Tag: credit cards

Closing Old Credit Cards (And Some Upcoming Changes To This Blog)

Note: At the bottom of this article, I discuss some upcoming changes to the blog. I came across an interesting article on CNBC today about closing credit cards. They offered a piece of advice that I don’t see often but is frequently correct. Should You Close Old Credit Cards? You’ve got that piece of plastic …

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Southwest Credit Cards Put Companion Pass Back Into Play

Two credit cards. $168. A year of free flights. How tough can it be? Southwest Airlines has increased its credit card sign-up bonuses,* and they’re back up to a level where you’ll want to look at them. The Southwest Companion Pass Southwest Airlines offers the most valuable perk in the airline business: The Companion Pass …

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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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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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And Now, For Something Completely Different…

As you may know, when you get a credit card through this site, it generates a commission*.  Since that also creates a conflict of interest, I donate those commissions to charity. This year, readers helped to generate almost $3,000 for Cradles to Crayons. Cradles To Crayons Cradles to Crayons is a 4-Star Charity Navigator organization …

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WSJ: Credit Card Companies Cutting Back Bonuses

Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal introduced the new year with an article that may be unwelcome to some members of the points community. Turns out that banks have made a resolution to go on a diet, as well. Problem is, their diet means cutting back on points that they are giving away, not taking in. …

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Capital One Savor: Now In My Wallet

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There are competing philosophies around credit card rewards portfolios. For those who want the “set it and forget it” method, the Citi Double Cash Card is probably the best solution. You get 2% on every purchase. No bonus multipliers or quarterly promotions to worry about. You may not always get the single best reward available, …

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Southwest Credit Card: 60,000 Points. But More Importantly, The Calendar…

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Southwest Rapid Rewards Card Southwest Airlines runs frequent promotions for its Rapid Rewards Credit Card, but now may be an optimal time to get it, given that we are at the end of the calendar year (More on that later.). I don’t offer Chase cards, but that link will take you directly to Southwest’s website. …

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