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Tag: On My Mind

Miles, credits, and certs orphaned by COVID-19 (on my mind)

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Yesterday I cancelled the last of my pre-pandemic travel bookings.  I had used Cathay Pacific miles to book a January 2021 flight: Japan Airlines...
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Chase Sapphire: What’s Next? (On My Mind)

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A week ago, Chase knocked my socks off with the news that they were revamping their Freedom cards.  The Freedom Visa card (with its...

On my mind: Shop Your Way gift cards are a BIG deal

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Last week we reported that Shop Your Way points can be redeemed for gift cards.  And the world yawned.  But in my mind, this...

On my mind: Pandemic Best Credit Card Offers

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Over the past several years, business credit cards have been the best option for acquiring points, miles and cash back through welcome bonuses.  Business...

On my mind: Hyatt’s awesome promo

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A couple of days ago Hyatt announced an excellent new promo offering up to 25% back on awards, free parking, and triple points for...

Virgin Atlantic in financial ruin. Should I burn my million miles? On my mind…

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In 2016, I exchanged 1.2 million Virgin Atlantic miles for an all-inclusive week on Richard Branson's Necker Island.  My wife and I loved it. ...

Can airport health screening save air travel?

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I love to travel.  Friends sometimes ask me "don't you get tired of it?"  Nope.  Most of the usual headaches associated with air travel...

On my mind: Is now a good time to apply for credit cards? Really?

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I've written a fair bit recently about applying for rewards credit cards.  The general idea has been that while this is a bad time...

On my mind: Coronavirus, points and miles

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Last weekend, I presented at the Travel & Adventure Show in Washington DC and Nick presented at FTU (Frequent Traveler University).  Going into the...

On my mind (Choice Privileges edition)

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Choice Privileges is a an oddball rewards program. You can't book award stays more than 100 days in advance.  And the point prices change...

On my mind (Venture only? edition)

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If for some reason you could only have one credit card, Capital One's Venture card would be a solid choice.  But is it the...

On my mind (wife’s wallet edition)

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You know I like to maximize rewards.  I routinely use the most rewarding card for each situation.  Restaurant?  Citi Prestige 5X.  Phone, Internet, TV? ...

On my mind (#Bonvoyed! edition)

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A few nights ago I overheard an elderly woman at a restaurant talking about Marriott: "Now they call it 'Bonvoy'. I hate that name." ...

On my mind (Marriott spend bonus edition)

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In 2018 I made a very deliberate effort to reach near-top-tier Marriott elite status.  At the time, the status level was called Platinum Premier...

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