Category Archive: Credit Cards

Jul 10

IHG Bumps Up The Rewards On Its Card

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Credit card bonuses come and go, even as they get better over time. Every travel card has a base offer when you sign up for a card, but most of them offer an extra bonus every so often. IHG Rewards, the program for hotel brands such as InterContinental and Holiday Inn, however, has been a …

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Jun 30

5% Cash Back At Every Restaurant

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I’ll be on the road next week, so posts will be fewer and further between.   Cool. It’s so rare that I get to do a clickbaity title, although in this case, it’s true (even if a little bit overstated). Discover 5% Categories Every quarter, Discover chooses a category in which it will pay you …

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Jun 22

Airport Lounge Access: An Affordable Luxury

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I spoke to a cruise executive several months ago who told me that one of her frustrations was that the general public still viewed cruises as a luxury item. Not that it’s a bad thing once you get on the ship, but the image kept people from even exploring the option, since they feared it …

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Jun 20

Free Companion Ticket On Alaska Air Or Virgin America

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I have a confession to make: This blog is influenced by geography. The fact that I live on the east coast means that the Big 3 carriers, as well as JetBlue, get the most mindshare. Which is too bad, because Alaska Airlines does not get the attention it deserves.* Flights are comfortable, service is great …

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Jun 02

Travel Card Mania

Last night, I was reading a piece that talked about incrementality and tolerance levels. In particular, it discussed the fact that, as a person becomes more exposed to stimuli, they need increasing amounts of it to generate the same “high,” whether it’s gambling, alcohol or iPads. Credit Card Bonuses While my discussion last night was actually …

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May 11

Citi Double Cash Card: The Best Credit Card for Most People

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A few days ago, I was asked for a credit card recommendation by a friend. I went into my diatribe about the various cards, benefits, etc. She listened patiently for a minute and then said, “I just want a card to use for everything. I don’t have the time to sort through my wallet and …

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May 02

Who Pays For Your Rewards?

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Credit cards are giving you at least 2% back and, on some occasions, even more. But where do your rewards actually come from? Banks are as tight as they come, and the tooth fairy is limited to a buck per tooth. Fortunately, the Wall Street Journal did an article on the subject. Funding Your Bonuses …

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Apr 25

100,000 British Airways Avios From Chase (But Mind The Value Gap)

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Six-figure bonuses are the new five-figure bonuses. At one point, a great sign-up bonus for a credit card was 25,000 miles. Now, you need to be pushing 100,000 before I get excited. Such is the case with Chase’s British Airways card, which is offering up to 100,000 miles as a sign-up bonus.* Even if you …

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Apr 24

Southwest Raises Credit Card Bonus

Most credit card companies offer a standard bonus but give a higher promotional bonus a few times per years. In the case of Southwest Rapid Rewards, however, the bonus is offered so frequently that it is almost the norm. 40,000 Bonus Points from Southwest Airlines The standard bonus for the Southwest card, offered by Chase, …

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Mar 23

Hilton Brings Back Big Bonuses On Two Cards

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Yesterday, I wrote about increased sign-up bonuses on several credit cards, including a Marriott Rewards Credit card that is now offering 80,000 points. Today, we’ve got Hilton cards offering up to 100,000 points.* I’m not sure we’re quite ready yet for your first million point card, but who am I to rule it out? Just …

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