rewards

How Do Credit Cards Define "Travel"?

by Michael on May 15, 2014

In response to my recent post about the Barclaycard Arrival 5k point promo, a reader named Paul wrote in to ask: “Regarding the Barclaycard Arrival credit card, which hotels, motels, airlines, tour operators, car rental agencies, etc. are affiliated with this card?” The short answer is: it depends. This card […]

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Remember when I was hunting around for a credit card with an EMV chip for use in Europe? At the time, such cards were relatively hard to come by in the American market. As a reminder, Europe has largely transitioned to so-called “chip-and-PIN” credit cards in hopes of reducing credit […]

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It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard. With a huge signup bonus that’s worth up to $444, free access to your FICO credit score, and 2x cash back rewards, it’s hard not to love this card. While they don’t have rotating bonus reward categories […]

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Looking ahead, it’s time for Discover cardholders to enroll in the new bonus reward categories for Winter 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 on select purchases, […]

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For those of you with a Chase Freedom card, it’s time to look ahead to their 5% reward categories for 2014. As a reminder, Chase (and others) adopted rotating reward categories a few years ago, offering 5% cash back on select purchases, but you have to re-enroll quarterly.

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Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard Review

by Michael on Nov 22, 2013

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard. And yet… I’ve never really put together a comprehensive review of this card. Today, I’ve decided to spend a bit of time rectifying that. Before we go any further, I should note that there are two versions […]

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Small Business Saturday 2013

by Michael on Nov 22, 2013

With Thanksgiving and Black Friday just around the corner, it’s time once again to enroll your American Express credit cards in their “Small Business Saturday” promo. As a reminder, this is a promo that was launched back in 2010 as a way to reward cardholders for shopping at small businesses […]

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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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