Travel Rewards Credit Cards

October 2015 archive

Oct 31

Weekly Bonuses in Your E-Mail

One consequence of signing up for a lot of loyalty programs is the amount of email you get. The downside is that you have to spend half your day deleting emails. But the upside is that they’ll send you emails for some pretty good deals. It’s worth those occasional deals to handle a full mailbox. …

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Oct 30

What Will Loyalty Programs Look Like in Five Years

I spend a lot of time talking about what loyalty programs are up to now, but there’s a long-term question that’s worth asking: five years from now, will any of it matter? Hey, when the frequent flyer program (as we know it today) was invented, a free ticket was 20,000 miles and didn’t have any …

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Oct 29

Merger Mania in the Hotel World

We’re in the middle of earnings season, the period each calendar quarter in which publicly traded companies report results to shareholders. But this quarter also brings talk of mergers in the hotel business. Hotel companies are not all that they seem. For the publicly traded hotel companies, they do not, for the most part, actually …

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Oct 28

British Airways Takes a Large Increase on Short-Haul Award Flights

    Well, it was good while it lasted. British Airways just announced the death of the best reward ticket for short-haul flights. Until now, BA flights under 650 miles could be had for just 4,500 Avios one way. Now, it may seem irrelevant for those of you not from the UK, except that BA …

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Oct 27

Delta Amex Offering 50K Bonus, but only through Delta’s Website

Quick hit on the Delta Amex card: While playing around with the website yesterday, I noticed that they have raised the bonus offer to a limited-time only 50,000 miles for spending 2,000 in the first three months. The annual fee is the standard $95. As far as I can tell, however, this bonus is only …

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Oct 25

My New Favorite Credit Card for the Supermarket or Gas Station

Credit card math, at least for the banks, is simple. They make a small percentage of the transaction every time you use the card, so they’ll do what they can to keep their cards at the top of your wallet. In many case, they’ll give the best bonuses on “everyday spend,” such as gas, supermarkets …

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Oct 23

American Airlines: Two Things I Learned Today

Once every calendar quarter, publicly traded companies host conference calls to update their investors on the state of affairs. AA’s was today, and here are a couple of interesting notes from the call: Airline Seats aren’t all the Same The network carriers, like American, are getting beaten up by the ultra-low-cost-carriers (ULCC), like Spirit or …

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Oct 22

United Partners up and Citi Changes its Stripes

United Airlines Plays the Field Well, this is a bit awkward. United has two current promotions running, one with Hilton and one with Marriott. My question is, which credit card should I use when paying? For those of you who like a bit of luxury, United has teamed up with Hilton to offer bonus miles …

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Oct 20

Six Ways to Earn Points without Applying for a Credit Card

Reader Question: How can I earn miles if I don’t want to/can’t get a credit card? While opening a credit card may be the single fastest way to accumulate a lot of points quickly, not everybody is able to do so. Thus, I wanted to provide a list of ways to earn points without having …

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Oct 19

WestJet Gets Frozen and What to do with Expiring Miles

Seriously? Was this necessary?  When WestJet announced a “new initiative” with Disney last week, I should have paid attention. Long-time readers know of my running battle with my frenemy, the movie Frozen. After tripping over Elsa and Olaf dolls more times than I can count, I was prepared to banish them to that giant ice castle that …

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