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Airport lounges, pricey tigers and other credit news to know

Taylor Tompkins

This week’s (un)lucky number is: $7,500

That’s how much Citi wants you to spend to get the revamped Prestige’s 75,000-point sign-up bonus. Nope, that’s not a typo, there’s not an extra zero. They really want you to spend SEVEN TIMES the average minimum spend for a sign-up bonus. You know what you can buy for $7,500? THREE TIGER CUBS. What I am trying to say is, that’s a lot of money. Weigh your options. Maybe consider if a free flight or a bonus hotel night is worth the years of tiger cub shenanigans and the thousands of dollars it will require to take care of them.


This week

These are the things to look forward to this week.

Get schooled: Time flies when you are sitting at home so you don’t burn to a crisp in what feels like the millionth consecutive summer day of 102-degree heat. A couple of states are already having their back-to-school tax-free weekendsCheck out our back-to-school guide to maximize your savings on the unnecessary glitter glue for your little ones or to stock up on those real nice pens you like for the office (not that I’ve ever done that).

Friends don’t let friends fly without airport lounges: So you bought your friend tickets for that girls trip you’ve always wanted to take for International Day of Friendship on Sunday. But now you’re elbowing your way to board yet are still at the end of the last group, and really second-guessing it. Take a breath and take a trip to the airport lounge — your credit cards may open the lounge door. It’s really worth it, we promise. Just maybe rethink staying in that Trump hotel.


What you might have missed last week.

Past word: Look, you shouldn’t have a notebook full of all your passwords anyway, but I know you do. Burn it. Shred it. You won’t need it anymore because fingerprints, voice recognition, iris scans and selfies are the new password. And those are much easier to remember.

Too much actually isn’t too much: It turns out, you can never be too old to get a credit card — technically. And your credit will also never be too bad for criminals. So at least that’s something, right?

Tangled in the web

Here are things from around the internet that the staff are reading.

I, frankly, am offended I wasn’t invited to the first-ever in-flight silent disco. –The Points Guy

Discover will let you know if someone is selling your Social Security number for $15 on the dark web. –Discover

Wells Fargo wants you to sign up for something ominously called the “Control Tower.” –Fortune

To extend the feeling that you’re being watched, Chase mined data about its Sapphire customers to “inspire new experiences.” –Chase

There’s no good way to make your chip card stop screaming at you when you check out, but you know, someone is trying. –Bloomberg


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Please share pictures of your Citi tiger cubs with us on Facebook. We’re begging for cuteness. (Yes, there’s an easy button for that as well.)

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