Travel Credit Cards With Benefits that May Justify an Annual Fee Beyond the First Year

Tweet Every year we’re all forced to think deeply. To cancel or not to cancel.  That is the question.  Whether tis more cost effective to cancel or to keep a credit card account open. Some plastic is clearly only worth the sign up bonus, but other travel credit cards with benefits may in fact be […]

The Travel Credit Card that Yields the Most Satisfaction Feedback (and the Card with the Most Horror Stories)

Tweet I get emails. In some of the emails I receive, people lavish me with thanks because they’re so glad they’ve been able to start to travel for less than they ever imagined. The card I’m thanked most often for suggesting is the Chase Sapphire Preferred. While I hate to say there is a ‘best credit […]

Airport Lounge Access | Credit Cards that Give You Free or Discounted Access

Tweet Before this year, I’d never stepped inside an airport lounge.  I guess I had a little curiosity about what was behind those translucent doors, but for the most part, I was content to be in the wide open spaces of the airport. This year I stepped into my first airport lounge. At this point, […]

Business Gold Rewards Card® from American Express

Tweet  The Business Gold Rewards Card® from American Express The American Express Business Gold Rewards Card® from American Express Earn 50,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $5,000 in purchases on the Card in the first 3 months of Card membership†. Earn points even faster to get more rewards for your business. 3X points on […]

How to Supercharge Your Priority Club Points Balance and Redeem them Like a Bandit

Tweet If you earn Priority Club points wisely and spend them efficiently, the program can be a tremendously valuable. Let’s talk first about the best way to spend Priority Club points. PointBreaks: How to Redeem Points Like a Bandit Every few months, Priority Club updates a list of hotel locations that are called PointBreaks.  The list […]

Why the Chase Sapphire Preferred is the Most Recommended Card

Tweet Over the last few years, I’ve done hundreds of credit card consults.  While I haven’t kept any records, I know for a fact that the card that I’ve recommended most often is the Chase Sapphire Preferred. Why? My credit card consults are personalized (in that I read them myself and reply to each request personally […]

How to Save Up To 75% Off Priority Club Hotels

Tweet Right now, Priority Club hotels (includes brands like Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn) are combining two promotions that can lead to huge money saving opportunities. Priority Club PointBreaks Every few months, Priority Club deeply discounts the points required for stays at select hotels. The list is rather limited (about 100 locations in the States). […]

Warning: You May Get a Better Rate of Return By Avoiding an Airline Branded Credit Card

Tweet Over the last year, I’ve done a lot of free credit card consultations. I’ve noticed a pattern with the credit cards that people have on hand. The pattern would appear to be logical, but it actually isn’t. The assumption is that I should have and use the credit card that is sponsored by my […]

The Underestimated Value of the Citi Premier ThankYou Reward Points

Tweet Typically, when I’ve evaluated the value of the major travel reward programs (Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, and ThankYou Rewards), I’ve often overlooked the important role of ThankYou Rewards points. The Disadvantages of the ThankYou Rewards Program They do not have any airline or hotel programs that allow point transfers.  This is a […]