Diners Club Updates

I just transferred 25,000 Diners Club Club Rewards points to British Airways, since they’re offering a 50% transfer bonus through the end of August. This let me top off for another international business class award, and will be paired with my last 60,000 Cathay Pacific Asia miles.

Looking up the award I had forgotten that Diners Club is also offering a 50% bonus on transfers of Midwest Airlines miles through the end of August.

Meanwhile, I still don’t know what will replace the Diners Club Restaurant Savings Program (really ‘iDine Prime’) once it ends July 12.

This is a program that keeps losing value. They upped the foreign currency conversion fee, ended two billing cycles to pay, and lost the bulk of their US domestic airline mileage transfer partners. Now the Diners Club is going to be without a dining program. When will the cuts stop?

I still carry it because of the versatility of its points (in spite of partner losses), especially for spending I cannot put on an American Express, and for the primary rental car insurance.

The British Airways transfer bonus remains nice (though I miss the old days of 100% bonuses) but my patience is wearing thin.

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  1. Do you relly find that there are places that accept Diners Club, but not Amex? I always assumed that DC had worse coverage, and that DC-accepting merchants are a subset of Amex-accepting merchants

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