The Chase Sapphire Review is now the best travel credit card – here’s why, including a breakdown of how to get the 100k signup bonus.
A step by step guide to using the Target REDcard – an amazing tool to meet minimum spends and pay your mortgage, or any big bill, with a credit card.
Before canceling a credit card, you need to read this post. Many people do the exact opposite of what they should be doing, and this sets the record straight and helps you make the right decision.
When deciding whether to close a credit card, one of the most important considerations is if you’ll lose your points. Here’s how to figure out if you’ll lose your points, and what to do to make sure it doesn’t happen.
The Barclays USAirways card has been around for awhile and has had many different offers throughout that time. The offer has changed yet again, but thankfully, it’s changed for the better. The public offer is back up to a 40,000 miles sign up bonus, the largest we’ve seen. The increased sign up bonus, combined with
[offer expired] Barclays is at it again, giving us yet another awesome travel credit card and continuing to challenge the big boys of Chase, American Express, and Citi. This time, it’s a near perfect card for people who travel domestically. Introducing the Barclays Frontier Airlines World Mastercard®. The Details for the Barclays Frontier Airlines Card
For years, the American Express Starwood Preferred Guest card was the gold standard of travel credit cards, including winning our inaugural Credit Card March Madness tournament in 2012. Then came along Chase Sapphire Preferred, which in most people’s minds, including mine, became the best available travel credit card. But now, there’s a new kid on
After the debacle that was my last App-o-Rama, my hopes for this AoR were a little subdued. Fortunately, the horrors of last AoR are now a distant memory, as this time went much smoother. So, how’d it shake out? Cards I Applied For After debating between a number of cards and getting some great opinions
Every so often, you learn something new in this game, and today was one of those days. I stumbled upon a little mentioned perk that Mastercard offers to anyone who has a World Mastercard, their highest level cards. It’s called Priceless Cities, and it offers some pretty awesome deals. Who is Eligible? To get this
(If you don’t know what an App-o-Rama is, check out What the Deuce is an App-o-Rama and the 4 Most Commonly Asked Questions about App-o-Ramas first.) This is my 5th App-o-Rama since starting the site, and man, each time it gets harder! I already have many of the best travel credit cards, which leaves the pool of cards for
[This is the continuation of my April App-o-Rama recap. You can read Part 1 here.] Now that you’ve heard all about the good things that happened during this App-o-Rama, let’s dive in to the bad things that happened, and the lessons I learned from them. For those keeping score at home, we are at three
[If you don’t know what an App-o-Rama is, check out this post first.] Well, that didn’t go exactly as I expected. And while I knew that this App-o-Rama might be a little tricky, even I was thrown for a loop by some of the decisions, both positive and negative. Through it all, I’ve learned some
Love hotels but hate the price tag? Say hello to the Club Carlson credit card. Here’s why it’s my favorite hotel credit card and how to get buy 1 get 1 free nights (seriously!).
It’s Christmas in April. Yep, time for my first App-o-Rama of 2013! If you don’t know what an App-o-Rama is, check out What the Deuce is an App-o-Rama and the 4 Most Commonly Asked Questions about App-o-Ramas first. This is my 4th App-o-Rama since starting the site (February 2012, August 2012, December 2012), and I’ve got to admit, each
[Disclosure: I get a commission if you’re approved using the links in this post. I always include the best offer for a card even if it doesn’t pay me a commission. If you choose to use my links, I appreciate the support.] The Platinum Card® by American Express application link Let’s start by saying this upfront:
Regular readers will know that I’ve never held a corporate job, first being a high school teacher and now running my own small business. So when John approached me and began talking about the powers of his company Diners Club card, I had no clue what he was talking about. But I knew that a
How my good friend Adam, a “broke” college student, was able to get the best travel credit cards and score a free trip to New Zealand…and how you can to!
