Category Archives: Credit Cards

Is the Citi Prestige Credit Card Still Worth the Annual Fee? I’ll Help You Decide

By now, all of you must be aware that the Citi Prestige credit card will begin making some pretty drastic changes in January 2019. While every blogger out there has commented on the upcoming changes, I believe the TPG was the first. Here is the schedule. Try to guess which changes are good and bad.Continue Reading

ANA and Air Canada Remove TAP Portugal Fuel Surcharges

UPDATE: I almost hit “Publish” when it occurred to me to go ahead and do a Google search in case somebody had discovered it before me. So I entered the following string: “ana” “tap” “fuel surcharge” and lo and behold found this Prince of Travel Aeroplan post from September 5. So, even though I’ve found itContinue Reading

Blast From the Past: Good IHG PointBreaks Hotels for $50 to $75 or Less

  The latest IHG PointBreaks Hotels list has been the best since IHG introduced the new 3-tier system. I didn’t cover the latest IHG PointBreaks Deal because I wanted to test a theory. I expected that the absolute majority of the IHG PointBreaks hotels would remain available through the promotion. Since IHG went “dynamic” onContinue Reading

Should You Apply for the New Barclays 64,000 Choice Privileges Points Offer? Part 3: Points Plus Cash, Luxury Options, and Free 1,000 Points

First things first: Choice has a 1,000-point promo for new members. The 1,000-point promo is hidden on the Choice Vacation Rental page. Scroll down and you’ll see the image above.Continue Reading

Should You Apply for the New Barclays 64,000 Choice Privileges Points Offer? Part 2: Around the World

  Should You Apply for the New Barclays 64,000 Choice Privileges Points Offer? Part 1: Scandinavia In my previous installment, I covered use of Choice points in Scandinavia. My “investigation” revealed that to get the best value out of Choice points you have to go to Sweden, where there is an abundance of 8,000-to-12,000-points hotelContinue Reading

American Express Gold Card 50,000 Points Link and a Personal Story

UPDATE 1.10.19: EXPIRED UPDATE 1.3.19: The 50,000 Amex Gold offer with up to $100 Dining Statement Credit is now set to expire on 1.9.19.  Each Friend Can Earn: 50,000 Membership Rewards® Points after they use their new Card to make $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of Card Membership. Plus, they can receive 20% backContinue Reading

Should You Apply for the New Barclays 64,000 Choice Privileges Points Offer? Part 1: Scandinavia

  Folks have long believed that the Choice Privileges points and, by extension, Choice Privilege credit card are mostly good for Scandinavia. I have shared that belief for years until I’ve done my own more thorough research. After I did, I’ve found it not necessarily to be the case. Having said that, it’s true thatContinue Reading

Virgin Atlantic Miles: Citi ThankYou 30% Transfer Bonus: Business Class for 39K Points to Europe, 35K to South America, 97K to New Zealand, or First Class for 85K (RT) to Japan

  UPDATED: The AMEX MR 30% transfer bonus to Virgin Atlantic is gone. A lot of people don’t take Virgin Atlantic miles seriously and I used to be one of them. Virgin Atlantic is not everyone’s cup of tea. It adds god-awful scamcharges to award redemptions and its Upper Class is not all that awesome.Continue Reading

How Many Ultra-Premium Cards Do You Have in Your Wallet?

  To be clear, I’m talking about the cards that cost $400-$550 a year. Over the years I’ve spent thousands of dollars on credit card annual fees. And I don’t regret it for a moment. Back when American Express had a short-term memory, I would reapply every year for American Express Platinum Personal and BusinessContinue Reading

Credit Card Bonuses: Latest News, Blues, and a Tightened Noose

  I’m in Brazil now. Rio → São Luís → Santo Amaro → Rio. The output will be limited for the next 10 days. Credit card bonuses: the news Both AMEX SPG cards, personal and business, now have new sign-up bonuses. The Personal card is 75,000 and the Business 100,000 Marriott points after spending $3,000Continue Reading

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