ months.
  • $200 Bonus: Deposit $25,000+ into a certificate account with a term of 12+ months.
  • Currently, they are offering competitive rates on their 14-month certificate at 4.06% APY and a 18-month certificate at 4.58% APY, which would stack well with this bonus.

$50 Refer-a-Friend Checking bonus

  • Register your information at member’s referral link (that’s mine). I have already registered on my end. This form is completely independent of the $200 bonus above and does not require a promo code, so I believe they should be stackable.
  • Become a Wings Financial member and open a Share Savings Account (minimum balance of $5.00 required)
  • Open a new checking account (High-yield or First Class)
  • Enroll in eDocuments. You must do this manually, and they will send you an e-mail confirmation afterward.
  • Complete one (1) direct deposit* of $300 or more into new checking account OR complete five (5) debit card transactions of $5+ each
  • Both referring and referred parties will receive a $50 Visa Reward card upon completion.

“Rewards” checking account. Both checking options have no minimum balance requirement and no monthly fee. The High-Yield Checking is a “rewards” checking account that currently pays 3.04% APY on balances up to $25,000 if you (1) are enrolled in eDocuments, (2) have ACH direct deposit(s) totaling over $300 in the 34 calendar days preceding the last day of the month, and (3) have 15 net PIN or signature point-of-sale debit card transactions over $5 in the 34 calendar days preceding the last business day of the month. The net is calculated by counting the number of PIN and signature point-of-sale debit purchase transactions over $5 and subtracting any PIN or signature point-of-sale debit return transactions processed during that period.

Credit card with 0% balance transfers. Their credit card line-up also offers the possibility of 0% introductory APR on purchases and balance transfers for 12 months, subject to credit approval. Plus, no balance transfer fees.

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CIT Bank Review: 11-Month No Penalty CD 4.10% APY, Savings Connect 4.05% APY, 18-Month 4.60% APY

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Rates went up again. No-Penalty CD up to 4.10% APY if you want to ratchet up. CIT Bank (not to be confused with Citi Bank) is an online-only bank with a multi-year history of competitive rates. They have a checking account, but their specialty is a variety of savings and CD products with high interest rates. Here are the highlights:

  • 11-Month No-Penalty CD at 4.10% APY with $1,000 minimum to open. The 11-month CD keeps a fixed rate, but has no withdrawal penalty seven days or later after funds have been received. This means that your interest rate will never go down, but you can still move out if interest rates go up. (If you have an existing No Penalty CD that you want to close and open up a new one, please see my instructions below.)
  • Savings Connect Account at 4.05% APY if you open with $100. No minimum balance and no monthly fees. There is no longer a requirement to “connect” this to a checking account, so if you have any other savings accounts at CIT, you should move the funds over to this account.
  • 18-month Term CD at 4.60% APY, 13-month Term CD at 4.65% APY.

Check out my rate chaser calculator to see if it makes sense for you to move money over.

New customer? Opening process overview. Here’s my review of the opening process if you are a new customer.

  • The application process was completely online. You provide the usual personal information.
  • You must submit to a credit check, but in my experience it was a “soft” pull which did not harm my credit. None of my various credit monitoring services showed it was a hard pull.
  • You may fund via (1) electronic ACH transfer, (2) wire transfer, (3) mobile check deposit via CIT Bank mobile app (iOS and Android), and (4) mailing in a paper check. There was no option for credit card funding. I picked online ACH funding and you need to provide routing and account numbers, followed by manual verification via micro-deposits after a day or two. There was no instant linking option via login information.

After deposit verification, then your funding will go through.

You have successfully verified your external account. Please allow up to 5 business days for your funds to appear in your CIT Bank account.
No further action is required for this account. Thank you!

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Existing savings or money market customer? Check your rate. If you already have an existing High Yield Savings account, it may remain at a lower interest rate than this money market account. If so, take a minute and upgrade yourself to the better interest rate. Click on “Open an Account” here, then “I have a CIT Bank account”, and then login with your username/password. You can do everything online and even fund your new Money Market account with an instant transfer from your existing Premier High Yield Savings. I wish I didn’t have to do this, but at least it literally only took a minute to complete.

