Want to see Europe for FREE? Do This.

milanThere are so many places I want to see in the world, and – as a travel writer - I’m always scheming different ways to get there.  I could pay with real money, of course, but who wants to do that?

Psshhhhtttt….. [Read more...]

Credit Card Rewards: What Am I Doing Now?

The pool area at the Holiday Inn in Montego Bay

The pool area at the Holiday Inn in Montego Bay

Even though I write plenty about credit card rewards over at Frugal Travel Guy, I like to write about it on my home turf from time to time.  I guess it’s partly because I get so many personal emails and questions from people wondering which rewards they should pursue and which deals are H-O-T.

To be honest, it can sometimes be hard to answer those questions.  After all, we all have different travel goals and the best option for one person isn’t always the same for someone else.  Therefore, I thought it would be fun to give a rundown of the cards we’ve signed up for over the past six months and why. 

Whether you want to travel abroad, sail the Mediterranean Sea with Royal Holiday, or simply earn a few free flights, the following strategies might help: [Read more...]

Starwood Preferred 30K Bonus is Back, You In?

DSCF2981Sometimes a credit card offer is so exciting that I literally want to shout it from the rooftops.  Usually, I just call Greg at work when that happens.  He typically listens for a while and feigns interest while simultaneously asking me what’s for dinner.  He’s not all that into it, folks.  Nope, not at all.

But he’s busy today, so instead I’m going to lay it on you- right here and right now.  Are you ready?  Please don’t go.  I just want to talk.  I swear it’s an amazing deal!!!!! Don’t hang up…..

Ahem. [Read more...]

Credit Card Denied? Try This…

deniedEarlier this week, I wrote about how much I love credit card rewards and how we usually have anywhere from 20-40 cards at any given time.  That probably sounds like an overwhelming number of cards, but it’s not that hard to keep track of it all with a simple spreadsheet.  On a regular ol’ sheet of paper, I have a list of every card we have, which one of us signed up for it, when we signed up, and when the annual fee kicks in.  Then, when I do cancel the card, I write down the cancellation date in a separate column.  Boom. [Read more...]

Obsessed: 4 Reasons I Love Credit Card Rewards

armchair quarterbackAt any given time, my husband and I have anywhere between 20 and 40 credit cards and upwards of $200,000 in available credit.  Call me crazy if you want to.  Call me obsessed, preoccupied, or insane.  I’ll wear that shit like a badge of honor.  In fact, I’m not the least bit ashamed.

Why I Love Credit Card Rewards

The truth is, credit card rewards happen to be my hobby.  In a lot of ways, I’m similar to someone who watches sports incessantly, the only difference being that credit card rewards actually have a point.  Yeah, I went there.  Unlike rooting for your favorite team every Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday night with a jersey on and hot wing sauce dripping down your chin, an obsession with credit card rewards can be lucrative, and even life-changing.  Want to know why I love credit card rewards so much?  Here’s why: [Read more...]

Vanilla Reloads Are Dead: What Now?

DSCF3121As many of you know, CVS stores recently decided to stop allowing customers to buy Vanilla Reloads with a credit card.  At first, I was disappointed because I literally have eight CVS stores within 5 minutes of my house, and all of them were Vanilla Reload goldmines.  On the other hand, life goes on.  Most good things do come to an end, and the fact that some people were buying 5K per day probably wasn’t helping matters.  The good thing is, I was only using Vanilla Reloads to meet the minimum spending requirement on a specific card.  Now that that’s done, I couldn’t care less about Vanilla Reloads.  Here’s why:  [Read more...]