Cancelling my favorite cards

Every time an annual fee comes due on a credit card, I make a decision as to whether to keep, cancel, or downgrade the card.  Are the benefits that the card offers worth the annual fee?  If not, the card should be ditched.  It turns out, ironically, that I’m currently planning to cancel or downgrade a number of my favorite cards… Chase Ink Plus A few months after I started this blog in 2011, Chase…

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It’s not too late – Deals still alive as of 2/22/2015

Each week we publish a number of fantastic deals on the blog and in Quick Deals. Most deals don’t last long, but some hang around for awhile. In an effort to keep you up to date, we have gone back through each of the deals posted over the last couple of months to let you know which ones are still active. Here are the deals still alive as of February 22, 2015. Through February 22 11…

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Possible Bluebird/Serve Changes at Walmart, A REDbird Rollout, Visa Gift Cards at Staples & More

Welcome to the Frequent Miler Week In Review series. Every Saturday we recap what you might have missed from Frequent Miler during the week and bring you some of the best posts from around the web. Enjoy! This Week From Frequent Miler REDbird to be rolled out nationwide, and other hints from a recent focus group – Interesting information learned from a recent REDbird related focus group. Top tier AA status secured. Now what? – With 2015 elite status…

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Bet You Didn’t Know: Original routing credit (and a little extra)

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By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   Last week Greg wrote about wrapping up his #30kToNowhere experience and I’ll be doing the same next week over at Travel Codex. Like Greg, I’m also now considering going for the full 100,000 flown miles in 2015 to keep Executive Platinum status all the way through to February 2017. I had a lot of fun and with the miles I’ve already accumulated plus my scheduled travel, I’d probably only have…

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Discover introduces a new card and a potentially VERY lucrative 1st year offer

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Discover has just unveiled a new credit card: Discover It Miles. While this card earns “miles” it appears to really be indistinguishable from a cash back card.  Points are redeemable for travel expenses or for cash back at a rate of 1 cent per point. Overall, this card is very similar to the Bank of America Travel Rewards card.  Both cards earn 1.5 “miles” per dollar.  Both have no annual fee.  And, both have no…

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How one call led to a points bonanza and rethought plans

A couple of days ago I called Citibank to cancel one of my AA Executive cards since the annual fee was about to come due.  As a reminder, last year Citi offered a whopping 100,000 AA miles plus $250 statement credit as a signup bonus for the $450 per year AA Executive card, so many of us now have several of these cards.  Before cancelling the card altogether, I asked about retention offers and was…

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Are Visa gift cards at Staples still worth buying?

There was a time when $200 Visa gift cards at Staples was an absurdly lucrative deal (see this post, for example).  Then, Staples stopped paying out through portals for online purchases of Visa gift cards.  Despite that, and thanks to Visa Savings Edge, buying $200 Visa gift cards was still profitable (see:  The deal without portals). Now, though, Visa Savings Edge no longer offers rebates at Staples.  So, are the cards worth buying anymore?  Keep…

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Top tier AA status secured. Now what?

Usually when I start writing a post I have at least a rough outline in my mind.  Not this time.  This post is me “thinking aloud” on my laptop keyboard… Recently I completed my “30,000 miles to nowhere” quest.  I signed up for the US Airways Preferred Trial (no longer available) and completed 30,000 miles of flying within 90 days in order to secure top tier status with US Airways in 2015.  The goal, though,…

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REDbird to be rolled out nationwide, and other hints from a recent focus group

REDbird is the nickname I use for the Target Prepaid REDcard.  The nickname serves two purposes: it clearly differentiates this Target REDcard from the other two Target REDcards (debit and credit); and it conveys important information: this card is very similar to Walmart’s Bluebird card.  Bluebird and REDbird are so similar, in fact, that each person is only allowed to register one or the other (or another similar card: Serve).  For more about these American…

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It’s not too late – Deals still alive as of 2/15/2015

Each week we publish a number of fantastic deals on the blog and in Quick Deals. Most deals don’t last long, but some hang around for awhile.

In an effort to keep you up to date, we have gone back through each of the deals posted over the last couple of months to let you know which ones are still active.

Here are the deals still alive as of February 15, 2015.

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