American Express is making some big changes. Fresh off losing Jet Blue and Costco as co-branding partners, it looks like they’re trying to make their cards more attractive to more consumers. And with the changes recently announced, it sure looks like they’re at the very least turning heads. But we’ll leave it to you decide of the changes are good or bad. So should you get the Starwood Amex? We have a few thoughts on that.
But first, a big congrats to the two winners for our contest where we gave away two subscriptions to AFAR Magazine, our favorite travel magazine. So congrats to: Continue reading
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It’s time to do a new round of credit card applications, and there’s no doubt which card I am most excited to get. I’ll give you a few hints:
- It has no annual fee.
- It comes with a free year of Amazon Prime.
- It earns valuable points that can transfer to a number of airline and hotel loyalty programs, in addition to being used in other ways.
I’m pretty excited about the card, and you’re looking for a valuable no annual fee card, you should be too. What is it? Continue reading
Everyone should have a no annual fee credit card. And it’s even better when you get a no annual fee credit card that manages to provide fairly decent rewards. I have a Bank of America card that has no annual fee, does little in the way of rewards, but it is important for one reason: My credit score. It’s the card I got when I turned 18, and it’s my longest open credit history.
The perks of a no annual credit card are many. Continue reading
We love our American Express cards, a lot! We love our Platinum Card. Not just because it gets us lounge access to lounges around the world, or gold status with Starwood hotels.
It’s much more enjoyable to wait for a flight in the Centurion Lounge rather than next to the gate. Photo courtesy of www.thecenturionlounge.com
July has had some great bonus opportunities for the casual traveler. Are you taking advantage of all the opportunities to earn some miles for doing next to nothing? Find out now! Continue reading
There are two questions that, hands down, we get more than any other question from friends and readers:
1. Can you help me find a cheap flight?
2. What’s the best credit card for earning free flights and hotels?
The second question is the bread and butter of the whole traveling cheap game, so we’re getting to that. After, we’ll provide some very simple hints for flight searches.
What’s the best credit card? Like most things in life, that depends. But below are the four that are in our wallet.
In December of 2013, Laura and I traveled to New Zealand in style: our seat turned into a bed. This was a follow up to an epic OneWorld Explorer trip we did back in 2012, that took us from Los Angeles to Honolulu to Tokyo to Hong Kong to Bali to Bangkok (where we then took trains through Thailand, Malaysia, and ended in Singapore) before flying back to LAX. And all of it was done flying in business class, for less than $300…You still with me?
So how do you do this? Two ways: be filthy rich, OR take a serious look at earning miles. There are a ton of ways to earn miles. There is the classic butt-in-seat miles approach (flying), credit card bonuses (jackpot), and even getting miles for doing nothing more than eating at your favorite pizza place (every mile counts). We’ll hit all of these in posts over the next few weeks.
But to get anywhere, you’ve got to have a frequent flyer account. Like. Right. Now. So this post is for the beginners of beginners. Not sure where to start? We’ll do our best to avoid the jargon and complexities and will cut right to the point.