Recently, I shared some of my secrets (or rather non-secrets) to travel, one of which is to apply for credit cards when they have significant sign-on bonuses (see, World-Wide Travel on a Dime and Credit Card Primer). In that post, I also announced that this blog was recently approved to have affiliate links covering a … Read More
My friends and readers often ask about how I manage to travel to such nice places — how do I take such expensive flights and stay at such fine hotels without spending a fortune? Mainly what I hear is What’s your secret, Kathy? Here’s the secret: there is no secret. Yes, sometimes finding a good deal is … Read More
Hyatt and American Airlines are running a new promotion. If you convert your Hyatt Gold Passport points to American Airlines AAdvantage miles, you will earn 25% bonus miles. Plus, if you convert 50,000 points in one transaction, you will receive an additional 5,000-mile bonus. This is the LINK. This all sounds interesting until you realize that … Read More
What if you don’t want to pay by Visa card at Costco – are you stuck? NO.
I received this targeted offer in the mail from Chase – with a unique offer number and deadline to accept. 60,000 Ultimate Reward Points is a great sign-up bonus. The offer requires a $5,000 spend and the $95 annual fee is waived for the first year. I thought I’d share this offer, because the Ink … Read More
Hang Up Call Again is a simple but useful acronym
Oh No! Here we go again! It’s disturbing that reports such as this have become so commonplace. KrebsOnSecurity is reporting that there is a pattern of possible credit card fraud suggesting that “hackers have compromised point-of-sale registers in gift shops and restaurants at a large number of Hilton Hotel . . . properties across the United … Read More
It seems that all of the cool people have had one or more credit cards hacked in recent weeks. Unfortunately, This is one club I’d rather not be in, but unfortunately I am. I’ve had 2 cards recently compromised and replaced. My Chase Freedom card had a charge from OK Cupid, which is kind of … Read More
When a renewal fee hits, even if you have a credit card that you want to keep, call and see what offers exist for you to keep the card. I just received retention offers for both the Hyatt and the Starwood cards – I felt like I’d won a trophy!
The honeymoon is over. I’ve had the credit card fee-free for one year. I’ve earned bonus points. It’s the time of reckoning. The bill has arrived – Do I pay the renewal fee and keep the card or cancel it?