Category Archives: Chase

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

Use Evolve Money to Pay Your Utilities, Student Loans, & More With a Credit Card

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Many of us have been using American Express Bluebird to pay bills that can’t be paid with a credit card, like rent, mortgage, car loans, student loans, and utilities.

That’s because we want to get miles & points for our expenses.  And also to complete the minimum spending needed to get a sign-up bonus on a credit card.

Because CVS stopped allowing Vanilla Reload purchases with a credit card, folks are turning to buying PIN-enabled gift cards (i.e. Visa and MasterCard gift cards) with a credit card to fund their Bluebird accounts.  Gift cards with PINs can be loaded onto Bluebird at Walmart.  But it’s become more inconvenient with the extra step of going to Walmart several times a month to load your Bluebird.  

But did you know there’s another way to use gift cards to pay bills?  Evolve Money lets you pay bills online with a Visa or MasterCard debit or gift card (NOT American Express gift cards) – no trips to Walmart needed!  And you can buy a Visa or MasterCard gift card at CVS, drug stores, grocery stores etc.

Use Evolve Money To Pay Your Utilities Student Loans And More With A Credit Card

Evolve Money: More Convenient Than Loading Bluebird at Walmart

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A Higher Annual Fee Could Be Coming to the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card

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According to Wandering Aramean, Chase is doing market research on higher annual fees for the Chase Sapphire Preferred card.  The fees being tested are $125 and $149.  That is is a big increase from the current $95 annual fee!

A Higher Annual Fee Could Be Coming To The Chase Sapphire Preferred Card

The Annual Fee for the Chase Sapphire Preferred Could Increase as Much as $54!

The application page looks the same, except for a different annual fee and phone number.  The annual fee you get could be $95, $125, or $149.  So be careful if you apply for this card directly through Chase!

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Which Is Better, 2% Cash Back Or Southwest Points?

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Million Mile Secrets reader Rick Castorani writes on Twitter:

Are points really better than cash back? I can’t quite figure out which is better, 2% cash back or Southwest points.
Which Is Better 2 Cash Back Or Southwest Points

Which Would You Choose, Cash Back Or Southwest Points?

Let’s take a look…

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Which SimplyCash 3% Cash Back Category Will You Choose?

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I applied for the American Express SimplyCash business card recently and have already gotten my $250 statement credit for spending $3,000 in the 1st 3 months.

One of the things I like about this card is being able to choose a 3% cash back category that best fits my business spending.

Which SimplyCash 3% Cash Back Category Will You Choose

You Can Choose the 3% Cash Back Category That’s Best for You

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