Ritz-Carlton Bali Pool

What works for Ritz-Carlton Travel Credit?

The $300 Ritz-Carlton travel credit is a valuable way to offset the cards hefty $450 annual fee. Every credit card’s travel credit is different so I thought I would outline in detail the Ritz’s travel credit and what worked for me. As a reminder I recently signed up for the Ritz-Carlton Visa to get two free nights for the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay as part of my next trip. I even discovered how to get a... Read more

American Express Plan It

American Express Plan It: Monthly Payments for Purchases without APR

I received an email advertising the new(ish) feature of American Express Plan It. Plan It is a way to take purchases over $100 and pay in installments with a monthly fee vs. have purchases be subject to the standard interest rate. Let’s do a quick review and see if this is of any interest. Remember in the points and miles world the key is to pay your balances in full every month. But I was... Read more

Choice Tap App

Choice Hotels, What Are You Doing?

I received an email from Choice Hotels the other day announcing it’s “Tap The App” Sweepstakes. It’s no secret that Choice Hotels isn’t the most glamorous hotel chain out there. The most popular Choice brands are Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, and Sleep Inn with several other budget brands under it’s umbrella. That being said, Choice points are easy to accrue and the brand features a higher end group of hotels called the “Ascend Collection”. In... Read more

Ritz-Carlton Bali Pool

How to (still) get Ritz 3 night Signup Bonus

Last week I covered some recent credit card signups and wanted to update because I was able to receive the Ritz 3 night signup bonus despite it not being publicly available! The current Ritz-Carlton credit card sign-up bonus is for 2 nights with $4,000 in spend in the first three months. But there used to be a higher bonus of 3 free nights with $5,000 in spend. I decided, based on my next trip, to sign... Read more

Celebrities and Politicians on a Plane

Last Thursday I flew from DCA-PHX after a week of business travel. Flights out of DCA towards the end of the week are common to see politicians on as they head home to their districts. My American flight yesterday was no exception as I saw Arizona Senator Jeff Flake (and actually tweeted about it): During boarding I saw quite a few people stop and shake Senator Flake’s hand or say things to him. One gentleman... Read more

Approved! 100K Amex Platinum Sign Up Bonus

This week I wrote about about a great 100k point sign up bonus offer for the American Express Platinum Card.  While not publicized, the offer is available to certain people using the Card Match tool. Unfortunately I wasn’t selected, but my wife was! Since American Express Membership Rewards are worth about 1.8 cents each to me, this is a massive sign up bonus equal to around $1,800! Applying for the card was an easy decision... Read more


Roundup: 3 Free Hotel Nights, Starbucks Gold Status, Walmart Double Points, and more!

Welcome to our weekly roundup! All the points and miles news from around the web in one place. The Wyndham credit cards all time high signup bonuses are back! With just a $75 annual fee get 3 free nights at any Wyndham property. Check out a nice rundown by FrequentMiler with the card options and benefits of each. Starbucks Gold status means you can rack up free items at Starbucks very quickly. Rather than having... Read more

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Where Are The 100k Offers? A Hidden Amex Offer?

It recently occurred to me that things are pretty slow on the sign up bonus front. Yesterday Liz talked about some of her recent credit card signups. Sure those are some decent bonuses, especially for churners like her. But it’s nothing super exciting. The points and miles community needs something to get fired up about. We need big 100k offers from Chase, Amex, or Citi to spice things up a bit. Sapphire Reserve Mania I... Read more

Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Credit Card

My Recent Credit Card Signups

I’ve talked in the past about the cards in my wallet, my perfect trifecta, and re-evaluating my trifecta.  Ben has also talked about his credit card strategy, especially with the Blue Business Plus.  But today I wanted to talk a little bit about recent credit cards I’ve signed up for (almost) solely for the sign-up bonuses. JetBlue Plus Card This is an all-time high signup bonus out featuring a 60,000 point sign-up bonus – the highest... Read more

Priority Pass Denver - Timberline Steaks & Grille

Priority Pass Denver: Timberline Steaks & Grille Review

It’s no secret that Priority Pass lounges are becoming increasingly crowded. No doubt a major reason is the popularity of premium credit cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve which includes a Priority Pass membership with it’s annual fee. Alas, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel for Priority Pass members. This year Priority Pass began aggressively adding airport restaurants to it’s lounge lineup. The move makes sense as it’s easier to simply add a... Read more