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How to transfer your money from an existing No Penalty CD into an new, higher-rate No Penalty CD (or any other new account). You have the option of moving the funds (with no penalty of course) over to a new CD with a new 11-month holding period if the current rate is higher than your existing rate. Here’s the easiest way to do so:

  • Start a new online application for the 11-Month No-Penalty CD. Click on “Get Started” and sign-in as an existing CIT customer.
  • After signing in, go through the opening process but look for “Existing CIT Bank Account” under “Funding Source”. You should see a list of your existing accounts, including any No Penalty CDs. (Screenshot below.)
  • Note that online, your only option will be to have the entire CD balance (including accrued interest) moved over into the new CD. If you want a different amount, you’ll have to call CIT Bank customer service at 855-462-2652, open M-F 8a-9p ET, Sat 9a-5p ET, Sun 11a-4p ET. Press “0” for operator. Tell them you opened up a new No Penalty CD and you wish to fund it by closing out your old No Penalty CD.
  • That’s it. The online option says it will take 2-3 business days to complete. Your new accounts will show up online.

User interface. While the front-facing website is pretty slick, after you login the backend is run by Fidelity National Information Services (subdomain ibanking-services.com). This is a popular backend software system used by many smaller banks who don’t want to create their own software from scratch. It is better than before, but remains more functional than flashy. Similar story with the iOS/Android app.

Bottom line. CIT Bank is a lean bank offering targeted products for folks looking to get higher interest rates on their cash balances. They don’t do physical bank branches or fancy apps. However, I have been pleasantly satisfied with their customer service on my accounts with them. Their most compelling products are their Savings Connect accounts, 11-month No Penalty CD, and often they have a competitive rate on at least one of their Term CDs. The No Penalty CD is unique in that you are always able to move out to a higher rate, even within CIT bank itself, all while maintaining a floor if rates drop (yes, it is still possible for rates to drop!).

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(More) Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests via US Postal Service

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You can now order a (fourth?) round of at-home COVID tests, this time 4 tests per household. Order your free at-home COVID tests at the US Postal Service website. Shipping is free.

You can’t choose the brand; I received the iHealth brand the first time and SD Biosensor (Roche) the second time. If you have health insurance through an employer or Marketplace, they are also required to pay you back for 8 at-home tests per month per person on your plan. My experience was that it’s best just to stroll into CVS or Walgreens, hand them your insurance card, and let them figure it out so that you can walk out the door with the tests and zero out-of-pocket cost. I always try to avoid asking for reimbursement whenever possible, it’s like dealing with those old mail-in rebates!

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Top 10 Best Small Business Credit Card Bonus Offers – January 2023

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Updated January 2023. Do you have small business income or work as an independent contractor? Freelance, Uber/Lyft, Amazon, eBay, Etsy, Airbnb? A small business credit card separates your personal and business expenses and can build up your business credit profile. If you are not a corporation or LLC, you can apply as a sole proprietorship, with your name as the business name and your Social Security number as the Tax ID number. These are the top 10 credit card offers that I would personally apply for right now (or have already). Recent changes:

  • Added Ink Cash 90k w/ No AF, Ink Unlimited 90k, Barc AA 80k+$95, Hawaiian 90k, JetBlue 80k+$99, Citi AA 65k.
  • Removed Hilton 130k+FreeNight, United 150k, Alaska 70k, Marriott 125k, Delta 75k

This is a companion post to my Top 10 Best Credit Card Bonus Offers for personal cards. Notice that small business bonuses are on average even higher than those on consumer cards.

