I just got a come-on to get the Smithsonian affinity card, sponsored by the folks who brought you Discover and Private Issue cards. Their gimmick is that they make contributions to the Smithsonian if you join, and if you use the card.The best part is that if you join and make a purchase by the end of the year, you get a $50 dollar savings bond.Zev
I got a similar come-on from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts a few months ago. What steamed me was their $10 minimum cash advance fee. There is an ATM machine in the MFA lobby, so if you used your card to take out $20 for two admissions, you'd pay $30. I wrote an outraged letter to the MFA Director -- no response, not even from a flunky.
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