Hello from London! I attended an Athletics match this morning at the Olympic Stadium and then saw some Synchronized Swimming this afternoon at the Aquatics Center. Had a great time at both and will post an update later, however I wanted to post some breaking news first while on the run…

1) OFFER EXPIRED – The SPG Business Card will have an increased sign up bonus starting tomorrow (August 7th – Sept. 3rd) which will be 30k instead of 25k. You’ll receive 10,000 after your first purchase and an additional 20,000 when you spend $5,000 within the first 6 months. All other T&Cs remain the same including the first year fee free. As always, you can sign up for a business card even if you don’t own a business. See here for full details on the card and signing up for a business card.  Update 5:16pm EST – The Personal SPG card will also offer the enhanced 30k sign-up bonus from August 7th – 3rd with the same T&Cs.  Click here for further details or to apply or click here to find out why this has been one my favorite cards for the last ten years.

2) There are fares from New York to Israel pricing roundtrip at $337 including tax. I was able to still find availability (1:45pm EST) for dates in November, December, January, February, and even a few dates in March. Check out this link for availability or go directly to cheapoair.com Update – The deal is dead, price fixed to above $1000 for the booking.  However, El Al will be honoring all flights booked at the $337 rate.  See the comments section for further detail.

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ed August 6, 2012 - 12:14 pm

No, this is dead: when you finish payment it makes a BS error on the expiration date of the CC, but if you choose paypal instead, it says “sorry the price has changed to $1100+”

adam August 6, 2012 - 12:20 pm

Too bad, thanks Ed updated!

JW August 6, 2012 - 12:38 pm

So let’s say the deal wasn’t dead. How would I be able to add a stopover in Zurich through Orbitz or Travelocity?

adam August 6, 2012 - 1:04 pm

@jayson- can you get the fare class to price when you get to the final step Travelocity or orbitz?

dealswelike August 6, 2012 - 12:48 pm

Did you book a flight?!

adam August 10, 2012 - 6:58 am

@dealswelike – I see that you did, congrats!!!

JW August 6, 2012 - 5:02 pm

@adam, I was able to but I didn’t pull the trigger. Was waiting on the “let’s do it” from others when the deal died.

Exodus August 6, 2012 - 10:14 pm

Hi Adam, if I haven’t had a SPG AE before, can I apply for both the Personal and Business cards at the same time? Thanks.

adam August 7, 2012 - 4:58 am

@Exodus – yes you definitely can. If you don’t get automated approval and are asked why you want both cards, you can explain that the business card will be used only for business related purchases while the personal will be used all the time, allowing you to earn SPG points for all purchases.

Craig August 7, 2012 - 6:29 am

When I try to get the SPG 30K signup and I click to apply, this is what it says on amex site:

This offer is no longer available.
If you’d still like to apply for an American Express card, click here

Anyone else have this problem?

adam August 7, 2012 - 6:43 am

@Craig – I’m receiving the same, will let you know as soon as there is a fix.

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