Chase Ink Business Unlimited Card

  • $900 bonus cash back (highest ever) (90,000 Ultimate Rewards points) after $6,000 in purchases in the first 3 months. See link for details.
  • Flat 1.5% cash back on all purchases with no limit.
  • No annual fee.
  • Subject to 5/24 rule.*

Chase Ink Business Cash Card

  • $900 bonus cash back (highest ever) (90,000 Ultimate Rewards points) after $6,000 in purchases in the first 3 months. See link for details.
  • 5% cash back on the first $25,000 spent in combined purchases at office supply stores and on cellular phone, landline, internet and cable TV services each account anniversary year.
  • No annual fee.
  • Subject to 5/24 rule.*

Chase Ink Business Preferred Card

  • 100,000 Ultimate Rewards points (worth $1,000 straight cash back or $1,250 toward travel when redeemed through Chase Ultimate Rewards®) after $15,000 in purchases in the first 3 months. See link for details.
  • 3X points on the first $150,000 spent on travel, shipping purchases, internet/cable/phone services, and advertising purchases with social media sites and search engines.
  • Primary rental car coverage when renting for business purposes.
  • $95 annual fee.
  • Subject to 5/24 rule.*

United Explorer Business Card

  • 75,000 bonus United miles after $5,000 in purchases in the first 3 months. See link for details.
  • Free first checked bag for both you and a companion (a savings of up to $140 per roundtrip).
  • Expanded award availability. Having this card makes it easier to redeem for that saver award economy ticket.
  • 5,000-mile “better together” bonus each anniversary when you have both the United(SM) Business Card and personal Chase United credit card.
  • Primary rental car coverage when renting for business purposes.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $99.
  • Subject to 5/24 rule.*

Business Platinum® Card from American Express

  • 120,000 Membership Rewards points after $15,000 on eligible purchases in the first 3 months.
  • HUGE list of additional perks including $400 Dell, $360 Indeed, $150 Adobe, $120 wireless phone annual credits, $200 annual airline fee credit, $189 CLEAR credit, Centurion airport lounge access, and more. See link for details.
  • $695 annual fee.

Hawaiian Airlines Business MasterCard

  • Up to 90,000 Hawaiian miles. 50,000 miles after $2,000 in purchases in the first 90 days. +40,000 miles after $8,000 in purchases within the first 12 months. Limited-time offer. See link for details.
  • Receive a one-time 50% off companion discount for roundtrip coach travel between Hawaii and The Mainland on Hawaiian Airlines.
  • $99 annual fee.

Barclays AAdvantage Aviator Business Card

  • 80,000 American Airlines miles + $95. 80,000 miles and a $95 statement credit after $2,000 on purchases in the first 90 days. See link for details.
  • First checked bag free on domestic AA flights for you and up to 4 companions ($60 value per roundtrip, per person).
  • $95 annual fee.

CitiBusiness / AAdvantage Platinum Select Mastercard

  • 65,000 American Airlines miles after $4,000 in purchases in first the 4 months. See link for details.
  • First checked bag free on domestic AA flights for you and up to 4 companions ($60 value per roundtrip, per person).
  • $0 annual fee for the first year, then $99.

World of Hyatt Business Card

  • 60,000 Hyatt points after $5,000 in purchases in the first 3 months. See link for details and rough valuation of points.
  • Up to $100 in Hyatt statement credits – spend $50 or more at any Hyatt property and earn $50 statement credits up to two times each anniversary year.
  • $199 annual fee.
  • Subject to 5/24 rule.

Bank of America Business Advantage Cash Rewards Card

  • $500 statement credit after $5,000 in purchases in the first 90 days. See link for details.
  • 3% cash back on your choice of six categories. 2% cash back on dining and unlimited 1% cash back on all other purchases. The 3% and 2% cash back applies to the first $50,000 in combined category/dining purchases each calendar year, 1% thereafter.
  • No annual fee.

US Bank Business Leverage Card

  • 75,000 bonus points after $7,500 in purchases (on the Account Owner’s Card only) in first the 4 months. 75,000 bonus points can be redeemed for $750 in cash back. See link for details.
  • Availability may be restricted to certain states.
  • $0 annual fee for the first year, then $95.

