Category Archives: Credit Cards

How to Find Out Which Hotel Card Is Right for You!

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Now that you’ve earned airline miles for your flights, it’s time to figure out your accommodations.

How To Find Out Which Hotel Card Is Right For You

Enjoying Our Free Nights at the Grand Wailea

Have a Goal

You should have a destination goal in mind such as Hawaii, Florida, or Italy before you apply for a hotel credit card.  This way you get the right card so that you can get your accommodations for free (or mostly free)!

Most hotel redemptions are actually free because you don’t pay any taxes and fees.  In some cases, you might pay a few dollars in taxes if there is a local tax or fee. Continue reading

Free Checked Bag on United? You *Have* to Use Your United Card!

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You get 1 free checked bag when you use your Chase United Explorer card to buy your flight.  But you HAVE to use the United card to buy your ticket, otherwise you won’t get the free bag!

The free 1st checked bag benefit can save you a LOT of money.  When Emily and I travel, we try to pack lightly, but sometimes we have to check bags.

Free Checked Bag On United You Have To Use Your United Card

Emily Usually Packs Light, but Not Always!

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Good News for Overseas Travelers: Chase Introducing Chip-and-PIN Cards

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Via The Hustle Blog, Chase is changing some of their cards from Chip-And-Signature to the more secure and more widely used Chip-and-PIN technology.

My Sapphire Preferred Will Soon Have a Chi

My Sapphire Preferred Card Will Soon Have a Chip-and-PIN Technology!

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How to Save Money and Earn Extra Points With American Express OPEN Discounts

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One of the additional benefits of American Express business cards (besides the sign-up bonus!) is the AMEX OPEN discount program.

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The American Express OPEN Savings Program Can Save You Money

You get discounts of up to 10% or earn up to 4 extra Membership Rewards points per dollar at 7 popular merchants including Hyatt, Hertz, and FedEx.

Of course, you should compare the price at these merchants after the AMEX OPEN discount to the best price you would pay elsewhere for a comparable hotel or service.  There’s no point paying more just to earn a few extra points!

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Earn Free United Miles – If You Have a Lot of Spare Time, That Is!

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Did you know that you can earn United miles by completing surveys?

You can earn 300 United Mileage Plus award miles if you join Opinion Miles Club and complete your 1st survey.  If you have a Chase United card, you will earn 600 miles instead of 300 miles.  It costs ~12,500 United miles for a 1-way flight within the US.

Earn Free United Miles If You Have A Lot Of Spare Time That Is

You Can Earn Up to 600 United Miles by Completing a Survey!  But it Takes a L-O-T of Time!

I’m always looking for easy ways to earn more miles and points, so I gave it a try. Continue reading