The Barclays USAirways Card: 7 Reasons to Get (and Love) It

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

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My September App-o-Rama Recap

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

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How to Use Priceless Cities, Mastercard’s Hidden Gem

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

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My September App-o-Rama: Meet the Candidates

(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

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My April App-o-Rama: Meet the Candidates

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

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The Best Hotel Credit Cards For Every Situation

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

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My January App-o-Rama Recap: 6 Cards and 340,000 Points

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

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My December App-o-Rama: Meet the Candidates

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

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6 Tips for Negotiating a Retention Bonus

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

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My August App-o-Rama Recap

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

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My August App-o-Rama: Meet the Candidates

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

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What’s in MY Wallet (and how do I use each card)?

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

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6 Reasons to Fall in Love with the Chase Ink Bold

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.

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My “February” App-o-Rama Update

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

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My February App-O-Rama: Meet the Candidates!

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

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What the Deuce is an App-O-Rama?

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

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