Capital One Spark Cash Plus Business Card

  • Up to $1,000 cash bonus. $500 once you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months, and $500 once you spend $50,000 in the first 6 months of account opening. See link for details.
  • Unlimited 2% cash back on all purchases with no limit.
  • $150 annual fee.

Capital One® Spark® Miles for Business Card

  • 50,000 miles (worth a $500 statement credit) after $4,500 in purchases in the first 3 months. See link for details.
  • Flat 2X points per dollar spent on all purchases with no limit.
  • $0 annual fee for the first year, then $95.

JetBlue Business Card

  • 80,000 bonus TrueBlue points + $99 statement credit after $2,000 in purchases within 90 days. See link for details.
  • First checked bag free for the primary cardmember and up to 3 companions when tickets are purchased with your JetBlue Plus Card.
  • $99 annual fee.

Alaska Airlines Visa Business Card (Bank of America)

  • 40,000 Alaska miles + Companion Fare Voucher after $2,000 in purchase within 90 days. See link for details.
  • Companion fare voucher is “Buy one ticket, get one for $121” ($99 fare plus taxes and fees from just $22).
  • Free checked bag on Alaska flights for you and up to six other passengers on the same reservation (worth $60 roundtrip per person).
  • $50 annual fee for company, plus $25 per card.

The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card

  • 130,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points after $5,000 in purchases in first 3 months. See link for details.
  • Earn a Free Night Reward after you spend $15,000 on purchases in a calendar year.
  • $95 annual fee.

* Note: Certain Chase cards have a “5/24 rule” which is an unofficial rule that they will automatically deny approval on new credit cards if you have 5 or more new credit cards on your credit report within the past 2 years. This rule applies on a per-person basis, so if you are new, you might want to start with those Chase cards.

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Plynk Investing App: $110 in New User Bonuses ($100 for Existing Users)

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Plynk is a stock and crypto brokerage app that targets beginner investors. Right now, new users can earn up to $110 in bonuses: a $10 sign-up bonus and a $100 deposit match bonus. Existing users are still eligible for the $100 deposit match bonus (they had a different sign-up bonus recently, so check your app).

$10 sign-up bonus details. From the fine print:

To be eligible for the $10 Sign-Up Bonus, you must be a new Plynk customer and (i) download the Plynk app, (ii) sign up, and (iii) link an eligible bank account. Plynk will deposit $10 USD into your Plynk account within 30 days of your satisfying these conditions and Plynk accepting your account. Whether a qualifying customer is eligible for the $10 Sign-Up Bonus is a determination made in the sole discretion of Plynk.

$100 deposit match details.

The Deposit Match program (the “Deposit Match”) is effective November 17, 2022 through January 25, 2023 (“Offer Date”) for qualifying brokerage customers. Plynk will match up to $100 of your “Net Deposits” to your brokerage account completed between November 17, 2022 and January 25, 2023. The Deposit Match requires a total minimum Net Deposit in your brokerage account of at least $25 during the Offer Date. For purposes of this offer, “Net Deposit” shall mean total cash transfers from an external source minus assets withdrawn or transferred out your brokerage account during the Offer Date. Net Deposits totaling less than $25 and the end of this promotion are not eligible for the Deposit Match.

How it Works: To be eligible for the Deposit Match, new customers must (i) download the Plynk app, (ii) sign up, (iii) link an eligible bank account, and (iv) make a minimum Net Deposit of at least $25 during the Offer Date. Qualified existing brokerage customers are also eligible for the Deposit Match program if you have (i) downloaded the Plynk app, (ii) signed up, (iii) linked an eligible bank account, and (iv) made a Net Deposit of at least $25 during the Offer Date.

Plynk will match your Net Deposits at 3 periods during the Offer Date (“Payout Dates”). The first Payout Date will be within 15 days of December 8, 2022, the second Payout Date will be within 15 days of January 5, 2023 and the third Payout Date will be within 15 days of January 25, 2023. The maximum Deposit Match available through all Payout Dates is $100. If your Net Deposits are less than $100 to your brokerage account during each Payout Date, Plynk will match up to the amount deposited. Deposits received in connection with the $10 Sign-Up Bonus and those made use Plynk’s recurring investment function do not qualify as Net Deposits for the Deposit Match program. Whether a qualifying customer is eligible for the Deposit Match is a determination made at Plynk’s sole discretion.

