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On my mind (Venture only? edition)

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 best choice for everyone?  Lately I’ve been wondering whether it would be my choice… Capital One’s recent transfer bonus to Air France has me thinking more about the Venture card (and it’s business twin: Spark Miles for Business).  The ability to earn 2 “miles” per dollar everywhere puts the Venture card…

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On my mind (wife’s wallet edition)

You know I like to maximize rewards.  I routinely use the most rewarding card for each situation.  Restaurant?  Citi Prestige 5X.  Phone, Internet, TV?  Chase Ink Business Cash 5X.  Shopping via Apple Pay or Samsung Pay?  Altitude Reserve 3X.  You get the idea. I used to label my wife’s cards so that should could do the same.  And that worked well… most of the time.  Inevitably there were purchases that didn’t fit the tidy label…

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On my mind (#Bonvoyed! edition)

A few nights ago I overheard an elderly woman at a restaurant talking about Marriott: “Now they call it ‘Bonvoy’. I hate that name.”  Agreed.  We hate it too.  All of us.  Not only do we hate the name, but we hate the TV commercials where happy travelers loudly proclaim the nonsense word: “Bonvoy!” They want you to hate the commercials I remember a time in 7th grade where a substitute teacher asked our class…

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On my mind (Marriott spend bonus edition)

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 Elite, but now it is Titanium elite.  I made the push for that 75 night status, not because it’s much more valuable than 50 night Platinum Elite status, but because I thought it would be the best way to keep mid-tier Platinum status for multiple years (for an explanation, please see:…

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On my mind (Hyatt & Small Luxury Hotels of the World edition)

Look at that view from Château Eza!  Wow.  I really want to go there.  I don’t really know anything about the hotel or Èze Village, but it looks awesome.  Hyatt’s partnership with Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) has grown to over 100 properties and counting.  Château Eza is just one of many SLH properties where you can book through Hyatt in order to get the following perks: Complimentary wifi Daily complimentary continental breakfast…

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On my mind (Ritz-Carlton addition edition)

At the start of the week I had no intention of writing about Marriott all day, everyday, but things happen.  On Monday, I published my Marriott Bonvoy Complete Guide and figured that would be enough about Marriott for a while.  But then I realized that it was past time to publish up-to-date tips on earning Marriott Platinum status, so on Wednesday morning I published “10 Shortcuts to Marriott Platinum Elite status (2019 edition).”  I definitely…

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On my mind (Goodbye Sapphire Reserve?)

I’m struggling with the question of whether or not to say goodbye to my Sapphire Reserve card.  Now that my Citi Prestige card offers 5X for dining, airfare, and travel agencies, the Sapphire Reserve has lost its coveted spot in my wallet (see: Prestige rocks my wallet for 2019).  I’ve temporarily moved the card to my travel wallet, but I’m not at all sure it should stay there.  The logical thing to do is to…

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On my mind, unplugged (Business Platinum Edition)

I’m writing this while flying across the Atlantic on my return from England. I don’t have internet access at the moment because my wife does. I know, that was a confusing sentence. Bear with me. I’ll explain, and I’ll get to the point… Several credit cards offer free Gogo in-flight wifi passes. These include CNB Crystal Visa Infinite, US Bank Altitude Reserve, US Bank Flexperks Signature Visa, and Amex Business Platinum. Did I miss any?…

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