It Just Got Easier to Load AMEX Serve!

Folks with American Express Serve now have 2 new options to add money to their accounts!

You’ll now be able to load your eligible Serve account for free at Dollar General and Rite Aid stores.

You get free cash reloads if you have the new Green Serve card, or activated your regular Serve account before August 5, 2015.

While the press release refers to adding cash, folks have been able to load their accounts with certain PIN-enabled Visa and MasterCard gift cards at some other locations in the American Express network, like Family Dollar and Walmart.


AMEX Has Added 2 New Locations to Its Free Cash Reload Network. Now Load Your Serve Account at Dollar General and Rite Aid!

I have NOT tried loading Serve at either location with a PIN-enabled gift card, so I’m NOT sure if it works.  But I’m looking forward to trying!

For example, CVS is also part of the AMEX cash reload network.  But you can NOT use a PIN-enabled gift card to add funds to your Serve account at CVS.

If PIN-enabled gift cards DO work, this could make it more convenient for many folks who aren’t near a Walmart or Family Dollar, but have a Dollar General or Rite Aid close-by.

Read my post on how to decide which AMEX prepaid account is right for you!

And remember, you can still get the (almost) fee-free version of Serve if you sign-up for a OneVIP Serve card.

I’m traveling right now so I won’t be able to test this right away.  But if you’re near a Dollar General or Rite Aid and decide to try loading your Serve account with a PIN-enabled gift card, please share your experience in the comments!

Good luck!

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Pay 50% Fewer Miles to Europe, Israel, Morocco With Flying Blue Promo Awards!

Get a round-trip coach award flight to Europe and beyond for the same price as a domestic award flight!

Coach award seats to Europe on Air France or KLM from 5 cities in the US are 50% off!  Through December 10, 2015, you can book flights for only 12,500 Flying Blue miles each way for travel this winter.

With this deal you can experience the Carnival (Mardi Gras) celebrations in Europe.  (And take advantage of the much-improved exchange rate!)  Or explore Tel Aviv when high temperatures are in the mid-60s.

Greece. Athens. Cityscape with the Acropolis of Athens (seen from Philopappos Hill)

Visit Athens, Greece, for Only 25,000 Flying Blue Miles Round-Trip in Coach Plus ~$251 in Taxes This Winter

Flying Blue adds fuel surcharges to award flights, but this can still be a fantastic deal for some folks.

And, you probably already have access to Flying Blue miles.  I’ll explain!

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$99 1-Way Boston & Baltimore to Iceland, $149 to 8 European Cities

Here’s another terrific sale from WOW Air!

Fly from Boston or Washington, DC (Baltimore), to Reykjavik, Iceland, for only $99 1-way!

Or connect through Reykjavik onward to 8 European cities for as little as $149 1-way.

Return flights to the US cost more, but they’re still a good deal.  This could be a great opportunity for folks looking for a cheap European getaway this winter!


Winter Is the Perfect Time to Check Out the Aurora Borealis in Iceland!

Let’s see where you can go!

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We Always Tell You the Best Offers — Top 10 Cards With No Commission!

Emily and I want our readers to always get the best offers when they sign-up for a credit card – even if it means we don’t earn a commission.

I’ve written about my mother-in-law rule.  I always list the best credit card offer I’m aware of, even if we don’t earn a cent from it!

And I’m always grateful when readers bring better offers to our attention!

We Always Tell You The Best Offers Top 10 Cards With No Commission

The Best Offers Are at Your Fingertips! We Want You to Get the Most Miles, Points, or Cash Back – And We’ll Always Let You Know About the Best Deals!

I’ll show you the top 10 cards that do NOT earn us a commission but DO earn you Big Travel with Small Money!

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5 Top Hyatt Hotels in the US

Because of Chase Ultimate Rewards points, I’ve had so many incredible experiences at top-rated Hyatt hotels for special occasions.  

So I’m excited to share with y’all how you can use the increased 50,000 point sign-up bonus on the Chase Sapphire Preferred so you can do the same.

You can use 50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points for Big Travel with Small Money at some of the best hotels in the US from New York City to Hawaii!

5 Top Hyatt Hotels In The US

Take the Family on a Getaway to Some of the Best Hotels in the US, like the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa Near Naples, Florida!

And, you can still get 2 free nights at ANY Hyatt hotel when you sign-up for the Chase Hyatt card after meeting the minimum spending.

I’ll show you 5 top hotels in the US to experience with your Hyatt points!

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