Month: April 2016

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 card, I’ll actually be able to keep them on the side.  When mixing business and personal expenses, things can get a bit tricky, so this is a great addition to my wallet.  Not only for the valuable SPG points, but to help differentiate between business and personal expenses.

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First Impressions: American Express Premier Rewards Gold

This one is overdue:  I was approved for the Premier Rewards Gold card from American Express in December 2015.  Oops.

As I said in my last post, I thought these First Impressions posts were getting a little dry. So I’m going to switch up the format a bit.  You’ll still get all the pictures of the card and even the packaging if you want to check that out, but we’ll focus a bit more on how to actually use the card.

If you want to truly travel hack your way across the globe, you have to maximize your earning.  You have to have a few different cards in your wallet.  You have to know which ones to use, where and when to use them.

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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 networks, different airlines partner with different banks, and then there’s fixed-value card, hotel cards, airline cards.  But they’re all the same shape.  Most are plastic.  All your cards will turn around and bite you if you’re not careful.

While reviewing some of the data on my posts, I realized the First Impressions category was quite a hit  Don’t worry, I use that term very loosely.  By “hit,” I mean that you know, a handful of people clicked on it.  The Southwest Premier vs. Personal post was particularly well-received.

So, this one is for you credit card nerds!

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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 a horror movie on in the other room while I wrote this.  Anyway, let’s check it out.  What can a World Elite MasterCard do for you a few thousand feet above the nearest road or ship?

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World Elite MasterCard Benefits: Waves

Since I’m not travelling for a bit, we’ll be looking at some of the other benefits of this travel hacking business.  As I started to outline last week with rental cars, the MasterCard World Elite program offers benefits for travelers at no additional cost to the cardholder.   World Elite cards have annual fees, but you do get something for that money.

Still interested in the unsung benefits of your World Elite MasterCard?  Good!

Next up:  benefits for cruises.  I know some of you out there are pirates born a few hundred years too late, so what’s better than the open sea?  You won’t be doing any pillaging or plundering while on board, but these benefits could keep a few more dubloons in your pocket.

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World Elite MasterCard Benefits: Wheels

So, what’s this World Elite logo on my credit card?

Well, I have two cards with the World Elite benefits, so I decided to find out.  Let’s start with some of the benefits that can you get you behind the wheel, or into a fresh set of wheels, depending on how you roll.

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