The Infamous Chase 5/24 Rule

In the 'Free Travel' Game, Chase is regarded as the Best Card Issuer out there, as they have a bulk of the market share and tie ins with many hotels and airlines, PLUS a few amazing cards that earn 'Ultimate Rewards' Points. Unfortunately - Chase does not take too kindly to our gaming the system and winning Free Trips on their behalf.  They have to balance their love of mone...
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Amex Biz Platinum – $10K Spend for 100K Points Phone Trick

The current (Average) Offer for the American Express Platinum Card is spend $10K, get 50,000 Points, and another 25,000 points when you spend another $10 Grand in THREE Months.  Even with Manufactured Spending this would be tricky, but for some folks, there's an alternative.   I called 1-800-971-6736 and said my real business (ProEDI) had gotten an offer of $10K ...
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SPG Card – Points Worth Considering

When you mention 'SPG Points' -  A lot of people will look at you like a dog who's just been shown a card trick. However, their valuable hotel currency shouldn't be overlooked.  The Starwood Preferred Guest Card (SPG)  is an Amex branded card with arguably the best ‘Points per Stay’ values.  its usually a 25K bonus, and twice a year it hits 30,000 points.  Similar to Hyatt, ...
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An Easy Way to Top Off & Earn More Marriott Points

You might find yourself in a situation like me, where you have 2,800 seemingly worthless Marriott Points.  You perhaps did $2,800 worth of spending on the ol' Marriott Card you recently canceled to get those.... But you can't redeem them for nights, magazines, OR anything fun.  Sure you can transfer them to SPG (at 3:1)  BUT, they only allow you to transfer in 1,000 point incre...
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A Quick Way to Top off your American Airlines Points

If you find yourself in a situation where you have say 12,100 American Airlines Points, and want to buy a one-way ticket for 12,500... You might be able to just 'use your AA CitiAdvantage Card to buy $400 worth of stuff'.  But what if you've recently canceled your card?  Fear Not.  You can make a donation to various Charities that pay out 10x AA points per dollar... The points ...
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Chase Sapphire Reserve – The Best Card Ever

This August Chase tried to blow past their competition by offering the undisputed 'Best Card Ever'  - The Chase Sapphire Reserve.         Normally when someone asks 'which is the best card for me?' I tell them it depends on their travel goals... but in this case, its a no brainer.  You get $600 worth of travel credit*, a TSA PreCheck Credit, AND 100,0...
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Direct Links for Airline Rewards Programs

A quick and dirty resource for finding Award Availability in the most popular airlines: American Airlines All Nippon Airlines - Very Convoluted United Airlines SouthWest   Award Room Availability for Hotels Coming Soon Hyatt award chart - Hyatt shows you the price, and has a check box for ' Show World of Hyatt Points & Awards  ' for easy access to ...
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Using Vanilla Gift Cards & Money Orders to Meet Minimum Spends

In 2016, a lot of the old fashioned 'easy' methods for MS are no longer viable.  However, there is still one tried and true method that only involves a little more work.  This option involves using your new CC to buy Visa Gift Cards, and then using the VGCs to buy Money Orders, which themselves can be used as fungible cash or deposited back into your account. The process is ...
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Useful Traveling Resources – Air and Hotel Redemption Guides

Links to Rewards Maps, Planning Tools, Points Calculators So you've got points and want to spend them.  OR you want to play a trip and get the best value from the cards you'll be signing up for.  Here's a great place to find how many points it takes to reserve a flight or hotel in various programs. We'll get Hotels out of the way first. For Hotels, Award-O-Matic.com has the ...
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Puerto Rico Winter Escape – Paid for with Points

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Puerto Rico Trip for Two We chose to visit Puerto Rico in March to escape the seemingly incessant Cleveland Winter.  Originally, the 51st state wouldnt even be on my radar... but thanks to the SouthWest Companion Pass and their dozen 'Caribbean area' destinations, we thought we'd explore a new Rainforest / Tropical area, since we liked Costa Rica so much. To 'Finance' this tr...
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