Note that Plynk plans on charging a $2 monthly fee, but apparently they are waiving it for an undetermined amount of time. From their fee schedule:

Monthly app fee: $2. At our discretion, DBS will temporarily waive this monthly fee, in the form of a free trial or otherwise, and will provide notice upon reinstatement of this monthly fee or general changes to our fees. This monthly fee is currently waived for all customers.

An easy decision to deposit $100 and get $100. This app appears to be a quiet spin-off or separate subsidiary of Fidelity Investments. Seems like they are experimenting to see what works with beginner investors, as Plynk offers lots of educational aspects and encourages you to invest as little as $1 at a time.

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Barclays AAdvantage Aviator Red Mastercard Review: 60,000 AA Miles w/ Single Purchase + 1st Annual Fee Waived

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The Barclays AAdvantage Aviator Red Mastercard is a co-branded American Airlines credit card from Barclays. (Citi also offers their own set of co-branded AA cards). This offer has been improved by removing the $99 annual fee for the first year, and has previously been notable because the bonus can be triggered by a single purchase of any amount (no spending hurdle). Various perks for AA fliers are also included. Here are the card highlights:

  • 60,000 bonus miles after making your first purchase (of any amount) in the first 90 days. Please allow 4-6 weeks for bonus AAdvantage® miles to be deposited into your AAdvantage® Account after the qualifying purchase(s) have posted to your Card Account.
  • First checked bag free on domestic American Airlines itineraries for the primary cardmember and up to 4 companions traveling with you on the same reservation.
  • Preferred boarding (Group 5) for the primary cardmember and up to 4 companions on the same reservation for all American Airlines operated flights.
  • Up to $25 back in inflight Wi-Fi statement credits every anniversary year on American Airlines operated flights.2
  • Anniversary Companion Certificate each anniversary year; earn a Companion Certificate good for 1 guest at $99 (plus taxes and fees) if you spend $20,000 on purchases and your account remains open for 45 days after your anniversary date.
  • 2X AAdvantage® miles for every $1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchases.
  • 1X AAdvantage® miles for every $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees
  • $0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $99.

Anniversary Companion Certificate details. From the fine print:

At each card anniversary, you will be eligible to earn 1 domestic economy fare companion certificate redeemable for 1 companion ticket at $99 (plus taxes and fees) if you spend $20,000 or more on eligible Net Purchases with your Card Account that have a transaction date within your cardmembership year (each 12-month period through and including your Card Account anniversary month) and your Card Account remains open for at least 45 days after your anniversary date. After the companion certificate is earned, please allow 1-2 weeks for it to be deposited to the primary cardmember’s AAdvantage® account.

When the companion certificate is used according to its terms, you will pay a $99 companion ticket fee plus government taxes and fees, the amount of which will depend on the itinerary (as of the date of these Card Account Reward Rules government taxes and fees range between $21.60 and $43.20), for a round-trip qualifying domestic economy fare ticket for a companion when an individual round-trip qualifying domestic economy fare ticket is purchased and redeemed through American Airlines Meeting Services. Companion certificate eligible travel must be booked and purchased from select economy inventory. The Companion certificate will be valid one year from the issue date. Companion certificate eligible travel is defined as travel on flights within the 48 contiguous United States, on flights marketed and operated by American Airlines, or on flights marketed by American Airlines and operated by Envoy Air Inc., Republic Airline Inc., SkyWest Airlines, Inc., Mesa Airlines, Inc., PSA Airlines, Inc., or Piedmont Airlines, Inc. This is not available for travel on codeshare flights booked with an American Airlines flight number but operated by another airline. For residents of Alaska and Hawaii, companion certificate eligible travel is defined as round-trip travel originating in either of those two states and continuing to the 48 contiguous United States. Applicable terms and conditions are subject to change without notice. Details, terms and conditions, certain restrictions, and restricted dates apply and will be disclosed on the companion certificate.

