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Platinum card Saks credit: What can you get at Saks with $50?

The Amex Platinum card comes with a slew of valuable benefits like elite status, lounge access, and credits for Uber and airline fee incidentals. One of the benefits less often discussed in blog posts...

Chase Sapphire Reserve: Should I keep it?

I no longer redeem Chase Ultimate Rewards points for 1.5 cents each.  I used to do so regularly.  I once was so flush with Chase points and I was spending them so seldomly that...

Amex End Game: What to do when you’ve signed up for all the cards

Yes, you can continue to march on the Amex point parade even after you've signed up for all the cards. This week on Frequent Miler on the Air, Greg and I discuss the many...

Blogging and accepting gifts (On Greg’s Mind)

IHG reached out to me the other day to offer me points and Milestone Rewards so that I can try out features of their new elite program.  They had previously gifted me Diamond status,...

The hidden cost of point transfers (Should you take advantage of that transfer bonus?)

Barely halfway into 2022, we have already seen a dozen point transfer bonuses offered by transferable points programs (you can find the current point transfer bonuses as well as expired historical offerings on our Current...

(Update: Milestone Rewards Now Live) IHG One Rewards Complete Guide

Update 6/8/22 - IHG’s Milestone Rewards are now live and members who have reached a qualifying number stays will be able to choose them online within their IHG accounts. Members first earn Milestone Rewards...

Is the Curve card ready for prime time? (hint: not yet)

Curve is intended to be the one card to rule them all.  No matter how many credit cards you have, the concept is that you can carry only the Curve card, and behind the...

Counterpoint: Recent frustrations trying to get 1.5c per point toward paid travel

The other day, Tim published a fantastic post about using points to stay at the Paradores of Spain. If you don't know what the Paradores are, know that I didn't either and am thankful...

Pay taxes via credit card, 2022 edition

Update: This is a reminder that Q2 2022 estimated payments are due June 15, 2022. You might not like paying taxes, but when you pay taxes via credit card can be quite rewarding. The key...

My near-disaster switching my Marriott award from points to certs

The Inn at Bay Harbor is an excellent Marriott Autograph Collection resort in northern Michigan.  Even during normal times (i.e. before the current domestic travel boom) it was nearly impossible to book summertime award...

Keeper features of ultra premium cards

Many ultra premium cards come with keeper features -- those killer benefits that make the cards worth having and holding. But there is often an argument to be made against keeping those cards forever...

(Still live via referral) Sapphire Preferred 80K Q&A: Everything you need to know

Update 6/3 - Yesterday, the public offer for the Chase Sapphire went down to 60K, but this 80K offer is still live via referral (although who knows for how long). This is a terrific...

Best card for free access to Delta Sky Clubs

If you fly Delta often, then you're probably interested in Sky Club access.  Sky Clubs provide free food and drink, free internet, and (when not overcrowded) a comfortable place to work or relax when...

A beginner’s guide to searching for partner award flights

Often the best way to get optimal value from airline miles both in terms of maximum luxury and absolute value against the cost of cash tickets is using them to book partner award flights....

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