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Getting 10% of Redeemed American AAdvantage Miles Instantly Rebated

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In the last few weeks I have been using more American Airlines AAdvantage miles than I had in recent history, and in doing so I have noticed a very cool trend that may be old news to others, but was new info for me. One of my favorite perks of the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite MasterCard, the Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator Red, and Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator Silver Elite credit cards is that they return 10% of your redeemed American miles to you each year. This…

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AAdvantage Barclaycards Gain New “Super Power”


In the last few years airline frequent flyer programs have transformed from being largely based around how many miles someone flies in a calendar year, to a hybrid of caring very much both about how many miles are flown by a customer, but also how much was spent on those tickets. This opens the door for various airline co-branded credit cards to factor into the equation with credit card specific waivers to help cover the spending facet of earning elite…

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5 Features of the 50,000 Point Barclaycard Arrival Plus Elite MasterCard!

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Right now we are in a pretty special period of time where the economy overall is doing pretty well, but airfare is available at sometimes hilariously low prices. We are seeing round trip flights within the US at around $100 and below, flights to Europe from $300-ish round trip, and flights to Asia for just a little more than that. Of course not all flights are available at those low prices, but those sort of sales have been popping up with…

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Limited Time: 50,000 Mile Bonus From Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard!

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If you like increased credit card sign-ups, then today is another good day as the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® has increased from its long held 40,000 mile sign-up bonus up to 50,000 miles for a limited time if you spend $3,000 in the first 90 days! I do not ever recall seeing the sign-up bonus this high! Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®: 50,000 miles after $3,000 in purchases in the first 90 days. Limited time increase! While…

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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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Bonus Miles for Some AAdvantage Aviator Cards

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I know there is a fine line of helpfulness when sharing various targeted offers on this blog, but when an offer has a history of being available to many I think it is more useful than not to go ahead and share. In the case of targeted spending bonuses on the former US Airways MasterCard, now AAdvantage Aviator Card, this seems to apply. This card has a long history of offering cardmembers lucrative targeted spending bonuses for putting X amount…

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Start Saving for College the “Easy” Way + Try to Win $529

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I was very lucky to make it out of my years as an undergrad at the University of Texas at Austin without any student loan debt thanks to scholarships and my parents’ support, but the same could not be said about my years in grad school at NYU. I’m embarrassed to even tell you how much my Master’s degree cost, even after scholarships. I will say that I graduated from NYU in 2005, and now 11 years later, I still have…

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American Reduced Mileage Awards from 5,850 Miles for Short Flights

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When the American Airlines AAdvantage program changed last month, some award chart prices actually got cheaper, including flights that were a total of 500 miles or less within the 48 states and Canada. These short flights are now 7,500 miles for a saver award each way instead of the normal 12,500 miles price for longer routes. There was question about how those flights would price with the discount that co-branded American Airlines credit card holders get on certain routes get…

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Details on the JetBlue TrueBlue Program and New Credit Cards

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One of my favorite air carriers that I rarely get the chance to fly anymore is JetBlue. When I lived in New York City where they operate many flights I used to love flying them as they had nice planes, good freebies like snacks and tv, and were a nice change of pace to some of the other larger (stuffier?) carriers. Since they only fly to two cities from Houston Hobby I haven’t personally flown JetBlue in a number of…

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Don’t Make This Mistake With Citi ThankYou Points


There are many similarities with the credit card points earned by the Amex, Chase, Citi, and BarclayCard programs, but there are also some big differences. When you are accustomed to how points in one program operate, and then you begin to accrue and utilize some in another, it can be easy to make some big mistakes if you don’t slow down and double check the nuances of how the various programs operate. For example, when you use the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World…

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