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Keep or cancel? Paring down a premium card collection

Last week, I wrote a post about considering which ultra-premium credit cards to keep (those with annual fees of $350 or more). That post inspired Greg to make an awesome spreadsheet for evaluating your ultra-premium cards (See: Your turn: Which Ultra Premium Cards are Keepers?). I initially set out this week to do a similarly mathematical analysis of my current collection of premium cards — those with annual fees around $100. I played with spreadsheets…

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Best offer updates: Alaska Biz $0 companion fare, Citi Exec 75K, cash back increases and more

Credit card perks

While doing a regular-maintenance check on the links and offers on our Best Credit Card Offers page the other day, I discovered a number of offers had increased / improved that may be of interest to some readers. The most notable below to me was the $0 first-year Companion Pass on the Alaska Airlines Business card as I had not noticed that change previously. Each of these improvements are much smaller than the big new offers we…

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Searching for California Casual Chic

A note from Greg the Frequent Miler: In November 2017, Barclaycard offered to send me on an all-expense-paid first class trip to California to learn about the new Uber credit card. Their goal was clearly to butter me up to write good things about the card. Conflict of interest? Absolutely. Was I interested anyway? You bet — it sounded awesome. Plus, there were no explicit strings attached. In other words, there was no requirement for…

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Last call to pay 2016 taxes via credit card

pay federal taxes with a credit card

Today is the last day to pay your 2016 taxes and first quarter 2017 estimated taxes.  Did you know that you can pay those taxes for a reasonable fee?  Details can be found in our , but here are the basics: You can pay with a credit card for as little as 1.87% through Pay1040.com.  Or, pay with a debit card (including most Visa and MasterCard gift cards) for as little as $2.25 per transaction…

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

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…

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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