Travel Rewards Credit Cards

August 2017 archive

Aug 30

High End Credit Cards

High-end cards are the belle of the ball these days in the credit card world. They generate tremendous fees for the banks that issue them while offering consumers big benefits, such as travel credits and lounge access. Somewhere in there, the banks assume that you will become more loyal to the card and use it …

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Aug 29

Avoiding Tourist Traps And What Airline (Not) To Take There

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Beating the Tourist Traps Part of the fun of writing this blog is that I get to do a lot of reading about the travel industry. The other day, an article from Bloomberg caught my eye. It was one of those “go here, not there” pieces, but it definitely highlighted some good opportunities. I don’t …

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Aug 28

Intercontinental Has Extended The Industry’s Single Best Credit Card Deal

Note: This is one of those odd cards that you should own even if you never use the partner involved (in this case, Intercontinental Hotels). By now, you know that you should never sign up for a credit card without some sort of incentive to do so. In fact, you should probably wait for a …

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Aug 27

Uber (Re)Launches Visa Local Offers For 10% Rebates

One of the nice things about Uber is that they seem to have a partnership with everybody to give you miles, hotel points or something else for using their services. But I just got an email telling me that they have relaunched an oldie but really goodie, giving you up to 10% in credits for …

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Aug 25

Hilton’s Double Points Bonus

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Hilton is not my primary program, but it does have its advantages. For example, I like the double dip* opportunities and the wide range of price points that its properties offer. But one thing that often gets overlooked is the company’s bonus opportunities. Double Points. Again. Most major hotel companies offer a promotion every four …

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Aug 24

JetBlue Flash Sale: 25% Off Award Tickets

Redeem your JetBlue miles between now and Saturday and you’ll get even more value if you book flights between September 6 and November 7. Get A 25% Discount I love the flash sales that JetBlue offers, even if they are only for a few days. Today’s looks like it’s going to be particularly valuable. Book …

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Aug 23

Triple-Dipping On Gift Cards (Travel Included)

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Most of the time, I discuss ways to get more miles for whatever you do. Today, however, I’m going to take it the opposite direction and talk about a way to save some money while doing so. Triple-Dipping on Gift Cards Gift cards serve one purpose in life: They serve as a present when you …

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Aug 22

A Few Updates On JetBlue

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Nothing Earth shattering, but let’s take a look at what’s going on with my favorite airline that was named after a primary color. Watch Your Redemption Rates As a rule of thumb, assume that each TrueBlue point is worth about 1.5 cents. In other words, it costs about 10,000 points to buy a $150 ticket. …

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Aug 21

Thanks Again: Yet Another Rewards Program

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While I thank you all for reading and taking advantage of the blog, in this case, the title refers to something different. That “something different” is Thanks Again, a credit card linked rewards program. Thanks Again Thanks Again is a partner-based program linked to your credit card. Spend money at their partners and you will …

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Aug 18

More Weird Weekend Travel News

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One of the great joys of the travel industry is that there is always something weird, wacky or simply stupid going on. Here’s what I’ve gotten to read about this past week. Minnie Gets The Boot Technically, most airport lounges have a dress code, but I’ve never actually seen anyone denied access to the lounge …

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