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Lessons from a trip to Europe

On my recent trip to Europe, I had a number of small “ah-ha” moments. These didn’t all warrant separate posts, but I thought that some readers traveling to Europe may benefit from one or another of my mistakes and/or observations, so I’m collectively putting them together here as a list of lessons from my recent trip to Europe that can hopefully make your next trip there a little smoother/easier or give you a tidbit you…

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Last Chance Deals: Avios & Virgin Atlantic Transfer Bonuses, LifeMiles Biz Class Award Sale & More

Welcome to our weekly list of what’s ending this week as well as a collection of some other deals that are due to end soon. This week there are two transfer bonuses due to end – one from Chase Ultimate Rewards to Avios and the other from Citi ThankYou to Virgin Atlantic. Also ending is a profitable Mastercard gift card deal at Albertsons and its affiliate stores, an opportunity to save 25% or more at Microsoft…

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Why you should credit to Copa, Italian houses for $1, flying up front for less and more

Some say less is more. I like more for less. In this weekend’s Frequent Miler week in review around the web, find out how you could be earning more benefits for less paid flight activity, how you could spend more time in Italy by owning a home for less than the cost of a cup of coffee, how to snag that thousand dollar Emirates upgrade for a net cost of much less than a grand…

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Debating the best single card, why you should now combine TY points, #Bonvoyed for good and more

This week, Greg and I continued our Facebook Live debate series and kept our streak alive of at least one of us not being home for the debate. This week, watch us disagree over speculatively transferring points and which card is the “best” single rewards card to have and to hold — then tell us your picks in the comments. See that video here: On credit cards On my mind (Venture only? edition) Greg is…

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Bonvoy Success: Marriott Free Night Certificate Extended Another Year

Aloft Buffalo Downtown corner room

You’d think that living in hotels would make it easy to use all the free night certificates my wife and I get from our credit cards. That’s sadly not the case. This might also seem unfair, but it’s often our dog’s fault. Our first issue is finding a pet-friendly hotel. Our second issue is the pet fee. Most pet-friendly hotels where we can use our free night certificates charge a $75-$100 pet fee per stay.…

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Google Maps AR walking directions: a useful tool, only available for some so far

Google Maps has been slowing rolling out the ability to use AR (Augmented Reality) for walking directions. I recently received a notification on my phone that I had been selected to test it out and I think this may be limited to Pixel phones at the moment. Many readers might have a Pixel from the Google Fi promotion last year, or the more recent promotion, so it seemed like it might be worthwhile to show…

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Stay in a castle with Hyatt points (SLH is a nice win after all)

When the Hyatt / Small Luxury Hotels of the World partnership formed last year, I said I wasn’t excited. That was mostly because I think it set up Hyatt to introduce a new category since some SLH properties currently cost 40K Hyatt points per night (more than anything on the Hyatt award chart, with top properties like the Park Hyatt New York or Tokyo costing only 30K per night) — but also because I said…

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Last Chance Deals: 2x Hotel Chase Offers, Cellphone, Cable & Satellite Amex Offers, BOGO Amtrak & More

Last Chance Deals

Welcome to our weekly list of what’s ending this week as well as a collection of some other deals that are due to end soon. Five of the six deals ending this week are Chase Offers or Amex Offers. The Chase Offers can save you money on hotel stays, while a couple of the Amex Offers can save you money on your monthly cellphone or cable/satellite bills. If you have the Boxed Amex Offer loaded to…

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Amex Platinum 75K offer, BA first class awards, the devil is back, and more

In this weeks “around the web” we report news about friend referrals to Southwest cards and to Amex Platinum.  We discuss BA first class awards and the lack of point transfers to Lufthansa.  And last, but not least, the devil is back… for a moment. Credit Card News Refer any Southwest card Doctor of Credit reports that if you have any Southwest credit card, you can now earn a referral bonus by referring friends to…

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