I recently received an email from EPoP superstar Sharon asking for help figuring out what hotel credit cards her and her boyfriend should sign up for. Since there are so many hotel credit cards out there, and so many variables, this isn’t necessarily a simple answer. So instead of simply spouting off a list of
As both a late Christmas and early birthday present to myself, I decided to pull off an App-0-Rama. Originally, this was scheduled for early December but I put it off because I was still trying to make the minimum spend requirements from my August App-o-Rama. I posted about my plan for this AoR back in
Why should you do this? With the Bluebird card you can pay all sorts of bills, such as your mortgage and student loans, that you can’t pay with a credit card. Since you are earning points for buying Vanilla Reload cards with a credit card and then using those Vanilla Reload cards to pay your
This will be my 3rd App-o-Rama since starting the site back in January and the Meet the Candidates posts (read February’s and August’s) have become my absolute favorite to write. It’s like giving myself an early Christmas present! If you don’t know what an App-o-Rama is, check out What the Deuce is an App-o-Rama and the
Everyone knows that the absolute quickest way to earn tons of frequent flyer miles is to take advantage of credit card signup bonuses. However, most credit cards only allow you to get the signup bonus for the credit card one time. After a while, if you open a few cards, you’re options will become limited.
One of the biggest decision every frequent flyer will have to make is whether to close a credit card or keep it open after getting the signup bonus. Since many cards will waive the first year’s annual fee, the first time you’ll actually have to pay for the privilege of having the card will be
After a few teary goodbyes, some great karaoke sessions, and lots of packing up, Heather and I finally left Japan at the end of July and then embarked on a wild adventure through Singapore, Indonesia, and India for 3 weeks. We finally arrived safely back on American soil on August 22nd and I had two very
Today at EPoP its time to get personal. I feel like we’ve reached that level in our relationship; it’s been 8 months, after all. Shouldn’t we reveal stuff to each other? So today, I’m going to let you in on a little secret, something I haven’t mentioned before on the blog…. I’M A TWIN! Yes,
One of the most important decisions a miles and points maven must make is whether or not to keep a card open after they get their initial signup bonus and the annual fee comes due. For most cards, deciding to keep it open for second year and whether to pay the annual fee is very
I regularly get emails from readers who are college students asking me how they can begin racking up frequent flyer miles and start traveling for free. My standard response was twofold: 1. It is great that you are getting started so early (something I wish I had done) but… 2. They most likely won’t get
There are a ton of myths and just plain wrong information about credit cards and credit score. Learn exactly how your credit score is calculated, how opening cards affects it (it’s not what you think) and also see my personal credit score history for proof.
When I first started this blog, one of the first posts I wrote was a breakdown of all the candidates for my February 2012 App-o-Rama. To this day, it still remains one of the more popular posts and I continue to receive emails about it, 5 months later! Now, as I prepare for my next
The first question I usually get asked when I begin regaling (or annoying) people with my tales of traveling around the world for free is “Are you rich?”. As soon as the chuckle escapes my lips, the person immediately follows up with “Well, is your wife rich?”. Again, I chuckle, and then begin explaining that
Reader Scott just pulled of a monster App-o-rama (what’s an app-o-rama?), earning 525,000 miles in a single day between him and his wife. But before he was ready to pull the trigger on the cards, he had four very poignant questions regarding an app-o-rama that everyone should consider before trying this at home. I get
[UPDATE: This deal has changed. Please see the Best Current Deals or Airline Credit Cards pages for most up to date offers.] There is ALOT to love about the Chase United Explorer card, such as: Annual fee waived for the first year Earning United miles (no fuel surcharges, good availability) The reason not everyone’s jumping
Unfortunately the Chase Ink Bold card is no longer available from Chase. The information in this post is still relevant when applied to the Chase Ink Plus card, which is almost identical to the Ink Bold. The Chase Ink Bold is one of my absolute favorite cards, and is a no-brainer for any business owner.
Waaaaaay back when I first started this blog, I wrote a post presenting all the candidates for my next App-o-rama, breaking down the pros and cons of 13 different credit cards. It still remains one my most popular posts, and while I’d like to think that is attributed to the great writing, the real reason
Confused about app-o-ramas? Read my What the Deuce is an App-O-Rama? post. Earlier this week I recapped my incredible year in 2011, which saw me go from having no idea about frequent flying in March to earning 535,000 miles and points, acquiring an amazing wealth of knowledge about the whole business, and beginning an awesome
So, you’re ready to move on the next step of mile and point earning, are you? You’ve gotten your feet wet by applying for a card or two. You’ve seen the benefits of all those miles and points. And you’ve realized that opening credit cards doesn’t negatively impact your credit score if you are financially