What Perks Would a New Chase Premium Credit Card Offer?

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The very popular Chase Sapphire Preferred card has now been out since around 2009 (I think), and similar to how dog years work, that is like 59 years in credit card years. I still like it, but it certainly isn’t the new kid on the block any longer. Competitors Amex, Citi, etc. have all introduced or revamped premium rewards cards since then, and some of those cards have been even more premium than the $95 per year Sapphire Preferred. There seem…

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How I Finally Got Through to Global Entry Customer Service

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Right after we got my youngest daughter her passport last summer we set out to get her Global Entry. Unlike with TSA PreCheck, kids don’t get a free pass to piggyback with their parents to utilize Global Entry upon re-entry into the United States. Kids of all ages have to have their own Global Entry or the entire family will effectively be slowed down when re-entering the country by going through the normal lines. Last year I went through the whole…

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Save on New Amex Offers While Shopping!

Save Big With New Amex Offers

For the last few years, American Express has brought cardholders various ways to save money on purchases at specific retailers via loading a specific money saving offer to your Amex card. Many of the offers I don’t find useful for my personal spending patterns, but sometimes the offers are a great way to save some real money. I have literally saved hundreds and hundreds of dollars thanks to these offers over the last few years! At the very least, you should try…

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How to Save Money on the Heathrow Express Train to London

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Using miles, points, and hotel deals to get to and stay in the United Kingdom for our upcoming trip was only the beginning of the process. Since we don’t plan to just sit in our hotel room once we arrive, we also needed to do some research and planning for how to get out around once we arrive without breaking the bank. If you are flying into London Heathrow, as we are, one of the first ground transportation decisions you will need…

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New List of Hotels Available for Just 5,000 Points Per Night!

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One of the very best point deals out there, IHG PointBreaks, is now offering a new round of over 100 hotels for just 5,000 IHG points per night beginning now for stays through October 31st. This is a huge discount over the regular 10,000 – 50,000 points that IHG properties usually go for each night. New IHG PointBreaks List The new list is up, but the hotels I tested aren’t yet available for 5,000 points. However, in the next few hours they…

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Earn 2,000 Bonus United Miles for Online Shopping

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There are certain times of the year that the online airline shopping portals traditionally try to entice online shoppers to start their purchases there by offering extra miles, and the back to school shopping season is one of those times. The United MileagePlus Shopping portal has just kicked off their Back to School bonus where you can earn up to 2,000 bonus miles for your cumulative qualifying purchase amounts from 7/21/16 – 8/12/16. Of course you can use this bonus…

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More Big Citi Prestige Changes Revealed

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I wrote a few days ago that changes were on their way for the popular but pricey Citi Prestige credit card. At that point we knew that the card was losing American Airlines Admirals Club access effective July 2017, but that even more changes were likely to come. Now we seem to know what more of those changes are…and they aren’t good. Some of these changes are obvious by looking at the new sign-up website, but some are inferred by…

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What It is Like to Fly as an Unaccompanied Minor

Has her unaccompanied minor band on!

My oldest daughter, known here as Little C, has probably been on over 100 flights. She started flying before she turned one year old and has proven to be a very good traveler. In recent months it became obvious that the best logistical solution to get her home from visiting cousins and grandparents this summer was to have her fly home by herself on her first unaccompanied minor flight. We could have gotten her via the grandparent flight shuffle as…

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How to Save More on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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If you like good deals on name brand clothes, shoes, etc. then you probably already have the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale on your radar. The public version of the sale just kicked off today, and I know we have snagged a few items for next summer and this upcoming winter (and our upcoming Scotland trip where it is cool now!) at pretty good discounts. I know this isn’t exactly travel specific topic, but I can tell you that items like my…

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If You Could Only Have One Rewards Credit Card…

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One of the most common questions I am asked is some version of “If you could only have one travel rewards credit card, which would it be….”. Well, I love my miles and points cards and their related benefits so much I have a very hard time narrowing that down for myself personally, but it is much easier to answer for others who aren’t quite as miles and points obsessed. While I don’t fall into this group, for some people,…

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