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Mastercard Introduces New “Free Trial” Rules

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I’m surprised that I missed this one. Starting April 12, Mastercard will introduce new rules regarding free trials. And while it will only apply to physical products, it’s an important step in helping consumers who subscribe for something and then can’t figure out how to get the merchant to stop. It’s big enough that I’m …

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Discover Announces Spring 5% Categories (For An Easy $75)

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The Discover It cash back card represents one of the best unknown values in credit card land. It doesn’t come with a sexy sign-up bonus, but it’s quarterly bonuses more than make up for that. Let’s take a look at the card. Discover Cards (Overall) Discover is one of the strongest cards when it comes …

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Marriott Double Take Offer (Double Points)


I still can’t get used to calling the Marriott Rewards program “Bonvoy.” I’m sure they paid consultants millions of dollars to come up with that ridiculous name. I would have done it for half of that price. Marriott Bonvoy Double Take At least their next promotion is decent. Double Take is as the name sounds: …

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Traveling To Europe Could Get Tougher…

Quick, but important, note today. Starting in 2021, Americans (as well as citizens of several other countries) will need authorization to travel to Europe. While not a visa per se, it’ll still cost you about $8 and have to be done in advance of your trip to the continent. Called ETIAS, it’s similar to the …

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It’s Tax Time, So Make A Few Bucks

With changes in the tax laws this year affecting refunds and potentially kicking you from a refund to a payment, it’s time to try and figure out a few ways to minimize the pain. So how about using your credit card to pay the IRS? How to Make Money by Paying Taxes   Remember, nothing …

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IHG Credit Card Now Up To 120,000 Points

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Part of the problem with having your computer repaired is that you miss out on a lot of the current buzz. For some, it’s celebrities and TMZ. For me? Miles and Hotel Points. IHG Credit Cards One of the things that I missed out on was an increase in the sign-up bonus for the IHG …

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The Basics Of Hotel Points Redemptions

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A few weeks ago, I did a piece on redeeming miles. It can be a complicated process, if you’re lucky enough to get a seat at all. Redeeming points for hotel rooms is a somewhat easier process, and a bit more rewarding. As a whole, rewards per dollar spent at hotels come at a higher …

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Interesting Article On Advantage Gambling

Today’s article isn’t about miles per se, but rather, an adjacency. My friend Mike writes the blog TravelZork, which is always a good read. It’s specialty is gambling. Mike knows the programs inside out and has a number of suggestions on what you should join and when. This morning, he linked to an interesting article. …

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Hollywood Bungalows, Speedy Flights And Gender Options

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I’m in a busy travel period, but that has never stopped interesting stories from hitting the press. Let’s see what we’ve got. Beverly Hills Hotel Bungalows Want to be Howard Hughes or Marilyn Monroe? Well, you can’t, but you can live like them for a day or two. For $8,500 dollars or more, you’ll get …

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World Of Hyatt Bonus Promo: Up To 1,500 Points Per Night

This year, I’m abandoning Marriott for Hyatt. Thus, I’m surprised that I missed this Hyatt promotion. It’s not terrible, although it comes with a few caveats. Up to 1,500 Points Per Night Hyatt’s newest promotion is offering you up to 1,500 points per night, depending on where you stay. These points are on top of …

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