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Good While It Lasted

December 21st, 2019 at 01:07 pm

For just over a year we have been able to pay our rent for our current military housing with a credit card, earning Southwest airline miles and not paying any additional fees.

Unfortunately, the private company that manages the military housing has ended this practice, I believe in part due to their own change in banks. Of course, this has likely been costing them fees on their side.

We can still pay with a credit card, they are now passing on the fees to us to use the card. It would cost us over $60 a month to pay with a credit card. We pay them quite a bit as it is to live here in this 1980s era home (including many of the fixtures), so of course, we don't want to pay more than necessary.

We will now pay our rent with a checking account. This will not cost us any fees.

As a side note, people are livid with this change. They basically gave ten days notice. I think it has to do primarily with the lack of clear communication, and advanced notice of the change. It's amazing to me sometimes, how some organizations operate without no real understanding of their customer or end user.

Again, I appreciate the opportunity to use the card (fee free) and rack up airline miles over this last year. I just used some of the miles to cover two one way tickets for our daughter's return trips back to college after the Christmas break. We will not lose the miles we have accumulated and should have enough for one more round trip ticket.

5 Responses to “Good While It Lasted”

  1. Carol Says:

    Oh, too bad. Enjoy having your girls home-- I know you will!

  2. disneysteve Says:

    Too bad. We had that with college tuition. The first couple of years, they accepted CC payment with no fee. Then they stopped that and started charging for CC usage. It was nice while it lasted when I could charge $15,000 each semester and rack up points.

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    One of the places I lived in TX let me do that. It was SO nice.

  4. Lucky Robin Says:

    I wonder how many people are going to be late with their rent due to this change because they live ahead of their paycheck.

  5. rob62521 Says:

    That's a shame, but at least you can pay with a check and have the funds to do so. I agree, so many places do not think of the people who are their customers. We received a bill from a doctor last Thursday and it is due this Thursday which is a week, but actually less with Christmas and no mail service on Christmas. I normally prefer to pay bills on Sunday when I can get everything taken care of and the checkbook reconciled, but no, had to hustle and pay it and get it in the mail. Grrr.

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