Additional bonus details. Note the following language if you have had this card previously. However, I have been able to get a new Barclays card in the past, as long as my old account was closed for at least roughly a year.

You will earn 60,000 bonus AAdvantage® miles after a Net Purchase is made within the first 90 days of your Card Account open date. The bonus will be reflected on the billing statement after you have qualified to earn the bonus. Please allow 4-6 weeks for bonus AAdvantage® miles to be deposited into your AAdvantage® Account after the qualifying purchase(s) have posted to your Card Account. This offer may be canceled at any time without notice.

From time to time, we may offer bonuses of AAdvantage® miles or other incentives to new American Airlines AAdvantage® Aviator® Red Mastercard cardmembers in connection with an application for a new card account. These bonuses and/or incentives are intended for applicants who are not and have not previously been American Airlines AAdvantage® Aviator® Red Mastercard cardmembers. You understand and agree that you may no longer be eligible for any bonuses and/or incentives in connection with a new American Airlines AAdvantage® Aviator® Red Mastercard account after this Card Account is opened. If you receive a bonus or incentive for which you are not eligible due to your status as a current or former American Airlines AAdvantage® Aviator® Red Mastercard cardmember, we may revoke the bonus or incentive, or reduce your AAdvantage® miles by the amount of the bonus or incentive, or charge your Card Account for the fair value of the bonus or incentive, in our sole discretion.

Bottom line. The Barclays AAdvantage Aviator Red Mastercard is a co-branded American Airlines credit card that offers a relatively simple and straightforward sign-up bonus and handy American Airlines perks like a free checked bag for you and up to 4 travel companions. The $99 companion certificate also has potential value, but you’ll have to spend $20,000 on the card within a year (and then wait for your next card anniversary and thus pay the $99 annual fee) to get it.

I will be adding this limited-time offer to Top 10 Best Credit Card Bonus Offers.

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Buy $100 Apple Gift Card, Get $10 Target Gift Card Free (+ Best Buy/Google Play Version)

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New version of deals, expires 12/17. Get a $10 Target GiftCard with $100 Apple gift card purchase. A simple deal if you plan to buy any Apple products/services in the near future (and shop at Target). While supplies last. Offer available online only. Stack with the 5% back via Target REDCard. Expires December 17th.

Apple gift cards are now good for everything from Macbooks to iPhones to music to iCloud storage. The code just adds to the balance in your Apple account. (Apple products and their iTunes/iCloud services used to have separate gift cards.)

Android user? Similar deal also available at Best Buy: Get a $10 Best Buy e-Gift Card when you buy a $100 Google Play Gift Card..

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SkyOne FCU Savings / Checking $400 Bonus w/ Direct Deposit

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SkyOne Federal Credit Union has a $100 savings + $300 checking account promotion with qualifying direct deposits. New members only. There is also a separate $300 credit card bonus. Based in Hawthorne, California, membership is open nationwide through membership in a partner organization… and they’ll pay for your membership when you join:

We’re intensely dedicated to serving our members and their communities — and no, that’s not just a line. We’re serious about that passion. That’s why we partner with organizations and non-profits that reflect the values that our members care about.

Choose any one of the organizations we’re partnered with when opening an account with us and we’ll pay your membership dues for that organization.*

They even mention a simple $25 bonus with promo code JOIN, but I think you can only use one promo code. Hat tip to reader Mary and DoC. Offer expires 12/31/22.

$100 Savings Bonus highlights:

  • Must use promo code GIFT
  • Must maintain a $1,000 balance for 3 months.
  • Max APY is 0.05% APY.

