Rumors Confirmed: Changes to the Barclaycard Arrival Products Coming

Barclaycard Changes

Over the last couple of days I have seen rumors pop up about potential changes coming to the Barclaycard Arrival and Arrival Plus credit cards.  The cards had indeed been pulled down for new applicants, so I suspected there were some changes coming, but I was hoping the rumored changes weren’t 100% accurate since they weren’t exactly positive rumored changes. Today I was on two calls with Maurice Ragland, Vice President to Barclaycard US business, and he confirmed the changes…

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How to Fly a Family of Four to Europe on Miles in Business Class

Ready for take-off in whatever seat we can get!

Recently I received an email about the feasibility of getting four business class awards to Europe next summer.  Instead of just answering the email, I wanted to offer some ideas here since I think they may help many families with similar questions.  The question was from a parent who was planning a trip to Europe for his family of four using miles for next July. They wanted to know if it was possible or realistic to try and find four…

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Earn 10x Miles Over 4th of July Weekend by Shopping

10x miles

In addition to lots of fireworks and red, white, and blue being on display over the 4th of July weekend, there are also lots of sales happening in the retail world.  As retailers compete for your cash, the online miles and points portals often up the mileage payouts at some retailers to entice you to make your purchases using their portal.  This means increased mileage payouts up to 10x miles at many popular retailers this weekend! This means if you…

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Big Change: Photos Now Allowed on White House Tour!

@michelleobama on instagram

Last year my family visited Washington DC for the 4th of July, and one of the highlights of our visit was a tour inside the White House.  It was beyond cool to get a chance to stand in rooms like the State Dining Room, the Red Room, the Blue Room, and of course the hallway where you have probably seen countless press conferences.  In fact, I can’t think of too many destinations more appropriate for a family vacation. The only…

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Citi AAdvantage Executive Card Increases Bonus to 75,000 Miles!

American Airlines 75000 miles

One of my favorite rewards credit card sign-up bonuses in recent years was the Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard when it was offering 100,000 miles after you met the spending requirement last year.  That sign-up bonus threshold has been gone for about a year, but today I noticed on the American Airlines website that the sign-up bonus for the Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard has gone back up to 75,000 bonus miles after you make $7,500 in purchases…

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Limited Time: Turn 20,000 Hotel Points Into 30,000 Airline Miles!

Convert SPG to AA

One of the ways my family is able to book the award flights that we do is by taking advantage of transferring miles and points to different hotel and airline accounts during transfer bonus periods.  This is when you are given extra miles or points for transferring from one program to another during a specified time period.  You never know when these sort of transfer bonuses will pop up, but when they do it make sense to do the math…

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How to Earn 5x Points Now That It’s July!


It’s July!!  I know some will lament the calendar turning another page, especially during the precious summer months, but here in my house it is a pretty big deal.  You see, this is the month that we will welcome our next tiny traveler, so we are very happy (and a little nervous) to usher in this month that will start as a family of three and end as a family of four.  So please bear with me this month if…

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Ends Tonight: Places You Can Fly for $21!

$21 Frontier Flights

I’m constantly in awe of how low airline prices can go (without even being a mistake), and today there are legit $21 all-in airfare prices that I have to share. Via Frontier Airlines 21st birthday sale, here are some places you can fly for just $21.  You know, for around the same price of around two burritos and sodas for lunch you could fly to a whole new city! Atlanta – Cleveland, Cincinnati, or New Orleans Chicago – Philadelphia or…

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The Promo That Saved Me Over 22,000 Hyatt Points!

Hyatt Regency Maui 16,000 points via the 20% back promo

As we enter the real heart of summer travel I wanted to offer a reminder about one of my very favorite hotel promotions ever (yes, ever) that is still going on for about another month. The promo I am talking about is the Hyatt Gold Passport promotion that gives 20% of your redeemed Hyatt Gold Passport points back from 2/17/15 – 7/31/15 with no limit – if you have the Hyatt Visa and registered for the promotion by 3/31/15, so…

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Breakdown of New JetBlue Bag Fees and Fares

Waived JetBllue Bag Fees

Rewind the clock just 7 years to early 2008 or so and it was pretty much a given that when you bought an airline ticket you were also buying the right for your checked bag to come with you.  However, in the subsequent 7+ years, your checked bag (and sometimes even carry-on bag) are no longer treated as part of your ticket, and pretty much every US airline now charges extra for you to have the right to check your…

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