Jonathan Dyer

I'm a small town guy living in Los Angeles looking to make solid financial decisions. I write for a number of finance websites, including HuffingtonPost and Business2Community. I founded DyerNews.com in 2015 to focus on personal finance and the emerging FinTech markets.

X1 Opens Waitlist for New X1+ Credit Card

A neo-credit card issuer is looking to build upon its early success and expand its line-up. This week, X1 announced the upcoming X1+ card while opening a waitlist for the product. With the X1 being billed as "the world’s smartest credit card," this latest offering is being hailed as the only credit card for smart travel. The X1+ is expected to launch this spring and will carry an annual fee...

Bilt and Point.Me Partner for Award Flight Search Integration

With several credit cards, customers can earn points that can then be transferred to various travel programs and redeemed for flights or hotel bookings. Unfortunately, finding and booking the best award travel deals isn't always as straightforward as one might assume. To assist with that, Bilt has unveiled a new integration with Point.Me that will help its rewards members search for award flights on airlines that participate in Bilt's transfer...

Zurp Raises $5 Million for Creator Experience Rewards Credit Card

A FinTech looking to marry credit card rewards with the creator economy has just closed a fresh round of funding. This week, Zurp announced that it had raised $5 million to create a "credit card for experiences." New Form, MAGIC Fund, Launchpad VC, OVO Fund, Darling Ventures, and Animal Capital all participated in the pre-seed fund along with a number of strategic investors. Zurp is a startup looking to create...

U.S. Bank to Launch Business Altitude Connect Credit Card

U.S. Bank is set to expand its small business credit card line-up. Recently, the bank announced the impending launch of the new Business Altitude Connect card. Applications for the new product are expected to open next month. In terms of rewards, Business Altitude Connect cardholders can earn 5x points on hotel and car rentals booked directly in the Rewards Center. Meanwhile, other travel purchases, such as airfare and hotel bookings, will...

Insurtech Startup Coverdash Announces Seed Round

So far 2023 has failed to bring much good news for big technology firms. However, the year has seen some intriguing early-round FinTech funding deals. The latest of these comes from a New York-based insurtech firm that focuses on business coverage. This week, Coverdash announced that it had closed its seed round of funding. While the amount raised was not disclosed in the press release, Bling Capital led the oversubscribed...

Alaska Airlines Adds Benefits to Credit Card, Raises Annual Fee

With demand for travel continuing to be strong, one domestic airline is making updates to its co-branded credit card. Effective this week, the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature credit card is gaining some new benefits, while also increasing its annual fee. Starting with what the updated card has to offer, the Alaska Airlines Visa now earns 2 miles per $1 spent on eligible gas, cable, streaming services, and local transit purchases. This...

Amazon Closing Its AmazonSmile Charitable Giving Program

In some bad news for Amazon customers and non-profit organizations alike, the online retail giant has announced that it's ending its AmazonSmile service. According to an email sent to customers, the program will be wound down by February 20th. Instead, the company says it will focus on some of its other philanthropic efforts including its Housing Equity Fund, its Community Delivery Program, Amazon Disaster Relief, and more along with continuing...

Business Banking Startup Mayfair Emerges from Stealth Mode

A FinTech that helps businesses earn a healthy return on their money is ready to raise its profile. As TechCrunch reports, Mayfair recently emerged from stealth mode and is offering businesses up to 4.02% APY on their parked cash. The startup has partnered with Evolve Bank & Trust — one of the top FinTech partner banks — as well as Stripe. To date, Mayfair has raised a total of $10...