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$1000 worth of airfare? Sure. $50K spend? Maybe not.

Merrill+ Visa Signature Credit Card

Yesterday we reported that the Merrill+ Visa Signature Card 50K offer had resurfaced.  I don’t know how long it will be available, but my guess is not very long at all.  Should you hurry and sign up? Signup for the signup bonus alone?  Sure. The card offers 50,000 points after $3K spend.  That signup bonus can be used to get $500 in statement credits or up to two $500 flights.  Either way it’s a good…

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Best cards for grocery store spend, and dining, and…

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If you spend a lot at grocery stores, which credit card should you use?  What if you spend a lot on dining?  Travel?… I’ve long maintained a page, previously called “Best Category Bonuses,” that lists best cards for each type of spend.  That page has been a useful resource, but the title didn’t really give much of a hint as to what it was about.  Another issue with the old page was that I used…

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From the bargain basement to baller style: travel for every budget and taste


Welcome to this week’s Frequent Miler around the web, where we recap some of the most interesting stories we came across around the Internet. Enjoy! How to visit 15 European capitals for less than £300 Before discovering miles and points, my wife and I spent about six years of our lives working 70 to 80 hours a week (often 7 days a week for months at a time) in order to finance our travels to…

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Last Call for Chase Sapphire Reserve, New Hope


As you may recall, the Chase Sapphire Reserve set the credit card world on fire this past fall with it’s colossal 100K Ultimate Rewards sign-up bonus and slew of valuable benefits.  The online offer for that card has since decreased to only 50K bonus points, but the 100K point offer has still been available when applying in-branch directly with a banker.  That in-branch offer ends this week (either March 11th or 12th, it may vary by…

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How to know which credit card to use

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Many credit cards offer great category bonuses.  3X points for this or that, 2X points for the other, 5X points with categories that change every 3 months, etc.  There are apps that claim to help with this problem… and they probably do.  But, personally, I’m not going to whip out my phone for every purchase to figure out which card to use.  And my wife definitely won’t.  Instead, I have a low tech solution… I…

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Mercedes-Benz Platinum card 75,000 point offer

Valid through: 6/22/2016 American Express offers many different versions of their Platinum cards.  They have their Business Platinum card, their consumer Platinum card, and a number of co-branded versions of the personal Platinum card.  Significantly, each of these is treated as a separate product.  So, if you’ve had a Platinum card before, you can still get the bonus on a new one as long as you haven’t had that particular Platinum card before. Now, for…

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9 awesome credit card perks you might not know about

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Many credit cards have terrific perks that make them worth keeping despite their annual fees.  A couple of examples that come to mind are the IHG card’s annual free night certificate that can be used at any IHG property worldwide; and the Citi Prestige’s $250 airfare credit and 4th Night Free hotel benefits.  But, those are examples of headline perks – the perks that are widely advertised and well known.  Today we’ll look at some…

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Bet You Didn’t Know: How To Change Credit Card Due Dates Online at Each Bank

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By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   Most people’s lives are hectic enough without having to remember what day the credit card bill is due. For credit card churners who might be juggling 5 or 6 active cards in their wallet at any given time (along with another 10-20 cards in the sock drawer), it’s an even harder task to keep track of all those due dates across multiple cards and financial institutions. While setting up automatic…

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My revised approach to earning miles through credit card bonuses


No more App-O-Ramas for me. The term “App-O-Rama” (also known as AOR) is a name many people use for the process of applying for a bunch of credit cards in one day, earning huge piles of rewards, and then repeating every 91 or so days. The original reason for bunching up applications in this way was that it increased your chance of approval since banks wouldn’t be able to see your other inquiries for a…

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