Category Archive: Financial Services

Feb 10

A Few Short JetBlue Updates…

It’s been a quiet week so I’m going to keep it short. There’s a bunch of small things going on with JetBlue now, but they’re worth mentioning. Updated Schedule Most legacy carriers show flights for the next 330 days. The discount carriers, however, don’t have the number of connecting passengers that the legacy carriers do, …

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Feb 01

Citibank Checking Account Bonuses are Back, but…

We’ve grown accustomed to earning miles from signing up for credit cards, but they come less frequently when signing up for a bank account. Citibank, however, is one of the few that always seems to have some sort of bonus for opening a bank account. Before you apply for an account, however, please read the …

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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 09

Quick Thoughts on Rental Cars and a Credit Card Bonus

Rental Cars I write a lot about hotels and airlines but very little about rental cars, since so few of us really think there’s much of a difference. The more I rent, the more I determine that there is. There’s nothing worse than waiting in line for 45 minutes only to get to the front …

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Nov 02

Should I Pay an Annual Fee for a Credit Card?

Reader question: I’ve got a couple of cards with annual fees (AF), but I get similar benefits on no annual fees (NAF)? Thanks for the question! The answer is probably not. I find annual fees to be an anachronism, started in a period when having a credit card wasn’t as common and was more like …

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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 17

Tips I Used Today when Booking an Award

Free flights and free hotel nights are always great to earn, but it’s even better when you can “work the system” to maximize your benefits. I hope that I’ve been able to give you at least a few useful tips over the years to make your travel a bit easier and cheaper. Today, I booked …

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Sep 29

Discover Card Bonus categories for Q4

I try not to do too many credit card posts in a row, but Discover just released its fourth quarter bonus categories, and this one is always a money-maker. Nothing particularly complicated: In terms of simplicity, yesterday’s post was a 1, on a scale of 1-10. Today’s is a 3. A bit more work, but definitely …

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Aug 27

Why I gave in and got a Marriott card

Yesterday, I did something that I rarely do: I got a credit card for a program that I never use, the Chase Marriott card. The 80,000 point bonus (which ends at the end of August) was simply too good and the value from the card was way higher than the $85 fee. Truthfully, the application …

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Aug 04

The best cash back credit card sign-up bonuses

A while ago, I did a post on the best airline card bonuses and the best hotel card bonuses. At the time, I meant to do one on cash-back cards but, well, life happens. Reminds me of an old saying, something about good intentions and paving a road. In any case, I have finally gotten around to …

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