Buying Membership Rewards at Saks Fifth Avenue

While you might not think of credit card points as something you “buy,” there is certainly a value to them, and if you can find a good deal, you should go for it!  The trouble is sometimes in finding the deal. In this case, it all began with an AmEx…

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Investing with Rewards

Hey everyone! You know what I find really interesting? All the stats on this blog, any blog, really.  Come to think of it, I guess I just like statistics!  (Hey, anyone that tells you travel hacking doesn’t attract folks with a geek side…is lying.) It’s not a big blog over…

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Thoughts on the Airline Reimbursement Perk from American Express

American Express just isn’t what it used to be.  (Ask your grandfather.)  Sure, there’s this lingering air of prestige* when you pull out the Platinum card, but there are plenty of cards licking at its’ heels.  You can make (and probably win) the case that a card like the Citi Prestige…

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First Impressions: Bank of America Alaska Airlines Visa Business Card

My second business credit card! When I applied for my first business card, I only based it on my occasional reselling of items on Amazon or on Ebay.  Luckily, American Express was happy to stroke my ego, agreeing that I had a “business” and I snagged a Starwood Preferred Business…

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Review: Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard

I recently product changed my Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite card to an AT&T Access More card from Citi (details to come).  The biggest reason I downgraded was the Executive card’s whopping $450 annual fee.  After the first year, I just couldn’t justify paying the high fee.  Originally, the card…

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First Impressions: Bank of America Amtrak Guest Rewards World MasterCard

So, the latest weapons in my arsenal are two new cards from Bank of America.  One personal, one business.  On the personal application, I opted for the Amtrak Guest Rewards World MasterCard. I actually plan on keeping the Amtrak card long-term.  Some of the benefits we’ll discuss below will be…

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First Impressions: American Express Starwood Preferred Guest Business

My first business card! And shipped overnight, no less.  Long story. At any rate, I’ve very much enjoyed the opportunity to get started on some business credit history, and have access to some of the benefits of a business card.  I do plenty of little “side-gigs,” and with a dedicated business…

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First Impressions: Chase Southwest Plus

I took a break from my “First Impressions” posts on my new credit cards, as I thought they were starting to get repetitive.  Apply.  Get card.  Spend $$$.  Get miles.  Travel. Obviously, credit cards don’t differ heavily from one to the next on the surface.  Sure, there’s a few different…

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World Elite MasterCard Benefits: Wings

We’ve looked at all the ways a World Elite MasterCard will put you behind the wheel. We’ve analyzed some of the benefits for riding the waves. But what if the World Elite MasterCard in your wallet could give you wings too? I know, I know.  Very dramatic intro.  There was…

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First Impressions: Barclaycard Arrival+ World Mastercard

Application Process The Barclaycard Arrival+ application process was the same as any other online credit card application.  I was approved instantly upon completion of the application for a $5,000 credit line.  Not bad I thought, but definitely not as high as a few other cards I’ve had.

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