$300 Checking Bonus highlights:

  • Must use promo code GIFT
  • Must establish direct deposit within 30 days of account opening, and receive a total of $1,000+ in qualifying direct deposits per statement cycle for six consecutive cycles into your new checking account during the qualification period.
  • Max APY is 0.05% APY.
  • Minimum balance of $2,500 or have monthly aggregate deposits of $1,000 or more to avoid $5 monthly fee.

Full fine print:

1 Get $100: Open an account online from December 9, 2022, to December 31, 2022, use promo code GIFT and deposit the minimum opening balance amount of $5 into a Primary Savings Account, and maintain a $1000 balance for 3 months. This offer is intended for new members only. You are not eligible for this offer if you are a current owner of a SkyOne savings account or if you have closed an account within the last 12 months. Savings Rate is 0.05% APY. APY=Annual Percentage Yield. Rates are effective as of the last dividend declaration date. The rate is variable and may change after the account is opened. A $500 balance is required to earn dividends. Dividends are posted and compounded monthly. Fees may reduce earnings. Please refer to the Fee Schedule and All in One Disclosure for complete details. All account terms and conditions apply.

2 Get $300: Open a new SkyOne Advantage checking account online from December 9, 2022, to December 31, 2022, using promo code GIFT. within 30 days of account opening establish direct deposit and receive a total of $1,000 or more in qualifying direct deposits per statement cycle for six consecutive cycles into your new checking account during the qualification period. A qualifying direct deposit is a direct deposit of your salary, pension, Social Security, or other regular monthly income, electronically deposited through the Automated Clearing House (ACH) network to this checking account. Transfers from one account to another, mobile deposits, or deposits made at a banking location or ATM do not qualify. Advantage Checking earns dividends of .05% APY if the balance requirement is met. APY=Annual Percentage Yield. Rates are effective as of the last dividend and declaration date. The rate is variable and may change after the account is opened. A $2,500 balance is required to earn dividends. Dividends are posted and compounded monthly. Fees may reduce earnings. Please refer to the Fee Schedule and All in One Disclosure for complete details. All account terms and conditions apply. This offer is intended for new checking accounts only. Offer is not available to existing SkyOne checking account holders or those whose accounts have been closed within the last 12 months.

Thinking about this one. I like to open accounts at credit unions that show a commitment to providing competitive products in multiple areas. In addition to the checking and savings promo, SkyOne is also offering a 22-month CD at 5% APY as well as a 15-month CD at 4.50% APY with some flexible withdrawal and add-on features. Too bad their 5-year certificate rates are not nearly as competitive.

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Robinhood IRA: 1% Bonus Match on Retirement Contributions

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I have to hand it to Robinhood, they are good at marketing. It took years, but Robinhood is finally offering Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) with the unique feature of giving you an extra 1% on every dollar you contribute, every year. Traditional and Roth IRAs are available. The 2022 IRA contribution limits are $6,000 ($7,000 if you are age 50+), which means a bonus of up to $60-$70 annually. Right now, you have to sign up on their waitlist, with actual rollout in January 2023. If you wait until then, you could do both your 2022 and 2023 contributions in early 2023.

Some important items after reading through their IRA Match FAQ:

  • Make sure you make your IRA contributions from a linked external bank account only up to the annual IRA contribution limits. Contributions from your Robinhood brokerage or spending accounts don’t earn the IRA Match. Rollovers don’t count either.
  • You must keep the funds that earned the match in the account for at least 5 years to avoid the possibility of a clawback fee when withdrawn.
  • IRA Match counts as interest income in your IRA and doesn’t count toward your annual IRA contribution limit.
  • Outgoing $100 ACAT transfer fee applies if you transfer to another broker later using Automated Customer Account Transfer Service. This fee is currently set at $100.

I’m a little conflicted about this. On the one hand, IRA contributions are so limited and precious, it would be nice to effectively put in a little extra and have it grow tax deferred for 20-30 years, even if it is only about $60 a year. On the other hand, IRAs have more paperwork requirements and I don’t know if I trust Robinhood’s barebones customer service to properly deal with my annual “Backdoor” IRA conversions and such.

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