How & Why to Notify Credit Cards When You Travel Abroad

Have an overseas trip coming up?  Make sure to tell your credit card issuers you’ll be traveling!

How Why To Notify Credit Cards When You Travel Abroad

To Avoid Problems, Notify Your Credit Card Issuer Before You Travel. Certain Cards Will Even Let You Set Travel Alerts Online!

I’ll explain why this is important.  And show you the different ways to set travel alerts!

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2,000 Easy IHG Points for Dining Out Once

Via Michael W Travels, new members of IHG Rewards Club Dine & Earn program can get 2,000 bonus IHG points for signing-up and spending $30+ at a participating restaurant.

It’s that easy!

2000 Easy IHG Points For Dining Out Once

Spend $30 at a Participating Restaurant Like Taylor Shellfish Farms Oyster Bar Downtown in Seattle and You Can Earn Bonus IHG Points

Here’s how to get the 2,000 bonus IHG points.

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Part 13 – Viva Cuba! – Return Flights to the US

Emily:  When I learned about America’s more relaxed policy towards travel to Cuba, I jumped at the opportunity!

Cuba has a lot to offer.  My friends and I were drawn to the classic cars, the Art Deco architecture, and, of course, the friendly people!  We also love music and dance, which is one of Cuba’s specialties! Rick Steves recently produced an excellent video on Cuba that’s fun and informative.

The US and Cuba reached an agreement for direct flights.  Flight availability to Cuba from various US airports and search engines is ALWAYS changing, so be sure to try multiple search engines and cities, if possible.  Readers have reported that some flights to Cuba from the US may be opening up.  When I went to Cuba in December 2015, flights were not scheduled yet. My friends and I flew via Cancun, and continued our journey to Havana.

Note:  Regulations surrounding US travel to Cuba are always changing, so make sure you check the current rules before planning your trip.  There are limited opportunities to use miles & points, but you can save some money.  I’ll show you how later in this series!

Part 13 Viva Cuba Return Flights To The US

Make Sure to Get a Window Seat When Flying To or From Cuba

My travel partners included many of the same friends who accompanied me to Croatia!

Robbie (pink hair) is a professional dance instructor who teaches salsa, kizomba, and bachata.  Sarita is also a dance teacher, as well as a graphic designer.  Gissell teaches fitness classes and loves rock climbing.

On this trip, I went with 3 new friends – Diana, a local art teacher, Chelsea, who manages a hostel, and Antonio, who works in IT design.  Traveling as a group of 7 was fun, but definitely challenging at times!  We had a great time together, and can’t wait to return! Continue reading

Southwest Versus JetBlue for Flights to the Caribbean & Mexico

Many folks love to book award flights on Southwest and JetBlue to get to the Caribbean & Mexico.  Both airlines have no blackout dates and award flight prices are based on the cash cost of the flight, so when tickets go on sale, award flights are cheaper, too!.

Plus, both airlines have a great reputation for friendly service.

And it’s easy to earn points on both airlines with great credit card offers.  For example, you can earn a sign-up bonus of 50,000 Southwest points on the Chase Southwest Premier and Chase Southwest Plus after meeting minimum spending requirements.  Southwest is also a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner.

Or earn 30,000 JetBlue points with the JetBlue Plus Card after completing minimum spending.

Southwest Versus JetBlue For Flights To The Caribbean Mexico

Southwest and JetBlue Fly Non-Stop to San Juan and Many Other Destinations in the Caribbean & Mexico. I’ll Compare Both Airlines’ Options for Award Flights

I’ll explain whether you’re better off collecting Southwest points or JetBlue points for flights to the Caribbean and Mexico.

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Which Hotel Cards Give You the Best Perks Like Room Upgrades & Late Check-Out?

Hotel credit cards offer great benefits like sign-up bonus points and anniversary nights.  This means free or discounted hotel stays!

Many cards also offer automatic elite status with a hotel chain.  So, you can get extra perks, like room upgrades, late check-out, and free breakfast!  And who doesn’t like a free breakfast? 🙂

Which Hotel Cards Give You The Best Perks Like Room Upgrades Late Check Out

Automatic Platinum Status With the Chase Hyatt Card Could Get You a Late Check-Out and Extra Time at the Infinity Pool at the Park Hyatt Maldives!

Even with hotel elite status, you’re not guaranteed to earn the extra benefits.

So, let’s look at which hotel cards with automatic elite status offer the best perks!

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