Category Archive: Cash back

Apr 22

Bonus Miles From AA Shopping And Free Airline Internet

American AAdvantage

It’s not much, but in the world of “every mile counts,” you take whatever bonus you can. Here’s a small one for doing shopping from American.* Up to 500 Bonus American AAdvantage Miles Airlines offer frequent bonuses through their shopping sites. The bonuses are rarely huge, but they’re easy. In this case, you can get …

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Mar 02

Discover 5% Categories for Second Quarter

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Doing your annual home improvement project as the weather turns warm? Good. Make sure you have a Discover card, since home improvement stores (and warehouse clubs, for that matter) are the 5% categories for April-June. (At Least) 5% Back at Home Improvement And Warehouse Clubs Every three months, Discover offers It members a bonus at certain …

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Jan 26

Everything We Know about Valuing Points Is Wrong

value of points

One of my favorite topics is discussing how much individual points are worth. I have X points in program Y and an award costs Z points. Find enough instances of Z and you can come up with a pretty good idea of how much points are worth in a system. If I find 10 hotel …

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Dec 01

Get A Rebate on Every Hotel Room. And Other Stuff. Seriously.

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(Today’s post is a bit longer than usual but could get you some extra miles or cash. I hope you find it useful.) I’m trying to encourage people to shop locally for the holidays, but sometimes, that’s impossible. Online shopping, or shopping at a “big-box” retailer, is frequently more convenient and offers better variety. If …

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Jun 21

The New Costco Anywhere Visa Card

It’s finally available. With Costco having dumped American Express as a partner and moved on to Citibank, the Costco credit card is changing and, for the most part, it’s changing for the better. The Rewards The Costco Anywhere card comes with a nice mix of rewards. It starts off with 4% back on gas purchases. …

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May 02

The Ups And Downs Of Online Travel Agents

I frequently get asked questions about Online Travel Agents (OTAs). These are travel agents such as Expedia, Travelocity, Priceline, etc. that operate exclusively on the internet. As such, they have become popular options for customers looking to get all of their choices on one page without searching a bunch of sites. In fact, consolidator sites …

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Dec 23

Holiday Musings

I’m preparing for some holiday travel, which is always fun but stressful. Fortunately, we have a non-stop flight, so there are few chances for things to go absolutely wrong. On that happy note, here are a few things around the industry that I found interesting: Status Match at Hilton One of the “downsides” to elite …

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Dec 06

Discover Card 5% Categories for 1Q16

For those of you with a Discover It card, make sure to register for the first quarter bonus (They’ll send you an email or you can go to the website.) and you’ll get 5% back on all gas station and ground transportation purchases up to $1,500. That’s an extra $75 if you use it right. …

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Nov 26

New Shopping and Travel Rebates Page

In honor of black Friday, I’ve added a new “Shopping & Travel Rebates” tab in the black bar right above this post. What is it? I’ve talked about shopping portals before and haven’t yet figured out why they’re not more popular. A shopping portal is simply a way of getting money back at an online …

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Nov 04

Eating and Shopping for Fun and Miles

As we approach the holidays, you’ll get more and more offers to help separate you from your cash. Just remember Rule #1: Never shop without getting something back for it. Dining for Miles Crude but effective. Restaurants that have trouble generating traffic at a particular time of day (or at all) are willing to partner …

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