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Just a quick reminder that February’s a short month and only a few days remain to take advantage of your monthly card benefits.

American Express this year announced both temporary and permanent statement credits and cash deposits across 15 cards. (Remember that these statement credits and cash deposits expire if they’re not used.) And it could be a shame if you let them go to waste.

So let’s run down what’s out there.

The topics of “independence” and “travel,” got my mind going a bit. I thought about “free agents”: people who shop around for the best deal and don’t stick to just one airline or hotel loyalty program.

Many Rene’s Points readers are very loyal — or at least rather partial — to Delta Air Lines. Because I’m a Delta Medallion and fly the mothership during 90% of my travels, really I’m not an airline free agent per se.

At least not yet, though the mothership sometimes does cute things to test us (like upgrade people in Basic Economy, sell first class seats for $2, devalue SkyMiles…)

Hotel-wise, that’s a different story. That’s where I am a free agent and I must say — I kind of like it.

Like most things in life, it has its pros and cons.