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How Much are Your Miles Worth?

by Michael on Nov 8, 2013 · 3 comments

Earlier this week, I mused about whether it’s worth booking longer than necessary flights to earn extra frequent flyer miles. The main point of doing this would be to maximize your elite qualifying miles, which count toward status upgrades. That being said, the redeemable miles do have some value themselves. […]

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Free FICO Credit Score From Barclaycard

by Michael on Nov 7, 2013

Hmmm… This is pretty cool… One of my favorite reward credit cards just got a little better. I’m talking here about the Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard, which is now offering free access to your credit score. Yes, that’s right. Free for all cardholders. And yes, we’re talking about your real, […]

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A couple of years ago, many of the best reward credit cards adopted rotating reward categories with quarterly re-enrollment. This is a great business model for them because they can offer relatively generous 5% cash back rewards without necessarily having to pay them because people may fail to re-enroll. Since […]

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This is just a quick note to share a money-saving, credit-related tip with you… We’ve always (always!) paid our credit card bills in full. Thus we’ve never (ever!) paid interest charges on any of our accounts. That being said, we have had the occasional hiccup where a bill gets paid […]

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By now, we all know about things like the car rental insurance provided by many credit card issuers, as well as the extended warranty protection that sometimes comes with a credit card purchase. Well, my pal TFB recently tipped me off to a really nice World MasterCard feature… Price protection. […]

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How to Save Money on Currency Conversions

by Michael on Sep 18, 2013

When traveling overseas, it’s often helpful to have at least a bit of the local currency in your pocket. This, of course, begs the question… What’s the cheapest and easiest way to get your hands on foreign currency without getting ripped off on the conversion from US dollars? Today I […]

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Greetings. I’ve just returned home from a week abroad, and I wanted to share a few thoughts about credit card usage in Europe. As I noted in a previous post, you’ll often see recommendations from travel experts to get a chip-and-PIN (EMV) credit card before heading overseas. But is this […]

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As with Citi and Chase, it’s time for Discover cardholders to enroll in the new bonus reward categories for Fall 2013. Full details can be found below. As a reminder, Discover (and others) adopted rotating reward categories a few years ago. This means that you can get 5% cash back […]

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